Mynock Squadron Podcast

Located in Southern California, members of Mynock Squadron discuss the ins and outs of Fantasy Flight's X-Wing Miniatures tabletop game. We cover everything from tournaments to strategy to useless pilots. So grab some blue milk and join us for some great discussion. And remember our motto, "Fly Better"
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Oct 18, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! We are now over a year old and we would like to thank EVERYONE for sticking with us.  To celebrate our birthday FFG was kind enough to give us a NEW FAQ with some major implications.  Did you used to run Deadeye torpboats? Are you now sad? TOO BAD! Also, we've got a preview of Sabine's TIE, because there's already not enough of her in X-wing.

[00:00:00]- Intro and Keepn' it REAL with Dee
[00:07:00]- FAQ Bombshell
[00:46:00]- Sabine's TIE Preview


Oct 11, 2016

We've got less than a month until worlds and the Mynocks are doing their best to figure out what the meta will be.  This episode we go over several nationals and analyze the top lists.  Who are the biggest winners? Defenders? U-Boats? Soontir? Find out this episode!

And remember FLY BETTER!

Oct 4, 2016

Going back to our legacy format this week!  This week: how much stress can Nien Numb lose? What's the best TIE Interceptor and why is it Fel's Wrath? Can homing missile be the upgrade card to watch at worlds? and what painting tips can you learn from Dallas Parker?

  • 4:30: HOTR Ship preview
  • 43:00 Ship spotlight TIE Interceptor
  • 1:08:00 Card Upgrade Spotlight
  • 1:26:00 Beginner and advanced tips (including a painting discussion with Texx)

Unfreeze yourself from carbonite and enjoy some classic Mynock shenanigans. 



Sep 28, 2016

Our guests today are Leo Azevedo and André Ripoll! They are the hosts of the Portuguese language South Wookiees Radio podcast. Leo recently went undefeated in the Swiss portion of the Brazilian National Championship, and André won the event!

We get a peek at how the best players in Brazil approach the game, and dive into the application of neglected strategies.


Fly Better!

Sep 20, 2016

This week Sun Yun returns for another edition of Art of X-Wing!  In this volume he focuses on Squad building, and how to best create an army that shall trump all others!  And as we all know, many battles are decided before the fight even begins.  What is "the meta", how do you identify it, and how do you use that information to your advantage?

You'll find out all that and more in this episode!  No timestamps this week.  Just ride the wave...


Sep 13, 2016

With Wave 9 right around the corner FFG has thrown some more previews our way.  This week we discuss the new Hero Falcon crew and Pilots.  Is Finn overcosted?  CHEWBACCA RAGE! Will Hero Han change the game?  Then we discuss the exciting reveal of Rogue One's U-Boat and TIE Striker! Jyn Erson vs Rey? 0 K-turn? And what the heck is an aileron?  

We're here to answer all those questions and more!

  • [00:00:00] - Intro, S&V Invitational, and Beef
  • [00:14:00] - Actual Content Start! Falcon Preview
  • [00:42:00] - U-Wing Preview!
  • [01:03:00] - TIE Striker Preview!


Sep 6, 2016

US Nationals Winner Duncan Howard joins the Mynocks and talks about why the Howard Aces is so successful and currently the squad to beat in the meta.  In addition they discuss how Wave 9 might shake things up, Rogue One expansions, and when the best time is to bring your Shuttle to the party!

  • [00:00:00] Intros
  • [00:11:00] Duncan's Tournament far...
  • [00:31:00] What's next for the Howard Special? And Wave 9 thoughts.
  • [00:47:40] Rogue One expansion initial impressions. 
  • [00:52:00] Duncan's Beginner and Advanced Tips.

Fly Better!



Aug 30, 2016

It's time for regional round up Part 2! Rytackle, The Greedy Dragon, and Texx talk about the mix of different lists they've seen have success from across the world.  Through the process they find that just because a list may not look dominant on paper, doesn't mean it can't bring home the gold.  They also discuss their final takeaways from regional season.

No timestamps this week, just all regional talk!


Aug 23, 2016

Now that regionals are FINALLY over, the Mynock crew decide to continue their long overdue recap of the various winners from across the globe!  Dallas breaks down all the various TIE Swarms we see, Dee provides some valuable (if not a bit conceited) input, and Rytackle gets overly excited when he sees a certain pilot in the top 4 of a regional...

No timestamps this week, just an hour and a half of recap!


Aug 17, 2016

Fantasy Flight Games held back a few choice snippets about Wave 9, such as maneuver dials and certain upgrade cards. However, they launched them into the wild with limited pre-release sales at GenCon, and we now know the precise contents of each ship in this wave. We break down the previously unknown details about the ARC-170, Mandalorian Concord Dawn Protectorate Fang Fighter, and Lancer-class Pursuit Craft.

To tantalize us even further, FFG also dropped the first Wave 10 preview, announcing Sabine's TIE Fighter (a Rebel hijacked TIE), the Upsilon-class Shuttle (Kylo Ren's whip), and the Quadjumper (the tugboat Rey wanted to grand theft instead of the Falcon). We discuss the revealed content, and attempt to decipher the mystery items from the preview photo and clues in the article. (Dee's eyes melted staring at a zoom enlarged copy of the photo.)

Finally, we fangasm at the new Rogue One trailer! We intend on tightening up moving forward, but this is a longer episode to deal with all of the news just dropped on us - enjoy!

  • [00:00:00] Intros!
  • [00:03:41] Arc 170/ Fang Fighter Final Spoilers
  • [00:16:30] Shadow Caster Pursuit Craft Preview
  • [01:11:00] Wave 10 Preview!
  • [02:03:00] Rogue One Trailer Discussion/Show Close



Aug 10, 2016

Dee managed to kick Ryan off the show, and replaced him with the preeminent BroBots player in the world: Philip Booth. We discuss his X-Wing background and Arizona's Phoenix Squadron, before diving into his Worlds Top 4 exploits.

With his expertise, we shine the ship spotlight on the IG-2000 Aggressor including builds, strategy and tactics, and its place in the current meta.

  • [00:00:00] Intro to Philip Booth
  • [00:18:00] What's it like to be X-Wing Famous?
  • [00:27:30] Aggressor Ship Spotlight
  • [01:03:00] Obstacles, EPTs, and Matchups
  • [01:28:00] Beginner and Advanced Tips



Aug 2, 2016

We've got more content than we know what to do with this week.  FFG is dropping previews on us faster than we can talk about them!  This week we've got the Mandalorian Concord Dawn Protectorite Fang Fighter.  Also there's A-Wing talk, Dallas wisdom, and Dee destroys Ryan with math shenanigans.

  • [00:00:00] Intros and Beef
  • [00:04:20] Mandalorian Concord Dawn Protectorate Fang Fighter Preview
  • [00:37:22] A-Wing Ship Spotlight
  • [01:03:55] Upgrade Cards Spotlight: Wired/Zuckuss, Intimidation, Proton Bombs
  • [01:18:10] Beginner and Advanced Tips



Jul 27, 2016

2015 National Champion Jeff Berling is our guest! 

As the ingenious originator of the infamous Dengaroo squad, he has several choice words regarding the terms "broken", "overpowered", and "easy mode". We concur that there are several juiced elements in the current X-Wing competitive meta (looking at you Emperor Palpatine), and have a spirited discussion about their respective merits.

Jeff holds some of his proprietary secrets close to the vest, but like all of our master X-Wing guests, he shares much sage insight and advice to assist beginner and veteran pilots alike.


  • [00:00:00] Intros
  • [00:04:00] Who is Jeff Berling?
  • [00:09:30] Jeff's Many Final Tables at Nationals
  • [00:29:15] Let's talk/debate Dengaroo and what is "Brokeness"
  • [00:49:50] Degaroo Variants and Stratagies 
  • [01:01:30] Jeff's Tips to listeners

Ryan Farmer
Dee Yun
Dallas Parker

Fly Better!

Jul 20, 2016

World's registration got you down? Worry not, because the Mynocks have got your back. This week's serving of beef isn't as fun and frivolous as what you would normally expect, and we aim our turbolasers straight at FFG for their handling of Worlds registration. After Dee has had a chance to finish his usual bombastic escapades, we discuss actual relevant and important news, the first of which being brand New tournament regulations! Prepare yourselves for THE FINAL SALVO! [insert Europe music].

We finish off late with some quick system open finals results. Huge congratulations to all of those competitors involved at the Coruscant Invitational. Then we move onto our Arc-170 and the TIE/sf preview updates. Hopefully all of these topics we're serving up make for another scrumptious episode. Sit back, relax, turn off the Max Rebo, and enjoy another episode of the Mynock Squadron Podcast. Screeeeeeeeeee!

  • [00:00:00] Intros and Worlds Beef
  • [00:18:00] New Tournament Rules
  • [00:42:08] ARC 170 Preview Update
  • [01:11:00] TIE/sf Preview Update 
  • [01:27:43] Show Close/System Open Update

Fly Better!

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Jul 13, 2016

U.S. Nationals and all eight System opens are now in the books!

Congratulations to Duncan Howard, 2016 U.S. National Champion! And an admiring salute to Jeff Berling for the epic feat of rocking three consecutive National level final tables. We review their squads, including Jeff's brilliantly designed Dengaroo.

Then we dive into the seven European System Opens, examining their foreign metas from our domestic perspectives. Congratulations to each champion heading to London for the Star Wars Celebration throwdown!

  • [00:00:00] Intros and Beef
  • [00:06:50] Origins and Clegane/Dengaroo Discussion
  • [00:36:25] System Open Round Up
  • [01:00:21] Coruscant Invitational Squad Building
  • [01:17:32] Show Close

Ryan Farmer
Dee Yun
Dallas Parker


Jul 6, 2016

Today Mynock Squadron interviews the glorious Foss Twins!

Travis and Jaren Foss are bruising Clone Troopers from Down Under who can destroy you on a martial arts mat, then table you on an X-Wing mat. They're simply terrifying, but also overwhelmingly friendly. There are few mates I'd rather spend time with, but it's simply impossible to forget that you're at the mercy of both their physicality and miniatures pew-pew prowess. We discuss their backgrounds and X-Wing histories, interspersed throughout with strategies, tactics, and meta analysis.

In addition, we just had the most game changing FAQ yet drop on us. We break down the major changes, including rules reversals and potential impact on the meta. Plus, the madness of Dengaroo!

We apologize for some audio issues, but on the whole, we're pleased that transoceanic internet held up as well as it did.

  • [00:10:25] How the Foss's got into X-Wing
  • [00:16:40] The Foss's accolades, lists, and strategies.
  • [00:51:20] NEW FAQ
  • [01:09:34] DEE BEEF and the Rebels place in the meta
  • [01:19:20] Beginner and Advanced Tips
  • [01:28:40] Show Close


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Direman Comics

Jun 29, 2016

Feeling burnt out? 

Did you know that you can X-Wing in ways other than tense tournaments wherein crazed competitors engage in savage bloodletting over acrylic shinies?

And that these other methods of X-Winging can actually be fun? Moisture Farmer takes command of this episode to remind Dee of that word...FUN. He leads a discussion of alternatives to the standard 100 point dogfight, and we spend the bulk of our enthusiasm on the terrific (and free!) Heroes of Aturi Cluster cooperative campaign.

  • [00:00:00] Intros to other ways to play
  • [00:04:30] FFGs reccomendations: Missions, Wave Restrictions, Furballs and more.
  • [00:18:55] Hunger Games Variant and Epic Play
  • [28:12:30] Hangar Bay Format and 2v2 games.
  • [35:13:00] Random Squad Tournaments
  • [45:00:00] Heroes of the Aturi Cluster
  • [01:15:00] Show end and final notes!

Shuttle Tydirium Podcast

Hunger Games

Star Gladiators

Fab's Random Squadron Generator

Heroes of the Aturi Cluster

HotAC Video Example with Dallas and Ryan

Workshop Threads
Hunters of the Aturi Cluster

Yuuzhan Vong Campaign

Villains of the Aturi Cluster
Community Workshop Thread

Mynock Facebook Page
Direman Comics

Jun 21, 2016

With the offseason doldrums cramping our style, the Mynock Podcast is going a bit retro today.  We bring back some of our older segments in an attempt to drum up interesting conversation.  Dee discusses how Miranda makes his brain hurt, Texx tells us how to stay on the board, and Ryan tries to not be invisible to the masses.  Also, Imperial Firespray SHIP SPOTLIGHT!

[00:00:00] Intros and Beef: S&V Vassal Challenge and Bumper Music SHOWDOWN

[00:15:00] Actual News Begins: Imp Vets, Nationals Prizes

[00:31:00] What we've been flying.

[00:44:30] Ship Spotlight: Imperial Firespray

[01:09:40] Upgrade Card Spotlight

[01:23:55] Beginner and Advanced Tips

[01:41:00] Show Close

Link to David Sutcliffe's article:



Jun 14, 2016

This week we have a very special I Am Your Father's Day Special! Worlds 2015 Runner up Nathan Eide and his father Kevin join the show to discuss all things X-Wing.  Nathan goes through all of his winning lists and talks strategy while Kevin gives his insight into being the father of an X-Wing celebrity...he also gets a SICK burn in on Dee (who totally deserves it).

00:00:00 Pre Show Shout Outs
09:30:00 Eide Introductions
20:00:00 How did Nathan get so good and Advice for X-Wing Fathers
31:00:00 Nathan's lists and how he flew them.
01:01:00 Beginner and Advanced Tips


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Direman Comics

Bell of Lost Souls

Jun 7, 2016

Hello Nerf Herders and Womp Rats! We have actually made it to EPISODE 20!  To celebrate, FFG was kind enough to reveal what is coming in Wave 9!  Armed with this newfound knowledge hosts Ryan, Dee, and Dallas speculate what kind of beautiful goodness is headed our way later this year...well...maybe.  They also discuss the average speed of FFG's cargo boat and if we would be better off giving our stuff to Pilgrims to ship for us.

00:00:00 - Intros, X-Wing Stars
00:04:40 - Dee be Beefn', where is "The Boat", Worlds Registration
00:12:00 - Wave 9 Main Discussion: Arc 170, TIE/sf, Fang Fighter, Shadowcaster
01:21:00 - Closing Notes

Thanks so much for sticking with us!


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Direman Comics

Jun 1, 2016
A certain Podcast host won his home Regional and has managed to grow even more insufferable. He boasts, rants, then attempts to share some actual X-Wing insight on the topic of Variance.
We’re fresh off participating in the San Diego X-Wing Miniatures Regional at At Ease Games, and Mynock Squadron had a solid showing. Ryan defends his podcast credentials, Dallas trolls his way into the Top 4, and it’s an all Mynock final showdown between John Davis and one of our Hosts! Did Ryan make good on his promise to win?
Today you'll also hear Dee utterly fail to keep his ego in check, and also self-righteously soapbox at FFG forum posters who dared to have the temerity to complain about Regionals. Eventually, he gets around to sharing what little knowledge he does possess regarding the topic of Variance, and how to strategically approach it. (Dee is growing to love referring to himself in the third person, as Dee is the exceptionally handsome and intelligent paragon, in whose presence greatness can palpably be felt, who wrote this show descriptor.)
  • 00:00:00 - Intros, San Diego Regional, and A NEW CHAMPION
  • 00:18:26 - DEE BE BEEFN'
  • 00:27:30 - Art of X-Wing: Variance
  • 01:15:00 - Final Notes and Shout Outs!
May 24, 2016

The X-Wing community has been busy as of late preparing their very best squadrons for the heated competition known as Regionals.  Hosts Ryan, Dee, and Dallas discuss the most recent regional tournaments and how different squads have fared.  

Also, Dallas talks in detail about his Fresno victory and Ryan makes a BOLD proclamation about how his Regional may go.  (Which by the time you're listening has already gone by.)

Intensify your forward deflector shields and FLY BETTER!

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Bell of Lost Souls

May 17, 2016

In a land filled with U-boats and saggy old Emperors, one man continues to fly what some consider the "purest" X-Wing squadron...the TIE Swarm.  As per the Mynock creed, Dallas Parker [Texx] continues to stubbornly stick to his guns when it comes to his favorite archtype. As fate may have it, the "Crack Swarm" has vaulted to the top of the meta, and we have the man, the myth, the legend on to discuss it.  

Also, we find out just how many snacks can fit in the NEW MILLENNIUM FALCON!  That's right, Heroes of the Resistance has been announced and we are eager to share with you our thoughts on just how good it can be.

  • [00:08:30] - Heroes of the Resistance intoductions
  • [00:14:30] - HotR Pilots: Rey Salm, T-70 Aces, and Core Poe vs Hero Poe
  • [00:31:00] - HotR Upgrades: Hot Cocoa, Snap Snacks, and more!
  • [00:40:00] - HotR Titles: FLOOPS!
  • [00:50:30] - TIE Swarm 101 with Dallas Parker


Bell of Lost Souls

Mynock Facebook Group


May 10, 2016

Have you ever dreamed of flying in one of the most elite ships in the entire Imperial Fleet? Do you want to K-Turn and still take actions?  Do you want to fire an ion cannon THEN fire your primary? Do you want a FREE evade token for moving quickly through a dogfight?  

Well then recruit, the TIE Defender might be for you!  This week Ryan and Dee interview possibly the greatest Defender Pilot in the history of X-Wing...the legendary Biophysical. Yes this is the guy who was WINNING by running just Rexlar Brath and Colonel Vessary...pre Defender fix!  

So paint on some blood stripes and buckle up, it's going to be one heck of a ride.


Bell of Lost Souls

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May 3, 2016

With the first batch of X-Wing Regionals in the bag, we examine successful squads.

The first half-dozen Regionals of 2016 are history, and the environment has been defined (albeit not conquered) by "U-boat" Contracted Scouts.  In their meta-shaping wake, a variety of Imperial Aces contend with TIE Crack Swarms, tanky Rebels, and... A-Wing Swarms?

And just so we aren't COMPLETELY useful, we close by quibbling over rules and stirring the drama pot.

Fly Better!


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