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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Dec 21, 2016

X-wing pilots, we close out the year with a mega-sized Art of X-Wing!


Dee rifles through the entire history of Western military technology looking for lessons to be learned on the application of deploying new ships and upgrades in X-Wing. How will we move on from jousting Defender knights and the Dengaroo Jabberwocky?

  • [00:03:50] Art of X-Wing Intro: Lights and Heavies
  • [00:11:50] Bronze Age Meta
  • [00:28:00] Alexander the Great
  • [00:37:00] Iron/Steel Age Metas
  • [00:55:40] Katanas, Mercs, and Medieval Tech
  • [01:14:30] Gunpowder/Modern Era Meta
  • [01:26:00] How This Applies to X-Wing
  • [02:30:00] Rogue One Talk

FLY BETTER! And have a great New Year!

Dec 12, 2016

This week we play catchup and discuss the viability of the Rogue One ships that are about to drop!  Is this U-Wing the Rebel Lambda?  Will Boshek Bo-Wreck your day? Are the Strikers squirrely enough to overcome their low agility? Find our all that and more on this episode!

  • [00:00:00] Intros
  • [00:03:00] New Mats :/
  • [00:05:00] U-Wing Preview
  • [00:43:30] Striker Preview


Dec 6, 2016

This week we are very pleased to have two awesome guests on the show: Tobias Winter and Worlds 2016 Top 16 finisher Steffen Kaehler.  They bring their voices to us from the mythical land of Germany, where Unicorns graze in the wide open spaceports.  They discuss their experience at Worlds as well as the current popularity of the game.  Check out the time stamps below!

  • [00:00:00] Introductions/ Early Defender Talk
  • [00:15:00] Ryan's Questions
  • [00:30:00] The German/ European Meta
  • [00:45:00] German Soapbox
  • [01:29:00] Beginner and Advanced Tips


Fly Better!

Nov 30, 2016

It's a tugboat! Leave it to the Scum & Villainy faction to slap some guns on the Quadjumper and field it in combat. It has some nifty tricks, including being the first X-Wing ship to move backward. Time will tell if this jury rigged commercial craft will prove combat ready.

We then share our squads and results from San Diego Regional, with a heavy emphasis on TIE Defenders. All three of us flew it, because they're unequivocally great...but since everybody knows this, do they ironically become a liability in the upper tiers of a premiere tournament?

The answer as always:


  • [00:03:00] Tugboat Preview!
  • [00:45:00] Regional Recap!
  • [01:20:00] Joe's Tips
Nov 23, 2016

X-wing pilots, we analyze the top squads from Worlds with our very own Top 16er, Joe Desmond! Then the never-ending season continues into Regionals, as we congratulate San Diego winner, our very own Joe Desmond!

We were long overdue for an interview with our Mynock Chosen One, but his recent successes give us ample reason to finally feature Joe on the show. Joe and Dee draw upon first-hand head-to-head experiences to discuss the top squads at Worlds. Ryan was there too, we guess. Ryan provides his own very valuable insight!


Nov 16, 2016

X-wing pilots, we're taking a badly needed break. We'll be back in full force next week, but we hope you enjoy this retrospective clip show! We take a walk down memory lane and give you a show filled with some of our favorite moments. There's nonsense and some really great content...but mostly just nonsense!  Enjoy!

Fly Better!

Nov 8, 2016

The Mynocks have returned from worlds and we have brought back some awesome content for you guys!  We have interviews with mostly all of the Top 16 players (missed on a few due to time).  Also we've got a fantastic opening segment courtesy of the Gold Squadron Podcast!  Check out the link below to see their amazing THREE HOUR podcast roundtable livestream!

  • [00:02:00] Gold Squadron Podcast Live Cast Clip
  • [00:17:27] Paul Heaver
  • [00:21:00] Marcel Manzano
  • [00:25:00] James Kroeck
  • [00:30:00] Thomas Reed
  • [00:36:50] Phildo
  • [00:47:30] Ben Lee
  • [00:54:12] Steffen Kaehler
  • [00:58:00] Faan Langelaan
  • [01:04:00] Thomas (Jack) Mooney
  • [01:11:00] World's Runner Up Kevin Leintz
  • [01:16:55] World's 2016 Champion Nand Torfs

Fly Better!


Nov 2, 2016

Fantasy Flight previewed Kylo Ren's command shuttle, and it packs some wicked content. We then finish our Squint talk with Phennir, Jax, and Soontir... Does Defender domination bring Jax to prominence? Does stress suppress the mighty Soontir?? Phennir anything?!

  • [00:00:00] Upsilon Preview
  • [00:53:00] Interceptor Retrospective
  • [01:11:00] Upgrade cards
  • [01:22:24] WORLDS TIPS!

We're headed to worlds, see you when we get back!


Oct 25, 2016

Today the Mynock's have captured a prisoner! A dangerous pirate who goes by many aliases but is best know as Sozin, from the Scum and Villainy Podcast.  While we have him on board we interrogate him to ensure we get all his juicy secrets. The topics include:

[07:15:00] Grade-A Beef!
[22:49:00] Sozin's Accolades
[32:00:00] Data collection's influence on X-Wing
[52:06:00] Worlds Analysis post FAQ
[79:30:00] Beginner and Advanced Tips

So don't take your eyes off our prisoner or he might disappear! 


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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