23-Sep-2014


Long Range (700-1100 meters)

Tier 1: Dire Wolf DWF-Prime/A | Stalker STK-3F | Shadowhawk SHD-2K

Tier 2: Stalker Misery | Summoner SMN-Prime/B/D | Victor Dragon Slayer | Jagermech JM6-DD/S | Quickdraw QKD-5K | Quickdraw QKD-4G | Cataphract CTF-3D

Tier 3: Blackjack BJ-3 | Catapult CPLT-K2 | Battlemaster BLR-1D/3S | Banshee BNC-3M | Hunchback HBK-4P

Medium Range (300-700 meters)

Tier 1: Dire Wolf DWF-Prime/A | Summoner SMN-Prime/B/D

Tier 2: Victor Dragon Slayer | Cataphract CTF-3D | Banshee BNC-3E | Highlander 733C | Stalker Misery | Nova NVA-Prime/B/S

Tier 3: Orion Protector | Shadowhawk SHD-2D/2D2 | Shadowhawk SHD-5M

Short Range (0-300 meters)

Tier 1: Victor VTR-9S | Griffin GRF-3M

Tier 2: Dire Wolf DWF-Prime/A | Summoner SMN-Prime/B/D | Trebuchet Loup de Guerre | Atlas D-DC | Cataphract CTF-3D | Griffin Sparky | Nova NVA-Prime/B/S | Shadowhawk SHD-2D | Shadowhawk SHD-2K | Blackjack Arrow | Centurion CN9-A | Hunchback HBK-4P | Quickdraw QKD-4H | Quickdraw QKD-5K

Tier 3: Catapult K2 | Jagermech JM6-DD/S | Trebuchet TBT-7K | Highlander HGN-733C | Vindicator St. Ives’ Blues | Kintaro KTO-18 |Dragon Flame | Awesome AWS-9M | Battlemaster BLR-3M | Stalker STK-5M

Lights

Tier 1: Firestarter Ember | Jenner JR7-F

Tier 2: Raven RVN-3L | Kit Fox FKX-Prime/D/S | Spider SDR-5D | Jenner Oxide

Tier 3: Raven RVN-3L | Jenner JR7-D

Change Notes

Dire Wolf DWF-Prime/A: The Dire Wolf is out for C-Bills! We’ve already seen it appear in a number of competitive matches, and it has proven that it is amazing. Which really isn’t any sort of surprise at all. I included a build with 4 cERLL that I’ve been trying out lately as a comp option for maps like alpine where you don’t need or even want the backup medium lasers that you usually see in laser vomit whales as the long range option, but the traditional laser voms work as well. At the top of medium range, you will see the Laser vom whale we should all be familiar with, but I couldn’t in good conscious put a whale build at the top of short range. It simply can’t close fast on a medium- or long-range enemy to be able to brawl in the first place, so while the build included is brutal (and the medium range options, including UAC5 stacking, are still monstrous at short range), the 9S and Griffin remain the rightful kings of short range.

Victor Dragon Slayer: I had to do it. The DS has been demoted from all of its Tier 1 positions. Compared to the other options available at its optimal range in competitive (Dire Wolf) and its class in PUGs (still Dire Wolf), it is really underwhelming and can’t carry nearly hard enough to make the cut.

Cataphract CTF-3D: It’s just not as good as the Summoner. That’s pretty much it, had to go down to Tier 2.

Banshee BNC-3E: This might deserve to be even higher in the Medium Range rankings, but the main problem I see with it is that it functions in a very similar role to the Dire Wolf, with the drawback of not being a Dire Wolf. So I decided to keep it behind the Dragon Slayer and CTF-3D for the time being, since those at least have separate playstyles associated with them.

Shadowhawk SHD-2D/2D2 & 5M: I’ve moved both of these mechs down to Tier 3 due to them being so obsoleted with the arrival of Clan mechs, in addition to the PPC nerf and the changing meta.