Monday, February 4, 2013

The Wobblin' Goblin is Re-Released

WM-10 Striker
Alas, a long time favorite of many fighter fans has finally been added to the MSWM lineup.  The WM-10 Striker is modeled after the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, nicknamed the Wobblin' Goblin in its early years due to flight control stability issues.

Lets take a look at the stats:

Damage +12%:  This is Best in Class for Damage, overtaking the Sparrow by 2% and similar to the Sparrow, is comparable to lesser weapons class planes in the damage category.

Agility +13%:  In the middle of the pack, but only 2% behind Reaper and Stilletto which are both tops in fleet for agility.

Speed +12%:  Tied with 3 other planes for second in class behind Reaper which edges it out by 1%.

Armor +7%:  2nd in class behind Wasp and one of the few agility class planes to have armor upgrades.

Overall, once again, Z2 has pushed the envelope and produced a top agility class plane that is one of the best in class.  Identical boost categories as the Reaper (which has been my favorite agility class plane), the Striker is slightly behind Reaper in agility and speed, but packs more damage and has better armor than Reaper.  I think that I still like Reaper better since I value speed and agility the most for an agility class plane, but the Striker is a great plane also and has considerable more style than the boring F-4 based Reaper skin.  A great new addition to the fleet, although kinda funny that the stealth fighter has no stealth.

The Striker has been added to the Comparison Guide  and also to the Fleet at a Glance - check it out!

The Striker is based on the real-life F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter.

89 comments:

  1. They added it as an Agility class? Seriously? This is worse than the Achilles. The F-117 was not a great flier, being rather unmaneuverable and also subsonic. I mean, it's a nice plane as far as stats go, but still... would have been nice to have some more accuracy in terms of what the RL counterpart is actually like. Jeez, Z2.

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    1. These are business driven decisions. The F-117 Nighthawk airframe is thought after for a long time by MS:W players and I guess Agility is the best selling class. Thus, maximum sales of the striker can be expected in Agility and not in Defencese a.k.a. the Stealth class.

      A chance was missed again (like with Achilles, Nightwing) to introduce a fighter which really concentrates on (superior) stealth and so adds more variation on gameplay. Instead, we get another variation of the Reaper/Spectre bunch.

      I happily stay with my Spectre!

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    2. Well, if they were more accurate, the Nighthawk might not even be in MS:WM since it was actually a bomber, not a fighter, thus probably couldn't attack aircraft.

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  2. Jeez mr david wang why did you have to buy this GET MAKO OR SARATOGA anyways sorry for my rage... SECOND COMMENT!

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  3. I will hold on buying this one, as I have bought most on first day of release. Just waiting for more input.

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    1. amazing plane. I versed it with both a Wraith, and a Dragon. It beat my wraith 1-0, and tied my dragon.

      I was useing standard issue, and they were useing RAAM's + Valkyrie. I would buy if I were an agility class person.

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  4. I am out of funds to get this aircraft... I would get it if I could, though. Even though this things agility is inferior to the reapers, I believe it is still lethal. Not to mention stunning looks...

    However, I just wish that Z2 would have made this aircraft with energy instead of speed... Just my personal preference... Agility class always is low on energy... -___-

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    1. Your right. I don't use my Annihilator that much now and switched to my nearly fully upgraded Wartusk since my energy ran out quickly.

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  5. Kinda funny that it's a fighter at all considering the F-117 Nighthawk "stealth fighter" is actually a bomber.

    However, it sure looks bad ass and performs quite well in cyberspace as a fighter!

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  6. I was THRILLED when I saw this as the new featured plane. I was highly impressed with its stats. It suits my flying style better than the Reaper does. Sure, it has lower agility and speed than the Reaper, but I value damage (I have scored in versus often with only 2 RAAMs and some Valkyrie spraying) and armor (ever so valuable for agility class). I would take this hotshot out for a match any day (no offence to Reaper fans).

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  7. Just versed my first Striker.
    Opponent: WM-10 Striker sporting Vodoo/Bisnovat.
    Me: KD-90 Sphynx sporting Vodoo/RAAM.
    The match ended 2:1 in my favour. ;-)

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    1. Beat it with my bobcat5-0 Ha!

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  8. Just got and upgrade this plane: Real Beast, I think in the hands of a skilled pilot this is the best plane due to its high damage (I feel it).
    Agility is ok, 1/2% is nothing IMO because with Reaper or Spectre I can't even outmanuver Iron Fangs, although their 14/15% more agility.
    Speed is good too, since I almost never get hit at long range,
    I still have to notice if armor is feelable.
    The F-117 Nighthawk is my favorite plane (if I don't count the F-19, which is probably only a myth).
    I have this plane in SGAS too but it has blazing afterburners there so I don't know which one is better-made; probably after reading Michael's comment on the previous post, this is the closer one, I'll make some research.

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    1. I found out that its engines are made basically from fans so they don't create flames.

      Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbofan

      Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g-QSZjbtWg

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    2. Yeah, I bought this and was soooo disappointed due to no flames, it should have white flames, come on Z2, give it an update
      Nice stats though!

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    3. It is made well, it really doesn't have flames, Z2 have made a sharp job.

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    4. Turbofan engines, like turbojet engines, create flames, but just in the core. When you accelerate though, on most fighter jets, you'll notice the flames become larger- this is because of the afterburners...

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    5. I might be wrong, but I don't think the RL F-117 had afterburners... It was a strictly subsonic aircraft with a top speed of about 617 MPH.

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    6. "The F-117 is shaped to deflect radar signals and is about the size of an F-15 Eagle. The single-seat Nighthawk is powered by two non-afterburning General Electric F404 turbofan engines..." --Wikipedia article about the F-117

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    7. "The F-117 Nighthawk has a radar signature of about 0.025 m2 (0.269 sq ft).[32] Among the penalties for stealth are lower engine power thrust, due to losses in the inlet and outlet, a very low wing aspect ratio, and a high sweep angle (50°) needed to deflect incoming radar waves to the sides.[33] With these design considerations and no afterburner, the F-117 is limited to subsonic speeds."
      --More of the same article

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    8. Hmmm... Aim-9 missiles are heat seeking (standard issue), so why they can hit this jet, I don't know... just reflects the lack of any realism in this game

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    9. mi©hael... u owe me game!

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  9. Hi guys,

    maybe off topic but here goes: Im fairly new to the game and i really liked it untill...my skill rating went above 3000 (im now at 4400 and doubting to quit the game). I dont like flying guys with SR over 150K and fly for 2 seconds(or less) and get blown out of the sky over and over. What fun...not. Why does z2 dont match it a bit more fair between pilots??? That aint rocketscience z2!! Instead of releasing a lot of kickass planes they should take a good look at the game code. I dont want to play hacked thats no fun in my opinion. I could but I wont. Im still trying to learn the game fairly and thats impossible with this system...same for the weapon matching... standard vs bisnos...lol what a joke. Plus the "new" opponent button is completely BS! I keep facing the same pilots over and over. Does anyone have the same experience? Great blog (and submitters) btw. Keep up the good work guys. You are all beating the official site. lol thats so funny ;) Z2 should listen more to dedicated players and get their heads out of their A....

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    1. Yup, I agree 100%. My SR just went over 3000 and most of the time, I get matched with opponents with much, much higher SR than me. And, to add insult to injury, the opponent with the higher SR ends up getting spawned right behind me so that as soon as I flip backwards, I'm staring at missiles shot straight at my face. No fun at all!!! :o(

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    2. If you are in difficult playing with automatch, go to play --> versus mode --> invite friend --> play now. This way you will mostly find unskilled players to try new tacticts without the fear of getting killed after two seconds, and sometimes you'll meet skilled players that don't use coin missiles. Don't expect to become an ace quickly this way, but in a lot of time you'll accumulate enough experience to begin fighting in Automatch.
      Otherwise you can buy bisnos and zeus once and then hack them to become infinite, so every time you feel frustrated of getting pwned by coin missile users you'll be able to give them a nice payback. I made this and I learnt to dodge high tracking missiles at long range 85% of the times (with agility class, 30% with Weapons and defense) in about 4 days (I was already more skilled than you so you'll probably take more) and now I am slowly switching back to credit missiles.
      WHEN I MEET ONLY COIN MISSILES USERS, I use coin missiles, so it is a non-frustrating fair match, if I meet some players using credits or stocks I switch to credit missiles.
      Don't think I am a cheater or a coin missiles n00b, I just did it to improve my skill and it worked perfectly.

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    3. Welcome to Z2's world. It's called greed (or some say capitalism).

      They want you to spend your money on buying a 'better' plane and arming it with bitchnovats and voodoos. Just so you can keep up with the mega SR players. They keep you under 3K SR just long enough for you to get hooked.

      As for fixing the code...until we STOP playing the game, why would they? It's not going to make them any money to have their developers spend time on something that isn't going to produce revenue. They see it as wasted money.

      If you read the older blogs, you'll see the same complaints you are having.

      If you decide to keep playing, read up on avoiding missiles (see the links on right) and don't upgrade your missiles. You'll get better with stock weapons, even if you lose a lot.

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    4. THANX guys for the replies!!! Much appreciated

      Greetz from holland

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    5. Not all pilots useing Bisnos are any good. I fought a F-105 (my favorite plane, next to the F-7) that had Bitchnovats+Zeus, I had my wraith with RAAMs+Valkyrie, and the guy quit because I kept hitting him, and he didn't have a chance to fire a single missile. i ran out of credit missiles midgame, and was pounding him with standard issue.

      Verdict: most 'turtle' pilots are bitchno spammers, but a few of us, (me included :-) ) use credit/standard issue weapons.
      And are therefore not to be despised, or taken lightly of.

      Who goes to Holland? it's just a below sea level, EU county, ruled by the richest woman on the planet, and constantly in threat of flooding.

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    6. From my experience Z2 does matching like that to make sure there are always players available to match. Someone on the Facebook group had the brackets for SR up once before. When I do new opponent I very often get a new one. However when there is a low amount of people queued up, your chances to be matched with the same person are higher. I've done network programming before and people never seem to understand how complex it is to get GOOD matches consistently. From what I've played (~4500 SR) Z2 does a pretty good job at keeping the matches stable.

      Don't take this personally, for the most part I just get sick of seeing so many gamers complain about things that are truly a balancing act with networking. Gamers have been taught a lot of keyword but few have the understanding of the complexities of network programming and creating systems that will have low chances to create bad matches.

      TL;DR People complain wait to much about what is actually very difficult. The more restrictions you ask for in terms of match ups, the longer you would have to wait for a match.

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    7. "...for the most part I just get sick of seeing so many gamers complain about things that are truly a balancing act with networking" ???

      your life must be tough lol

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    8. I agree that game programing is difficult (work in the software biz). But we don't know for sure that Z2 has spent the time/money to improve that portion of the code and it could go either way...

      I think that a lot of complaining could be avoided if they displayed how many players were available at the time you clicked on the 'New Opponent' button.

      And not just the number of players logged in...but how about a tally of the players in your bracket and how many are available to play you.

      And if they ever decided to add filters, you would know how these filters affected the # available for you to play against, because you would see the # decrease as you added filters.

      HOWEVER, we, as the consumer have the right to complain if we find it unsatisfactory...this is how things get done in Corp. America!

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  10. I have 299 coins and I'm an Agility plane fan (Maurader/Reaper = favorites)...My debate is:

    1) I accidentally bought the KD-90 Sphynx (pop-up & lag). It's stats are good, but I'm not sure I'll like it in VS, even after upgrading it.

    2) I can buy the badass looking Striker, but I wouldn't have enough to upgrade it.

    So I don't know if I should go ahead and buy the Striker and wait to upgrade it? Or if I should just upgrade the Sphynx and wait for the Striker re-release?

    I usually fly the Reaper and take the Maurader out often. I use stock weapons and occasionally arm RAAMs when I consistently play blue-coin spammers. I also tend to run out of Energy, but I've learned to cope and find ways around this.

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    1. Get the striker. You can earn the coins to upgrade it as you go via Tapjoy offers.

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    2. I have fought the striker once he is 45K+ SR with lancer me with 26K+ SR flying my stiletto with RAAM I lost once 0-1 lots of draw and beat him 1-0's, 2-1's. I can outmaneuver him. Stick with your reaper it has better stats if you're got at it why downgrade...

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  11. Won't be surprised if z2 makes a 747 with +15 speed, +15 agility, +17 energy, and + 13 damage...

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  12. Sky Demon vs Striker, which none is better? What's the reason?

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  13. does z2 even know anything about the planes they make in this game? f117 is not agile or fast and why doesnt it have any stealth?

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    1. They only care about profits. Not quality.

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    2. This is cyberspace not airspace. When Z2 givse old airframes top stats just look at it as some kind of "pimp my ride" thing. This also works when they turn bombers or reconnaissance aircraft into fighters as it is with Sky Demon, Striker, Achilles.

      But it is really disappointing to see prime stealthy airframes flying around in the MS:W skies without any stealth (Sky Demon, Striker) or to find an airframe with straight wings in the supersonic Agility Class.

      Though, I am optimistic, that Z2 will at least fix one of the main glitches:
      http://metalstormwingman.com/forums/topic/bug-reversed-aerodynamic-control-surfaces/

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    3. HAHAHAHA. Yeah, I noticed the incorrect physics too, but didn't waste my time reporting it as they probably won't bother with it.

      It won't add to their profit margin...

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  14. I'm considering getting over the reaper but I would like to hear more inputs on its performance to know I'm making the right choice. Can anyone who was already bought this plane give more feed backs?

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    1. Get this one instead of the Reaper and don't wait for Spectre. IMO this plane is better because of its higher damage, I own this three planes and I have to say this one is the best.

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    2. this wont make much difference, but I versed a reaper with my wraith. I beat it 1-0. I was useing RAAM's, he was useing bisnovats, and had a skill of 12,000. Mine is 3850.

      I was consistantly outmaneuvering him, and slamming him. I almost killed him twice, but ran out of time. Just goes to show the deadly potential of the humble lil wraith.

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  15. WHAT IS BETTER FOR VERSUS MODE WEAPONS OR AGILITY

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    1. Agility, provided you know how to use it. Otherwise weapon class planes with an agility bonus are VERY difficult to counter.

      Technically any class of plane will work, although defense class are notorious for being easy prey. Agility class are favored if you know how to dodge missile shots and get in close.

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    2. depends totally on ones fighty style. I personally use weapons class (just for the damage) and i don't have much experience with agility.

      some people use agility class to great ends, but i just cant get over the lack of ability to absorb punishment. For the record, defense class get an unnecissary bag rap, but in reality are great planes. If you're serious about playing, buy the F-105 Dragon next time it comes out. It only costs 54000 credits :-)

      I just survived a match with the striker in my F-105, so in foresight, it's a good investment. But hey, thats just my opinion. if anyone dissagrees, (which I'm sure many of you will) please comment. I want feedback just as much as the other guy.

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  16. New plane this weekend- AR550 warrior
    +17 speed
    +15 agility
    +3 energy
    +2 critical strike rating
    Picture in link below... Also red widow re-released this weekend



    db.tt/aPzmP0Wu

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  17. Isn't this supposed to be a forum about stratagies, and not just a place to vent feelings about bisno spammers, hackers, mistakes made by z2, and many other things? can't we all just for once share stratagies about flying? I mean, I haven't seen one post about how to better your knowledge of this game. Just gripe, gripe, gripe.

    So lets some stratagies people!

    So lets get our acts together, and start exchangeing stratagies about this game.

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    1. it's: strategies

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    2. Nah... Last thing I need is to fight bisnovate pilots doing tricks right out of the book..The game is bad enough already isn't it?

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    3. So.... no more comments like this? (You are the same -(Night Fury)-, right?)

      August 28, 2012 7:09 AM

      " Shudup.

      People who use coin weapons ruin the game for others.

      HOW THE H***, do you expect to upgrade a plane without coins!!!

      -(Night Fury)-

      Lemme guess, your a coin missile user, right? "

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    4. I got a strategy for you - Stop typing and start flying.

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    5. F*** you, I'm not a coin missile user, in fact i use nothing but standard issue, and if you have read ANY of my comments, you'de know that.

      I do agree that I use flawed logic; Everyone has the right to use any weapon that they see fit to use. It's just that it seems that upgrades are way different from weapons. Most people buy the same upgrades, so that area of the game is more equal.

      besides, all planes are different. All weapons are the same. A bitchnovat is a Bitchnovat. All that matters is what plane your useing. A weapons class will take advantage of the +100 damage.



      Oh, wait your quoteing me right? well you now know my opinion. I would love to fight you sometime :-) my SR is 3850 (about).
      do you hack the game?

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    6. Yep, I try to keep my overopionionated, sarcastic, rude mouth shut. (not being sarcastic)

      Unless...
      someone says something first.
      someone says something I don't like.
      I mad at something else, and want to vent steam.

      other than that, I'll try to be positive. :-)


      PS:

      the one and only, -(Night Fury)-

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    7. you know, I'm just gonna stop shooting my mouth off. I thought that you were saying I was a coin missile user, not just quoteing me. Next time you quote, please use quotation marks.

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  18. Sounds like a really fast plane on the way. Any better pic? The link doesnt contain anything. At this rate, I'll never be able the right one plane.

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  19. Man, if this Striker's stats were on a weapons plane, it would have been great (for me at least).

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    1. So true! Although, I would've swapped the 7% Armour for 8% Missile Tracking for me at least. And the Striker has no afterburners(jet flames)because Z2 said it would make the plane stealthy. True.

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  20. when will a plane based on the auora spy plane come out

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    1. I want the U-2 spyplane.
      oh, and the Predator drone. That plane is kick a** AWESOME!!!

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  21. Metalstorm is not working whyyyyy

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    1. Because it suuucks

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    2. And so do yoooouuu:-)

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  22. I just got this plane an I versed a tempest with meteor/vulcan and I had raam/Vulcan and I beat it 5-1

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  23. this plane is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fully upgraded it feels 3x more agile than my fully upgraded spectre. it is way better than the spectre too

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  24. This plane is pretty good... It looks epic in game; the damage is significantly increased. Still haven't fully upgraded it, but it has a lot of potential. May even replace my reaper.....

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  25. Damn it. I missed it. I'll have to wait until it comes out again.

    The only time I was able to play these past few days and the server was down. It wouldn't log me in.

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  26. heyyy!!!! dont forget the spectre that thing can destroy any plane

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    1. I agree. I am a Spectre & Reaper pilot. I dislike the Striker.

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    2. Hey Stan,

      Why do you dislike the Striker?

      It has 2% less agility than the Reaper, does that make that much of a difference?

      I already have the Reaper, so I've passed on the Spectre, but do like it's energy bank.

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  27. Many people think that the Reaper is the king in Agility class. Are you sure the Spectre is superior to it?

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    1. When it comes to reaper vs spectre, the spectre would mostly likely win in my opinion mainly because more energy allows you to outmaneuver your opponent and helps you dodge more missiles with the extra energy.

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    2. So the king of the agile planes is?

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    3. There is no king.
      And the Spectre would not most likely win. Different flying styles need different amounts of energy. The Spectre is larger thus being more vulnerable. It all depends on the pilot. All the other stuff gives slight advantages.

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    4. I liked the Thresher most. Its narrow wings gave it great dodging ability.

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    5. I like the Wasp most.
      I dont like too much speed with my flying style.

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  28. it doesn't matter what the person in the tempest is useing, you can own them no matter what. I could probably kill the person even more.

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    1. Go challenge the Tempst Lord, then.

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    2. Yeah, he'd smash you if you used fair weps.

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  29. This plane should be in the defense class with the best stealth rating available. C'mon Z2.

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    1. If any plane at all is perfect for defense class, it's this one. Seriously now.

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  30. My favorite plane on MSW!

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  31. Great plane if u have the coins buy it one of the best agility class planes next to the spectre,reaper and stiletto

    Celt1c sa1nt

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  32. I've had a lot of different kinds of planes, but the striker has to be my favorite. Since I got it about six months ago, I have only lost about five versus matches. The striker is the perfect balance of agility and power in my opinion. I would definitely recommend this to any hardcore agility class pilot.

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