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[Mechbuild] The "noisy Cricket" 4Erppc Cicada


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#41 Ryft

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:27 PM

The other day I was piloting my HBK-4P in the Caldera map, and risked a 9 MLAS alpha strike to achieve a kill. I got my wish, but I overheated. A lot.

The entire time I was sitting there staring in my cockpit, all I could think about was this video. I wasn't even watching it and it made me laugh out loud. That's pretty awesome.

#42 Culler

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:12 PM

I was so amused by this build that I was encouraged to find a version that was a little more playable. I ended up taking a CDA-2A with 4 small lasers and 2 PPCs with a 200XL engine and topped the damage charts for my team for the 2 games I played in it. After all, the recycle time on PPCs is pretty low and hitting twice with 2 is the same damage as hitting once with 4 and you get to keep moving (at 80kph) and not be such a target.

You're probably still better off in a hunchie if you want PPCs, but it was fun. The Cicada is really just there to go fast, any cicada build that does not go fast is usually better off as a heavier mech.

#43 Ryft

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:23 PM

My buddy and I were playing around with these ideas tonight. He made a 3 PPC Raven variant, and had a fun time (overheating) with it.

#44 LennStar

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:16 AM

View PostCuller, on 10 December 2012 - 08:12 PM, said:

I was so amused by this build that I was encouraged to find a version that was a little more playable.

Take a Jenner (or Raven - nice standing beyond cover and firing because of top mounting, but arm/torso mounting not optimal). Put in 2PPC and an engine that you can go 75-85. Put in 6-7DHS.

I have a dmg rating of more then 250 in average for the last 20 games (fights only, without Cap races where total battle dmg <1000) with that design. You can even kill ECM ravens with "surprise PPCing". But dont expect to win 1:1 against anything that isn't badly damaged.
I may be better with the 6MedLas Jenner, but that PPC build is a lot more fun.
And no, with normal PPC it is not really that big a heat problem. Even in caustic you can fire 4 times (with the XP upgrades) in a row. You dont want to be visible longer then that anyway in a jenner :)

You are basically a medium support Mech with less protection but also less profile.
I prefer the Jenner because you can jump. Helps a lot if you are trained. Nothing makes a day like jump hitting an Atlas again and again with 20dmg. Frozen city has great cover possibilites for that design, esp. if you go a bit risky to the side. Jump, hit 'em in the side or back and disappear.

Edited by LennStar, 11 December 2012 - 03:29 AM.


#45 Red squirrel

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:09 PM

fabulotastic

#46 Dukarriope

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

That @#$%ing music

#47 Atheose

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:23 AM

LOVE IT.

#48 Bhelogan

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 11:53 AM

I have had a blast playing this build the last week. Really fun.

Edited by Bhelogan, 16 December 2012 - 07:21 PM.


#49 Alekzander Smirnoff

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

Best, Video, Ever.

#50 Grandmaster Ramrod

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

Awesome video! Not into lights myself but it's inspried a friend to get one... What have you done. Also:

THAT. DAMN. MUSIC.

In my head. All day. I hope you're happy.

#51 Sorho

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:15 PM

Now i'm going to have to try this on my Hunchback...

#52 Cato Phoenix

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 12:57 AM

I spent 8 million to have a Cicada 2B with 4 PPCs.

It was definitely fun! Although I used almost 0 armor.

#53 3Xtr3m3

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 06:21 PM

Read this thread after the most recent ATD.
I think builds like this are what Bryan was refering to when he talked about match damage to mechs due to overheating.

#54 Sable Dove

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:12 PM

Tried a modified 2A build; 3ERPPCs, XL195 (I don't have an XL 200 available), 11DHS, 224 armour

Doesn't overheat with every shot (55% on Tourmaline); Much greater sustained damage.

I kinda like the Cicadas now; they have a few silly, but effective builds like this. Like the AC/20 or Gauss 3Cs

#55 TVMA Doc

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:52 PM

The saving grace is that it goes into overheat shutdown every time you fire. This will at least make it harder for the guy you hit to turn around and see who's firing at him.

The downside, other than being slower than an atlas and having a wet paper towel for armor, is that if you are ever just randomly seen and targeted, you won't last very long. It's a true glass cannon.

View PostLon3Wo1f, on 11 November 2012 - 08:00 AM, said:

I wasn't sure how to feel about this but then the Jeopardy tune sold it to me. I like it a lot!

I enjoyed that as well. Anyone think that we can petition the devs to add that in during the shutdown animations?

#56 StillRadioactive

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:21 AM

LCT-3S

#57 RecklessFable

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 10:14 AM

Just tried this with an X-5. I was in shutdown for 45 seconds and THEN died due to overheating. Hilarious.





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