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Well since I've never seen a PHX-1b in game, I decided to look it up on Sarna.net, and now I know why it is so much better., SLDF Royal version. Endo-steel and XL engine. But I have to wonder, does the vanilla game even model the weakness of the XL engine?

XL engines also have critical slots in the side torsos, so if the side torso is destroyed, the mech is destroyed. It's a major weakness and a big reason of lot of TT players would avoid XL engine mechs.
 

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Which is a huge buff for XL engines in vanilla games :)
I'm one of those who hate playing with Star League XL in TT, but for those who do, something I've promoted in our local group is…

Since taking three engine hits destroys an engine, why are there 'only' three engine slots in the side torsos? Inner Sphere XLs have twelve engine slots, so why not four in each torso? That frees up two more slots in the center torso, which may or may not be useful based on your mech design philosophy, but why not have it as an option? I've managed to convert a couple of players.

Something I've had less luck with is convincing them to allow me to put eight engine slots in the CT and two in each ST. ;
 

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In vanilla only losing CT, head or both legs will kill a mech, regardless of the engine.
This is among the reasons I play with mods enabled. The mod I'm using does have XL engines, and they are modeled correctly. Which is why I won't use a mech that has one. ;)
 

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I'm using my 1B as a backstabber right now. My Archer, Mararder and SDLF Highlander form a 'Hey, over here!' block of armoured doom. The 1B quietly hops around the back and sets to work.

The standard PHX was like using a stilleto to the kidney. The 1B is like using a Kurgan style broadsword.
 

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I'm using my 1B as a backstabber right now. My Archer, Mararder and SDLF Highlander form a 'Hey, over here!' block of armoured doom. The 1B quietly hops around the back and sets to work.

The standard PHX was like using a stilleto to the kidney. The 1B is like using a Kurgan style broadsword.
Does your HGN complain about your Pixie pilot shouting 'there can be only one'?
 
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Dekker yells it in a dodgily Scottish sounding 'Egyptian' accent, so nobody seems to mind.
No wonder everyone keeps shooting at him if that's the accent he goes with.