So where does the Cicada fall into our mech review post series?

A heavier Locust with the same speed, better armor, and firepower?

Do we need that in a medium mech?

Can you do scouting roles in a medium mech?

Stock Cicada certainly has better weapons- two medium lasers, and the one small if you get close enough, along with the speed to keep it safe, or at least get the highest movement modifiers that you can.

But, at 659 battle value can it stand up against similar medium mechs, while lighter mechs will just run away from it.

A popular opinion online, which I tend to agree with in many cases is that you want a medium mech to have jump jets- it has the tonnage for a DFA attack, and that kind of mobility with often semi heavy weapons such as large lasers, PPC, and LRM 10+ packs give medium a bit of a bite.

The Cicada doesn’t have that- it has speed which again we can get in a light mech.

The 1S veraint Locust that I now run has a medium laser and two SRM-2 packs at 440 battle value.

I just don’t fully see the need for a medium recon mech.

MAYBE if I needed speed with a bit more armor if I was going to come over heavy fire while on a recon mission, but then I’d probably pull out my Charger.

UPDATE: A few recon pics of my Cicada running around:

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6 Comments

Jordan Hubbard · February 8, 2018 at 8:27 PM

Great review. Outside of fluff reasons, I see no reason to take a Cicada over a Locust or Jenner.

    Wargamer Fritz · February 9, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    I’ve experimented with the Cicada, I guess if I was playing a super custom mission where I needed to recon by running across six hex maps the speed and armor would help- but I’d probably just take a Spider and gun it.

Primalucem · February 8, 2018 at 10:15 PM

Exactly – it’s a compromise between a Locust and Jenner. Better off going one or the other.

Speaking of which – Fritz, we still need to do that grudge match – 2 Locusts vs. a Jenner.

    Wargamer Fritz · February 9, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Yes! One day after our regular game when we have some time for a grudge match- I would only run the SRM-2 variant of the Locust at this point.

    Jade Falcon…is…almost…ready.

Bryce · March 3, 2018 at 8:21 AM

What do you think of that PPC variant Cicada?

    Wargamer Fritz · March 5, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Normally I don’t like one shot big guns on a mech, because if you miss there is no backup shots to add, BUT I think on a light mech for the points PPCs and large lasers can be a big threat- run the mech on the side of the board and outflank taking rear armor shots. Would work with the Cicada since it is fast. Works less with stuff like the Panther, which I enjoy playing but a slow light mech with a PPC doesn’t work.

    That said, a Cicada with a PPC or even an ER PPC depending on the tech would be a nasty surprise- in a good way!

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