Best Battletech medium mech in the game- early Succession War tech?
With many of the re-seen un-seen being not so great on the table, the Wolverine always seems to deliver when I play it...
A medium mech with decent speed and jump jets at 1101 battle value is about the max I'd like to pay. For many medium mechs I feel like jump jets are mandatory unless they have something quirky special going for them. Light mechs have speed, say like the Locust, and jump jets are nice but speed is #1 at that weight class.
Heavy and assault mechs have armor. Medium mechs don't have the speed of light mechs, or the armor of heavy mechs, so I feel they need the 'jets to balance that out.
The Wolvie has that. The AC/5 gives you some ranged punch and a constant 5 damage potential every turn once in range all the way out to close range. Getting closer the SRM-6 packs a decent short range punch, with the medium laser to back it up.
At close range with the jump jets that is a chance to get into position or out of a heavier firing arc and hit it back with the AC, SRM, and medium laser. 55 tons means death from above suddenly opens up as a viable option- at least for a crazy mech commander like myself. 55 tons crashing down on an Atlas has a good chance to crack that head. A solid well rounded mech, perhaps like the Centurion, for a reasonable battle value.