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Shadow Hawks are becoming; or rather have become everyone's favourite Phoenix Mech; and for good reason too. They're unfortunately super tall for a Medium Mech; however they have good mobility, good hitboxes and have a high mounted Ballistic Hardpoint. Their only 2 failings are how super tall they are (as per usual PGI cannot scale Mechs properly) and the fact that the current Meta favours Heavy and Assault BattleMechs.
However, that doesn't make the Shadow Hawk obsolete they are a very good Medium Mech, easily able to hold their own against other Mechs. They're very versatile, and work very well in packs of 3 to 4.
SHD-5M (STD275, 1x AC20, 2x ML & 1x JJ)"Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak."- Sun Tzu
Smurfy MechLab: [Link]
Speed: 81.0 kph
Cost: 10 mil (Approximately)
Primary Weapon Group: AC/20Secondary Weapon Group: Both Medium Lasers
What I love doing; is running this build with another 2 or 3 Lancemates with the very same build. That's exactly 3 AC/20s between us.
The main tactic we utilise is similar to how a Shark hunts. We literally find a prey that's isolated from the rest of their team and attack it mercilessly. We even encircle the prey and keep circling, never standing still, always trying to aim for the weak points.
This build is super fun and super deadly! Yes it's not too dissimilar from a Hunchback, Yen-Lo-Wang or Blackjack AC/20 builds, however it works, IMO better, mainly due to the extra Armour coupled with Jump Jets.