I have heard that deflection theory, but I don't see it in practice. I have seen Kessen shots lined up with a transport. Nice clean shots through the transport, HQ and then squad center at the back. Right in a line. Not saying deflections don't exist, but I have not seen it in practice. I generally check the damage line and it's clear where the shot went. I don't look at the vapor trail.
It could very well have to do with the level and hitpoints of the transport/factory versus Kessen and/or lugga level.
All I can confirm is since my transport and a factory have been put in between and in line with my dekas and sc, Kessen shots on my sc have become practically non existent unless they drop something to bait the deka away from their pad or if they drop a troop and destroy them first and then play Kessen. I do not have the capability to record and show my replays but I assure you that many have tried to shoot through those two buildings to get my sc, and many have failed.[/quote]
I suspect it's because the larger buildings are harder to gauge the target line and not due to deflection, and most players that use the Kessen shot are under the wrong target line assumption. With a smaller building, it's real easy to line up the northern tip. I would look at the damage line. The damage line is always a straight line. I suspect if a flag or resource generator was in front of the transport or factory, the Kessen shot target line would be easier for the attacker and it would cut through the transport or factory without any issue/deflection. That would confirm whether it's a deflection or target line issue. Bottom line it works for you, but for people trying to gain a better understanding of the Kessen shot, I would suggest testing it from both an attack and defensive standpoint.[/quote]
Right. I agree. Once Kessen became a regular, visiting my base practically daily and often several times a day crushing my sc most all the time, I put my atat, vader, and all my other heroes in timeout and started practicing with Kessen. I played him every attack. The 1st couple months on dev. bases practicing and learning his abilities, and then when I got comfortable, started using him on real player bases.
My postings are exactly just MY experiences and not in any way statistically speaking. He is a very hard troop/hero to "totally" and "fully" understand and learn ALL the different possibilities he has and does not have. After probably over 1000 times I have used him, to this day, he still throws me a curveball from time to time.