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All in the mind.
—Dybbuk-Seizer

The Dybbuk-Seizer is an Epsilon stolen tech unit acquired by infiltrating a rogue Epsilon Pandora Hub and Construction Yard. Another, yet uncommon, member of Epsilon's Dybbuk aircraft series, alongside the common fighter and bomber variants, this aircraft functions as an aerial mind controller.

Official description

In the complicated process of weapons-developing, Yuri's scientists have come up with the most bizarre of designs and the most unorthodox of tactics. As Yuri's gift of mind control has been spread to the many of his Adepts and Elites, and has further been built upon in the form of the advanced Masterminds and efficient Psychic Towers, step by step, his vision of worldwide mind control was getting closer to reality.

One of its side projects was a concept for an aircraft in the Dybbuk series: equipped with advanced artificial mind control systems akin to those of the Mastermind, adjusted for aerial long-range use, and further enhanced with targeting apparatus, that would allow this new Dybbuk to even take control of most of the enemy air force. The unit could then be enhanced by special precise long-range emitters, suited for supplying the captured forces with a dose of the Terminus Drugs, to temporarily enhance their fighting capabilities, and make them more powerful than they were before the capture. Dybbuk-Seizer was to be a complex, technologically advanced solution to Yuri's notorious issues with using his mind control units in dangerous environments, where they would fall to the likes of enemy snipers or EMP weapons.

And then they realized they can just put three Epsilon Adepts on a plane and call it a day.[1]

Overview

The Dybbuk-Seizer is the fastest mind controller available to Epsilon, and the only one able to seize piloted aircraft. In addition, it lacks most of the weaknesses that characterized Epsilon's other units capable of mind control. This include the Adept/Elite's fragility, the Psychic Tower's stationary nature and vulnerability to power shortages, and the Mastermind's notable weakness of brainwave overload that leads to its self-destruction. This makes it an incredibly potent and reliable tool that can be used over and over to devastating effect.

Another feature that sets apart the Dybbuk-Seizer is that its mind control victims receive a boost in firepower for a limited time, similar to the Rage superweapon. With the right units seized, Seizers can cause far more chaos than regular mind controllers if the enemy cannot retaliate against them.

With these traits in mind, a clever proselyte is able to use the Dybbuk-Seizer to seize control of important units behind enemy lines or where they least expect it; they won't have to worry about mind-controlling the wrong unit(s), as he has to manually order the Seizer to do so. Unfortunately, unlike other mind controllers, the Seizer has limited "ammunition", meaning the proselyte must choose his targets carefully, as the unwilling victims can only be changed manually once the Dybbuk-Seizer has reloaded in its airfield if it is out of "ammunition".

The Dybbuk-Seizer's ability to take control of aircraft and turn them against their former masters fulfills the role of a rather unorthodox counter against other air units, as it can render them harmless to friendly forces considering it doesn't get shot down. This makes the Dybbuk-Seizer an extremely effective weapon against slower and heavier aircraft that are resistant to conventional anti-air weapons, such as Kirov Airships and Quetzals. Even if the aforementioned units have an anti-air escort, the Dybbuk-Seizer is often fast enough to take control of its intended targets and make a swift getaway before any anti-air ordnance can even touch them.

In an Epsilon vs. Epsilon matchup where this aircraft would be ideally acquired, it is a rather situational aircraft at best. There are not that many unique Epsilon units to mind control that can really give an advantage to a Proselyte crafty enough to steal the plans to build one. If one is playing as PsiCorps, there are cheaper alternatives for mind controlling enemy units (in fact, the Dybbuk-Seizer is the most expensive mind controller available). But these aircraft are at their most dangerous when there are other enemy factions, not just rouge Epsilon ones, as most of their advanced units worth mind controlling are unable to outrun the Dybbuk-Seizer.

AI behavior

The AI will normally not attempt to access stolen tech in most gamemodes in skirmish. However, the AI does have the following attack patterns should they possess Dybbuk-Seizers, which is currently only applicable to the campaign and Ultimate Alliance:

  • 1x targeting vehicles

Appearance

Our last psychic achievement, the Dybbuk-Seizer is now available for construction. With three Adepts inside, this jet can mind control enemy ground and flying units alike.
—Epsilon intel during Operation: Babel

Act Two

  • The Dybbuk-Seizer debuts in Earthrise as aerial enemies. As with most Epsilon aircraft, it is fully capable of maneuvering in space. The player can only make use of Dybbuk-Seizers by capturing the Aerodomes where they are housed; it is impossible to build them. These Seizers have increased hit points and only the enemy is capable of building them, as long as a Pandora Hub with a Psychplug is present.
  • Grounded Dybbuk-Seizers are encountered during the second portion of Reality Check. Libra can retrieve Terminus drugs from them for an one-time use of Rage.
  • The Dybbuk-Seizer is available to the Epsilon forces in Withershins, Hamartia, Death's Hand, and Babel. In Babel, it becomes buildable to the player, requiring Cloning Vats.

Assessment

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  • Mind controls up to three enemy units, including air units.
  • Flying mobile unit makes it easy to capture enemy units, especially those without anti-air capabilities.
  • Automatically repairs itself.
  • Extremely fast jet, outrunning even the Hummingbird.
  • Victims are granted a temporary boost in firepower.
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  • Expensive ($2000).
  • Late game unit, only available after infiltrating an Epsilon Pandora Hub.
  • Has to target units manually to mind control.
  • Has no other defensive capabilities of its own.
  • Not very durable.
  • Vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire.
  • Has limited "ammunition".

See also

Other Epsilon stolen tech units:

Other Epsilon Dybbuk aircraft:

External links

References

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