I'm a new pilot. I've only been playing about 10 days or so, and I ended up picking the jenner as my 1st group of mechs to XP out. I've watched a bunch of videos, and looked at a lot of detailed info about proper builds, and I keep seeing the same theme over and over ... XL engines in the 290-300 range to max out potential speeds. Now, I find that the only time top end speeds would really affect me are on the egress. The majority of maps just don't provide you with large areas where you can make optimal use of the top top speeds. Most of them tend to have boxy choke point areas or groups of cover, that you tend to dodge in and out of to break target locks, soak some of the dmg comming at you, and burn time while your weapons go from white to "only" red hot. With this in mind ( and before i actually purchase my 1st XL engine ), I'd like to get some input from more experienced pilots on the subject. What I am considering doing, is going for a direct ( 245->xl 245 ) or minor upgrade ( say xl 265 ? ), if that will allow me to put more "punch" on, for when i do get into position for that alpha from behind. I'm hoping, with the additional tonnage available, that I could put some combo of LL's, MPL's and ML's on, giving me more options. Something like this : And, with the smaller engine, id probably swap the srm2 for a ssrm2, add another heat sink, and another half ton of armor. Feed back / comments would be appreciated.