I managed to sneak Boba into range 1 of Mauler in the opening joust and destroy him in the opening volley but from then on it just seemed my list had absolutely nothing to pretend to compete with his. A few proton bombs did some face up damage to his TIE's but it simply wasn't enough to make a difference and secondly the range 2 Advanced Homing Missiles certainly showed their down side as he was careful to stay in Range 1 or push right out to Range 3. Hats off to Ben he's a better player but I certainly don't feel as though I'm doing myself any favours with the Deathrain and Boba list.
Deathrain seems to have nothing to contribute once his ordnance is spent (which for me seems to be 5-6 turns) and my list once again seems to really drop to higher pilot skills such as Veteran Instincts Whisper which has been my undoing on two occasions.
It would seem that in order to design a competitive list one of the major fundamentals is to have a high pilot skill that is simply able to observe the battle and move last into the most optimal position to have the most impact on the upcoming combat phase. I simply did not have that this game and guessing just isn't good enough when fighting Whisper.
Back to the drawing board I think!