scruffy and and ironlightsaber really put their hearts into this and it showed. ironlightsaber is super busy for a whole host of reasons, but I hope he gets the pictures up when he can so we can share our experience with the official boards. We are a hot point of SWM in this country and we have the events to prove it. STURGIS. Enough said.
As the evil side of the scenario, I had a lot of fun destroying the BMFG and "baiting" my side in closer to get a few last kills in before you wiped me out.
Great to see so many boards members there! I know we were all super ashamed to only know each other by our handles!
Ironlightsaber will post a full list of boards members present but it was like over a dozen regular posters!
hothie: Thanks for coming all the way from Des Moines!
DPR: Thanks for the compliments. I had a bunch of wonderful games in the tournament. It was an AWESOME tournament. It always is when all the local talent shows up, and there were A LOT of good players there. That's why our tournament was marked as "advanced" instead of "beginning" :evillaugh All of my games were tough games. My squad:
We call it the Squad of Doom around here, and it has been discussed on the boards extensively for its re-roll potential. Ironlightsaber played a similar variant with more bodyguards.
I breezed through the first round. I played versus a guy that plays with his son. He is a great guy, super good sport, and he is teaching his son how to play games respectfully. Great group to play against. He had Vader JH, Empy SL, other stuff, Jawas. My accurate shot and lockout ability were too much for them on the hard back map. To be fair, he forgot about deflect some of the time and he doesn't play a lot of tournaments. He also rolled really poorly. I made sure to remind him to use it after our game
My next two games were pretty tough. I beat out ironlightsaber by just a few points with time running out. He basically had the same squad as me but traded out Boba for another Ishi Yib, more Naboo soldiers, and Captain Antilles. I moved to engage him immediately because you can't dawdle against this "camp" squad. It was a brutal match, but well fought. It is tough to play good friends in high stakes tournaments, but it was exactly how I wanted the match to go between us. Time ended with his full health Yoda, wounded Antilles and something else versus my full health boba, R2 and a slightly damaged Aurra. I think if we played it out I could have won. Ironlightsaber disagrees
, but it was still a great match. Ironlightsaber took 2nd place in the tourney though!
Next match was against Dread Pirate Roberts. With Aurra as his only accurate shooter and with an early shot on R2, I controlled the pace most of the game. He moved Quinlan into a crowd of my figs with R2. I cancelled one lightsaber sweep with Yoda, his second he pulled off but hit NONE of my figs due to the bodyguard/Med Droid combo. Quinlan fell shortly after, as did R2 and I was able to lock a door to make his other peices come around the room on the junkyard map to engage me. That delay was enough for me to turn the tide completely in my favor. At time, he had Aurra and Tarfful left versus my full Boba, heavily wounded (but adjacent to a hidden med droid) Aurra and R2.
Finally, I played sithdragon13 for the tournament win. He wiped the board with me. He played: ROTS Mace, ROTS Yoda, Tarrful, and a crap ton of Wookiee Commando bodyguards. He had more bodyguards than me and immediately had the advantage. He moved up out of LOS on the Bespin map and we engaged in close quarters. In prior games, I was wary that I was not doing enough damage quick enough with my squad. Attempting to compensate for that sealed my doom as I towed Yoda out too early, got R2 killed, and then got Yoda killed. I was lucky it didn't end quicker because he missed a lot of rolls against my Yoda with Yoda and Mace in the beginning (imagine missing like six times with those figs and rerolling over half of them and having the REROLLS be misses as well!
) In the end game, Boba missed Yoda about five times, sealing my doom. At that point, I lost my concentration and my gimmick squad fell apart. sithdragon took the tourney! Congratulations! :D
The top placers in this tournament (can't remember all places but 1, 2 and me (5) ) all were heavy on bodyguards. Few of the top squads included Thrawn or Vipers or Vader JH, but all of those were present.
So I went 3-1 and only placed fifth. No prizes
. As stated above, I couldn't do enough damage with my squad versus these excellent opponents to garner enough points. I learned something about playing a squad like this as I never had before. Still, placing fifth in a field of 19 excellent players is good.
Prizes were great. "IOU"s were issued for COTF boosters!!!!! 1st: 4 boosters, 2nd: 3, 3rd: 2, 4th: 1. Even though I didn't win any boosters, I'm still happy that ironlightsaber got some. We open our cases together (five) in a giant draft and since he will be getting at least three boosters ahead of time, that opens up the possibility of me being able to pick something I need that he already has.
Great experience. I want to be more involved in the planning of the next one since we keep proving what a great local SWM community we have.
Thanks all! :D