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Myreille Strategic Tournament: A team tournament in Lille
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It has been too long, but the 2019 tournament season has started at last! For yours truly and the rest of the team Belgium our first stop was to be the Myreille Strategic Team tournament in nearby Lille, France. Those of you who have followed this blog in the past few years will remember that name,since it is a tournament that we’ve been attending since its conception in2017. Tanguy ( @Tartignolle ) is the main driving force of the event, and he never fails to deliver a very enjoyable weekend: an array of great opponents from the north of France, Belgium and Luxembourg, getting together to share quality beer, local food -and local liquor- in the backdrop of competitive games of T9A!
This year the event was bigger than ever: a total of 14 teams of 4 players managed to make it, with another 6 in a waiting list! This is not surprising, given the quality of the event and the hospitality of our friends from Lille. Our team comprised of @gregor with his Daemonic Legions, @PrinceCharming with his Ogre Khans, the Undying Dynasties of @IHDarklord and, finally, my Tolkein-themed Sylvan Elves. Why the mention of dear old J.R.R. , you ask? Well, because I was looking for an excuse to bring as many Forest Eagles as possible and “the Eagles are coming!” was the best catchphrase I could think of!
Here is the list that I brought:
Sylvan Prince on Eagle King, LA, Shield, Cloak, Sylvan Lance, Death Cheater, Titanic Might
Bladedancer Chieftain BSB, Spear, Hunter's Honour, Aether Icon
Druid Master (Shamanism), Sylvan Bow, Binding Scroll, Magical Heirloom
2 x 8 Dryads
15 Sylvan Archers, musician
16 Sylvan Archers, musician
13 Bladedancers, Champion, Standard, Aether Icon
2 x 4 Kestrel Knights (Hard Target/Shield), Champion
2 x 5 Forest Eagles
So overall a good mix of close combat power and maneuverability, with a splash of shooting and magic to keep my opponents relatively honest. One of my goals was to test whether the SE without Forest Spirits are as vulnerable to magic and autohits as the internet makes them out to be.
The tournament field contained all kinds of lists, with all of the 16 armies being represented: about half of the lists had at least a Pyromancy or a Divination master, with a handful bringing other magic missile-heavy paths such as Thaumaturgy.
In my quest to prove that Sylvans can face such opposition, the forest Eagles were my secret weapon.
For our first game we were paired against a team of local players, hastily put together after several of the initial team members dropped out for various reasons. They were all great guys, and I got to play their Dwarven Holds general: he was returning to the hobby after an 8-month hiatus, and had brought a beautiful army, entirely painted with non-metallic metal details. His list was as follows:
Dwarf King on Warthrone, Shield, Rune of Might, Rune of Destruction, Rune ofReturning, Holdstone
Thane BSB, Shield, 3x Rune of Lightning
Runic Smith, Rune of Dragon’s Breath, 3 Runic Spells
Anvil of Power
29 Greybeards,Shields, Full Command, Runic Banner of Swiftness
10 Handgunners,Shields, Musician
12 Warriors, Shields, Vanguard
21 Seekers, Vanguard, Full Command
7 Hold Guardians, Full Command
2 x 1 Attack Copter
1 Vengeance Seeker
So a rather aggressive dwarven list, not unlike the one that I played last year.With four potential vanguards, it could pose some problems to the more static parts of my army. The scenario we got was Capture the Flags, and deployment was Frontline Clash.
After a couple of drops (gyrocopters) my adversary went for a full drop, and to my surprise he decided to castle in one of the corners, using a piece of impassable terrain to hide his Anvil. In response, I put my dryads far away from danger, both units of Archers right across the Seekers and loaded up the middle with the Dancers, kestrels and Eagles.
The dwarves inched forward cautiously, getting in range for shooting with the gyrocopters; these failed to hit my kestrels thanks to the Hard Target rule. Magic saw the Seekers get the rune of Gleaming cast on them.
The sylvans were a bit more aggressive: they spotted the flank of the left gyrocopter and declared charges on it, but failed to connect. The middle force moved up to threaten the dwarven advance, careful to stay outside of the charge range of the seekers. The Eagle King moved aggressively past the unbreakable dwarves, with several charge possibilities for the following turn. In the magic phase I was able to cast a Totemic Summon, and the Totemic Beast appeared right behind the dwarven lines. Its breath weapon caused two wounds to the vengeance seeker,while the archers dealt a couple of wounds to the seekers.
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