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So after a long day of gaming, I got home and got a good night’s sleep and woke up feeling even worse. I actually tried to see if the TO could find a ringer, but none was forthcoming so I dragged myself to the venue and pumped myself full of a sufficient amount of drugs and caffeine to operate.
This team was full of top caliber players and were just off a win against the team which had capped us in Round 1, so we knew we were up for a tough round. I didn’t have two reds so we put me up first and I got the Sylvan and Dread Elves. My team mate wanted the game against the SE player so I took the Dread Elves for the team.
Josh Stuart’s Dread Elves:
So another Dread Elf (for those counting that’s 5 DE out of my last 7 GT games). I actually liked the match ups here
Cult Priest, BSB on Divine Altar, Shield
Dread Prince, General, Raptor, HA- Alchemist Alloy, Paired Weapons- Heros Heart, Lucky Charm, Midnight Cloak
Oracle, Cosmology Master, Amulet of Spite
31 Legionnaires, Spears, FC- Academy Banner
2x15 Legionnaires, Spears, Champ/Std- Academy Banner
12 Dread Knights, FC- Banner of Blood
5 Dark Acolytes, Champ
5 Dark Acolytes
2x Dread Reapers
Sea Dragon Host (for convenience):
Thoughts on the match up:
I really liked the acolytes and dread knights as targets for my magic and Ryma Knights respectively.
The Wardens really swing the infantry match ups as they strike simo on 2s/3s, as long as they don’t have to deal with protracted combats with the altar.
We got spoils of war and attacker defender. I believe I chose sides and big center, which allowed him to drop everything for first turn.
I ended up deploying symmetrically with Evana on the left and Breag on the right. My infantry blocks squared off against his.
…Evana knew that the captives had been left as bait. Each of them hung from the stakes limply, she couldn’t even tell if they were alive. She knew each of them by name which made the choice she was about to make even more difficult.
The elf staked on their right flank, he bore the message she’d been sent to retrieve. With a fresh host of her dread cousins undoubtedly hidden within the town ahead she knew she would have to prioritize the messenger for rescue.
To make good on her feint, she herself led the assault on the left flank, hopeful her deadly magics and household cavalry could delay the cream of the dread cavalry while Breag led the right flank’s true rescue mission. As Nellenor took to the skies and she gathered her magics she regretted the tactical constraints this group venture had placed upon her decisions…
I organize a trap on the left with my reavers, hoping to lure the raptor knights into a multi-charge
Ryma knight charge depletes the raptors, but loses to the raptor prince’s counter charge
…Nellenor back-winged and made for their infantry lines, a frustrated bellow erupting from her maw. Evana couldn’t help but agree with her mount’s assessment. Their glorious assault on the left had failed to break their dread cousins and her magic had been ineffective in ridding them of the cult riders.
Fortunately, her ruse had worked and her remaining household cavalry had retrieved the messenger and made good their escape. Her brothers Wardens covered their escape as they withdrew in good order. She hated herself for leaving the remaining captives to their fate, but her force and the news it carried were needed elsewhere…
Results and Thoughts on the Game:
By the end my opponent had a minor points advantage for a 12-8 turning into a 15-5 due to objective.
Ultimately, my gamble on the left didn’t pay off. I’d hoped to break the raptor knights and scurry off with that objective token. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to break his rank and he broke mine meaning he held. I’d heavily debated bringing my griffon into that combat, as I almost certainly break them. However, the counter charge from the dread prince was too risky. Looking back, I think I should have taken this risk as it might have won me the objective.
We lost this round, but did not get capped, preventing our opponents from winning overall.
I’m looking forward to a rematch against Josh in the future.
With that my Pacific Rim experience came to an end. The opponents for the next round happened to have had a drop out and the TO offered to let me go home. Which I gladly accepted.
I believe we came in 3rdor 4thout of 10 teams, a fairly respectable showing. Getting capped in round 1 really hurt our chances as we actually performed fairly well in Rounds 2-4.
If I had it all to do over again, I think our list building plan was rubbish. Using HBE as a ‘shield’ list is a misuse and in some cases allowed our opponents to present obvious choices to my pairing. Additionally, our WoDG build had so many red match ups (VS, DE, DH) that we spent too much energy trying to protect his match ups rather than engineer positive ones for our… [Read More]
So it’s been a couple of months since this tournament and I already have bat reps stacked up for the US Masters event so I’m going to push out bat reps 3 and 4 pretty quickly here from Pacific Rim tournament.
Well start out with game 3 and we were up against the team who flew out from Colorado. There was really only one red match up for me (Karen’s Dwarves) so we dropped me first and I got the dwarves and Mike’s VC.
We clearly chose for me to play against Mike. I’d met Mike a number of times at tournaments over the years and am a huge fan of his channel, so I was really looking forward to this game.
Thoughts on the match up:
His list was primarily built around points preservation and trying to goad opponents into his big ghoulstar, so I knew big points would be difficult in this game. From his side of the table, my divination and quicksilver lash would prevent him getting too aggressive with the punchy quick moving elements of his list.
Mike Lies Mountain Vampires:
BotD Vampire Count on Court of the Damned, Plate- Legend of the Black King, Occultism Adept, GW, Necromantic Staff
BotD Vampire Count on Skeletal Steed, Monster Hunter, Occultism Adept, Shield, Plate, GW, Lance, Eternity Gem, Night’s Crown
39 Ghouls Champ
40 Zombies, Std/Muso
3 Bat Swarms
8 Direwolves, Champ
2x2 Great Bats
6 Vamp Knights, Bloodties, FC- Flaming Std
Sea Dragon Host (for convenience)
Deployment and Terrain:
We both deployed fairly evenly spread across, with me concentrating my shooting around a central hill
After a few cagey drops, I dropped everything for first turn wanting to zone his advance to prevent him from pushing into the mid table uncontested.
…Evana knew to be cautious around the living dead. The teeming masses of uncoordinated zombies and ghouls before her may look like easy prey for her disciplined troops but the necromantic magics of the two vampires leading them could greatly enhance their combat prowess.
Fortunately, today would not be won solely by strength of arms. The undead were merely in her way, she needed to slip her forces past them. With the bulk of the undead strength dedicated centrally she needed to distract the undead and slip her forces steadily around their flanks…
…her plan was working perfectly, the bulk of her forces were holding the undead center and monsters at bay. In the meanwhile her right flank were using the cover of the tower to surround a unit of vampire cavalry and effect the breakthrough she needed.
She and Breag had been keeping the vampire count on skeletal steed occupied while picking off the fast moving bats and other chaff that could slow her advance…
…the leader of her Watchers signaled once and then withdrew a dozen paces as the horde of ghouls scrambled closer. As the first rank of the slavering cannibals hit the traps they simply disappeared, deep into pits or staked ditches, the second rank were shredded by a hail of razor thin metal disks.
Watching his horde dissolve the vampire leading them from the gilded throne slitted eyes narrowed and the hulking varkolak surged forward unnatural will urging the monstrosity to break the line. Evans gathered her magics and unleashed a hail of energy bolts, dealing several mortal wounds and staggering the beast.
As she bent her will against the vampire magic users, focusing all her energy at vaporizing the varkolak her brother gathered his magics to spirit the spears on her right flank through the vampire lines. Evana raised her left hand and signaled, she and Breag covered the infantry line as it shifted and moved past the encumbered ghouls and vampire. Songs would not be sung of this victory, but they’d achieved their goal and outmaneuvered the hordes of undead…
Results and Thoughts on the Game:
This was a very close game, a 10-10 on points led to a 13-7 to me after objective.
The team overall had a fairly good showing, with a big win and a couple of small wins, we weren’t quite at cap, but close.
This game was a very tactical one, neither of us wanted to give the other the advantage and go down with a big loss. I think my opponent could have been more aggressive with his ghoul horde, while I should have been more aggressive on my right flank. Only a cheeky ravenswing in the bottom of the turn got me that objective.
However, we only made it to turn 4, had we managed to play it out things would have been interesting as I’d pincered his cowboy/vamp knights with the frosty, sloop and blue spears and my green spears had almost chewed through the big zombie brick while his varko was nearly re-dead. I could have potentially cleaned up his entire army but the ghoul star if I’d had the remaining two turns.
With that we were up against another team with ETC players and another familiar face from Southern California into round 4… [Read More]
Carrying on our Quickstarter adventures and we have been given the task of fighting some battles as part of the QS Play testing league that has been set up. We have the wonderful privilege of fighting with all 8 armies that were selected, in some specific match-ups. We of course jumped at the chance for some more Quick-starter fun, as we had a blast last time and really enjoy the quirkyness and challenge of the types of battles that these encourage.
So, we have 3 bat reps of battles we did privately and one Livestream battle on our friend @piteglios channel "The Veil of the Ages". All of the actual battles were done in under an hour and even the livestream was recorded in record time, showing that they are quick and easy to get your head around and play - especially if our feeble minds can get to grips with it haha. But most importantly, these are fun games that will really help to encourage new players into our wonderful game, so lets all support it as best we can.
Anyway, too much cheese for my liking so lets get on with it shall we:
Empire of Sonnstahl vs Warriors of the Dark Gods
Kingdom of Equitaine vs Undying Dynasties (Livestream)
Orcs & Goblins vs Saurian Ancients
Sylvan Elves vs Dwarven Holds
We have finally arrived at the epic conclusion of our infamous Wooden Spoon Cup, and quite suitably, we have two fantastically weird looking armies to compete for the coveted title of "Best of the Worst". One of the originally tipped armies (Infernal Dwarves) against one that surprised us all in its glory (Undying Dynasties), both with units that have astounded us with units that just should not be good lol.
If you want the joy and amazement of re-living the entire tournament from start to finish visit our thread HERE, but for those that have been with us from the start I will leave you in limbo for no longer. Nothing more to say here than thank you to everyone involved and that engaged us to help us create a good ol' fashioned bit of fun. Enjoy!