|The right way to prepare for a tournament.|
Absylonia, Terror of Everblight +5 points
* Angelius 8 points
* Carnivean 10 points
* Ravagore 9 points
* Scythean 8 points
* Seraph 7 points
* 3x Shredder 2 points each
Shepherd 1 point
3x The Forsaken 2 points each
Vayl, Disciple of Everblight +6 points
* Carnivean 11 points
* Raek 4 points
* Ravagore 10 points
* Scythean 9 points
* Shredder 2 points
* Typhon 12 points
2x Shepherd 1 point each
Strider Deathstalker 2 points
2x The Forsaken 2 points each
Reinforcements: Harrier, Seraph
Aby is my go-to girl, so the plan going in was to play her until I lost. Despite getting in a handful of games with pVayl over the past week I still don't feel like I have a good handle on how she works, and a tournament is not the best place to learn a new(ish) caster. Both lists are pretty straight-forward: lots of beasts to smash faces with. Now, on with the show.
|The lines form.|
|At the end of the grindfest.|
For round two I drew Greg (I think) and eSorscha. When I saw the scenario was Guidons I was very happy. Guidons absolutely requires a strategy going into it. Lots of podcasts have covered ideas for the scenario and I also played it against Herman when I got my lunch handed to me a month or so back. Greg looked a little confused while reading the scenario and had more than a few questions, so I felt confident before the game even started. Add in the fact that I knew what his list (WGI Deathstar, Behemoth, Beast 09, eEiryss, Aiyana & Holt) would try to do and I thought I was in a strong position. My plan to take out his guidon on turn 2 went south when I didn't Slipstream my Seraph forward on turn 1 (which left it too far away to shoot in turn 2), and I took a further hit when I carefully positioned a beast screen in front of my guidon before moving it. This left the door open for a salvo from the Behemoth and the WGI Rocketeers that took my guidon down below half, but when Greg moved his guidon away from the zone(!) I felt better. There was a tense moment or two when I left Aby a bit far forward while neglecting to remember that WGI can spray which, when combined with eSorscha's feat, pushed Aby's DEF 17 to the limit. Fortunately I had camped sufficient Fury for transfers and survived the turn. When Greg again failed to get his guidon into the zone I had the game in the bag, but still had to do some dirty work. I've learned that in tournaments you have to score as many points as possible in case of tie-breakers, so I apologized profusely and then set about murdering his mens before ending my turn and winning by scenario. As usual, no pictures means I was fully invested in the game. I think Greg's army was fully painted, so it's a shame I don't have any record of it.
Judging from this one experience with timed turn tournaments, there's always one or two games that go the distance. Since I managed to win (relatively) quickly, I had plenty of time to look in on other games and chat up the other players. During this time, all the 2-0 players found each other: Danny, Hawk, Philip (my first round opponent from the Dream Wizards tournament), and myself. This collection pleased me in that our group would take at least two of the top three spots, potentially all three, and I might get another crack at Philip on a day that I felt better about my play. Unfortunately, something went wrong in the tournament software tubes. I drew Danny for round three, but Hawk and Philip didn't play each other. This would come into play later...
|End of game. Note the massive mortar.|
|Austin (L) vs Danny (R) in round one. Note the Menite temple.|
Philip also won his game, so at the end of round four we had two players at 4-0. We had the option of playing out the round or going to tiebreakers (strength of schedule, however that works). This was around 7:30-7:45, which was 12 hours since I'd woken up and about 8.5 hours since the tournament began. I was pretty done with Warmahordes for the day but probably would have played out the final round if I'd driven myself down. Of course I was part of a carpool and didn't want to hold up three other people for another two hours, so I told Philip I'd rather go to the tiebreaker which he agreed with. Before the tally came in I asked him if he wanted to pool the first and second place prizes and split them evenly since we were tied for the win, which he also agreed to. The tiebreaker went my way, so I ended up the victor. Hawk took third, so the Nomads had a successful first outing.
|Hopefully the first of many.|