|All for one and one for all and all that.|
While waiting for my order, who walks in? Danny and Jeff, names that should be familiar by now, also in search of food. It took all of a minute for us to form up like Voltron and set the autopilot for team success. There was plenty of time for my relaxing (though too large) meal, plus a little time to consider lists, and then it was back into the fire. I went with eLylyth and Aby for my two lists, both of which were standard builds that I'd normally list out but a) I need to finish this series off already and b) I've detailed them both at various sizes a number of times so it shouldn't be hard to connect the dots if you're so inclined. For the search-challenged here's a quick breakdown: eLylyth had lots of shooting, Aby had lots of beasts.
|We should have decided like this.|
In round one I played Andrew (who was related to Brandon in some way) and his eCaine list. I had my first severe mental lapse when choosing a list. The scenario was Guidons, which might as well be named "If possible play eLylyth." Naturally I took Aby instead. Andrew got in a real good turn of feat-inspired shooting but ultimately failed to kill my Guidon. He probably got a beast (Ravagore?) though. Unfortunately for him he brought eCaine too far upfield. Typhon advanced, sprayed out some Rangers to open some landing spots, and dinged up Caine in the process. Then the Angel flew in and killed Caine. I don't recall specifics, but I do remember that Danny and Jeff both lost. It was an interesting dynamic watching their games after mine was finished and seeing Andrew on the other side of the table doing the same thing.
Round two we drew the bye, which was the only one for me all weekend. I don't remember much of what I did during the downtime, though I think it involved trying to pass out Gatorade to people.
|What I expected for round three.|
We ended up "2"-1, with a "win" for the bye. My best result of the weekend came here as I finished up 2-0, but individual results mattered less than team results. The notion that you can win a game but lose the round, or the other way around, has a great appeal to it. This tournament was my biggest question mark going in, but in retrospect it was a great time and a format I'm keen to try again. Unfortunately because of the need for lots of players I think it'll be limited to big cons or big travel events (I saw one going just north of Philly that got me thinking for a bit), which is a shame as I think it would add an extra layer to have all the teams be locals so that you knew who everyone was and could anticipate match-ups easier. With my mission to travel the area this summer and bring battle to my DMV neighbors starting to bear fruit in terms of getting local metas to mingling, perhaps a local version isn't such a distant thing.