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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tournament Coverage (long)

Well I'm at work and forgot to upload pictures so no shots from the event yet. However I figured I would post up the results and a few tidbits about my battles. First off let me say that the doubles tournament started great we played a jolly couple of guys who we would later hang out with and go drinking. We were then turn 3 tabled and destroyed by a nob biker army. That was the start of the ruin of the game for us. The last round we played the two guys who are fun and cool until you start beating them and well then they become jerks. Well needless to say Lachlan didn't agree. But i'll let him thell that story. Ill just say tears ensued. After the doubles we were both so pissed we almost quit and didnt come back. That would have been a mistake. So here goes how the actual tournament went.

I was running a DA list- Belial, Int. Chaplain, 3 term squads, assault squad, devestator squad, a 6 man bike squad, and a 5 man tac in a rhino. Pretty small but effective in the right circumstances. I was gonna take 6 term squads with 2 LRC's but I didnt want to be the cheese army guy who everyone hated. Which looking back now, next tournament i may just have to bring the cheese, especially if you hit the upper tears of players. Anyway hindsight is 20/20 and it took more skill to play my list and I had some good fun with it. The tourny consisted of 5 rounds over 2 days. each round had a mission with a secondary and a tertiary objective. you earned points for completing the objectives as well as the main mission. The guy running it (Joe) is a 40k guru and from what I hear he is the man and has several tourny wins GD wins and several Golden Demons and other painting awards. He was pretty awesome too. Let the games begin.

My first round I drew against a Sisters of Battle player named Matt. He was a great guy and a great player. I would lose this round but it was the most fun i've ever had losing. Highlights were me assaulting a pentient engine and taking it down with my terms, however I misjudged the naked female acroflagelants and well lets say 5 chicks hittin like a dreadnought can take down some terms. I mis striked Belial in a deepstrike and learned very quickly what faith bullets cna do to a group of terminators. I did pop both of his rhinos in round 1 and made him footslog the board. My bikes and assault squads smashed into some sisters and destroyed them. However it was an objective match and I couldn't cover all 5 of the objectives. It ended with me having 1 and him getting 2. I went first and couldnt get the bikes over to contest his 2 at the end of 5. Turn 6 I may have pulled it off but it didnt happen so who knows.

Round 2 I ended up playing Mel the store owners wife. A very attractive woman who knew her sisters of battle. This game was a ton of fun and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was a pitched battle with capture and control. I fortified my building with my 2 dev combat squads and 2 term squads. She put a whole squad of sisters in hers. Highlights. I popped all her rhinos and killed a ton of sisters. She was running a sqquad fo pentient engines and I managed to immobilize both of em but couldnt kill em and they ended up sitting in her base and kept me from claiming. I forgot how tough they were and would assault them with belial only to see him get destroyed. She tried to get some sisters into my base but the terms just shredded them. My bikes and assault squads hit her building hard with belial and killed everything. Highpoint for her she had a priestess hold out thruogh 3 rounds of c/c that lady just would not go down. My assault squad would take the objective but would get killed by fire from the pentients. My rhino snuck up and I got the 5 man into her base. However she contested and I held mine so the game ended as a draw. I did manage to kill her general and had more victory points so i got the secondary and tertiary objectives. Another great game.

Round 3. I played a young kid with a eldar tank destroying army. However I only had the Rhino. It was a spearhead setup and annhilation. I went first this round and he made the mistake of getting to close in his deployment. Round 5 was supposed to start nightfight but I had it won in the top of round 4. Highlights I assaulted and assaulted hard and killed everything. He managed to kill a few guys but it wasn't enough. I took it and got the win the secondary and the tertiary. Jacob was the kids name and he was a great player and a great sport we had alot of fun and even though he lost he had fun. He told me after he was built for armor and I didn't have any.

That was the end of day 1 and I was sitting with enough points to put me in the highpart of the low group. I had 1 loss, 1 win, and 1 draw. Lach and I had a ton of fun and I got back into why I loved the game. I'm glad we didnt quit after the doubles. We also met a few guys who were awesome and we all went out after the end of the rounds and hit a lil mexican restaraunt called margarittas which oddly enough didnt serve margaritas. But they did have huge beers so we drank a few and had some laughs with some good peoples.

Day 2, round 4. This was a custom setup on angles and was a victory point game. I played a guy named well I can't remember his name but lets just say in day 1 he had a dice issue. (I'll let lach tell that story *cough Loaded Cough*) He was playing a beautifully painted Blood Ravens force. I went first again and had a great round 1. I immobilized a landraider blew up a vindicator, deepstriked my terminators behind a rhino and assualt cannoned it and blew it up. And I ripped the assault cannon off his other land raider. This move would make him take everything he had and turn it around to kill my 5 terminators. great for me cause it gave me a safe round 2. He dropped his drop pod down behind my assault team but couldnt asssault with his dreadnought inside. He did flame them but none died. In round 2 I would jump behind him and lay in with 3 plasma pistols. Dreadnought Destroyed. He also turned his ass to me with his last surviving LR he literally sent everything he had to kill 5 terminators. well that just begged for a lascannon shot. Well 2 shots later land raider 2 was down. Now all his troops and commander are hoofin it. turn 3 saw the entry of his 10 man lightning claw/SS,TH terminators. They deepsriked right beside one of my las teams. I couldnt get Belial on this round so he took a ton of fire but those 3 plus invulns kept all but 1 terminator alive. Bad part on him though he left me room to get Belial in. Turn 4 Belial comes in from reserve, it was a special rule for this mission. I walked in right behind his team of terminators and after no deaths from shooting I assaulted him hard. This would be abloody round 4 and after both sides settled I had no Belial squad left and he had 1 ss/th terminator left. Well the top of 5 saw me annhilate that guy to fire. He never moved any of his foot sloggers from round 3 on they just stayed in his back corner. I guess he thought his terminators would do it for him. The game rolled to end at the end of 5 and I got another win. That one was for you Lach. Although he tried to convince me he had more points left than I did, however after we both checked the math I had 1100 points left and he had 800 left so i got the W. It was a ok game not the greatest but not bad. This win would push me into the lower tear of guys. This is the tear of the guys who wont take 1st 2nd or 3rd but are still in the gourp of guys who had no losses till the got to day 2 and started playing the elite tear of players.

Round 5.....Sigh what can I say. I played Orks not biker nobs but orks and I mean ork a wave of them. 90 plus orks with 2 battle wagons and 2 trucks. It was pitched battle and the goal was to get more guys in your opponents deployment zone. I ended up having to go first. Highlight I killed both trucks. Thats it, I was then steamrolled. And i do mean steamrolled. Belials squad attacked a grot squad and they assualted me. It was funny the funniest part was belial grand master of the deathwing missed all 6 shots and didnt kill a grot. Oh well, I managed to kill 30 or so of the 90, but he killed everything I had leaving just Belial alive in his deployment zone. The game went to turn 6 and ended with him having way more models in my deployment than I had in his. It was a ok game not bad in any means but it was one of those games where you just are stadning there waitnig for the inevitable, I couldn't beat him after round 2 and it was just me trying to kill some stuff. He was a great player and knew the game very well. So I ended on a loss.

Total overall 2 losses, 2 wins, and a draw.

We got our results yesterday and heres where I placed.

I was 18th out of 42 players, that made me feel great I wasn't top 10 but top 20 in my first RTT made me feel good. I earned 122 points overall, the winned I think had 160ish. I had 50 points overall in tournament rounds for wind and objectives. I had 12 points in sportsmanship which means I got the highest I could in each round and 1 player voted me favorite opponent. I got full point in painting and composition 35/25. It was cool I placed well for what I wanted and I am still wanting to play the game. I had a good overal time and will probably end up playing in a few more tournaments now. Met some good people and had some fun. I wish my gaming store here was even a 10th of what the DICEHEAD in Cleveland Tennessee is.

Thanks to Shane and Mel for hosting it they own the 2 DICEHEAD stores in Chattanooga nd Cleveland. Oh and thanks to Joe for running the tournament and keeping us all in good spirits.

I leave you with a few side notes. 1 Sister of Battle won the tournament that army was sick and decimated the biker nobs in turn 3. Those ladies, when played like the guy who played them, are unstoppable. There were some armies there that people don't think are worthy in 5th well lets just say wait till you see em. SoB, Grey Knights, Dark Eldar and even Lachs Necrons showed some people not to underestimate them. Ork biker nobs are incredibly hard to beat I mean incredibly hard to beat and well I didn't even come close to beating them. Chaos Demons are viscious, saw a cool 3 soulgrinder army giving some hurt to alot of people. Thats about it, I have some pictures I think Lachlan has more and I will get them up as soon as I can. I leave you with my top 5 tournament things to not do for 09.

1-Never begin your supposedly helpful comment to two pissed off players with "I'm not trying to be a dick but..." If you have to start it with that well guess what you're being a dick.

2-Never and I mean never threaten to kill your opponent. Really it's gonna be ok it's just a game.(this happened in round 2, I was playing beside the 2 guys when it happened and lets just say the crazy guy with his kmart buggy didnt come back for day 2. The guy I knew, he was a great guy too, told the guy he was done and it was his turn he said it politely and no normal person would have thought anything of it. The crazy guy he was playing then flipped out and went crazy, really, and started going off. he then threatened to kill the guy I knew.)

3-Never buy your dice off EBAY and wonder why you get called out for having loaded dice. (I mean c'mon you didnt notice you never roll a 1, or 2....NEVER.)

4-Never underestimate yourself or what your army can do.

5- Never argue the physics of math with Lachlan. A 3" template moving 4" away should never be able to hit you. It's mathmatically impossible. Well unless you wanna cry don't bring that to Lachlans table.



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3 comments:

jabberjabber said...

Sorry to hear you had a bit of a bad time in parts. At least you guys didn't quit.

I strongly believe that the vast majority of players out there are good people, so I hope its not totally put you off the tournament scene.

Siph_Horridus said...

Great post, good commentary of the games, can't wait for photos. Sry you had to deal with some d**ks and loaded dice - man, why do these people play? It can't be for the fake wins? Can it? Nevermind, the vast majority of us are good and honest as jabberjabber says.
Now, photos pretty please!

VoidLord said...

Very nice wrap up. Tournaments can being out the worse in people but at least you get to really test your skills in an all out environment.

 
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