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From Toronto, NeverBetTheFett has been a fan of Star Wars since he was five years old. Anything Star Wars gets his attention, but board games are a love dear to his heart. Rumour has it he briefly turns into a pumpkin at 12:01 every October 31st.

The Good, the Bad, and the UG-ly

Prologue

The Imperial Assault Canadian Nationals was the largest turnout for an Imperial Assault event in Canada ever. Thanks in part to the “Michigan Meta Busters” from the Oxford and Lake Orion area. I will mention later about their contribution to one of the best Imperial Assault tournaments I’ve been privileged to play in. We also had players from Manitoba, South Dakota, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas, as well as many from Ontario, Canada.

Ok, before I put out my battle reports. Here is my summary of the tournament.

The Ug-ly

Many brought Ugnaught lists or variations on IG-88 Mercenary lists.
This is not surprising as these lists have been successful recently at
many major tournaments. Being that a lot of players come from all over North America (and the world I’m sure) for tournaments like these, I understand why you would want to come with what gives you the best chance to place the highest and take home the cool swag. However, I do feel the Ugnaught swarm is broken and needs an errata. There are many suggestions on the forum and I’m not going to discuss them in this article as it’s really meant to be more of a battle report. I also feel that players can field whatever they want as long as it is legal. 

The Bad

When I say bad, I mean “bad” as in badass! The “Michigan Meta Busters” brought non-meta lists and performed very well. Here’s the difference I notice with meta busters and meta players. I have way better discussions with meta busters than meta breakers. This makes sense as meta busters tend to have more love for the all-around game, trying cool shit, inventing new lists, and not wanting to be like everyone else. They feel more fulfilled. Case in point, the final was won by an Ug list player who narrowly defeated a “Michigan Meta Buster”. I think people were more excited for the guy who lost with a cool list than the guy who won by bringing essentially a can of spam. He ate his can of spam and had to pretend to enjoy it on the outside, but my guess is it tasted like shit.

The Good

The tournament was well run by the very seasoned Imperial Assault enthusiast Chris Engler. Not only did he keep things running smoothly and on time, he was patient with tile set-ups and most notably decided to distribute the top eight prizes to all attendees! So instead of getting five HK assassin cards of which you’ll never use more than two, he gave one to everyone in attendance and bonus ones to the top eight players. Chris is all about making the game more enjoyable and about building the community and it always shows. I’ve met other tournament organizers like this including Allen in Warren, Michigan. Not surprisingly it was at one of the home stores of the “Michigan Meta Busters”.  Continue reading The Good, the Bad, and the UG-ly

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Don’t call me Xesus – Interview with Paul Heaver

As promised, the 4th installment in my Worlds experience report. My interview with Three Time World Champion and “X-wing Jesus”, Paul Heaver.

Paul is very approachable and always willing to chat, so I took the opportunity to ask him some questions on behalf of dockingbay416.com

He gives us some interesting insight into how he prepared for his three consecutive Worlds X-wing titles.

He also tells us a little bit about his game last year at the Imperial Assault Worlds final and his thoughts on the new Jabba’s Realm and Wave 8 expansions. (04:00 min)

Finally, I ask him some personal questions regarding his rock-star status in the nerd realm. (08:09 min)

Listen to the sound clip here: 

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Who Shot First? A Brief Interview With X-Wing Designer Frank Brooks

One thing I like about Worlds is getting to hobnob with some of the top players. However, it’s also nice to get a chance to speak with other non-playing members of the community, like the designers. 

I took this opportunity to speak with the very friendly and approachable Frank Brooks, who is one of the X-Wing designers. I asked him about the state of the game and how they manage it.  Continue reading Who Shot First? A Brief Interview With X-Wing Designer Frank Brooks

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Star Wars X-Wing Worlds Battle Report

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I didn’t find it easy coming up with a list to bring to Worlds as the meta had shifted ever since the newest errata came out. If you were an Imperial player like me, you “should fly” Defenders. I agree it makes sense, but I’m not one for playing a meta list. I’m also a dedicated Soontir Fel player, which often gets me ridiculed. Keeping with a favourite ship makes me believe that I’ll continue to have fun playing this game. Besides, Defenders are way too predictable and boring, I find.  Continue reading Star Wars X-Wing Worlds Battle Report

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Prepare for Ground Assault – Imperial Assault Worlds Battle Report

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I had my heart set on a Blaise-Trooper list as it was all the rage. However, as most know, I don’t like to play meta. I found it very boring. I’m more of a run and gun player. Taylor Hanson suggested I try this scum list he had been toying with. Continue reading Prepare for Ground Assault – Imperial Assault Worlds Battle Report

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Win Like Flint’s: Or How I Learned to Love Not Rolling Green Dice

I recently had come off of some disappointing losses at some major tournaments and like most people I put part of the blame on my green dice. I realize that the odds of successfully rolling a blank on an 8-sided x-wing die are 37.5 :1 (Never tell me the odds!), but that rarely seems the case for me. In one game where I actually kept track, I rolled one evade and two focuses on 19 consecutive green dice rolls! Continue reading Win Like Flint’s: Or How I Learned to Love Not Rolling Green Dice

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Searching for Paul Heaver (a 2015 X-Wing Worlds Battle Report…sort of)

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Hey Heaver! Yoink!

I’ve been playing X-Wing Miniatures for about one year now and marvel at the nuances in this game. When players lose, most blame the dice and not the fact that their build did not match up well or that they just piloted poorly. On the other hand, many win by playing so much, and practice, practice, practice. When I lose, I usually acknowledge that I was outplayed, but secretly blame the dice. It’s been baffling to me how people like Paul Heaver can consistently win with this current changing meta.

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The Battle of Waterloo, Store Championship Report 2015

 

imageThe 2015 Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Store Championship at Just By Chance Games in Waterloo, Ontario was, in my humble opinion, a rousing success! There were 22 players (compared to the 6 in the last tournament). Of that number, 16 were playing as rebels. Continue reading The Battle of Waterloo, Store Championship Report 2015

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Desperately seeking Soontir (or, The Force Is With All Of Us)

Do you wonder how in demand Star Wars X-Wing really is? Chances are most people reading this were the early adopters that have been fortunate enough to buy and fly every ship from every wave. If you’re more of a laggard like me, you’ve been struggling to find ships from  earlier releases. However, to people like me it’s not just a game – interest in Star Wars X-Wing is about identity, social interaction, and maintaining our youth!

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