Buckle up, as you will see I am a long-winded old geezer and I’ve got a lot to say.
I’ll admit, even though by all accounts I’m a seasoned player, I’ve been around the competitive X-wing scene for the most part without spectacular results. Sure I can usually hold my own, but I tend toward risky play, which usually edges me out of the upper echelons.
I’m not the most intelligent person, but gaming in general tends to draw out smart people who enjoy using their big brains. I have to work at playing well to compete.
Last month in Toronto, we had our 2016/17 Regional for the truncated season. 99 players showed, and I placed much higher than I was expecting. Spoiler alert, I didn’t win the Regional, but I did have an opportunity to and that’s not too shabby in my book. Continue reading Regional Recap: Galaxy Note 7 Recalled→
The Prototype Toronto League’s 6th season had been a blast. I’d played 7 awesome games vs shrewd and capable opponents in the regular season and there I was sitting in the top 8 (To find out about the PTL click here and here.)
While many of the top 8 were fierce and awesome opponents, the one I feared most of all was my pal Kelvin. Kelvin’s skills with fast ships and mini-swarms and/or aces are locally hailed. He can make it a nightmare to kill his high-evade ships and plink you to death. Over the last four seasons we’d played each season. In the first two, I crushed him, and in the last two, he served me up curbstompings with my best lists against his.
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→
Preparing for a big regional championship is a lot of fun. In the current meta it was a bit stressful trying to find a list that could adequately handle triple U-boats, Palp Aces and crack swarms; talk about the full spectrum of lists there. I have had good success with Soontir Fel in the past, flying him to a Canadian national championship last year, and winning a small store tourney with him last month. I had decided to go with a standard Palp aces build, of the ‘Howard’ version to be specific.
The night before the tournament, I was afraid that I would just be terribly bored flying this list . So I panicked. I’d played around on Vassal with some Dengar/Manaroo lists and the morning of the tournament I quickly play tested a couple more games against myself on Vassal, packed up my stuff and headed out. I brought both lists with me, but ultimately decided that I’d have way more fun flying the Dengar/Manaroo list than boring old Palp aces, and so I dove into the largest tournament I’ve ever played in with a list I’ve never played on the table before. I flew:Continue reading 401 Games Regional Report→
Paul La Rue is the winner of the recent Regionals in Calgary held at the Sentry Box. He was nice enough to write a batrep for Dockingbay416. It’s published below, along with some pictures of the tournament.
This is a quick recap of my first regionals experience of 2016. My son and I travelled down to Calgary for another great Sentry Box event. We arrived a bit before 9:00am and were finished around 12:30am (the next day!) which made for one very long day. I started to have flashbacks of a 2015 Worlds brutally long day. Had I known I’d play all the way to the final table I might have chosen a different list; luckily I brought my Imperial Crackswarm which proved a good choice. I was running
Omega Squad x2
Black Squad x3 all with Crackshot.
*a few of the photos below were taken from The Dragon Guelph’s Twitter page @dragonguelph
I’ll preface this report by saying that I’m a total newbie at competitive X-Wing. My fiancée and I picked up 2 core sets, the Millennium Falcon and the Slave 1 in mid-2015. We played a few rounds, then moved on to other things. As a total Star Wars geek, I had quietly picked up some other ships here and there, mainly because they looked cool (Decimator), but for the most part, never had any intention of taking the game off of the kitchen table. Then in early January, my buddy Patrick texts me a photo of an X-Wing collection he’d recently acquired and asked if I wanted to play. Game on. Continue reading Riding Triple Toilet Seats to Victory→
Fair warning this is a very long Store Championship report, that begins quite a bit earlier then last weekend. If you are just looking for lists and stats, here is the tournament on List Juggler.
Over the past 6 months or so I have been making ample use of the Wave 7 EPT Crack Shot. I love how it pushes through damage to get results even out of a puny 2 Red Dice ship.
When it was originally released last August it was greeted with a universal “Meh.” Mid September however, it received an FAQ entry that triggered after the compare results step, which was a real game changer, forcing your opponent to overspend their defensive tokens or else you might just ‘Crack’ on through a hit if they just have enough canceling dice to stop your attack. More ramblings of a crack addict after the jump. Continue reading CHASING A PLAQUE, FUELED BY CRACK→
I’ve been playing x-wing in the local competitive scene for just over two years and I’ve had a few pretty good tournament wins, including a store championship last year. After attending the 2015 regionals I ended up pretty burnt out on playing and packed my stuff away for a while. The release of “The Force Awakens” brought in a bunch of new players, including a co-worker of mine who asked me to show him the ropes for competitive play. Always happy to teach people to play, I jumped back in and decided to attend a couple of tournaments as well.
Having been out of the game for over half a year I was pretty out of date on the meta, and honestly wasn’t all too familiar with the new releases. I jumped in head first and decided to bring my former winning list, BBBBZ, to a store champs. I proceeded to have my absolute worst tournament record ever, helped along quite noticeably by TLT carriers. I’ve attended a lot of casual game nights since then, trying out a variety of lists and trying to learn about the current state of the game.Continue reading Battle Report: X-Planet Games X-Wing Store Championship→