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I won a thing

Bohan Li is an expert X-Wing player and our current National Champion. Please check out his X-Wing blog over here Space Owls where this article was first published. It is filled with very insightful articles about the game.

Wow. I’m the 2017 Canadian National Champion.

A day later, and it’s still hard to believe. I’ve gone 4-2 and missed the cut in all of my previous big tournaments. On top of that, all of my playoff games except the finals match came down to the last dice roll. More on that later.

I ran Kanan Biggs with Recon Specialist and Engine Upgrade on Kanan, R4-D6 on Biggs, and a 1-point bid. I’ve been running this on and off after getting destroyed by Jeff Bizzak at Wixom last year (I was the round 3 opponent). I’m a huge fan of Engine Upgrade on Kanan because it lets me avoid some awkward situations. I used to run it with R3-A2 (stressbot) like Jeff, but I swapped to R4-D6 and a bid to counter the alpha strikes and to give initiative against Lowhhrick-Biggs lists.

The meta seemed right for Kanan Biggs. The four TLT shots are strong against Nym and Miranda and bypasses Selflessness and Draw Their Fire in Biggs lists. Contracted Scouts are a tough matchup, but fewer of them run Boba Fett. Continue reading I won a thing

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Ptl Season 8 Final Battle Report

            The PTL (prototype Toronto league) is a casually competitive league that emphasizes creativity because no named pilot may be used twice in a season. It offers a unique experience to try out different off Meta ideas against challenging opponents. The community is one of the best and the diversity of the lists flown help to keep matches fresh and interesting while reinforcing important skills like adapting strategy on the fly and positioning.

            While designing my list for the finals, I knew my opponent Kelvin was an Imperial ace flier and had been consistently in the top cut of the league. Sometimes it’s best to play the person across from you, so I designed a balanced list based around killing aces. Being an ace flier myself, I had used most of my favorites pilots to reach the finals. After some theory crafting with a good friend, Nick Roland, I decided to use all 100 points in a variation of a list he flew with success into the top 16 at Toronto regionals. I felt confident in my ability to block high pilot skill aces so I proceeded with the idea. Continue reading Ptl Season 8 Final Battle Report

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Long live the Emperor

I’ve been playing X-Wing competitively for around 10 months and have really come a long way since the beginning. Based on the timing of when I entered the game the Hairy Tarantula store championship was actually my very first store champ event. I’ve heard several players in PTL talk about how great the store champ season is and was eagerly waiting to try one out.

Like a lot of PTL players I tend to play a little bit of everything and don’t really lean towards one faction over the other. The league is focused on trying something new and adding your own spin and store champs seems like a fantastic time to do just that! The general consensus at the moment is that the Empire is the weak faction of the game, but I really think that is because with how hectic the competitive season has been for the last year no one has really had time to sit down and brainstorm after the last major FAQ and the nerfs did directly impact their meta-lists the hardest. So I sat down with the idea of flying empire and feel like I have the base of something quite good. Continue reading Long live the Emperor

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OT X-wing Tourney: fun firepower of a magnitude you can’t repel!

One Sunday afternoon in April some of Toronto’s top players arrived at 401 Games to indulge in a meta-skewing Original Trilogy format for X-Wing, with a tourney kit on the line. For many of us vets this was a return to how it all began.

  Continue reading OT X-wing Tourney: fun firepower of a magnitude you can’t repel!

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The Bytown Smugglers League : Season 2

 

Bytown Smugglers
Bytown Smugglers

The Bytown Smuggler League Season 2 is about to start soon! Last season was a great success with 31 players and 171 games played at our sponsor locations! We heard you and here are some rule changes for this season.

We are moving from an 8 weeks duration to 12 weeks. One issue we had last season is that a lot of players rushed to get their 8 games in the first four weeks then it became harder for players to find opponents and new players didn’t had enough time to play their 8 matches if they joined mid-season. That rule change was voted unanimously. Continue reading The Bytown Smugglers League : Season 2

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Regional Recap: Galaxy Note 7 Recalled

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.

Don Winning a Kessel Run on my prototype LED table
Don Winning a Kessel Run event on the prototype LED table circa 2013

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

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Cool Acrylic Tokens for Heroes of the Aturi Cluster

Since launching the Heroes of the Aturi Cluster co-op campaign back in fall 2015, I’ve seen a lot of custom components for it pop up around the internet.

Heroes Fan Ben Adams recently offered to send me some really nice ones he’s been making, over on his Etsy shop Highbridge Design and of course I said yes.

I’ve got to say, I’m blown away by how nice these are. Here’s some pics of what he sent me:

Acrylic tokens for Heroes of the Aturi ClusterFirst off, seeing the message on that custom laser-etched template tray made me laugh, and I really appreciate it. It’s stury, magnetized, and happens to be the same dimensions as my other X-wing cases. Continue reading Cool Acrylic Tokens for Heroes of the Aturi Cluster

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Painting Blue One (c. Battle of Scarif/Yavin – with some of Red Squadron)

Ok, so… these repaints of the FFG X-Wing minis started as a “hey wouldn’t it be fun if…” sort of thing. I picked up a starter set and set to work on repainting the T-65 X-Wing that came with the set. After that – and leading up to the release of Rogue One – I went down the rabbit hole of hunting for LFL archive images, RPF articles, and the like for any and every reference of the hero models I could find of the original Red Squadron X-Wings from A New Hope. 

From there, I discovered that not every fighter in Red Squadron had been created – as a matter of fact, for most of the shots in A New Hope, many of the X-Wings are duplicate shots of Reds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 (poor Porkins…).  With the notable exception of Red 12 – which gave some insight on how to handle the wing markings past Red 6. Continue reading Painting Blue One (c. Battle of Scarif/Yavin – with some of Red Squadron)

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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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