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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: 

A Prototype Toronto League Final Batrep with Photolog

 

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.

The 8 played through the top spots over a few weeks. I managed to win mine and, lo and behold, who should it be left standing but Kelvin. I told myself that I didn’t have to win, just acquit myself well. Continue reading A Prototype Toronto League Final Batrep with Photolog

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

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

The Bytown Smugglers League

The Ottawa/Gatineau X-Wing community has started right at the Game Release in 2012. The community grew with events like the Kessel Run, the very first regionals in 2013 and 2014, and Assault at Imdaar Alpha. The local community has since grown into multiple groups of players who play at different stores across the capital region.

However, we still have to build our own regional identity.

We strongly believe that the Prototype Toronto League did a lot to bring the Toronto players together in something recognizable to the larger scene. It is high time for us to forge our own identity and to create our own league. Continue reading The Bytown Smugglers League

Prototype Toronto League – Season 5 Recap

The fifth season of the Prototype Toronto League (PTL) concluded recently, so it’s time for another recap (check out last season’s here)! This time, I wanted to try a roundtable discussion with the players who finished at the top of the rankings. We’ve got Tim Ralphs, Aaron P, Devon Monkhouse, and Peter Scholch who were nice enough to do my job for me and answer some questions. Big congrats to all you guys for finishing in the Top 4 and special congrats to Tim who is our new PTL Champion!! Continue reading Prototype Toronto League – Season 5 Recap

Will Manaroo Aces be a thing?

With Manaroo becoming more and more prominent in the meta, mostly with her part in the dangerous Dengaroo combo, and her similarities to the Palp shuttle, its seemed very possible that Manaroo with two Scum Aces would become a thing. As a fan both of Scum, and of Palp Aces, I’ve decided to do some theoretical work on this possibility.

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Who we’re talking about

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I beat Dengaroo and so can YOU!

My first experience with Dengaroo was at the 401 Regionals in Toronto and already excellently chronicled here by SP3NC3R. I’m the guy who lost three TIEs in a round. Not my best moment, but I saw what was coming and just swung the elegant sledgehammer that is the TIE Swarm head on at it and just bounced. The rest of the game I just sat there in shock.

That was the first time I saw Dengaroo and the last time I’ve lost to it. Continue reading I beat Dengaroo and so can YOU!