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.
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.
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 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→
Before I recap my day and explain how and why I ran Ugnaughts, I want to thank 401 Games for running some great tournaments and taking care of the players all weekend. We did not have a lunch break for X-Wing so they coordinated ordering pizza and the Imperial Assault lead was actually bringing water to the players in the later matches. I also want to thank all my new Canadian friends for being so welcoming to those who traveled from far away. The last thing I will do before I get started is apologize for the names I forgot or if I spell them wrong, I am not a tournament note taker and hardly even check my phone the day of a tournament.
I do not consider myself a meta player, I usually try to figure out a list to beat whatever is currently considered the top meta list and run the counter. However, I have been lucky enough in life that I get to travel to some of the big tournaments and if I am going to spend time away from loved ones and spend money to get somewhere the competitor in me demands I run something with at least a decent chance of winning. I also travel for work and it just happens I split my time between two areas with lots of great players so I am constantly practicing against the top players in the world and they deserve great credit for any of my success. Continue reading Selling my Soul between US and Canadian Nationals→
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→
I’ve been pretty lucky in that I’ve been going to GenCon for a fairly long time now. It’s a long road trip almost annually, where I devote most of the weekend to a single game giving up on nearly everything, including food and sleep, to play. The past two years I’ve devoted much of that time to X-Wing. This year I decided I would reduce my time spent on X-Wing there so I could try out a few new things. I failed.
There are many podcasts detailing the art of list building and strategies in X-Wing, but there is one that has set a different course. The Shuttle Tydirium, for those unaware of it, spends a great deal of time on the mission packs that come with the larger ships, or epic, or entirely new created scenarios for players to experiment with. The crew of the shuttle had been planning something special for GenCon.
Special Rules: Players build two lists, one Imperial and one Rebel. Only ships that appeared in the original three movies (not special edition) can be used. All pilots and upgrades are free to use, however TLT is banned. Every match will be played Imperials vs Rebels… The player with the most plays of one faction will play the opposite faction. If players are tied for factional plays the Rebel player will be determined by die roll. Every match is classic ships, Rebellion against the Empire. Sounds pretty cool, right? A return to Star Wars?
This wonderful format provided by dockingbay416 was being played at 401 Games with some new tweaks to the rules. It had a steep entry fee for me but the participation prize was acrylic ship placement markers, there was to be a draw for custom painted ships and it’s just over an hour from home. I mentioned it to my wife and she pushed me into calling that night to see if tickets were available. It sounded like a fun day, so I made the call to go! Continue reading Battle Report – 401 Games Original Trilogy Tournament – July 23 2017→
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→
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→
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.
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.