This week, we run through Nick’s tournament report… first we discuss his lists, then we discuss everything (or anything?) that went right!
Hey, actual batreps on our Battle Report podcast! Insanity!
This is Part 2 of the discussion (if you include the list discussion from last week!)… and it’s… hmmm. It was very educational for all of us, I think!
So, let me outline my Sunday for you: Wake up at 7:50, crawl to my computer, call Nick and Skype for four hours to record our podcast…
And then from 2pm until 7:30, I edited that podcast we recorded! And now you awesome people can listen to the fruit of my entire Sunday worth of labour! Do let us know what ya think!
Ah, it feels good to be writing and playing actual battle reports again! Especially if it’s an excuse to pull out one of my favourite Cygnaran Warcasters, good ol’ Nemo3!
And hey, if Darrell feels like dropping eMadrak and all his weaponmasters into my list… what could possibly go wrong!?
We received a listener e-mail a few weeks ago. Mike requested a full month of Farrow-themed battle reports… to which we responded…
“Does anyone know anyone who plays Farrow!?”
A huge thank you to Tim (from Arcane Assist) for helping out as literally the *only* person who plays Farrow in Southern Ontario! Go Tim! And another big thank you to Black Knight Games in Hamilton, Ontario, for hosting our match!
Throughout this battle report, you’ll see me using the exceptional Team Canada zone markers. They are available from many Team Canada members for $50 for a set of 4 (2 circles and 2 rectangles), and I can’t recommend them enough. I bought 2 sets myself for running tournaments!
So for our Anniversary Podcast report, we tossed around a few ideas: a large 3 way battle, a small round-robin tournament between the hosts, even the possibility of doing a repeat battle from Podcast 001, Ossyan vs Nemo3. But in the end, we decided to go full-jenk and do a Highlander Battle.
Nick invented a modified scenario for us to battle over, and we stumbled into a few hiccups, but it was still a great game… and surprisingly educational! Plus, with all three of us playing, there’s 3 times the usual levels of bickering! Who would want to miss that?
Also! Contest announcement! Details at the beginning of the podcast and the end of the write-up!
Statistically, such an event as lightning striking the same place twice isn’t that unusal… the CN Tower in Toronto is struck an average of 75 times per year. But all the same, getting in about 50 Stormcalls in one game… I think this is a first for me.
Hopefully not the last…
On Saturday, Nick, Aaron, and I went to the Game Chamber in London, Ontario, for our first ever actual Steamroller tournament.
For those of you who have listened to Combo Smite for any time whatsoever, you all know this… because for the last couple weeks, it’s all any of us have talked about! Practicing for 7 minute timed turns, and anxiety about competing with strangers… it was all pretty nerve-wracking. Aaron had talked himself out of even going for a few days (Nick and I gently prodded him back into competing).
I’m going to link the audio for the podcast to my report, since I’m not POSITIVE that Nick and Aaron are going to do their own… but I certainly hope they will!
For my own part, I had practiced my Nemo3 list about 4 times and was pretty satisfied that I could get it to perform pretty well… but had only fielded my Siege list once, and my Sloan list once. I had an hour drive into London (my home is in Kitchener, exactly 101.4km, or about 60 miles, from London), during which all the embarrassing, stupid, tactical blunder-filled mistakes I’ve made in the past year decided it would be a perfect moment to remind me how awful I am at this game.
As I’ve mentioned before, there will be occasions where I, Nick, or Aaron play battles that don’t make it onto the podcast for one reason or another… but they’ll still show up here! These battles will be labelled “NPR” for “Non-Podcast Report” to make them easy to distinguish.
So in my efforts to get as much practice going into Saturday’s tournament as feasible, I actually managed to get a game in last Friday against a local Pressganger named “Gingerstein”.
Well, actually he’s named “Todd”, but over on ye ol’ Privateer Press Forums, he goes by Gingerstein, a nickname given to him by his old boss at Games Workshop. He had commented on a few of my battle reports with the usual helpful, insightful way that most people on the PP forums comment (a nicer, more friendly group of avatars I have never met online anywhere), and had happened to notice that I play in London. More importantly, he’s running the tournament that I’m hoping to compete in, so getting his input on how the thing would work… plus any chance to tangle with the evil-elves is a good one in my book, since they’re still a problem-faction for my beloved Cygnar.
For the battle report this week, I was going to be facing off against our local reigning champion from last season: Adam, and his unstoppable Cryx. I was hoping to get a Menoth get on the books, and with all the work I’ve been pumping into my Protectorate, I actually have 50 points of fieldable Menoth with the Harbinger at the lead… mostly warjacks (2 Vanquishers, 2 Reckoners, and a Devout), a few solos (Vilmon, an Allegiant, a Hierophant, Wracks, Choir, a Paladin), and that’s about it. Harby has enough Focus to run the army and keep herself safe, but sadly, there’s one warcaster in the game that this army would be completely powerless against:
Asphyxious2. His Feat has the capability to remove too much of my army in a single go… I could afford to lose 1 warjack in a turn (it would be basically unavoidable I imagine), even 2 if I was unlucky. But Gaspy2 can melt all 4 of my heavies and there would be absolutely, positively nothing I could do about it. Sure, Menoth has plenty of tools to stop the Feat… Greater Destiny’d Zealots, Temple Flameguard, Exemplar Errants, or Bastions, but I don’t *own* any of those yet! And since Adam was keen on playing his Gaspy2 list, I had to switch to my 2nd list… Nemo2.
Now, I love Nemo… all three versions of him, actually (I’m currently undefeated with Nemo3!), but I make no illusions that this is a good matchup. Nemo has 1 tool in his box against Gaspy… Polarity Field… and Cryx is filthy with ways to get rid of it. But at least there was a *chance* I could pull this off… to hear the full battle, feel free to listen below!