On Combo Smite every week for our battle reports we discuss the battle and try to provide some informative analysis of the performance of the armies and warcasters for that week. Unlike other battle report podcasts that rhyme with Schmain Aschmack, we have neither the in-depth knowledge nor the skill to make objective insights into the ratings of the casters, but we do try to give examples of how each player performed or could have done better.
We have moved away from number scores (which are neat, but pretty much meaningless) and towards more analysis-based approach (ie: we’ll talk about what worked, what didn’t work, how to do it better, etc…).
We will specifically discuss each of the following during most (if not all) podcasts:
The discussion on Feat Use is based mostly on timing and effectiveness. You can pop a great feat at the wrong time and it will lose all its affect or pop a shitty feat at the right time and totally screw over your opponent.
Tactics encompasses much more of the game. It can involve Target Selection, Spacing, match-up selection and many other factors. Generally we try to pay more attention to particularly awful blunders and/or moments of brilliance.
Scenario awareness covers how well you prioritized the scenario either to secure your victory or just to prevent a sudden defeat.
This is a newer category we’ve added because we’ve come to the conclusion that playing without a clock takes too long with our gaming group. It is also very important for anyone with serious aspirations towards being a competitive tournament player.
Warmachine is a dice game and as such there is always an element of luck to the game. Some games it doesn’t factor heavily into when both players roll average but sometimes the dice just say no and even the best laid plans go down the toilet. We constantly debate the point at which your opponents bad luck becomes your good luck and vise-versa so this category is a lot more subjective than most.
Finally Derptitude. Our signature rating category. For all the times you or your opponent said “Why the !@#$ did I do that!” For a mistake to be a Derp you have to do something dumb that you would not have done if your brain had been working properly.
If you are listening to some of our older podcasts, we used to give number ratings for these categories. We stopped doing that.