I went to a fantastically run regionals in Independence Mo and came in first place. I’d like to thank first the tournament organizers at Game Cafe for doing a great job running the tournament. They ran a quick and smooth tournament, and they even handed out door prizes and a last place prize. I was very impressed. I’d also like to thank Theorist for his focusing fire vs. Ship to Ship article.  It was an excellent article that everyone should read.) That article was the inspiration for my list.

I ran (in order of PS):

Vader w/ swarm tactics, concussion missile

Night Beast

Bounty Hunter w/ Gunner

Academy Tie

I posted this list on team covenant here a few weeks back.

I came to the tournament very confident having only lost once with the list. Robert M taught me a lesson that my list implodes when Vader loses his actions. I went to the tournament determined to not let that happen. I thought I would have a good shot at winning until I realized Doug “Hothie” Kinney, the 2012 Worlds Champion, was there.  Doug is a really nice guy, but he’s so nice it’s a little intimidating. Additionally he had his trophy there because the tournament organizers wanted to show it off.

 

My first game was against Gavin, who eventually placed 4th. He ran Howlrunner w/stealth and 6x obsidian squad pilots. He put his ties into 2 groups of  3 with howlrunner supporting 1 group which limited their effectiveness. So I got to face 3 naked ties before his other 4 came to the rescue. That worked out well for me. The first combat round I managed to take out 2 obsidians with vader’s missiles and some concentrated fire while only injuring my academy, which was huge for me.  He ended up killing Night Beast and an Academy, but due to essentially fighting a 5v5(I really consider the large ships 2 ships) with ties I eventually killed his whole army.

1-0

Next round I faced Johnathan, who was one of the TO’s of the day. He ended up placing 5th.  He brought Krassis w/ HLC Engine Upgrade and Gunner as well as Bounty Hunter w/ HLC, Proximity mine and Gunner. He split his ships to try to pincer me and I collapsed my ships onto the Bounty Hunter. By the end of Round 1 his bounty hunter had 3 hull left and was surrounded by my ships. I managed to block the bounty hunter with the academy tie and my Bounty Hunter took him out, leaving 4 ships to chase Krassis down and kill him. I didn’t lose a single ship.

2-0

Next round I faced Hothie. He ran Boba Fett w/ Expert Handling and HLC, Bounty Hunter, and Dark Curse w/ Stealth. His strategy was to take Vader out as soon as he could, and while I’m usually fine with people attacking vader since he can “turtle up” by focusing and evading, Vader ended up dying in turn 3.  He collided with Night Beast in an asteroid bottleneck, and Hothie took him out. After that I got really frustrated and Night Beast accidentally killed himself on an asteroid. This was pretty disappointing since I put lots of damage on him in the first round, and his Bounty Hunter had 1 hull left. But Hothie weathered my alpha strike and cleaned up the rest of my ships.

2-1

At that point they split the top 4 into a winners bracket to determine the champion, win or go home. I was the 2-1 team with the highest strength of schedule so I was the #3 seed.

The semifinals game was aganst against Marie who finished in 3rd. She ran Lando a naked Horton and Luke w/ Marksmanship. I came into this match determined to kill Horton as soon as possible as I viewed him as the easiest target. I ended up killing him mid way through round 3. She tended to attack either Vader or the Bounty Hunter and didn’t have the greatest focusing fire. This lead to me having a lot of hurt ships but none destroyed. I eventually focused Luke down and chased Lando across the map until eventually destroying him. Third complete victory.

3-1

The final match was against Hothie again, who at the time was undefeated. I expected him to focus Vader again so I placed him in a location that offered asteroid protection from one side while allowing him to run if needed. I didn’t want him to get those points even if it meant losing swarm tactics. He did go after Vader again, and on the first pass took out his shields and leaving Vader with 2 hull left. My alpha strike did minimal damage as I attacked his Bounty Hunter who rolled 6 out of 6 evades. I was pretty crushed. I ran Vader out of town and attempted to continue with the other 3 ships while Vader ran around away from the Fray. We were both evading like mad that game and he did get Vader down to 1 hull left, and when there was only 5 minutes left, I got a lucky shot on Dark Curse, and he hadn’t killed anything of mine. My mood perked instantly as I realized that as long as he didn’t kill 2 ties, Vader or Bounty Hunter I would win. Vader was on the other side of the map and I had 3 ships on his Bounty Hunter. I will say I did a good job of blocking with the Academy Pilot all game, and his Bounty Hunter couldn’t take actions. The last round I took out his Bounty Hunter with my own and he conceded.

4-1 Tournament Winner.

I ended up flying against the rest of the top 5 pilots of the day and still won. I am very proud of that. Hothie did point out a flaw in my list that I see now. The real target to attack may be the Bounty Hunter as it’s a good 70% of my offense after the first pass. Even though it has 10hp and 2 agility it can be brought down and that’s 38points that the enemy gets.

I will be going to Worlds and I expect to see more than a few of the Team Covenant community there as you all are high quality players. I will also go to the next Regionals to get some practice but I’ll concede if I make it to the final round. I may run another list at that tourney. I’ll keep you all posted.