I am far from an expert on winning tournaments, in 4 years of playing I think I won a local 4 round hardcore and managed to go 5-1 at Templecon Hardcore but it is a topic that has been circulating around our group/meta:
Greg gets a new toy and wants to talk Retribution! (Trib as we call it here). 2016 is going to be the year of elves for Greg and he has been collecting a large force! Greg and Nick were also involved in a painting challenge……which has died off for some reason. We can blame Nick for having a child. They suck up so much of your time!
There are numerous philosophies about losing, being a loser and competitive philosophy but I don’t want to waste too much time going over all of them. What I do want to talk about is how losing games can be a constructive tool to hone your game and tighten up your thinking.
I’m a sus (special unique snowflake) for sure BUT I’m a competitive sus, I want to have a good chance of winning and I want to give my opponent a challenging game. What I do like about PP is that their releases and each factions stock of choices are sprinkled with some ‘complex’ and strange selections that don’t necessarily look amazing on paper but which can find a home in a list if the pairing and synergy is right.
The Denied Flank, Echelon and other confusing words!
Okay I lied, not doing scenario and terrain this time out. I wanted to instead cover a thought process that was the inspiration for this series. The idea is quite common in most wargames but is normally not a good idea in warmachine due to the nature of scenarios:
I just started playing circle about 6 months ago and I find that the holy pairing of Warp Wolf Stalker and Gorax is almost unavoidable when it comes to constructing circle lists. Sure there are exceptions like Bradigus and Epic Baulder Theme forces but these are self imposed restrictions and limited to theme forces that essentially build themselves.
So how come as circle players we find ourselves reaching for the same battle group over and over again? Are the Stalker and Gorax that good or are the animi that integral to circles play style?
Ever since the Ontario Team Championship wrapped up I have been thinking about what other format of competitive tournament play I would love to play in. We have a Store Wars series going on which is a blast. And that got me thinking…..Invitational! Very similar to how the Store Wars events are run with just a few tweaks and adjustments.
So the second annual Southern Ontario Open (now referred to as SOO) has just concluded. It was an epic weekend. The first SOO was a Masters that brought in 89 players. This year Tim and Matt have expanded. It started with Iron Gauntlet on the Friday. Masters on the Saturday cutting to top 8 and the finals for both on the Sunday. They also had Speed Machine and Spell Draft. With Iron Arena running 24 hours a day!
I unfortunately couldn’t make it to the IG. I had a 3 year old that was home sick on the Friday. DOH! Greg made the trip out maybe he will grace us with a write up!
My day at Masters started with a match up vs SKORNE! I was temped to drop Body and Soul, but its still so new to me I figured I’d be safer with Goreshade 3. It didn’t look like either list had much magical attacks. This would be happy days for Blackbane!