Obscenely short tourney report
I played in a small 8 man SR2012 tourney over the weekend. I don’t have a ton of time to write up a proper report right now but wanted to get some thoughts down. The lists I brought were:
Min KSB with UA
Sons of Bragg
Game 1 eGrissel vs. Mortenabra
Jaime plays “not dirty” Cryx in that it is fairly straight forward and avoids many of their excesses. In his restraint be brought a Kraken with Mortie. In all seriousness, it was a pretty straightforward mash list with 3 slayers, scrap thrall, a couple of other things. I won the roll and chose to go second. The scenario was Incursion and at the risk of ruining the suspense the center flag disappeared.
I went eGrissel because there didn’t seem to be much in his list with pathfinder and slayers are fairly fragile so I was thinking I could use earthquake to knock them down and then the bomber to clear them off. Jaime loaded up pretty central though with a slayer on each flank and one up the middle with the kraken. There was also a big forest in the middle of the table.
Both sides moved up pretty centrally on first turn. Inhospitable ground left one of the slayers in charge range of the EBDT who charged and wrecked it on the second turn. The scouts charged the central slayer (who was in the woods) with only 2 getting in range but they took out his cortex. One of them ran up to stop the kraken from going anywhere. Pyre troll ran to contest a flag on my right to prevent Jaime from getting a control point.
Mortenabra moved of to the slayer and fixed the cortex and all of the scouts died. After he moved mortenabra he popped feat. The scout locking up the kraken died more easily than I had hoped and the kraken charged the EBDT. He did some damage but didn’t kill the EBDT. He killed a little bit more but ran out of time on his turn (even with extension) so didn’t get to charge the pyre.
My turn, I saw mortie was in b2b with the slayer so I thought I had the opportunity for a blast assassination. I considered using the impaler to slam the slayer into her and knock her down and then remembered she had steady. The pyre advanced to about an inch away from the slayer and missed but still set mortie on fire. The bomber fired next at the slayer and I just absolutely cranked the blast damage on mortie (I think I rolled a 17 and a 15 on the boosted damage) and took her out. Grissel still had yet to activate so even if he failed I felt pretty good about my odds.
Game 2 Grim vs. pGaspy
Pretty standard pgaspy list, lots of bane thralls, canker worm, some form of witch, etc, etc. We were playing Guidons. I chose the Grim list because I had just played eGrissel, even though Grissel would have been a much better match. No, I don’t know what I was thinking beyond the fact that I have it, why not play it. I don’t like to blame dice for games but I was definitely facing an uphill battle when he made back to back tough checks with bane UA. I got locked into position and couldn’t really threaten convincingly. I was just whooped this game. Winston played it very aggressively and won on scenario though I did almost manage to claw back from a disastrous early game.
There was a 3rd cryx player there (Duc) and although I like Duc and our games in the past have been fun, I didn’t want to do a 3 cryx tourney :-/ – instead I ended up drawing my most common opponent and the guy I carpooled with, so I guess it is a trade off.
We had practiced the night before and he helped me tune my list a bit and we ended up with a rematch.
Game 3 eGrissel vs. Siege
This is an odd mirror match. They basically both try and do the same thing but Siege pretty much ensures I have to take it in the teeth first. He blasted Grissel on turn 2 for a brutal 21 points of damage which I sent over to the pyre troll who lost 2 spirals (but since I had deployed 2 of my whelps at the start of the game I was able to heal them both in his activation). The EBDT also took about 20 damage (he had either 8 or 10 left) but popped out some whelps which he ate to repair lost spirals. Two defenders stepped in front of siege to protect him from retaliation and the EBDT charged and wrecked one. A note here, if they had been another inch forward he wouldn’t have been able to charge because of the positioning of a wall. Instead I popped eGrissel’s feat and ran the stone forward to give him armor 24 total. He weathered the return assault frustrating Ryan quite a bit though he did end up knocked down with black oil on him. My turn, Grissel stepped forward and sang him to death.
After Action Review:
I am pretty happy with how things went overall aside from the epic derp of caster choice in game 2. I really should have just run eGrissel all 3 games. I like her a lot, she gets the job done and I know her really well.
I missed out on 3rd place because I had 0 control points over the course of the tourney and lost it on tie breakers so my big learning point that I am going to focus on for the next month or two will be to do a hit confirm when I have an assassination attempt in order to keep my opponent honest but pretend that the only way to win is by scenario in friendly games.
All in all it was a great day and a whole lot of fun and once more the Marshal of the Kriels proves she can put the kids to bed on her own.