Monday, 21 September 2015

X-Wing Interclubs Event

So Sunday the 20th of September was the Inter club event, held in MK by Mr Ryan Toone!
Four teams were involved.
  • 186th, London
  • Flight Deckers, Around Birmingham
  • Vanguardians of the Galaxy, Bristol
  • Nasa, Northampton, that was us!
Teams will be referred as there location for ease of writing this report.

So the day was to be 5 games, 1 vs each of the teams in a group style set up, and then a knockout stage of 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd.

So my list for the day-
Biggs, Hull
3x Gold Pilots, TLT
Idea behind Biggs in this list, so to allow the TLTs to do their work early without any pressure, with Biggs being the target. So lets see how it did.

A good crowd with all 32 players showing up ready for the event.

A room full of gamers- One of Ryans Pictures
Game 1 vs Birmingham 

So first off I got drawn against Craig Reed (2013 National Champion?)  and it was always going to happen, I have beaten him 3 times running, and he was keen for some revenge.

His List
IGB+C, VI, HLC, FCS, Autothrusters, Dampeners

So up against the dreaded Duel IGs, a list I wasnt sure I could deal with.

Early engagements sees us both having to make difficult choices with movement, as we both get trapped in, but as IGB drops and Biggs drop, it looks like maybe my Y-Wings have a chance.
Now this is when it gets interesting, very quickly I am able to get his last IG down to 1 Hull remaining, for the cost of a Y-wing, but after that neither of my remaining Y-wings seems to have it in them to cause that last bit of damage, and over the course of well must be a good 15+ turns, he slowly deleted my Y-wings.

Lose 49-100
Team Score 2-6

Overall it was a close game, coming down to the IGs ability to dodge and evade every shot, the team overall did quite well, with some close games, and recording a good amount of kills and points.

Game 2 vs Bristol

So found out I was up against a new player, who had played less then a hand full of games, but that was not going to mater. It was to be a dice off.

4x Synicates, TLT, Unhinged

Yep a TLT dice off, and that it was happened, there is not much to say about this game, except I think he fluffed more rolls then me, Biggs had a big impact in the first couple of turns, meaning one of his Y-wings didnt get a shot in the second turn as Biggs finished him off. But except from that it was a good fun game of flying around each other.

Win 100-52
Team Score 4-4

A good showing by the team, with some good scores and impressive performances, highlight was seeing a 4 Tie Advance list taking down a full Tie Swarm.

Shoot and repeat
Game 3 vs London

Up against the UK Nationals runner up, so I knew I was in for a tough game.

Corran, FCS, PTL, Engine, R2D2, Flechette
Gold, TLT
Gold, TLT, R3-A2

First round of shooting seems him send Corran straight into range one of my formation, opening fire onto Biggs, and doing very little damage. But Biggs opened fire stripping Corran of tokens and causing damage, and Corran was quickly finished off my two of the Y-wings at range one.
Wow that was unreal, at this stage the game was over, I quickly took down the remaining Gold pilots, with the loss of Biggs.

Win 100-28
Team Score 2-6

Some quite close looking games again this round, but the London team were able to record a strong win over the team.

Biggs eyeing up Corran

Semi Final time,
Birmingham (2nd) vs Bristol (3rd)
London (1st) vs Northampton (4th)

Semi Final vs London

My opponent for this game was the Nordic National Champion, and I believe I was up against his Nordic list.

Han, Pred, Luke, C3P0, Title, Engine
Jake, PTL, Title, Proton Rockets, VI, Autothrusters

I knew I needed to drop Jake and then after that, my TLTs should cause Han some real issues.
at long range I was able to put some damage on Jake but not enough to finish the A-wing.
Jake zoomed into range one and was able to get his Proton Rockets off killing Biggs, but Jake was exposed and become picked off by the Y-wings.
Now the game turned, the TLT put some serious hurt onto Han, and Han was unable to take any Y-wings out.

Win 100-28
Team Score 3-5

A closer round this time, and it looked like a few of our games we did lose, could of swung either way.

3rd Place Playoff vs Bristol

A few players are tiring at this point, and so this could be a close round.

Fel, PTL, stealth, Autothrusters, Title
Vader, ATC, Title, Pred, Proton
Shuttle, Emperor

I went into this game with a faint, pretending to rush forward and then turning sharply and rushing for the shuttle, this did allow me to take down the shuttle, with all four ships intact.
With the Emperor out of the game, it was much easier to hunt Fel and after a few turns the TLTs finally become to much for Fel.
Vader did get his Rockets off at a Y-wing but at this stage it didnt mater, Vader was being picked at by the TLTs and without any autothrusters or Emperor he couldn't withstand the fire power.

Win 100-0
Team Score 2-6

Now everyone of our players destroyed ships this round and again some very close looking games that could of swung either way.

Eyeing up the Shuttle with Fel and Vader getting caught out
Overall a good fun day, here is the final placements

Team placements
1st London
2nd Birmingham
3rd Bristol
4th Northampton

The teams overall scores (this is for all 5 rounds)

London, 150 points and a MOV of 5472
Birmingham, 90 points and a MOV of 3741
Bristol, 95 points and a MOV of 3906
Northampton, 65 points and a MOV of 2881

Well done to London for winning and a big well done to the current UK National Champion, for going all day without losing a ship and winning all of his games.

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