Sunday, November 13, 2016
Backstory - Part 3
But about a week before regionals, there's another big event: Worlds from the spring cycle. Troopers are the big thing, with Worlds finals being Rebel Troopers versus Imperial Troopers. The winner was the Imperial, with this list:
1x Agent Blaise
1x Elite Heavy /w Targeting Computer
1x Elite Stormtrooper /w Cross-Training
1x Elite Stromtrooper
1x Rule By Fear
1x Zillo Technique
Now, a major world-wide tournament days before our more local tournament? I wonder how that'll affect it! Exactly as expected, several clones appeared in the tournament.
(As an aside, I personally don't like net-listing. While I understand the benefits it brings on a competitive level, I think building the lists are a big part of the game and that skipping that portion lowers the skill level of the game. I'm not, however, going to crucify anyone who brings a net-list.)
First round, I'm paired with the player I drove to the tournament with. He's playing a Scum Bantha list he's played most of his skirmishes with, but unfortunately, seeing as it's a competitive scene, I'm not willing to pull any punches. There is a bit of a learning curve with this game that he had not had the time to surpass yet.
Second round, I'm faced with a Rebel list featuring Luke and a pair of Elite Rebel Troopers. My Troopers melt white dice figures as they do for a fairly quick win. I noted several questionable plays and suspect the player may have been new to either the game or the competitive scene.
Third round, I face down the player that eliminated me from the regional in the spring. This time, he's brought a new list:
2x Elite ISB Infiltrators
2x Elite Stromtroopers /w Cross-Training
1x Rule by Fear
1x Zillo Technique
Lots of elite troopers? Joy! The battle pretty quickly goes against me. Some small mistakes on my part, but I just can't attrition fast enough. Half of my troopers reliably die in one hit and the others can't make up the difference. It's a neat list he brings, and he has my respect for playing well and playing his own list. This is what I'd like to see in Imperial Assault. (Except for the "losing to him two regionals in a row" part.)
Fourth round, I stare at the world champion's list. Everything seems to go wrong here. My dice go cold and my opponent's go hot. Whatever, it happens. In addition to the aforementioned problem of my troopers failing to pull their weight, my opponent pulled this sweet triple activation of his Elite Heavies with normal activation + Change of Plans + Take Initiative. You know what Elite Troopers forced into a funnel love? 6x Blast 2. It was truly breathtaking.
I just barely squeak into the top 8, which immediately pairs me with the top player. (Seems legit. While I understand the idea of not pairing the best players at the start, pairing the best against the worst seems questionable.) But I've got one last chance to reclaim my honor, and go on to get my revenge against my round 3 opponent.
An interesting note about the top 8: 7 of the 8 were Imperial, one was Rebel. Of the 7, I was the only one without Zillo Technique. All of the worlds clones had made the cut.
He's running the world champion list, somewhat unsuprisingly. We're playing lair of the dianoga. My dice roll hot, his die. My first activation of the second round kills the dianoga, giving me 21 points. I can't lose now; I've only got to kill 19 points and he has to wipe me!
Or not. I kill Blaise and two Officers and he blows my list away. (I'm going to note the presence of yet another 3-damage grenade) I'm a bit irritated that I blew such a lead, but this cemented my understanding of where I'd made mistakes.
I'd been out of touch with the world. The game had moved on and left me behind. My list had been good, but was no longer. I could have continued playing on Vassal or through other methods, but had not. This failure was mine to bear, and mine alone,
So I'll try to fix my mistake. I'll double down on tactics, strategy, and analysis. I'll keep in touch with the world's meta. I'll talk and discuss Imperial Assault through various mediums (mostly Facebook), and I'll get back into playing with Vassal. And heck, I might even try to get the community around here back up again.
But that's how I got to starting this blog. I hope you can benefit from my efforts to improve myself, and maybe even help me out along the way.
May the Force be with you.