Game 4 vs. Chomik (Kaya 2 & Wurmwood)
This was the last game of day 1, and we were both exhausted. With that in mind, we both chose the list that didn't require too much thinking (a.k.a. not-Wurmwood) and ran stuff forward until I ran out of stuff and he still had one warpwolf. Some examples of our ineptitude:
- I ran the wolf riders straight into his sentry stones, thinking that my DEF can protect me from their sprays
- he got his Argus bog trogged
- he put Laris in charge range of my Scarsfell (then I proceeded to whiff the damage rolls)
- I put both of my heavies in his charge range on my feat turn, assuming that... I honestly don't know what I was thinking.
Not the best game for either of us, but rightly won by my opponent, whose mistakes were far less serious.
Just before the game ends. Note the proliferation of sentry stones and complete lack of wolf riders.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6TRiz ... sp=sharing
Evening activities included drinking beer, talking Warnachine and playing foosball. I arrived at the hotel at around 2 o'clock to find my room locked, as my roommate with the key was still in a club, chatting up some local chicks. He returned at 5 to find the outside door locked by a group of others who arrived half an hour earlier, so... poetic justice, I guess?
Game 5 vs. Encaintar (High Reclaimer and eSevvy)
This game was like getting laid for the first time: a very slow start, then suddenly it's all over. It's HR into Wurmwood, naturally. He brings both cavs, KEs, cleansers and 5 or 6 dervishes. The lack of idrians makes me happy. Scenario is 1 zone, 2 objectives, 2 flags.
I go first and run the wolves aggressively forward, basically denying him the chance to get out of his deployment zone, while keeping all the crucial sticks and stones further behind, wary of his feat. He responds by not really moving out of his table half, only one or two Dervishes to my right reach the flag on that side. The cleansers tried to hard roll an 11 to get rid of Alten on a hill. I mostly moved laterally, sprayed down some exemplar and most of the cleansers. A couple of forests go up in the middle of the table to deny him LoS to my wolves, and one dervish gets strangleheld. He blows his feat to remove my pureblood, a sentry stone, and approximately half of my bloodtrackers. Not too bad for me, honestly. The clutch roll was failing to kill the other sentry stone (he rolled 6 dice, and they were all 1s and 2s). Most importantly, he moved his caster out of the safety of a forest to get everyone in range for the feat, and I had two options:
1) dominate the zone, counterfeat, and score 3 points, or
2) run a mannikin from the remaining stone unit to within 3" of HR for a hellmouth followed by a game of hungry hungry warpwolf.
I choose the latter option and almost make the same mistake I've made during the WTC: hellmouthing both models to the mannikin in such a way that there's an entire width of the base between them. The base being larger than my 1" reach, that would've been a serious problem. Luckily, I spot the mistake before finishing my stone activation and manage to rectify it. My opponent promptly dies and promises to do better next time.
No pics from this one, so a fun fact will have to do: Tomek Tutaj managed a turn 1 CK with Reclaimer. He's totally OP (Tomek, not HR).
Game 6 vs. Kamo (Wurmwood & Baldur 1)
Those warlocks seem familiar
. We decide to get some tree on tree action, he wins the roll of and lets me go first. Scenario is 2 flags, 4 objectives.
This game... had I not been a complete and utter idiot, id would've been mine.
I start off well, by strangleholding his Cassius and running up cautiously. He can't really hellmouth me back in any meaningful manner, some sentry stones kill a bloodtracker or two and Alten (my mistake). On turn two, I manage to remove both his sentry stones and stranglehold his feral. the game is going well. I'm gaining ground. My goal of going 4-2 at a major tournament is within my grasp! The one thing I have to do is not killbox myself.
I killbox myself. Fuck.
Worse still, he manages to get his bloodtrackers on a flag for a 3-0. I put up a brave fight, trade some pieces, clear out his stuff on the other flag to control it, but it's to no avail. A big part of this is the bloodtrackers being made of bloody titanium. Most of my sprays missed, so does the hellmouth (boosted 9s on a warpwolf) that would've put paid to their nonsense once and for all. They manage to clear out my contesting stones for a 5-2.
The pic taken before I disgraced myself:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6TRiz ... sp=sharing
Summary and thoughts:
Man, Poznań sure loves its shopping malls. There's like 3 of them, two among the largest in Europe, within a 10 minute drive of each other.
The tournament was great, and I had a blast in spite of the lack of sleep and proper food. Finishing at 16 out of 40 wasn't bad, although I'm disgusted with myself for how that last game went. Killboxing yourself during a lost game is bad, but doing it when the game is ca. 60-40 in your favor is criminal!
The Baldur list is sure to undergo some restructuring, with wolf riders and bog trogs replaced by druids, Hutchuk (a.k.a. "Hot chick") and 2x sentry stones. Who knows, maybe I'll be able to turn him into a gunline counter and replace the tree with Moshar or pKromac?
Yeah, Wurmwood will be put on the back burner for a while. He's great, and the toolbox is virtually limitless, but I want to try something new. Moshar is tempting, but I have yet to decide whether I want to revert to going 2-4 or 1-5 every tournament
Now, where's my Team storm writeup?