Posted by Jawaballs at 8:24 AM
The club that I attend, Battle for Salvation, held another tournament this weekend. I won the last two, so was going for the threepeat. However, I knew it was not going to be an easy win. My previous two wins both came after having some failure in early rounds. My first BFS win came after only managing a draw vs Khornate Kris's "Best Of" marine list. My second BFS win came after a second round draw vs an Eldar army. Both times it was a struggle. I expected nothing less this time.
Round one opened up vs a Daemonhunter army consisting of 2 land raiders, 4 squads of Grey Knights, a squad of GK termies with a Bro Capt. and a Dread. I managed to kill his terminators in my first round of shooting, and had him in assault on turn one. GKs are nasty in assault, but Mephiston is nastier, and 45 minutes later the game was over. My opponent was a fantastic sport!
The stage was set for a showdown between me and Danny Internets in round three.
Unfortunately Ultrabob's magic computer matched us up in round two...
So there we were... our first tournament meeting. Danny had his IG Alpha Strike army of death. I knew I would probably end up facing him for the win, so I packed Corbulo in my army to give me a reroll at Seize the Initiative. Danny has Emperor's Tarot which gives him a +1 to the die roll to go first. When he wins first turn he scout moves his valkries, then disembarks and charges his vets with meltabombs and melta guns, pretty much obliterating his opponent.
Danny won the die roll of course, and it would come down to me trying to seize. He set up his alpha strike, then it was my turn to try the steal... die roll 1... nothing... the reroll? Fail. That was my chance! We both knew how it would go. It would have been easier to just pack it up right there and call it a game. But I let Danny pound on me for Hard Boys practice. :) Four rounds later the beating was mercifully over. Danny tabled me. I believe that was the first time that ever happened to me outside of Fritz's living room!
For shits and giggles though, we played another game, with all the same setup, but as if I won the Seize the Initiative. I didn't do it quite so easily, but the result proved me right. I tabled Dan more or less. (we realized that we had forgotten about an immobilized Valkrye at the end.)
It boils down to a point I had made about IG ruining 5th edition. The game has been rendered down to the old 4th ed "Shoot first and win" matra where it is all about the luck of the draw. This time I was out drew.
My round two score of ZERO points throw me into the middle tables some where, and I ended up against a player I played at the last Brothers Grim tournament... Eldar... (Cue disgusted grimace.) My old nemesis of 3 falcons full of direavengers, 3 serpents full of Dragons, and a Bike Council was back. Gack.
Mephiston would be of little value in this game. His inability to use psychic powers due to the Eldar runes is frustrating. I did manage to get a power off and assault a Serpent, hitting it 3 times... but rolled no higher than 2. In fact, I assault 3 serpents on my first turn, scoring no less than a dozen penetrations. Nothing but weapon destroyed and shaken results. No shit. No wait... one was stunned.
On his turn the Eldar player focused on Mephiston and killed him with melta fire. Then I wrapped up his dragons. The rest of the game would be a cat and mouse between my assault squads and his council. I did score a lucky kill on a Falcon by praying to the emperor. I fired a single lascannon across the table, hit the Falcon, penetrated, my opponent failed his cover save, and I rolled the double six for the explosion.
The game would end in a minor victory for my opponent as he edged me out in kill points by 2. I would finish the day with 29 our of 69 battle points. Definitely a humbling day for the Jawabumble!
I need to refine my 1850 list. It needs either a complete overhaul, or some minor tweaking. I think I am definitely going to drop Mephiston again. He is fun, but an unnecessary point sink at 1850. I think a librarian back in the Land Raider is a better choice. Corbs is another point sink. 105 points just to reroll seize the initiative? I had to reduce my priests from two to one, reducing my assault strength vs his Seer Council. I feel that the strength of the BA dex is that priests allows you to double the strength of a 5 man assault squad... lacking that power my squads were ineffective. Plus I have yet to win a reroll in tournament play. It will be great when it happens, and I am taking Corbs to Hard Boys, but I think in my 1850 list he can be demoted.
So drop Meph and Corbs= 355 points
Buy termy libby w/storm shield=145
Buy termy priest and reguler priest with pw=150
Last 60 points? Melta speeder? Do I drop one of my ac/lc predators and replace it with another razor back? Do I not bother with the termy priest and just keep him in the land raider as a buff battery? Saving 45 points on the libby and 35 on the priest gives me 80, plus the 60... there goes another razorback squad with assault or tl las...
Plenty to ponder!
More to come...