22 January 2013

RFP Championship Battle Report

The RFP Championship (removedfromplay.com) was held at Card Kingdom in Seattle, WA on January 19th, 2013.

32 players, 5 rounds, 3x 50pt lists, Divide and Conquer, SR 2013 rules (as much as possible).
Folks from as far afield as Portland and Bellingham, and in-between came to play/compete.

I don't get to play in tournaments often, as a Pressganger it's my job to run 'em :)
When I can, I play my Trollbloods in tourneys, and this time we fought our way to the Finals (2nd place), and this was the path...

My three lists were:
KSB min + SSE
Fennblades full + UA
Fell Caller
Swamp Gobbers

pGrim (yeah, thaz right, he gets a 'p' now!)

Fennblades full + UA
Scattergunners min + UA
Gatorman Witch Doctor

War Wagon
Greygore Boomhowler full
Pyg Burrowers min
Farrow Bone Grinders

Note the distinct lack of Mulg and Janissa?  I'd pre-made four lists to consider for this tourney, and chose those three, not realizing until after the first round (doh!) that those two CHARACTERS were in my unused pDoomie list...Crutch free, right?!

I knew each list would have to potentially deal with 1-2 Colossal/Gargantuan(s), and/or heavy ARM, and still be able to deal with volume Weaponsmaster infantry.  These builds were my attempt to have an answer to those 'issues'.

RD 1 vs. Steven (Trollbloods),  Scenario "Close Quarters"

I chose pMadrak

Longriders min
KSB min
Burrowers full
Fell Caller
Swamp Gobbers

Trolls vs Trolls is usually a grind out type of match and this one was no exception.
Highlights of my play were:
1.  Taking over Steven's killed Axer with my Feralgeist.
2.  Using Fenns to take NO impact effects or impact damage from his Bullrushing LRs/Horthol.
3.  A timely Rok Crit Freeze of one LR and kill of another.
4.  Using the Feralgeist to contest the opposing flag, saving me the game after Janissa Tectonic-ed my other three models away from contesting the opposing flag.

I'd like to say I played a masterful game, but I won by opposing Deathclock time-out, with both of us at 4 Control Points, and Steven one ranged-attack missed model (my Feralgeist) from winning by Scenario.  I only killed 28 pts of his army, he a few less of mine.  The time in this match spent in re-killing things after Tough rolls was ludicrous...

SR2013 notes:  The ability to earn 2 CPs from Dominate makes a durable warlock valuable.  But more importantly, a durable model to prevent opposing Dominate CPs is especially valuable, if not essential!

RD 2 vs. Randy (Cryx) Scenario "Into the Breach"

I chose Grim.

eGoreshade  Tier 2
Skarlock Thrall
Full Bane Knights
Full Bane Thralls
Bane Thrall Officer & Standard
Min Bane Thralls
FREE Bane Thrall Officer & Standard
Bane Lord Tartarus
Necrotech & 1 Scrap Thrall
Necrotech & 1 Scrap Thrall
3 Scrap Thrall
3 Scrap Thrall

20 Tough Banes, and 10 Knights, and probably 8 returning Banes minimum at some point.  Oh, AND a Colossal.  Fun.

Can my 11 Fenns, and 7 Scattergunners kill enough Banes to get my EBDTs to that Kraken?

My highlights of this match were:
1.  On Feat turn, after a Bait-the-Line on the Kraken, Scattergunners and Fenns barely creating a double wide alley for my two Rushed- EBDTs to get to the Kraken, leaving it at 3-4 points, including his Cortex (stupid Kraken has POW 3 weapons).
2.  The Kraken, after 1 Necrotech repairs for 6, flailing with 3 Focus and failing to kill either EBDT even with Dark Shroud.
3.  Zombified Fenns cannot become Banes, suck it Tartarus!
4.  Killing the Kraken with Tartarus via Witch Doctor's Dominate Undead, then shooting him in the back to death with a Scattergunner.
5.  Scattergunners killing Banes over and over again, but not hitting their friends.
6.  Grim using the back of his gun, RFG-ing 3 Banes in B2B with him from Goreshades Feat.
7.  The healthier living EBDT trampling 3 Banes (2 killed) and Skarlock (killed!) on his way to getting one lucky hit off on Goreshade at POW 20 (Goreshade's got a POW 8 weapon, te-he!)
8.  Grim aiming/boosting at the medium based eGoreshade, Snare-gunning. Then the other, barely alive but with all aspects, EBDT trampling one Bane to get to eGoreshade with P&S 22 (Flaming Fists) for the win.

We were so much up in each other's grill in this match the Scenario did not come into play at all.  Considering all the attacks and Tough flying around, it's a surprise neither of us really had time problems, finishing this game with double digits on both clocks.

I'll describe the following two Rounds and Final in my post next week!


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