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Lock and Load, PP’s convention out in Seattle each year, is my chance each year to step away from running events, judging, and general overseeing in order to play the game I enjoy and get more than a few games in at a time. Last year I managed to pick off 18 Iron Arena games while also judging masters and playing in the team tournament. This year, though, I’ve managed to get into some awesome tournaments.

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I don’t get to go to many tournaments. Its not a problem for me, just a statement. When I go, though, I often fret for a while on what I am going take, what I can do to cover match-ups, and how I am going to avoid being curb stomped. Saturday I made it to my first tournament in a rather long time (December?), and my first one back with Cryx. I had a great time, played three insane games, and walked away with my head held high!

This one is long, bear with me! Three awesome games!

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Broken, Beaten, Scared

It has been a long, long time since I’ve had my ass beat as badly as it has been beat while trying to worry through Deneghra 3. Taking my deserved beatings, though, doesn’t feel good, and It’s illuminating two aspects that I don’t find that I am very experienced with: List Pairing and List innovation. I don’t think that either of these are skills I cannot try and bring to wield as a deadly weapon, but it may yet take a number of years.

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Darkest Before the Dawn

Sometimes, the hardest part of this game is hitting the reset button. Every once in a while, seeing that you have put work into making a list function, put thought and time into setting up what you think is a formidable and powerful set of synergies, and played a number of games that were, good, but not good enough, you have bow your head and admit defeat. At that point, You’ve reached the hardest part of a list. The daylight is in view. Seize it. I have recently hit that point with Deneghra 3

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There is an aspect of this hobby that is both maddening and joyous all at once, and that is the mini Christmas, called new model release. Well, for some of us its called new model purchase or delivery. However, and whenever, you get your new toys, there is this insatiable itch to get them on the table and see if they actually are as good, or as bad, as the internet has proclaimed them to be months ago. I just recently picked up Barathrum and a pair of Shrikes, and I am suffering from the burning sensation to give them a whirl.

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art by Marek

 

With the return to Cryx and the list of casters I wanted to play being pretty short, I knew that Goreshade, Lord of Ruin was going to get his shake pretty swiftly. The urge to put Denny 3 on the board was enormous, as both her model and her rules were extremely compelling. Goreshade 3 had come out much earlier and was burning a hole in my brain for longer, and had even come up, prior to Denny 2 and Body and Soul, as a strong Cryx tournament caster. I was extremely torn.

Fortunately, Deneghra showed up at the wrong time, was unable to be assembled until recently, and still has a cadre of models that need to be assembled before I use her. Goresahde 3 hit the table the first week of January, and I’m not looking to trade him in for a while yet. Continue reading