This is the final month for Brawltimore, of local qualification league. There is the LCQ, giving the winner a chance to qualify for the event, and there will be the Invitational finals on 4/27. Its some of the best players from the surrounding 4 states and DC, and it’s sure to be a hell of a tournament! Let’s take a look at what happened at the LCQ just a few days ago!
Brawltimore Drives to the Finish Line
I know I’ve said it a ton, but for anyone out here
Its an event I have the privilege of running and of participating in (since the death of the press-gang…) and each year it has been a great way to keep interest up during the
I, thankfully, qualified for the invitation at the first tournament, and have been tooling with lists ever since. It has been a bit of a weight off of my back not worrying about qualifying. That said, however, this is likely to be my last real set of games prior to playing in the finals, so I wanted to try and settle on a strong pair. Having played – and given up on – Scaverous since about NOVA last year, I was ready to try something different. Denny in Dark Host is really enjoyable, of course, and to go along with that I would take the tried and true Skarre 3 Slaughter Fleet awesome list. My lists are below:
The plan here is that Skarre is awesome, and Denny is awesome, so I can’t really lose!
Round 1 (Standoff)
In round 1 I got paired against a frequent opponent and good friend playing a pair of S
I was correct, but then I learned, a bit to my surprise, that it wasn’t winds of war, which was dumb of me to have even thought, because him and I have been talking about Rasheth Exalted for some time. I don’t know what went through my mind. I believe I went second, but I cannot honestly remember.
The game felt to turn really hard when, on my second turn, I was able to pick out, because I was super lucky he didn’t cast castigate turn 1, two UA’s and Marketh. Marketh was too far from his buddy, the brute and got shot and exploded by the Corruptor, killing a pile of support, and the other UA was the target of a pair of venoms. The game kinda spiraled from there, allowing me to be in a position to wear down the clock on my opponent as they attempted to pull themselves into a strong position. As much as it seems like it was an early pull ahead, and it was, I still managed to lose track of what I was doing and give him an excellent out, just in case. He had two Immortals who were able to get bead on Deneghra, with Carnivore, Feat, Stone Strength, and Hakaar. Thankfully, his dice abandoned him and through a serious of unexpected rolls, he was unable to free up the second of the two Immortals and only got one on me, who still took out more than half of Dennys life when he swatted her in the head with his stone stick.
Round 2 (Spread the Net)
Round two I get paired into a regional crackpot bringing a bozo list with a crazy skew: 70
Round 3 (Recon 2)
Having thoroughly lost round 2 to a very good opponent and already qualified for the finals, I was ready to play Skarre 3 for the rest of the day. When my opponent showed up with Ret and a billionty guns including two tridents, I knew what I had to do.
Skarre three went down across from
Round 4 (Mirage)
This game was a clusterfuck for multiple reasons, but I’m just going to go over the highlights of it, and not really worry about the minutiae. He’s playing Convergence, and wants to play Lucant because he is significantly less complicated than Orion and its late. I want to play Boat, but I don’t think its going to fare well into Lucant. Deneghra has the better overall spread, so I go with her. He goes with Orion because, again, he has the better spread. Neither of us is playing the list that they want.
He goes first, and positions his 4 ground pounding assimilators aggressively next two his two fisty Conservators. I spend the vast majority of my first turn simply spreading out to make his ground pounder attacks less effective as my army just can’t withstand it. I’ve decided at this point that I’m just going to while away his time, hoping clock him with all the models I have to have him kill. It works, of a sort. there is a lot of back and forth scoring after I get pretty far ahead, but he’s able to crawl back and eventually win it on turn 7 with 5 seconds left 9-7. It really would have been nice if three times I’d ended up with a single damage point more. Darragh Wrath lowballed a damage roll on a jack, leaving it on 1, a charging bane thrall left a 5HP objective on 1 HP, and a Charging Bane Thrall UA leader wasn’t able to seal the deal against a conservator with 2 HP left. Things like that happen all the time, but its not great to have them happen all at once. Makes up for a lot of stupid dice doing great things for me year after year.
It was an awesome tournament, and I am glad that I was able to make it out. Now, to get ready for the finals on the 27th, to take the trophy home!