Monday, July 31, 2017

X-Wing SC (Red Raccoon) AAR...

So, went to the Red Raccoon Store Championship Saturday…  I decided to run with:

New Squadron (100)
Captain Nym (Scum) — Scurrg H-6 Bomber
30
Veteran Instincts
1
Autoblaster Turret
2
Cruise Missiles
3
Bomblet Generator
3
Advanced Sensors
3
"Genius"
0
Long-Range Scanners
0
Havoc
0
Ship Total: 42

Dengar — JumpMaster 5000
33
Lone Wolf
2
Plasma Torpedoes
3
Extra Munitions
2
K4 Security Droid
3
Unhinged Astromech
1
Glitterstim
2
Guidance Chips
0
Punishing One
12
Ship Total: 58


Pretty simple list not a lot of subtlety here.  I was NOT the only one running this list, or at least a variation of this list.  I was certainly the most successful I think.  The way I tended to run it was “Arc Dodge For the Win”.   I wound up facing at least 3 TIE based lists.  I do think that as things stand now my list is a hard counter for the TIEs.  The highlight was having Nym chase down a loaded up Vader in a TIE Advanced.  Now, that’s just wrong in my opinion.  Having a heavy bomber chase down one of the most agile Fighters in the game, but there it was.  

Game one I was banished to the basement.  Should explain a bit.  There were 32 players in the event, so tables 10-16 were in the basement area.  Played a newer player who had Carnor Jax, COL Vessery and an Omega Specialist.  I wasn’t sure what the Specialist was, never saw one played.  But loaded out TIE/SF like what I was used to seeing, just without the Pilot Abilities.  Since my list relies heavily on dice modification and the whole Carnor Jax experience from before I was hunting him.  I DID start the game saying “Sorry, this will probably go badly for that list”.  Dengar hunted down Jax with the Plasma Torpedo doing most of the damage on the first hit.  Nym killed the TIE/SF easily with Bombs and the Autoblaster then the TIE Defender was next… 

Game 2 brought me up to the top tables, I think 8…  Played against another Champaign player (I do not remember his name) who had another Imperial list.  Vader in the TIE Advanced, Quickdraw and Countess Ryad perhaps?  I won the Initiative roll, so I would move AFTER his Quickdraw and Vader.  Started split with Nym more than 2 away and then rolled right at him…  Well, slowly.  He HAD Cruise Missiles on the ADV and SF, so I was not going to just joust.  He split off the SF and Defender so I chased with Dengar.  The ADV was being chased by Nym.  Was bad.  The fastest, most advanced fighter (supposedly) in the Imperial arsenal being run to ground by a Heavy Bomber.  But Barrel Roll is insane, especially if I can do it BEFORE I move and then drop a bomb either at the beginning or end of my move.  He DID finally get half through the JM5K for the 29 MoV points, but I swept him eventually.  I dodged arcs REALLY well there and Quickdraw was only able to plink in enough to strip shields eventually before I could finish it off.  Good game, fun opponent even though he was pretty frustrated by my ability to dodge his arcs. 

So, 2-0 and great MoV put me up against Will…  He ran CPT Nym, pretty much EXACTLY like mine and 4 Z-95’s loaded out with “Dead Man’s Switch” so they would blow up and do a damage to EVERYTHING in Range 1 when they died…  I was able to outmaneuver a bit and Dengar killed 2 Z’s and damaged the other 2 badly before they could get close, I jousted Nyms and had him damaged, thinking I could trade them easily enough.  Worked well until I killed the last 2 of his Z’s with Dengar in range to take a bit of damage then it all fell apart.  Will did something I did not expect and ended up Range 1 of BOTH my ships…  We Bombed each other…  He of course rolled 2 blanks for his.  I rolled 2 hits on Dengar and hit/Crit for Nym…  Nym got the PS 0 crit, dooming him and Dengar ate the Range 1 Skurrg shot for an additional 4 Damage killing him…  J  Ah well, still haven’t beat him, but at least this was a really bad statistical anomaly to lose it, and I actually flew it fairly well.

2-1, needed to win to stay in the top…  Got paired against another TIE based list.  Quoickdraw, COL Vessary and Omega Leader.  Fairly standard build.  I started in my now standard split setup, ran Nym up along the right edge of the board while Dengar moved slowly to the center.  Turned Nym to line up the Cruise Missile shot while Dengar annihilated Omega Leader.  Plasma Torpedo and another random shot the next turn before he could acquire the Target Lock.  His Quickdraw did the “run over a rock to damage myself” trick to get in an early shot against Nym, hurt, but with 5 Shields, not a big deal…  My counter of ramming into him, hitting the SF AND the Defender with my bomb and plinking the Defender for more with the ABT was not what he expected.  Since I bumped him, no Quickdraw shooting and no Arc for the TIE/D.  Nym finished QD then peeled off while Dengar arc dodged like a madman and finished the TIE Defender.  100-0 win.  Yes, the small based ships SHOULD count for half points if you get them to 50%, or they need to drop the 50% thing on the large based ships.  The score was NOT reflective of the game I think, he DID a fair bit of damage to me, was into Hull on Nym and had most if not all the Shields on Dengar, but nothing hit that magic number to get points…

Final game of Swiss was against a fairly creative Asajji build with 3 Z-95’s.  2 with Cluster Missiles and one with Tracers.  Lots of Glitterstim out there too…  Was built I think more to deal with the Mindlink silliness of the previous meta…  He killed my Nym with Clusters…  But in return I damaged all of his Z’s and put a total of 6 Damage on Asajji’s ship on the way out.  5 Red Dice from the Cruise Missile hits HARD, and bombing on the end of the move is just silly, but horribly effective.  Dengar had to do a bit of dancing, but I was able to finish him off quickly.

So, that left me at 4-1 with REALLY good MoV.  Got Second in the Swiss.  So, with the cut I played Kevin’s Kanan/Biggs list.  Good, solid list played by an excellent player.  Long story short, I did a fair bit of Damage, but died pretty quick.  Missed an Arc Dodge for the first time of the day J…  Was at the end, more or less anyway, so it wouldn’t have turned the game around for me.  I realized after the game on the way home that the way my list wins would be to slow roll in with Dengar, Fire Plasma and then come in screaming fast with Nym…  Ah well, I was done for the day, got my top 4 placement at a big event…  Well, big for me J…  Nice “Top 4” Mat, loads of loot including the FFG range ruler set.  All around a really fun day, if a lot longer than I expected…