Hello and welcome to the first in a series of weekly posts following myself on the journey to the Star Wars X-Wing miniatures European Championships in June this year! This series will cover lists I’ll be practising with, previous organised play experience, up-coming tournament prep and other informative tidbits regarding the championship. It will finish up with a battle report and summary of my experience. I’m hoping to convince people who are on the fence about tournaments and that they should really participate and connect with this truly amazing community.
The European championships were introduced this year with the first being (conveniently for me) held at the UK Games Expo in Birmingham. With just under 300 tickets sold as of writing and with 600 tickets allocated this has the potential of being the biggest tournament ever held in the UK and maybe even Europe –so exciting :D. We have some information regarding prize support but not too much. Participation will net you a ‘heavy and substantial’ challenge coin, other participation prizes are planned but have not yet been announced. Top 32 will get you a dark green premium deckbox stamped with the European championships logo. Top four will get you a reserved seat at the World Championships and finalists will earn themselves a bye. Now for the juiciest prize. The winner not only earns themselves a reserved seat and bye but has a hotel travel and travel expenses paid for AND they can bring a friend AND they get to help design upcoming elements of the game –so. damn. schwifty. They haven’t yet stated whether there are prizes for top 64 or top 16 which is typical of other organised play events however they did mention there will be alternate art cards, tokens and more so we’ll just have to wait and see....
I’ve been playing X-Wing for around a year and a half now giving in to the plastic crack addiction just before the release of wave 8. My first tournament was the Granite City Comic Con and I’ve been to quite a few regional and season kit tournaments around Scotland and each one has been an amazing experience. I typically place in the top third getting progressively better with each one reaching 5th in the last one I went to. I couldn’t recommend attending one highly enough. Not only do you get to play spaceships all day but you learn a lot of tactics and rules, visit new places, and meet loads of people who are just as passionate to play with plastic toys as you are.
The list I’ve been practising with lately:
As with most new lists built during a slow work day, it will be the -next best-meta breaking-game defining-sure to be nerfed list there is....that is until they’re play tested.
The premise of Beam and Boom: Vessery tractor beams first reducing the agility of the enemy ship and a potential re-position. This is then followed by a primary shot and the other two also joining in on the fight.
I’ve played against my fiancée a few times with her flying variations of Miranda (TLT, loaded with bombs & Sabine) / regen Corren. I have yet to win. I was so confident this list would work I even painted and magnetised the ships, boy was that a time consuming blunder. The shield regeneration on Miranda is just so efficient and Corren regenerating and nipping at your heels made her list a tough match up. Vessery was understandably targeted first in all our games and is dealt with relatively quick due to lack of x/7 and Sabine (and I thought bombs were never going to be competitive........). Once he’s down the list kind of falls apart but the two TIEs are very capable of holding their own.
Pros and Cons
Pros of the list- VERY fun to fly, enjoy the slower movement of the defender as you’re not pressured to do the 3/4/5 speed manoeuvre for that sweet evade token, each ship can fight fairly well independently and even better when focus firing. Cons of the list- Dials are very different (even the TIEs!) making formation flying hard, flying in what formation you can with this list against an efficient bomb list-you’re gonna’ have a bad time, losing Vessery is 38-points of pain which the whole list really feels.
I have another meta breaking list I’m considering which I plan on playing with this week which addresses some of the problems with the last. I think I’ll hold off painting this one until I’m confident it flies well........
Thank you to those who have made it this far through my ramblings and I hope you will join me over the next couple of weeks in preparation of this very exciting opportunity. Next week I’ll cover my new list and general tournament prep I find useful. Until then –Keep calm and fly casual.
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