The X-Wing European Championships have been and gone and well........ what an event! I mean, I knew it was going to be different from the other tournaments that Iv'e been too but it was just breathtaking in regards to the sheer size and overall atmosphere. I recognised people from previous events including some of the weekend warlords and the guys from the 186th who set up camp to one side early on. I had an absolute fantastic time and to celebrate and give back I'm giving away a brand new Special Forces TIE Fighter, so stick around and see how you can win!
As I went to register I realised my first cock up of the day. I had two of the same bloody asteroid :/ all the meticulous planning and it was an asteroid that caused my first hiccup! Luckily the X-Wing community does what it does best and someone lent me an asteroid. We exchanged numbers just in case I went home with it his name was Paul but I saved him as Paul the asteroid guy as I already had a Paul in my contacts. Well it turns out that not only did Paul finish 4 – 0 on day one but actually made it to the top 8! So again thank you Paul and congrats on becoming one of the top 10 players in Europe!
The first round started a little late and this was kinda known as registration was extended half an hour for security purposes. But then there were some....ahem... slight delays after the first round. First of all well done to everyone keeping their coo,l yeah we all came to play pew pew and it was frustrating that we couldn't but instead of getting angry people just set up and started playing casual games and FFG even handed out 'Hey, that's my fish!' to keep us busy.
I believe the technical fault occurred due to the fact that people bought multiple tickets (for other people hence why we was asked to register with the ticket holder) and the ticket list was imported into cryodex which resulted in same person being paired up multiple times. Because of the time delay, the tournament structure changed and resulted in us playing four games on Day 1 followed by five games on Day 2 whereby everyone automatically qualified.
Round 1 – Alex – British | Win 100 – 58 |
Nervous as expected as this was the first game. Those nerves were exacerbated when I saw him pull out triple jumps. I’ve played this list quite a few times and I have never beaten it. He was put off shooting Whisper because of Rebel captive so he began to whittle down the decimator (and bobba'd hot-cop early!) until it was finally taken down. By this time he had one jumpmaster at full health and another with just one hull. I targeted the low health ship first and took it out fairly quick. I tokened up every turn and managed to get a shot every turn so I could cloak with an evade just to make sure. The remaining jumpmaster went down with only a few minutes remaining.
Round 2 – Cal – British | Win 100 – 29
Ecstatic I had won my first game I was looking forward to my next one. Four hours later and a shopping spree later the next game started and Cal pulled out two jumps and Fenn. In one way I was relieved as I had just beat a jump list, on the other hand I knew that Fenn could really put the damage in and take out Whisper early and for this reason I decided to go for Fenn first. As the game started he manoeuvred the jumps and just clipped an asteroid which took a shield. Fenn decided to take the flank as I slow rolled toward the centre. The Jumps came in a little too fast and couldn't get the plasma torps off and I had my attention on Fenn. Two rounds later and I Vader'ed Fenn off the board. He got the decimator down to half health but I managed to take the Jumps out surprisingly quickly.
Round 3 – Sander – Netherlands | Loss 0 – 100
The two lists I truly dreaded were stress bots and TLT so I cried a little inside when I saw Sanders list. He Fortressed up in the corner as I made a slow march towards him. Realising by round four he wasn't going to budge I tried to see what the best possible approach was. Apparently its not face him head on with Whisper. He wasn't scared to shoot Whisper and shooting first with the ARC due too Roarks ability meant I couldn't hide behind four agility dice. Whisper was toast after two rounds and the decimator didn't last too long after.
Round 4 – Franck – France | Loss 52 – 100
Last game of the day and it was getting late. I can most probably talk for the majority of people in the room and say we was deflated and found it hard to concentrate. My next game was a lad from France who brought a triple TLT list, again I cried inside. He started shooting Whisper then swapped to the decimator and then switched back to Whisper again. Once Whisper was in range of all three TLTs she didn't last long however she put up a fight and got Miranda down to one hull. The decimator finished her off but I had as much hope as a stormtrooper shooting a moving target as both his Y-Wings still had shields. He got the decimator down to two health where the next turn I Vadered myself to death, the relief on our faces was a picture as it was 10pm.
So I was happy with two wins and two losses on my first day.
Round 5 – Chris – Poland | Loss 53 – 71
This was by far my closest and strategic game. He had two K-wings, Esege with TLT and Miranda with autoblaster turret. He slowly approached me and cropdusted the playing field with all kinds of bombs to limit my movement. We danced around each other but he closed in and Whisper was starting to feel the heat as it doesn't take long to kill Whisper with bombs. Sure enough Miranda came screaming across with a SLAM pooping out a Conner net in the process and with Sabine on board Whisper was finished. At this point the decimator still had a relatively high amount of health and by the next round I Vader'ed Miranda off the field as he pulled a double damage. Time was closing in and the decimator still had over half health and Esege was almost destroyed - this is where I borked up. In my haste I decided to Vader Esege and got him down to one health putting myself at half health and giving Chris the point lead. By the next round we both knew what had just happened and he SLAMed his ass outta there.
Round 6 – Marko – Finland | Loss 26 – 100
Another Stress list, after the last three games I kindda knew what was coming *now completely dead inside*. He flew the list in formation towards the centre of the playing field where I decided to turn broadside with the the decimator -I was almost down to half health after the first round of shooting. I was stripping tokens off Biggs and Whisper managed to get in some hurt. Biggs was down the following round shortly followed by the decimator. The ARC stressed Whisper and I was in a bad position and thought I could run and try to reset, this failed miserably and he chased me and I couldn't turn as I wouldn't be able to clear the stress.
Round 7 – Kaeshan – British | Win 100 - 29
I was planning on dropping after this round as I wanted to explore the Expo and buy some new games. In hindsight staying for the other games would have left me with a much healthier bank balance......
He set up the shadow caster in the middle and Bossk on the far corner so I gunned for the shadow caster as soon as possible whilst Bossk was slowly lugging itself into play. As we approached firing range he landed his shadow caster on a rock and took damage, I dealt a fair amount of damage and the shadow caster decided to get the hell outta there but unfortunately he went though one rock and landed on another. I turned my attention to Bossk and a range two hit with the decimator plus a range one shot with Whisper took a massive chunk out of it. The next round Bossk went down and he shook my hand and said his wife was outside so I nabbed myself a win!
Bonus Round - Joel | Loss
I met this guy on the first day and we tried a couple of times on Friday and Saturday to squeeze a casual game in when we thought there was down time but couldn't manage to get the game in! After round 7 we both finished with plenty of time and by coincidence we played round 7 side by side so I think fate wanted us to play. As we set up, Catherine (the other half of Gaming Lark) treated us to a couple of pints to make it a proper casual game. He flew a double deci list and shredded me but we had a good laugh and the beer wasn't too bad either.
So that's a wrap! Thanks to FFG for organising a great event and all the players showing great sportsmanship throughout and especially well gone to Rasta Maice for winning the the first X-Wing European Championship! The next tournament will be a store championship this Saturday (you would have thought that a whole weekend would scratch that X-Wing itch!) at Games Hub in Edinburgh where I think i'll retire my beloved Imperials for something a little different 😀
Congratulations on reading this far (or just scrolling to the bottom for the free stuff!), to celebrate my absolute averaging playing and the first European championship won by a fellow Brit, i'll be giving away a brand spanking unopened Special Forces TIE fighter for free just follow this link and do what the words tell you for the chance to win this great little ship!
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