Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Heretical Thoughts: Tournament Etiquette, Part Three

So , our group finally had a chance to play in a tournament rather than run a tournament at Legions Games in Pittsburgh. Great tournament, that was eventually won by our own Harry the Deathwolf. Congratulations to him and soundly beating me in the last game. During the tournament yesterday, there were many things that I wanted to bring up and discuss as they really pertain to what we have been discussing.

1. It is ok to start with models off the table. After looking at your opponents list, try and determine what he is going to do prior to deploying. This is especially important if your opponent is going first and actually deploys on the table. Don't think about how you are going to deploy, watch how he deploys and try to determine what he is going to do then react with your deployment. If it means leaving models off the table to counter a later threat do it.

2. Though you may be losing, do not give up. There were a few instances of this yesterday where people called it on turn 4 and depending on how the scoring is going, it can cost points to the person you are playing by allowing them to not obtain all the bonus points which can be critical for actually winning events. I have seen enough draws and / or changes from massacres to major or even minor victories by a few different dice rolls.

3. When your opponent does not deploy anything on the table because of your list, don't think your list is what's keeping him off the table and think that you have already won the game. There are tactics involved with keeping models off the table and even many armies that work better by doing so.

4. Pay attention to the meta at the store you are going to play at. If it is a store you regularly play at, then keep in mind what most people play and build an all comers list. There will always be an army that you did not expect and sometimes pairings can influence the final standings because it ends up being the one army that you couldn't beat.

5. When playing your games, make sure you don't make a mistake. It is one thing to lose because of matchups and dice rolling, but to tactically make a mistake is a different thing entirely. I'm not talking about not realizing what a unit does in the opponents army, but more along the lines of forgetting to move something, shoot something, assault something or even shot selection. You must continue to focus while playing and keep in mind how to win the mission - not how to necessarily kill the opponent. Unless it is a victory point or kill point mission, all other missions involve doing something other than killing the opponent to actually win. Keep that in mind.

Overall, all of these items came up at some point in time yesterday as we played. Everyone seemed to have a great time and a big thanks to the Judge and the store for having the event and allowing us to play. The spread of armies was great as I do not believe out of the 29 people that played there were more than 3 of the same armies in the tournament. We hope to see everyone there for our next tournament on March 26th.

Death to the False Emperor


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