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With some practice games under my belt and games at our local gaming club, Sanctuary Gaming Centre, I hoped I was prepared for the Regional.
Having played rebels almost exclusively since the game came out I was looking at taking one of my favourite leaders, General Dodonna.
My main reason for this guy is his ability to affect the critical hits given to the opposing fleet, and although there is everyone’s favourite Structural Damage there are some other juicy cards to fish for, (Faulty Countermeasures and Coolant Discharge are two that complement my list nicely, although there are plenty that are great).
Having run some various lists in the past I was debating over what may be best to take and reviewing the FFG community page I took a fancy to Lyraeus’ “Dodonna the Oppressor” list. I liked the synergy and how this could perform after a few practice games . The question was how would I fare at the Regional, in an untested meta and with players that probably have played more games than I had.
So in summary this was 3 Corvettes with Intel Officer and Turbolaser Reroute Circuits, two Scout MC30’s with Ordnance Experts, Titles, Assault Proton Torpedoes, Intel Officers and Turbolaser Reroute Circuits.
After a little bit of chat on the forums I was looking forward to meet up with a few of the people met there and more importantly get some games played. It was looking like it would be a long day with 4 games to be played, with that in mind I decided to play my Store Championship Bye. Arriving a little late at 10am I expected to see the games in full swing, but as it turned out they had just got underway.
So I got chatting with some of the other guys using their byes and got to watching some games and looking at the lists out there.
An initial look about showed lots of Rieekan and Ackbar, a couple of Mon Mothma and two Dodonna’s (so i was in for a good shout for best Dodonna…)
On the Imperial side the favourites were Screed and Motti, with a smattering of Ozzel and one Tarkin.
I had a good chat with some guys including Pete Rees, Liam Tormey and Laurence Evans about lists the prevalence of Imperials and Motti and Screed.
Well as we had all discussed pretty much the bye players all faced each other in the first round, it was my luck to face off against Liam Tormey whom I had been having a good chat with earlier. He had taken a double ISD list with Motti leading the way.
After taking the choice of first player i decided on his objectives, and this was to be my downfall, I chose Fire Lanes expecting to be able to take out an ISD early and then try and grab objectives later in the game. I knew it would be an uphill struggle, but i had not appreciated how much of a struggle it would be.
With some initial trade off of shots and all the objectives going to the Imperials on turns 1+2 the Rebel fleet took out Motti’s flag ship on Turn three for the loss of a Corvette in return. The success of this though had meant travelling at speed and although i was now around the back of the other ISD I was travelling too fast to claim the objectives. At this point i made a decision to try and keep in the fight and minimise the losses, but some good rolls at the death changed the result from a 7-3 to Liam to 8-2.
I was hoping at this point to get a good match up, but it was against a good player in David Bone and another Imperial list.
He took first player and chose my Intel Sweep to play, with the objective spread in my favour he set his ships to fast and proceeded to take the battle to me. I think this is where my lack of experience cane to show as I was not used to this level of aggressiveness and instead of playing to my fleets strengths – i.e. keeping at range, I over committed and proceeded to lose ship after ship in quick succession.
I almost got back into the game as Demolisher clipped the ISD and lost Monferat but he managed to escape the following turn and ran to the hills.
The battle was over really fast, and at a 10-0 to David at least I had some time to grab a bite to eat.
With a lot of time to think I realised that in Game 1 I had played correctly but picked the wrong mission, game 2 I had a good mission, but played the wrong game, so i really wanted to make sure i played the right game and took the mission when it was possible.
I drew my namesake, Chris Leffler in this round and facing yet another Imperial list and my 4th Isd of the day! Chris has two gladiators in support of the flagship and Screed commanding.
This time I was first player again and chose contested outpost, knowing that for the first couple of turns I would be losing out, but hoping that the firepower I knew I could bring to bear would compensate for this. After managing to set a trap for the Demolisher, I proceeded to roll 1 hit on my close range black dice of Foresight, fortunately the combination of fire had caused some defense tokens to be burnt! So with a panic Demolisher activated and took out a Corvette leaving me on a mission to focus fire, and between the remaining Corvettes the Demolisher was blown from the sky.
With the remaining Gladiator trapped on the far side of the ISD my remaining fleet poured fire into the Flagship taking it down on Turn 4. Heavily out numbered the remaining fighters and Gladiator tried to take down Admonition but the ship flew to safety with a parting shot to the Gladiator leaving it wide open to the combined fire of the Corvettes and Foresight.
So having played my list correctly at last and despite losing the objective 4-1 i pulled out a 9-1 win in the last game.
It had been a long day and it was on to the award ceremony, despite my 9-1 I was not quite close enough to the other Dodonna admiral and also to my chagrin finished in 18th just a single point off the top 16.
Still the prizes were not over and to my surprise I heard my name called out, there was a prize for the top General of both factions outside the top 16 and I had managed that feat! It came with a nice mug and a gift voucher for the store.
I learnt a lot about my list and it still interests me and i would like to fly it again, but also seeing so many other lists out there and all the variations thereof I am tempted to change to something new.
It was the second time I have been to Patriot Games back in 2014 where I won an X-wing Store Championship but it turns out they have moved and their new venue is really good for gaming with an entire room given over to gaming upstairs with the store downstairs.
The staff were really friendly and the event was run without a hitch as far as I could see, which is what you want from a tournament from the player’s perspective.
ISD II Intel Officer, ECM, Gunnery Team, XI7, Admiral Motti
ISD II Intel Officer, ECM, Gunnery Team, XI7,
3 x Tie Advanced, Jumpmaster, Dengar
ISD II, Wulff Yularen, XI7, SW7 Ion Cannons, Gunnery Teams, Expanded Hanger Bay, ECM, Avenger
Gladiator I, Engine Techs, Demolisher, APT, Ordnance Ecperts, Admiral Montferrat
Raider I, Ordnance Experts, Instigator
3 x Tie Bombers, Rhymer and Dengar
ISD II, Admiral Screed, Advanced Projectors, XI7, Boosted Comms, Leading Shots
Gladiator I, Demolisher, Ordnance Experts, Engine Techs, Assault Concussion Missiles
Gladiator I, Ordnance Experts, Assault Concussion Missiles
Howlrunner, Dengar, 3x Tie Advanced
Although I did not stay till the end the Final Battle was between Laurence and Pete, unfortunately the Imperials won the day beating the Stalwart Rebels. Congratulations to Laurence and his triple Gladiator list. Nice to see a Rebel Imperial final though.