Star Wars X-wing Nordics tournament. My writeup

Welcome to the Nordics.

This is the biggest tournament on Danish ground this year, when it comes to X-wing, and i probably think it is the Biggest in the Nordics as well. If you take out X-wing i think you had over 100 participants. So it was a large scale tournament. 2 x 6 rounds of X-wing shared over 2 days, and the top 8 from each day. Went on to the top 16 Matches played on sunday.

The tournament was officially sponsered by Faraos Cigarer.

Faraos Cigarer games, RPG and more.

Faraos Cigarer games, RPG, and more.

 

What did i play at the Nordics.

At the Nordics. I chose to play with Dash and 2x TLT Y-wings in the following Build.

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Nordics is coming to Denmark, Am i Prepared or not?

My preparations for Nordic.

This year. I am finally going to the nordics. I missed it the first time. it were in Denmark due to a birthday. Since then it has been overseas in Sweden. And that i could not afford it at the time. Sadly i really wanted to go.

This year. I bought a ticket early. For the Friday Session of the tournament. And took the day off from work. So i could prepare with a calm mind. Finding out the list i will fly and so on.

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Faraos Copenhagen Store Championship Dash and Miranda Write up.

So Dash and Miranda. The date is Saturday the 29th. of July i went to one of the copenhagen store championships, which where held in Tåstrup in a Culture building called Kulturhuset. Where there are room for us X-wingers.

Copenhagen Shop.

Faraos Cigarer Shop in Copenhagen

What did you play?

And you can read all about my expectations and my list right here.!

Introduction.

But let me first say before I start with the round writeup this was one of the Store Championships i Played in with one of THE most exciting matches. But more on that later in this post.

This is also one of the better venues for Store Championship in the area. and i must say, Some X-wing players tend to forget things. And maybe break a peg or two. Which is where i come in handy. And i borrow stuff out and just a Shout Out to people borrowing things i never experienced such honesty i actually never NOT got my stuff back, so im happy with the community as it is now. And hopefully it will continue the same way for years.

Ok. But now for the real deal. the writeup.

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Store Championship Preview, what will i expect Saturday July 29th.

Faraos is the Store Championship shop.

What list will i bring to Faraos Store Championship

Things has changed, Wave 11 is out. But i am still going to hold steadfast in a variation of my list from the last Store Championship. Where i managed to finish in top 6 of the day.

    

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Star wars X-wing miniatures game. Wave 11 has arrived. thoughts from a community.

Dragons Lair

Dragons Lair. Ligger i Odense og Aarhus

 The Arrival of wave 11

Now it has arrived, Wave 11. And already we are seeing people in the danish community geeking lists, talking about list beeing played over there en the big USA. and other places. Where the Wave arrived earlier.

What can we expect from this wave. is it dangerous to the meta as it is now. And when im asking this. I am thinking of the danish community. Where we even in our small country have differents in meta from Zealand to jutland.

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Fanatic Store Championship Roskilde Dash and Miranda Vs Scum

I was going to the Fanatic Store Championship in Star wars X-wing miniature game. With Dash and Miranda. And as i said to myself, a good succes would be to win a couple of games, and a great succes would be ending in top 8 to get those nice Range ruler for distance the Orange one.

Star wars X wing miniatures.

Køb X wing Her

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Interview with Ian Courtney from Zombiesquadron About Yavin

Expectations for yavin Player pov

 

Hey:

Is this your first tournament?

Well, Yavin will only be my second… of 2017. Currently it is dry January in terms of X wing tournaments so I will be a little cold in terms of tournament gaming going in, but I don’t feel that should be much of an issue.

How many tournaments have you played ?

As long as the wife does not read this by my count it stands at twenty of which I’ve won three (including a store championship), runner up twice and a third place. Of course that is sandwiched by a variety of middle of the road to abysmal performances which makes the better ones that much more enjoyable. The thing I love most about X-wing tournaments in general is that by and large they are one day events, (except the big ones), which makes getting the wife points to go and play in them so much easier.

Not forgetting to mention the fantastic playing community you encounter. For me although I like to try to win, it is also about playing X amount of games of your favourite hobby in one sitting and seeing where you come in a group of your fellow gamers.

When did you start play?

Approximately it was about July 1st 2014 two weeks after the birth of my daughter, child number two. My friend Simon had also just had his second one and had been contemplating trying X wing and suggested giving it a go as compared to our regular staple of Warhammer 40K it required no painting and less time and as it turned out, was more strategic with clear cut rules. We met up at a gaming club with a core set each, swapped a couple bags of children’s clothes, (both our second ones were the opposite sex to our first, “welcome to a world of pink” he said upon handing me a bag of girls clothes), and sat down and played a few games.

The following week I had acquired an interceptor, B-wing and Tie defender. And that was basically that. Two games of seventh edition 40K in the next two weeks put the writing on the wall and it has been X-wing all the way since. What I really enjoyed was learning a new system and trying to get better at the game. Simon had a much better grasp of it at the beginning which was a reverse of our 40K games and he regularly and consistently battered me at X-wing.

Why Did you wanna go to Yavin Open series ?

I really enjoyed the last one at the UK Games Expo. Initially I had penciled in the Expo weekend last year as it had been where they had run the UK Nationals previously. When Yavin was announced last year I just decided to still go as I had no idea when Nationals would be. As it transpired Nationals ended up being when I was on Holiday in August. What I liked about the format was that if you were eliminated on the Saturday there would still be some organized games to play in on the Sunday with the Hanger bay event which was fun.

Vince Kingston and his team did a very good job at running the event which still is the largest X-wing tournament attended in the World so far. Yavin this time around will only be 370 people compared to the 414 last time so it should be a bit easier for them.

The kudos in playing in the world’s largest X wing tournament really gripped me, even if it is in a strange foreign meta.

What are your expectations ?

My biggest mistake last time was not travelling up the day before. You can read all about it here, (https://zombiesquadron.net/2016/06/16/yavin-open-battle-report/ ) in full but the short version is not much sleep combined with a 5.30am drive time and copious amounts of coffee and cheap caffeine energy drinks is not a good combination for playing at one’s best.

As a player, especially one who likes high variance Imperial lists I often struggle to play my A game in every match at a tournament whether that is from outside influences like being kept up all night by small people or just taking my eye of the ball in a game.

My expectations from a competitive playing perspective after winning Yavin or making the top eight cut are realistically to either make the second day or narrowly miss out.

Above all to have a good time.

Any thought on your list at yavin yet?

I’m an Imperial player at heart and I am particularly fond of the Tie Phantom.  Seeing as Wave Ten looks like it is going to be legal for Yavin 2017 I have been trying Kylo Ren crew on Rear Admiral Chiraneau with Whisper with slightly mixed results. I’ve found its good against most things other than Paratanni where Vader crew would be more effective. Currently I am undecided on a wave ten list.

My fall back wave nine list is:

Spice World:

Whisper Tie Phantom: Veteran Instincts, Fire Control Systems, Agent kallus, Advanced Cloaking device

 3 X Black Squadron Tie Fighter: Crack Shot

Wampa Tie Fighter

100 points

It is not amazing against everything but also gives me a fighting chance against everything and I like flying it. Swarms made a bit of a comeback at the Polish regionals.

What Meta do you think will be at Yavin?

It is hard to say with wave ten dropping so close but it is likely that we will see familiar lists kitted out with new upgrade cards like Kylo Ren and Boshek. Regardless, if you want to compete at the sharp end then you need to be able to deal with Paratanni, Tie defenders, Palpatine builds, triple Imperial aces and Dengaroo as well as consider a plan for running into bomber builds, quad TLT, and large rebel ship lists like Ghosts and Rey in a Millennium Falcon. Due to the number of players, like last time expect to see a lot of variety of builds, some will be a little bit out of the box. Knowing how to play the list you are taking, even if it’s not what the internet or podcasts say is good, is key.

Jack Mooney’s run at worlds 2016 with Jake and Han Solo was a good example of flying what you know and flying it well.

What are your thoughts on the new Tournament structure from FFG (if played Long)

I’ve always liked the simplicity of the basic tournament structure and whilst the move to final salvo is slightly inelegant it is better than other options like partial points in terms of the game overall. I like that they have removed modified wins and draws.

In terms of the actual structure of tournaments with regards to round numbers and cuts, I feel that for the most part a cut is really only necessary for a major event like a store championship, Regional and so on. For small events like the quarterly kits standard Swiss round pairings would probably get more casual or new players taking part who might find the idea of a cut to be a bit elitist.

Having run tournaments in a number of game systems including X-Wing the repeat customer is the most important. Those players are not the few who compete at the top, it is those in the middle and lower ends of the rankings that make up the bulk of the player base. The majority of which would be far happier playing just five games of Swiss rounds at a casual smallish event rather than four rounds with a four player top cut which they will unlikely make.

Looking at the bigger tournaments, the graduated cut for large events like Yavin is quite sensible for the numbers although with Yavin the top cut is quite harsh if you want to make top eight. One player undefeated, three with one loss, (or a total of four on one loss) and seventeen with two defeats out of ten games.

Anyone making the cut or having only lost two games out of ten will have done very well.

Any players you look up to?

Having come from playing on the Warhamer 40K tournament scene for a long, long time it would be a rather easy question about 40K, as you would probably need but one hand to count it on, (that’s slightly unfair about 40K but you get my drift). Too answer this adequately about X-Wing would probably involve a long list of people for a whole plethora of reasons.

The X-wing tournament community in the UK and elsewhere is very welcoming and friendly. Part of it is down to, how the rules are clear cut, and how first World champion Doug Kinney’s Fly Casual ethos, was adopted worldwide but people playing the game still have to adopt those principals and live by it, which they do.

Living in the South East of the UK it would be amiss not to mention the 186th Squadron who play the game how I like games to be played, hard but fair. They have done a lot for the community and have recently set up a tournament listing site for the UK. A lot of my favourite games have been against players from the 186th. Having played against each other a few times in tournaments I have a lot of time for Jesper Hills our 2015 national champion who bore the mantle with such grace.

Of people I’ve not personally met or played I always find it’s worth listening to triple World Champion Paul Heaver on the Nova Squadron Podcast who has a great reading of the game and meta. I also have to take my hat off to Tom Reed who had a great run of form for winning both the Italian Open and Nationals last year and finishing top of Swiss at Worlds. Furthermore I find David Sutcliffe’s blog, Stay on the leader, (http://stayontheleader.blogspot.co.uk/), very insightful and would recommend it to anyone of any playing level.

And good luck at Yavin.

Thanks.

 

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Interview with the Yavin Open TO/Marshall Vince Kingston

Hey:

What did start your interest in TO’ing

Well it stems back to my first ever ‘large’ tournament. It was the 2013 UK Nationals, where if memory serves we were 64 players. After that tourney, I promised myself to start running the best tourneys I could.

How many years have you been TO’ing?

Since 2013 I guess now. So basically as long as X Wing has been growing.

 

 

Are you looking forward to be TO/Marshall at Yavin Open?

Of course. I’ve an amazing team again this year, and I’m sure it’ll be a huge success.

Is it demanding to be the TO/Marshall at such a big tournament?

Of course. That said, most of the hard work is done before the tourney gets off the ground. Thankfully FFG changed the structures for events to differentiate the different roles at tourneys, so my stress level goes way down.

That said, there’s always things that don’t go to plan on the day. I have a somewhat unique style of Marshalling, I put a lot of trust and faith in my judges, so I’m able to focus on making sure everyone is having a good time.

What are your expectations ?

Yavin 2017 is going to be a bit smaller than 2016, but I suspect it’ll be no less busy. We have three hangar bay events running concurrently with the main tournament. Competition is going to be fierce, as the big prize is the trip to Florida.

 

 

Any thought on yavin yet?

It’s shaping up to be an amazing event. I’m sure everyone will be happy!

What Meta do you think will be at Yavin?

Really hard to say, as there’s so many new toys coming. I suspect Triple Defenders are going to be a thing this year though, as will Rebel Regen…but all depends on if we get the last Wave X releases before the date.

 

 

What are your thoughts on the new Tournament structure from FFG (if played Long)

Which one? There’s been several :), I think the overall changes in the last couple of updates have been good, especially the elimination of draws. Total round length of 75mins (which now includes setup) is handy for keeping things on track.

Who inspire you to be TO/marshall Etc ?

The players of the game. I want to make sure everyone who ever attends one of my events walks away with a positive experience!

And good luck at Yavin.

 

 

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U-Wing Wave 10 StarWars X wing

U-Wing Unboxing

U-wing Unboxing in this video just below.

What is the U-wing?

The U-wing, is a ship from the newest Movie, in the Star Wars Universe Rogue One, in Rogue One, the U-wing is a troop transporter, that you see the rebels, utilize on the Beach, when coming to help “Rogue One” This is a ship that got its own title, where it can change, wing positions and gain bonus if the wings are pointing backwards or forward.

And you can buy it right here.

How is the U-wing Dial?

The U-wing Dial is actually Quite Good with only one red maneuver which is the 0, so just like YV666 and The Imperial Shuttle it can hold its ground if it is not stressed. Other than that it has 6 greens which is straight 1 and 2 and bank 1 and 2, so got a fairly good opportunity to get rid of stress from the 0 move, this ship is a bit fast as it can go 4 straight to get fast across the board, it is a large Ship so it will seem very fast, and ofc. With Engine upgrade, you could boost your ship further across.

The downside to this, dial is the possibility to turn, so you will not out run ships, with this dial, it is similar to the Empire Shuttle but this is more agile, as it does not have any reds except for the 0 maneuver.

Is the U-Wing Competitive?

Well I haven’t played it competitive yet, The ship has 3 attack, 1 agility, 4 hull and 4 Shields, but I can see some possibilities, with Cassian Andor or Bodhi Rook, those are both, very good support pilots, one is removing stress, and the other basically makes it easy, to take target lock all over the board, even if your ships are spread and scattered. And if you are going for an elite pilot talent, remember ONLY Cassian Andor is able to take one.

I could see maybe a build like this with Bodhi Rook

Bodhi Rook (25), Sensor Jammer (4), Pivot Wing(0) and Kanan Jarrus(3), which is 32 points worth of support ship, that makes it easier to take target lock.

So maybe consider, it to paired with anything, that can shoot torpedoes or missiles, and then use Kanan, to remove stress from ships around it also. The sensor jammer is just, a good survivability card.

And remember the U-Wing can take Target Lock and Focus which are the standard actions for this ship.

What Is the U-wing weaknesses as I see it?

As I see it the weakness, is ofc the 1 agility defense Die, you can boost that, with the title, but still is a weakness, and I would personally, classify it as a weakness, that this ship is a large ship, ofc it carry quite a big load, of infantry in the movies, but I don’t know about it being a large ship, when we compare it, to ships on small bases that in my opinion should be large ships, like the K wing and the TIE punisher.

If you liked This post you can also see my TIE striker Post right here

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My Expectations for the Upcoming X wing CPH regionals.

HI all

This weekend i will be going to the CPH regionals, which will be my 3rd regional since i started playing Star Wars X wing, and I am looking forward to it, there will be 63 or 64 players, so it is basically full and sold out tournament, which is always the best way to play tournaments, IF there is a full house, which also mean your chances of meeting players you haven’t played before are bigger, which i really like.

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