Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tournament Report!

Totally unrelated picture, but Thrones is the shizzle.

Hello, all, and yet another tournament report from Jaybie and his gallant Dark Eldar! Another 1850 point tournament, about 16 players, with a good spread. Only...I want to say 5 Marine armies? And 3 of those were all-terminator. The army I took was:

3x Haemonculus
3x 3 Blasterborn in Venoms with 2x Splinter Cannons
3x 8 Wyches with haywires and Hekatrix in Raider with flickerfield
3x 5 Warriors with Blasters in Venoms with 2x Splinter Cannons
3x Ravagers with Flickerfields

A solid list, basically what I usually take. Anyway, first round was:

Round 1: Vs. Michael B's Dark Eldar!

His list:

Duke Sliscious
9 Trueborn with 5 Carbines, 4 Blasters, Raider with Splinter racks, Flickerfield, Night Shield, Torment Grenade Launchers, Grisly Trophies
6x 5 Warriors with Blaster in Venom with 2 Splinter cannons, Night Shields
2 Beastmasters with 2 Clawed Fiends
4 Reavers with Heatlance
3 Ravagers, 2 with 3 Lances, 1 with 2 Disintigrators

So, a slightly odd list. Michael is a very good player though.

Mission: Table Quarters.
Deployment: Spearhead.

So I win the roll-off, and take 2nd turn for Quarter-controlling last turns of goodness. He deploys with most of his army behind a large building on the edge of his quarter close to me. 3 Venoms he holds in reserve. I put my army way back in my quarter, but leave a single ravager out as bait. I hold the Wyches in reserve.

The Game:

So first turn he takes the bait, and exposes 2 of his ravagers to try to take mine out. He manages to destroy a weapon and stun it. My turn I kill his 2 ravagers that he exposed. He then deepstruck a single venom with warriors near me and disembarked, turned out they were just outside of 18" to blaster my ravager, they died shortly after. 

Rest of the game was just him lurking behind the building, and me ganking anything that showed its face. The beasts almost made a game of it by assaulting a bunch of venoms I had immobilized on terrain, but it was too little too late. I won 3 quarters to 1, and got a healthy number of VPs. 

Round 2: Vs. Ben's Tyranids!

His list:

3 Hive Guard
Doom of Malan'tai in pod thing
7 Ymgarls
10 gaunts
10 gaunts
9 Genestealers with Broodlord
9 Genestealers with Broodlord
Tyrannofex with Rupture Cannon

So, a beatable list, someone I've beaten every time I've faced him, and a mission he can't win. Should be easy, right?

Mission: Get more VPs into enemy deployment zone
Deployment: Pitched Battle

So he wins the roll off, takes first turn, and deploys the Tyrannofex and a tervigon to my right, a Tervigon and a bunch of gaunts centrally, and then 2 tervigons and the Hive Guard to my left. I deploy to the right. He holds all his stuff that can outflank/deepstrike in reserve. 

The Game: 

Let's just say this game was horrific as far as dice go. I was shooting at the damned Tyrannofex, with no cover, with 9+ lances per turn, and it took me 3 TURNS to kill the stupid thing. Add to the fact that he hit with every shot it fired, and blew up 2 of my ravs, and immobilized 1, and it was not a fun day. It also took all 6 Venoms to take down 2 Tervigons in 3 rounds of shooting. Also, his reserves all came on where he needed them to. His stealers suddenly magically had Adrenal glands, which it said nowhere on his list, and tore my vehicles to bits.

So he has me on the ropes, I'm failing every save, and then he...Hunkers all of his reserve stuff in my deployment zone and doesn't move? Okay... I'll just run into your deployment zone with the rest of my army and win, since your Gaunts can't move thanks to Lurk and no synapse.

That was a ridiculous game, and I got next to no VPs for it, since I killed next to nothing. So, there are only 4 undefeated players left: Imperial Guard, Necrons, Chaos Marines, and Me. So, making up for the terribleness of last game, I draw:

Round 3: Vs. Tick's Chaos Space Marines!

His list

Lord with Termy armor, Mark of Slaanesh, Blissgiver, Combi-Melta
Lash Prince
10 Terminators with a ton of stuff
5 Chosen with 4 flamers, rhino w/ combi-melta
5 Chosen with 4 Meltas, rhino
3x 6 Chaos Marines with plasma gun, rhino
2 Oblits
2 Oblits
1 Oblit

Tick is good player, but this was his mainly fluff list. Still, I've never lost to DE with my CSMs, so we'll see.

Mission: Table Quarters
Deployment: Dawn of war without the Dawn part (no nightfight)

I win the rolloff, and pass him 1st turn. He holds everything in reserve, all my stuff walks on 1st turn.

The Game:

Frankly it wasn't much of a game. His stuff came in from reserve, shot, did little, and then got blown off the table in my turn. My dice made up for last game, and his dice were not kind. He did kill like half of my wyches, and 2 Ravagers. Other than that, though, pretty bad. I wiped him off the table. 

So, I'm 3-0, and I'm watching Guard vs. Necrons. I need them to draw, since game 2 really screwed me in the VP department. If a single Cryptek can draw a unit of meltavets in combat, then they draw. But the guardsmen killed him, so the Guard guy took 1st, I took 2nd, and my round 2 opponent took 3rd, despite some controversy. 

So, another good showing by the Dark Eldar. I'm really hitting my stride with them, I think. Still can't beat Kasrkar regularly, though. Oh well, we can't have everything, can we?

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