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Kyber Elimination League, season 6, round 5: KennyT (Scum and Villainy) vs Nébal (First Order) (battle report in English)

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Kyber Elimination League, season 6, round 5! And a new battle report in English. Of course, I’m French, so I’m genetically designed to speak and write an awful English… Please be kind!

 

This season is very different from the previous one. The Elimination League has a special rule: some cards, pilots as well as upgrades, are banned, based on surveys of the players. A list of ten banned cards was published at first, but after each round two more cards are banned as well. Players therefore don’t have to choose a single list for the whole tournament, and can change their list each round, as long as it doesn’t feature banned cards.

 

Here is the list of banned pilots for round 5 (the new one being in italics):

  • Wullffwarro (Auzituck Gunship, Rebel Alliance).
  • Hera Syndulla (RZ-1 A-Wing, Rebel Alliance).
  • Baron of the Empire (TIE Advanced v1, Galactic Empire).
  • Inquisitor (TIE Advanced v1, Galactic Empire).
  • Kanan Jarrus (HWK-290 Light Freighter, Scum and Villainy).
  • Cartel Spacer (M3-A Interceptor, Scum and Villainy).
  • Rey (Scavenged YT-1300, Resistance).
  • Jango Fett (Firespray-class Patrol Craft, Separatists).
  • Zam Wesell (Firespray­-class Patrol Craft, Separatists).

 

And here is the list of banned upgrades for round 5 (the new one being in italics):

  • Admiral Sloane (Crew, Galactic Empire).
  • Disciplined (Talent, Galactic Empire).
  • Count Dooku (Crew, Separatists).
  • Zam Wesell (Crew, Scum and Villainy/Separatists).
  • Foresight (Force).
  • False Transponder Codes (Illicit).
  • Proton Rockets (Missile)
  • XX-23 S-Thread Tracers (Missile).
  • Thermal Detonators (Payload).

 

No more Disciplined, then. I must say I feel about the same regarding this ban as I did for Hera Syndulla and Kanan Jarrus the previous rounds: it’s a bit sad that new cards, barely available, get banned this early. As for Wullffwarro, I must say I don’t regret him; not because he would be too strong, but because I’ve faced the Big Hairy Wookiee quite a lot in tournament for some months now (at least three recorded games, plus some other); I didn’t vote for him, though.

 

It must be noted that, for the final round of swiss, two more cards will be banned the usual way… but one of the actual banned cards will be playable again, based on a second survey of the players. We’ll see what makes its comeback…

 

For this fifth round, I have been paired with KennyT, a very nice player from the USA, who brought the following Scum and Villainy list, Brobots with a little friend:

 

Aggressor Assault Fighter – •IG-88B – 82

•IG-88B – Brutal Battledroid (62)

IG-2000 (1)

Autoblasters (3)

Advanced Sensors (10)

Contraband Cybernetics (3)

Elusive (3)

 

Aggressor Assault Fighter – •IG-88D – 82

•IG-88D – Deadly Device (62)

IG-2000 (1)

Autoblasters (3)

Advanced Sensors (10)

Contraband Cybernetics (3)

Elusive (3)

 

Quadrijet Transfer Spacetug – •Constable Zuvio – 36

•Constable Zuvio – Missing Sheriff of Niima Outpost (29)

•Protectorate Gleb (2)

•Cloaking Device (4)

Composure (1)

 

Total: 200/200

 

As for myself, well, I brought my Malarus TIE/fo swarm once again… Yup, still legal!

 

Xi-class Light Shuttle – •Commander Malarus – 58

•Commander Malarus – Vindictive Taskmaster (45)

•Agent Terex (7)

•Hondo Ohnaka (6)

 

TIE/fo Fighter – “Scorch” – 33

•“Scorch” – Zeta Leader (33)

 

TIE/fo Fighter – “Longshot” – 31

•“Longshot” – Zeta Ace (31)

 

TIE/fo Fighter – Epsilon Squadron Cadet – 26

Epsilon Squadron Cadet (25)

Automated Target Priority (1)

 

TIE/fo Fighter – Epsilon Squadron Cadet – 26

Epsilon Squadron Cadet (25)

Automated Target Priority (1)

 

TIE/fo Fighter – Epsilon Squadron Cadet – 26

Epsilon Squadron Cadet (25)

Automated Target Priority (1)

 

Total: 200/200

 

Now to the game.

 

BEWARE: RIGHT AFTER THIS OMINOUS DARTH VADER PICTURE, I WILL REVEAL HOW THE GAME TURNED OUT. IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS, WATCH THE VIDEO BEFORE READING FURTHER!

 

 

Victory for the First Order, 200-33! That Brobot flying out of the board was a big blow for sure… Well played nonetheless, Kenny, and thank you for the game!

 

That’s Kyber Elimination League, so we don’t know what the opponent will play until the very last moment. Brobots, then! I haven’t got much experience facing them, but I was not reassured: with an agility value of 3, calculate tokens everywhere, maybe some evade tokens through Zuvio’s coordinate action with Protectorate Gleb (and that was more or less the first time I was opposed this quite popular new upgrade), and Elusive just in case, plus eight health points anyway, I feared it might be difficult for my attack value 2 ships to inflict much damage on them. The possibility of some kind of double tap was also a concern, and, maybe even more, the weird advanced maneuvers allowed by IG-88D (on both bros, thanks to the IG-2000 title).

 

As was to be expected, both Aggressor Assault Fighters went in separate ways to catch my swarm in a pincer movement. I couldn’t do much about that, I had to commit somewhere, and IG-88D seemed the most reasonable choice, as IG-88B was already a bit far to counter its maneuvers.

 

And then the incredible happened: even considering IG-88D’s maneuver shenanigans on IG-88B, Kenny maybe was a bit greedy… and a full Brobot leaved the board! That was unexpected… and a big blow for Kenny as well as a huge relief for me: I didn’t have to worry anymore about being flanked by this Aggressor… and as a bonus IG-88D could no more use IG-88B’s double tap special rule! And although there had not really been any engagement at this point, I nonetheless took the lead, 82-0... I felt really sorry for Kenny, there; but it couldn’t be seen as a misclick, I’m afraid, precisely because of IG-88D’s ability to change the planned maneuver whatever, and we had to do with it…

 

That was big. But it might have been premature to call that game. I had a huge advantage for sure, but IG-88D and Zuvio could still score some points, it wasn’t over yet. But the game was kinda weird even after that: IG-88D was locked on the board of the map, and it would take him several turns to be able to leave in a safer place. My maneuvers were quite poor, actually, especially with “Scorch” (how could I forget he was stressed! He is on purpose almost always stressed!), and only some of my ships were able to shoot at the droid each turn. But I had another advantage: jamming abilities, through Malarus, Hondo Ohnaka and later Agent Terex (Cyborg). They proved essential, as I had to go through a lot of green tokens to inflict damage on IG-88D. So it was more important for my command ship to complete its maneuvers and perform those actions rather than being able to shoot and/or providing rerolls to my whole swarm, and I played her accordingly. And my TIE/fo Fighters took one shield and then one hull at a time, until the remaining Aggressor Assault Fighter died.

 

There was still Zuvio, though. And he surprised me at least twice, when tractoring “Longshot” on a rock (I always forget those can do that), and later when he performed a reverse maneuver (yes, I always forget that as well, how can I...). But I had my whole swarm with me, and he was alone, with only five hull points… In the end I killed him as well (my dices were very good, as a final nail in the coffin...), and Kenny had only managed to take two halves on my ships.

 

And so, victory, 200-33. Good game, Kenny! And I wish you the best of luck for the remainder of the tournament!

 

So I’m 4-1 now… And next round is the last (no cut in this tournament). See you soon!

 

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Merci à Maxi Rêves pour son soutien !

 

 

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