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Balance of the Force 2 round 4: Nébal (First Order) vs Sam Cooper (Separatists) (streamed on Tin Squadron)

Publié le par Nébal

 

Balance of the Force 2 round 4! 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!

 

Special battle report this time, as the game has been streamed on the Tin Squadron Twitch page, and then uploaded on the Tin Can Gaming Network YouTube channel, with comments from Sean. He and Sam have allowed me to share this video on the Random Academy Pilot blog, and I thank them both very much!

 

Balance of the Force 2 is a tournament organised by the Tin Squadron, based in England. There are six rounds of swiss, one per week. Lists have been unlocked for a single day between round 2 and 3 (which coincided with the new points being implemented). After the swiss, there will be a top 16, and so on.

 

What makes this tournament peculiar and so interesting is that it is extended format, but with specific rules regarding list building. The main idea is that all pilots are split between three groups, based on their initiative values: the first group encompasses all pilots with initiative 2 or less, the second group is for pilots at initiative 3 or 4, and the third and final group is dedicated to all pilots with initiative 5 or more. Then the rule is that, for each pilot of the first group you play, your list must have a corresponding third group pilot, and vice versa. Group 2 pilots don’t need to have specific counterparts, and if the list has an odd number of pilots, then obviously the remaining odd pilot must be from the second group. There must be no more than three pilots of the same chassis.

 

Those were already the rules for the first edition of the Balance of the Force tournament. However, new rules have been added for this second edition: now, you may have no more than two ships of the same initiative; furthermore, you may have up to four group 2 pilots.

 

For this fourth round, I have been paired with Sam, a very nice player from the UK and fellow member of the Tin Squadron, who brought the following Separatist list, with a fat Grievous, an angry O-66, and droid friends:

 

Belbullab-22 Starfighter•General Grievous – 70 (group 2)

•General Grievous – Ambitious Cyborg (44)

Impervium Plating (4)

Soulless One (6)

•Kraken (10)

Outmaneuver (6)

 

Sith Infiltrator•O-66 – 61 (group 2)

•O-66 – Sinister Automaton (49)

Jamming Beam (0)

Proton Bombs (4)

Tactical Scrambler (2)

Scimitar (3)

Intimidation (3)

 

Droid Tri-Fighter••Phlac-Arphocc Prototype – 46 (group 3)

••Phlac-Arphocc Prototype – Predictive Analysis Protocol (38)

Cluster Missiles (4)

Independent Calculations (0)

Fire-Control System (2)

Elusive (2)

 

Vulture-class Droid Fighter•DFS-311 – 23 (group 1)

•DFS-311 – Scouting Drone (23)

Independent Calculations (0)

Grappling Struts (0)

 

Total: 200/200

 

As for myself, I brought a First Order list, a quite silly one although it benefited of the new points:

 

Upsilon-class Command Shuttle – •Lieutenant Tavson – 73 (group 2)

•Lieutenant Tavson – Obedient Shuttle Pilot (64)

•Sensor Buoy Suite (4)

Pattern Analyzer (5)

 

TIE/sf Fighter – •“Quickdraw” – 54 (group 3)

•“Quickdraw” – Defiant Duelist (44)

Special Forces Gunner (9)

Fanatical (1)

 

TIE/sf Fighter – •Captain Phasma – 43 (group 2)

•Captain Phasma – Scyre Survivor (34)

Special Forces Gunner (9)

 

TIE/fo Fighter•“Muse” – 30 (group 1)

•“Muse” – Epsilon Leader (30)

 

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, 200-121!

 

What a brutal game… Our dices were weird, all or nothing, and Sam clearly ran out of luck most of the time. Having both the Phlac-Arphocc Prototype and DFS-311 one-shot at long range was quite incredible for me (I certainly didn’t believe it would happen!), and Grievous hurt with Panicked Pilot was a real blow as well, especially with a very threatening and immobile Tavson just in front of him (also, Phasma being range 1 of Tavson when O-66 hit her… and she did a lot in this game, distributing damages and destroying two enemy ships!); as for me, I did suffer some heavy losses too actually, with “Quickdraw” losing all her shields on first engagement and “Muse” killed at the last moment, but to be fair the game was quite unbalanced (…) in my favor. Such violence made it very funny, though!

 

Good game, Sam! Always a pleasure playing with you, and I wish you the best of luck for the remainder of the tournament!

 

So I’m 2-2 now. We’ll see what happens next week.

 

EDIT : actually, I didn't play round 5, and was awarded the win, since my opponent dropped before we could play our game, sadly... So the next game is round 6, the final one of the swiss!

 

 

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Cela signifie que, si vous créez un compte chez Maxi Rêves, vous pouvez contacter le gérant pour l’informer de ce que vous venez de ma part. Cela vous permettra d’obtenir une remise globale de 10 % sur toute la boutique !

 

Merci à Maxi Rêves pour son soutien !

 

Et à bientôt...

 

 

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