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Balance of the Force 2 round 6: Nébal (First Order) vs Sean Oakley (Resistance)

Publié le par Nébal

 

Balance of the Force 2 round 6! 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!

 

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, so, yeah, this is the last one. 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 sixth and final round of swiss, I have been paired with Sean, a very nice player from the UK and fellow member of the Tin Squadron, the organizer of the tournament actually, who brought the following Resistance list, with tanky new Y-Wings, an old Han Solo and a tiny Vi Moradi:

 

Scavenged YT-1300 – •Han Solo – 77 (group 3)

•Han Solo – Jaded Smuggler (62)

•Rey (10)

Swarm Tactics (5)

 

BTA-NR2 Y-Wing•Zorii Bliss – 49 (group 3)

•Zorii Bliss – Corsair of Kijimi (40)

Advanced Proton Torpedoes (5)

Wartime Loadout (4)

 

BTA-NR2 Y-Wing•Corus Kapellim – 47 (group 1)

•Corus Kapellim – “Gentleman Flyer” (33)

Ion Cannon Turret (5)

Advanced Proton Torpedoes (5)

Wartime Loadout (4)

 

Resistance Transport Pod•Vi Moradi – 27 (group 1)

•Vi Moradi – Starling (27)

 

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!

 

 

Defeat for the First Order, 200-138

 

The early loss of Phasma was a blow (I really hoped she would escape the Advance Proton Torpedoes with this move, but she absolutely didn’t). And Swarm Tactics played a part in that. Those tanky Y-Wings with Wartime Loadout were hard to kill, and Han was Han (for some reason I always have difficulties to figure a YT-1300’s maneuvers). In the end "Quickdraw” could only do so much…

 

Good game, Sean! And thank you for the tournament!

 

 

But none of us made the cut anyway. I had pretty much no chance to make the cut before the game began; Sean was in a better position, but this ultimate victory wasn't enough in the end.

 

So, as the tournament ends for me, I am 3-3, although it would be more fair to say 2-3, since I was awarded the victory for round 5, my opponent having dropped before we could play our game. Not a very good performance, nope…

 

As the swiss end, I am 31st out of 69 players (counting only those who have played at least two games). First half of the ladder, but barely...

 

But that was a great tournament anyway. Thanks to the Tin Squadron for having organized it, and I certainly hope there will be a third edition!

 

 

Random Academy Pilot est en partenariat avec la boutique Maxi Rêves, sise à Abbeville (et que vous pouvez aussi retrouver sur sa page Facebook ici) !

 

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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Rogue Outpost Weekly League season 3 round 2: Nébal (First Order) vs Robert Carr (Galactic Empire)

Publié le par Nébal

 

Rogue Outpost Weekly League season 3 round 2! 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 league, run by the Rogue Outpost from the UK, is a casual competition with a fun twist: for each round there are specific list building rules. There they are:

  • Round 1: your squad cannot contain small base ships and can only contain one large base ship.
  • Round 2: your squad cannot use upgrades. This includes configurations.
  • Round 3: your squad must be Hyperspace legal.
  • Round 4: each player must bring six obstacles. When placing obstacles ignore standard placement rules.
  • Round 5: your squad cannot be from a faction you’ve used in weeks 1-4 and each ship must carry a device, missile or torpedo.
  • Round 6: using the YASB “Multi-Faction” option, you list must include ships from at least three factions.

 

I really like this kind of tournaments that compel players, most of the time, to be creative and not rely on the current meta, which can be quite boring after some time. And I really enjoyed season 2.

 

For this second round, therefore, no upgrades at all. OK! And I have been paired with Robert, a very nice player from the UK, who brought the following Imperial list, very strong in the Force:

 

TIE Advanced x1 – •Darth Vader – 66

•Darth Vader – Black Leader (66)

 

TIE Advanced v1•Grand Inquisitor – 52

•Grand Inquisitor – Master of the Inquisitorious (52)

 

TIE Advanced v1•Seventh Sister – 43

•Seventh Sister – Sadistic Interrogator (43)

 

TIE ReaperScarif Base Pilot – 39

•Scarif Base Pilot (39)

 

Total: 200/200

 

As for myself, well, Malware still fits with no upgrades, so, hey!

 

Xi-class Light Shuttle•Commander Malarus – 44

•Commander Malarus – Vindictive Taskmaster (44)

 

TIE/fo FighterEpsilon Squadron Cadet – 26

Epsilon Squadron Cadet (26)

 

TIE/fo FighterEpsilon Squadron Cadet – 26

Epsilon Squadron Cadet (26)

 

TIE/fo FighterEpsilon Squadron Cadet – 26

Epsilon Squadron Cadet (26)

 

TIE/fo FighterEpsilon Squadron Cadet – 26

Epsilon Squadron Cadet (26)

 

TIE/fo FighterEpsilon Squadron Cadet – 26

Epsilon Squadron Cadet (26)

 

TIE/fo FighterEpsilon Squadron Cadet – 26

Epsilon Squadron Cadet (26)

 

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!

 

 

Defeat for the First Order, 96-53…It was actually pretty close, or at least more that it seems, since one more damage on Vader especially, and maybe on Seventh Sister or the Reaper could have changed a lot. I’m not happy with how I played, though… Too many mistakes, especially regarding Vader: I offered him useful bumps more than once and couldn’t therefore focus fire as much as I would have liked to. Plus Malarus was too far when needed in the end. Robert played very well for sure, and he tricked me with his Reaper especially! Good game, Robert, and I wish you the best of luck for the remainder of the tournament!

 

So I’m 1-1 now. We’ll see what happens next week, with the most dreaded list-building rule: HYPERSPACE LEGAL! Now that’s frightening… We’ll see what we can do!

 

 

Random Academy Pilot est en partenariat avec la boutique Maxi Rêves, sise à Abbeville (et que vous pouvez aussi retrouver sur sa page Facebook ici) !

 

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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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!

 

 

Random Academy Pilot est en partenariat avec la boutique Maxi Rêves, sise à Abbeville (et que vous pouvez aussi retrouver sur sa page Facebook ici) !

 

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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