GameKnight Store Champs 2016 Recap

Well hello! So Saturday was my fourth X-wing tournament EVER, and I had a great day. Today I’m going to write about the games themselves, and hopefully tomorrow do some reflection on the lists that were seen and some of the theory that was involved. This post is quite a bit longer than I usually like to write (I usually try to limit to around 1200 words; this is well over 2000), but it’s a tournament recap, how do you cut that shorter? Anyway, you’ve been warned.

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Last Minute Prep

Today is the X-wing store championship at Game Knight, my FLGS.

I must say, on Thursday night I started seriously considering changing my list. Thinking about the meta and what I was most concerned about fighting, I realized a TIE swarm was pretty frightening. I really did almost take this: TIE Swarm 6. I’ll be honest one of the only reasons I’m not is because I learned my lesson a year ago when I swapped out squadrons the morning of the tournament and got roasted. I really do think that would be fun though.

Anyway, wanted to share something fun/funny that happened. CaptainFanastic and I had a couple games this week to get some more practice in. In the first game on my second movement I managed to fly Ello directly into Soontir, and Poe directly into my own Y-wing. Not my best moment. However, this was the result:

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Obviously he spent the Focus token to dodge one of the hits, but blammo, first shot of the game, Soontir goes down. It was so crushing to watch. Anyway he didn’t manage to get any of my ships in either game (though he did have Poe at 1 hull at one point, and the Y-wing finished the first game with only 1 hull), but we still had a blast.

Last minute addition, my buddy James is coming to the champs! I texted him yesterday and he says he’s in, so that’s always fun. Anyway here’s what all three of us are planning to run:

Tract (me)

CaptainFantastic

James

I talked about my list before, and nothing has changed. CaptainFanastic took his last 3 points and spent them on an Ion Cannon for one of the Defenders. He likes the options, and he definitely used it to good effect against my stresshog in our games this week. James doesn’t get to play as often as he’d like, but he loves the Phantom and he really likes the Decimator so I built him a list using those. Normally he’d build his own but we were in a hurry and he won’t get to the store until registration time. I’m excited to see how everyone does! Hopefully I’ll have recaps from all three perspectives for you, though I don’t expect to write them up until at least Sunday night.