Final RoundFor a summary of Round 1 go HERE. Short of it is that I won the game narrowly.
For a summary of Round 2 go HERE. Short of it is that I won by a wide margin.
My list is HERE
Going into the final round against the only other undefeated player in the tourney. He played Tau and he played a list very similar to my own:
Combined Arms Detachment
- Commander w/ DC, SG, & 2 Marker Drones
- 6 Fire Warriors
- 6 Fire Warriors
- Unit of 2 Stormsurges. One with the Driver Cannon and one with the Blastcannon
- 3x Riptides with Heavy Burst Cannons, SMS, & Stims
I won the roll-off again, which was huge. Shooting first in this game would be one of the deciding factors, so I was quite relieved.
Since I played Farsight Enclaves and he played Tau Empire, we viewed this as the loyalist Tau trying to beat my Enclaves back into the fold.
In exchange, I lost my Tetras, my Culexus, one of my Crisis suits, and my own Stormsurge. Since Lord of War granted extra VP's for wounds stripped, I was pretty far ahead going into the later part of the game.
My other two Riptides advanced, killing one of his Riptides and wounding another. I wiped out the second Firewarrior team which left it mostly to just the Riptides. He had greater volume of fire, but I had better accuracy (markerlights) and AP2 weapons so it evened out.
|Stormsurges are gone, now the grind begins...|
|2v2 in the final turns|
SummaryIt was a bloody grudge match between very similar lists. However, getting first turn and packing a bit more AP2 in my list made a big difference.
I had killed his Warlord, got 4 extra VP from his Stormsurges, and got First Blood. Neither of us had killed a building but he got Last Blood.
The game was closer than I thought it would be, ending 18 to 12. Enclaves win out against the Empire!
Wow was it brutal though. His Stormsurges never moved so I was fortunate to have killed one of them before he started shooting me twice each turn. I think that I correctly gauged the biggest threats and was lucky enough with the dice to neutralize them when I needed to.
I played too aggressively in the end, and I was stupid to keep forgetting about his "base" which I easily could have killed for another 3 points if I'd only remembered it was there. I got it down to 1 hull point at the game's end.
I won the entire tourney as the only undefeated player. The Baronial Court+Riptide Wing player came in second because he had more Victory Points than the other Tau player even though they both had 2 wins and a loss.
So the top 3 lists all had a Riptide Wing in them. Hmmm....
|Pretty rad if I do say so myself (I make these for our tournaments)|
List TweaksNow that I've played a tourney with the list, I want to look at what I would change for next time. Honestly, winning the tournament makes it hard to change the list. I had thought that a list like my last opponent's would be nastier than my own, but mine won out in the end. Instead, I'll look at the parts that under-performed but I'll still keep:
- Culexus: I didn't encounter a single psyker this tournament. There were two players using a Librarius Conclave, but I never played them. The Tyranid and Daemon players did not attend either. As such, my assassin did very little this tournament.
However, I feel that when I DO face those players, I will be glad he is around. I certainly don't want to write him off just because the armies I faced weren't his ideal matchup.
- Skyfire: There were literally ZERO flyers at the tournament. The closest thing to a flyer was my Y'vahra. So I literally wasted 40 points on velocity trackers for the Stormsurge and Bursttide. Even so, 40 points isn't that bad and I would have been very glad to have them if I was facing either Daemons or Tyranids.
- Early Warning Override: I played one player who used reserves, and even then it was unintentional. On the plus side, his error allowed me to remove his marker drones before he got to shoot at me. Total, this was only 25 points so it was a sound investment I think. Nobody was running Drop Pods, which was my fear, but I think it is too good of a deal to pass up.
- Fusion Blades: Didn't use them once. I got close in my first game, but my opponent gunned him down as soon as he knew what it could do. I love this upgrade, so I doubt I'll drop it, but it really was a waste of 50 points this tournament. I'm sure I would have been grateful for it if the enemy ever broke through my lines though. It was always a backup plan, so I suppose I shouldn't be upset that I didn't have to use it.
- Talisman of Arthas Moloch: Since I didn't face psykers, this wasn't really used at all. I would have been better served with a regular Shield Generator. This is something I'm seriously considering, since the Talisman has yet to impress me. It has caused my opponents to think twice on only a couple occasions. I think I might exchange this until I actually have a reason to bring it.