Hey all, Son of Adam here from MasterCraft Gaming with a review of the 40k tournament out at top deck games in New Jersey.
A bunch of the guys from Stomping Grounds were invited to come and bulk up the event there and Vanguard and I decided to join them. Top Deck was a nice store that supports tabletop, card, and video games. It was a real clean place in a nice town and had some very friendly TO’s. The event was three rounds at 1850 and used all of the new rules from 6thedition. Overall all of us at Stomping Grounds really enjoyed it.
The first mission was “The Relic” with “Dawn of War” deployment and was randomly paired off. I played my Saim-Hann Eldar against a Will’s Draigowing army. Will was a real nice fella and tons of fun to play against (we got done so early that we played a second game for kicks). I got first turn and jumped some guardian jetbikes up to the relic and slowly pulled it into my corner. Then I baited with rangers on one side and the council zooming over to the other. He took the bait and chased both of these. The council took its side and the rangers got curb stomped by Draigo and Boys. In the end I held the relic and had first blood and linebreaker and Will didn’t manage to score any.
The second match was “The Emperor’s Will” with “Hammer and Anvil” deployment, against Rob’s Dark Eldar. Rob had a nice mix of units with the Baron and the Duke. He managed first turn and went to work on the ranger/pathfinders. He gave me first blood by running his jetbikes over one squad and leaving them close to my flame templates. After loosing all of his scoring units, Rob made a real solid comeback and nearly killed all of mine as well. In the end I had 4 ranger/pathfinders and one running jetbike, but one of the pathfinders was on the objective that would have been contested by several venoms had it been 5th. In the end it was a well fought game against a great opponent, but net me another win.
For the final matchup I played John’s Ork/Cron list. He had a real beefy squad of Nob Bikers with some boys squads and two scythes. The last mission was “Big Guns Never Tire” with “Vanguard” deployment. I ended up not getting a single power I wanted and a useless warlord trait. We both danced around for the first two turns. He stayed out of range of the snipers and our deathstars were moving around trying to get position on one another. I ended up tag teaming his nobz when they were stretched out with a squad of boyz and make the nobz run off the table. John then crushed the council under the weight of two boyz squads, and our secondary units fought it out for objectives. In the end I had first blood, linebreaker, kill the warlord, and 2 objectives, while John had linebreaker, kill the warlord and one objective giving me the last win.
All said and done everyone seemed to have a great time, and got some great experience in 6th edition. Dan, a great player I learned the game from, won best painted and the top 3 were all from Stomping Grounds. Vanguard himself had a victorious day pulling out third and I was lucky enough to get the top seat.
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