Sunday, February 17, 2013

World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game Standard Tournament

This past Saturday, I attended a WoWTCG standard tournament hosted at Arkham Games. I had a decent amount of fun, but I found my deck fairly behind the curve in terms of performance compared to the other decks I played.

Some things I noticed:
WoW cards really favor the tribal decks. The mechanics and interactions definitely benefit having a tribal deck. An example of this is the Murloc deck that took first. Every card benefited from having other Murlocs on the field and attacking with them wildly. I didn't want to play a tribal deck within WoW cards. I very much prefer a spell based game, because I find those the most interesting. Creatures and Allies are cool, but I'd rather win through casting spells. It seems that the standard meta won't really allow for that.

So, I find myself disinterested in playing the game at any competitive level. I don't really want to invest myself in the cards. I will say that the community interactions were much better, and I enjoyed playing all three of my opponents. That said, it may be a while before I really start trying to play the game at a higher level.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lonely Winter 40k Tournament Results

Lonely Winter 2/2/13 40k Tournament   
1st- Adam Growden 34.5 Orks 3-0
2nd- Jordan Mace 18 Imperial Guard 3-0
3rd- Ryan M. Magusiak 19.5 Necrons 2-1
4th- Chris Briles 16.6 Chaos 2-1
5th Dalten Fisher 15.5 Necrons 2-1
6th Tyler Lark 19.5 Dark Angels 1-2
7th Joshua Wojcik 17.9 Space Marines/Orks 1-2 (Best Painted)
8th Pj Brady 15.5 Chaos 1-2
9th Jarred Mace 12.5 Space Marines 0-3
10th Danny Higdon 6.5 Chaos 0-3 (Most Awesome General)
 
Lonely Winter 2/9/13 40k Tournament
1st Phil Mcafferty 3-0 30 VP Daemons
2nd Joshua Wojcik 2-1 25 VP Space Marines/Orks
3rd Chris Briles 2-1 23 VP Chaos
4th Chris Bonello 2-1 15 VP Necrons
5th Adam Parsons 2-1 14 VP Daemons (Best Painted) 
6th Kyle Kirby 1-2 16.7 VP Blood Angels
7th John See 0-3 15 VP Dark Angels
8th Liam Rafter 0-3 8 VP Space Wolves (Most Awesome General)
These were the results from the two days of 40k gaming that occurred the past two Saturdays. The games were definitely very close at certain points, and people seemed to have a good time. The second day had some issues due to attendance, but overall it worked out in the end.
After these two tournaments, I think that the formula for hosting 40k tournaments at Arkham Games in 6th edition has been solidified. The only adjustment is to add a multiplier to the second and third games to make each game weighted equally in terms of Victory Points. Otherwise, all of the rules seemed to work out well.

Hopefully, with the advent of this "plug and play" tournament set-up, I can pass the reigns onto some other individuals to have them run 40k tournaments!

Sometime in April, there will be a doubles tournament hosted. Allies will be the rules for team interactions.