Sunday, May 6, 2012

Why Mech is King and Purgatus Sucks at Warhams

Hello fellow bloggers.

I am back from the TSHFT Invitational. I had two good wins, two good losses, and two... I don't know, bad losses?

I must admit I didn't really devote any time to studying the format of the event, or the scoring system. For those interesting in the format, you can find out more here.

Suffice to say I am not a huge fan, which is probably to be expected.

I'm not a fan of Battlepoint tournaments. I'm not a fan of crazy missions or whacky "bonus" objectives. I didn't carefully select pairings of secondary and tertiary objectives for each of several different types of opponent armies.

I basically focused on the main mission, and tried my darndest to win it come hell or high water. Many players simply played for draws, and focused on the bonus missions, which were actually worth more than a win.

When you are diving full strength for a win, and your opponent is holding back conservatively and not taking risks to also try to win, sometimes you basically  hand your army to them.

This is doubly true when the "win" condition for two out of six games requires you to take objectives in your opponent's deployment zone, with a foot slogging army. Doubly especially with out any line of sight blocking terrain against a Grey Knight army with 100+ anti-infantry shots that you have to walk into in order to take objectives which are all on your opponent's half of the board.


Now, it didn't help that I didn't sleep very well before or during the weekend.

It didn't help that I basically haven't been playing the game for the better part of the year.

And it certainly didn't help that I was basically playing a whacky battlepoints tournament as if it was a win/loss tournament. So there is certainly plenty of blame for myself.

But the reality is that I didn't have fun. And I get frustrated when I play in settings that are like that. It's not my "schtick." So I won't play in those types of tournaments anymore.

And I'm not going to try and play "unique" armies anymore, either. I'm not going to play footsloggers just to be different. I'm going to mech up, play my Grey Knights like everyone else, and not give a fuck what anyone says about how common, overpowered, or cheesy they are.

But for the record, Psychotrope grenades are complete and utter horseshit. Just sayin'.

So, expect Razorbacks, Psyflemen Dreads, and lots of Psycannons. It's just the way this edition works. Sixth edition might be different but for now I'm just going to play my Knights.


I hope you all had a great weekend, and for the record, all my opponents were completely pleasant and probably putting up with a really bitchy and cranky Purgatus, so I apologize to them.