First Hunters Tournament Report
I bought Hunters over Christmas, built and painted them over the holidays and decided to take them to a tournament I was going to on 14/01. I managed to get one competitive game in the Wednesday before the tournament against the local pundit in which I got thrashed by Union, and one very friendly game against a fairly new player to guild ball.
Going into the tournament didn’t feel overly confident, lack of experience with the team and having only been playing since September, I had limited experience just playing brewers in an escalation league.
My 10 were Theron, Skatha, Snow, Fahad, oHearne, Egret, Jaecar, Chaska, Zarola and Minx.
Game 1 – Blacksmiths – Hearth (C), Alloy (M), Anvil, Sledge, Ferris, Bolt
My team – Theron, Snow, oHearne, Chaska, Egret, Jaecar
Since there were 4 Smiths players coming to a 16 man tournament there was a higher chance of seeing them than anyone else and I get them in the first round. Not the team I expected to see, they seem to be going for a balance of beaty and football. Took snow because giving someone Anatomical Precision against these guys seemed a good bet.
He kicks off and I collect with Egret, stick some poison out and back to the shadows to the wing to try and keep the ball away. Ferris comes storming up and and gets the ball but passes it in the direction of their line and that’s the last I saw of the ball.
The game from then was just a brawl and with Theron, Chaska and Jaecar being given 4 each every round with the occasional change, took Anvil low who was being ticked down by poison, and took out Sledge in turn 2, took out Bolt turn 3, Ferris turn 4, and Anvil turn 5, I almost took out sledge again but won on clock before that happened. I lost one of my players at some point near the end but can’t remember who. Final score 12-2, four take outs and four clock points to get my first competitive win with Hunters.
Game 2 – Engineers – Ballista, Mother, Hoist, Velocity, Ratchet and Salvo
Theron, Fahad, Zarola, Jaecar, Chaska and Minx
I have never played Engineers so did not know what to expect, I got told beforehand that it will be similar to playing a Hunters mirror but with reanimate. Spot prize for this round was whoever scored the first goal so decided to go for the Zarola/Fahad Linked goal.
I receive, I go collect with Theron and fail the pass back to Zarola but she can still snap it. My next activation I still go for it because why not, we are meant to be having fun and even attempting this is fun. Successfully pass to Fahad and dodge him forward, MO him up the field, link to Fahad, charge Velocity to the outskirts of the 1” melee, get the Mom 2 < to get the momentum and into tap in, one dice TN 3 and get the goal. I was fairly proud of that and didn’t care about the result because that was fun.
He takes a couple of turns to them go get his goal, I decide to use Chaska and Jaecar to do the impossible…take out Hoist, use Chaska to take him down to 1, with a fully stacked Jaecar to go, first attack get reanimate triggers and take him out over the next 3 but I loose minx while this is happening. 6-6.
I take out Salvo and Ratchet, Mother has stolen the ball back and dropped it within Velocitys jog. I need to send the newly on minx into the mix to stop the inevitable goal. I lose minx again but managed to get the ball to Fahad with nimble on him away from everyone. 10-8.
He wins the roll off and goes after the low health Fahad, unfortunately he forgot I had taken Ballista down to 2 in charge range of a fully Jaecar. Charge in, get a wrap as he is 2/0 due to snare. 12-8 just before timing out.
Close game, going for the Fahad goal early and attempting it later again was probably the wrong play but it was fun, though don’t think I would try it again unless it was to win.
Game 3 – Blacksmiths – Ferrite (C), Iron (M), Hearth, Alloy, Ferris, Bolt
My team – Theron, Snow, oHearne, Chaska, Egret, Jaecar
Now this is the Blacksmiths team I expect to see a lot, very football but as a bit of strength in there too. My team worked last time so hopefully will do the job again.
I kick off with Egret and try put the ball behind a barricade but that doesn’t work alloy gets it, gets back behind their line and passes to Ferrite who makes the dodge. I go with Theron to try and cripple her, get pinned and snipe on her but that didn’t help. She was still able to charge Theron and bounce off, they almost didn’t bounce far enough trying to get bonus time mom forgetting the minus 2” kick, I let him take it back and he scores the 1 die goal but I have knee slider so she is going nowhere. Kick the ball out use Snows ooh ball to go get it. I Activate Egret to get Poison on everyone apart from Iron and then comes the scrum.
In the following round I keep Snow safe behind all the rest of the team and eventually get the ball to Egret on the wing. I take out Ferrite, Bolt, and Alloy and he takes out Jaecar and then Chaska. 6-8.
Final Turn, my opponent is very low on clock but I am pretty safe on it. He activates to try and take out Hearne leaving him low. I go and try to take out Alloy with Jaecar, big mistake, get one hit in then he counter attacks and double dodges away and I waste to inf. He tries to return the favour but Jaecar has been healed since he died so everything ok. Walk a fully stacked Theron into a getting low Hearth generate lots of mom and get the kill. 8-8. Ferrite next to her goal, I expect her to block Egrets only way to the goal but my opponent hasn’t been keeping track of my win condition because he is low on time. He charges a kills Hearne leaving Egret space to get within 8” and enough mom to bonus time to win the game. 12-10.
Was not to bothered if he had blocked the run for Egret, he had enough low players that I could have gotten at least one more take out and would have been 10-8 up still with Hearne and potential other take outs or time out points.
Final Game - Fish – Corsair, Tentacles, Kraken, Hag, Siren, Avarisse+Greede
Theron, Snow, Chaska, Egret, Minx, Jaecar
How I got to this point unbeaten I don’t really know, I did not expect this but now a team and a coach I did not want to play against. I had been told coming into this game that I would massively struggle with Corsair because of exactly what happen, he pulls players in one by one and destroys them. They are being controlled by a top player on the world seen. I manage to get out of the game with some points and the respect of him better never really felt in it. 3-12, Avarisse and Tentacles to Egret, Minx, Theron, Chaska and Siren Goal. Even though I never felt in it, I enjoyed this game, I have never played against Fish before and it was cool to see what they do.
All in all a great day, 2nd place at second tournament, my first with hunters and my first games with Hunters. I am loving this team and looking forward to playing them a lot more.
One question to all of you…..How on earth do you deal with a Corsair team with that amount of tough hide and that the can drag you from basically as far away as you can get?