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First tournament with Hunters

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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?

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I normally take Theron, Fahad, Jaecar, Minx, Egret & oHearne. Peter at Worlds beat Corsair with Skatha but I haven't been able to watch the match.

In general it's one of our tougher match ups and no better than a 50/50. 

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Ah fair enough, so it was always going to be a difficult one and my lack of experience vs his large experience,  even if he normally plays masons, it was close to lost from the off. I will just need to try and get more games against them and see how I will do it and take your list as some advice. 

Do you think there is any other mistakes I made in team selection in the other games or even overall squad? Happy to receive feedback, I may have won the others but may just been lucky. 

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11 minutes ago, Steveedoug said:

Ah fair enough, so it was always going to be a difficult one and my lack of experience vs his large experience,  even if he normally plays masons, it was close to lost from the off. I will just need to try and get more games against them and see how I will do it and take your list as some advice. 

Do you think there is any other mistakes I made in team selection in the other games or even overall squad? Happy to receive feedback, I may have won the others but may just been lucky. 

The thing about Corsair is he is very good at holding the ball (or he can just park on Greyscales if you bring no Ulfr to make it difficult), The way he fights is in a big scrum, typically with A&G, Corsair, oSiren & Tentacles all offering up Ganging out. Hunters like to kill a player (normally a squishy non tough hide model), stay spread and play 1v1 / 2v1 engagements using things like pinned, G&S and back to the shadows to limit what the opponent can return with.

Corsair throws that out the window by dragging a player in and forcing them into a situation where they are engaged by 3-4 people and normally the only easy target to kill is oSiren or Hag, even Hag has Fear which is a pain. His deathscrum style of play which he can force onto the opponent is the exact opposite of how Hunters what to fight. 

We lack the ability to just outright kill Corsair like vRage or Hammer can we don't have players like Mist or Vitriol who can threaten the ball extremely well. All in all It's just rough for Hunters, but totally not un-winnable. Killing A&G is a HUGE part of the match up, using a nimble Fahad you can buy some time to pepper A&G and send in oHearne to prep Theron to kill A&G. That's the best situation I've found myself in the match up,  once A&G is gone Corsair doesn't kill a player in one go and you can pile into him. 

I would not take Snow in the match up. Corsair & A&G KD alot and Snow anatomical isn't hugely useful against the likes of oSiren, A&G or Hag. Fahad I've sound good as a roadblock.

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Good write up, was good to see Hunters again (Game 3) and looking forward to putting them back on the table to see if the Smiths have improved me.

I struggled to get MOM and when I got it, I, perhaps stupidly, held onto it to try and get first turns and then typically me just flat forgetting to heal. The take back was also quite appreciated considering where we were in the tournament, still lucked out on the 1 dice needing 5s, riskiest goal I took all day.

Was a fun game and a well deserved win (otherwise I would have been the one "suffering" under the might of Corsair) and learned to keep the eye on my prize and my opponents as that ultimately was what caused me the loss overall.

 

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It was a really fun game, it being so tight really made it. 

You're welcome re the take back, we are out to have fun at the end of the day,  and you would have spent the whole game annoyed at yourself if I hadn't, so it wouldn't have been fun. Better me to have a fun game and potentially lose in my eyes :)

I think if we ever had a rematch it would go in your favour,  I will need to keep practicing a lot to try and win next time. 

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It was not the annoying kind of taking back, as I understand it, just modifying the move before anything else could have happened. Not the same as trying to cancel the whole charge action when you declare UM :)

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To be honest, he didn't ask for the take back, I offered it to him. It was just changing what he took from his last attack, instead of taking a mom result, I let him take the non mom double dodge to get in range. Nothing else had happened or been declared by me so it's not problem with letting that be taken back. 

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This is why I like the hobby, meeting and playing good folk :D

I rarely ask for take backs and just as rarely accept offers of take backs. But there is the odd one where nothing has really happened and would make more sense kind of situations I tend to take them.

But yeah was a good game and I a deserved win.

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I think that might be the first time I have been put in the good folk category lol. 

It was a good game, you coming to the next one? We will hopefully get a rematch and you will get the win you should have got last time. 

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ha ha I don't think I'll be able to re-create what happened that day. Someone spike the water I dunno

And I believe I am I honestly can't remember, I put my name in and pay so quick I forget... luckily Martyn goes to those ones so as long as he remembers I'm good.

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