Well, we knew we would have a couple very hard matches and this was going to be one of them. Since we did so well in round #1 as a team, we would pair off against one of the heavy-hitters. This round, we faced off against "The X-Men" which consisted of Greg "Inquisitor Malice" Sparks (ETC 2010, 2011), Ben "Space Curves" Mohlie (ETC 2010, 2011), Mike M. (ETC 2010), Bill Kim, and John Willingham (ETC 2010, 2011). Four of America's ETC team from last year and Bill is no slouch with daemons.
John was playing a similar wolf list from our game last year at DaBoyz GT. Greg was playing his footdar which he took 1st overall with at DaBoyz GT. Ben was playing mech DE with Vect. Mike had a foot guard gunline wth a couple manticores, and Bill was playing khorne daemons. All very hard matches for me with drop wolves and mech DE probably my worst pairings. We lost the roll and put up Chris, who issued a personal challenge to Greg. Playing for the win over pride, Greg put Bill up against Chris and when the dust settled, I had to play Greg.
Farseer + all the toys
10 Warp Spiders + exarch and toys
10 Wraith Guard + warlock, conceal
7 Harlequins + shadowseer
8 Dire Avengers
8 Dire Avengers + exarch
3 Jetbikes + cannon
Wraithlord + lance, sword
Wraithlord + lance, sword
War Walkers x3 + scatter lasers x6
Pre-game: I've seen Greg play before and know his style, but he got to choose the table which had very little terrain and spearhead deployment means he has lots of room to run away from me. To add insult to injury, I lost the roll to go first. To be honest, facing someone I consider to be a better player on a poor table, I was hoping to draw and at least get some points for the team.
Greg deploys his footdar gunline central in his spearhead quarter so nothing is close to the short edge in case I outflank genestealers.
Unfortunately, the game goes on two more turns... Greg kills both tervigons, and takes out a bunch of gaunts on my objective with the explosion. I fail instinctive behavior with the tfex and surviving gaunts preventing me from taking back one objective so I lose 0-30. This was a game where my inexperience shined and was made worse by terrain (not nearly 25% coverage and the skyshields were the closest thing to BLoS), going second, and the game not ending on turn 5 when I had my best chance. Greg is a superb player and knows his army like the back of his hand.
Chris ended up beating Bill 15-5, Jay tied Ben 15-15, I believe Shaun won 25-5, Joe and I both lost 0-30. "The X-Men" went on to take 2nd overall and there was a lot of talent on that team.