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Decisions, decisions

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Tayne

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I’m writing this to try and figure something out. See, I love this game and have been playing for around 16 months now. For the first eight or so, I went Arcanists and had a middling to poor record though I will note that I thoroughly enjoyed playing Kaeris. So much so, that I bought bits from the Easter sale to get the alternate version of her.

 

Then I moved onto Neverborn, playing them almost exclusively from June until the nationals (Okay, mostly Pandora. You probably could guess that from my avatar). And I had some success, getting a second place and a fourth place at some smaller events, and managing to get 19th at the 2015 nationals! Definitely pleased with that performance.

 

Still, there’s only so many “Oh, you’re a Pandora player” I want to hear, so I figured I’d start someone new. When Mike revealed the pack for the 2016 nationals, I even thought I might take a stab at the fixed list approach, practise for most of the year with one master and see if I could equal or even beat my performance.

Then, when I should’ve been working, I thought of some simple maths. Prepare to be stunned.

 

There’s seven masters to a faction in Malifaux.

 

The nationals consists of seven rounds.

 

These numbers match!

 

My mind is astonishing to behold, I know. Moving on, the idea is that I could play seven rounds using all seven masters for a faction at the nationals. It’s the only seven round event in the UK (that I know of), so the only chance I’d have to play this. Question is, do I want to?

 

A part of me definitely wants to say yes. And part of me wants to say no. So in no random order, let’s throw down some thoughts. I’ll note down positive or negative, though it’ll likely be clear.

 

  • variety is fun (and I will get bored of a single master until the nationals, definitely) - Positive

  • I have the better part of two factions, mostly painted. There’s not going to be a tremendous amount of work getting the models to tabletop quality. - Positive

  • I don’t all masters for any faction - negative (wallet speaking here, I don’t own Marcus. All those beasts if I go arcanist… yeouch)

  • 7 rounds, 7 masters, 10 strats. I’ll need redundancy, knowing three strats confidently with each master (I want to do this well, not just turn up and play). This is a lot of work - negative

  • I won’t learn any one master in depth - negative

  • It’s different. - positive

  • I’ll learn the faction as a whole better - positive

  • No chance of a trophy. I know what I said about my placings, but it’d still be nice to dream - negative (albeit, minor one)

  • Having to play as either Marcus or Lucius, neither of whom appeal - negative

  • ….having to try out masters I wouldn’t otherwise and, just maybe, improve my game - positive

 

Hmmm. The list is rather balanced if you just add things up, but writing it, I was struggling for the negatives more than anything else. That’s the deciding factor. I’ll do another post weighing up my two options as I’m not starting a new faction for this. And I may do some posts along the way, tracking my various failings. For now though my plan is to do Seven Masters for Seven Rounds.


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Its a pretty fun challenge, but it is certainly doable. 

This Year I managed 6 masters with out really trying and finished 25th. (poor Rasputina, just never quite made to table). 

Good luck if you do go for it. It does get harder on day 2, as you are starting to have much less choice on who you pick. You probably want to try and use you're least comfortable masters early on when it seems to suit them, as you'll probably do better with a better known master on a poorer set of Schemes.

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That's pretty much the rough plan I have for now, but I'm going to try and refine it. First step is to decide which faction to use, then I can really start theorising how I'm going to approach this.

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You don't have to go beast heavy with Marcus. He can be played by himself as a handy beatstick.

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10 minutes ago, bertmac said:

You don't have to go beast heavy with Marcus. He can be played by himself as a handy beatstick.

I'm sure, I know Ben Sime doesn't do pure beast at least (he's the only time I've encountered Marcus). As I recall, he had the Emissary (who really doesn't like Pandora using his charge attack back), Howard, Myrand-erus and Cassandra. 

If I go Arcanist, I can see Howard appearing with all masters bar maybe Rasputina. 

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Outside of the Marcus box, you can probably get away with no beasts other than Silurids and Waldgiests. Which as a Neverborn Player, you probably already own, and if you play neverborn, without them, you ought to manage Marcus without them. 

 

 

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7 rounds, 7 masters, 10 strats. I’ll need redundancy, knowing three strats confidently with each master (I want to do this well, not just turn up and play). This is a lot of work - negative

I think this could make regular 3 round events a good place to practice. Pick a master for each event and get in at least 7 events during the year.

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6 hours ago, Munindk said:

I think this could make regular 3 round events a good place to practice. Pick a master for each event and get in at least 7 events during the year.

That was my original plan, but for the more niche masters...okay, for Lucius I could see that being a problem. I don't see him doing well if I put him into Reckoning, for example. I could well be wrong and would love to find out how if I can.

..still don't think I'd ever take Lucius for Reckoning though. To me, that scream's Voices-Pandora.

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