Pittsburgh Malifaux 3E End of Open Beta Tournament (03.24.2019)
Tournament Report: conykchameleon
1st Place - conykchameleon (Neverborn: Titania, Zoraida)
2nd Place - Dave (Outcasts: Jack Daw)
3rd Place - Chance (Thunders: Jacob Lynch)
4th Place - Jen (Guild: Lady Justice)
5th Place - Frank (Neverborn: Nekima, Zoraida)
6th Place - Greg (Ressers: Manos)
Game 1 (Titania)
Flank Deployment, Turf War, Outflank, Breakthrough
Opponent Frank (Nekima); Breakthrough, Assassinate?
I was terrified (figuratively) of Nekima and the Ag-grow crew. It was a fairly careful positioning game with only one or two reach-out-and-touch-es prior to turn 3, when nearly the entire Nephilim crew flew out from behind a large building and came down on my weaker flanked. I was able to hold on just long enough with the Autumn Knight to score a second point on Turf War. But otherwise the flank was totally wiped out.
Meanwhile the other Rougarou, Aeslin schemed Breakthrough, with some support from Titania who just took pot shots and the fringes of the Nephilim crew. The rest of the Nephilim crew broke through (literally), but was held up just long enough by the weaker flank that weren't able to catch up on points.
Final score 5-3 (Titania)
Game 2 (Titania)
Wedge Deployment, Reckoning, Assassinate, Search the Ruins
Opponent Jen (Lady J); Assassinate Search the Ruins
Easily the most aggressive and contentious game of Malifaux I've ever played...and it was against my wife! There was a building right at the point of my wedge, which split the fight into two distinct theaters. Rougarou and Autumn Knight on one hand (A); Titania, Aeslin, Rougarou on the other (B), with Gorar hanging back. Rougarou (B) went down fairly quickly, and Titania and Aeslin started quickly dumping all their attacks into Lady J: who burned all five stones on damage prevention plus self healing and healing from the Domador's Decay. All in all I probably sunk 20-25 damage into Lady J. Aeslin and the Rougarous went down, but Titania finally used Queen's Command to ding the final damage off of Lady J.
In theater (A), some fortunate activation orders and a timely Parry trigger allowed Rougarou (A) and Autumn Knight to take out the Judge. This started a 'garbage time' section of the game, with what was left of both crews running off to Search the Ruins. Titania cleaned up two models in the last turn to score a second point off of Reckoning, I got two from Assassinate, and one from Search the Ruins. Lady J scored twice off of Reckoning and once off of Search the Ruins.
Final score: 5-3 Titania.
Game 3 (Zoraida)
Standard Deployment, Corrupted Idols, Search the Ruins, Power Ritual
Opponent Chance (Jacob Lynch); Search the Ruins, Assassinate
My strategy was fairly straight forward on this one: Bad Juju on the Centerpointish, Zoraida hiding 12" behind, three Silurids on the flanks, and a Wisp supporting one of the Silurids. The Silurids were sprinting as fast as they could toward Search the Ruins and Power Ritual (stopping to nudge an idol here and there). Juju sat in the center and made a Hex/Obey bubble for Zoraida. The Silurids were quickly able to get me 4 points at the end of turn 3: two for idols, one for search, and one for power ritual. an Illuminated was able to push the other idol back to make the score 4-1 Zoraida at the end of turn three. However, all three Silurids and the Wisp were now dead. But, Huggy and others on the Lynch crew were well out of position to score any more points...or so I thought....
Huggy popped up right between Zoraida and JuJu, revealing an assassination attempt. I was able to fend it off and kill Huggy. Jacob was able to push another idol to score a second point, and it was clear that at least one would be scored for search. However, because I was down three models: I was able to modify my initiative flips to place the idols on the last two turns (including modifying a 12 to beat a Red Joker...) so I dropped them right on top of JuJu in the center of the board, so I was able to deny more points for Lynch and actually score a third point on Idols. This was something that was totally unexpected, but is another wrinkle in the wacky mini game that is the initiative flips of Cursed Idols.
Final Score 5-3 (Zoraida)
We didn't know the Scheme and Strat configurations going in, but I decided I would play Titania on Reckoning/Turf War, and Zoraida on Cursed/Explosives. Went with lower model count on Turf War and Reckoning to give fewer, tougher targets. On Idols it was the bubble and the Silurids on the flanks: and they managed to break through just enough to carry the day. These plans worked pretty well for me, and I was aided by some timely luck from the Threads of Fate to end out on top for the day.
Hats off two all three of my counterparts- they were cordial and thoughtful opponents, which is exactly what you hope for when you decide to spend 10 hours playing Malifaux. And congrats to Greg on best painted! Great group of guys and gals and I'm excited to continue to explore 3E with them.
I will post more crew lists if I'm able to grab them.