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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:35 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I sent 51 warriors spread throughout all 11 classes.

Total record: 175-155-1-4
Total awards: 4

I posted four hopefuls in the tourney thread beforehand, so I'll give a brief rundown of how they performed.

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DEAD MAN WALKING (PR) in Eligibles

I was least hopeful about Dead Man Walking, but he turned out to be the best performer of the four. He picked up his WT train to 25 in round 2, and fought 2 LUs and 6 ABs in the first 8 rounds. He went 2-0 vs the LUs and 5-1 vs the ABs. Then came the tougher opponents: other tanky parry-types!

Rounds 9-12 saw match-ups with a WS, a PL, and 2 TPs, all very physical warriors. Dead Man Walking went 2-2, losing to Marcinko and Hugh Kassle and beating That Guy and Khylar. He finished up with a 9-3 TV, a marginal improvement over his 8-3 Eligibles TV from October. But at least he put up another strong showing for his efforts while pushing himself over the Eligibles line.

FISHWIFE (AB) in ADM

Fishwife started out 0-2, then turned it into a 4-3 performance in the Fool's ADM tourney. She managed to get 0 trains in 7 turns, so she has some room available for setting up for Eligibles down the road.

RIB IAYE (ST) in Freshmen

I was mostly just grateful that I got to bust this Bloodgames ST out, as opposed to the last ones that overshot the Freshmen/ADM line. But not THAT grateful, as he went 2-3 and didn't provide me with much excitement.

GAMMA DELPHINI (LU) in Champions

Gamma demonstrated that his Adepts TC was a fluke by going 1-3 in Champions. He got steamrolled by crit throwing Strikers. You win some, you lose some.

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My best performance in the tourney was a surprise, a SL in Initiates named DELTA CANCRI.

Delta had an improbably good run. He is a good design with good bonuses and physicals and solid learning (at 3 skills/FE), but the number of fights which he won by the skin of his teeth was remarkable. He parried out THREE Fist ABs and riposted TWO Strikers to get into the Initiates finals. Whether it was his trusty SH (which he started using because he wasn't critting with the HA) or whether he was hitting favorites in desperation, I don't know for sure. But he liked something that was going on. Unfortunately, he couldn't pull off a third riposte victory in the finals, so he ended the tourney with a 13-3 runner-up. Not too shabby for a natural Slasher.

To round out my Eligibles PR TV and my Initiates SL RU, I had a ST named OMEGA FORNACIS go 8-3 in Adepts and an AB named EPSILON SCUTI get a 7-2 Fool's TV in Initiates.

While 4 awards and a 53% win percentage out of 51 entries isn't the best tourney that I've ever had, it provided me with just enough excitement to keep me entertained. Congrats to all the winners, especially to Vlad and Nomad, both first time TCs!

I suspect I'll be skipping the summer FtF, but I plan on sending some warriors and doing Bloodgames. If I don't make it, I hope everyone enjoys themselves and I look forward to following the results online!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:05 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I sent 59, with a handful of very high quality warriors and more than a handful of guys going for experience/skills.

My lone Eligible went to the Fool's tourney and I learned a couple days later that he went 0-3. The Fool's tourney was going to be a future theme for my tourney.

My 3 ADM guys did what I would call 'normal.' Nothing exciting here.

Freshmen was where I felt I had the best chance to win. My PR, Ruth, has been a strong sandbagger and I was busting Woman at the Well. She was my first test of a theory that x-x-x-<even>-20-x-10 is a fantastic bust. I haven't been making many of these anymore because it is a long road without much upside to get to the bust. She had TV'd two of the last three tourneys she fought in, so she had shut down until the bust. At the freeze:
WOMAN AT THE WELL (18-8583) of SHEPHERDS (1713) [54-37-1,160,125FE], will fight Freshmen.
She is a lunger with ST=23(14) CN=22(7) SZ=11 WT=14 WL=20 SP=5 DF=10.
She is ambidextrous, is bright, is clumsy, has awesome endurance, can withstand almost any
amount of punishment, can carry almost limitless weight, is very quick on her feet, does
awesome damage, has a Master in initiative, has an Advanced Expert in riposte, has an
Advanced Master in attack, has a Master in defense, has an Expert in decisiveness, favors
the shortsword, favors a moderate offensive effort, favors a high activity level, and
preferentially learns riposte.

While her ending record was flawless, the fights were anything but.
R1 matched against Flying Pig and I groaned. I didn't want Flying Pig on Round 1! It was a long fight and Flying Pig drew first blood, but after that it was all WatW.
R2 against Squyer. All WatW
R3 against Misty Jenkins. After two minutes, Misty had hit WatW three times to send WatW desperate to WatW's single hit. M3 opened with another hit by Misty and desperate again. WatW hit Misty once each in Minutes 3 & 4 to win. She also hit Will 24 (3 trains in 3 tries)
R4 against Sandy. Sandy opened with a LS crit to the head, but failed to know WatW down and the next attack was her last.
R5 against Merlin. All WatW
R6 against Bill Murray. This open handed AB was good. For 5 minutes, WatW couldn't touch him except for parry damage. At the end of 5, though, Bill Murray started to get tired. At the beginning of M7, WatW connected and knocked BM down. Two more attacks and the fight was over. WatW hit her Will 25 train.
R7 against Furtive Returns. This 7'2 monster hit WatW twice in the chest to open the fight without a knockdown or desperate message. WatW dodged attack number 3 and never looked back.
R8 against Def Jam Shirt. Def Jam opened with a knock down and sent WatW desperate on the second attack, but WatW decided to parry the third attack and get back up and turn the fight around.
R9 against Majestic Bell. MB opened with 2 Broadsword crits two different locations. The next crit WatW decided to dodge and riposte.

I had 4 warriors alive after R9. The other three were all on the bubble and only Job got a TV, his first in awhile.

R10 against After 10 Beers! All WatW
R11 against Glamdring. Glamdring opened with 3 SC crits (to 3 different locations) to send WatW desperate. Following her prior fights, she turned on the defense and then knocked Glamdring down in the middle of M2. The rest of the fight was all WatW.
R12 against Maximillian. Almost all WatW. Max had one moment of hope, knocking down WatW at the end of M2. WatW popped right back up and stole the initiative and ended the fight with one more attack. Also hit Deftness to 13 her final train.
R13 & 14 vs Flying Pig. I was a bit surprised the Flying Pig was untouched at this stage except for the earlier R1 loss. With the additional training, Flying Pig's only contribution to the fights was soaking up damage and breaking weapons. I'd put my money on Flying Pig having it's day at some point, but it wasn't today.

By far this was the highlight of my tourney. Over the next two days I read the rest of my tourney slowly. Some other notes:

Challengers: One of my baggers got his first TV. A fairly big milestone for me. I haven't had success with a 'true' bagger before this. 4 fools here - all deservedly so.

Champions: Jim was one of my other real hopes for glory. He lost two close ones to a couple of strikers and lunger destroyed him with a first attack knock down. He did not look at all like he did during his Adepts run.
Also in champs, I had a Striker break his weapon and proceed to punch himself to an infirmary death! Pretty spectacular!

Adepts: My double-21 basher showed me why I was a fool to waste an 'A' setup on a basher and went to the fool's tourney.

Initiates: 4 of my 7 went to the Fool's tourney. 2 of the other 3 died in the infirmary, including Uncontrollable, former Rookies TC, who died after a single hatchet crit to the ribs in the runoffs.

Apprentices: 1 TV and 3 Fools out of 8 sent

Rookies: A disaster with 7 Fools and a R1 death out of 13 sent. I did have a scum TV.

Stats at the end of it all:
210-170-6-5, 1 TC, 5 TV's out of 59 sent.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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R7 against Furtive Returns. This 7'2 monster hit WatW twice in the chest to open the fight without a knockdown or desperate message. WatW dodged attack number 3 and never looked back.


That was crap! (The not going desperate part)

Congrats!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Anybody else only get a portion of their tournament? Mine might be a mess trying to figure out what didn't get mailed.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Manta wrote:
Anybody else only get a portion of their tournament? Mine might be a mess trying to figure out what didn't get mailed.


I was missing 40% of my Rookie fights (and I sent in a lot of Rookies). Sandy said she'd reprint rookies for me, so maybe check and see if its just Rookies that's missing for you and they can reprint.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:58 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Manta wrote:
Anybody else only get a portion of their tournament? Mine might be a mess trying to figure out what didn't get mailed.


My apprentices were partial, and my rookies were really whacked. Lee said she printed and sent me the reprint Tue night/Wed AM

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Easy enough. Thanks fellas.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:05 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

My apprentices were partial, and my rookies were really whacked. Lee said she printed and sent me the reprint Tue night/Wed AM


AMAZINGLY, our Consortium reprints arrived TODAY - Thurs.
Super service.

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The Consortium wrote:
My apprentices were partial, and my rookies were really whacked. Lee said she printed and sent me the reprint Tue night/Wed AM


AMAZINGLY, our Consortium reprints arrived TODAY - Thurs.
Super service.


Same here! Thanks RSI!

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