Well, my eyes really hurt, and I've been up for 20+ hours, but I'm waiting for the sleepy meds to kick in, so figured I'd get this written up in the mean time. I attended my first Regional Tournament today in Independence, Missouri. There were 14 of us there. First off, let me say thanks to the guys from Game Cafe for putting on a great tournament. It was well run, and went very smoothly.
Boba Fett with Heavy Laser Cannon and Expert handling
Dark Curse with Stealth
I took off the seismic charges in favor of expert handling because I was afraid of opponents getting into my blind spots, so I put Expert Handling on fett to try and take care of that. And I did use Expert Handling every game, so I think it helped.
My first game was against Nathan. He ran Howlrunner, Krassis, and 3 Academy Pilots. He put Krassis on 1 end of the board with the ties on the other end. So I faced the ties first before having to deal with the firespray. That worked out well for me. The first combat round I managed to take out Howlrunner, which was big. He ended up killing my Bounty Hunter, and when time was called, I had killed all but 1 Academy Pilot. 1-0
Next round I faced Rogue17, who was one of the TO's on the day. He brought 4 Awings with Deadeye and Assault Missiles. This was a good game of cat and mouse, with me staying close to him so that if he did missile me he would hit his own ships. I think only 1 of the Assault Missiles hit, and I killed one of the Awings before it launched its missile. My Bounty Hunter was down to 1 hull left, but i didn't lose a single ship. 2-0
Next round i faced Kelvan. He ran Vader with Swarm Tactics and Concussion Missiles, Bounty Hunter with Gunner, Night Beast, and Academy Pilot. My strategy was to take Vader out as soon as I could, and that's what ended up happening. He collided with Night Beast in an asteroid bottleneck, and I managed to finish him off. After that Night Beast killed himself on an asteroid. He did put lots of damage on me in the first round, and again my Bounty Hunter had 1 hull left. But I weathered the early storm and came out on top. 3-0
Then the semifinals game was aganst Gavin. he brought a 7 tie swarm. Howlrunner with Stealth and 6 Obsidian Pilots. The first combat round my Bounty Hunter took 8 hits, and that hurt a lot, but I managed to take howlrunner out to get rid of his rerolls. The next round I killed 3 of his ties due to Direct Hits. I did lose my Bounty Hunter that game, and fett was colliding a lot with the ships he had left. Of course, he was positioning them so that i would hit, and most of the time I did. But I pulled a win out of that game. 4-0
The final match was against Kelvan again, as I was his only loss of the day. He learned from our earlier match, and I didn't. he changed things up a bit, and in hindsight, I should have, too, but I didn't. I went after vader again, and I did manage to get him down to 1 hull left, but i couldn't get the final blow on him. We were both evading like mad that game, and when there was only 5 minutes left, he had killed my Dark Curse, and I hadn't killed anything of his. He did a great job of blocking with his Academy Pilot all game, and most of the time my Bounty Hunter couldn't take actions. The last round he took out my Bounty Hunter, and I conceded as there was no way I could kill enough of his to win. Looking back, I should have gone after his Bounty Hunter with my squad, because once it's gone, he wouldn't have had much offense for taking my squad down. plus it would have given me a 38 point cushion for scoring.
I think I'll run this list again next weekend, since I faced 2 Slave and Tie squads, an Awing Missile squad, and a TIE swarm, and beat them all. So I think my squad passed the test of facing multiple varieties of squads and coming out on top. Thanks again to the TO's for running the tournament, and i hope to see you all again soon.