I was there during the whole finals, sitting next to you since your first match against Dom (I am Francois, the french guy with red hair)
I have a huge gaming experience including in high reward tournaments.
And I chose to play and watch X-wing among dozens of games at GenCon, even if I was just a beginner in this game.
And I wanted to tell you, even before reading your post:
YOU EPITOMIZE WHAT I LIKE IN THIS COMMUNITY.
You were humble, focussed, but not stressful (and I insist on this combination as being really unjoyable to play against)
you played the original squad you liked, although you were listening to others point of view, even humble beginners.
I am convinced that you would have returned the favor in the opposite situation.
I want to win my games by playing them well,
not because my opponent kind-of-forgot an obvious action.
We are 'trained' to play 'shamelessly' as the right way to go, especially in other competitive games -
My salute to all players who play as they feel it should be the best experience for everyone.