This is how my day went.
Jamie Hewitt - Vader Cymoons (oh ffs!)
Almost a mirror match.
Jamie had 2 cymmons with intel, gunnery and xi7s. Vader Raider and 2 gozantis.
Played his Contested Outpost (other options Corona and Most Wanted iirc).
My opening shot killed one of his gozantis at long range, so he returned the favour and did the exact same to me.
Managed to focus down one of his ISDs and escape front arcs, while trying to get close enough to contest the station.
Missed it twice by a small amount meaning Jamie got all 6 rounds!
Finished a 6-5 to me.
David Fraser - Sloane 2 ship with a twist
David was running ISD2 and Vic2.
Played his Superior Positions (he had Hyperspace Assault which would have been a-maa-zing!)
David came out of the blocks quick, with Superior Positions meaning I couldn't control the time/place of engagement.
Thought I was losing an ship as his ISD moved up and blocked me in while double arcing me.
Just managed to kill it first with some really solid rolling (thanks Vader and IF!).
Then managed to limp on and kill the Vic while keeping out of it's ISD-esque front arc for a 9-2.
Gareth Stoneham - Rieekan mc80H1, mc75, bombers.
Defiance, ord mc75. Hera, Nym, GoldSqd, Jan and some rogues.
Managed to tie up enough of his squads to take the sting out.
Ganged up on the mc75, which was then Rieekaned. Lost the IF! ISD to counter fire from the zombie mc75 and Defiance.
But swung round with my the Vader ISD, and got enough damage on to leave him on 1 hull. Just got the bump to finish him off.
There was a chance I'd have been tabled too if Nym had hit a crit to knock out my brace and then the remaining squads rolled full damage, but apparently Nym had used up all his crits in previous games.
8-3 to me.
Andy Richardson - Sloane Phantoms.
ISD2, Quasar, Goz. 6 Phantoms, jump, Mauler, 3'ceptors iirc.
My Solar Corona (which we both totally forgot existed for the entire game).
His ISD moved up quickly, Quasar swinging in behind it, as you'd expect.
Traded fire, and my first big mistake was to flak 3 nearby squads out of my front instead of taking the long range obstructed shot at his Quasar, which would probably have set up the kill for when my Vader ISD fired. Probably didn't matter a great deal as the Vader ISD finished it off next turn, but not before I lost the IF! ISD to his ISD2. Gave it a beating in return and swung in behind it with Vader.
Mistake number 2 was on turn 4. Shooting the rear of the ISD2, 5 reds, 2 came up blank (even after Vader) doing enough damage to leave it on 1 hull. I forgot I had an IF token. That would have ended it there. I tried to move up for the bump, but what seemed a sure thing on the ruler, was suddenly an inch away when I did the actual move. @Mad Cat Had a repair queued up, so managed to get enough shields up to live another turn, with me again missing what seemed a sure bump, all the while the squads nibbled away at my remaining ISD.. there was a double double, but also some blanks; that's red dice for ya. He went first on turn 6. Couldn't get enough damage on my with his ISD and in trying to get as far away from me as possible on previous turns (and avoid a rock!) he had no option but to fly the ISD off the table. I got my 2 hull Vader ISD out of range of most of his squads, but the gozanti activated 2 interceptors which could get to me. Luckily with Sloane gone, they only managed 1 damage. 8-3 to me.
All good games, all good opponents.
Weirdly the toughest game was the first one. Intel Officer meant Jamie's ISDs were scarier than mine, so I couldn't just face them down.. tho in retrospect I should perhaps have taken Most Wanted and trusted my ability to evade with the Vader ISD. That might have made the difference and got me that extra point to make the cut.
Great day and two very worthy finalists tho!