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Live "blogging" 1st Portland 'Massing at Sullust' tournament

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Okay, so I'm running the first 'Massing at Sullust' tournament at Red Castle Games. Since we have 6 people (other than myself) show up, I'm happily sitting out the playing as the TO. (It's been a week for me, so I'm happy to do so.)

 

Anyway, we have some players of galactic and local renown, most of them vile terrorist commanders of the Rebel Alliance. Of these, probably the most notorious is Shmitty, a rebel admiral known for his depredations in the galactic core [took second at Nationals]. Other noteworthy traitors against Imperial rule are the rebel warlords Lyraeus (read here for his heinous crimes) and Theia (read here for her crimes against humanity). Added to this list of infamy are two rebel commanders who are doubtlessly guilty of something.

 

Attempting to reinstate Imperial control is Commodore Naboobo (see here for his heroics), who stands alone for the Empire in this forlorn segment of the Outer Rim.

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List 1: Shmitty

Assault Frigate MKIIB + Garm Bel Iblis + Enhanced Armament
Assault Frigate MKIIB + Enhanced Armament + Intel Officer + Gunnery Team
Nebulon-B Support Refit + Salvation
Tycho Celchu
2x A-Wings

 

List 2: Lyraeus

Assault Frigate MKIIB  + Advanced Projectors + Enhanced Armament + Gunnery Team + Weapons Liaison + Garm Bel Iblis
Assault Frigate Mark IIB + Advanced Projectors + Enhanced Armament + Gunnery Team + Weapons Liaison
3x A-Wing Squadron
3x B-Wing Squadron

 

List 3: Commodore Naboobo

Gladiator 1-class Star Destroyer + Grand Moff Tarkin + Intel Officer + Engine Techs + Assault Concussion Missiles

Gladiator 1-class Star Destroyer + Intel Officer + Expanded Launchers + Engine Techs + Demolisher

Gladiator 1-class Star Destroyer + Intel Officer + Expanded Launchers + Engine Techs + Sensor Team

 

List 4: Theia

Assault Frigate MKIIB + General Dodonna + Intel Officer + XX-9 Turbolasers

Assault Frigate MKIIB + Gunnery Team + XX-9 Turbolasers

Assault Frigate MKIIA + Raymus Antilles + Electronic Countermeasures

 

List 5: [name omitted]

Assault Frigate MKIIB + Advanced Projectors + General Dodonna

Nebulon-B Support Refit + Raymus Antilles + Salvation

CR90b Corvette + Dodonna's Pride

CR90b Corvette + Overload Pulse + Jaina's Light

CR90b Corvette

 

List 6: [name omitted]

Neb-B Escort Frigate + Mon Mothma + Raymus Antilles + Engineering Team + Salvation
CR90 Corvette B + Intel Officer + Electronic Countermeasures
CR90 Corvette B + Intel Officer + Electronic Countermeasures
6x A-wing Squadron
2x Y-wing Squadron

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Oh, Lyraeus, I like your list!  Looks pretty similar to what I've been running in terms of upgrades / strategies.

 

Biggs Analysis of the Fight:

 

Game One - Shmitty vs Lyraeus

 

Keys to the game for Shmitty:

 

Focusing down one of Lyraeus's AFIIs at a time.  I'd forget that I had Gunnery Team on the 2nd AFII, and work on setting up multi-arc shots on Lyraeus's 2nd AFII, since it is the most dangerous one.

Protection of his own ships from Lyraeus's B-Wings.  Should be pretty easy to accomplish between his A-Wings and Tycho, but they could melt somewhat quick if he deploys them early.

Sacrifice of the Salvation is worth it, if he can drop an AFII in exchange.

 

Keys for Lyraeus:

 

Defense of your two ships is paramount.  He outguns you if he can bring his line and support to bear on you at once.

First Kill of the game is key as well, as it would swing the exchange of shots back in your favor.

Alpha Strike against the enemy squadrons is the only way you are getting those B-Wings into play - otherwise you're going to be tied up the whole time.

Edited by BiggsIRL

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It's round 5 of Shmitty vs Lyraeus

 

Lyraeus is down one Assault Frigate. Shmitty's Nebulon-B frigate rammed his remaining frigate. In the meantime... oh, that second frigate got killed too!

 

Commodore Naboobo vs. [name omitted] is in round 3. The corvettes are in the rear of the Gladiator line. One Gladiator is down, as is one corvette. The Gladiators are going head-to-head with the Assault Frigate.

 

Theia vs. [name omitted] is in round 4 of their game. The smaller vessels are snapping up the victory tokens from the asteroids, and getting behind the assault frigates. Theia is getting a taste of her own usual medicine. Also, the A-Wings and Y-Wings are swarming the frigates.

 

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HNN Editor's correction: Lyraeus' second assault frigate fled for Wild Space, rather than face the same fate as its collaborators in treason.

Edited by Mikael Hasselstein

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Oh, Lyraeus, I like your list!  Looks pretty similar to what I've been running in terms of upgrades / strategies.

 

Biggs Analysis of the Fight:

 

Game One - Shmitty vs Lyraeus

 

Keys to the game for Shmitty:

 

Focusing down one of Lyraeus's AFIIs at a time.  I'd forget that I had Gunnery Team on the 2nd AFII, and work on setting up multi-arc shots on Lyraeus's 2nd AFII, since it is the most dangerous one.

Protection of his own ships from Lyraeus's B-Wings.  Should be pretty easy to accomplish between his A-Wings and Tycho, but they could melt somewhat quick if he deploys them early.

Sacrifice of the Salvation is worth it, if he can drop an AFII in exchange.

 

Keys for Lyraeus:

 

Defense of your two ships is paramount.  He outguns you if he can bring his line and support to bear on you at once.

First Kill of the game is key as well, as it would swing the exchange of shots back in your favor.

Alpha Strike against the enemy squadrons is the only way you are getting those B-Wings into play - otherwise you're going to be tied up the whole time.

Spot on. I have no experience till know against dual whales. . . Well maybe once against Theia but that was back in May. . .

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First round:

 

List 1: Shmitty vs List 2: Lyraeus - Dangerous Territory - ENDED 8-2 (190-53)

 

List 3: Commodore Naboobo vs. List 5: [name omitted] - Superior Positions - ENDED 7-3 (182-127)

 

List 4: Theia vs. List 6: [name omitted] - Dangerous Territory - ENDED 10-0 (300-0)

Edited by Mikael Hasselstein

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It is a clear sign of a failing rebellion that they have fallen to fighting among themselves.

 

In the third round of the Battle of the Five Belugas (Shmitty vs. sTheia), the commander loyal to the faction of Senator Bel Iblis has directed his ordered his A-wing squadrons around the vile warlord Theia's left flank, as his assault frigates follow in a classic line formation. Meanwhile, Theia's 'line abreast' formation (see same page) must come about to port to engage her opponent's ships effectively. (In doing so, her port flank ship has collided with a debris field.

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I wish I could be there...I had plans to attend at least one tournament (maybe two) this weekend, but life intervened and I wasn't able to make it.  :(

 

Thanks for putting this up, Mikael--it makes me feel better somehow to follow the action even if I can't be there.  Have fun!

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In the second round of Commodore Naboobo's expertly-executed fleet ambush of the infamous warlord Lyraeus, the good commodore has aggressively moved his Gladiator-class star destroyers towards the warlord's fighter squadrons in an attempt to engage his subsidiary frigate 'Scars of Freedom'. Scars of freedom is attempting to withdraw out of the asteroid field, to make a cowardly escape.

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In the fourth round of the Battle of the Belugas, the generally vicious and brutally aggressive Theia  considers withdrawing from the field in order to conserve her forces - doubtlessly in the interest of keeping them for the purpose of murdering and violating innocent human citizens of the Empire.

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In a tragic turn of events, Commodore Naboobo loses a second Gladiator, but is nevertheless courageously maneuvering his remaining ship - the flagship - around the rear of Blue Majesty - the warlord Lyraeus' flagship. In a cowardly response, Blue Majesty is firing its afterburners in order to flee the asteroid field of battle.

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In round 3 of the battle to capture Garm Bel Iblis' less-regarded cousin, Shmitt Bel Iblis, Commodore Naboobo's line of Gladiator-class star destroyers are doggedly driving for Bel Iblis the Lesser's flagship.

 

In round 3 of a rebel challenger's bid to dethrone warlord Lyraeus' hold on the Caluula system, Lyraeus' assault frigates are once again on the run from a number of squadrons, corvettes and nothing more than a Nebulon-B Escort Frigate.

 

Elsewhere, in round two of a head-to-head onslaught of more rebel-on-rebel fighting, the brutally inhuman commander Theia's assault frigates are trading turbolaser fire in a bloody fray of merciless combat.

Edited by Mikael Hasselstein

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