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Registration: 08:00 - 09:00
First Round: 09:15 - 11:30
Round 2: 11:45 - 14:00
Lunch: 14:00 - 14:30
Round 3: 14:30 - 16:45
Round 4: 17:00 - 19:15
Round 5: 19:30 - 21:45

Top Cut to follow on Saturday

Tickets can be picked up from 8 am.

So expect a group at Wetherspoons for breakfast if you are around those parts. Its inside the NEC. 

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I am currently living overseas in Australia, so have to live vicariously to experience the UK national championship. Any updates / intel / stats appreciated!

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4 hours ago, Belphegor07 said:

Anyone have any of the lists from the grand championships? Any interesting trends? 

From what I saw, it was 17-23 Rebel-Imperial.

Imperial lists mostly had at least one Imperial Star Destroyer, but I didn't see many classic 2-ship lists (usually a Gozanti snuck in as well). A few dual ISD lists, but the others had all sorts of stuff supporting them. Every Imperial ship was present. Lots of squadrons, fair assortment of commanders (Sloane, Thrawn, Jerjerrod, at least one Ozzel, some Vader). Top Imperial list was @Ginkapo's Sloane+Phantoms+Gladiators+Squall build. Next was Vadar dual Cymoons. The dual Motti ISD lists that got top 2 last year were there, but didn't do quite as well.

Rebel lists were Rieekan. Rieekan with small ship swarms, Rieekan with bombers, Rieekan with big ships. Lots of Rieekan. Overall winner was a Rieekan swarm + bombers (I think; someone will have the full list somewhere). The one game he lost was also to a Rieekan Dodonna swarm+bombers list. Other than that there were a couple of Raddus lists (woo!), at least one Madine (CR90s + Liberty), one Ackbar (dual MC80s). I think most of the squadrons appeared - maybe not Lancers. No Assault Frigate MkIIs.

Bids varied quite a lot, not sure there were any meaningful patterns there.

Apparently Advanced Gunnery was in a lot of lists. Otherwise Most Wanted, Superior Positions, Fighter Ambush, Solar Corona. The boring ones.

Edited by Grumbleduke

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8 hours ago, Ginkapo said:

Rikki wins uk nationals for the second time

Congrats on getting runner up Gink and sorry you missed out on top spot. Was nice to meet you in person at last! Hopefully we'll get a game sometime soon :)

How did your final match pan out? 

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On 6/1/2019 at 3:44 PM, Grumbleduke said:

From what I saw, it was 17-23 Rebel-Imperial.

Imperial lists mostly had at least one Imperial Star Destroyer, but I didn't see many classic 2-ship lists (usually a Gozanti snuck in as well). A few dual ISD lists, but the others had all sorts of stuff supporting them. Every Imperial ship was present. Lots of squadrons, fair assortment of commanders (Sloane, Thrawn, Jerjerrod, at least one Ozzel, some Vader). Top Imperial list was @Ginkapo's Sloane+Phantoms+Gladiators+Squall build. Next was Vadar dual Cymoons. The dual Motti ISD lists that got top 2 last year were there, but didn't do quite as well.

Rebel lists were Rieekan. Rieekan with small ship swarms, Rieekan with bombers, Rieekan with big ships. Lots of Rieekan. Overall winner was a Rieekan swarm + bombers (I think; someone will have the full list somewhere). The one game he lost was also to a Rieekan Dodonna swarm+bombers list. Other than that there were a couple of Raddus lists (woo!), at least one Madine (CR90s + Liberty), one Ackbar (dual MC80s). I think most of the squadrons appeared - maybe not Lancers. No Assault Frigate MkIIs.

Bids varied quite a lot, not sure there were any meaningful patterns there.

Apparently Advanced Gunnery was in a lot of lists. Otherwise Most Wanted, Superior Positions, Fighter Ambush, Solar Corona. The boring ones.

You forgot my Dodonna 3 x Neb B, 3 x CR90 swarm list, but to be honest, I wish I had forgotten to choose it after 3 losses. Good fun, but never going to beat an ISD.

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There were a couple of Thrawn 2-ships (e.g. James I who came 12th) but generally Sloane out-performed Thrawn. I had a narrow win vs Sloane ISD+Quasar+Goz with 6 phantoms on table 2 and then @Ginkapo had a Sloane v Sloane final round vs Callum B's ISD+Demolisher list that won the Stirling regional a few months back.

Sam, last year's runner up, was doing well going into the final round and faced me on table 2. I managed to take out most of his squads early on and then his Kuat BT Avenger came in hot. I managed to grind through the 17 hull but screwed up a bit on turn 5 losing my CR90B flagship, a transport and nearly my Pelta too so only got a 7:4.

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13 hours ago, Zamalekite said:

There were a couple of Thrawn 2-ships (e.g. James I who came 12th) but generally Sloane out-performed Thrawn. I had a narrow win vs Sloane ISD+Quasar+Goz with 6 phantoms on table 2 and then @Ginkapo had a Sloane v Sloane final round vs Callum B's ISD+Demolisher list that won the Stirling regional a few months back.

Yeah, that was me (though it's "Calum" rather than "Callum" ;) ). That was quite a game, going into the last round I'd been saying "as long as it's not @Ginkapo or @Mad Cat with their Sloane Phantoms", and of course that's just what happened! 

31 minutes ago, NewGandhi said:

Not only the Dual Cymoons. I'd really like to see some of the top lists. Still can't fly a pelta, but it seems to do well with the right players ;)

Sure @Ginkapo and @RikkiP can help out with theirs, not sure if Andy (3rd) or Graeme (5th) are on the forums but I can get in touch with them and ask for lists. Believe Alastair (6th) is a friend of Andy's so could probably get that list too. 

My list (4th) was Sloane 2-Ship:

The Murder Manifesto 
Author: Akhrin

Faction: Galactic Empire
Points: 399/400  

Commander: Admiral Sloane

Assault Objective: Advanced Gunnery
Defense Objective: Hyperspace Assault
Navigation Objective: Superior Positions

[ flagship ] Imperial II-Class Star Destroyer (120 points)
-  Admiral Sloane  ( 24  points) 
 Avenger  ( 5  points) 
-  Governor Pryce  ( 7  points) 
-  Flight Controllers  ( 6  points) 
-  Expanded Hangar Bay  ( 5  points) 
-  Electronic Countermeasures  ( 7  points) 
-  XI7 Turbolasers  ( 6  points) 
-  Leading Shots  ( 4  points) 
= 184 total ship cost

Gladiator I-Class Star Destroyer (56 points)
 Demolisher  ( 10  points) 
-  Captain Brunson  ( 5  points) 
-  Ordnance Experts  ( 4  points) 
-  Engine Techs  ( 8  points) 
-  Assault Proton Torpedoes  ( 5  points) 
= 88 total ship cost

1 Saber Squadron ( 12 points) 
1 Mauler Mithel ( 15 points) 
1 Dengar ( 20 points) 
1 Maarek Stele ( 21 points) 
1 IG-88 ( 21 points) 
1 Soontir Fel ( 18 points) 
1 Colonel Jendon ( 20 points) 
= 127 total squadron cost

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Fleet created with Armada Warlords

 

And I've put all my Tweets (including all 4 of my games, plus a photo from the early stages of @RikkiP and @Ginkapo's matchup) into a Twitter moment at https://twitter.com/i/moments/1135456689438842880

Another awesome Nationals event! Was great seeing all sorts of familiar faces there. Shame the numbers weren't enough to get a 5th round (I know I'm in the minority, but I really like the gruelling 5-round Swiss on the one day!), but at least that left more time to explore Birmingham's pubs!

Main event was awesome, well run though suffered the usual joy of a slightly delayed start but apart from that a smooth operation. Side events the next day were a little more questionable as the prizes on hand were missing a bunch of stuff that had been shown on Facebook in the run up to the event. Though I did hear that some time late on Saturday they actually found some of the interesting prizes, but sadly we'd all left by then!

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I was counting on the grueling 5 rounds taking it's toll on the squad heavy players, sadly it was not to be. :D

My list for 3rd:

Faction: Imperial
Commander: Darth Vader

Assault: Most Wanted
Defense: Contested Outpost
Navigation: Solar Corona

ISD Cymoon 1 Refit (112)
• Darth Vader (36)
• Hondo Ohnaka (2)
• Entrapment Formation! (5)
• Gunnery Team (7)
• Spinal Armament (9)
• XI7 Turbolasers (6)
= 177 Points

ISD Cymoon 1 Refit (112)
• Strategic Adviser (4)
• Intensify Firepower! (6)
• Gunnery Team (7)
• Spinal Armament (9)
• XI7 Turbolasers (6)
= 144 Points

Gozanti Cruisers (23)
• Comms Net (2)
= 25 Points

Gozanti Cruisers (23)
• Comms Net (2)
= 25 Points

Squadrons:
• Valen Rudor (13)
• Mauler Mithel (15)
= 28 Points

Total Points: 399

 

Alistair ( @Zamalekite ) is on here, so I'm sure he'll post his in a bit. :)

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It was a great tournament and really enjoyed the games i got to play. @Ginkapo played a great game and really challenging. @Zamalekite thanks for teaching me the hard way about lifeboat deployment 😛

List bellow:

 

Nationals List 
Author: Rikki

Faction: Rebel Alliance
Points: 400/400  

Commander: General Rieekan

Assault Objective: Precision Strike
Defense Objective: Fighter Ambush
Navigation Objective: Superior Positions

 

[ flagship ] Hammerhead Torpedo Corvette (36 points)
-  General Rieekan  ( 30  points) 
= 66 total ship cost

 

GR-75 Medium Transports (18 points)
-  Toryn Farr  ( 7  points) 
-  Comms Net  ( 2  points) 
= 27 total ship cost

 

GR-75 Medium Transports (18 points)
-  Bomber Command Center  ( 8  points) 
= 26 total ship cost

 

Nebulon-B Escort Frigate (57 points)
 Yavaris  ( 5  points) 
-  Flight Commander  ( 3  points) 
-  Fighter Coordination Team  ( 3  points) 
= 68 total ship cost

 

Modified Pelta-class Command Ship (60 points)
 Phoenix Home  ( 3  points) 
-  Flight Commander  ( 3  points) 
-  Adar Tallon  ( 10  points) 
-  Fighter Coordination Team  ( 3  points) 
-  All Fighters, Follow Me!  ( 5  points) 
= 84 total ship cost

 

1 Gold Squadron ( 12 points) 
1 Scurrg H-6 Bomber ( 16 points) 
2 B-Wing Squadrons ( 28 points) 
1 Jan Ors ( 19 points) 
1 Hera Syndulla ( 28 points) 
2 YT-1300s ( 26 points) 
= 129 total squadron cost

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On 6/1/2019 at 3:44 PM, Grumbleduke said:

From what I saw, it was 17-23 Rebel-Imperial.

Imperial lists mostly had at least one Imperial Star Destroyer, but I didn't see many classic 2-ship lists (usually a Gozanti snuck in as well). A few dual ISD lists, but the others had all sorts of stuff supporting them. Every Imperial ship was present. Lots of squadrons, fair assortment of commanders (Sloane, Thrawn, Jerjerrod, at least one Ozzel, some Vader). Top Imperial list was @Ginkapo's Sloane+Phantoms+Gladiators+Squall build. Next was Vadar dual Cymoons. The dual Motti ISD lists that got top 2 last year were there, but didn't do quite as well.

Rebel lists were Rieekan. Rieekan with small ship swarms, Rieekan with bombers, Rieekan with big ships. Lots of Rieekan. Overall winner was a Rieekan swarm + bombers (I think; someone will have the full list somewhere). The one game he lost was also to a Rieekan Dodonna swarm+bombers list. Other than that there were a couple of Raddus lists (woo!), at least one Madine (CR90s + Liberty), one Ackbar (dual MC80s). I think most of the squadrons appeared - maybe not Lancers. No Assault Frigate MkIIs.

Bids varied quite a lot, not sure there were any meaningful patterns there.

Apparently Advanced Gunnery was in a lot of lists. Otherwise Most Wanted, Superior Positions, Fighter Ambush, Solar Corona. The boring ones.

I mean, I had an Imperial list with no ISD, just all small base ships and somehow snagged 14th, which was a nice boost after my abysmal run last year 😛 Edit: to Ben actually useful I'll see if I can grab Grame's fifth place list.

Edited by Touston

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2 hours ago, Akhrin said:

Yeah, that was me (though it's "Calum" rather than "Callum" ;) ). That was quite a game, going into the last round I'd been saying "as long as it's not @Ginkapo or @Mad Cat with their Sloane Phantoms", and of course that's just what happened! 

Oops - sorry I don't know where the extra 'l' came from. I'm usually very careful to spell names correctly as people often spell my name wrong. Like this for example ;):

Quote

Believe Alastair (6th) is a friend of Andy's so could probably get that list too. 

Here's my list:

Dadonna Kebab 2 
Author: Zamalekite

Faction: Rebel Alliance
Points: 399/400  

Commander: General Dodonna

Assault Objective: Precision Strike
Defense Objective: Jamming Barrier
Navigation Objective: Solar Corona

 

GR-75 Medium Transports (18 points)
-  Bomber Command Center  ( 8  points) 
= 26 total ship cost

 

GR-75 Medium Transports (18 points)
-  Toryn Farr  ( 7  points) 
-  Comms Net  ( 2  points) 
= 27 total ship cost

 

[ flagship ] CR90 Corvette B (39 points)
-  General Dodonna  ( 20  points) 
 Tantive IV  ( 3  points) 
-  Leia Organa  ( 3  points) 
= 65 total ship cost

 

Nebulon-B Escort Frigate (57 points)
 Yavaris  ( 5  points) 
-  Flight Commander  ( 3  points) 
= 65 total ship cost

 

Modified Pelta-class Command Ship (60 points)
-  Adar Tallon  ( 10  points) 
-  Fighter Coordination Team  ( 3  points) 
-  Boosted Comms  ( 4  points) 
-  All Fighters, Follow Me!  ( 5  points) 
= 82 total ship cost

 

1 Luke Skywalker ( 20 points) 
1 Gold Squadron ( 12 points) 
1 Corran Horn ( 22 points) 
2 VCX-100 Freighters ( 30 points) 
1 Dagger Squadron ( 15 points) 
1 Dutch Vander ( 16 points) 
1 Jan Ors ( 19 points) 

= 134 total squadron cost

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1 hour ago, RikkiP said:

It was a great tournament and really enjoyed the games i got to play. @Ginkapo played a great game and really challenging. @Zamalekite thanks for teaching me the hard way about lifeboat deployment 😛

Yes that was a little bit dirty 😁

I think the odds of facing you again in a future tournament are probably fairly high so I'll need to find another way to beat you as I doubt you'll let me do that to you again! Congrats on the win. How did it play out with you and @Ginkapo? I've only seen a couple of photos but looks like it was a pretty bloody game and not the cagey fight that you normally see in a cut.

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34 minutes ago, Touston said:

I mean, I had an Imperial list with no ISD, just all small base ships and somehow snagged 14th, which was a nice boost after my abysmal run last year 😛 Edit: to Ben actually useful I'll see if I can grab Grame's fifth place list.

I thought Andy R was 14th with ISD+Quasar Phantoms? Is that @Mad Cat?

It was nice to put some faces and real names to forum names! Especially as this was the first time I've played a tournament outside of my corner of London!

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6 minutes ago, Zamalekite said:

I thought Andy R was 14th with ISD+Quasar Phantoms? Is that @Mad Cat?

It was nice to put some faces and real names to forum names! Especially as this was the first time I've played a tournament outside of my corner of London!

It is Mad Cat. He placed above me at 13th, something we had no end of jokes about in the car ride home.

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4 minutes ago, Zamalekite said:

I thought Andy R was 14th with ISD+Quasar Phantoms?

That may have been before the re-order. 13-14 and 23-24 were messed up originally because someone got their scores the wrong way around on the results slip.

I have Graeme's 5th place list (other than objectives) - not really sure how it worked as our game was a bit odd.

Hammerhead Torpedo Corvette (36)
• General Rieekan (30)
= 66 Points

MC75 Armored Cruiser (104)
• General Draven (3)
• Ordnance Experts (4)
• Hardend Bulkheads (5)
• Early Warning System (7)
• Ordnance Pods (3)
• Heavy Ion Emplacements (9)
• Quad Battery Turrets (5)
= 140 Points

GR-75 Medium Transports (18)
• Toryn Farr (7)
• Bright Hope (2)
= 27 Points

GR-75 Medium Transports (18)
• Adar Tallon (10)
• Bomber Command Center (8)
= 36 Points

Squadrons:
• Dash Rendar (24)
• Dutch Vander (16)
• Hera Syndulla (28)
• Ketsu Onyo (22)
• Ten Numb (19)
• Wedge Antilles (19)
= 128 Points

Total Points: 397

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12 minutes ago, Grumbleduke said:

That may have been before the re-order. 13-14 and 23-24 were messed up originally because someone got their scores the wrong way around on the results slip.

And yeah that was me. I blame it been my 22nd consecutive hour awake.

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