Friday, December 25, 2015

Armada: Holiday Vassal tournament results!

The results are in!

Well, I didn't end up winning the thing, that honor goes out to my man Truthiness and his Rebel B-Wing list.  I'm waiting for a more comphrensive breakdown from a few of the forumers that wanted to do it, but overall, the entire top 4 was made out of Rebel fleets.  Here's what the top 4 looks like out of 28 participants.

Truthiness, 27 tournament points, 929 MoV (3-0)
HERO, 25 points, 695 MoV (3-0)
JJs Juggernaut, 24 points, 715 (2-1)
Gowtah, 24 points, 534 (3-0)

These were the winning lists:


MC80 Command Cruiser
-Adar Tallon
-Boosted Comms

Nebulon-B Escort Frigate

Nebulon-B Support Frigate

-4x B-Wings

A very squadron-heavy build with Independence to fling B-Wings into position, Wedge/Dutch to do the damage, and Jan to keep everything alive.  Garm gives extra tokens for activations on big turns while Yavaris and Adar allows extra attacks on the squadrons.  Since this list relies heavily on activations, you see a monstrous 390 bid to go first.

Points: 391/400

[ flagship ] MC80 Command Cruiser (106 points)
-  Admiral Ackbar  ( 38  points)
-  Home One  ( 7  points)
-  Intel Officer  ( 7  points)
-  Engine Techs  ( 8  points)
-  Electronic Countermeasures  ( 7  points)
-  XI7 Turbolasers  ( 6  points)
-  Leading Shots  ( 4  points)

Assault Frigate Mark II B (72 points)
-  Intel Officer  ( 7  points)
-  Gunnery Team  ( 7  points)
-  Electronic Countermeasures  ( 7  points)
-  XI7 Turbolasers  ( 6  points)

CR90 Corvette A (44 points)
-  Jaina's Light  ( 2  points)
-  Turbolaser Reroute Circuits  ( 7  points)

1 Dash Rendar ( 24 points)
2 YT-2400 (32 points)

I went with self-efficient squadrons in the form of the YTs and took a MC80 Battleship variant with Ackbar, MKII and TRC90.  I also went with a higher bid because I needed the BB to keep shooting well, shoot heavy with a lot of control, and be able to move into optimal firing positions so I can keep doing it.  This list has seen a lot of revision over the last couple of weeks.

JJs Juggernaught

1 • CR90a Corellian Corvette - Turbolaser Reroute Circuits (51)
2 • CR90a Corellian Corvette - Turbolaser Reroute Circuits (51)
3 • CR90a Corellian Corvette - Turbolaser Reroute Circuits (51)
4 • MC30c Scout Frigate - Lando Calrissian - Ordnance Experts - Assault Proton Torpedoes - Turbolaser Reroute Circuits - Foresight (97)
5 • Nebulon-B Escort Frigate - Mon Mothma - Salvation (94)
6 • A-wing Squadron (11)
7 • A-wing Squadron (11)
8 • Dash Rendar Outrider (24)

Another Rebel list here with an extremely high bid, but this list is basically the death by a thousand paper cuts that favor maneuverability and evasion.  Mon Mothma leads the charge here and the pumped out MC30c is expected to do a lot of heavy lifting and removal of bigger threats like the ISD.  I've played against this list before and its really scary.  It doesn't throw out a lot of dice, but there's a lot of guarantees via TRCs and speed to keep the kiting game going.


1 • CR90a Corellian Corvette - Turbolaser Reroute Circuits - Jaina's Light (53)
2 • Assault Frigate Mark II B - Electronic Countermeasures (79)
3 • MC80 Command Cruiser - Admiral Ackbar - Electronic Countermeasures - Home One (158)
4 • MC30c Scout Frigate - Turbolaser Reroute Circuits (76)
5 • A-wing Squadron (11)
6 • A-wing Squadron (11)
7 • A-wing Squadron (11)

This list epitomizes the mixed arms approach to Rebels with very light air cover.  The virtual no bid makes playing a list like this very unique.  It's just a nicely balanced lists with only the most crucial upgrades for the most part, and you're just looking at doing enough damage to shields so you can start peeling through hull.  Ackbar really allows a list like this to push in damage from afar, and once it gets closed the threat level increases with the MC30c and MC80.


Captain ICT reports:
As far as currently in Round 3.

R3 so far, Dodonna 1-0, Ackbar 4-1, Ozzel 1-1, Garm 1-1, Screed 0-1, Motti 0-1, Vader 0-1 (Reset not done then, yet)

Overall: Yes, Hero was correct: Vader falls from his 100%, he's still tied for the top commander, with General Dodonna who does another 100% this round to put him at 67%, both 2-1, where they will stay. Followed by Ackbar, then Garm. (61 and 57%) Ozzel remains at 50% while Screed, Mothma and Motti have all dropped games, and down to 43%, 29% and 44%.

R3 Squadron wise, All Squads are at 1-1, Heavy Squads at 1-1, Medium at 4-2, and Light at 1-3 (All ships haven't played yet, but should in a few minutes)

Overall: Squad Light is dropping a bit down to 59% winning, while Medium Squads have matched All Squads at 50%. Heavy squads are at 52%, and the no squads remain at 25%

Ship wise: In contrast to Round 2, Raiders are getting stomped... Badly! All 6 raiders so far have been on a losing side.  Others not doing well are the VSD1 (though that's only 1 so far) ISD2s at 25%, CR90(A)s at 29%, and Glads at 33%. Doing well are the MC30s with an 83% win rate so far, and the MC80s at 75%, followed by the Nebulon-Bs and AFM2s at 67%. Imperials appear to be getting stomped so far.

As of now: Best ship is the MC80 at 65%, followed by the Neb-B at 57% and Glad at 54%. Worst ship is the VSD at 27%. (Though there are a number of VSDs still waiting on R3.) Everything else is between 42% and 48%. (In increments of 2% CR90, AFM2, MC30/Raider, ISD)

Indeed, Rebels are stomping Imperials hard (and a few fellow rebels) in Round 3. The only Imperial victory has come in an Imperial on Imperial match. Rebels: 6-3 vs Imperials 1-4. Overall that brings us to a slight Rebel lead: 19-17 to 15-15

Rekkon vs Dab Darklighter is on Vassal now. Go watch the clash of styles, small fast ships and fighters, vs the might of the Empire's ships in a game of superior positions!


Overall, a very fun and solid tournament with a lot of different playstyles.  There was only one Fireball list and that person wasn't able to play the full amount of games.  I'm really curious on how this entire tournament would have been different if there was more Fireballs in the meta.  As you can see here, there's only one list that has a seriously strong squadron presence.

In case you guys didn't catch it, my games can be found here:
Game 1 vs. clontroper5
Game 2 vs. audere1882
Game 3 vs. Qark

The next one is supposed to be sometime early next year, so I can't wait to see how the meta evolves by then.  I think for sure we'll see more squadrons for sure.

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