Monday, July 23, 2012

NaBBLe becomes HoBBLe (league season 2)


This past weekend was the playoffs of a local leagues second season.  The league has been renamed from NaBBLe to HoBBLe to be a little fluffier with it's location (Toronto ie. Hogtown).  You may remember that I walked away as champion of season 1 with my dark elf team the Karond Kar Raiders - and due to that they spent a season touring the olde worlde.  I brought a slann team for season 2 (my jawbreakers aka the googlies)

It was a pretty rough season!  The commish came up with the idea of playing a game vs. "the piggies" who were a bunch of halfings in order to build up some SPP.  Unfortunately for me, since slann don't have any piece that starts with block - I could only take them down on POWs or have to take a chance on having my own armour broken.  Dave played the piggies vs. me and he CAS'd all 3 of my catchers, including killing one outright!!  My first few games I basically took insane beatdowns including one game where I was on the receiving end of 7 CAS.

For all that though, I still managed to do really well with them.  I finished the league in 5th place - 2 points out of contention for the playoffs, which considering I was consistently;
a) having to replace dead/injured players (6 deaths, 2 MV busts, 2 MNG)
b) playing with a minimum of 1 journeyman every game
c) having between 300-650!! worth of inducements each game
I felt pretty good about my final record of 5W/1D/4L which is better than .500 - I'm not sure what the tiebreaker was between myself and Nicco - it could have been TD's scored (not diff, he beat me there) or it could have been head to head as I won our game.

So on Sunday we got together for the playoffs and anyone not playing in the playoffs got a "grudge match".  With identical records Nicco and I matched up again and while the game was close in terms of scoring (might've been different if his zombie didn't intercept a pass!!) he tore my team up pretty bad, killing outright my AG5/Guard blitzer as well as my ST4/mighty blow linefrog. Taking the grudge match into account I came out at exactly .500 which is still pretty impressive.

Originally I had planned to bring a new team next season as a number of people were planning to start new teams - however instead of just 1 game vs. the piggies - the plan is to have a small 1 day 3 game tournament to build up SPP for your team.  Unfortunately for me, it's scheduled for the day after my wedding so if I want to live to see season 3 I'm sure I will be missing it.  That gives me two options, 1) bring back the dark elves or 2) continue with the slann.  At first I thought nearly everyone was bringing a new team and that would make it pretty douchey to bring a tooled up team back, but now it seems that at least 4-5 coaches might bring their same teams from season 2 back so we'll play it by ear!

5 comments:

Sharp said...

Just FYI: The League is set up with the following Ranking system: Points, most GF, least GA.

Tristan M said...

Cool, thx Mike

Axtklinge said...

That logo is super cool!
:D

Paul of the Man Cave said...

Domestically safe gaming is essential in all things. I'm sure the missus will make it up to you anyway :-)

That is a great record with a new Slann team and nothing to be sneezed at. Worth a second season to pick up on that initial development - you are over the hard part at low TV now

Tristan M said...

I dunno about continuing. The other new season 2 teams already have 300+ TV over me. New season 3 teams will get 3 games in a tournament + a 1/2 game vs. the piggies to build up. I could see my slann having the lowest TV of any team in season 3 pretty easily.

I think I made some big mistakes in my initial roster selection. Taking a Kroxigor early was stupid and I thought 3 rerolls would be enough to start but I always had to buy players so never had $$ for a 4th. I will take a very different starting roster next time I start the slann.

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