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Moocon 4 vs Dominion Day 5

We look today at the shape of the Irish tournament scene at the 1000 point level. A recent development, it is heavily comped with most tournaments using the Highlander format. On a technical note, while only battle points are used for the D-Day tournament, it was not possible to strip out those details for Moocon.

We’ve got two largely distinct populations of players here, the first is Munster-based and the second is Ulster-based. Barring some travelling Leinster players, there is little overlap. Hopefully, the upcoming K-Con will provide similar data for the Leinster scene. It is interesting to see that random chat with my local gamers as to the army breakdown of the Ulster scene was unerringly accurate while similar chatter on the Munster scene proved only half-right.

Bear in mind as you read, that no judgements are being made (anymore) as to the strength of individual books. When we mention Necrons doing well, think of it as meaning Necron lists as they are currently being played. The player is always a factor but the exercise is still useful in highlighting the relative standing of each faction.

Now, on to the pictures.

Welcome to Cark. Reports from the front suggested that this was a Grey Knight-heavy tournament but the actual figures show that, while popular, their presence was lower than at previous tournaments. In fact, we see the widest range of codexes in any tournament since we started keeping careful tabs. With fourteen distinct army types, almost all factions are represented and the tournament is the most overtly diverse that this series has covered to date. That would be a good thing.
Five armies perform strongly at Moocon and they are a mix of old and new. The most modern books; Grey Knights, Dark Eldar and Necrons all do well. But a quick glance at the names involved will suggest that player skill is a factor. Amongst older armies, Tau and Chaos prove to be effective. The remainder must make do with less than their share. At a glance, Space Wolves, Blood Angels, Eldar, Space Marines, Imperial Guard and Tyranids are down.
The Dark Eldar do very well again. In Ireland, this is clearly a great codex being played by great players. The codex itself has a great of variety within it which suits it to the Highlander format. We see the similar Grey Knights and Necrons codexes do well. And we also see a strong showing by the Tau and Chaos, both of which had been theory-hammered as having great potential within this format. The Eldar have an unhappy time of it and Space Wolves appear to have suffered something of a brain drain as top ranking players abandon the codex.
Dominion Day
Once more, Grey Knights are amongst the most popular choices but the Northern scene appears to be the true home of the 3+ save. Loyalist marines make up 61% of the army lists. The Orks also appear to breeding in the region with another strong showing. Aside from those features, we also have a decent mix of armies with eleven distinct codexes being played on the day.
After some shaky recent performances, Grey Knights do well again, suggesting they like the format. They are joined by Necrons, Orks, Space Wolves and Sisters of Battle. The biggest losers are the Space Marines, Eldar and Imperial Guard. But for actual averages, we turn to the big orange graph.
The Eldar come in solidly last, which is identical to the Moocon results. Space Marines also do poorly, as was the case in every tournament covered thus far. The high scoring Sisters of Battle are interesting, their first appearance at the level is strong but as it’s based on the score of a single player, it shouldn’t be considered a trend. We see that Space Wolves appear to be stronger in the Northern scene and Guard equally…. average in both areas.
In the next couple of weeks, we might break out a full review of the 2011 season focusing solely on the highest ranking lists to see whose year it really was.

Assault on Arkham: Autumn Stats

Thanks are due to Jonny for passing on the information required to compose this little essay. Sharing is caring. We have a Northern tournament under the spotlight today and I was quite curious to see if there would be any major shifts in army choice or results. The latest Assault on Arkham event was a 5 round, 1750 point, ETC 2011 style tournament with largely Northern players and a small Dublin detachment. With only game balance in mind, I disregarded all but battle points and I believe we now have a passable initial overview of the Northern tournament scene.

There is a strong similarity to Gaelcon and Dominicon in some of the army percentages. We see that the Grey Knights have taken a dominant position again. Space Wolves and other Marine codexes are present in the normal amounts. The Blood Angels codex seems marginally more popular than elsewhere. The main surprise is the presence of Orks, these have been rarer in the Dublin-area tournaments.

So although differences can be highlighted, the overall picture suggests that there is only very slight variation in army preferences in the region.

We see the Grey Knights under-perform again, despite their abundance, results have been patchy. This either represents people playing softer lists, less experienced players or a less clement meta-game in the icy wastes up North. Which it might be isn’t immediately apparent. The Space Wolves also take slightly less than their expected share. Since we’ve started making these charts, the Dark Eldar have been the most consistent performers and we see it again in Arkham Assault. Their efforts are only overshadowed by an exceptional performance by the Ork codex. The greenskins take more than their due.

Undoubtedly, strong players are responsible but it is possible that there is more to the phenomena.

The Orks return with a bang with an average score of 71. That actually stands as the highest average for any codex in the three tournaments examined so far. With Jan’s triumphs earlier in the season providing the backdrop, the glory days of the Ork roll on. Surprising, as internet wisdom would claim that the codex is sub-par. It’s possible that the Irish focus on eliminating medium and light mech has limited the amount of anti-infantry fire these lists face.

The second and third strongest codexes were Dark Eldar and Imperial Guard, running only slightly ahead of the Dark Angels book. But that’s not important. What really matters is the following message.
Dear Space Marine players,

Please stop hurting yourself.

Dodgy Statistics

The R0ot of All Evil Vol. 6 (Assault on Arkham)

* Middle of nowhere is a term I don’t coin too often but damn this place is the sticks of the sticks *

Sigh the north, again?! I don’t like getting kneecapped at the best of times but to be forced into the back end of the North and have to risk my taig self in amongst these occupiers is a down right travesty!

Enough with the travel arrangements and time complaining I say and onto the true pain of this tournament, not enough players! 14 players does not a tournament make. Make this a two day for the love of god as that would have justified the time taken to play in the tournament it all passed way to quickly for my liking.

Snacks lads come on easy to sort, a couple of buns or something similar and you have content happy gamers all day and put the stuff where it can be seen not just by the regulars to the venue that know every corner of the place.

Hahaha you say this review is weak sauce, well **** you buddy you’re not my pal!

* Not much complaints above and here’s some awe inspiring Halo footage because I am currently addicted to the game*

Without further griping thank you all for this tournament it was a very fun day with very few things I noticed that would need to be improved. As always I hold everyone up to the pedestal that is Dominion Day cakes and buns that they provide and I will continue to do this so that’s pretty much the main loss of points (2) from the overall with the other point down to size of the event. A one day that is 20 people is not as appealing to people as I would like and due to a few pull outs this results in an even lower total points score able which is something I don’t like to see.

Anyway this was still immensely fun which was the purpose of my attendance at this event (besides the blog) and myself and John Stowe furthered the crusades goals by brining out some not so usual builds of Black Templar armies. (more on this can be viewed at : http://w-ired.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1075 )

The tables/terrain were perfect and if I could go back and deduct a point from Dominion day for the tables I would because these tables you had were by far the best I’ve seen in my gaming experience. Your venue is also top notch even though it is a shop the comfort and feel of the place is something I don’t think you can replicate at other larger events so this was a major plus against the low attendance.

Perfectly organized games quick to get the scores done and the soft scoring prizes at the end for painting and sportsmanship was well placed in the last game as it didn’t interfere with the overall day of gaming. Tea and coffee was provided however it wasn’t pointed out so lost a point for that (I’m nit picking here). The prizes were just phenomenal and would welcome the same at other tournaments.

The opponents for the day, although I did play 2 club members, were all great and thank you to Alec, Gary and Barra (:hate:) for the great games. Finally the value of the event was great for £15 I can highly recommend this for anyone thinking of Assault on Arkham II (may not be the actual name).

On to the scoring!

Opponents 5/5
Venue 5/5
Food 3/5
Rules Pack 5/5
Terrain/Tables 5/5
Organization 5/5
Prizes 5/5
Value for Money 5/5

Overall 19/20

So that’s a total score of 57/60, great job lads keeping up the northern standard a few things that could be addressed but there may be constraints due to the premises/location.

Next Up: Nothing for over a month now so taking a much needed break, I need to write a battle report for a previous game and will be trying to get a few others posted too but Warpcon is after that!

P.S. Next Crusade coming to a tournament near you!

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