Episode 55 - A Trinity Of (Imperial) War(fare)

June 19, 2018

THAT'S RIGHT CLAUSEWITZ, I STOLE YOUR LINE AND I DON'T EVEN CARE. IT'S A STRATEGY EPISODE.

In this episode, I am joined by Ben Varnum to discuss core concepts of risk in IA and how it applies to three major principles of IA: activation economy, pace, and value. It is an awesome episode. Ben is a genius and it shows.

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Episode 54 - Swamp Jamboree!

June 11, 2018

NAL HUTTA MAP BREAKDOWN!

Here's a link to the (very edited) map:

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In this episode, Scott, JK, and I gather round the lantern--surrounded by the luminous soft glow of fireflies--to talk about everyone's favorite swamp. No, not the great bayou of Louisianna, but instead Nal Hutta--the home of the Hutts!

We break down the two missions from the perspective of the three different factions. We talk about line-of-sight tricks, deployment, positioning, and pacing your games. We focus on how each faction should expect to count to 40 points on each mission from kills and objectives.

Thanks again to Anthony Reynders for saving Episode 52. He shall be blessed with many blessings.

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Episode 052 - The Brains, They Are A Breakin’ (Again)

June 10, 2018

(FIXED THANKS TO ANTHONY REYNDERS, TO WHOM I OWE A LIFE DEBT. Podbean had some hiccups with the last two episodes. This is the fixed version of Episode 52, with Lucas Davidson.)

STRATEGY!

Take your brain medicine again, friends, because Lucas Davidson is about to break open your minds and spill in the sweet dew of his knowledge.

In this episode, Lucas discusses three core concepts of Imperial Assault: Material, Positioning, and Pace. I have wanted Lucas to come on for a long time to talk about how he wins so many ding dang games, and he absolutely does not disappoint. He uses these concepts to illustrate how to thing about trades, pressure, and counting to 40. It really is so awesome.

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Episode 053 (FIXED!) Still No Dew On the Fleece

June 8, 2018

(Sorry about the hiccup earlier, everyone, apparently Podbean has a mind of its own.)

STRATEGY AND ANALYSIS!

In this episode, Matt Richards and I discuss the Rebel Care Package (Gideon and C-3PO), the effect that the RCP has on the meta, and if we think FFG is ever going to do something about Gideon bringing the sweet sweet focus to Scum. Alas, it looks like we remain unready for redemption--at least for the foreseeable future.

We also discuss the strategy of focus, how you should think about where your focus goes, and ways to work around the focus.

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Episode 051 - The Once and Future King

May 25, 2018

WORLDS REPORT!

Isaac Borno, from the United Kingdom, was kind enough to offer a battle report from his recent Worlds showing. Isaac has placed well at large tournaments in Europe (winning a regional and placing top 8 at Nationals and another regional) and is part of the Han Ranger wave that seemed to take the UK (and US) by storm. I fully anticipate him to dominate Euros in a few weeks and to take Worlds by storm next year.

Isaac was running Han Rangers with THREE rSmugglers. I know. It's a bit insane. Listen to him tell the tale of his first Worlds showing!

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Episode 050 - FIFTY!

May 21, 2018

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers! 

I absolutely cannot believe it. We made it to fifty episodes. FIFTY. EPISODES. That is just insane. 

In this episode, JK and I talk about what we love about IA, what our strengths and weaknesses are and where we'd like to improve, and where we think IA is going to be in two years. We run the gambit, but I think that everyone will enjoy our running.

Thank you all so much for your support. It means the world to me and there is no way the podcast would have made it this far without the amazing community response. I FREAKING LOVE YOU ALL.

HERE'S TO FIFTY (MILLION) MORE!

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Episode 049 - Our Leader Is Here. And He Is Mad.

May 21, 2018

WORLDS REPORT!

In this episode, Joey Galeziewski drops us a line from PHX, the hottest state capitol in the ENTIRE United States. Unsurprisingly, the heat has made him a little mad ... MAD WITH LOVE FOR IMPERIAL ASSAULT! Because Joey is a dedicated Empire player, he took the Worlds most feared leaders to Worlds, and acquitted himself admirably.

Joey took Vader, Palp, x2 eRiots, and an Officer to Worlds. He went 5-2, barely missing the cut. He goes into some serious depth on how to maximize the strength of a list without ANY meaningful ranged shots (except against Greedo that is).

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Episode 048 - Learning Wisdom From His Foes

May 16, 2018

WORLDS REPORT!

Ben Varnum, who previously appeared on Zion's Finest in order to provide an AMAZING comparison of IA to Chess, is back to provide a Worlds report! Ben, who was running Han Rangers with some spy flavor, made top 32 in his first Worlds showing and THIRD organized play tournament.

Ben talks about his Worlds experience and how he approached solving the particular problems that were posed by running into an endless series of non-Vader lists. He then talks about what he wants to work on while we wait for Tyrants of Lothal. Ben talks a lot about how he approaches matches in terms of trying to force sub-optimal decisions on his opponents; it is awesome to consider and really helped sharpen my thoughts on trying to get opponents to squander resources in order to obtain material advtange.

For reasons passing my comprehension, there is a little bit of feedback on Ben's audio at points, but I was able to work it down so that you can continue to bask in the glory of his intelligence without too much distraction.

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Episode 047 - An American In Paris

May 12, 2018

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."

WORLDS REPORT!

The whimsical piece you hear as the episode begins comes from Gershwin, who wrote An American In Paris as an expression of thanks to his Parisian hosts in the 1920s. Paris in the time between the world wars was awash with expatriates, including Earnest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and William Yeats. Gershwin was also there for a short time, and An American In Paris does an incredible job of capturing the visceral nature of a foreigner's stay in Paris. 

Well, I got someone even better than those chumps to come on the podcast! That's right! Greg Monson is better than them all!

In this episode, Greg gives a report of his incredible showing at Worlds. Greg is officially the best Han Ranger player in the world, and his talent was very much on display at the IA World Championship. Listen in as he describes his harrowing 6-1 journey through swiss and progression through the cut wherein he played an epic final against Daniel Taylor.

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Episode 046 - He Made His Own Luck!!!

May 12, 2018

WORLDS REPORT!

In this episode, Jonathan Gervais describes what has to be a world record: the newest player to make top 32 (no. 17!!!!) in the history of the WORLDS!

Jonathan started playing IA last December and, spoiler alert, he's freaking amazing. He was running Brett Kelly's Han Rangers, and he describes his matchups vs. some of the biggest and brightest names in the IA community.

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