Episode 080 - Gettings Reps to Prep for Regional

December 15, 2018

BATTLE REPORTS(S) AND STRATEGY DISCUSSION!

We held our regionals prep tournament today at our local store in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ten players showed up, two of whom were running Spectre, and we had four rounds of swiss. It was a great tournament.

I was able to talk with some of the participants in the tournament. Listeners will recognize Scott, Sam Sweeten, and Robert, and I led off with a discussion with Josh Weight on his Jedi list that he built to take on Spectre. Scott was running VPT, Sam was running Spectre, and Robert was running Scum Pointers. Each of our discussions in couched in the context of matchups; for example, Scott talks about why he thinks that he needs to start running Spectre over Vader.

Thank you all and Happy Holidays!

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Episode 079 - Savoy Takes France!

December 5, 2018

FRENCH NATIONALS REPORT!

Alfonso is the French Nationals Champion! And what a champion! Alfonso joined me on the podcast to give a summary of his rise to the top of a very competitive field with Han Rangers. He gives great breakdowns of his matches, as well as turning points and tips for study and discussion. He's a genius and it shows.

Check the Regionals schedule! Join the Slack! Register for events! Have many happy holy days! Pray for world peace! In that order! (Unless you've already done them, then skip onto the next!)

Thank you all!

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Episode 078 - We Dadgum Made It For A Year (Shoot Son)

November 29, 2018

Our days have passed as if it were a dream. Somehow we find ourselves having made it to a full year. I can't believe it. In this episode, JK and I discuss the top eight lists from French Nationals (and I'll have Alfonso, the French Nationals champion, on next week to give a report). We give some general thoughts on the meta, but try to keep it focused on current competitive play.

Thank you all for your support. I honestly can't believe we made a year. You are all incredible.

If you're not on the Slack, well, I don't know what to tell you.

God bless you all, and good luck to those of you who are starting Regionals this weekend.

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Episode 077 - Thankful For …

November 22, 2018

STRATEGY DISCUSSION.

We have been grinding in our local community and on Vassal to get Spectre figured out. On this night, JK and I played three games back to back to back on Lothal. The first was Fluctuations, the second and third were Blitz. The first match was non-specter (Ahsoka Rangers vs. Vader), but we quickly got down to brass tacks and ground out some games with JK playing Spectre on Blitz.

We share our thoughts on what Spectre players and their opponents need to think about on Lothal, particularly regarding early game positioning and what Rebels can do in order to gain an advantage vs. Spectre Cell.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for listening!

Join us on the Slack Channel by sending an email to zionsfinestia@gmail.com!

Tweet out to @FFGOP (https://twitter.com/FFGOP) and tell them we need more Worlds space!

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Episode 076 - Home Court Advantage

November 12, 2018

STRATEGY DISCUSSION.

Scott and I played back-to-back games on Lothal Wastes (Fluctuations). Scott threw VPT vs. Spectre in game one and I took the Box into action vs. Spectre in game two. Spectre won both games. Scott gives his initial impressions of the map (I have played it several times previously), and we talk about general strategies both for and against Spectre players.

Let me know if you get word about a regional!

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Episode 075 - Carolina Done Swarmed A Bit More

October 27, 2018

PART TWO!

In this second part of our two-part series with Ryan Janway, he gives a report on how he did at Nationals (amazing) and what his thoughts are for the current meta. Ryan is the best and you are going to really enjoy his insights.

Here is the OP Google Doc. The Regionals are listed one tab to the right.

Join the Slack so you can get in on Wave 3 of our Vassal League. We are going to be starting soon. Send and email to zionsfinestia@gmail.com.

Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/zionsfinest!

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Episode 074 - Carolina Done Swarmed It Up

October 26, 2018

TOURNAMENT PREP AND LISTBUILDING!

In this episode, which is the first of a two-part series with Ryan Janway, Ryan discusses the process that led to the creation of the "Carolina Swarm," an unholy monstrosity of armor and stun batons that wrecked many a dream at US Nationals.

Seriously. Ryan ran a list with two sets of eRiots, four sets of rRiots, and two sets of rOfficers. With reinforcements, this list is clocking in at around eighty-five hit points, AND THAT DOESN'T EVEN INCLUDE THE DING DANG ARMOR TOKENS. Seriously, who came up with this list?

You're going to really enjoy this, and as soon as it's over, hop on over to Episode 075 to hear how he did at Nationals.

Here is the OP Google Doc. The Regionals are listed one tab to the right.

Join the Slack so you can get in on Wave 3 of our Vassal League. We are going to be starting soon. Send and email to zionsfinestia@gmail.com.

Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/zionsfinest!

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Episode 073 - Spooky Spectre’s Gonna Getcha

October 24, 2018

STRATEGY DISCUSSION.

I this episode, I am joined by Robert and Aaron to talk about Spectre Cell. We have been trying to play it pretty frequently in our testing and I wanted to get the brothers on to share their particular musings regarding the meta and how to crack Spectre.

Watch Brett's awesome game here. He edited a two hour, very competitive game to 25 minutes and it is amazing.

Here is the OP Google Doc. The Regionals are listed one tab to the right.

Join the Slack so you can get in on Wave 3 of our Vassal League. We are going to be starting soon. Send and email to zionsfinestia@gmail.com.

Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/zionsfinest and let me know your thoughts on the Force Vision token!

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Episode 072 - A Roman Holiday In Bologna

October 7, 2018

ITALIAN NATIONALS!

ALL RIGHT FINE I KNOW THAT THERE IS NO RECORD OF GREGORY PECK AND AUDREY HEPBURN GOING TO BOLOGNA FOR ZANY ADVENTURES, BUT THAT IS THE BEST I COULD DO ON SHORT NOTICE.

Fun fact, the University of Bologna is the oldest continually operating university in the western hemisphere. It was founded in 1088, which also coincidentally was the last time that we received news from FFG regarding our beloved game. KIDDING YA NERDS.

In this episode, Greg gives a report on his runner-up placement at Italian Nationals. Greg was running Spectre and is able to give an excellent bead on the lists strengths--which are many--and weaknesses--which are currently few and far between, though Greg is confident that it can get figured out.

We will be finishing Wave One of our Slack Vassal League shortly. Wave Two just started. Please join us on the Slack channel so you can get in on Wave Three! It has been a ton of fun and a great way to get games in as we prep for regionals. Send an email to zionsfinestia@gmail.com.

Support us on Patreon! Go to patreon.com/zionsfinest

Thank you for listening!

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Episode 071 - He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

October 7, 2018

ITALIAN NATIONALS!

Step aside, Gaius Julius, there's a new Italian on the scene with an appetite for conquest and a brilliant tactical acumen. His name is Emanuele Lucisano, and he is amazing.

In this episode, Emanuele gives a report on how he piloted Vader to the top of the Italian National Championship, defeating THREE Spectre Cells on his ascent. After talking about his strategy during the tournament, Emanuele gives a broader perspective on the current meta and some thoughts on solving Spectre.

Read Emanuele's report: https://community.fantasyflightgames.com/topic/283457-italian-nationals-report/?tab=comments#comment-3483223

We will be finishing Wave One of our Slack Vassal League shortly. Wave Two just started. Please join us on the Slack channel so you can get in on Wave Three! It has been a ton of fun and a great way to get games in as we prep for regionals. Send an email to zionsfinestia@gmail.com.

Support us on Patreon! Go to patreon.com/zionsfinest

Thank you for listening!

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