Episode 018 - Battle Reporting from THE CENTER of the FFG Universe!

February 20, 2018

Eric from Twin Troopers Podcast--the best North American IA podcast (I'm watching out for you, Boardwars.eu--graces Zion's Finest with an epic summary of his run at the Minnesota Regionals. That's right; the place where all the magic happens (or would happen if FFG would give us some news. COME ON FFG).

Eric ran a remix of the new Imperial Trooper swarm that is doing so well, and (spoiler alert) did an incredible job at the tournament. We occasionally wander off into forays about podcasting and the state of the meta, but otherwise Eric just hones his craft of match summarizing and keeps us riveted with his tails of fortune and glory.

Please leave us a five star review on iTunes! Join us on the Slack channel by sending an invite to zionsfinestia@gmail.com!

PLAY VASSAL! It is an amazing way to get reps in. Download here: http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Star_Wars:_Imperial_Assault

Then watch Zack's awesome tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp-vqEH-6Z8

Then find some games on our Slack channel or on the Boardwars.eu Discord channel here: http://boardwars.eu/ (look to the right for the Discord link).

SEE?! SUPER EASY.

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Episode 017 - Paul. Heaver.

February 13, 2018

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Did I ... did I just talk ... to Paul Heaver? YOU'RE DANG STRAIGHT I DID. Paul is a major player in the FFG competitive game scene. He was a three-peat winner of X-Wing Worlds and has been the runner-up in IA several times. He is brilliant, yet gracious. Paul accepted our invitation to come on the podcast to talk about his take on the state of the meta.

Paul discusses his ideas for list-building, specifically, how to think about approaching the major figures in the current meta. He discusses why he thinks certain things (eSentries) are good, why Han is overrated (I know! I was in shock too!) and why Jedi Luke is better, why Ahsoka costs too much ('tis true!), and what he wants to tinker with in the future.

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Episode 016 - A Holy Triumvirate!

February 11, 2018

I know what you're thinking. No, this episode doesn't feature Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus plotting the downfall of the Roman Republic. IT'S EVEN BETTER!

In this episode, JK, Steven, and Kenny each discuss a deployment card. They are eSentries (JK), Clawdites (Steven), and Ahsoka (Kenny, duh). They discuss the strengths of the unit(s), their weaknesses, and good command card and listbuilding combinations.

We're going to do more episodes like this in order to highlight figures that are good--but not OP--in the hopes of helping new and experienced players shake up their local metas.

TOLD YOU THAT I WAS BETTER THAN CAESAR.

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Check out Brett Kelly's Twitch, it is amazing: https://www.twitch.tv/brettpkelly

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Episode 015 - The Twin Sieber Shadows Battle Over Reporting On Regionals!

February 4, 2018

They're not actually twins! But the Sieber brothers (Todd and Shane) occasionally demonstrate an eery ability to read the minds of each other and their opponents--thus ensuring their victory!

In this episode, Todd and Shane Sieber share their regionals reports from the Utah Regional. Both player did well. Shane was running an IG Hunter list; Todd was running an AT-DP Palp list. Todd made the cut but had to take off early.

They talk about their matchups, the strengths and weaknesses of their lists, where they think the meta is going, and how they can improve their play.

It is awesome!

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Join us on the Slack Channel so you can witness the genius of the Siebers firsthand! Send an email to zionsfinestia@gmail.com.

Please check out all the other IA podcasts!

boardwars.eu

https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/

The Tauntaun Riders! http://bjswp56.podbean.com/

Optimal Bombardment! https://soundcloud.com/user-383509234

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Episode 014 - Compartmentalizing The Components Of A Crushing (Ch)riumph!

February 2, 2018

THAT'S RIGHT I MISSPELLED A WORD TO SUSTAIN THE ALLITERATION! WHATCHAGONNADOABOUTIT?!

In this episode, Scott and Kenny break down the two (maybe three if you're a weirdo who runs Rebel stun or spies) components of successful listbuilding. They focus on (1) dealing and taking damage, (2) control through card manipulation and conditions (for the weirdos who run Rebel stun and spies), and (3) objective control and denial.

Specifically, Scott discusses how you need to think about how your list is going to deal damage to the opposing player and put pressure on your opponent by removing their figures and keeping yours alive. Kenny then discusses how spies and conditions can be used to throw your opponent off balance so you can go for the win! Scott concludes with a discussion as to how to use your figures so that you can at least break even on the objective game.

Please give us reviews on iTunes! We love all the feedback!

Join us on the Slack Channel so you can hear more of Kenny's opinions! They're always great and very well reasoned. Send an email to zionsfinestia@gmail.com.

Please check out all the other IA podcasts!

boardwars.eu

https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/

The Tauntaun Riders! http://bjswp56.podbean.com/

Optimal Bombardment! https://soundcloud.com/user-383509234

 

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Episode 013 - Craig Drops Some Hot PHX Heat On Zion

January 29, 2018

In this episode, Craig from Phoenix tells us how he did at the recent Utah Regionals. Craig discusses his list, its strengths and weaknesses, his matchups, and where he thinks the meta will go and how he plans to adapt (in short: run more Vader and eJets).

Craig braved the winter storms, his sunshine was much appreciated, and his perceptive take on his round-by-rounds is really helpful for knowing how to play similar lists (AT-DP and Troopers) in the current meta. CRAIG IS AMAZING.

Please give us reviews on iTunes! We love all the feedback!

Join us on the Slack Channel so you can tell Craig how awesome he is and how you wish it was as warm where you are as it is in Phoenix (it's currently 70° in Phoenix. At 11 PM. In January. Think about that.). Send an email to zionsfinestia@gmail.com.

Please check out all the other IA podcasts!

boardwars.eu

https://www.twintroopers.com/podcast/

The Tauntaun Riders! http://bjswp56.podbean.com/

Optimal Bombardment! https://soundcloud.com/user-383509234

 

 

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Episode 012 - WE DIDN’T KNOW THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE!

January 23, 2018

VADER CONQUERS ALL! In this episode, Kenny and Scott give their regionals reports from the regional tournament held at Blakfyre Games in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Both went 4-0 in Swiss, although Kenny was defeated by Daniel (again) and his FOUR DODGES IN A ROW in Top 8. Scott, however, went on to absolutely crush those who dared to oppose the might of the Empire!

They give quick summaries of their matches and then give concluding thoughts on the tournaments and what players need to do in order to overcome Vader.

Want to talk about how overpowered Vader is? Want to hear Kenny elucidate the merits of Rebel control? Then join us on the Slack channel! Send an email to zionsfinestia@gmail.com and we will get you an invite.

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Check out the FFG IA forum for regional skirmish results: https://community.fantasyflightgames.com/forum/433-imperial-assault-skirmish/

Check out the new IA podcast, Optimal Bombardment: https://soundcloud.com/user-383509234

 

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Episode 011 - The Vader Invasion! WHO CAN STOP HIM?!

January 16, 2018

Vader is invading Zion, as only the domineering Lord of the Sith can! In this episode, Scott and Kenny discuss Vader's anticipated arrival at the Utah Regional Tournament on January 20th. Scott talks about his matchups, what he expects to see from the opposition, and how he expects to crush and defeat his enemies. 

We focus on Vader vs. (Archetype), including mirror matches, IG-88 (and Scum Hunters), Rebel damage dealers (Han, Chewie, and Luke), and those insane off-the-wall lists like Kenny's beloved BOX.

Are you worried about crushing Vader in upcoming tournaments? Do you think there is no hope for the meta? Well, Scott thinks that Vader is the greatest, which is why he's running Vader! But maybe you can find a chink his armor! MAYBE!

Thank you for listening! Please leave us a five star review on iTunes (or any constructive feedback).

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Read Defkhan's excellent battle report (scroll to the middle): https://community.fantasyflightgames.com/topic/264779-2017-18-regionals-lists/?page=4

 

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Episode 010 - Roarin’ Towards Regionals!

January 8, 2018

EPISODE 10! EPISODE 10! We ding dang made it into double digits! 

In this episode, Steven and Kenny discuss their preparations for the upcoming Regional tournament in Utah on January 20, 2018. They provide a few quick battle reports then launch into what they're thinking about running. Apparently, IG-88 is amazing. Kenny, however, refuses to abandon his beloved Rebel heroes.

They then pivot into a discussion concerning what they're expecting to see at the upcoming tournament and discuss how to respond to those threats. They talk about Vader, IG, Han, and Jedi Luke.

Finally, the conclude with their strategies for their lists, and how they build lists that are both fun and competitive.

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Episode 009 - The Stars At Night! Are Big and Bright! When There’s A Regional In Texas!!!

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year everyone! In this episode, Robert Stanley provides us with a battle report concerning the regionals recently held in Houston, Texas. Robert discusses his matches and gives thoughts on IG-88, Ugnaughts, Vader, and so much more!

Following his battle report, Robert schools Kenny in the intricacies of the developing meta and causes Kenny to rethink all his previous notions concerning the relevance of IG, eQuays, and Jabba. The rethinking causes a minor existential crisis, but Kenny comes around to Robert's thinking and the ensuing paradigm shift is relatively minor. Thomas Kuhn, eat your heart out!

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