Zion’s Finest
Episode 115 - Mattistyping (His Way To Victory!)

Episode 115 - Mattistyping (His Way To Victory!)

January 29, 2020

Someone got lucky in Vegas. That someone is the one who I thought never got lucky. No I'm not speaking in euphemisms. I have seen Matthew Scott Richards roll dice. He is very bad at rolling things that are not garbage.

Fortunately, not only did Matt get lucky, but he leveraged his brain power in order to secure the final Nationals win for IA at the recent Las Vegas Open. 

In this episode, Matt and I break down why the double Pirates list is so good, how we think it fares against everything else, and what we think we would do to change it for Worlds.

ENJOY!

Episode 114 - Meatbags Will Die

Episode 114 - Meatbags Will Die

January 20, 2020

There is a Droid deployment card for Scum that is capable of winning tournaments. No, it's not IG. That fellow had his time in the sun but all he's left to do is be a nurse to Baby Yoda and wish that Thrawn and Cats weren't around to ruin his day. No, it's not BT. That fellow ... well, he was never very good (sorry Joey). 

Back in the day, oh so many years ago, there was a list that had this unit which was the terror of the meta. The unit could reliably hit a figure from 7-10 spaces away, they could be focused, and they could force white die to reroll dodges. The naysayers among you might say, "Aren't you just describing Weequay Pirates?" Well, no, I'm not, because this unit can't play the best card in the game, which is On the Lam.

And yet, he persisted. David from the Michigan Mandalorians took down BRIAN MARKS' Jamal Heroes list TWICE to win a recent regional. I know. I literally could not believe it. But David knows his stuff, so beware the ... oh boy ... HKs.

Make sure to pay attention to my review of the next few weeks for closing up shop. I LOVE YOU ALL.

Episode 113 - This One Doesn’t Count

Episode 113 - This One Doesn’t Count

December 7, 2019

FRIENDS! The final Utah Regional has come and gone, and someone sold his soul to the god of the mercenaries in order to pull home the win. Yes, I know what you're thinking, but I just couldn't run the Box into what was going to be a murderer's row. Scott and Matt were running Vader and the Jets, Joey was running eRiots, AND THE CATS WERE EVERYWHERE.

So I sold out. I ran my Worlds list, and was able to go undefeated on the day, beating Joey in the final.

AND IT WAS JOEY'S LIST THAT WAS THE STORY OF THE DAY. The man's list is nuts, and I cannot wait for you to hear about it.

Joey was able to get through his own murderer's row on the way to the top of the charts, including beating Scott's Vader and the Jets in the Top Four. Yes, it was a nuts kind of day.

Enjoy this one!

Episode 112 - Exploding Kittens

Episode 112 - Exploding Kittens

December 5, 2019

Friends. If you are running Hunters or Rebel Heroes, and you run into Cats, may God have mercy on your soul. They are so dynamic, they exert so much pressure, and they are able to remove figures that you cannot protect from an insane distance away.

Jason Brege and JK came on the podcast to talk about them cats, and whew boy am I afraid of what they can do with them.

GOOD LUCK!

Episode 111 - The Boys Are Back!

Episode 111 - The Boys Are Back!

November 16, 2019

What an incredible joy it was to get my brothers back around the horn in order to discuss regional prep. The four of us--Matt, JK, Scott, and I--are running three different lists. We gathered to get reps in in preparation for our regional tournament in three weeks and boy did we have fun.

We break down our lists, with particular emphasis on JK's theft of David Gao's kitties and Matt and Scott's running of Vader and the Jeeeettts. You are going to love listening in on this one.

Episode 110 - An Eagle Eye, A Champion Heart

Episode 110 - An Eagle Eye, A Champion Heart

October 27, 2019

There is one person on this planet who still thinks that Han Rangers has play on Maul's map. That's right. One. We all know this person, who is of course Isaac Borno. Despite my protestations, he truly believes that Han Rangers has what it takes to make it all the way--no matter the map. I know, I know, I think he is insane as well.

Welp, turns out Isaac not only talks a good game, but walks that game. In fact, he walked it all the way to Lyon, France in order to storm French Nationals.

As someone considering giving Han Rangers a go this regional season, I tried to pick his brain to get a clue as to how to make Maul's map work, which I think is pretty tough to do. Listen in for Isaac's tips and report on French Nationals.

Thank you!

Episode 109 - Ryan Runs Ryan’s Rebels Responsibly

Episode 109 - Ryan Runs Ryan’s Rebels Responsibly

October 6, 2019

Ryan Janway: the terror of the Carolinas, the Real Ryan (or is he the other one), the man who is due all good things that come his way.

Janway comes onto the podcast to report his raucous win with his reckless Rebels in an intensely competitive Nova field.

This is an excellent conversation that will be really awesome for those of you prepping for primes.

You will enjoy!

Episode 108 - Luke Skywalks Again

Episode 108 - Luke Skywalks Again

September 16, 2019

Have you ever heard of a tournament that Luke Sykes played in where he didn't make top cut? Me neither. And guess what? Euros 2019 was no exception. The man is a machine. He calculates and commands his way to victory with incredible list diversity and creativity.

Listen to his report of his runner-up showing at the largest non-Worlds tournament of the year. You will love it. We run a bit long; Luke's report goes until about the 1:10 mark, then we start commiserating and having our real fun.

Thank you for all your support. Let me know what your ideas for our final alt-art/token/swag should be for Worlds.

Episode 107 - “I Love You” “I Know”

Episode 107 - “I Love You” “I Know”

September 5, 2019

Jeremy is a man after my own heart, and both our hearts happen to go a'flutter when we contemplate the shenanigans that happen when you combine Han, MHD, and everyone's favorite modern major general ... NO NOT GENERAL CALRISSIAN OF COURSE I AM TALKING ABOUT PRINCESS ORGANA YOU NERDS.

Listen to Jeremy's report on his runner-up run at Nova. We have a lot of fun talking about what the Box is capable of, despite an absolutely insane meta.

Episode 106 - The Beginning of the End

Episode 106 - The Beginning of the End

August 31, 2019

No need to be dramatic about it. Andrew Navaro--one of the upper-management guys at FFG--announced that IA would not be getting any further physical content. Navaro cited business reasons, and pretty heavily implied that some kind of legal issue precluded further discussion. It was also clear that not only would IA no longer be getting physical content releases but that OP support for the game would be winding down.

In this episode, I lay out what I think the path will be for the next few months. Please give it a listen and give me any feedback or suggestions as to how you think we can make our final OP season meaningful and fun. I love you all.

Good luck in the cut, Nova boys.

 

P.S. I forgot about all the European Championships that are going to be happening in the next few months, and I will absolutely be getting the winners on for interviews.