Episode 059 - JK Shoots First

July 8, 2018

STORE CHAMPIONSHIP!

This is part two of Zion's Finest's reporting on the first seriously competitive event in our local meta. JK is the champion of Oasis Games in Salt Lake City! LET THE COMPETITIVE SEASON BEGIN! In this episode, JK discusses his list (JABBA?!) and how he was able to take home the prize. JK gives some awesome thoughts on getting the most mileage out of the non-IG Scum lists.

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Episode 058 - JKL Let Me Down, Unlike JK, Who Took It Home

July 7, 2018

STORE CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT!

This is part one of our inaugural store championship tournament for the 2018 - 2019 season! This episode is a bit of a test format--I have a short introduction with my fellow jank builder Sam Sweeten followed up by short discussions with my first two opponents and then my concluding thoughts. In short, JKL let me down, and I have reasons.

JK, however, took home the prize and gives his summary in the next episode (No. 59). Make sure to listen to that incredible report.

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Episode 057 - Born(o) to Run (Han Rangers)

July 2, 2018

EUROS AND USCRU!

In this episode, Isaac "Cajo" Borno joins me on the podcast to report on his showing at Euros. He was running Han Rangers with three rSmugglers, RHC (no R2)m and BotF. He reports on his matches; he made the cut and qcquitted himself admirably.

After his Euros report, I ask him some questions about his thoughts on Han Rangers on Uscru. Isaac gives an amazing breakdown of the matchup vs. IG and Vader.

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Episode 056 - There Are Blue Birds Over The White Cliffs of Dover!

June 25, 2018

THERE ARE BLUE BIRDS OVER THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER BECAUSE LOCAL HERO LUKE SYKES IS THE EUROPEAN CHAMPION! And I got him to agree to come on the podcast! Hot dang!

I almost titled this episode "IG is Overrated," because you know how many IGs made top 16 at Euros? Well, not very many, and Luke piloted a no-IG yes-Jabba (?!?!) list to the top!

Luke regales me with his thoughts on his various matchups and how he plays to maximize the efficiency out of straight-up cheap hunters. He has some amazing thoughts on target priority and pace and--spoiler alert--he makes incredible use of Celebration and Price On Their Heads.

If you ever hear typing in the background, it's me summarizing Luke's report--not plotting a takeover of the world (don't worry).

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Episode 055 - 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 054 - 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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