I haven´t really been keeping my blog going over the last few months, as I have had a lot of work to do as well as spending a lot of time with the family as we have some exciting family-related projects going on. I have however been playing quite a few games since summer and I have been keeping a game log, so here is one for the chart-crunchers, table lovers and Excel acolytes among you.
ALL MY GAMES IN 2021!
I am keeping a log of all my games, including casters played, scenarios, wins, losses, win conditions, and so forth and I thought it might be nice for me to reflect on my performance, using my notes. I hope you find this entertaining or useful. If not, see if I care.
SOLOMACHINE (26 games)
Obviously, in Solomachine, as I was playing myself, I have a 100% win or loss record, depending on how you want to look at it. Or 50% if you want to be weird.
I looked at the scenarios, but as I sometimes just kept the same one for two or three games as I was too lazy to rearrange the table each time. So not much can be read from it.
Regarding the victory conditions, I got:
My thoughts on these are: the division between scenario and attrition might be a tad artificial, as all but the most dramatic scenario wins are due to attrition giving one side a free flank or flag to score out on. It is also hard to play both sides in a way that leads to really surprising plays where one side can combo out a scenario win, apart from the most extreme scenario casters like Magnus2. Likewise, you tend to be less able to assassinate if you play both sides and know the tricks on both sides. This means that games often result in grindier attrition games.
Maybe I should concentrate on fewer casters, but I have too many casters still waiting to be played. Ashlynn2 is obviously broken as the only caster with two wins.
Poor Shae, I just don´t seem to be able to play you well. Quite a few casters are both on the winning and the losing side at least once. I re-racked a few games and got two different results with that.
Played factions and results
As I began the game with Cygnar, I have always considered myself to be a Cygnar player, but apparently I am not. Likewise for the Protectorate with a disappointing 2-5 result. Mercenaries have so many themes that I am not surprised I played them so often, but I would have thought they were stronger. It´s obviously me, not them.
Cryx on the other hand seems to be a faction I like in this format, I guess that they lend themselves well to attrition plays with their plethora of debuff casters.
WARTABLE GAMES PLAYED (71 games played)
I probably should have edited this a bit, as it includes anything from casual games over leagues to tournaments such as VTC, where I played for Germany this year.
I scored 35 wins and 36 losses, so a very balanced final result. However, I am a bit disappointed by my 1-4 performance at the VTC, especially two games that I should have won if I had played better or been less relying on dice. On the other hand, my results in the second half of the year have been picking up, I even managed to win a three-round league in December. I have been focusing on Retribution since deciding on playing for Germany again, though this time not in the first team, as I have less time to spend on preparing for the event and don´t want to let my team down.
Scenarios won and lost
|Spread the Net||7||6|
|King of the Hill||0||4|
I am a bit surprised by my dreadful performance on Invasion and King of the Hill. Maybe I need to work harder on my attrition play as these are scenarios that are slower and often reward a heavy attrition approach. I seem to be good on Split Decision, a scenario where you can score 4 points in one turn without having to really extend a lot. The rest looks balanced.
Win and loss conditions
All seems to be roughly even, I played a lot of Aurora2 early on and often tried to assassinate casters, so I have more assassinations early in the year and hardly any towards the end of the year. I guess that shows progress as it is often better to go for a grindier than a riskier approach.
The one game I lost on tilt is something I want to talk about, I was playing a very nice opponent in a Brawlmachine league and I had a 93% assassination on Shae with Deneghra1, as well as a strong attrition out, both obviously due to the feat. However, my dice utterly crapped the bed and both the assassination and the attrition plays failed as I could not roll over a five on 2d6 for a whole turn, so I told my opponent that they had done nothing wrong and had been a very nice opponent, but that I was not really in a state where I would continue the game, especially as a concession would give them maximum points, so I wasn´t stealing any points for them. Sometimes you have to realise that you are not in a state in which the game is a good experience for you or your opponent and just walk away.
Winning and losing casters
I chose to run Aurora2 and Fiona as my VTC pair, so that explains the number of games I played with them. Aurora´s win rate is frankly embarrassing, especially considering that she was one of the best casters pre-balance update and I probably should have done much better with her as a result of the number of games played. On the other hand, I did run her a lot into my teammates so in the end, they had quite a lot of practice against her, which explains a few of the losses, but still I should have done better with her.
Bartolo was my caster in a Brawlmachine team league and he is awesome in that format.
As I have been playing a lot of Retribution in the second half of the year, it explains my number of wins and losses with them. I had to learn them first, which is why I lost more games with them in summer than later in the year. I also lost the 100% identical list game of Falcir vs Falcir versus Daniel Bergström, probably one of the best Retribution players in the world. It was also my first game with Retribution and he won the roll to go first, but enough excuses.
Winning and losing factions
Turns out that my stats are worse for the three factions I played for fun and I can be close to even or positive the more often I play a faction. Who would have thought it?
TOURNAMENT GAMES (4 games played)
I played in one real-life tournament and you can find a report of it in the previous article. I went 4-0 and am still undefeated on Belgian soil with 11-0 now.
I played all games with Falcir 1, so she is 4-0 this year. This is to a great extent due to my opponents not really being prepared for her, as none of them had played against her. I won 3 games by assassinating the enemy caster the second turn and the last one by tabling my opponent the third turn after he had left the kill box to avoid dying on the second turn.
The scenarios were Split Decision, Spread the Net, King of the Hill and Invasion, but they didn´t really matter as only the last two reached a stage where points were scored.
CASUAL GAMES PLAYED IN REAL LIFE (21 games played)
Before going into the results, I do not mean the term ´casual´ as being disparaging, some opponents have played on the VTC or WTC stage, but in the main, these were league games, pick-up games and so forth, not cutthroat tournament games.
My win-loss record is 17-4, because apparently I am a try-hard. Many of my opponents have not played on Wartable, so they haven´t had a lot of practice since the first lockdown and as a result, they were a bit rusty and Warmachine is still a game that punishes sloppy play, even though we would often discuss the plays or allow takebacks.
Wins and losses by scenario
|Spread the Net||3||0|
|King of the Hill||1||0|
Yeah, I know, you are supposed to let the newbie win the introduction game, but they (and their coach) made some questionable plays and tried to assassinate Malekus1 on a three-camp with Maddox1 without feat (having used it before). It didn´t go down well and Malekus clubbed her to death. The Cygnar box is also a lot weaker than the Menoth one in my opinion and we were given the factions by our host and the new player chose. So I take no responsibility. They also still play the game, so I don´t think I scarred them for life.
Wins and losses by casters
|No caster (Oblivion)||2||0|
Nothing really sticks out here.
Wins and losses by win condition
So, this was a rundown of all my games last year. I highly recommend keeping a log and looking at your games, especially the ones you lose or win by a narrow margin to improve your game play.