New Hampshire Rally Point Qualifier

General

Jungle table

Last Saturday up in Derry, NH we had our Rally Point Qualifier. This is my home store, I live no more than five minutes away. We were so excited to host this event as we have a smaller group than most, I think, but we are growing! We are actually about to start a four week league and we have nine participants, which is nice. We ended up with thirteen for the RPQ which fell right in to what I kind of expected. I had been saying anywhere from twelve to sixteen made sense for us, having an odd number was less than ideal but it is what it is! We had a few guys come up from Massachusetts, some of which I play with when I can get down to their store. One guy came up from Connecticut and the real cool thing was the two guys that drove the five plus hours from Montreal!

As for me, I went 1 and 2 on the day. I won my first match and I was feeling pretty good! My second match I lost one of the closest games I have played, it went to points, and it’s still a tough pill to swallow. Long story short: If you think it’s time to play Change of Plans don’t doubt yourself. Just play the card! Rather than go through a battle report of my games, which I could do even without visuals because I was a slacker who took zero pictures of the event due to just being zone in completely on playing, I don’t want to ramble on about those. What I would rather do is put up everyone’s list from the day because we had a great mix of lists. As a Rebel player I kind of expected to see more Imperial than Rebels by a decent margin, but I was pleasantly wrong. The Rebellion lives on! With thirteen players we went with three rounds of swiss with a top two cut to ensure that strength of schedule didn’t win the tournament. Ironically, we would have only had one person go 3 and 0, though.

I’m going to type up every player’s list from their final position in the standings. We’ll start with Doug, some of you know him as Sploosh on the Discord. He won the tournament, going 3-0 in the swiss rounds, and then capping it off with the final cut victory.

First Place: Doug

Commanders:
– Director Orson Krennic (90) = 90
Operatives:
– Boba Fett (140) + Recon Intel (2) = 142
Corps:
– Stormtroopers (44) + FX-9 Medical Droid (19) = 63
– Stormtroopers (44) + DLT-19 Stormtrooper (24) = 68
– 2x Stormtroopers (44) + DLT-19 Stormtrooper (24) + FX-9 Medical Droid (19) = 174
Special Forces:
– Imperial Death Troopers (76) + DLT-19D (34) + Comms Relay (5) + Recon Intel (2) + E-11D Grenade Launcher Config (8) = 125
– 3x Scout Troopers Strike Team (16) + DLT-19x Sniper (28) = 132
Total: 794/800
Commands:
– Whipcord Launcher (1)
– Voracious Ambition (1)
– ZX Flame Projector (2)
– Deploy the Garrison (2)
– Z-6 Jetpack Rocket (3)
– Annihilation Looms (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Breakthrough
– Key Positions
– Recover Supplies
– Sabotage Moisture Vaporators
Deployments:
– Advanced Positions
– Battle Lines
– The Long March
– Major Offensive
Conditions:
– Clear Condition
– Hostile Environment
– Minefield
– Rapid Reinforcements
From what I understand from Doug’s list, as I did not play against him, is to Entourage to the Deathtroopers who then Comms Relay to a medbot unit with charges left in order to ensure he can bring back a sniper or a Deathtrooper if they were to take a wound early in the round. It’s a list built for efficiency by an efficient player and it’s no surprise that he won the tournament. Congratulations to Doug aka Sploosh on his fantastic tournament and well deserved win!
Second Place: Charles 
Charles is one of the players that drove down from Montreal and he had himself a day with quite an interesting list! I’m glad he got to come down and have a great RPQ experience, especially with that drive!
Commanders:
– Luke Skywalker (160) + Force Push (10) + Emergency Stims (8) = 178
– Leia Organa (90) + Improvised Orders (10) = 100
Operatives:
– Chewbacca (110) + Tenacity (4) + Emergency Stims (8) = 122
Corps:
– Fleet Troopers (44) + Scatter Gun Trooper (23) + Impact Grenades (5) = 72
– 2x Rebel Troopers (40) + Z-6 Trooper (22) = 124
Special Forces:
– Wookiee Warriors (75) + Bowcaster Wookiee (35) + Tenacity (4) = 114
– 2x Rebel Commandos Strike Team (16) + DH-447 Sniper (28) = 88
Total: 798/800
Commands:
– Son of Skywalker (1)
– Coordinated Bombardment (1)
– Brains and Brawn (2)
– No Time for Sorrows (2)
– Somebody Has to Save Our Skins (3)
– Return of the Jedi (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Sabotage Moisture Vaporators
– Key Positions
– Intercept Transmissions
– Recover Supplies
Deployments:
– Advanced Positions
– Battle Lines
– Major Offensive
– The Long March
Conditions:
– Clear Conditions
– Limited Visibility
– Hostile Environment
– Rapid Reinforcements
If you’re part of the competitive scene you know that this list is a bit off meta but clearly it worked for Charles! Congrats to him on his second place finish and good luck to him at his RPQ’s up in Canada!
Third Place: Carl
Carl also came down from Montreal and I had the pleasure of playing against him in my second game, the infamous why did I not play Change of Plans game for me. I’m still haunted! That said, Carl was a great opponent and our game was awesome. As the lone Palpatine player in the field, it was nice to play against him. I don’t have the details of his list for some reason but off memory this is what I recall!
Commanders:
– Emperor Palpatine (210) + Anger (5) + Force Choke (5) = 220
Corps:
– Snowtroopers (48) + Flametrooper (20) + Imperial Officer (20) + Recon Intel (2) + Fragmentation Grenades (5) = 95
– Stormtroopers (44) + DLT-19 Stormtrooper (24) + Recon Intel (2) = 70
– 2x Stormtroopers (44) + DLT-19 Stormtrooper (24) + FX-9 Medical Droid (19) = 174
Special Forces:
– 3x Scout Troopers Strike Team (16) + DLT-19x Sniper (28) = 132
– Imperial Royal Guards (75) + Electrostaff Guard (25) + Tenacity (4) + Recon Intel (2) = 106
Total: 797/800

I wish I had more data to dump in here as I like to see what everyone’s battle card choices are just for curiosity, but we’re going to have to use our imagination for this one! I’m glad the two guys who traveled the farthest made it into the top three, I’m sure it made their trip a lot more worth it!

 

Fourth Place: Andrew

Speaking of off meta lists: you’re about to be in for a treat. Andrew is one of our local players and he likes to play off the meta, that’s a fact. He got a bye round one and ended up playing Doug in a battle of the 2-0’s in round three for a chance to make the final. He fell a little short, but I’m sure he’s content with the two games he played and making fourth place!

Commanders:
– Leia Organa (90) + Commanding Presence (10) + Improvised Orders (10) = 110
Corps:
– 4x Rebel Troopers (40) + Z-6 Trooper (22) + Recon Intel (2) = 256
– Rebel Troopers (40) + R5 Astromech Droid (8) + Recon Intel (2) = 50
– Fleet Troopers (44) + Scatter Gun Trooper (23) + Rebel Officer (19) + Environmental Gear (3) = 89
Support:
– 2x AT-RT (55) + AT-RT Flamethrower (25) = 160
Heavy:
– Landspeeder (75) + Outer Rim Speeder Jockey (10) + RPS-6 Rocket Gunner (36) + A-300 Rifle Gunner (9) = 130
Total: 795/800
Commands:
– Coordinated Bombardment (1)
– Ambush (1)
– No Time for Sorrows (2)
– Turning the Tide (2)
– Assault (3)
– Covering Fire (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Sabotage Moisture Vaporators
– Recover Supplies
– Key Positions
– Intercept Transmissions
Deployments:
– Advanced Positions
– Battle Lines
– The Long March
– Major Offensive
Conditions:
– Clear Conditions
– Hostile Environment
– Limited Visibility
– Rapid Reinforcements

Vehicles, vehicles and more vehicles. No snipers. It’s quite the interesting list and I would think a lot of lists don’t really have much of an answer for it, really. No Breakthrough is quite interesting, at least to me, but I can understand it’s exclusion.

 

Fifth Place- Richard B

Richard, UrzaMagus on the Discord, came up from the store in Massachusetts that I mentioned earlier and he’s a very good player with a very efficient list. Unfortunately for him he ran into the Andrew vehicle gauntlet round two, which his list had no answer for really. Richard took me down in round three and I will be seeking vengeance upon him the next time we play! Vengeance aside, let’s look at his list.

Commanders:
– General Veers (80) + Strict Orders (5) = 85
– Director Orson Krennic (90) + Esteemed Leader (5) = 95
Corps:
– 3x Stormtroopers (44) + DLT-19 Stormtrooper (24) = 204
– 2x Stormtroopers (44) + FX-9 Medical Droid (19) = 126
Special Forces:
– Imperial Death Troopers (76) + DLT-19D (34) + Hunter (6) + Comms Relay (5) + Emergency Stims (8) + E-11D Grenade Launcher Config (8) = 137
– 3x Scout Troopers Strike Team (16) + DLT-19x Sniper (28) + Hunter (6) = 150
Total: 797/800
Commands:
– Maximum Firepower (1)
– Voracious Ambition (1)
– Push (2)
– Deploy the Garrison (2)
– Imperial Discipline (3)
– Annihilation Looms (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Key Positions
– Intercept Transmissions
– Breakthrough
– Recover Supplies
Deployments:
– Disarray
– Major Offensive
– Battle Lines
– Advanced Positions
Conditions:
– Clear Conditions
– Hostile Environment
– Minefield
– Rapid Reinforcements
He has what you can consider your typical middle management gun line list and he knows how to run it well. Running into Rebel vehicles is probably the only thing he didn’t want to see!
Sixth Place: Eric D
Eric is a “local” player if you want to call him that, because he plays at our store when he can. However, the man lives a good 90 minutes or so from the store so he really is a dedicated person. This was my first time meeting him and while I didn’t get to play against him, it’s clear he knows his way around FFG games!
Commanders:
– General Veers (80) + Improvised Orders (10) = 90
– Imperial Commander (50) + Strict Orders (5) = 55
Operatives:
– Boba Fett (140) + Hunter (6) + Emergency Stims (8) = 154
Corps:
– 3x Stormtroopers (44) + DLT-19 Stormtrooper (24) = 204
– Stormtroopers (44) + DLT-19 Stormtrooper (24) + FX-9 Medical Droid (19) = 87
Special Forces:
– Imperial Death Troopers (76) + DLT-19D (34) + E-11D Grenade Launcher Config (8) = 118
– 2x Scout Troopers Strike Team (16) + DLT-19x Sniper (28) = 88
Total: 796/800
Commands:
– Maximum Firepower (1)
– Whipcord Launcher (1)
– Push (2)
– ZX Flame Projector (2)
– Z-6 Jetpack Rocket (3)
– Coordinated Fire (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Sabotage Moisture Vaporators
– Recover Supplies
– Key Positions
– Intercept Transmissions
Deployments:
– Major Offensive
– Battle Lines
– Advanced Positions
– Disarray
Conditions:
– Rapid Reinforcements
– Clear Conditions
– Hostile Environment
– Minefield

A different take on Veers/Boba here with the generic officer and some Deathtroopers sprinkled in. It seems like a very efficient list and going 2 and 1 on the day seems to back that statement up!

 

Seventh Place: Eric K

My local Rebel cohort, Eric decided to dust off Luke for this tournament after not playing him for a while. He lost game one by the skin of his teeth, had a round two bye, and capped off the day with a round three victory. We talked about his round one loss and he actually could have won after I thought of something he could have done. It was a gut punch, but it is what it is!

Commanders:
– Luke Skywalker (160) + Battle Meditation (10) + Force Push (10) + Emergency Stims (8) = 188
– Han Solo (120) + Duck and Cover (8) = 128
Corps:
– Rebel Troopers (40) + Rebel Officer (19) = 59
– Rebel Troopers (40) + Z-6 Trooper (22) + 2-1B Medical Droid (18) = 80
– 2x Rebel Troopers (40) + Z-6 Trooper (22) = 124
– Rebel Troopers (40) + Recon Intel (2) = 42
Special Forces:
– Rebel Pathfinders (68) + Duck and Cover (8) + HQ Uplink (10) = 86
– 2x Rebel Commandos Strike Team (16) + DH-447 Sniper (28) = 88
Total: 795/800 

Commands:
– Son of Skywalker (1)
– Sorry About the Mess (1)
– My Ally is the Force (2)
– Reckless Diversion (2)
– Change of Plans (3)
– Return of the Jedi (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Key Positions
– Recover Supplies
– Intercept Transmissions
– Sabotage Moisture Vaporators
Deployments:
– Advanced Positions
– Battle Lines
– The Long March
– Disarray
Conditions:
– Minefield
– Rapid Reinforcements
– Clear Conditions
– Limited Visibility

Eric opted for a set of Pathfinders here as harassers and he handles them well. I’m sure it hurts to know if he did one minor thing in game one he could have went onward but at least he knows for next time!

 

Eighth Place: Zach aka me

I’m on the Fly Boy train, as we know, and there’s no end in sight right now. Even with Sabine coming out, it will be hard pressed to take me off this list for the next RPQ in Connecticut next month. I was playing Wonder Twins for a long time but I wish it was Fly Boys all along!

Commanders:
– Luke Skywalker (160) + Force Push (10) + Jedi Mind Trick (5) + Emergency Stims (8) = 183
– Han Solo (120) + Emergency Stims (8) = 128
Corps:
– 3x Rebel Troopers (40) + Z-6 Trooper (22) + Recon Intel (2) = 192
– 2x Rebel Troopers (40) + Z-6 Trooper (22) + Rebel Officer (19) = 162
Special Forces:
– 3x Rebel Commandos Strike Team (16) + DH-447 Sniper (28) = 132
Total: 797/800
Commands:
– Son of Skywalker (1)
– Sorry About the Mess (1)
– Reckless Diversion (2)
– My Ally is the Force (2)
– Return of the Jedi (3)
– Change of Plans (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Intercept Transmissions
– Sabotage Moisture Vaporators
– Recover Supplies
– Breakthrough
Deployments:
– Advanced Positions
– Battle Lines
– Disarray
– Major Offensive
Conditions:
– Clear Conditions
– Limited Visibility
– Rapid Reinforcements
– Minefield

It’s a tough pill to swallow for me because I know if I had played Change of Plans in the Palpatine game, I probably win and go to 2 and 0. That said, it is what it is and I can build off the day! I feel confident with how I played all day and looking forward to the next one!

 

Ninth Place: Chase

Chase was the lone gunslinger from Connecticut and while I’m sure he hoped for a better outcome I’d like to think he enjoyed his tournament! We look forward to seeing him again next month in Connecticut, here’ his list:

Commanders:
– General Veers (80) = 80
– Director Orson Krennic (90) + Strict Orders (5) = 95
Corps:
– Stormtroopers (44) + DLT-19 Stormtrooper (24) + FX-9 Medical Droid (19) = 87
– 2x Stormtroopers (44) + DLT-19 Stormtrooper (24) = 136
– Snowtroopers (48) + Flametrooper (20) + Fragmentation Grenades (5) = 73
Special Forces:
– Imperial Death Troopers (76) + DLT-19D (34) + Comms Relay (5) + E-11D Grenade Launcher Config (8) = 123
– Imperial Death Troopers (76) + DLT-19D (34) + E-11D Grenade Launcher Config (8) = 118
– 2x Scout Troopers Strike Team (16) + DLT-19x Sniper (28) = 88
Total: 800/800
Commands:
– Maximum Firepower (1)
– Voracious Ambition (1)
– Deploy the Garrison (2)
– Push (2)
– Annihilation Looms (3)
– Imperial Discipline (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Breakthrough
– Key Positions
– Recover Supplies
– Sabotage Moisture Vaporators
Deployments:
– Advanced Positions
– Battle Lines
– The Long March
– Major Offensive
Conditions:
– Hostile Environment
– Clear Conditions
– Minefield
– Rapid Reinforcements
A different take of middle management as he decided to go with two Deathtroopers as opposed to one. Which seems to be a solid debate in the competitive world of Legion! Is one or two better? Time will tell.
Tenth Place: Jeff
Speaking of different takes, our local dual faction man Jeff decided to be an Imperial fascist and he brought the heat with not just two Deathtroopers but THREE! Now I know he wished his day went better, as he had practiced this list for a good while, and he got his first win of the day against Eric K in the nailbiter of the day it seems, but the rest of the day wasn’t as kind to him. I mean, for crying out loud, the kid even ripped his shorts! Let’s have a look!
Commanders:
– Director Orson Krennic (90) + Strict Orders (5) = 95
Corps:
– 4x Stormtroopers (44) + DLT-19 Stormtrooper (24) = 272
– Snowtroopers (48) + Recon Intel (2) + Fragmentation Grenades (5) = 55
Special Forces:
– 2x Imperial Death Troopers (76) + DLT-19D (34) + Overwatch (4) + Recon Intel (2) + E-11D Grenade Launcher Config (8) = 248
– Imperial Death Troopers (76) + E-11D Grenade Launcher Config (8) = 84
– Scout Troopers Strike Team (16) + DLT-19x Sniper (28) = 44
Total: 798/800
Commands:
– Ambush (1)
– Voracious Ambition (1)
– Push (2)
– Deploy the Garrison (2)
– Coordinated Fire (3)
– Annihilation Looms (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Breakthrough
– Key Positions
– Recover Supplies
– Sabotage Moisture Vaporators
Deployments:
– Advanced Positions
– Battle Lines
– The Long March
– Major Offensive
Conditions:
– Hostile Environment
– Clear Conditions
– Minefield
– Rapid Reinforcements
Eleventh Place: Phil
Phil is a local guy and he loves his vehicles. I’m surprised he didn’t bring good ol’ Stompy, his AT-ST! However, he did rock the only tank in the RPQ. As you can see, our local scene is not a very on the meta type of scene and it’s a good thing, in my opinion! Here’s Phil’s list!
Commanders:
– Director Orson Krennic (90) + Commanding Presence (10) = 100
Corps:
– Stormtroopers (44) + R4 Astromech Droid (9) + Concussion Grenades (5) = 58
– Stormtroopers (44) + DLT-19 Stormtrooper (24) + Concussion Grenades (5) = 73
– Snowtroopers (48) + Flametrooper (20) + Fragmentation Grenades (5) = 73
Special Forces:
– 2x Scout Troopers Strike Team (16) + DLT-19x Sniper (28) = 88
– Imperial Royal Guards (75) + Electrostaff Guard (25) + Tenacity (4) = 104
– Imperial Death Troopers (76) + DLT-19D (34) + Overwatch (4) + E-11D Grenade Launcher Config (8) = 122
Heavy:
– Assault Tank (155) + Imperial Hammers Elite Armor Pilot (10) + RT-97C Rifle Pintle (14) = 179
Total: 797/800
Commands:
– Voracious Ambition (1)
– Covert Observation (1)
– Deploy the Garrison (2)
– Push (2)
– Annihilation Looms (3)
– Coordinated Fire (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Recover Supplies
– Key Positions
– Intercept Transmissions
– Breakthrough
Deployments:
– The Long March
– Major Offensive
– Battle Lines
– Advanced Positions
Conditions:
– Clear Conditions
– Hostile Environment
– Minefield
– Rapid Reinforcements

A tank, Deathtroopers AND Imperial Royal Guard. Talk about list variety!

 

Twelfth Place: Richard O
My good buddy Richard, aka Codec on the Discord, wishes he had a better day but a third Fly Boy list! It’s contagious! I know he’s going down to the Connecticut RPQ next month and will be looking for a better outcome this time around! Will he keep the Wookies? Will he bring Sabine? What will he do! Here’s his current list:
Commanders:
– Luke Skywalker (160) + Force Push (10) + Emergency Stims (8) = 178
– Han Solo (120) + Improvised Orders (10) = 130
Corps:
– 4x Rebel Troopers (40) + Z-6 Trooper (22) = 248
– Rebel Troopers (40) = 40
Special Forces:
– Wookiee Warriors (75) + Bowcaster Wookiee (35) + Tenacity (4) = 114
– 2x Rebel Commandos Strike Team (16) + DH-447 Sniper (28) = 88
Total: 798/800
Commands:
– Son of Skywalker (1)
– Sorry About the Mess (1)
– My Ally is the Force (2)
– Reckless Diversion (2)
– Return of the Jedi (3)
– Change of Plans (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Breakthrough
– Intercept Transmissions
– Recover Supplies
– Sabotage Moisture Vaporators
Deployments:
– Major Offensive
– Battle Lines
– Advanced Positions
– Disarray
Conditions:
– Limited Visibility
– Minefield
– Clear Conditions
– Rapid Reinforcements
Thirteenth Place: Alex
I had the pleasure of playing Alex round one and unfortunately for him I drew a somewhat favorable match up with Advanced Positions and Recover the Supplies. I got on that middle box early and turtled up. That said! His Landspeeder did some work and this thing truly is viable! Alex drove a good hour or so to get to the RPQ and unfortunately got a bye in one of the rounds, but I hope he enjoyed himself one way or another! Let’s have a look!
Commanders:
– Luke Skywalker (160) + Force Push (10) + Battle Meditation (10) + Emergency Stims (8) = 188
– Leia Organa (90) = 90
Corps:
– Rebel Troopers (40) + Z-6 Trooper (22) + Rebel Trooper (10) + Fragmentation Grenades (5) = 77
– 3x Rebel Troopers (40) + Rebel Trooper (10) = 150
– Rebel Troopers (40) = 40
– Fleet Troopers (44) + Scatter Gun Trooper (23) + Fleet Trooper (11) = 78
Special Forces:
– Rebel Commandos Strike Team (16) + DH-447 Sniper (28) = 44
Heavy:
– Landspeeder (75) + Outer Rim Speeder Jockey (10) + RPS-6 Rocket Gunner (36) + A-300 Rifle Gunner (9) = 130
Total: 797/800
Commands:
– Son of Skywalker (1)
– Coordinated Bombardment (1)
– My Ally is the Force (2)
– Push (2)
– Return of the Jedi (3)
– Assault (3)
– Standing Orders (4)
Objectives:
– Breakthrough
– Key Positions
– Intercept Transmissions
– Recover Supplies
Deployments:
– Advanced Positions
– Battle Lines
– The Long March
– Major Offensive
Conditions:
– Clear Conditions
– Limited Visibility
– Hostile Environment
– Rapid Reinforcements

Wonder Twins with a Landspeeder?! It’s a lot of points, but it has loads of potential. If he keeps playing this list, he could be a menace next month if he goes down to Connecticut!

 

Final Notes

Seven Imperial players and six Rebel players? That’s a great turnout for the event in terms of faction counts and it makes me happy. I decided to do this format to give everyone some insight on what current lists look like at the early RPQ’s versus a standard Battle Report going over my games. Thought it could be a useful tool just gather an idea of what you might see if you have one in the upcoming weeks. Of course that will change when Bossk and Sabine drop, hopefully, later this month!

Thanks to our Tournament Official, Justin, who bit the bullet for all of us at the store and allowed us to play while he sat this one out. I know he’s ready to get down to Connecticut next month and get some plastic on the table. Thanks to all of the people that came from all over, it was great play against different people from different places! Again, congrats to Doug (Sploosh) on his victory and his seat to next years World’s! He can sit back and relax the rest of the way now that it’s set in stone for him. As for the rest of us? On to the next one! Good luck to everyone at their RPQ’s!

 

May the Force be with You!

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