This weekend, I took part in the Warhammer 40k: Conquest Store Championship at my local games store, primarily to make the numbers up (and also ensure I got to play a few more games of this fantastic LCG!) so thought I’d ramble on here about it! This is the second time I’ve gone to a card game tournament, having taken part in the Netrunner Summer 15 championship last year – you can check out my blog on that one here. If you’ve read my blog in the past, you may well know that I’m really not a competitive player, which may make it a little odd to see me attending tournaments like this but, as I said, I go simply to get some games in, see some different decks, and meet people who love these games as much as I do.
I’ll not keep you in suspense any longer – I lost. I mean, five people turned up, and I came fifth. It’s no surprise, really, because I was taking my Space Marines deck up against some powerhouses of the game. Of the five, three of us were playing Marines – two of us had Cato Sicarius as warlord! – with the other decks on offer being Tau and Dark Eldar/Eldar. Let’s talk about the games for a moment.
My first game was a Sicarius vs Sicarius matchup, and my opponent was a chatty chap called Rob who had traveled almost an hour to attend. We are both Necron fanatics, and love 40k in general, so our game almost went to time as we were taking so long just chatting about the game. The planets we had were a bit of a nightmare though, as the colour spread meant that we’d have to win five planets to get a set of three! I think the game eventually lost when my warlord died, actually. But it was really fun to meet someone who also loves the theme and the game as much as I do!
My next match was against a Hungarian chap called Tamás, who had sat the first round out due to the odd number of attendees. He was playing the Dark Eldar/Eldar deck, with Packmaster Kith as his warlord. This deck was just nightmarish to play against, and all of us had been a bit concerned due to how effective a Kith deck can be. To be fair, Tamás was clearly a master at working his deck, and it looked like a well-oiled, beautiful machine. Unfortunately, it was a massacre for me, and came down to the point where we had all of our guys at the first planet, and his army took up most of the table there! Jeez. But so great to go up against and see how these things work!
The third and final match was against Tom, who had traveled with Rob to be here, and was also playing Space Marines, however using Ragnar Blackmane as his warlord. I decided to just go balls-out on this, and dropped my Ultramarines Dreadnought at the first planet on turn one, which allowed me to win the planet – my first of the tournament! But it swiftly degenerated and, having managed to bloody my warlord through a mis-play by me, Sicarius was swiftly dispatched with not one but two Crushing Blows on the subsequent turn. The game was quick and brutal, and Tom went on to win the tournament on extended strength of schedule. He was pleased, as it gave him a bye in the first round of the Regionals (which I think he said is taking place in Nottingham) – he actually wrote up an account of his games, which you can check out here.
It was a fun day, getting to see these other decks and all, and I kept laughing when people were acting all concerned that I had lost – I eventually gave up saying “I’m just here to play some cards” and went with it, but overall, it’s just good to play some games! If I’d known so many Space Marines would turn up, I might have tried to build a different deck, but that doesn’t really matter. All in all, fun was had, and that’s all I wanted from the day!
I’m probably going to go back and look at my deck, get some things changed around in there, and I also want to see about making maybe a Tyranid deck, or perhaps a Chaos deck. Or maybe both! Legions of Death should be due out sometime soon, of course – the Regionals swag is Necron-themed, after all – and I’m definitely going to be making a Necron deck when that hits!
How about you guys, anyone here win their Store Championship? Hopefully you all did better than me, but I also hope you had as much fun as I did!