Local Tournament Report: War of the Light Month 5 (10/29/14 @ Comics & More)

Local Tournament Report

The Format: 400 points, Sealed, one Pack of WOL Wave 1 and one pack of WOL Wave 2. In addition Lantern Resources, Rings, and Constructs may be used, but they must match what has already been given out as tournament prizes. The means the only allowable constructs are: Crossbow, Decoy, Catapult, Scissors. The Constructs, Ring, and Battery may be of any color.

What I Pulled:

  • WOL002 Red Lantern Recruit
  • WOL005 Green Lantern Recruit
  • WOL011B Hal Jordan (Blue Lantern)
  • WOL015 Arisia
  • WOL018 Munk
  • WOL023 Mongul
  • WOL026 Sodam Yat
  • WOL030B Guy Gardner (Red Lantern)
  • WOL044 Fatality
  • WOL059A Zilius Zox

What I Played:

  • WOL023 Mongul
  • WOL030B Guy Gardner (Red Lantern)
  • WOL059A Zilius Zox
  • WOLR102 Power Battery (Red Lantern Corps)
  • WOLR302 Red Lantern Ring
  • WOLR202.05 Crossbow (Red)
  • WOLR202.06 Decoy (Red)
  • WOLR202.08 Scissors (Red)
  • Total = 393 points

WOL 5-1

Round 1!

Versus:

  • WOL035B Sayd (Blue Lantern) (w/WOL066P Butcher)
  • WOL020B Laira (Green Lantern)
  • WOL003 Sinestro Corps Recruit
  • WOLR300 Green Lantern Ring
  • WOLR100 Power Battery (Green Lantern Corps)
  • WOLR200 Shield (Green)
  • WOLR200.08 Scissors (Green)
  • WOLR200.07 Catapult (Green)
  • Total = 399 points

This game(like every game tonight) was played on the indoor map “Nok”. Also, in every game I equipped the Scissors on Zilius Zox, the Decoy on Guy Gardner and Crossbow on Mongul. I always did this the first three turns of the game.

Game 1 was against a fairly new player so the start of the game went slowly. Entities are a lot to think about for new players. I had an entirely close combat team and his featured Sayd, who sported a 9 range. I was at a disadvantage approaching his team. I sent Zilus Zox up the center and had him stand on an object. Mongul and Guy Gardner went into room and hid behind some blocking terrain in little room at the center of the map. He responded by moving his team to the outside of that room and it was back to my turn. I cleared. He moved Laira up to the entrance of the room. He then used Sidestep with Sayd to get into range and then (after using Probability Control) he hit Zilius Zox from 9 spaces away for 3 clicks of damage minus toughness. His Sinestro Corps Recruit was lurking on his side of the map nearest to Laira.

On my turn Guy Gardner was in range to Charge Laria and he did so, but he missed both Flurry attacks. Mongul moved adjacent to her and Zilus Zox moved adjacent to Sayd. Sayd was able to hit Zilus Zox again and knock him to click 5, but the rest of his team was pushed and cleared action tokens to end his turn. On my turn the penetrating Poison damage started. Laira took two clicks right away. She additionally got damaged from Mongul’s attack.

That was pretty much how the game went from that point forward. Mongul and Gardner took out Laria quickly. Then Mongul helped Zilus Zox KO Sayd and Gardner took out the Sinestro Corps Recruit. In all of that only Gardner took any additional damage and that just knocked him into penetrating Poison.

WOl 5-2

Round 2!

Versus:

  • WOL009 Controller Construct
  • WOL013B Tomar Tu
  • WOL029 Brother Hymn
  • WOL042B John Stewart (Indigo Tribe)
  • WOLR103 Power Battery (Orange Lantern Corps)
  • WOLR200.05 Crossbow (Green)
  • WOLR200.06 Decoy (Green)
  • WOLR303 Orange Lantern Ring
  • Total = 393 points

As I closed with my opponent I hid in that same little room. My opponent used Running Shot with Tomar Tu and John Stewart both targeting Mongul through the side entrance of that room. Tomar hit and Stewart rolled a 3 and missed. Because of a Perplex from Brother Hymn, Mongul takes 2 damage. Tomar Tu is too close to John Stewart to use Outwit. On my turn, Mongul uses the Red Crossbow to target John Stewart and rolls a 4 to miss. That would be the only ranged attack my team makes all tournament. Zilus Zox goes into “open space” between Tomar Tu and John Stewart and attacks Tomar Tu. Tomar Tu hits his Super Senses roll. Because of the “open space” special terrain feature of the “Nok” map, Guy Gardner (who doesn’t fly) can charge only next to Tomar Tu. He rolls a 7 and then a 12 on his two Flurry rolls. His Precision Strike allowed him to ignore Super Senses and get a 2 hit instant KO on Tomar Tu.

Everyone clears. Mongul and Zilus Zox double team John Stewart. Guy Gardner moves next to the Controller Construct. On my opponents turn, Brother Hymn moves to help John Stewart and John Stewart shoots Guy Gardner in the back for 2 clicks of damage. Poison from Mongul and a strong penetrating Blades attack from Zilus Zox KO John Stewart in short order. Guy Gardner knocks the Controller Construct to it’s last click, but can’t finish the job due to Knockback into open space terrain.

The game ends shortly after with Mongul Poisoning Brother Hymn to death and Zilus Zox hunting down the Controller Construct.

tournament 3

Round 3!

Versus:

  •  WOL015 Arisia
  • WOL025 The Weaponer of Qward
  • WOL004 Indigo Tribe Recruit
  • WOL001 Orange Lantern Construct
  • WOLR100 Power Battery (Green Lantern Corps)
  • WOLR200 Shield (Green)
  • WOLR200.05 Crossbow (Green)
  • WOLR200.06 Decoy (Green)
  • WOLR300 Green Lantern Ring
  • Total = 395 points

This third game is against a very experienced player who loves to use Telekinesis to make strategic strikes. He’s a great guy, but on the HeroClix battlefield I consider him my personal nemesis (or at least my personal nemesis who isn’t named Hypefox). Besides, I still owe him after he “Krampused” me the last time we met.

So the game gets going and I’m in that same little room in the center of the map again. Zilus Zox and Guy Gardner are up front. His characters are still huddled around his Lantern in his starting zone except for Arisa who is about 5 squares up and the Orange Construct who waits just outside the room. The Weaponer chooses Psychic Blast and moves up 6 spaces to declare a ranged attack on Zilus Zox. Zilus Zox makes his Shape Change roll, but unfortunately Guy Gardner doesn’t. Just like that Guy Gardner is on his last click. Then he uses Arisa to TK the Weaponer back to his starting area and I have no chance to strike back.

On my turn I know I have to do something desperate or I will lose this match without scoring any points. I take Mongul and move him his full twelve range to base Arisa on the side opposite the Weaponer, but Mongul is now double tokened. This freezes Arisa in place within 3 of the Weaponer and now she can’t use her Outwit. Zilus Zox and Guy Gardner clear. On my opponents turn he misses with Arisa and the Indigo Recruit uses Sidestep to move the Weaponer and himself away from Arisa.

Unfortunately for my opponent, moving the Weaponer around moved him within 11 spaces of Zilus Zox and on my turn Zilus Zox bases both him and the Recruit. Guy Gardner engages the Orange Construct and Mongul can’t attack, but he Poisons Arisa for 1. On my opponents next turn Zilus Zox makes a Shape Change roll against the Weaponer and the Indigo Recruit misses. Arisa clears. Back to my turn and more penetrating Poison damage is dished out by Mongul and Zilus Zox. Mongul finishes off Arisa. Zilus Zox hits an Exploit Weakness attack on the Weaponer for 4 damage.

The Weaponer eventually hits Zilus Zox onto his 4th click. The Recruit tries to break away unsuccessfully for several turns. Zilus Zox strikes back by knocking the Weaponer to his last click. The Recruit finally breaks away and carries the Weaponer to the Battery to be healed. He returns to click 6. The next turn he is surrounded by the weakened Gardner and Zilus Zox. He uses Flurry to knock them both out in one turn, but now he’s double tokened. Mongul Charges him and knocks the Weaponer to his last click. On my opponent’s turn, the Recruit misses two break away rolls and there is nothing he can do after that. He can’t use Regeneration because he’s double tokened and he can’t use Support from the Battery because I’m still next to him. On my turn the Weaponer is KOed via Poison and Mongul knocks out the Recruit with an attack.

Learning

What I learned:

  • Red Penetrating Poison is extremely strong! I did almost as much damage with that as I did with attacks.
  • I’m going to make sure to play Arisia if I pull her in Month 6. Her TK plus Outwit and her ability to be a decent secondary attacker are great for her point cost. I’d love to pull my own TK Shenanigans in month 6.
  • It’s been a while since I played against a Weaponer of Qward. He’s still ridiculous.
  • Laira and Tomar Tu are both good for their point cost. Both are worth playing if you pull them.
  • Mongul was good, but his range drives up his point cost and I only made one ranged attack all day. I also had chances to use the Black Mercy special, but in every case I deemed his natural 4 damage to be the better option. If I was playing more figures that had damage reducers then maybe I’d feel differently. The way I used him today it was more wasted points.
  • Guy Gardner and his mobility were great for his point cost. He could move up to 7 squares and still make and attack. His 12 attack value was awesome.
  • Zilus Zox was the star of my team. His great Defense and off the charts offensive abilities are worth every point. The penetrating Poison on his first 4 clicks is the best among all the reds who typically don’t get penetrating Poison until later in the dial. Throw a red Scissors on him and watch him take down figures twice his point cost!
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