The 5th Galaxies Qualifier event, Ryloth, happened this weekend. Usually, I would have done the fast meta analysis. But this time I participated, and despite playing against two-time champion Faan and one-time finalist/one-time semi-finalist Daniel, I somehow stumbled into the cut. So instead of the timely meta before cut, you get this battle report. My … Continue reading Battle Report: Ryloth Top32, R-AAA-y Wings vs LambdaSloane
In other articles, I have written about a way to approach the pregame: Turn 0, to identify target priorities; thinking about plan blue and plan red, deployment and obstacles are in every battle report.I've also touched on principles and examples for your after-action-review. Every training is only as good as the lessons you draw from … Continue reading WRAM
This short post is to help estimating bullseye arcs a bit better. Maybe you play a T-70 and want to close the S-foils, maybe you are enamored with proton rockets on an A-Wing, or maybe you like Nantex and the upcoming ETA-2 interceptor who both rely a lot on their special bullseye arc. There are … Continue reading Judging the bullseye
There are some standard problems in X-Wing that can be seen again and again. Turning a swarm while maintaining a broad front is one. I've seen this one on a recorded game and it got me wondering how to continue without making range control easy for an opponent.Moving in close formation is often unnecessary. But … Continue reading Intermediate Maneuvers: return banked ships into a close formation
How do you identify the correct target?The choice you make when you sit down at the table and form your plan for the game. The correct target priorities for the entire game, not the tactical choice in a specific situation. Correct always carries the implicit question “correct for what?”, so don’t forget your immediate objective: … Continue reading Target Priority
This post will be a mixture of theory and help for game reviews. Last week, we had a look at the different levels of strategy, from tricks to strategies. I will briefly revisit some ideas here. The principles that follow now can be used to plan your game before you start, to remember things during … Continue reading Principles for Game Review
Why would you even want to practice an opening? For me, it is to a large degree about a mental buffer. I do it to free up capacities that allows me to focus on other things and to give myself a small confidence boost. They place an obstacle there? No worries, I have my spot … Continue reading How to develop a simple opening
Today I want to talk about three related concepts. I believe that these particular lenses can be very useful to tackle events, choose lists, look at the strengths and weaknesses of your own and an opponent’s list; to understand and to exploit or mitigate the identified weaknesses; and for playing to your own strengths and … Continue reading Tricks, Tactics, or Strategy?