Pitch Protocols: Play Like You Practice

Play like you Practice

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Tournament gaming is not really my bag. Still, it can serve as a useful challenge in a variety of ways to improve your personal playing style. It’s been through participation in tournaments that I’ve been able to develop a variety of tactics and strategies I may never have taken notice of otherwise.

Tournaments represent a great opportunity to step outside of your local scene and pit your DreadBall expertise against new faces and approaches to the game. The results can be eye opening. Folks who swear that the Castle is unbeatable, find it crumbling despite their efforts to the contrary. Coaches who insist Strikes are where it’s at, find themselves being ground out by bashy squads. And proponents of a brute force approach…..get circles run ‘round them by those favoring finesse over muscle.

Sometimes, people just simply get good at playing a certain type of coach, learning their individual ins and outs. When faced with new, unknown opposition, the game can radically change.

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Maybe try taking the game a different direction?

All this, to simply state, you are a result of your habits. You play the same people, teams, play styles, etc. You start to simply play the game a certain way. That’s where tournaments can shake things up, by turning what you think you know, on its head.

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However, maybe traveling to a tournament isn’t in the cards for you. That’s fine, just try and adopt some of the same concepts into your regular games to keep things fresh, and give yourself the opportunity to expand your skills.

  1. Try a new team. So, yeah, you are pretty much unstoppable with Crystallans….that’s great. How about trying Judwan? Taking a team drastically different than what you are used to can help you appreciate the game better. It may give insight into how to better defeat your antithesis (you know, the whole “know your enemy” thing), or better yet, you may discover a taste for a different play style than what you are used to and thereby increase your enjoyment of the game! SCORE!
  2. Try a new strategy. Sometimes this is related to trying a new team, or sometimes it’s simply a different way of using what you already have. Perhaps you get a little more aggressive with your Veermyn Guards….or start flinging the ball around a bit more with your Corp squad. Again, tackling a different approach to the game can help you better understand both how to use AND how to defend against, different play styles.
  3. DON’T use your tried and true. You don’t lose when you Castle. Great. But you don’t “win” either ‘cause everyone is crying about how broke it is. Fine. Don’t use it. At all. Dare yourself to play without that “one tactic” or strategy or what have you that is the normal key to victory. It will force you to grow your approach to the game. The Castle example, will force you to assess how to take advantage of the relative weaknesses of the approach, and search for the matchups to exploit within the game. This approach can be applied to any number of setups, tactic, etc.
  4. Teach an old dog, a new trick. Huh, Keepers look cool. But you’ve never used one. Make yourself do it! Find a skill, position, MVP, combo, etc. That you like the look of and just get it on the table to try it out. Theoryhammering is one thing, but playing is another. Pick something out and put it to practice and you just may surprise yourself with what you find.

Anyhow, enough rambling from me. Don’t get caught up in just “chasing wins”. Explore the game, and all it has to offer. It will enrich your DreadBall experience, and in time, the wins will start rolling in too!

 

 

Tournament Time: BreadDoll swag at Adepticon 2019 Events

Next week, the 2019 convention season launches for us at the BreadDoll.

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Adepticon is here!  It’s a pretty special convention; tightly curated to highlight miniature games.  It’s not as sprawling as Gen Con, but it’s not as small as regional events.  Adepticion is the Goldilocks of gaming.

DreadBall is well represented.  As such, the BreadDoll is there too.  We’re sponsoring three events and like always – Coaches participating in BreadDoll sponsored events get swag.

First up; League in a Night 2!  Thursday March 28, 2019.  5pm.  Coaches are going to settle down an evening of team development.  It’s a four round slug fest of strikes and slams.  And, experience is marked along the way.  I adore League in Night tournament formats.  In this humble BreadDoll editor’s opinion, league play is the superior way to enjoy DreadBall.  No tournament format can replicate a league setting, but League in a Night comes pretty darn close.  League play is an entirely different beast from “normal” tournament formats.  “Resurrection?”  No no no…  If a player is injured in league play, they’ll feel the consequences in future games.  Unless of course, a Coach rolls a 6, 7, or 8.  Or, if a Coach wants to spend 40mc on an injury re-roll.  What’s hurts more Coach?  The back injury of your level 3 Striker, or your thinned out pocket book?  League in a Night tests different skills sets and requires different strategies.  A battle (ahem, match) can be lost, but a Coach can still win the war (ahem, league).  Launch the first ball with a vanilla starting team, and promote roster growth for a high team value.  Competing Coaches get a set of Home / Visitor cards from the BreadDoll.

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Second is the MAIN EVENT: Adepticorp Cup!  Saturday March 29, 2019.  Sometime in the morning…  Adepticorp Cup is the North American DreadBall Circuit (NADC) Championship tournament.  Any 2018 regional winners are awarded a seat at the tournament, but even scrubs like me can buy a ticket and reach for glory.  As League in a Night demands specific straggles, so too does Adepticorp Cup.  Whereas “Leaguers” are tasked with developing a team through a meta growth tournament, Adepticorp Coaches need to do their homework long before their first match opponent is determined.  Power gamers rejoice, because the Adepticorp Cup rewards those who “roster-bate.”  Coaches are issued 1200 mc and an empty bench.  Have at it!  With the exception of a few omissions (Martians, Rejects, Giants), Coaches can build their team to theoretical perfection.  Coaches that actually respect the game and its hobby aspect also literally build their team.  What You See Is What You Get, otherwise known as WYSIWYG.  Anything less in my opinion, and the Coach is just a Chump. Competing Coaches get a set of Home / Visitor cards from the BreadDoll.

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Lastly, it’s BIG TIME.  Saturday March 29, 2019.  Sometime during the bacchanalia known as Mantic Night, six Coaches will compete in Clash of the Giants!  For its fourth iteration, Clash of the Giants moves from its Mid-Atlantic roots, AND it gets a serious facelift.  Clash of the Giants was a popular non-sanctioned tournament in Washington D.C. that celebrated the beautiful (and beautifully neglected) Giants.  Coaches were rewarded if they added a Giant to their rosters.  Fun was had by all, but after the 2018 tournament – the winds of change had blown.  Clash of the Giants 2019 is now an Ultimate Match.  Coaches will choose from a selection of pre-built teams.  They are lean, mean rosters that happen to include – Giants.  And because Clash of the Giants is a spectacle, there’s even more.  MORE GIANTS! DreadBall’s deep line of miniatures include nine Giant models.  Clash of the Giants will introduce FOUR NEW GIANTS.  Rosters are top secret.  However, the BreadDoll will offer one image to whet any Giant appetites.

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Only six Coaches will get to experience the big brawl at Mantic Night.  But do not fear!  The new Clash of the Giants only debuts at Adepticon!  If any Coach wants to participate in a colossal convention contest, Clash of the Giants will be offered several times at Gen Con 2019.

The Coach who Conquers will receive a set of Ultimate turn cards, and the Champions of League in a Night and the Adepticorp Cup will get a fresh set of BreadDoll dice.

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Good luck Coaches.  BreadDoll editors look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.  For those that won’t cross our launch lines, come back to the site for a Adepticon Rush Report.

Scattered Scullery: Don’t worry. Be Irish!

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May your team’s Medi-bot never earn an MC out of you, and may your heart never give out. May the ten toes of your feet steer you clear of all misfortune, and before you’re much older, may you hear much better toasts than this.

Happy St. Patty’s Day to all Coaches across the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

Cheers!

DreadBall at Adepticon

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Adepticon 2019 in Schaumburg Illinois (outside Chicago) is just over 2 weeks away. There are several DreadBall Events going on you won’t want to miss if you are going to be there.

  1. The Adepticorp Cup – This is the big tournament that determines the North American DreadBall Champion for the year. It’s four matches of DreadBall played on Saturday March 30th from 9am to 5pm. Location: ADVENTURE HALL
  2. DreadBall: League in a Night (LiaN) – This is DreadBall league play. Four games of DreadBall carrying over the developments of each prior game into the next. Players rank up and get injured! Captains and MVPs are hired! LiaN is the Thursday evening from 5pm to Midnight. Location: UTOPIA
  3. DreadBall Ultimate: Clash of the Giants – this epic game of DreadBall Ultimate brings the “big” talent to the pitch. This game will be happening at Mantic Open Night, Saturday night starting at 8pm. Get your ticket here.

You can find the RULES & REGS for the tournament and League night on the documents page.

Don’t worry if you want to play but haven’t pre-registered. You can register at Adepticon when you get there or just show up with your entry fee at the correct place and time and there will be a seat for you.

Pitch Protocols: Team Analysis—Draconis All-Stars

Pitch Protocols: Team Analysis—Draconis All-Stars

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Overview

The Neobots are a well rounded team that are deceptively average…..on paper. However, clever use of their Linked ability can allow them to be VERY active in their Rushes and get a lot of work done on the pitch.

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Strengths

One advantage of the All-Stars roster, is their access to specialists. They have Jacks, but their default roster contains three each of Guards and Strikers. This allows the team to be tailored to any style of play, and can make it easier to get a Specialist role in position to do what they do best.

While being “Average” can sometimes be a tongue in cheek derogatory statement, in DreadBall, it can actually be an advantage. Their is no obvious weakness in terms of stats to take advantage of from an opponents perspective. They can’t abuse your Agility, Strength, or Armour. Sure, sometimes might have an advantage, depending on the match up, but that doesn’t mean it’s a weakness for the Neobots. This can make the All-Stars a difficult matchup to prepare for, as they can do just about anything, making them unpredictable in the hands of crafty coach.

The true strength of this team, though, is their Linked ability. Linked can be very strong, but for most teams it has limited value as the ability requires another player to have the same ability to be utilized. Since the Neobots all start with it, that’s no problem for them! 

Linked really could have its own article on effective use, but it primarily serves two main functions: 1) Do a thing better or 2)Do two things for the price of one. For example, I could “do a thing better” when I play a Slam card on a Guard, and use the Free Run to first move another player to threaten the target. Or, I can “do two things” by playing the same Slam card, but use the Free Run to pick up a loose ball with a Striker. Done well, Linked allows the All-Stars to really outwork the opposition in terms of total number of actions completed.

Weaknesses

For some coaches, being “well rounded” is a bit of a weakness, as the squad lacks that single minded focus of having a specialty that they really excel at.

The major weakness for Neobots, however, is their “trick” has a limit. You spend DreadBall cards to activate it, specifically Action cards. There are ways to work around this, but it’s still a cost. It doesn’t help that the suggested starting roster only has one card, making it difficult to take advantage of.

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Cards, they can make all the difference!

Strategy and Tactics

While the matchup is always a factor in determining how to best defeat the opposition, it is especially so with teams that are “average”. Look for the opposing teams weakness and try to exploit it. High strength teams, for example, tend to lack in other areas, and you want to build your strategy around your advantage in those facets of the game.

However, another approach is to try and take advantage of Linked as much as possible, flatly outworking your opponent in terms of number of actions completed. Doing more each Rush can add up to a big advantage that steamrolls later in the game. Try and draw a DreadBall card each Rush that you can afford it, and in most cases choose a DreadBall card on Fan Checks to try and stockpile options. Not only do the cards themselves represent extra actions, but with Linked, it actually gives you two!