Adepticon 2019 was the first High Command Invitational which was the only way to get invited to the first Star Wars: Legion World Championship.
That creates an event with a lot riding on the line, a lot of tension and stress, a lot of hopes and expectations, and a whole new level of competition.
Despite all that though the players were all an incredible joy to play, every single one. I am beyond impressed with this year one competitive scene. I have been playing competitive games for nearly 20 years and I have never met a better collection of players - and I hope and aim to keep our community on that track.
the camaraderie of the entire event can be summarized in one event though: at the top table of high command, the game with arguably the most stress and stakes riding on the line, which was watched by a marshal, 4 commentators, and the whole Legion internet - I made an attack and rolled all hits, more than double whats expected, this could have seriously tilted an opponent, but he picked up the dice and saved every single one (also more than double expected), this also could have been seriously tilting - but instead, without missing a beat, we gave out a shout, high fived so hard it stung, and carried on with our game. And that’s what the community has been and I hope continues to be.
A Summary of Events:
Adepticon was a 3 day event comprised of;
High Command: the top 32 players are invited to compete for the chance to be one of the 8 invited to the World Championships.
LCQ: the last chance to qualify or get your invite to High Command.
Combined Assault: a casual team tournament format where two players control half an list each.
between all three events there were approximately 96 competitors, 17 possible medals, and 8 invitations to worlds.
High Command Top 8/World Invitees:
High Command Best Overall: Davis Kingsley
High Command Best Imperial: LJ Peña
High Command Best Rebel: Nicholas Freeman
LCQ Best Overall: Chris Cook
LCQ Best Imperial: Luke Cook
LCQ Best Rebel: Nicholas Freeman
Combined Assault Best Overall: Team Moller
Combined Assault Best Imperial: Impact X
Combined Assault Best Rebels: Seagulls
Impact X Weekend Statistics:
16:2 combined win loss record (7:1 LCQ, 7:1 HC, 2:0 CA) or 87.5% wins.
6/11 possible medals or 35% of all medals.
2/8 possible world invited or 25% of invites.
2/2 possible team invited to worlds or 100% of team invited.
How I Prepped for High Command:
Anyone will tell you I love being the dark horse in the community, I don’t know why, I can’t explain it, it probably is some how related to my love of characters like Greedo or Nute Gunray - It’s just who I am. So that’s where I had to start, what is something different I can do to catch people off guard? Well, in all 5 of my past conventions I had played Imperial, so the obvious first choice was to play Rebels. With the current meta consensus being that Luke is the best unit in the game and every Rebel player needs to bring Luke to be competitive - the next obvious choice was to not take Luke.
The next choice was to read the meta, which to be completely honest was hard to do. There was lots of talk about triple AT-RT or Weiss AT-ST, but up until this point the meta had been almost exclusively troopers with no vehicles. So I had to build a list that could deal with both Armor and spam. Luckily Rebel units are generalized and not specialized, and so they can do both of those things (unlike Imperial troopers who are highly specialized) - this made me more confident in my choice to play Rebels into a meta I could not predict.
Next I needed a gimmick, because I always need some janky gimmick. Looking at the Rebel commanders left available to me after omitting Luke, I tried to find something they had in common. Disruption. Han and Leia are both excellent at disrupting the opponents plans through their command cards, and Chewie is great at disrupting the opponents plans with guardian and charge. So I decided to build a list that doubles down on flipping the opponents plans on their heads. Han, Leia, and Chewie excel at this as noted above, but to augment and enhance this plan I decided to add snipers with Hunter. This allows me to hyper focus my attacks on multi wound characters - not only am I then disrupting their orders, but realistically Im removing them from their command hand quickly when the character dies.
So when all was said and done and all measures and calculations double checked I came down to this list, which is a very versatile, adaptable, well rounded list that excels at foiling or removing enemy characters, but can do anything fairly well:
After testing locally I knew I was on to something with this list, but at the event it did better than I could have hoped for. I ended up playing the list in the LCQ so I could better refine my timing and strategy of which of my command cards to drop when, and I by then end of the day I was fairly confident I had it down - I was a bit worried though that the extra four games of practice was not worth the exhaustion it left on me going into the next day and the one day that really mattered to me for the weekend. I was quite tired the day of High Command, but luckily for me every one was, so I feel like it was an even playing field. My hopes for the day were to go 3:1 and land comfortably in the top 6 which would be good enough to earn an invitation to high command - shockingly, even to me, this list went undefeated over both days in the most spectacular ways, which I’ll highlight below:
the list ended up going 8:0 over both days.
6 out of those 8 games were won via tabling or concession.
only 1 game went to time and the other 7 ended with 20 or more minutes left, the longest of which was an entire hour remaining.
4 of the 8 games I was able to kill a commander in the first 2 turns of the game.
2 of those games I was able to reduce their command hand to just standing orders by turn 3.
Overall the list did incredibly well and I hope people take it as a sign that it is safe to branch the meta out and leave Luke behind.
You can watch the entire live stream commentary that The Fifth Trooper produced for the community here:
Convention Standigs after Adepticon 2019 - 24:4