Well after a long weekend I’m coming to you all a bit worse for wear. Things didn’t go so well for the old Moonshiner in the that other Virginia. I took the brew crew over to Huzzah Hobbies and went 1-3. Things shook down as follows:
Round 1: Brewers Mirror. I took Esters, Scum, Spigot, Mash, Hooper and Stave. He took Tapper, Scum, Hooper, Spigot, Friday and I don’t remember number 6. I had the honor of playing one of two veterans participating in the event. He also happens to be a fella I met up at SnowBall 2016 in Philadelphia. We had a fun game. As usual I started out strong and lost steam as the game progressed. I lost out 5-12.
Round 2: Round two may have been the worst game of guild ball I have ever played. I yet again drew the brewers mirror, and we drafted and exact mirror (Esters, Scum, Spigot, Stoker, Mash, Friday). Both myself and my opponent afterwards said that the game boiled down to him winning the roll between rounds one and two and him forcing me to go first with little range and no momentum. I got skunked that round 0-12
Round 3: Thresher Farmers. In what may have been my best game of the day I played against the farmers. I brought Tapper, Scum, Spigot, Friday, Hooper and Mash into Thresher, Peck, Harrow, Jackstraw, Benediction and Windle. I thought this was gonna be a real rough game for me. Between thresher and Windle I wasn’t sure if I could outfight this crew. Turns out I was right. I did get the ball at the start of the game. Grabbed it with the cat and moved up the right side of the board while the scrum broke out on the left side. The game ended on turn 3. Every point scored occurred in that round. I suffered a take out activation 1. I then activated the cat and scored and the ball was put out to benediction. He took out another model. I activated Friday, got the ball off of Benny, and scored it again. He activated thresher and killed 2 models. I activated someone trying to get the fight on. He Activated Jackstraw and scored. Game lost 8-12.
Round 4: Corsair Fish. I brought Tapper, Scum, Spigot, Hooper, Mash and Stave. He brought Corsair, Salt, Kraken, VSiren, Sakana, and Greyscales. Having played against VSiren before I knew I’d want Stave to try and keep her dread gaze away from the scrum so I could still get some wraps in. My opponent misplayed Siren’s position all game, having her accessible to Tapper and Hooper’s 2″ reach. I won the game 12-8. I got 6 take outs (3 on siren, 2 on Sakana, and one on the old fish).
Distilling it down: The Brew Crew is going on the shelf for a while. I’ve come to the realization that my play style in this game favors the 2-2 or 3-0 play style, and that’s just not where the Brewers live.
On an unrelated note, Huzzah Hobbies is an awesome store in NOVA and I recommend playing in events there whenever possible. Bill Anderson of GBT was also an excellent host and a fine TO and I thank him on behalf of the entire Mountaineers Guild.
So, at least for now, this is goodbye friends. The old Moonshiner is heading back to the hills and his stills. Cheers.