Your Hobby Place in Fredericksburg, VA. Up to now, I had done very well and really couldn't believe that I was heading into the final round in first place! I scored third in the 300 point round, and first in each of the 500 and 700 point rounds.
I made a game time decision on my list, opting for two banners just hours before the tournament so I could rely on two-hand feinting across my line. I intend to follow these articles up with my thoughts on the Rivendell list, and specifically how I chose to play them- so stay tuned!
Game One vs Garrett's Army of Gothmog Legendary Legion in Clash by Moonlight
Gothmog on Warg was his leader, obviously. He then had Guritz, Goroth, and Zagdush. He had a troll, an orc drummer, and an equal measure of front-line Morannons with shields and spear-support regular orcs without shields. 49 models iirc.
Gothmog and Zagush both charge my lines, but over the course of a few turns of fighting Zagdush is killed. Gothmog is wounded and loses his Warg. With two banners covering my front I two-hand feint on the frontline in nearly every fight, except those where the front-line loss would be really harmful. This cuts through Morannons in a pretty spectacular fashion.
Quick thoughts: While my plan worked pretty well, I do have to say that Garrett's dice were positively abysmal in the duels. I fully expected to lose a bunch more elves and use my heroes to plug gaps. At one point I believe Zagdush (Fight 4) struck up to try to score some kills, and rolled a 1. He then lost the duel to the elven blade roll. Ouch. But, I really did enjoy playing Garrett and I certainly hope we cross paths again!
Game Two vs Chris' Host of the Dragon Emperor Legendary Legion in Seize the Prize
It's a thrilling concept... but not so much in a game like this. Like I said, neat scenario idea but can feel kinda bad too. Still, it is one of the many things Glorfindel does exceptionally well!
Apologies to Chris for this one, it was a tough one for him. I think once Boromir had the ball, Chris had one shot to take him out... Failing that, I think it was over from my 2nd die roll of the game (digging up the artifact).
Okay! I think that's enough for today. Check back tomorrow for Part 2 where I outline my 3rd and final game and some thoughts across the tournament series! Thanks for reading!