Just got back from Canhammer 2018 and i had alot of fun despite not winning many games and can now say with firsthand experience instead of just what i read about them about why 7 flyrants and dark reaper spam has been gutted, as those types of spam army dominated the field. In our first 2 rounds we played 9 of ten now illegal lists post the march FAQ, our team had 4 still legal lists, maybe to our detriment under these rules.
Started off vs 7 flyrants in a matchup i hated but i ended up going first despite no +1 to first turn and he made a serious mistake not bringing his flyrants in turn 1, which gave me 2 full turns to clear out his entire backfield and than when his flyrants landed they were behind my troop and hellhound screens still and the next 2 turns i crushed him with the might of the imperial guard and tabled him, a shocking result as i hadnt liked this drawing for me, this was the highlight of the tabletop portion of my weekend. We drew with our opponents this turn.
Played the 2 time defending champions for the second straight year somehow despite not winning rnd 1. 5 brutal lists as you can imagine and i drew my absolute worst matchup, minus to hit eldar and reaper spam. Goiong second made it worse and we played on the table with the least amount of scenery of the 30 tables. I consider it a victory i wasnt tabled and kept it competitive and lost a 15-5 game. I forget the guys name but he was a really cool guy, games 3,4,5 were some of the funnest games ive played in awhile because of the opponents. We as a team lost this round.
Played our brothers from Windsor team the border city boys. In an event like this your going to not always get great matchups but i again got a bad one for my tanks in the Guilimonsparkinglot with agrressors in reserve. Was against Javor and by this time we both had a few beers and whatnot in us, and we kept it up this game. I thought given the matchup, brutal maelstrum cards compared to what Javor got, and his first 4 lascannon shots resulted in 6,6,6,5 damage killing 2 hellhounds, i ended up near tabling him with 4 tanks left alive including pask and 2 russes on bottom of 5 when it ended and he only had fullstrength Guilimon and than 5 tacs in a corner hiding. He destroyed me on Maelstrum, and coupled with a major mistake on my part allowing a jetbike shieldcaptain to be heroicically intervened by Guilimon who crushed him, than charged my other on his turn and crushed him turn 4. I believe he won 15-5. Our squad won the series leaving us at 1-1-1
Played a bloodangels/space wolves army that is now illegal with turn 1 deepstriking in my zone, but my opponent didnt use them turn 1 anyway so this was a still legal list and i loved the matchup which i picked, and got first turn, and lost. Was a very fun game but i literally was not able to score anything by turn 4, as due to some insanely good 3+ invul saves on his thunderwolves and drawing no cards whatsoever of value, 1800 points of guard could not score first blood. I had a very hard time dealing with his planes as -1 to hit is brutal for guard, hitting on 5s is wishing and hoping, not something to count on. On the bottom of turn 4 when i drew nothing i could score i suggested we stop keeping score as the only way i could win was to table him(and he would win 20-0 from points anyway), or i would conceed the 20-0 loss. Ended up playing 6 and i did almost table him but nothing i can do against hot 3+ invuls now on his exposed bloodangels characters. Though i had several tanksleft as per the agreement i conceeded the tabling. We as a team lost this round vs what turned out to be the 5th place team. He bought us both 2 beers after the game and we shot the breeze, cool guy.
Once again drew my worst matchup in eldar giving to me 4 of 5 unfavourable matchups, especially going second which i did. This guy i think had expected to do better all weekend and hadnt (welcome to the club bro), and was a bit anal early, but we worked through it and he turned out to be a solid guy who was surprised at how tough i hung in there with my list. He had expected a domination and he wasnt able to table me through my good positioning and i lost a 15-5 game.
Overall i had alot of fun at the tournament, i learned a few tips and tricks, got army list advise from a guy who did well with his guard (very dif list than mine), got to go to manadarin buffet for the first time, this was my best canhammer experience maybe of the 3 despite the worst record. And lastly, god some of these lists are abomination i wish we had used the FAQ and im glad that stuff is gone. In particular the dark reapers and soulburst, word of the pheonix only needing a 5 was a joke with yvaiines + to cast.
I was going to post a blog post as well but I figure ill just comment on yours since i dont remeber my match ups too well (lol).
I really do think the TO's kind of flopped on the whole painting aspect as well as controlling the cheese factor. Though this was only the second tournament I have attended, I have never seen so much cheese, copy paste or just straight dirty tricks being used. The guys who came with us from Wisconsin, who are avid players and do a big tournament almost every month, were the ones who actually brought these issues up to my attention. I understand the faq was 3 weeks late and it would have been bad to make ppl change lists last minute, but i think its just as bad that they allowed such lists to even be playable... One of the orc players we played had a full accompaniment of Grot tanks... which are FW - FW was banned in this tournament, was it not???
As for the paint - judging yourself is the dumbest fucking thing I have ever heard of. Especially since the T.O's seemed to have no time to actually look at each persons army very well. I spent 3 weeks repainting all my shit and had some guy who didnt know that Ultramarines symbols were transfers and that mine were actually free hand and transfer mix (to make them look damaged) . He looked at it for 2 min and told me im pretty much avg (35 points) .. Like WTF I had almost everyting other than many conversions (to which i asked how much is many? If I have 3 models and 1 is converted is that many?). Not to mention several of my teammates who were there for mostly paint score were also brushed by and it seemed there was a certain set of players who had the judges eyes already. Now I am not arguing that the top painter (west) didnt deserve it, or the other runners up, in fact I KNEW (his shit was too good) west was going to win. I just think it was really unfair for the rest of the people. Also the fact that they released the Sports scores 2 days before the tournament and it showed that a display board was worth 2 out of like 50 points (me and my team spent at least 100 hours on display boards) sucked big nuts as well.
The people we pretty cool and my match ups were fun (other than the second match were I was tabled turn one due to my lack of knowledge to necrons). The best part was the massive amounts of booze and marijuana that were ingested. Getting to play the WTW was also pretty cool and i think we all had a good time beatin each other up.
Ill deff be going again next year but this time im going for the party first and the warhammer second
Sounds like it could be a good event but I imagine people going to canhammer really are rocking the be the best gamer, painter mentality. From what you described about the organization of the event, it sounds like the hosts didn't live up to that this time round.
I was tabled by a guy on the team that came in last place.. I know nothing about necrons (0) and asked if he had any deepstrike. He said no, rolled to go first and promptly used his "abilities" (which he was adamant were NOT deepstrike) that are EXACTLY the same as deep strike to surround me and promptly leave me with 3 tactical marines at the end of his turn. I just shook his hand and gave up. I dont need to play or even be around dicks like that.
As for the Best of the best - i dont know if I can say that either. Were the tops teams good, yea. But are 90% of their lists now illegal - yea. I just don't know how they can cosider it a competitive tournament when the guys who won cant use the same lists in other ETC events. One table I saw at least 13-14 hive tyrants on a nid vs nid game.