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Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs Sun, 03 May 2020 02:41
Final matches Champion's Trophy 2019
VCX1302 vs sam1812


Raid sur Saint-Nazaire
Aller : VCX1302 (axe) - sam1812 (alliés) : 7-5 (28-17)
Retour : VCX1302 (alliés) - sam1812 (axe) : 4-7 (23-27)
Total : VCX1302 - sam1812 : 11-12 (51-44)

Game 1
https://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44-online/en/battle/?id=8 0799744

Game 2
https://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44-online/en/battle/?id=8 0801652

In the first game, I was able to defend Saint-Nazaire rather well. It took a while before lights were up to 3 hexes, which I needed to use my armour units. Sam sent his left flank but rolled only 1 hit (out of 3 dice). I countered by sending reinforcements from the center, meanwhile rolling 4 dice on his infantry … tada … 4dice = 4 hits = 1 medal. What a nice start! At this point I was quite sure the right flank would be mine! (Having 7 units to push Sam's 3 remaining units back into the sea.)

After 5 rounds, I was leading 4-0 … Sit back, relax and shoot units trying to get out of the ocean. But then Sam made a big push on his right flank. I missed the right card to finish the game quickly … Just any card to order multiple units on my right flank … but no.

After 9 rounds, I reclaimed the medal from the city, but I could not prevent Sam to gain 5 medals.



The return match :
I decided to try and win the left flank. A bad choice … I won two medals whilst losing 4 units. Not a good "return on investment". had the dice rolled a bit more in my favour …
But I most call myself lucky it didn't end at that point … 6-2 lead for Sam, and enough misses so I get another chance.
At 7-4 the game is over.

After the first game, Sam leads by 1 medal. And now we're off to the desert.

El Hatian
Aller : VCX1302 (alliés) - sam1812 (axe) : 6-4 (35-20)
Retour : VCX1302 (axe) - sam1812 (alliés) : 6-4 (18-21)
Total : VCX1302 - sam1812 : 12-8 (53-41)

Game 3
https://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44-online/en/battle/?id=8 0806734

Game 4
https://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44-online/en/battle/?id=8 0811932

In game 3 Sam start moving up the gully with his engineers. I start firing with my artillery. I focus on Sam's tanks, but apparently I was using the wrong ammo …

It took 10 turns before the first medal was won. A bit surprisingly, it was me with a kind of kamikaze attack with a unit I deemed lost. But in fact, that single infantry unit survived 9 more turns, and helped to weaken Sam's units.
Sam was able to redraw his weakened units and send in fresh troops. Once and again the weak units slipped from my reach …
Except for the tank that I could destroy in turn 22, thus securing my left flank.

Sam made a big push on his left flank. But lucky for me (in turn 28), I could deal a devastating blow to Sam's troops. Hitting 7 out of 8 dice. No medals, just a bunch of units at 1 or 2 figurines.

Turn 30 : I destroy his engineers (medal 3)
Turn 31 : Sam destroys my right flank (medals 3 and 4) I have only 4 units left … and Sam have (amongst others) 5 units at 1 figurine.

Turn 33 : (4-4) Sam attempts to gain victory with Behind Enemy Lines, but only one hit on my artillery foils this attempt.

Turn 37 : Sam plays General Advance, but does not make all the moves he should / could have done.

Turn 41 : (5-4) Sam's single figure engineer shoots from the gully. His 2 dice are both hits, which reduced my antitank unit to a single figure … And yes, the "Stiff Upper Lip" can generate a victory!

Sorry Sam, but thank you very much. It was necessary for you to attempt this. It was "do or die".



Game 4 (The overall result has changed from -1 to +1 medal for me)

Could I do better than Sam? I had learned to use the gullies. A very important feat in this scenario.

I started with a General Assault. Not so much as to make a strong attack, no … It was to move my most precious units out of harms way : the artillery and tanks moved up from the base line. And an engineer unit dived into the gully.

Turn 11 : Not a single scratch on Sam's units. One of my armour is down to 1 figurine. So I play Medics (since I have that card), but none of the six (!!) dice restores a figurine. And what do you guess, next turn that single fig armour becomes a nice mantlepiece for Sam. The first medal is scored …

I decide to try it on the other flank and begin to assault the right flank.

Turn 18 : I managed to weaken Sam's left flank, but he scores another medal (thanks to a 3 hit ambush)

Turn 21 : The gamechanger! I roll two pineapples and destroy Sam's left artillery unit. This left Sam only 1 figurine left from the central hill. This made me feel confident. Sam tried to get most out of his single infantry figurine, but rolled only 1 hit out of 6 dice. And he even used a counter attack to be able to have another shot. In hindsight : this should have giving me a clear indication of some of Sam's cards … But I failed to notice this. With that CA gone and the other one in my hands, I was eager to use the Air Power card, but first I played a recon on the right to give the "coup de grace" at that single fig unit.

Turn 27 : The Air Power gives me just what I wanted : a flag to push the artillery from the medal. And yes, the sandbags are gone as well!

By now I decide to take it slow. Yes! For once I wouldn't rush in … So I moved my artillery forward to have two dice on the antitank infantry on the hill.

Turn 36 : Sam (finally) destroys my infantry unit he was pinging at and send his regular infantry into the gully to root out my engineers. But my engineers get the upperhand (3 figs vs Sam's 1fig)

Turn 38 : Sam's last turn : He uses BEL to block my engineers, but scores only 2 hits. Lucky for me, I had saved my counter attack for a special occasion … And this was a very special occasion, my engineers could roll 4 dice at Sam's poor single figure regular infantry in the gully and thus giving me a fifth medal. And the final move from the BEL let me take the medal from the town.

Final scores : VCX1302 vs sam1812 : 23-20 (104-85)

Wow! We spend about 4 hours playing these four scenario's. And yes, I enjoyed every single moment of it. Sometimes we curse at the dice and cards we get (or our opponent plays). Sometimes we're surprised by genius moves made by our opponents.

Perhaps this victory balances out the fact that you eliminated me from the WBC (which you won!) Perhaps it balances out the fact that you eliminated my brother in the playoffs of this tournament. But as you already stated last week, reaching the final of the Champion's Trophy (with such a strong field of players) is quite an achievement and reward in itself!

Sam thanks for (another) 4 great games! And thanks for everything you did (and are still doing) for the M44 community!

And a big thank you to Lucky and everybody involved in this fantastic tournament!





[Updated on: Sun, 03 May 2020 12:16]

      

SubjectPosterDate
  Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Sun, 22 March 2020 23:50
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Wed, 25 March 2020 02:11
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Wed, 25 March 2020 08:12
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs Vercingetorix1302Sun, 29 March 2020 18:39
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs gheintzeSun, 29 March 2020 18:57
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs JeronimonSun, 29 March 2020 20:22
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs DDB73Sun, 29 March 2020 23:25
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs JeronimonThu, 02 April 2020 00:40
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Fri, 03 April 2020 00:13
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Fri, 03 April 2020 00:19
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Fri, 03 April 2020 15:17
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs JeronimonFri, 03 April 2020 16:13
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Sat, 04 April 2020 00:49
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs PhotiosSun, 05 April 2020 21:33
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs DoctorSchizzoSun, 05 April 2020 21:44
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Sun, 05 April 2020 23:30
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Tue, 07 April 2020 00:42
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Tue, 07 April 2020 00:50
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Tue, 07 April 2020 00:53
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Fri, 10 April 2020 00:05
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs JeronimonFri, 10 April 2020 11:12
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs Vercingetorix1302Fri, 10 April 2020 14:46
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Fri, 10 April 2020 15:19
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs Vercingetorix1302Fri, 10 April 2020 19:54
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Mon, 20 April 2020 07:29
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Mon, 20 April 2020 23:52
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs JeronimonTue, 21 April 2020 22:40
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs DoctorSchizzoThu, 23 April 2020 10:10
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Thu, 23 April 2020 15:49
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs tank commanderFri, 24 April 2020 23:52
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs Vercingetorix1302Sat, 25 April 2020 00:36
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Sat, 25 April 2020 07:05
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs JeronimonSat, 25 April 2020 14:33
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs gheintzeSun, 26 April 2020 05:16
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Sun, 26 April 2020 21:23
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs PhotiosSun, 26 April 2020 23:44
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Sun, 26 April 2020 23:52
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs DoctorSchizzoMon, 27 April 2020 08:46
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Mon, 27 April 2020 15:33
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs  Vercingetorix1302Sun, 03 May 2020 02:41
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs mrmanley31Sun, 03 May 2020 04:15
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Sun, 03 May 2020 05:20
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs Junior72Sun, 03 May 2020 08:44
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs PhotiosSun, 03 May 2020 11:51
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Sun, 03 May 2020 18:49
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs DoctorSchizzoMon, 04 May 2020 12:59
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Mon, 04 May 2020 16:23
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs JeronimonSat, 09 May 2020 10:54
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs DoctorSchizzoSun, 10 May 2020 05:29
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs gheintzeMon, 11 May 2020 14:40
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs sam1812Tue, 12 May 2020 15:37
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs lucky91Tue, 19 May 2020 10:39
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs gheintzeWed, 20 May 2020 05:25
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs ArtimonWed, 20 May 2020 21:12
  Re:Champion's Trophy 2019 : Playoffs Vercingetorix1302Thu, 21 May 2020 00:15
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