The Empire has a strong showing at the X-Wing Endor Open – Come see the winning list from this 180 play event!
via Fantasy Flight Games
From April 30th through May 2nd, Warsaw, Poland played host to one of the eight events in the X-Wing System Open Series. Travel, hotel accommodations, and entrance to the Coruscant™ Invitational at Star Wars™ Celebration 2016 in London awaited the player who claimed the title of Endor™ Open Champion. A weekend of elite competition, meeting new players, and celebrating the awesome game of X-Wing would be the consolation prize for all other entrants.
Two preliminary days saw a total of 180 players enroll. Each pilot was on a mission to obtain at least 18 tournament points and advance to the final day. Six rounds of dogfights awaited every pilot. S-foils were locked in attack position, turrets and cannons unleashed barrages of laser fire, and many ships fell victim to expert maneuvers. Out of the field of pilots, many skilled squad commanders rose to the challenge and emerged unscathed from battle.
When the final torpedo had been launched, only one pilot remained: Piotr Kuc, our Endor Open Champion!
Piotr Kuc’s Winning Squad List
We asked Piotr about how he had taken the steps in order to achieve victory at the event.
Why did you choose the squad you played at the Hoth Open?
Piotr: “Two weeks before the Endor Open, I was thinking about playing three Imperial Aces. I strongly enjoy the speed and maneuverability of TIE Interceptors and TIE Fighters. Unfortunately, they are very fragile, especially when blocked, and one mistake might be fatal.”
What match-up did you fear most coming into the event?
Piotr: “I was afraid of playing against squads with huge firepower—Triple Jumpmaster 5000™ lists and Crackshot Swarms. That was another reason why I decided to choose ships with more vitality.”
Any advice for aspiring players who will want to fly your squad at their local events and maybe win some prizes from the X-Wing Spring 2016 Tournament Kit?
Piotr: “Actually I have two hints for aspiring players. Place your asteroids carefully. Some of my games, especially against large ships such as Aggressors, were won mainly due to conveniently placed obstacles. Furthermore, you must learn to be patient. If you attack too quickly, your opponent will counter you with his full force. Wait until he breaks his formation or needs to avoid an obstacle.”
Fantasy Flight Games has a longer interview with Piotr and more info about the event. Go read the Full Article Direct from FFG. What’s pretty interesting is the out of the 180 players, 22 Lambda-Class Shuttles were fielded. I’m betting quite a few of those were also carrying the Emperor. Some of the things the champ was most worried about were 1) Squads with huge firepower (think U-Boats) and 2) Crack Shot Swarms. It looks like the field really adapted after the Hoth Open Meta was released. I can’t wait to see how the field adapts in the coming weeks as the next round in the System Open Series continues.
But in the mean time, BoLS would like to offer our congratulations to Piotr Kuc for his big win! Good luck at the Coruscant Invitational!
Someone call Boba Fett – I want to put a bounty out on Emperor Palpatine…You think he takes chewing gum?