Also, I have added HumptyTrump to the above list of 'shout-outs'. I had already discussed squad selection with Humptytrump in person and forgot to re-mention him here but Humptytrump is definitely capable of playing for team Scotland and he deserves a kudos for his performances and all the help he has been throughout.
@ Sann - Yes, you are free to use whichever team you wish for the moment at least
@ Lordgarlack - I have played 3 games using Brets and have lost all of them. I'll be using them at UKTC. I don't rate them. Usually start well but soon lose too many players to be competitive. They are definitely not tier 1
After last Euro bowls hard to take result it's time to pick up the pieces as we look to forge a new squad and put up a challenge for the hosting rights. Last year was our best performance to date. We can build on this as we move forward.
Last time round; I chose to select teams based on what races players were demonstrably proficient at using. This year I would like to change this by prescribing a list of teams that the entire squad will be taking. Due to the massive issues inherent in the Scottish championship qualification process (and the problem with qualifying coaches only being proficient in one or two races) my hands are tied to some extent currently. It is my wish to change this and I will be asking coaches to play with different races this year in the run up to the Euro bowl in Wales.
Ralph and I spent some time over the holidays looking at past Euro bowl results with a focus on the races that performed the best with this rule set. The races that performed the best were found to be:
Must Haves Dark Elves, Necromantic, Regular Undead, Norse, Wood Elves, Dwarves & Lizardmen
Teams such as Pro Elves, High Elves, Chaos Dwarves performed less well than all of the above. If we want to be more competitive, we should really have a serious look at taking all of the 'must have' races and one of the other optional races. Below I have listed the squad and confirmed race choices (Bold) and speculative trial races in brackets. I will update this list as coaches volunteer to use these races and show some proficiency in using them.
This years Squad Purdindas (Captain) - (Humans/Necromantic/Skaven) Garrick - Dark Elves Loki - Lizardmen Sann - Various Options, considered adaptable to squad needs Valen - Various Options, considered adaptable to squad needs Sadface - (Humans/Dwarves/Necromantic) Mike_Rushby - (Dwarves/Necromantic/??) DonShula - (Necromantic/Dwarves/Amazons)
Time is factor here so we need to get moving quickly. I want trial race choices in place before the end of the month and coaches to be using them in leagues/tournaments from that point on. So you might have to beg, borrow or steal these races from your friends at least to begin with. Coaches with races marked in bold are not required to practice to the same extent as the rest as I am confident that they can play them to a highly competitive standard.
You might notice that I have not included Wood Elves, Norse or Undead as trial teams. This is because we have multiple players who can use these three races to decent degrees and I am confident that out of the remaining coaches, we will have players for each of these. The entire point of this exercise is to make us expand our horizons and hopefully gain some really excellent players of some of the less used (but demonstrably excellent) races.
Selecting this squad was by no means easy and I will also mention that there are five coaches who in my mind deserve a shout out for excellent performances this year; Phil78 Vanguard LordGarlack JackH Humptytrump
These players are all good enough to play for Team Scotland. Please keep up your high standard of play but I would urge you to avoid trying the following races. They will not necessarily help your chances; Dark Elves Lizardmen Wood Elves
If you want to increase your chances of selection; (applies to everyone) then try and become proficient with some of the high performing races not in the table directly above.
The RAF club in Edinburgh (http://www.rafedinburghclub.org.uk/) has agreed to host the tournament in collaboration with the Edinburgh League of Gamers. The venue is fully licensed and a buffet lunch will be available both days. It will be a 2 day event Start times: 9.30am on Saturday 15th July and 10.00 am on Sunday the 16th. Tournament will be NAF ranked
The Rules This tournament will use the ‘Competition Rules Pack’. All 24 teams are usable including Chaos Pact, Slann and Underworld. Coaches will have 1,100,000 gold to spend during team creation. All Inducements are permitted except for mercenaries and special play cards. The number of star players permitted is limited to 2 and a team must contain 11 regular players before stars can be hired. Each team will have points to spend on skills at team creation. The number of points available depends on the tier of the team.
1st copy of any skill: 1point 2nd copy: 2points 3rd copy: 3points 4th copy: 4points +2 points if skill can only be taken on chosen player as a double +4 points per subsequent skill added to chosen player So, for example: A Skaven Blitzer with Guard (1point) and Tackle (5 points) will cost 6 points to upgrade in such a manner (2 normal skills). A Chaos Dwarf Blocker with Mighty Blow (1 point) and Claw (7 points) will cost 8 points to upgrade in such a manner (1 normal skill and 1 double skill).
Tiers Explained: Tier 4 - Halflings, Goblins & Ogres Tier 3 - Chaos, Nurgle, Slann, Chaos Pact, Underworld Creepers & Vampires Tier 2 - High Elves, Pro Elves, Khemri, Necromantic Undead & Humans Tier 1 - All other Races not listed above
Games: There will be 3 games on each of the 2 days. The first match will be by random draw. Thereafter, each match will be according to the Swiss system. This means that you will play a coach with a similar tourney ranking. After all 6 games, the coach with the most points will become the Burger Bowl Champion. Tie breakers will be Touchdowns, followed by Casualties (All Casualties inc. fouls and surfs).
Scoring is as follows: Win = 100 Points Tie = 50 Points Loss = 0 Points +1 Point per TD (Max 3) +1 Point per CAS (Max 3) (Blocking only)
Prizes: Best coach on each of the two days will receive a prize and the best coach over both days will receive the overall trophy.
Prices: One day for a NAF member = £15 Two day for a NAF member = £27.50 Early Bird discount (available to those who book a place before June 1st): One day for a NAF member = £12 Two day for a NAF member = £22 If applicant is not a NAF member add £5 to above entry fees.
Saturday evening goings on and shenanigans: Burgers!! at Jeremiah's Taproom www.jeremiahstaproom.co.uk/ Book your space now by sending payment to email@example.com via paypal.
Valen - If you fancy undead then I suggest playing with them as much as you can for the next few tournaments at least so as to demonstrate competency. If not then there's always the Dwarves as a fall-back option.
Below I have listed the team members highest ranked NAF teams along with their rankings. I have also included teams that players have taken to Eurobowls/World Cups. The intention is to provide some evidence of competency and experience.
I have a slight quandary when it comes to wood elves as it comes to Wood Elves. My solution is to keep Sadface as the Wood Elf player while HumptyTrump gets Amazons. Ralph has agreed to play with the zons for the foreseeable future in order to build proficiency. I realise this is not ideal but we have time to prepare.
I would have liked to make this announcement sooner but things don't always go as planned in a transition period such as this.
That's right folks, It's me.
Thank you all for the nomination as captain. I am honoured to lead the team this year. I would like to thank the Don for his years of service and commitment. He has done a sterling job of developing the team to point it is now at and it is my intention to build on these achievements as we move to bring the tournament home for 2019!
I would like to keep Garrick as vice captain as I feel he is an excellent organiser as well as player. A real asset.
I think we have some really solid players in the mix now with a fantastic core of players. I am very optimistic of our chances of Improving our placing and winning hosting rights.
I'm waiting on a couple of people confirming their interest in joining the team but I pretty much have my team picked. I will post this in the next few days along with my suggestions for races that we should all use. Stay tuned for this.
In the meantime it's business as usual. So keep going to tournaments and getting the practice in.