Monday, 28 November 2011
Planning 2012'sTournament Calendar
Posted by Venerable Brother Labels: Tournaments
I began this year wanting to end up, in my first full tournament year, in the UK's top 16.
I naively thought that if I could attend 5/6 tournaments this year and place extremely well at each of them, I could do it, I'd end up with enough ranking points to make an impact.
The first tournament of the year, down at X - Legion, Atreides and I did very poorly.
And that was that really..neither of us would hit enough tournaments the rest of the year to make up for it.
This year I managed to hit 6 tournaments.. the 6th, Blog Wars 2, is actually a week away. So this post is perhaps a little premature, but I'll look at "A Year in Review" in a couple of weeks.
I've won one, placed 3rd, 8th, 20th, 29th ...in the 3rd placing I had the same results as the winner and better than the 2nd, but had lower soft scores so came third ....in the 8th placing, I was in the running for the tournament and on top table final game, but lost, ruining my overall results and with tight competition, dropping to 8th.
So I am happy with all bar the 20th and 28th placing.. again, I'll cover them in "A Year in Review"...
I'll only make it to 6 next year too, so they need to be good ones. I've been scouting about the tournament calendar and I've got 5 lined up already.. sort of..
* OGC - 2000 point NOVA style event in February - I have my name down on this one and can't wait!
* Calendonia Uprising - 1850, 5 game event in late January - There appears to be a couple of places and I have emailed to enquire..
* 3 x Brighton Warlords singles which I'd like to attend
* Blog Wars will hopefully run as a one day event at least once
And of course, the Sons of War (that's me derp!) have their own gaming club now and we will be organising tournaments in the new year, getting us set up for our first in the first quarter of 2012.
There is a slim chance I will make it to one or two more.. but for a busy dude, 6 weekends away is more than enough - I can't do more. I have my wedding, stag, honeymoon, scoial commitments (i.e. actually hanging out with IRL friends to maintain 'normal' social interactions! lol), sport and family as well.
If any of the above fall through, then I will find another.
One main goal for next year is to get to the UK40KGT in 2013, as I missed the tickets for 2012's.. d'oh!
Realistically then, what are my tournament expectations for next year? Certainly not to get in the Top 16 in the UK Rankings..we don't attend enough.
I think more realistically it has to be to attend the tournaments I want to attend and try to finish in a respectable place each time.
So is this a more realistic goal than my stated goal at the start of last year? I think so.. I look through all the guys in the top 20/30/40 of the UK Rankings and I know I can hang with them. I've played many of them, beaten (including tabled), drawn and yup, even lost to one of them...bloody Courtney Rhodes and his Black Templars...twice!
To recap, those listed above are the tournaments I'd like to hit up, of course it may be that I get to others instead, but 6 is the target and Top 10 everytime is the challenge..
Next week (after the 6th and final tournament of my year) I'll post up a big Annual Report style piece.. stay tuned...not really sure what comments I would expect below..but let me know how your tournament year has been, did you meet your targets?