This weekend was the Brighton Energon Trial at Dice Saloon; the prize – two free byes at the UK Energon Open. Whilst I had long ago bought a ticket for the tournament, I ended up stepping aside to effectively run the event. There were a few reasons for this:
- I wasn’t actually fussed about playing in a competitive event and didn’t care about the two byes for the UK Energon Open.
- Mat would’ve had to step out of the event, meaning he didn’t have an opportunity to try and get the byes.
- I wanted more experience doing things like this.
Downside? I don’t really have too much to say this weekend. I was kind of hoping to have some amazing outlook from being an observer instead of a player, but I actually didn’t get much of a chance to really watch games in detail.
Those watching the fields from the previous Energon Trials were probably expecting a heavy leaning towards Blue, especially as Superion won in both Bournemouth and Bristol. However there was barely any Blue – out of twelve players, only two were running Blue decks (Major Shockwave and a single Superion), three were running mixed-pip General Prime / Metroplex decks, with the rest of the field being heavy Orange (three Bugs, two Cliffjumper 4-wide cards, one Grimlock/Lionizer and a Blaster/Firedrive)
I was hoping to see Blaster in action, and even sat next to a table where he was being played during Round 1 for that reason; but I missed all the exciting plays as I was busy making sure everything else was okay. I did see some nail-biting finishes (I watched the end of some really close games with Major Shockwave), a painful mistake when someone put Bold 14 on Grimlock only to ram straight into a Forcefield, and more Firedrives failing to draw cards than I care to count (but someone else did). But if you’re hoping for a deep analysis of the competitive meta in preparation for the UK Energon Open, I would like to direct you towards TCG Cityspeakers who will be putting up a podcast later this week.
I can give you a couple of things though; first of all, here are the results:
1st : Joe R – 4-Wide Cliffjumper Cars
2nd : Dan G – Bugs
3rd : Nick C – General Prime w/Hot Rod + Firedrive
4th : Blaster
5th : Major Shockwave
6th : Bugs
7th : 4-Wide Cliffjumper Anticipation Cars
8th : General Prime (Ranged)
9th : Bugs
10th : Metroplex
11th : Superion
12th : Grimlock w/ Lionizer
Honestly, if I were to do a quick analysis of these results I’d say that experience and skill counts for a lot. I know that at least one of these players lost out on a podium finish because of an unfortunate misplay.
Being vulnerable to bad matchups hurts a lot – Blaster did very well in every single game, but wasn’t quite up to standing against Shockwave (despite looking like he had Shockwave on the ropes very early on). I think a lot of people were expecting Superion as well; just about everyone that Steve played against had seen the results in Bournemouth and Bristol and had teched accordingly. As a result Steve lost a lot of games, only winning against Don in the final round.
Being used to a competitive atmosphere matters as well. There were a lot of shaking hands in the tournament; I notice this sometimes with players in the local tournaments, but observing this time round I saw an awful lot more. Try and not over-pressure yourself, even if the tournament is competitive; remember you are here to have fun!
It did feel like a more serious atmosphere than normal… I’d say around Round #2 things had lightened up and there was a lot of laughter in the air, but by Round #3 + #4 everything was very quiet as people had become very tense, focused and/or tired and frustrated. Honestly I was a little anxious myself – was I collecting scores correctly, was I putting them correctly into the computer, was I being a fair judge when calls were required?
Anyways, I think the players themselves can give you a better in depth analysis, so again check out TCG Cityspeakers when they put up their tournament analysis. In the meantime, here’s a gallery of pictures from the event. Enjoy!
EDIT: The TCG Cityspeakers podcast for the tournament is now up:
That’s it for now! More details about the UK Energon Open in London UK, September 14th at Dark Sphere Megastore here.
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