This is a comment on a rather interesting article concerning the current tournament scene, which you can find here. One doesn't need to read that to understand my point, however. This is the first of some thoughts I've been developing and will share.
A correction: in chess, all things being equal, the result is a draw. White has an advantage and can dictate play, but that's not a guarantee on any level. I was a tournament chess player long before I played 40K in that fashion... but I'm not pointing to that as 'proof' I'm correct. All you have to do is look at Grandmasters and championship events. A draw is by far the most common result.
It's why games shake out the way they do. In order to play for a win, you have to complicate the game. In many cases, black is happy with a draw - since it is much tougher to win with the dark pieces, all things being equal - so white has to avoid trading pieces, where oftentimes black is content to do so.
I won't belabor the point, since this isn't chess. I also don't think it invalidates the point Stelek was making.
Not that I agree or disagree. But trying to control a tournament is tough enough without worrying about how many times a player went first.
The alpha strike was discussed... interestingly, JWolf commented on my blog recently that my opponents needed to learn how to avoid Daemon's alpha strike. It frustrated him no-end that, by appearance, my opponents weren't adapting.
That's really the crux, as far as I'm concerned. I've said before that if there's a YTTHCon that I'd commit to going. It interests me to think that Stelek could change how tournaments are played in this country... but right now, the tournament scene is what it is.
Congrats to JWolf and Darkwynn: I think they've earned it. They've proven they can adapt to the environment and win big events - and that's NOT easy, despite how it may seem so.
Let's say the scene does change though - I have no reason to think that the players who are currently successful won't be able to adapt and continue winning.
Anyway, that's where I'm coming from - Brent
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