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High Elf
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186/39/46
Win Percentage
76%
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Wood Elf
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191/32/41
Win Percentage
78%
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2011-11-01 21:39:43
37 votes, rating 5.1
Best FC Ever?
Is this to be the best FUMBBL Cup ever?

We sit on the cusp of our first LRB6 FUMBBL Cup. I wonder, as I sit here, if the new ruleset will open the big dance up to more than ever, to make it more inclusive and competitive, or if it’ll be a false dawn, and Majors will be as they always were.

Disclaimers first. I’ve long since given up being a member of the Fun Police. There was a time where I’d get all hot and bothered and tell people how they should be having their fun. That Majors were lame, for the few with time and lameness in their hearts cared, picking away, not the cool kids, etc, etc, blah, boring. In my old age, I’m perfectly happy with anyone that has fun how they want to have fun, shout it from the rooftops (some do), all good. If I have some negative things to say about these tournaments, please don’t instantly get defensive or take offence, there is plenty of positive Major spin around, and plenty of FUMBBL for us all to enjoy. It’s just an opinion.

Big BB tournaments are now and have always been akin to Formula One to me. There are several components to a successful campaign; the car you drive (the team you’ve built), if your engine explodes (you get diced), if someone drives into you (a horrid draw), and, of course, how good a driver you are. Three of these four are unavoidable, nay desirable in a big BB tournament. The frisson of randomness combined with who is any good is exactly what we should be signing up for. The fourth, the car you drive, is unacceptable (to me – in terms of the majority having fun) as something that separates coach a from b. Everyone who bothered to put in a somewhat decent team should at least get a fair shake.

Now, don’t get this mixed up with (spit) ‘balance’, you balance mongers out there. If you want to run a Halfling only team in the FC, bully for you, you’re the sort of fluffy, fun coach we need. Take that massive challenge on, enjoy it. There is room for us all. What I mean is those that want to compete should be allowed to compete, regardless of the time they have to build a team or the method by which they choose to do so. Inducements, at least on paper, give anyone in a one off game a chance, and substantially reduce the advantage a pimper can get over someone that gets a game in a week when knackered and only ends up with half an OK team, but can coach a bit. And that’s good. In the FC, when I pull up at the lights next to a Ferrari in my clapped out Ford Cortina, as a competitive soul, the turbo boost and go faster stripes the Inducement gods give me (boy, I’m pushing this metaphor now) gives me at least a hope of an upset. Or getting to the first corner first and making a race of it, at least.

In LRB4, I considered Majors almost entirely pointless, by and large because of this level playing field point. I used to play a very clear game if I considered entering one; ‘Will I be in a game with PeteW?’. Now, Pete is a good coach, but he is (in my opinion), the best I’ve ever seen at getting himself the perfect car (not a slight, some love that stuff, and good luck to them; Pete and I have spoken long about this, and we’re both happy we’re right). If the night before a tournament I looked at Pete’s team, whatever behemoth it was at the time and decided my average / normal team would never in a million years and 2 blitzes win the game whether I coached better or nay, I would not enter. I never entered a LRB4 Major ‘seriously’. The style of play was not for me.

I think that view, or a part of it, is shared by many, most silently just say ‘Meh’ when a cup rolls around. LRB4 Majors became a clique of the very few who had the time and will to build the perfect team, no-one else would compete, and as such, Majors could be called many things, but never competitive. Or interesting. To be competitive, all who wish to compete should be able to do so without doing the team pimping thing. That fourth prong should be removed.

LRB6 has been an interesting Major beast so far. R has been a bit of a funny one, it’s not been played much for a great part of the year, so there is a hardcore nucleus of coaches there that seem to do well in Majors, but I don’t know if that’s coaching, old LRB4 teams (certainly was at the start of the year) or simply because when you cast the Venn diagram of ‘Who cares?’ over our smaller site these days, the circle of those that say ‘Me!’ is greatly reduced.

B has had more time, more games and more will. I entered my first Major with what I considered a ‘serious’ team in January. Woodies that so happened to get to somewhere approaching what I’d consider a PeteW team. Unemployment is a wonderful thing (erm…), they sort of built themselves. I don’t know whether it was a good (low attrition) draw, good play or ‘the team’ that got me as far as a semi, but it happened. And I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I have noted that ‘average’ or ‘everyday’ teams seem to have done better than their LRB4 counterparts in B, but perhaps that’s just what I want to see.

I guess what I hope for this FC is that non primed teams do not become fodder. That 80-90% of those that enter don’t get a draw they cannot win. I hope that the ruleset makes it so that the vast majority of games in the first round (when you subtract luck and coaching) are a contest. LRB4 Majors had so, so few actual competitive contests, they had walkovers and dice. What this FUMBBL Cup, our biggest showcase, should be is an all inclusive competition where everyone feels they are on a level playing field before we kick off, not the haves and the have nots.

I’m going to bang in a so-so team. Let’s see how it goes. I’ll either get KO’d by something that I could never beat (and probably decide nothing has improved) or have a bit of fun. I recommend you do to – let’s find out all together how it will go down. In the absence of a big Pete team, currently, the question I asked myself today was ‘Can I beat Chuck Vs. Blood Bowl’? And the answer, with my crappy middle of the road, just how it is team was ‘Probably not, but there’s a chance’. And a chance is all I want.

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Comments
Posted by RC on 2011-11-01 21:48:30
That was enjoyable to read. I just hope that as many coaches as possible join the FC because when it comes to bloodbowl, the more, the more fun.
Posted by Chewie on 2011-11-01 22:03:55
I've entered my elves. am i cool?
Posted by Rabe on 2011-11-01 22:43:17
You are cool, Chewie - I hope our teams will meet once more (or did you enter someone else?!)! ;-D
Posted by PeteW on 2011-11-01 22:46:42
Hahaha. I didn;t read mostof it, but just the bits with me in. :D
I much prefered the old LRB4 majors where I could pimp, prep, preen and pick my team to tip-top perfection, then destroy all opponents. :D

Sadly those days are gone. I find LRB6 more of a luckfest and less clear cut. I cry and pine for the good old days of noob-squashing.

Yes. I am an unashamed powergamer.

Will I win any LRB6 majors? Only if I am as mythically lucky as people like to tell me I am! Purp is right - gone are the days of powergaming ftw.
Posted by Purplegoo on 2011-11-01 22:56:06
Not sure I said that _exactly_ - by any means.

Knew you'd be happy you got a mention, you great big picker n00b lucker. ;)
Posted by RandomOracle on 2011-11-01 23:02:56
Rated 6 for mentioning my Ferrari.
Posted by Qaz on 2011-11-01 23:29:12
I can only say that CRaP has happened and it affect us all!
Posted by JigerJones on 2011-11-02 09:18:12
Not arguing for these rules, but why is powergaming dead? Never was good at it, or inclined to try it, but just curious why it can't be done now.
Posted by the_Sage on 2011-11-02 09:57:28
I love teambuilding, it's what makes the game so rewarding and addictive to me. As such, I also enjoy how doing it well gives me something of an edge in a tourney. I've never player lrb4 so I can't really say if it was too important there.
However, I understand Goo's sentiment, and have enjoyed the build-free tourney I played.

Which brings to mind the following question: how come fumbbl doesn't host traditional tourneys? i.e. Build a team at an x TV start roster, take n skills (or spend n points on skills according to table Y), no spps and full team recovery between matches, skillups after z matches.

It's a whole different type of event, and figuring out appropriate awards for the winner might be a challenge, but I think there would be interest for something like that. If the NAF WC can draw 480 people...

PS JigerJones, the point is that in LRB4 having the better (also much higher TV) team meant almost guaranteed winning due to the poor inducements. Team building and power gaming can still be done, but with CRP the inducements are good enough that most teams have at least some shot of beating such a team despite their lower TV.
Posted by Garion on 2011-11-02 10:29:50
I agree with Pgoo on this one, even though I don't like CRP for play in ranked or blackbox at all, it has made the tourneys a lot more interesting and open instead of just waiting for all the birthday teams to dominate ever year. Cant remeber the name of the team right now, but Jack Daniels did that for a while with his horrible dwarves and I never felt like there was any point in entering the tourneys because of teams like that.
Posted by spiro on 2011-11-02 11:33:21
bollocks !
Posted by Calcium on 2011-11-02 12:52:04
MAybe I'm in a minority, but I actually liked the appearance of the monster teams around Majors time. It added a whole lot of fluff to the proceedings, and as we all know even the mightiest will fall in the face of an avalanche of '1's

None the less, a good read, even if my BB philosophy is a bit different.
Posted by PainState on 2011-11-02 14:39:21
Birthday teams?

that myth will never die that the "Birthday" teams are still lurking. Pouncing out of the closet at the start of every major.

There are no more BIRTHDAY TEAMS....they are dead, retired or the coach is no longer with us.
Posted by PainState on 2011-11-02 15:03:05
Ans yes I believe this will be the best FC ever...because it will be the most "open" mass tournament we have ever had. The the new rule set does make the teams more "even" over a larger band of the TV scale. And the Monster teams have a rougher time of it now that the underdog can buy inducements specfic for each match. Take advantage of the weak spots of the monster team.