In a little under two weeks, I omnipotent Black Matt, will be playing a 2000pt game against the villainous, the vile, the feminine Stelek from www.yesthetruthhurts.com
"How is it that you came to be paired against Stelek?"
Excellent question Mr fakeanonymous! I emailed Stelek several weeks ago asking him if I could buy a plane ticket for him to fly out and play in our tournament. We made a deal and the only thing it will cost him is a humiliating ass whoopin! Now, I know the internet would prefer to see Stelek play against someone more aligned in preferences to "competitive" play. Someone like Danny Internets! Most people can draw the conclusion that Danny Internets and Stelek mainly agree on what competitiveness in 40k should look like.
Now, while I mention Stelek and D.I. by name, neither really have anything to do with what I am trying to do or say here. They are just well known internet personalities, while public persona fits the stereotype I need as an example to help illustrate and anchor my point.
I, myself, love the competitiveness that comes with tournament play. I have a lot of fun traveling with my frenemys to different stores on the east coast, laying waste to friend and for alike. I have fun competing on a friendly level playing field in any of a number of arenas.
Danny Internets, my friend and regular opponent, wrote a 6 part series of articles where he makes several awesome points! Competitive play can equal fun, no one LOVES to lose, what it takes to win, and WAAC players are not competitive gamers. I agree and disagree with this last statement as I've seen through experience and deduction that the line is blurred, or at best, very thin. I endorse, like, love, wanna suck off Danny's definition of the competitive gamer. "The competitive gamer revels in an equally matched struggle and is just as happy to lose a well-played game as he is to win one." - Danny Internets
EQUALLY MATCHED, is the cream on Stelek's face;) , and the ABSOLUTE key to sustainable wholly inclusive, competitive tournament scene.
I seems like I am flaming Stelek, but I am just just disagreeing with what competitive is. When he, or anyone else including me, creates or promotes these behemoth lists that demolish qnd destroys everything across the table but slightly twisted mirror lists, it unintentionally and uncontrollably creates BITTERNESS! BITTERNESS IS DECISIVE! Devisiveness will destroy our small hobby potential! I appreciate Stelek's mission, what he is trying to do, and I think he makes great contributions to our blogosphere.
On October 8th, I am scheduled to beat on Stelek new York style with a Dual lash list. We all know that won't happen as Stelek will most likely bring a Space Wolves list that will blow me off the board. I can't beat Stelek in our grudge match, at least not with a Dual lash list. What I am comparing here, is our lists and not our ability to play 40k!
The point is, how is an event or game competitive, when our instruments of competitiveness are so uneven. The strength of a persons list is the single most predominant favouring variable when deciding a current tournaments outcome. Only when the lists are of similar strength, do other more minor factors figure into who is the victor. Don't forget luck, as she is such a beautifulbitch!
I have built a Razorwolf list in order to enforce my point with action and to stay relevant in upcoming tournaments. I.am flying Stelek out to NYC to prove or at least present a very thought out and orchestrated point. Tournaments that encourage Herculean lists with no comp, www.battleforsalvation.com are not truly competitive. On the other hand, tournaments that grossly mis-weigh composition scores, www.daboyz.Wordpress.com are equally uncompetitive! When I go to a tournament, I am looking to compete on a level playing field and THIS CANNOT BE DONE WITH LIST BUILD VARIATIONS.
"But I just go to have fun!" Please shut up with your insecurities as no one goes to a tournament to lose. Some people care much less about winning than others but NO ONE goes to lose. If I go with the objective of winning don't think I want to stick a f#@?ing needle in my eye instead of having fun. Of course I am going to have fun, they are toy soldiers.
While I lack the literary prowess to communicate everything effectively, I propose this! If anyone in the Battle for Salvation gaming club would like to be the one to play against Stelek on my dime, then in the spirit of true competitiveness, let's decide! A series of games stretched and played when able over the next week and a half. In these games, everyone will play the exact same space marine list. Everyone has them in either proxy or counts as. This will facilitate a fair and completly even playing field. The point level is inconsequential, and the army will have bite, but not enough shooting to sit back and shoot your opponent to death. It will require tactical deployment, troop advancement, counter assaults, feigning, luck, and earning your victories.
What say you, warriors of 16 sterling avenue? Just pure unfiltered hate, the way the GOD-EMPEROR intended!