• Tournament Report: S&S Open, Morgantown WV

    Believe it or not, until today, I hadn't used Gobby in any tournament environment.

    I have a Gobby, I like Gobby, and I recognize why he's good. I just figured that he was a known quantity at this point, and I wanted to win other ways, like Patch or something else.

    However, some of the teams at Worlds showcased different ways to build around Gobby. They demonstrated that you can have a familiar win condition yet make it your own, and so I wanted to try something too. The one problem with Gobby is that sometimes you live or die by the sidekicks that you can field, and other times the ones that you can actually get to survive. We know that Gobby is good, but we also know that he is limited by the fact that it's a one-face-in-six character that he needs to do a lot of damage. A common way to help that was Johnny Storm, so that anything fielded helped clear the way, but I wanted something more than that.

    I decided on using Retaliation with Gobby. He's a villain, and I'll be Blue-Eyesing him so that I can roll him again, so why not? Plus, I wanted to try my hand at Grundy for removal, and he's a villain, too. Why not do some damage to my opponent's face as I'm also KOing a character? It just makes too much sense.

    Johnny Storm was a late add - I had a totally different card in his slot - but I knew that I would see Swarm, as Four Horsemen in Morgantown is the domain of one Trubie, master of the Swarm. I wanted to be able to ping away the swarmer planted in the field. I was generally happy to have this character on my team, though I'll say up front that he wasn't the disruptive force that Swarm required to truly answer. Those are a lot of inexpensive characters, and they can get ya!

    Here's the team that I ran:





    BAC - Pandora's Box, Distraction

    With Manta and Johnny Storm in the mix, my characters hit you when they're coming and when they're going. The team tested well in the last couple of weeks, and so it seemed the logical selection for a competitive event. I had a narrow enough win condition that didn't require more than two dice. I had cards that enhanced that win condition's efficiency in terms of adding damage (Pandora global) or cycling characters (BEG). I had cards that could help me protect it, like Storm (for targeted actions) and Grundy (removal), or Prismatic Spray (Constantine, Hulk). I was comfortable with it and felt that even in a bad matchup, I'd have a chance.

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    SWISS


    Rd 1 - Jerrad - He was playing a very straightforward and effective team that gave me a lot to play around, notably, Constantine. Luckily for me, Prismatic Spray came up the right face at the right time, he was unable to get the Polymorph that he needed, and I was able to keep him from slowing me down too badly. 1-0.

    Rd 2 - Trubie - Johnny Swarm! We were neck-and-neck down to a 10-10 tie. I started off doing a little more damage than he did, then he evened it up, and then I was playing bit of catch-up. At that point, he found the right solution and closed the door. 1-1.

    Rd 3 - Dave - I know Dave from our local store. He's got good ideas and has been at all our OP events so far, so I was glad to see him make the trip to Morgantown with his friend Kevin. He had a Cheetah/Retaliation team that could be really threatening, but my Gobby's were pretty quick. This was not the last that I would see of Dave. 2-1.

    Rd 4 - Melissa - Melissa comes up with those fantastic proxy cards for personal use, and she used a team that was pretty much like her successful Worlds team. It involved the OP Kitty Pryde (who gets +2A when you spin down an X-Man) and a plethora of X-Men to support her. Add in a healthy dose of Constantine! You can't ever feel too at ease against this team because suddenly, out of nowhere, she'll have lethal damage. It's dangerous, so I felt uneasy the whole game. My Gobby was Constantine'd plenty in this one, and so I had to rely on my Retaliation and Johnny Storm to get there. 3-1.

    At the end of Swiss, there were four 3-1 players. What's more, of the 3-1s, Trubie beat me, Melissa beat Trubie, and I beat Melissa. Trubie had also beaten Brandon, but due to the nature of Swiss, he hadn't played either myself or Melissa. No time to waste though - it was time for the top eight.

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    CUT TO TOP 8

    I was pleased that four from our store made the top eight - Myself, Dave, Brandon, and my dear wife!

    Rd 1 - Dave - First up was Dave - told you we weren't done with him yet! This time, he had a much more streamlined buy order that made the games much closer. He focused heavily on Cheetahs and wasn't scared to pull them back when he didn't have the blocking situation that he wanted. I had to take some damage that I didn't want to take in order to get the field the way that I needed it. Well played by Dave, and a solid adjustment after the first matchup. I was able to win, but they were two very close games.

    Rd 2 - Melissa - Rematch! Against the team that made me feel uneasy the whole time! Needless to say, I was nervous (enough that I forgot to call my Constantine ability at one point) because, much like delicious adult beverages, her team will sneak up on you. I had to play around Quicksilver direct damage, Constantine'd Gobby's, and forced attacks as she manipulated my board with ease. Similar to other times in this tournament, it was pivoting to Johnny Storm and Black Manta that helped me prevail, as well as a well-timed Prismatic Spray. I won, but it was far from easy.

    Championship Match - Trubie - Another rematch, and one that I knew I was not prepared for. This team did have success at Worlds, including a win over the eventual world champ.

    With Gobby stifled (as he can and did Constantine), there was just no way to outpace his Johnny Swarm. The game ended much the way the first one did - get each other to about 10, and then he closed the deal. It was getting late and we had a drive back - and I knew that there was nothing that I had that could overcome what he was doing - and so I conceded the match. I was happy to - Trubie's a good guy and he runs a good team.

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    In Retrospect...

    I expected to see a few more targeted actions than I did, and a few of them would have been annoying to my team. Because I didn't see them, Storm ended up being a dead card. Uncommon Manticore could have helped me in that slot, yet he would not stop those characters from triggering Human Torch before getting knocked out. An answer like Doctor Doom would have hurt me as badly as my opponent, as my sidekicks would have been toast. Venom only impacts non-fist characters, and of course the swarmers are fists, so that doesn't help anything.

    Maybe I should have had my own Kobolds in that slot. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

    Regardless, this is a strong team in many circumstances. It has the tools to deal with attempted disruption and doesn't necessarily need to rely on a lot of globals if you run into a Jinzo. A couple of the slots are variable depending on what you thing the biggest threat to you is, and I ran through a few characters before I took what I took.

    I was plenty happy with my 5-2. Thanks to Dane for putting on a great and fun event. Certainly worth the trip!
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. TheSkyder's Avatar
      TheSkyder -
      That is an awesome use of gobby. Thanks for the tourney report. These reports are always a great read with lots of information and ideas to build and mold.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      I love stuff like this. Alanna and I followed along and she was pumped to hear Lauren did well too.

      Those Kobolds, man...!
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by RJRETRO View Post
      I love stuff like this. Alanna and I followed along and she was pumped to hear Lauren did well too.

      Those Kobolds, man...!
      Human Paladin can't even help enough, because Johnny Storm just pings him away.
    1. alleyviper's Avatar
      alleyviper -
      The OP Dwarf Cleric is my go-to anti-Kobold card right now.
    1. Indy Mon's Avatar
      Indy Mon -
      Quote Originally Posted by alleyviper View Post
      The OP Dwarf Cleric is my go-to anti-Kobold card right now.
      Totally agree. With those defensive stats, reasonable purchase cost, and a great ability to boot, he's definitely a hidden gem right now (or at least he was before the world champ said he plays with him!).
    1. alleyviper's Avatar
      alleyviper -
      He's also fantastic anti-Overcrush to boot.
    1. Flexei's Avatar
      Flexei -
      For those interested, my team list:
      Anger Issues
      Transfer Power
      Kobold - Greater Humanoid x4 (of course)
      Constantine - Hellblazer x2
      Stirge - Epic Beast x4
      Black Canary - Canary Cry x3
      Human Torch - Johnny Storm x2
      Prismatic Spray - Lesser Spell x2
      Human Paladin - Lesser Emerald Enclave x1
      Venom - Angelo Fortunato x2

      Venom was the new addition since worlds. I got that idea from Dane at our previous weekend's event where he was playing around with Kobolds. Currently liking him in the lineup much more than Iron Man or BEWD who have sat in that slot at some point.

      Now time to start chewing on AoU builds.

      -Trubie
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Flexei View Post

      Now time to start chewing on AoU builds.

      -Trubie
      Thought the changes were spot on.

      We still have one more constructed event before AoU, so one more romp in the current meta. Hoping it's a good one!
    1. sqeeswy's Avatar
      sqeeswy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Flexei View Post
      For those interested, my team list:
      Anger Issues
      Transfer Power
      Kobold - Greater Humanoid x4 (of course)
      Constantine - Hellblazer x2
      Stirge - Epic Beast x4
      Black Canary - Canary Cry x3
      Human Torch - Johnny Storm x2
      Prismatic Spray - Lesser Spell x2
      Human Paladin - Lesser Emerald Enclave x1
      Venom - Angelo Fortunato x2

      Venom was the new addition since worlds. I got that idea from Dane at our previous weekend's event where he was playing around with Kobolds. Currently liking him in the lineup much more than Iron Man or BEWD who have sat in that slot at some point.

      Now time to start chewing on AoU builds.

      -Trubie
      Trubie, what do you think about swap to rare kobolt? I'm trying some builds with him instead of uncommon one, and it seems like the difference in cost is negligible.
      Also, I play polymorph instead of anger issues and Gobby+BEWD instead of Skirge and Venom. I dont have Skirge atm thats why I made those changes, and I think that Anger issue is redundant with transfer power and not really that game changing, but I can be very, very wrong I guess.
      Could you give me some tips for building better list?
      Is skirge mandatory in your opinion and should I really stick to your version?
      I play a lot against kinda controllish lists.

      Btw I love Your out-of-the-box design of this list, great work as a teambuilder!

      Greetings
      Sqee
    1. Flexei's Avatar
      Flexei -
      Quote Originally Posted by sqeeswy View Post
      Trubie, what do you think about swap to rare kobolt? I'm trying some builds with him instead of uncommon one, and it seems like the difference in cost is negligible.
      Also, I play polymorph instead of anger issues and Gobby+BEWD instead of Skirge and Venom. I dont have Skirge atm thats why I made those changes, and I think that Anger issue is redundant with transfer power and not really that game changing, but I can be very, very wrong I guess.
      Could you give me some tips for building better list?
      Is skirge mandatory in your opinion and should I really stick to your version?
      I play a lot against kinda controllish lists.

      Btw I love Your out-of-the-box design of this list, great work as a teambuilder!

      Greetings
      Sqee
      With more people running the Human Paladin, switching to the rare Kobold isn't a bad change, but I still prefer the 1 cost. It's just so much easier to squeeze them in with other buys and stay energy efficient.

      As for anger issues being redundant with transfer power, I don't think extra damage is ever a bad thing, and with all the extra fist energy I've got floating around its good to have someplace to dump it. A Stirge slipping through with my opponent's hulk's strength and like 3 or 4 more from anger issues is always nice... But if you aren't playing Stirge it may not be as useful to you. With all the low cost characters though, I'm not sure how good polymorph is for you... Well except with AoU and GiantMan, polymorph could be hugely more useful then.

      My problem with Gobby and BEWD: More often than not I felt like having BEWD in my list, I was helping my opponent more than myself. I'm not trying to reach for an expensive character early, but I'm giving my opponent a means to do so. And Gobby in the team, for me I would feel like it would pollute my early buys. However, that's more personal preference... I'm not really going for the early pressure, and Gobby would just get in my way of the board state I'm trying to build towards, but he could a decent diversion with your opponent going overboard trying to shut him down while you build to other things.

      ... And now I feel like I'm talking in circles.