Why do players prepare lists and practice week after week? Then fly hundreds of miles to compete in conventions with other nerds that do the same? There isn’t any cash prize for first. There aren’t any endorsement deals. No one gets their face on a cereal box because they won Hardcore. Why do players do it?
The answer is pride and prestige. We do it for the challenge, the rush of competitive play and earning the respect of our peers. There are tons of games to play if you just want the thrill of winning. But in Warmachine and Hordes its much more than that. Any competitive player will tell you that they get a rush when they are playing the game that tests them. When you are standing still but sweating your ass off. When you in a room with a 100+ other people but you are so focused on the 4′ x 4′ board in front of you that everyone else doesn’t even exist. Pride and Prestige.Everyone was a Noob at some point…
It may be hard to picture it but even JVM was a noob back in the day. Can you picture someone teaching Jake to play? I started playing long after Jake was already winning tournaments. I can still remember the first tournament that I attended as a Warmachine and Hordes player. I even recall marking all my front arcs the night before it.
I wanted to play Kallus because I had been playing my Gencon Ninja model in almost every game for the past few weeks but Kallus wasn’t officially released yet so I went with my next choice…Bethayne. I also knew the local meta had a crap ton of Menoth. I was worried about Avatars and Defender’s Ward. So my second list was Vayl1.
Spoiler Alert I played Bethayne all 3 rounds.The ListBethayne +3
Hex Hunters 8
Blackfrost Shard 5
Annyssa Ryvaal 4
Spell Martyr x2 2