This year we have the opportunity to start a bit of tradition. We are inviting some of the top players from the previous Final to this year’s Final. Each year will still be dependent on the space available. I sent out a few questions to the current Finalists to get a glimpse of history, insight, perspective, and advise.
Next we have Shawn. Shawn won Sportsmanship in the 2012 CAGE Match and is known to place high in most tournaments he attends. I gladly invite him to attend the 2013 Final.
Shawn has recently placed:
- 4th in the 2012 Cage Match Final
- 9th with his team at American Team Championship
- 4-1 at the Redstone Rumble
JBW: Hey Shawn, Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. So how did you get into 40K?
A friend and I were already playing Fantasy, and we were both huge sci-fi fans. We had seen people playing 40K at Lion & Unicorn and it looked like fun. It seemed like the next logical step.
JBW: What other Games/ Systems do you play?
Too many! I play or have played tons of game systems over the years. Here are some my current favorites; Warmahordes, Blood Bowl, Epic Armageddon, Fire and Fury, and Gruntz.
JBW: Do you have other armies? Would you mind giving us a quick list of them?
Yeah, I have several 40K armies. I will give you a list of my painted armies only and a ballpark point level. They are: Dark Angels (5,000) , Angels of Redemption (3,500), Sisters of Battle (2,500), Space Wolves (3,000), Grey Knights (3,000), Blood Angels (2,500), Dark Eldar (2,300), and my baby, Imperial Guard (15,000). I am too embarrassed to go into my unpainted stuff.
JBW: In your opinion what do you think makes a good tournament player? What qualities do you think you need to bring to this event and tournaments in general?
Three things make a good tournament player. A good ATTITUDE! In my opinion that is the #1 thing a good tournament player has. If you play a lot of tournaments, you have to be able to lose games and not be a bad sport about it. There is only one first place winner at a tournament. Knowing the rules. That means not only the rules that apply to your codex, but every codex. Knowing what your opponent’s army can do is huge. Last but not least, practice, and tons of it. You need to play as many different army builds and players as you can.
JBW: There will be even more players this year that you haven’t met or played before. Is there any tips you would share on playing new players?
Take it slow. Try and gauge your opponent and get a feel for why they are there. People go to tournaments for different reasons. Not everyone is there to smash their opponents. Play with that in mind. I am not saying that you should go easy on them, play hard but try not to ruin their fun. Just keep in mind that you are not only playing the game you are also playing the player.
JBW: You recently returned from the Redstone Rumble in Huntsville and the American Team Championship in TN and did very well. What did you see there and in your games lately that might be at the 2013 Final?
That is a tough question. I have found that armies and play style are different from group to group. Local groups tend to play what they like and what they think is a strong army build. But, I can tell you I fully expect to see Necrons and Grey Knights o’plenty.
JBW: So to put you on the spot; who do you think is player to beat this year?
Other than myself? I think that there are two people I have to watch out for, Jeff O and Ryan J. They are both great players and are tough to beat.
JBW: What did you learn last time that you plan on using this year?
I need to keep my eye on the time a little better. I had one game that ended because we ran out of time. It ended up a draw, but could have been a win if I had paid attention.
JBW: Say there was someone reading this who wants to try and qualify for the 2013 Cage Match at their local store. What advice would you give them?
Do it already! It is a ton of fun. You get to see other people and armies from all over the state. Don’t get hung up on winning! If you lose a game to a good player that has been playing for years, there is no shame in it. Take that game and learn from it and try and figure out what you could have done differently.
JBW: Well thanks again for doing the interview.
No problem, thanks for asking me.
Till next time