Three table players from Brandon are feeling good after a competitive weekend that pitted them against some of the best players in the country.
Corey Trumbley, director of I Want That Stuff, and employee Logan Litzenberger went to war, so to speak, with 66 other Warhammer 40,000 players – also known as Warhammer 40K – at the inaugural Goonhammer Canada Open in Winnipeg, October 1 and 2.
When the proverbial dust settled, Trumbley came in 25th and Litzenberger landed in 27th place.
“We finished in the top 30, so a good performance for us,” Trumbley said. “Sixty-eight people from across Canada and parts of the United States was great to see, considering COVID and other things like expenses and border blockages.
Both said they were happy with the results, as it is often a single roll of the dice used to determine moves that can determine the winner.
While the event was open to all Warhammer 40K players, Trumbley said the quality of players taking part in these competitions is high. Many have spent years building armies and competing in major tournaments, as well as smaller regional competitions. Anyone who wants to refine their game strategy and progress in the rankings will be there. It’s also a chance for new players to learn from others.
Trumbley brought his army of dark angels and Litzenberger unleashed his chaos demons.
At the tournament, there were six rounds of matches over two days, Trumbley explained. All participants received a player pack outlining the sequence of missions in each round and were matched with other players.
Trumbley won his first match against an army of Dark Eldar, winning by 10 points. He also won his second match, which he called a close one, due to firepower.
Trumbley and Litzenberger faced off in the third round. It was a tight one, which Trumbley says narrowed down to just one position that saw him win by three points.
The second day was not a winning day. Trumbley was paired with one of the top 10 players in Canada and it ended in a single roll of the dice and a narrow loss for him. The fifth and sixth games were also losses for him.
“The first two games had to be played with caution because of the firepower, so I had to play a clean and careful game,” Trumbley said. “I ended up playing against the second place guy and the third place guy [in Canada], such tough fights all around. I’m happy with the game I brought and to have been able to face these best players.
Litzenberger’s first match was against the Chaos Space Marines, which he says was to his advantage as he also plays that army, plus it’s the opposite of his Chaos Daemons. He already knew the pros and cons. The second match was against a Tyranid army, which he also won. In his fourth match, he fell to a veteran player with a Craftworld Eldar army in a heavy firepower match. He also lost his other matches.
Overall, however, the tournament went well, Trumbley said. It was fun playing against other players and seeing curious spectators come in to watch games and talk to players.
He praised his fellow players, many of whom have played in the past and had close, well-played games throughout the tournament.
All points earned at the Goonhammer Canada Open will go to the independent tournament circuit for international rankings, culminating in a four-day tournament in Las Vegas in February.
However, there were few cash prizes. Only the top three received awards, Trumbley said, with all other players earning points for their tour ranking.
People also competed for reasons other than battles. Many showed off their artistic talents and creations, such as Sean Clancy, based at CFB Shilo and a regular at I Want That Stuff play and paint nights. He brought his army A Thousand Sons, Egyptian-themed Chaos Space Marines, and won the award for best paint job. The 54 figurines stand about two inches tall or less — each one he meticulously hand-painted, he said.
He first completed an online tutorial, then progressed his own skill levels while working in the military. It’s a simple paint scheme, he said, with blue and gold as the main colors.
For him, it is both the art and the battle that bring him to the gaming table.
“Before, I was someone who just wanted to play, but as a runner who didn’t like to run. I got good at it and I like to paint,” he said. “Now that I’m good at painting and can see positive growth, I’m also trying to let the community know about it.”
A Thousand Sons’ aesthetic is what draws him in, he added. He has worked on many armies, but Egyptian designs are a pattern he loves.
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