Hey all. It's been a while since I've been around here, things up and down and wot not. With the arrival of my son I decided I didn't have time for the two leagues I play in (OCC/UKBBL) and so was doomed to drop to one. I picked the UKBBL mainly because it's UK based and I'd like to get to their TT tournament again sometime. This led to thoughts of what team to use. I've only played Orcs, HiElves and Humans. Bash, passing, all rounders. Now I'm a reasonable coach and have had some success with each of them, but never felt at home. Bash is the usual 'beginner' teams and I don't really like the play style. It relies on offing players and that is one thing you cannot control, either you injure players or you don't. I know there are things you can do like generate more blocks, load up on MB and such but it always felt like you were more at the mercy of the dice than usual. I played HiElves in the UKBBL for a while and while I do like coaching them I really struggle with tactics other than screen and pass. If I can't do that either because of injury or Nurgle (I hate those things) then I really struggle. That left Humans, who I seem to do quite well with. I think it's something to do with the fact I don't think anything will work so it does. Whereas I expect an Elf to dodge so the first one always fails. So then, the Gostahof Griffons were born. Ogre Blitzer x 4 Thrower x 2 Lineman x 4 RR x 3. First game tonight against a rookie DElf team. Don't recognise the coach although he has a 54% win rate over 200 games. He seem to play a bit loose though with a fair number of TZ dodges and GFIs. Midway through the first half he tried a GFI to the endzone to set up the pass TD which failed and left his ball carrier open. I blitzed it free and scooped it up. He was also in the habit of 1d blocks and retrieved the ball for a marked catch to score. Another GFI or 1d, not sure which, opened up the score before halftime to even it. Second half and I was a man down with us both suffering a broken neck player. He tried to rush my offense which got a bit messy but left his back field open. After a tussle I managed to get the numbers with another broken neck a couple of knock outs and a surf. By that time I was good for the stall and held for a 2-1 win. Griffons take flight.