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High Elf (OFL) Greater Ulthuan Exiles

Discussion in 'Team Blogs' started by Remthar, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. Borke

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    I can definitely see the team coming together nicely already. Three Guard at this level is a lot. And I'm sure we haven't heard the last of the name Alanalanath - which is a pity, really, as that's an annoying name to type :D
     
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    Your Orcs do seem to be remarkably gentle and have had a very bad case of paper mache armour. I hope your situation improves in the long run, but not for the next game? :p

    I'm sure he'll be considerate and get himself killed quickly.
     
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    MD5

    The Black Gulf Booty Smashers had a strange look about them, like something wasn’t right. Maybe their shade of green was off, or the fact that several of their players were wearing their armour inside out, it was hard to say. Still, despite--or possibly because of--the run of injuries and death dogging their heels, they had a mean look in their eyes and didn’t look like they were about to take anything lying down.

    Extraordinary Illgoth, Guard Lineself, sensed which way the match was going when Indestruction was K.Oed so hard he flew out of the stadium from the opening hits. Thus when the orc hit him, he played dead until the match was over.

    With one eye open from the sidelines, he saw the rest of the team was not as smart as he was. Swft fairbreeze ran out to the side of the Exiles formation shouting something about seeing an Owl. An orc caught her, and soon she was lying next to Illgoth twitching funny. The Exiles were now just trying to chase the orcs into scoring faster, but the Orcs seemed inclined to take their time, and Takrad(FA), punched the Delicate Reineria in the chest so hard she snapped.

    “Apothecary! Save her!” shouted the High Coach. He looked desperately toward the angelic elven maiden.

    She looked up from her book. “Ehhhhh…”

    “Cry the healing tears over her!”

    “...She’s just not that cute? I don't care?”

    “Noooo!”

    Reinia flopped down dead. Possibly from her injuries, or possibly from the insult.

    At this point, Alanalanath started crying and trying to run away. However Tathron, Guard +MA blitzer, scream his undying love for Reineria and killed and orc loner by tearing its head off. The rest of the half consisted of running away, with Tathron protecting the screaming Alanalanath.

    It took a lot of convincing from the high coach for Alanalanath to position himself to try a rapid, last minute OTTD, but at the blow of the whistle the orcs cunningly leapt aside, leaving no opportunity. This seemed to be a huge relief for Alanalanath.


    In the second half Elixion had to try a long pass, which he ballsed up. The ball went out of bounds, but the orc supports got if first and threw it well away from the Exiles. The rest of the came consisted of Alanalanath running away screaming and sobbing, while the blitzers tried to shield him with their bodies. Nessandont got a broken jaw for his troubles, but Lineself Sulion was able to break the leg of Takrad (FA), while shouting “Vengeance for Reineria!” at the top of his lungs.

    Exiles lose 2-0.

    The bill of damages at the end is Reiniera, dodge catcher dead. Swift Fairbreeze, rookie catcher with 3 SPP niggled and Nessendont MNG. Not great.

    On the other hand, the MVP lands on Nessandont getting him dodge, and I rolled a six for cash, so can actually afford my third FA.

    Opening of the match was pretty unlucky, orcs got two removed on the first turn along with a stun, then a third out on the second turn. When Reineria went down, the Exiles just didn’t have the numbers or fancy enough players to touch the orcs cage.

    Elixion failed a 75% pass, which wasn’t the odds you want to bet the game on, but we were down enough players it was what we had. Just generally unfortunate, though we end up MNGing one of SBRs best players, so in the end orc armour wasn’t great either.

    Now decisions, decisions. Do I fire the niggled 3spp catcher? I would guess so, but maybe I hang onto her for a little while? Probably not worth it, as we’re going to be on loners for the foreseeable future regardless.

    Second question is which FA to pick? Best options I can see are either:

    Dodge, +AGI Catcher, or

    Block, Dodge, Guard Lineelf, or

    Save up for one more week and pick Wrestle, Dodge, Leap, +Agi Line Elf.

    Mostly torn between the first two. Lean into having all the guard, or all the agi? The leap would obviously be scary for my opponents, but lines elves are slow and needed more on the line to shield all the more delicate players. Maybe better in the long run to build up an agi catcher to do it instead.
     
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    Rough result, sorry to hear about the losses.

    I'd lean towards the Guard Blodger. He's going to protect your other players, allowing you to stabilize (or at least increase the chances of stabilizing). With 4 Guard total, you shouldn't be in much danger of opponents simply basing your whole time, I'd say.

    The Dodge/+AG Catcher is of course the instrument if your approach is "I want to win matches NOW". Having two of those on the team represents a serious scoring threat at any point (plus, they are very good at running away). On the other hand, the more "artists" you have on the team, the more likely it becomes that some of them get hurt. Can't protect them all. So this is probably not the way to go if you want long term development.
     
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    Glorious!

    Niggle catcher is way too big risk to carry around in my opinion, especially if it's only a rookie. I'd say fire.

    My first instinct would be to pick the guard lineman instead of the +AG catcher. Although if you can get a wizard consistently then +AG is great of course. That said you might still need guard more for overall annoyance/aid. Also guard can help sacking with a wizard if it didn't clear enough path.
     
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    I like the leaping line elf because he’s fully developed now and gives your team something it doesn’t have and which takes a while to develop. Blodge guard is ready now too but you have other players developing that way and it’s less skills to get that kind of player
     
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    Good thoughts guys, I'm going to keep thinking about it. Next match is against Kens Lizards, so a decent number of disposable loners may be in my best interests anyway for the time being.
     
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    MD6


    “Sir?”

    “I’m not leaving, RIfeldin! Go away!”

    “You have to come out from under your bed, sir?”

    “No I don’t, Rifeldin. I do not have to come out from under my bed. I will never come out from under my bed.”

    High assistant Rifeldin sighed, and sat down next to the Grand Bed of the High Coach. “Look sir, it could have gone better--”

    “The Bloodwiser Babe didn’t even turn up!”

    “Yes… High Scout Leonas filled out the form and may have gotten the address wrong…”

    ***

    “Is this… the Greater Ulthaun Exiles?” asked the woman. “The High Elves?”

    The dwarves all looked at her. Then at the wagon behind her filled with barrels of bloodwiser. Then at each other.

    “Yeah, that’s us.”

    “I’m an Elf.”

    “I love passing and kissing flowers and wearing dresses.”

    “I am very fragile and would die to a tap, very elvish.”

    ***

    “I mean, the lizards offer to wait in case she turned up..”

    “I will not accept pity from a lizard, Rifeldin! I have my High Elven pride!”

    “Of course, sir.”

    “Elixion then balled up the kick, giving them a touchback! A saurus with the ball, Rifeldin! He didn’t know what to do with it! They had to tap it to his hands and put a cone on him so he stopped trying to eat it!”

    “He was looking quite upset by the time he scored, sir.”

    “How do you touch a ball when a saurus is carrying it?! I mean, we could have tried at least if those PUMPKINS COULD DO ANYTHING!”

    “I think blaming the handmaidens isn’t fair sir, they had never played bloodbowl before. Also they’ve all quit after you shouted at them. They all actually worked for Princess Reina anyway, and she’s dead, sooo…”

    “I wish the lizards had killed them all!”

    “The fact that you were shouting that during the second half of the match didn’t help morale, sir.”

    “Well it all could have been redeemed in the second half, but a lizard dodged better than any of our players and knocked out Alanalanath! Then is was all over!”

    “Bar the shouting and crying sir, yes. At least no one was hurt?”

    “A pity.”

    “And the take was very good. I don’t know why anyone enjoyed watching that match, but they seemed to. We now have a large treasury and Indestrstrucaron has learned the value of team play.”

    *Outside the mansion the now four guard elves practise dancing in perfect synchronization.*

    “What does money matter, RIfeldin? I’m already rich.”

    Rifeldin decided not to tell the High Coach about the Ulthuan Bank accounts having been frozen on the direct order of the Phoenix King. Not right now. “Well sir, we could hire a third free agent? Why not go shopping? To cheer you up?”

    “Maybe…” said Remtharion, still under the bed.

    *****

    Well, I fucked that one up. Accidentally clicked through Inducements (Ken kindly offered to reset, but I couldn’t be bothered waiting for an admin. How much does a Babe matter? ...A fair bit, as it turned out, I had two K.Os out after half time that would have both come back with the babe. Lesson learned.) Loners skulling out on blocks I needed pushes for cost me my attempts to get at the ball. I forgot the full implications of a dodge-breaktackle saurus and made my screen on Alanalanath too loose, which cost me my offense. Ah well, a learning experience.

    I have not used the FA system to best effect. High elves weakness is the need for core skills, but in my two Guard FA blitzers I bought potential instead. When purchasing them at the start of the season, my thought process was that blisters were the slowest leveling positional on the High Elf team, so they would be the best ones to buy.

    If I had bought a complete player, that may have been the case, but neither of the ones I bought had dodge. Tathron--the Guard +Ma blitzer-- is still 15 SPP off getting dodge, that's a fair distance away, let alone getting the ideal sidestep to go with it. Until then, while he’s one of my best players, he’s critically flawed.

    I should probably have bought skilled line elves. There are blodge guard ones in the pool, them alongside rookie blitzers would have been much more effective on the field and rookie blitzers would only need one skill to get dodge, and then they’re perfectly usable, so in many ways it was a waste to use blitzers slots for FAs.

    Unsurprisingly I guess, my first season back is a learning experience. I’ve been feeling some regret at picking High Elves, having picked them largely out of nostalgia. Still, the team is slowly coming together, and I’m realizing what I think my mistakes have been.
     
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    I see that High Coach Remtharion has assumed his historically rightful position: Under the bed. (I didn't realize I missed it, but I did)

    Interesting analysis regarding the free agent decision, thanks for sharing that. Yet another reminder (had another yesterday in one of my matches) that there is often much to be gained from thinking about things some more.
     
  10. Remthar

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    FA Purchase

    So after a lot of thinking, I’ve bought our third FA. It took a bit of work remaking the team, and 40k spare gold was wiped, but I think it was the right idea.

    Team Before FA
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    Team After FA
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    As you can see, following TS’s suggestion we welcome Neon Deion [FA] to the team, a Lineself with Wrestle, dodge, +AGI and leap. Now there’s a threat! I had considered hiring him when making the team, but half-baked concerns in my head about the rule of 5 (focus on having five good elves you can protect, the rest are expendable) had made me turn away from hiring him.

    After more thought, I realized I just need more wrestle and dodge in my life, and he’s as good at carrying it as anyone. Catchers can level up by themselves, lineselves less so. Given 2/3s of my catchers are already dead or sacked, it’s not like we’ve got a lot of other people to protect right now.

    A pity I didn’t start with him, as I reckon he would have won me some games and generally been more of a help than the guard blitzers, but who can really say in bloodbowl? He could have just died making a GFI before even thinking about leaping.

    Only other change was Elixion getting block, I just want more general reliability, passing well can some later.

    With Nessentdon (Who’s name I have been misspelling, but who cares) back from MNG with Dodge now, this gives me three blodge/wrodgers, up from 0. Very nice. We also have as much guard as any team in the league, and more than most bash teams. If we get a MB player somewhere I think we qualify as a bash team ourselves.

    *****

    “What do you mean, the treasury is empty?!” Remtharion threw his tea cup across the room.

    “Well sir, new free agents aren't cheap,” said Rifeldin. He winced at the loss of the cup, those cost as much the the lineselves salary each week to replace. “High Scout Leonas assured me this was money well spent though.”

    “Yes, but empty?! How?! We’re rich! I’m Rich! That’s just how things are!”

    “Yes sir, but… the lawsuit from sacking Swift Fairbreeze cost a bit as well, and now our stadium is being investigated for Rare Laughing Owls again. This could be costly.”

    “I haven’t seen anything even remotely like a Rare Laughing Owl! Just transfer more money from Ulthuan.”

    “Well…”

    “What, Rifeldin? What is it?”

    “The thing is… the last of the funds we were able to smuggle out… the last ship of gold coming out was...”

    “What?”

    “Well it was captured by dark elf pirates sir.”

    *****

    “And that’s twenty percent for you,” said the Witch Elf Indomita.

    “Brilliant. I knew this gig would be more profitable than bothering to play ourselves.” High Scout Leonas kicked his feet up on the table. They were in the Premier strip club in Altdorf and expensive drink we flowing. It was pretty boring really, but since pro elf cheer leaders had apparently been banned since he had last been involved in bloodbowl, he took what he could get. “Pretty sure that was the last thing left worth stealing.”

    “What about all the silverware you mentioned?” said Indomita.

    “Nah, the Handmaidens nicked that when they left. You know Reinaria might not be actually dead? I heard them say she had just fainted so deeply that it was basically a medically induced coma. Not important.”

    “Well if you find any other tips, let me know,” said Indomita. She sighed. “You know, sometimes I miss bloodbowl.”

    “Well maybe try out for the Exiles then. I’ll claim you’re a high elf, it’s not like the High Coach cares. He’s still trying to get away with glueing ears onto an Ogre and getting one of them in.”

    After Idomita left, Leonas’ other companion, Neon Deion spoke. “Is this… normal? We didn;t do things like this on my last team.”

    Leonas looked at him. “Yeah. What, you don’t like your signing bonus?”

    “No, no, this is great.” He took a big drink. “I’m good with this.”
     
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    As a side note, I can't believe I forgot to post and mention the brilliant logo Astrospider made for the team! I thought I had put it up ages ago for some reason.

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    One of the awesome things in the OFL is teams having custom team logos! I have no idea the process used to get them in, I believe it was more complicated than in bloodbowl 1, but in the end all I have to do is replace a couple of files in the game folder with new ones provided and boom, all the teams have their own amazing Logos.
     
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    4 guard and 2 agi 5, nice!
     
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    Yes it will be a great team in 20 matches time. But short term the lack of block and dodge will hurt.
     
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    I never realized how much guard this team has. They'll be monsters at some point. Great sacking+retrieving combo too.
     
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    Yeah, the potential for the team is huge. I just hope they live long enough to get the basic skills necessary to make good use of it. Next game we're looking at a full squad of block Saurus, one of which is STR5 with MB, guard and Frenzy. Some lucky leaping could see us through, or we could be roadkill under a lizard steamroller.