Over the weekend I got in a game against someone at the LGS. He’s pretty new with Blood Angels, coming from Vanilla Marines, but constantly improving his skills with the help of one of the best players at the shop, who also plays Blood Angels. The game we played was seize ground with four objectives using spearhead deployment. I won the roll and opted to go second since it was an objective game and he was mostly deep striking anyway.
Now, the game began pretty evenly. I had his Assault Squad tied up and he was breaking down my armor. I smashed my Assault Termies into another of his Assault Squads and wiped them out, he kept busting up my armor. The tide of the battle changed once the Death Company and Death Company Dreadnought got out of the Stormraven and Dante with Honor Guard showed up in my back lines.
Those two units began chewing through my army. Death Company was breaking down my offensive while Dante and buddies were kicking down my defense. I finally took out his last troop unit in a huge protracted assault that lasted five full turns between our Assault Squads. He had no scoring units left and I had one. My last Tactical Squad, all I had left on the board except for two Assault Marines, was securing an objective and we rolled to see if the game continued. It did not and I won.
I’m not generally one to complain about a win but I just felt dirty about it. I know damn well I played sloppy. I made a big mistake during deployment and recognized it once he began setting up. I was trying to cover my mistake as best I could during the game and, no offense to my opponent, but had he been a better player then I’d have paid dearly and never have taken a win at all. As it was, I was still getting my poop pushed in but a 33% chance for a game end gave me a win.
I can’t feel good about that. My victory was won completely by the roll of the dice. I’ve had some very hard fought games that were won that way, a single dice roll, we all have. The difference for me though is those games were neck and neck. Both of us playing a great game. If you have a game that’s back and forth the whole time against an equally skilled opponent then taking the victory at the hands of a roll or two is often what it comes down, it is a game of odds. When you take a win you know you shouldn’t have, when another turn would have meant complete annihilation of your army, it’s not the same. I did not earn that win.
I did come away from the game with some knowledge and that’s my accomplishment for that game, not the win.