I would love to blame my list or my dice but the reality is neither of these are the cause for my losses. Sure, bad dice can make a bad situation worse but if you’re in that bad situation to begin with then odds are something already went wrong. Hell, I could blame the old and flavorless Chaos codex too but I’d just be kidding myself. For the record, I thoroughly enjoy Chaos despite that previous statement.
What I really need to do here is be completely honest with myself. My rolling could get better or a new Chaos codex arrive and give me an edge but I can’t control either of those things. I need to work with the tools I have, not the ones I wish I did. I think for a while I was burying my head in the sand but last night’s ass kicking made it apparent I’m at fault here.
Using last night as an example, as it’s the freshest in my memory and the one where I realized I’m to blame for my string of losses lately. I had two major failings. The first, and most crucial, was lousy deployment. Deployment routinely bites me in the ass and I know others share my deployment woes. I deployed in a manner that I find works well against Daemons. I put no thought into my deployment beyond that, it’s worked great in the past. The problem was I did not take into account the terrain. The way the terrain was setup made my typical deployment in this match-up a bad choice. Along with that, I gave virtually no consideration to my opponent’s army. I thought only about what I had in my list and what it could do, not how it would match up against his list. It was that which lost me this particular game.
Second, I expended too much effort in a situation than I should have. I committed too much to one fight which left me weak in the area I needed strength. I put a lot of my army onto a Blood Thirster trying to drag it down in combat. In hindsight the smarter move would have been cutting my losses there and supporting my weak flank. I should have let that combat go, taken the minimal losses and freed up that Thirster so I could focus fire it down after.
There were other smaller mistakes and in the end it all coalesced into me being completely trashed. The funny thing is that my opponent fully expected to get his ass handed to him with his mono-Khorne build. I can’t say if that should have been the case, I think his list is strong despite being focused on one phase of the game, but the game should not have gone as poorly as it did for me.
What I’ve come to realize is I really need to get back to the basics. A better list or better rolling is only going to get me so far if my failings are my strategies and my tactics. I need to take myself off the auto-mode I’ve put myself in where I just do what I’ve done in the past. I think it’s easy to look at a game and think to yourself, well this has always worked well for me, with no further considerations. Really, no two games are the same no matter how similar they may seem. I need to take a step back and treat every game as it should be, a unique experience. My past experiences need to lend me insight and not dictate my game.
With that in mind I look forward to 6th edition all the more. I see 6th edition as a the perfect chance to wipe the slate clean and come out swinging again.