The European Benelux qualifier was held May 28 at Rijswijk, the Netherlands. Twenty-one participants attended, leading to four rounds of Swiss pairings, a semi-final round, and a final round.
The top four finishers and their warbands were --
Jan Elfman -- 1st Place
Ultroloth (cmnd 5, 62 pts)
I like the Ultroloth because it is really powerfull and has lots of options. At first, I tried it with the Fire Giant Forgepriest, but if I lost map initiative, the Forgepriest was too slow getting into action. When I looked for an alternative, I came up with a Chraal and two Duergar Champions. That left the Ultroloth a little too weak, which led me to the Dragonmarked Heir of Deneith.
More activations are always a great advantage, so I added Snig the Axe and his minions. I didn't like it that the Dragonmarked Heir lost a movement phase when casting her protection from energy spell, however, and that brought in the Bat Familiar. That left me needing only a tile grabber, and for that, I turned to the Greenspawn Sneak. The last 4 points became a fourth Goblin Skirmisher, because it can do 10 damage with Snig in the warband.
Erik Pede -- 2nd Place
Inspiring Marshal (cmnd 4, 29 pts)
When it comes to map choice, I can't help myself -- I just love Teleport Temple!
I am a big fan of over-activating my warbands. I always look for a way to get ten activations instead of the standard eight. That explains the Graycloak Rangers and their wolves.
The core of the army is the Frenzied Berserker, Wemic Barbarian, Inspiring Marshal, and Gnome Trickster. The idea behind it is simple. You have two invisible beaters that have a long threat range (thanks to the Inspiring Marshal's special ability, Grant Move Action) and that can dish out a respectable amount of damage in one round. The problem is that, if things go wrong, the Berserker and Barbarian can go down fast thanks to their weak ACs. Mialee brings magic weapon. She casts it on the Wemic if Damage Reduction is in play and on the Berserker otherwise, to bring up her attack rating. The Xeph is just one more activation to use as an invisible blocker, tile grabber, flanker, or whatever else is needed.
You can also read Erik's game-by-game recount of his experience at the match.
Peter Scott -- 3rd/4th Place
Roger Witte -- 3rd/4th Place
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