By some lucky stroke of fate, I have joined Season 2 of David Guymer’s Blood Bowl 2 league. There are 21 human players, featuring a couple more Black Library authors and GW employees, and three AI teams. First there is a round robin, afterwards the top, mid and bottom eight are entering knock-out rounds. That means a minimum of 24 games per person. I decided to enter with a Chaos Dwarf team, the mighty Uzkulak Earthshakers, so I hope this qualifies to post about it here I played my fourth game today, so have to recap the first games from memory.
For my 1000 gold coins I got the maximum of 6 Chaos Dwarf Blockers, 2 Bull Centaurs, 3 Hobgoblins and 2 Team-Rerolls, clocking in at a team value of 940. I should have gotten the Apothecary as well, but somehow decided to wait to maybe buy a third re-roll first. That was my first mistake.
Well, my first game was against one of the few teams (two, I think) who didn’t start fresh but entered with established teams. So I was up against a TV 1560 (or so) Orc team with Block on basically all players. Ouch. It did mean I had lots of petty cash to throw around though and enlisted Hthark the Unstoppable and could get two more team-rerolls. It was my first pvp match ever and I was quite nervous, to be honest. The Orcs decided to attack first and the random kick-off event saw one of my Chaos Dwarf Blockers out of the game with an injury! Before the very. first. snap. The Orcs scored on their opening drive, and in subsequent turns I killed an Orc (but the apothecary intervened) and had one of my Bull Centaurs get an injury and one of my Hobgoblins drop dead. It was a brutal game, and neither I nor my opponent could score again. At the end, I can live with an 0:1 against a heavily favoured team coached by an experienced player.
For my next match, my team value had dropped to 700, so I again had some petty cash. Again I was facing Orcs, but this time a rookie team as well. I did not buy any replacement player (but I got that Apothecary), meaning I got assigned three journeymen. I still had enough cash to get additional team re-rolls. The match was super close until the last second, when one of my sneaky Hobgoblins snatched the ball and hogged it close to my own end zone. It was quite the gambit, but I could secure my 1:0 lead for my first victory! My touchdown even saw a daring pass from one Hobgoblin to another, something I am particularly proud of.
None of my journeymen from the second game got any SSP, so I saw no reason to buy any of them. My injured players from the first game returned, but I lost another Blocker in my second match. I bought another Hobgoblin and entered my third game against Lizardmen with another journeyman. Those Saurus are brutal, but overall it was a fair game, I think the Lizardmen only broke my armour once for a stun, no injuries. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really hurt him as well, resulting in a 1:1 tie. After my first three games I was 1:1:1 and had a complete team again. I was actually OK with that, but I only could upgrade one Hobgoblin so far. I don’t get enough SSP on my Blockers and Centaurs so far.
My fourth game was against Wood Elves. I had enough petty cash to spend to get a team-reroll and a Bloodwiser Babe. I had high hopes to finally get some SSP because of their weak armour, but they are just so fast and nimble (and I had some terrible dice rolls), I barely knocked some down. And I made the mistake to focus too much on the Treeman, I should have just tried to ignore it. Anyway, I scored on my first drive in the sixth down! Elevated by this success, I got cocky and tried to hit their Wardancer with a Bull Centaur, but of course he missed his re-rollable GFI on 2+ and stumbled. In the next down, the Wardancer had his vengeance and injured one of my Blockers. The Wood Elves were on the attack in the second half and scored pretty fast. On the next kickoff, a random event saw the Treeman stunned, which was great, but I could not stop that Wardancer. He tackled my ball-carrying Hobgoblin and a brawl for the ball ensued. With a little luck I ended up with it again, was able to build a cage around my Hobgoblin and, with one or two lucky dice-rolls, was actually able to score again in the seventh down! My kick-off was amazing and landed in their end zone, so I had no problems securing that win for a 2:1:1 record! I am actually pretty proud of that win
I now have 200 gold coins to spend and have to decide between a third re-roll or a Minotaur. I think I will be going for the Minotaur