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Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit (ASK) WBC 2018 Event Report
Updated October 8, 2018
 
20 Players Steve Smith 2018 Status 2019 Status History/Laurels
  2018 Champion   Click box for details. Click box for details.
 

WBC Newcomer triumphs in ASL Starter Kit

The second year of the ASLSK revival saw a slight uptick to 20 players.

Round one again featured S1 Retaking Vierville. Last year’s semifinalist Andy Maly went down to Gary Phillips when he couldn’t roll less than a 9 in the final Close Combat, while the other three semifinalists from last year all advanced along with stalwarts John Vasilakos, Gary Phillips, Derek Pulhamus, newcomers Steve Smith and Todd Treadway, and past champion Greg Schmittgens.

Round two again featured S2 War of the Rats with the modification of the Russian reinforcements entering on Turn 4. Steve Smith, Mike Masella, Greg Schmittgens, and defending champion Steve Brooks all won, and Gary Phillips knocked out last year’s finalist Josh Coyle. Both Mike’s and Gary’s wins had to be adjudicated, but both were clear cut decisions, especially after Todd could not roll under a 10 in a long series of Close Combats over several turns. Since Gary had to drop out, he and Josh actually kept playing till the bitter end, vindicating the GM’s ruling.

So four players moved on to Round three and S5 Clearing Colleville. Greg’s Americans got gunned up moving through the grain fields to enter and lost their 9-2, but still managed to push hard on Mike’s Germans and tie the remnants up in Melee at the end, with Mike losing in the same scenario as last year’s semis, but with a different side. Steve Brooks hung onto his 9-2, but couldn’t lock up Steve Smith’s Germans in the back building, leaving a close victory to Steve Smith. And setting up a rematch for the final of once regular face to face opponents.

Erstwhile regular opponents, Steve Smith and Greg Schmittgens hadn’t played ASL together since Steve moved away from Wichita over five years ago. Given the option, rather than play last year’s final scenario Purple Heart Lane, they chose (after nine hard hours in the trenches) the slightly simpler Prelude to Festung Brest (which last year’s finalists had opted out of in order to play on the big board).

Greg pressed Steve relentlessly, but Steve, while never comfortable, kept falling back in good order, with broken units routing and rallying under cover of their brothers. At the end, while very close, Greg couldn’t dig the 8-morale Germans out of the last stone buildings. Steve Smith prevails and ASL Starter Kit still doesn’t have a repeat champion. Will 2019 break the streak?

 
2018 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 3

Greg Schmitttgens Michael Masella Steven Brooks Gary Phillips Derek Pulhamus
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
 

If looks could kill units, he would be all set. Fog of War leaves spectators in the dark.

Large Battles looming. Rebel Reinforcements brought in to assist with
the die rolls.
 
GM     Perry Cocke [2nd Year]   NA
   perrycocke@comcast.net    NA