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Command and Colors Ancients (CCA) WBC 2019 Event Report
Updated October 19, 2019
28 Players Michael Vanya 2019 Status 2020 Status Event History
2019 Champion & Laurels
 

14 And Counting!

This year marked the 14th consecutive year for the Commands & Colors: Ancients tournament. We had a much better turn out this year with 28 players registered.

With that number, we formed 6 pods of 4 and 1 pod of 6 players. Each player would play others in there pod once (in the 6 player pod, players would play 3 different people within their pod). Players each roll 7 dice. The player with the most helmets rolled gets the 1st bid. Players bid for victory banners they are willing to give their opponent in order to command the side they want to play. The winners of each pod plus one runner up player with the next best record, would move on to the match play rounds.

The opening round scenario we used was Po River, from C3i. It was used for the finals of last year’s tournament, and seemed to be a favorite among most players because it was a very balanced scenario. Players were keen on this and it reflected in the bidding for sides. Most games were played even up. Only a handful of games had a bid of 1 victory banner. The wins for Carthage and Rome among the eight players that advanced, was dead even at 12 apiece. The two games that involved a bid of 1 for Rome had no effect. Jack Morrell went 3-0 to grab 1st seed, followed by 4 more undefeated players, Greg Ottoman, Max Duboff, Dave Fraser and Michael Vanya, Jeff King 2-1, Pete Stein 2-1, and our defending champion, Joe Harrison rounding out the field of 8 as the wild card also at 2-1.

The quarterfinal match play round scenario was 2nd Beneventum from the base game. Each player would play one game as Carthage and one as Rome.

Players were matched based on their seeding from 1st round results, 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, and 4 vs 5. Max Duboff (3rd seed) bested Jeff King (6th seed) in a very close match play. Both won with the Romans but Max was the better Carthaginian winning 6 banners to Jeff's 5. Michael Vanya (5th seed) defeated Dave Fraser (4th seed) in an equally close match again both winning with Rome, but Michael being the better Carthaginian. Greg Ottoman (2nd seed) beat Pete Stein (7th seed) both winning as Rome but Greg had much greater success as Carthage, and finally Joe Harrison kept his hopes of repeating as champion by eliminating Jack Morrell winning as both sides.

In the semifinal round, the scenario was Paraitacene from the 1st expansion. Greg Ottoman faced Max Duboff with Greg winning comfortably as both Antigonus and Eumenes 7-4, 7-5. Joe Harrison saw his reign as champ come to an end at the hands of Michael Vanya, with Michael also winning with both sides 7-3, 7-4. It was clear at this point a new champion would be crowned.

In the finals, Michael and Greg went head to head for all the marbles playing a scenario called Ilerda from the 3rd expansion. In the 1st game, Greg as the Romans had his way as Caesar dominated Pompey's forces winning 7-4. Things didn't look good for Michael going into the 2nd game needing to win big to take the championship. However, after a long hard fought battle, and a key leader kill, Michael emerged victorious winning 7-3. Hail Caesar, and congrats to Michael on his 1st championship!

Special thanks to my trusted assistant GM Jack Morrell for all his help and support, and thanks to all that brought games this year; we had more than enough to play with!

2019 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1
Greg Ottoman Max DuBoff Joe Harrison David Fraser Jeff King
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Preparing for battle in the Lodge. The sun is shining on this battle.
Pete Stein looking for an answer. Smiles before the battle.
GM  Bill O'Neal [2nd Year] NA
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