An equinox occurs twice a year (around 20 March and 22 September), when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the centre of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth's equator.
So this year NZ’s gaming Equinox is fast approaching and hot on the heels of NZTC I’ve had to move past that and resume focus on an all comers list for the open format. It will see many of NZ’s top players descend on Auckland with Pete coming up from Wellington to defend his title from last year. Can we find a champion from Auckland to hold off this Wellington domination? Until lists are actually out it’s going to be pretty hard to get an accurate prediction (2 out of 3 at ArchEnemy and all of the top 4 at NZTC) but I’m going to chat a little about a few of the top players that I’m planning around playing if I want to podium.
Pete Dunn – It’s hard to look much past Pete as the man to beat coming into this. He is NZ’s number 1 ranked player and with skaven or ogres is a tough proposition. Despite him dodging me at NZTC if you are pushing for a podium you’ll likely to have to play Pete.
Tom VR – Tom comes into this with a great run of form, an NZ ETC rep last year and now pushing the ogres he comes off wins at Arch Enemy and not dropping a game at NZTC on the way to 2nd place with the Nerdymen. I played Tom at NZTC and lost out in the Ogre match something I’m going to have to rectify this time around.
Tim Joss – Selected to play for NZ ETC this year, NZ Masters participant and highest VP scorer at NZT at the weekend you better have a plan for playing his Chaos Dwarf list or else don’t expect to be gracing the top tables. I expect Tim to be bringing a list that fits under ETC comp as he builds for later in the year.
Dan Butler – always the bridesmaid never the bride.. Expect Dan to be pushing hard for 2nd place (the phrase was coined by Rory Butlerism) always coming second. All jokes aside I expect Dan anther NZ ETC player from last year to be leading his Daemons in a last hurrah before the new book. If you don’t know how to deal with Siren Song you better find out fast.
There is also a group of very solid players just under this group that will all be fighting it out in what is one of the toughest fields we will see this year.
Rory F – his mental toughness was questioned but he stood up at NZTC also a Masters participant
John W – a team mate at NZTC JW I think has really benefited with his Lizards getting thrown under the bus and is now working towards big wins
Ant Kitson – another NZTC team mate who didn’t drop a game at the weekend and former Master – he has the bit between his teeth with the Brets
Simon Kwok – Aus Master’s participant
Write these guys off at your peril – old they maybe, grumpy also – Mike King, Reid Pittmans,
Ross HJ (I had to put Ross in here as he would have moaned even though he is a chump!)
Let me know your thoughts on who you think I have written off/missed out! Lists will of course change things.
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