UniKage here from Team KrissKross with a run down of the finals for The Adeptus Victorium Circuit – Season Two which took place in december leading up to the 40k ITC Aus Champs at Cancon 19.
“The Adeptus Victorium Curcuit is an all-inclusive, regular monthly tournament series. For The Season Finale in each season Players compete in 5 games at 2000 points over the course of 2 days. There are awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best Battle, 1st 2nd and 3rd best presented as well as a trophy for 1st place overall.
What makes The Adeptus Victorium Circuit different is we have no Composition restrictions and no minimum paint requirement, so feel free to bring any models / armies you like! In addition, with one event every month it is a great way to develop and grow both your hobby and painting skills as well as your battle and gaming skills! Not to mention the thousands of dollars in prizes given out at the end of the season!
The Season Finale tops this off by awarding huge cash prizes to those who have performed well across all events in the season, we have seasonal rankings that award those who have the highest average score from their top 3 events attended this season”
When: 8th-9th December 18
Where: The House of War - Victoria
Cost: $50 online or $60 cash on the day
TO: Dean 'Sinny' Sinnbeck
Top 3 Lists:
1. Leigh Abbey – Chaos Daemons Plaguebearer Spam (view list here)
2. Matt Morosoli – Chaos Daemons and Thousand Sons (View List Here)
3. Michael Hamilton – Astra Millitarium Gunline– (View List Here)
1st Hayden Manskie
2nd Matt Morosoli
3rd Leigh Abbey
Down Under Network:
Game 1: Brad Thomson VS Josh Diffey (view here)
Game 2: Marcus Venier VS Matt Antonello (view here)
Game 3: Mark Deal VS Russel Wilson (view here)
Game 4: Russel Wilson VS Matt Morosoli (view here)
Game 5: Michael Hamilto VS Mark Deal (view here)
Chris Yates and I got a chance to catch up with another great TO this week Dean 'Sinny' Sinnbeck the TO of the Adeptus Victorium Circuit series to get a rundown of how his event went on the weekend.
Hey Dean, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions on what looked like a great event with some crazy lists and some of the highest ranked players in Australia attending.
-Could you take a minute to explain to everyone what the Adeptus Victorium Circuit series is about (reason behind it) and the format?
Great question and one I personally reflect on often. When 8th edition first dropped I quickly realized the players that would have the competitive edge would be the ones who play often and adapt to this new edition with pace, with that in mind I organized the Eightfold Path, which was originally planned to be capped at 8 players, be an invite only event for me and my friends to get regular monthly practice in a proper tournament format hosted in my garage at home.
However the very first event ended with more interest than I had suspected and we had 16 players all close friends sign up so we moved the event to the larger venue House of War. From there The Eightfold Path grew in popularity to the point we were introducing new faces to the competitive scene and bringing back veterans from editions passed
-Did you change anything going from season 1 to season 2?
Throughout Season One I took several player polls and had lengthy discussions with the players about what they want to see in the season. As I do not play in the events I am not overly fussed in the format used, so I wanted to ensure the events I run are for the players, and run the type of format they want.
The format evolved quite a bit throughout Season One but by the time Season Two arrived we had a very stable and popular format. However after running 8 events that were practically identical the players started requesting some variation between events for flavor, with a host of exciting new events, additional TOs and exciting new formats the Eightfold Path was re-branded and the Adeptus Victorium Circuit was born. Which you can read more about (here)
-How do you feel season 2 went as a whole?
Season Two was a runaway success, the most rewarding component for me was seeing the development of the players and their armies across the season. Some players started with noting but grey plastic and ended with beautiful painted forces, other started achieving bottom 5 placings but by the end of the season they were regularly in the top 10.
-The finals were streamed by Down Under Network, how did that go and did it change how some people played? (Nerves, ect)
I am a huge fan of live streaming games, it adds a level of prestige and excitement to games and also offers players a unique opportunity to go back and study their games to learn from mistakes, unfortunately at The Eightfold Path Season finale there were a few players who requested not being on camera, I do believe it is not something that should be mandatory so I respect their decision not to be on camera, It does however mean some of the most exciting, top table games, were not caught on camera.
-Looking over the lists there seems to be an interesting sections of different lists (Jeremy Martino’s for example), were there any that stood out to you?
There are a lot of players in Victoria that are very loyal to their faction, we have a large variety of factions represented from Tyranid to Ultramarines, Orks to Blood Angels. There are also a few Competitive heavyweights like Jeremy who have taken on the challenge to use a well known sub-par faction and chase strong results by Gaming Against The Grain, a term coined by Victoria’s own Adam Camilerri.
-Looking at the winners for the entire series and then just the final event do you think they did anything different from the norm to achieve these wins?
The season finale was very exciting for me, going in to the event it was entirely possible for a variety of different players to make the podium for the overall season results. There appeared to be a lot of players analyzing the top players lists from historical events and trying to build in counters and the top players knew this so some of them were intentionally throwing out misdirects, it was quite the spectacle, I feel we are also seeing a very similar thing happening in the lead up to Cancon, with multiple players in line to take the title of ITC champion for 2018 and trying to find the best way to counter the META.
-Going into 2019 what are the plans for the Adeptus Victorium Circuit series going forward?
If people want to get in touch with you about the Adeptus Victorium series or any events you are running what is the best way to do this?
The Eightfold Path series has joined forces with some of the greatest events in Victoria to bring forth an exciting new event series known as the Adeptus Victorium Circuit. This is a 12 event circuit that will connect some major events in Victoria like Eastcon, Vic40k Masters, Menza Masquerade and ANZ40K Open as well as some narrative driven events like 40k Draft, The Black Crusade and Ascension. In addition we have Team Events and Doubles events as well. The Adeptus Victorium Circuit is the first of its kind and is going to revolutionize the tournament scene in Victoria.
You can read more about the AVC and get in touch at our website (here) check out our YouTube Channel (here) or find us on Facebook (here)
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and I will see you at Cancon 2019 for the ITC Aus Champs!!
Team Kris Kross