Good article. A little disappointed that he didn't choose a character that wasn't made yet. Hoping it's the classic version at least.
Earlier this week we brought you an exlusive interview with the 2013 Gen Con Indy HeroClix Modern Age World Champion Daniel Joynes (read it HERE), and now we're following that up with a discussion with the Golden Age Champion Jake Williams!
Hello there, everyone! My name is Roy McCarthy, better known around the internet as RybackStun. Today I am bringing you an interview with the man who won the HeroClix Golden Age World Championship this past August at Gen Con Indy, Jake Williams aka Jeterey on HCRealms. Read on for the full interview and pick up all of your Golden Age HeroClix favorites at Miniature Market.
Roy: First off, congratulations on winning the Golden Age Championship at Gen Con!
Jake: Thank you.
R: What team did you end up playing for the main event and why did you choose to run that specific team?
J: I played
Two years ago at Gen Con I had a pretty solid Modern Age team but I ended up going 3 - 2 in the semifinals. If I had won my last game in the semis I would have been in, as the person who beat me got in and was behind me on points going into that round. It was pretty frustrating that I had tested out my Modern team and never got a chance to use it. As soon as Gen Con was over I decided to start looking at possible 300 point teams that would do really well in Golden Age so I could advance and get a shot at the finals.
In one of our local No Man’s Land events, I believe Month 4, I tried a three Cruiser Gotham City team with 10th Anniversary Catwoman as one of the pilots. I put a post up on HCRealms about how effective that team was but a lot of people seemed either to discount it or argue about how teams like this were ruining the game and the thread ended up getting closed because of all of the bickering.
In April I started to run a lot of tests and everything that I could come up with that was testing really strong kept losing to Cruiser teams. So, 4 months before Gen Con I knew that I was bringing a Cruiser team; I just didn't know what I would pair with it. I kept going back and forth between three GCPD from Alpha or mixing up the team a little bit more.
In May when they announced that they were doing two World Championships this year I felt pretty good about what I had come up with because I had already been working on my team for 300 Golden because I didn't want to miss the finals again this year.
I looked at almost every potential pilot with the Police TA or the Gotham City keyword and still have most of them memorized. I was pretty happy with what I had come up with as a team and still had 20 points left over. I was going to go with two Experienced Paramedics. Once I saw the new GCPD ATA before Origins I knew the final "touches" that I would put on my team and switched over to Little Sure Shot to give me a little bit more offense, especially if I ran into another Cruiser team. Which I did a few times.
R: What did you think your hardest match up was and did you face that at all during the event?
J: I had to go through one JLA base, a Heroes for Hire team, two Trinities of Sin, three Villains for Hire, two Cruiser teams, and a MODOK/Brother Voodoo team to win it all. My hardest match was probably against the first Cruiser team that I ran into. I knew that I had the advantage with Little Sure Shot’s range/damage but the game went almost to time before it finished up. When I ran into him again in the semi-final the game went a lot quicker because I had a little bit better idea as to how he was going to play his team.
R: Given that the prize for winning the championship was the opportunity to design a figure and you have already stated that you wanted to create Harley Quinn, why did you pick that specific character?
J: Since we are getting into the design phase all I can really say is "Sorry, I can't talk about that." Every player that plays this game has always wanted to do a figure their way. I'm grateful that I finally will be getting this chance.
R: Did you enjoy the event overall or did the pressure of a high level event cause you any problems?
J: Two years ago was my first trip to Gen Con. It took me a few Grinders to get out of the "daze" and realize it was just another Clix tournament. Just like any tournament there are going to be some good players and there are going to be some amazing players. I was still a little bit nervous but after the first round of the Golden Qualifier I was against a Villains for Hire/Leech/Uatu team that also made it to the semi-finals. When I beat him I relaxed a little bit. Next game was against a JLA base that only did 8 clix of damage to me in the whole match. After that win I was able to "relax quite a bit." When I got to the final four, I had already beaten two of the three teams left, one of them twice. At that point I was able to just enjoy it.
R: How was the field of opponents and the level of competition during the events? Was this one of the typical nose to the grindstone events or did it have a sort of laid back air to it?
J: Most of the opponents were pretty Clix savvy but what was interesting to me was how many of them didn't know how the Cruisers specifically worked. In the final 16, my opponent had to call a judge over because he didn't understand how “Clear the Streets” worked. At one point in the final match with George he looked at someone watching the game and said "That's what this team does?" I think the element of not understanding really caught a lot of people by surprise and the triple Perplex to perplex down damage on a team base seemed to catch most people off guard. Working Together from a team base can be scary. But Working Together when the team base only does 1 damage isn't nearly as much of an issue.
R: You recently went to DragonCon to participate in the ROC Invitational there. How was that event? Was the level of play similar to Gen Con or not as hardcore due to the "not worlds" type of event?
J: Dragon Con was a lot of fun. There were some pretty good players out there. Tim, Nick, Bob, and Scott were all some of the better matches that I played and they have all done well at events like Worlds. The game is changing so fast with so many new pieces and mechanics always coming out I wasn't sure what to expect. I took 3rd overall and won $500 and a bunch of Con exclusives and other prizes.
I think attendance was a bit down from what they were expecting, though. I played in the 300 point Modern and the Star Trek event also. I guess you could say that I am also the reigning Golden Age and Star Trek champion at DragonCon. Hehe.
Overall though, DragonCon had a more laid back approach. I never saw anyone get really heated or upset at any of the rulings and the judge did a great job to keep a fun environment. At Worlds there are definitely those players that have the cutthroat feel. Those looking to get you DQ'd or those who are looking for technicalities or small mistakes that they can capitalize on. I've always tried to have a laid back approach to the game and tried to carry that outlook to most of my matches. Everyone will make a small mistake at one time or another. At Gen Con in the final four my opponent had forgotten to click his figure to its top dial. I saw the look of worry on his face. He brought it to my attention. I told him we should call a judge over. I told the judge that his figure hadn't started on its starting click but it hadn't had any effect on the game yet. I told the judge that I would be okay if he clicked his figure back to its top click and we could continue on with the game. I don't know how many people would have let their opponent do that. I want to win because I won not because of some technicality that people are complaining about for the next year.
R: What other events, if any, do you think you'll be attending this year or next?
J: At DragonCon they talked about the changes coming to this year’s ROC finals and with that I want to play in as many of the ROC tournaments as I can to qualify. I don't know how much they’ve released yet but the prize money is about to get really serious, to the extent they are giving away enough money to buy a car. I really want to participate in that. I know the Vegas ROC is coming up at the end of the month and Southern California has their first one in December. Besides the ROC events I will be at Gen Con again and probably Origins.
R: Alright, I think that about wraps this up. Is there anything you want to say to the readers at home?
J: Thanks for all the fun at the events!
R: Once again congratulations on your win, thank you for your time, and I look forward to seeing your name more out there on the competitive tournament circuit!
-Roy “RybackStun” McCarthy