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Subject: Center of the pitch rss

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Jany Vanderlinden
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Played my first game yesterday, yihaaa!
We had a lot of fun, but we both had 1 remark.

The first half, the ball mostly was surrounded by a bunch of players at the center of the field, we looked like 5-year olds running towards one spot. (it took 6 rounds to get away from the bunch)

Did we make tactical mistakes? (this probably is the answer)
Or is it normal in Blood Bowl to have one big fight, having no chance to get a touchdown..?
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John Middleton
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That usually means that whoever received the ball did not plan and deploy properly or that the defense exactly countered your plans.


Look at the Dec issue of White Dwarf for some plays and a full game report that shows how the game normally looks.

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Brad P
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The game can often be a slow grind around the center of the pitch. The standard offense is generally to collect the ball and then form cage around the ball carrier at his corners with 4 players for protection. The rest of the team then tries to bash down the opponent to open a path. The standard defense to this is to block the path forward with 2 deep groups of models but not actually engage the opponents models(so they do not get free blocks on you) then attack the cage at the rear by blitzing/engaging those models.

Then it is sort of a cat and mouse game of who to put in tackle zones and who to blitz.

Eventually one side will gain the upper hand or time will run out and the offense will start to have to play more aggressive. Humans have a little more flexability with the catchers but their Str 2 AV7 makes them targets for attacks if they sprint through the lines.

Later in the game when people have gotten hurt the pitch often opens up more allowing easier scores.

Very few games are 0-0 ties once people know how to play. We do about 50 games a year total in our small local league and there is about 1 0-0 tie each year.
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Mauricio Riquelme
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Doez diz game have a balll?????

WAAAAAAGHHHHHH!!!!!
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Jany Vanderlinden
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It seems our tactical skills are just to low at the moment.
Thx for the answers! Hoping to score touchdowns soon!
 
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Brad P
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Poochiekeuh wrote:
It seems our tactical skills are just to low at the moment.
Thx for the answers! Hoping to score touchdowns soon!


bbtactics.com is a good place to learn about the game.
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David Munch
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The Orc team should be beating their way to the ball, and surround the humans to keep them pinned down. Optimal situation is that they get the ball completely free of humans, to pick it up.

The human team should try to get a few key positions in, and then just go for it and try and pick it up, even with an orc howering over it. Optimal situation is that they get the ball picked up, and dodge away with it.

The key is to play on the strengths of your team, against what the opponent team is bad at.
 
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Rauli Kettunen
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You can also try to push-pop the ball out of the scrum. Ideally by knocking over an opposing player onto the ball, but even regular pushback causes scatter with a loose ball, it might bring the ball out from several tackle zon pick-up to a far easier pick-up.
 
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