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The tournament ended in a rather dramatic finale. Today's game featured the semifinals between
Acunal vs Gaius (who substituted for Tahmid)
Zurin vs Jomen
Acunal was able to defeat Gaius in two very close games. Even though I didn't get to watch either of those two games, I knew they were close because it took a long time to complete them.
On the other side, Zurin defeated Jomen in two games as well. The experienced Frenchman triumphed over the Dutchman!!!
This set the final bout between Zurin and Acunal. And this match we all got a chance to watch.
In the first game, Zurin defeated Acunal decisively using Germans against Brits. Acunal's light chariots were not effective enough. In addition, Zurin completely negated British heavy chariots by not bringing any cavalry of his own. Once the light chariots were done, he was forced to close in, and was immediately welcomed by Zerks and German pikes. That pretty much ended all of Acuna's chances of victory since his army was not designed to fight the army Zurin had.
In the second game, Zurin was the attacker and he used Scythia. This time Acunal decided to go with Gauls and following Zurin's example he showed up with but a single unit of cavalry - his general. However, the lack of massive archer foramations, coupled with lack of cavalry didn't give Acunal a good chance here. He struggled to avoid Zurin's horse archers and in a rather bold attack lost his general to those very archers. His Foresters, though superior to Zurin's own archers, were in small number to make a difference and Acunal gambled everything on a brazen all out attack. Without a general, however, his line quickly broke and routed, leaving Zurin the sole winner of the first edition of Winter Raids!
Zurin's barbarians are now returning home laden with rich booty.
I would like to thank all who participated and I hope you had fun playing these games. I enjoyed watching them, and was amazed at how smoothly the tournament actually ran.
Special congratulation to Zurin for winning the coveted prize - $30. Spend it well, my friend.