As promised I thought i'd share my experiences at the Las Vegas Dire States tournament, the Sin City Smackdown! First off, the great people of Las Vegas put on an amazing tournament and i can't recommend it enough. So here are my two lists: These are from memory, so there may be some errors.... My Killy list: 1st group Druze HMG Druze LGL Brawler AHD Valerya Gromoz Clipper missile launcher Brawler LT Brawler engineer pathfinder Hunzakut FO Hunzakut FO 2nd group Sierra Dronbot Peacemaker w/heavy shotgun ABH w/SMG ABH w/SMG Fugazi Fugazi Bashi Bazouk w/SMG Warcor My Button Pushy list: 1st group Druze HMG Druze KHD Valerya Gromoz Fugazi Fugazi pathfinder Druze LT Brawler engineer nasmat Bashi Bazouk SMG Bashi Bazouk SMG 2nd group Brawler Haris Brawler HRL Brawler AHD Sierra ABH w/SMG ABH w/SMG Hunzakut FO Warcor 1st mission Supplies I'm going off pure memory here, so forgive me. I used the Button Pushy list. I challenged Joel Traveller of WGC fame and he was playing Shasvasti. This is the first time playing the new Shas and it started off staring at a field of camo markers. Having a deep fear of Speculo killers, i deployed both of my Bashi in holo state disguised as Druze LT profiles. He didn't know which was the LT so he placed his speculo to counter my Druze link team. I did something i've never tried before, i ran my Fugazi up the field and planted sniffers everywhere to reveal a bunch of camo markers. I managed to kill a few dudes but he kept me pretty much locked down. On his turn, his Q drone engaged me, but my bounty hunter hit it with an Akralyte canon and glued it. He ran a slave drone up to unglue it, but the same bounty hunter sniped it with his SMG because he rolled an X-visor. He landed a Cadmus (I think? Whatever the drop troop is) but because of my positioning, wasn't able to do much. The rest of the game turned into a blood blath and came down to the last roll. My Pathfinder shot up the field to grab a crate that had been dropped but an Ikadron was in range to act as a repeater for his hacker. If i passed the BTS roll, i'd be able to pick up the crate and win. Alas it failed and was immobilized, leaving the nefarious Shasvasti in control of a crate. Narrow Loss 2nd mission Capture and protect I played against Vanilla Nomads using my Killy list. I won initiative and started the turn by killing his Iguana and Intruder in with my linked Clipper. I then dropped my Bashi Bazouk and took out his Sin Eater from behind with a burst from his SMG. I positioned my Bounty Hunters, Hunzakut and link team to grab the beacon on the next turn. He brought out a spectre...and began to kill my entire army with it. I could not win a face to face roll to save my life and he could not fail an armor roll. That one spectre killed my link team, both bounty hunters and the Hunzakutie. I finally manged to kill it on my next active turn and grabbed the beacon with Gromoz. On his next turn, he popped out another Spectre, killed Gromoz, causing her to drop the beacon and ran for my beacon. He would have grabbed it, except my brave Warcor hit him with a flash pulse and stopped his advance. It ended in a tie. 3rd mission Counter Measures. I used my button pushy list against JSA. I was terrified of ninjas and oniwaban, so deployed my Bashi Bazouks as Druze LT decoys. As it turns out, he didn't have any, so i wasted them. Every classified card we drew was either not possible or super difficult to do. I spent my first turn, running my Druze link up to hack the HVT. I made it with only once chance to hack...and i failed. My opponent did the same thing, but passed and took the card. We kept drawing useless classifieds, so i was forced to put my Sierra in harms way to try to get it damaged so i could repair it. He blew it up with a missile in one shot. I tried with a Fugazi, and i failed all three armor saves. I tried with my Pathfinder and it died the same way. I only needed to pass one armor save...and couldn't do it. So i was left trying to get a hacker/FO in base contact with a building in my opponents deployment zone. I sacrificed a Brawler to clear out Musashi's crazy koalas and ran my Hunzakutie up. All i had to do was pass one armor save from a combi-rifle...which of course i failed. And thus died my only chance at victory. Narrow loss. 4th mission Quadrant Control. My opponent arrived late, so we only had an hour to play and only got to play one round. He was running Ikari. I used my killy list. I ran my Druze core link up and killed his Musashi and his Druze Haris team. My ABH was my data tracker, so i ran her up behind the link, firmly controlling two quadrants. On his turn, he managed to kill a Hunzacutie menacing another quadrant with a ninja. He then dropped two Yuan Yuan behind my warcor and spent a few orders laying down smoke. His Yuan Yuan climbed the building and tried to sneak up on my warcor. My warcor started blasting with his stun pistol but the Yuan Yuan engaged the warcor in close combat. He rolled a one, my warcor beat him and stunned him. I controlled two quadrants and got my classified. Victory! 5th mission Annihilation Playing against Bakunin with my killy list. I started the game by running my Peacemaker up where the two snipers in the Moderator link couldn't see it. It then blasted the link with heavy flamethrower and heavy shotgun, killing all but one. It then wheeled around the corner to flame a Reverend custodier Haris team, killing all but Kusanagi but wounding her. I dropped my Bashi Bazouk which went on a killing spree, killing some remotes, a Daktari, Brand DeCastro and finishing off Kusanagi. She did end up killing my Druze link with a couple of Zeros but it was all over by then. Major victory!!! Overall, i loved how my Druze performed. My Bashi, Peacemaker and Warcor were my MVPs and did a lot of work. Both of my defeats came down to one roll on the last turn and could have easily been victories. Druze can definitely throw down with the best of them and put up a fight. their flexibility and tricks combined with raw firepower makes them very fun to play. One thing i noticed, their armor 3 and viral pistols came in very handy in every game i played. I killed a lot of models with viral pistols.... Anyway, i had a great time and couldn't be more pleased with how they did. I got 19th overall place out of 32 (i think?). Funny thing is, most people i played against said it was the first time they had ever played against Druze.