Chris Ehmann

2012 Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game German National Champion

"A perfect strategy prevents you from making tactical mistakes.”

Who is Chris Ehmann?

Chris Ehmann began playing Warhammer: Invasion during the days of The Corruption Cycle but took an extended break before returning, more seriously, during The Bloodquest Cycle.

After three months of competitive play and steady improvement through a series of qualifiers, Chris defeated his playgroup partner in the final match of the 2012 Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game German National Championship to claim the title and the right to represent his country at the inaugural FFG World Championship Weekend in Roseville, MN.

  • Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game German National Champion – 2012
  • Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game German National Qualifier (Wuerzburg), 1st – 2012
  • Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game German National Qualifier (Nuremberg), 3rd – 2012
  • Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game German National Qualifier (Wuerzburg), 5th – 2012

In His Own Words:

I have been a gamer since my dad bought me an Amiga 500 twenty years ago. During my teens, I became a tournament organizer for Warlord TCG, played a lot of Warhammer 40K and card games, and got deep into rules creation for pen & paper RPGs and classic board games. Gaming kept being the most important aspect of my life, so at one point, I decided to make my hobby my job and became a game designer at upjers. And I lived happily ever after.

How Does Chris Prepare for Tournaments?

Play. A LOT. The night before a major tournament, I usually do not sleep at all, thinking about all the possible outcomes of multiple match-ups and blindfishing.

On the 2012 German National Championship Finals:

The tournament format was very rough – only four rounds of Swiss with only four players making the cut to elimination play. When I was defeated by Torsten Krämer (aka Mallumo) in round two, I thought for a moment about quitting the tournament, but then I made some calculations and realized that I might make the top four if I won every single match afterward…and was really lucky. In round four, I only won two games to one, which gave me a final score of 7:3, so I was very lucky to get in the top four.

The final match was against my playgroup partner, Thomas Scheer. After I qualified in Wuerzburg, we made a pact that if one of us won the German National Championship, we would both fly to Worlds, the winner paying half the other’s cost. We didn’t really think that this would actually happen! But it took a lot of the stress out of the battle.

We had played the match-up against each other during playtesting more than twenty times. Luckily for me, I had all the answers I needed. I started out both matches with nearly perfect starts and was able to collect two Spoils of War (
Realm of the Phoenix King, 39) in both of them – meaning both mine and Thomas’.

 

 

 

 

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