The 2017 Nova Invitational

The NOVA Invitational is the premier event to check out if you are interested in the 40K competitive scene.  It pits 32 of the best players in a march madness style single elimination tournament.

First of all, here’s the bracket for this year:

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Of course things are subject to change with drops and no-show, but for the most part, here’s how it will go down.  Of course, you can expect most lists to be posted here on the day of the event ( not before, to keep some of the fun and prevent any gaming of lists/opponents by devious invitees)

If you are on the Invitational List, contact me as I would love to have your list to post on the day of.  Rest assured it will not be shared and/or discussed prior to the Thursday Nova starts.

You can make your predictions on challonge here. Click on the green Make a prediction and fire away.

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And this is mine, in case you were wondering.  Not much going on or upsets, I picked mostly based on seeds (or my perception of seedings) and matchups.  I truly think Astra Militarum is top dog right now and my picks are influenced by that.

Here’s my take on the seeds themselves:

1- Nick Nanavati

2- Tony Kopach

3- Brad Chester

4- Aaron Aelong

5- Andrew Gonyo

Top 5 is pretty clear cut and interchangeable.  Tony Kopach’s return to the tournament scene is something I am looking forward to.

6- Alexander Fennell

7- Alan Bajramovic

8- Zachary Becker

9- Matt Schuchman

6-9 sounds  pretty fair.  Zachary Becker is from the Scotland ETC team, but I’ve never seen him play.

10- Frankie Giampapa

11- Reece Robins

Team Frontline Gaming.  Frankie is an impressive tournament player and in my opinion the reason he’s not seeded higher is that he doesn’t attend that many events.

12- Greg Sparks

13- Mike Taylor

14- Brad Nichols

15 – Bill Souza

16 – Tyler Devries

12-16 sounds about right.  Bill Souza is also making an impressive come back to the tournament scene with Best Orks at ATC.

17- Doug Johnson

I would’ve ranked Doug in the top 10-12.  The only problem with his 17th seed is he’s facing Nick Nanavati in round 2 rather than later.

18 – Werner Born

19- Geoff Robinson

20- Mike Walsh

21 – Andrew Ford

22 – Pete Foley

23 – Daniel Bradshaw

24 – Jared Friedman

25- John Parsons

26- Tom Leighton

27- Carlos Kaiser

28- Cameron Piniero

29- Stephen Fore

30- Steeve Pampreen

31- Aaron Thompson

32- Pablo Martinez

18-32 sounds about right and again interchangeble, except Stephen Fore, who’s a) my main man and b) putting up impressive results as of late.  I would have him close to 18 than 29.

Of course, this is just my 2 cents.

Again, if you are on the Invitational List, contact me as I would love to have your list to post on the day of.  Rest assured it will not be shared and/or discussed prior to the Thursday Nova starts.

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