Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Mercenary Mutterings: All This and Magnus2

So in the great headlong stampede of undomesticated equines that is Mark III, it looks like Magnus2 (or Magnus the Warlord, technically) is coming out at the head of the pack for Mercenaries. As is turning out to be the norm with this edition, that's putting a lot of preconceptions from the previous edition a bit on their heads.

Magnus2 hasn't changed a lot from his mkII incarnation, yet the changes he does have are significant - he dropped his warjack bond in favor of Field Marshal: Unyielding (as well as gaining Unyielding himself), and swapped Mobility for Escort, which doesn't grant pathfinder, but DOES give him additional ARM and is an upkeep rather than an expensive drain on focus each turn.

His feat is unchanged and still arguably one of the most powerful in the game, and can flat out deny an entire half or more of the board to an enemy, which I think lets you be more cavalier with choosing models you like and that work with your play style over the generic "best in show".

The important result of the changes, taken with rules like Power Up, is that Magnus 2 can now do what it seemed he always really wanted to do - run a block of warjacks very, very well.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wednesday Battle Report: Kaelyssa 1 vs. Ragnor 1 (75pts)

This one is a day late due to some unexpected stuff coming up yesterday, but here it is.

As I said last week, I'm going to focus my tactical posts on the Retribution of Scyrah until January.  I'll still post some Skorne battle reports, but this week, I was getting back in touch with my inner mage hunter.

I've been very intrigued by the MkIII version of Kaelyssa, who has some amazing new tools to play with as well as a much-improved lineup of 'jacks, and still-totally-good infantry.  Here's the list I played.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Monday Mercenary Mutterings: Gorten Grundback and the Gunbunny Swarm

At the expense of today's post sounding a lot like a knockoff Harry Potter title, I'm going to take a quick look at Gorten Grundback, arguably mkII's least used Rhulic Warcaster. Also, it's a day late, but that was due to me having second thoughts on the first list I built (see below).

With mkIII, a lot of things changed - Gorten... pretty much didn't. At all. I'm not even joking here, he is almost identical, right down to his feat, spell list, and stats. The only changes to his card (beyond the spiffy new background) is that they threw in a bunch more Warjack Points, Solid Ground is now Friendly Faction, and he gained Tough - 5 minutes with a sharpie and you can keep your mkII card, it's downright unnerving.

However, while he didn't change, it's a lot like the game changed around him, and he is immensely better for it.

Lets take a look.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Looking At Retribution in MkIII

Since any Skorne tactics I try to post are going to be obsolete in, oh, 3 months or so, I'm going to sit down and give my Ret models a hard looking-at.  I haven't played any Retribution yet in MkIII, largely because:
  1. Skorne had some issues, and since I intended to keep playing Skorne, I wanted to see what I could do to help people do well with them.
  2. The Power Up rule, along with a bunch of others, means that my Ret collection needs a serious update to be current with the meta.  I'll get around to it eventually, but right now, any list I build with my own models, I end up wanting more 'jacks in.
  3. My lazy ass never got around to painting, or in some cases even fully assembling, my Ret models, and I've gotten used to playing with a 2/3 painted Skorne list for battle reports.
But I do still like the angry elves, and since I've said I'm going to do tactics on Fridays, I'll start doing tactics for Ret.  I'll try to play a roughly equal amount of Ret and Skorne at least until January, and have a mix of battle reports with both factions.  My tactics posts will mostly be me learning how to elf in MkIII, at least until January.

For now, I'll mainly be looking at Ossyan 1, Kaelyssa 1, and Rahn 1 as 'casters, both because I feel like I can build decent lists for all of them with what I've got, and because they look pretty freakin' fun right now.  I'll probably branch out into Hylena, especially if there's a Journeyman League I can glom onto anywhere near me.  I'm also looking at Elara 2, because holy Scyrah, she looks fun.

No actual tactics this week.  Hopefully, I'll come up with something for Retribution by next week (or if not, then I'll at least have a lot of questions).

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wednesday Battle Report: Makeda 3 vs. Borka 2 - 75pts

Here's the game I played last Friday.  I wanted to try out the bug version of my Makeda 3 list, and Caleb had some Trollblood lists he was interested in trying.  We decided to do a Steamroller-esque pairing, and drop what we thought would work best.

My two lists were the Hexeris 2 list I played in this game, which I like a lot, and the following Makeda 3 list:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Changes Are A Foot

I was going to try to go back to tactics posts this Friday, but it seems that might be premature.  The latest PP Insider has revealed that Skorne is going to get a serious second look, and that rebalancing changes will start in the next rules Errata (out in January).  Obviously, I'm pretty excited.  The nature of running a blog means that I talk a lot more about what does work than what doesn't, but I agree with people who've been saying that there were some pretty serious problems with the Skorne range and faction synergies.  I'm very interested to see how PP will address the problems in Skorne, and how building lists and playing games will change when they do.  I have to wait for January for that though.

In the meantime, I'm going to take a bit of a breather, and play some 'casters I don't usually play (in particular, Zaal 2, Naaresh, and Makeda 1 are all 'casters I've been itching to try), and work on my second faction, Retribution, a little bit (and maybe even paint them up a little, so you can stand to read my battle reports).  I'll definitely be keeping an ear to the ground for changes in Skorne, and keep you all posted on what I think.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday Mercenary Mutterings: WTC Solo Masters and Constance Blaize

So it looks like Mercs did very well at the World Team Championships, getting 1st, 4th, and 9th in the WTC Solo Masters Report!

That's pretty impressive, but what's almost as impressive was the range of Warcasters used - Bart, Damiano, Constance Blaize, Ossrum, and a pair of Magnus2 lists for the Solo Masters, with a smattering of Cephalix, Drake, Gorton, and more Magnus2 added in for the Teams. That's an impressively broad range of warcasters (yea, yea, except for a small preference for Magnus2), especially considering that Damiano, Ossrum (before Earthbreaker), and Constance Blaize saw very little competitive play in Mk2, with the latter being widely considered the worst warcaster in the faction/game, depending on who you were talking to.

The Blaize list was actually pretty similar to the one I've been toying around with for a while, so that got my interest peaked. After a rather disheartening loss with Borka2 the other day, I think my Trollbloods are going to take a time out for a while, so it's back to Mercs for the foreseeable future, and Constance Blaize is at the top of my list(s). 

More after the break...