Monday, October 15, 2018

Battle Report: Morghoul 2 vs. Kallus 1 (75pts)

In my last battle report, I said I was taking a little break.  Well, now I'm back, and here's the game I played before I left, the third game in the pod tournament we're playing in my local meta.

My opponent was Dave, the Legion player whose Anamag list crushed me a couple months ago, so I knew I needed to have an answer.  I thought about using Zaadesh, since I'd been able to block drags with Inviolable Resolve before, but then I looked at Anamag's cards, and she has Hex Blast, so that was a no-go.  Instead, I came up with a new list that I was pretty sure would be able to tangle with Primal Terrors and still be decent into some other matchups depending on what Dave brought.

Lord Assassin Morghoul (*29pts) - Winds of Death
*Mammoth (38pts)
*Archidon (10pts)
*Agonizer (6pts)
*Aptimus Marketh (0pts)

Siege Animantrax (17pts)

Mortitheurge Willbreaker (0pts)
Venator Dakar (4pts)
Extoller Soulward (3pts)

Venator Rievers (Leader and 5 Grunts) (9pts)
*Command Attachment (Officer and Standard Bearer) (4pts)
Venator Slingers (Leader and 5 Grunts) (8pts)
Paingiver Beast Handlers (Leader and 3 Grunts) (5pts)

Morghoul 2 has some excellent tools against Primal Terrors: Mortality to help take care of those pesky Chosen, and a Feat which can take most infantry Morghoul can see out of the game for a turn, not to mention dropping Def to levels where the Mammoth and Turtle will have no trouble hitting.  Overall, I was pretty optimistic about this list into Anamag, and willing to play it into an Oracles list if he brought one.  This would be my first time ever playing Morghoul 2, so we'll see what he's capable of.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Battle Report: Zaadesh 2 vs. Tanith (75pts)

On to game two of the pod mini-tournament we're playing.  I brought the same Zaadesh list I played last week, as well as the same Mordikaar list I brought to the tournament a month or so ago.  This time, I was up against Jeff's Circle.  He brought Tanith and Wurmwood.  It felt like either list would have trouble cracking Zaadesh's armor, and while Mordikaar definitely had game into either matchup, I just felt more comfortable with the brick:

Lord Tyrant Zaadesh (*28pts) - Imperial Warhost
*Bronzeback Titan (18pts)
*Aradus Soldier (16pts)
*Titan Gladiator (15pts)
*Titan Sentry (15pts)
*Titan Sentry (15pts)
*Basilisk Krea (0pts)
*Agonizer (0pts)
*Agonizer (0pts)

Siege Animantrax (17pts)

Paingiver Beast Handlers (Leader and 5 Grunts) (7pts)

There's a huge amount of armor here, and it was startlingly effective the last time I played it.  I kind of can't score circles or flags, but I have so much gristle that I'm hoping I can just attrition my way through, and contest until my opponent has nothing left.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Short Battle Report: Thagrosh 2 vs. Zaadesh 2 (75pts)

We're doing a pod tournament in the Twin Cities meta, which is nice because it means that I can schedule games with each opponent at a sedate pace of once per week.  I often can't play tournaments because I usually work on Saturdays.

This week, I was matched up against Brandon's Legion.  I played:

Lord Tyrant Zaadesh (*28pts) - Imperial Warhost
*Bronzeback Titan (18pts)
*Aradus Soldier (16pts)
*Titan Gladiator (15pts)
*Titan Sentry (15pts)
*Titan Sentry (15pts)
*Basilisk Krea (0pts)
*Agonizer (0pts)
*Agonizer (0pts)

Siege Animantrax (17pts)

Paingiver Beast Handlers (Leader and 5 Grunts) (7pts)

Scenario schmenario?  This list will have trouble scoring round zones, and can only score flags with Zaadesh, but it has a very strong attrition game, and a lot of extremely fun warbeasts plus the Siege Turtle.  Hopefully, between all the beef and Zaadesh's defensive tech, I'll be able to contest what I need to and push through on attrition.

I played against:

Thagrosh, the Messiah (*25pts) - Primal Terrors
*Typhon (20pts)
*Carnivean (18pts)
*Scythean (16pts)
*Ravagore (16pts)

3 Spell Martyrs (3pts)
Bog Trog Mist Speaker (4pts)

Blighted Ogrun Warmongers (8pts)
*Gorag Rotteneye (6pts)
Blighted Ogrun Warspears (9pts)
Hellmouth (0pts)

This is much different than the last Primal Terrors list I played against.  Thagrosh 2 is a very cool warlock.  I thought last time that Zaadesh might have the tools to tangle with Primal Terrors.  I guess we'll find out.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Starting Skorne in the Age of Themes: Winds of Death

In my previous Starting Skorne post, I gave a general impression of what's changed in the faction since my first advice posts two years ago.  My next couple of posts are going to be some list building advice for playing the league with each theme.  This time, I'm going to talk about one of the better themes to start building at week 3 of a league: Winds of Death.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Battle Report: Mordikaar 1 vs. Anamag 1, 75pts


Sorry for the unannounced 2-week-long hiatus.  I had the GRE last Saturday (the 25th), and I was deep in the Study Zone.  I spent most of this past week regenerating my mental powers.

I went to a tournament on the 18th, as I said I might.  However, I was sick that morning, and ended up bowing out after the first round, so I'll just give the report from that battle.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Starting Skorne in the Age of Themes, Overview

Hello again.

Way, way back in 2016, I made 3 posts about starting Skorne from the battlegroup box and building up to a 75pt list over the course of a Journeyman League (JML).  That information has changed quite a bit in the last couple of years - we had a faction overhaul and a bunch of themes released.  On top of that, the rules for the JML have been updated.  So this seems like a good time to update my recommendations a little.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Another Upcoming Tournament and More Blogging

There's another local tournament coming up, which I'd really like to attend.  I'll know by Friday whether I can, but in the meantime, I'm thinking about lists.

I want to keep playing Mordikaar, since he's been very solid as well as a lot of fun.  I may try to squeeze in another proper heavy, although I'm not sure where I'll find the points.  I'm also not completely sure which heavy I'd run.  I might be able to find the space for Tiberion.  I love his model, and he's quite solid on the table, but Jeezy Creezy he's a lot of points.  We'll see, I suppose.

For Mordi's partner, I'm very interested in running either the Makeda 1 or the Jalaam 1 lists I was musing about in this post.  If I can't get a little practice in with either of them, I can fall back on my Zaadesh 2 list.  I've already said it's probably the strongest of the bunch, but it would be cool to try something new.

In more certain news, I think I'll be able to keep the blog up regularly going forward.  I'm aiming for 2 posts per week, one Wednesday or Thursday, and another one over the weekend or Monday.  I have a couple of posts planned, and if I'm able to play games over the week, I'll be doing reports as well.

Otherwise, I'm open to suggestions.  I know I have a couple regular readers; what do you want to read about?