Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bloodbath in the Dragon's Den!

I attended the Warmahordes July SR Bloodbath tournament at Dragon's Den Games in Saskatoon on July 11th. At fourteen competitors, it was the largest tournament that I have ever attended. In order to maximize the bloodshed, kill points were used to determine the first tie-breaker and a majority of the steamroller scenarios utilized killbox. I managed to 2-2 and place 6th overall. With only one other Circle player at the tournament, I managed to pick up my shiny faction coin for best of faction.

I took a Circle Orboros list pairing that epitomized my "Druids and Friends" design philosophy:

List 1: 35 pts.
Morvahna, the Autumnblade (+6)
- Feral Warpwolf (9)
Sacral Vault (9)
Gatorman Bokor and Bog Trog Swamp Shamblers (6)
Tharn Bloodtrackers (Full) (8)
- Nuala, the Huntress (2)
Gatorman Witch Doctor (3)
Maximus (2)
Gobber Tinker (1)
Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew (1)
Objecctive: Effigy of Valor

List 2: 35 pts.
Kaya,the Wildborne (+6)
- Feral Warpwolf (9)
- Scarsfell griffon (5)
- Gorax (4)
- Gorax (4)
Gatorman Bokor and Bog Trog Swamp Shamblers (6)
Gatorman Posse (Full) (9)
Gatorman Witch Doctor (3)
Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew (1)
Objetive: Stockpile

Now, while pMorv and pKaya are the only two Circle warlocks that I own, they both happen to be on the Active Duty Roster this season. The T.O. allowed for 10 pts. of specialists with the Vanguard benefit. Since I didn't really have many models to draw from, I didn't use the full 10 pts. I ennded up adding Victor Pendrake (2) and a Croak Hunter (2) to Morvahna's bench, while Alten Ashley (2) and Saxxon Orrik (2) came to bat for Kaya if she needed them.

Round 1: Destruction
I dropped pKaya against a Lylyth2 Ravagore spam list, swapping out a Gorax for Alten and Saxxon. Alten died early to a Ravagore shot. My Gators and Shamblers jammed the zone early. Lylyth feated and Kaya ended up on fire with 4 boxes left by the end of my opponents turn. I rolled a 1 to put out the fire on Kaya which was definetly good since a POW 12 continuous fire damage roll against Kaya's ARM 13 would have been the end of her. I tried to take out my opponents objective in order to score the zone but had to commit Kaya for a Spirit Fang in order to finish it off since the Feral Warpwolf couldn't get the job done. So, with 22 seconds left on the clock, my opponent managed to put Kaya down with a second assassination attempt.

Round 2: Incursion
I dropped my Vault-Tec list against a very green Circle player, swapping out Maximus for Victor Pendrake since it was a Hordes matchup. He was playing an eKreuger list with a Warpwolf Stalker and Megalith. This round was more of a lesson for my opponent as he was very new to the game. It ended with my Feral Warpwolf charging eKreuger in the face and ripping him to shreds.

Round 3: Close Quarters
I dropped the Vault-Tec list again, this time against a pStryker Stormwall list. This matchup is where my list seemed to really perform. The recursion that this list allows really grinds down the game. The Stormwall eventually punched the Sacral Vault to pieces and then proceeded to shoot Morvahna off the table. Even though I lost this round, I felt good about it since it was now apparent that this list composition was new to this particular Meta and everyone was watching our game and commenting on it.

Round 4: Two Fronts
I dropped the Vault-Tec list yet again, against a Thyra list. Let me just say, I've never had Maximus perform so well in a game before. I sent The Feral Warpwolf and Maximus into my opponent's zone after clearing out his unit of Knights Exemplar. My opponent throws Thyra at Maximus and with a total of three attacks, manages to only do enough damage to box him, and he succeeds on his tough roll! So, with no focus on the Blood of Martyrs so that it can charge and hopefully save Thyra by putting some damage on the Feral Warpwolf that is also up in her face, my opponent all but conceded the game.

So what did I learn from this tournament? Placement is critical. I need to declare my intention to place models base to base so that there is no confusion. And grinding out your opponent so he clocks himself is a viable strategy.

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