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Top Eight AoS Lists for the Las Vegas Open 2023

This is the Top Eight AoS Lists for the Las Vegas Open that took place in Nevada, USA, on 27th, 28th, and 29th January. It involved a massive 324 players, all vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

We’re particularly lucky this week as six of the top eight players agreed to give us comments on how their lists work. On top of this, we’ve also got comments from the Head Judge at LVO, Gareth Thomas.

So, thank you to; Jiwan Noah Singh, Kaleb Walters, Gavin Grigar, Cody Saults, Nate Trentanelli and Gareth Thomas for all agreeing to give us your thoughts.

Quick Jump Menu

1st – Jiwan Noah Singh (Beasts of Chaos)
2nd – Nicholas Walters (Ironjawz)
3rd – Kaleb Walters (Disciples of Tzeentch)
4th – Gavin Grigar (Cities of Sigmar)
5th – Cody Saults (Ironjawz)
6th – Rigolet Thibault (Beasts of Chaos)
7th – Nate Trentanelli (Nighthaunt)
8th – Camaron A Hallford (Ogor Mawtribes)
Head Judge – Gareth Thomas

The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
Greatfray: Gavespawn
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Beastlord (95)
Artefact: Mutating Gnarlblade
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)***
Artefact: Tanglehorn Familiars
– Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm
Tzaangor Shaman of Beasts of Chaos (135)***
General
– Command Trait: Unravelling Aura
– Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Tendrils of Atrophy
Grashrak Fellhoof (150)***
– Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Wild Rampage

Battleline
30 x Tzaangors of Beasts of Chaos (525)**
30x Pair of Savage Blade
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Gors (70)**
Gor-Blades & Beastshields
10 x Gors (70)**
Gor-Blades & Beastshields

Units
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)*
Reinforced x 1
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)*
Reinforced x 1
5 x Grashrak’s Despoilers (0)***

Endless Spells & Invocations
Wildfire Taurus (70)

Terrain
1 x Herdstone

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors
***Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 159
Drops: 10

Jiwan Noah Singh: The heroes all serve a function against different matchups, and with the Gavespawn ability, they can then serve a secondary function when they die.

The general has to be the Tzaangor Shaman to unlock Galletian Veterans for the big block, but also has the extremely helpful big cast once per game, and moves 16/19” if I need to go hold and up a huge threat. Mostly, I used the big cast for the bull spell, but in other matchups, I considered he would have used tendrils of atrophy to break armor stacking. His speed let’s him get there for that short ranged spell.

Grashrak gives out the +3 move, and because he can pass wounds, it is helpful against ranged threats who losing the move bonus would be difficult against. His spell is also a super combo with Gavespawn if I need to lift a gargant or something in one activation.

The shoggoth was there for his spell and having a starting monster, and the pre-phase move made anyone worried about that going off have to deploy really far back.

Beastlord was the newest addition but was a pretty fun vehicle for the gnarlblade. With run and charge, he moves 15” on an auto run, so throwing him across and 18” deployment means he can also make people worry about making me take top, for small only investment on my part. Additionally, if he got his attacks off and the bull was on something, it was a less likely but still redundant plus to wound, or hit and wound.

Gors are 10 potentially deepstriking bodies on a 4+ in combat for 70 points. They also have plus to run and pile in, which is so strange that it just confuses people when you tell them, but it is actually helpful.

Tzaangor are 60 wounds, have mortal banners, can zoom across the board and fight something with a billion attacks, but also rally on 4+. I generally deploy them in a cloud, all about 1” from each others bases, to maximize the board space, but also to be able to pull them out of 3” against things that shut down inspiring, and if I need to rally, recharge, ect. Let’s me save bodies if I pull them out of coherency too, which I did intentionally several times to be able to rally again.

The rest of the list is enlightened, in blocks of 6, in bounty hunters. These have tons of uses and can pump out massive damage. Turning off all our defense is like another rend in many cases. So with the fight last bull running around, some plus to hit (always try to end on damned if you can) from multiple sources, and the throwing an extra attack on them from a spawn, they are such a threat that an opponent must deal with them. When you stack a plus to hit, going second, and gavespawn attacks, I know of very few things with that output. And at 2/3 rend no cp, few things can eat it with saves.

The beasts summoning on top of all the threats to kill or hold things, and ability to run a hero into something, die, and lock them up, meant that in almost all my games I can lose tons of things and still keep taking points. I built in some tech to deal with specific matchups that concerned me, most of which didn’t happen, but in general it’s a 5 turn army with a ton of flexibility and lots of different things going on. Good proving ground usage was hugely helpful with the ability to summon Galletian Veterans, and the output meant the main armies I expected to see, Ogors, Gargants, Nurgle, Nighthaunt, all had something that was a big problem for them that I didn’t mind sacrificing.

That’s pretty much it.

That, and having distractingly beautiful hair, that helped too.

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Allegiance: Ironjawz
Warclan: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Orruk Megaboss (140)
Artefact: Destroyer
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Hulking Brute
– Artefact: Armour of Gork
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (120)*
Orruk Warchanter (120)*
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)
Allies

Battleline
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Jagged Gore-hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
Jagged Gore-hackas
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 95 / 400
Wounds: 13
Drops: 9

This list – piloted by Nicholas ‘Scooter’ Walters – is testament to the difference reps and familiarity with an army can make. Even if that army is considered underpowered.

Scooter nearly went all the way with what is a pretty common IJ list, with a sneaky ally in the shape of the Fungoid Shaman for the extra CP generation. I mean, it’s an ‘obvious’ list – but if you watch back the stream of Scooter playing Gavin Grigar’s Cities list for example, you can see the difference skill and knowing the intricacies – the limits, the averages – of your army can make. Keeping the Maw Krusha back until it’s absolutely needed – knowing when to smash that ‘Destroyer’ button on the foot boss – and making all the right calls with your pigs are all key to playing IJ well.

Even though the list will be hurt by losing bounty hunters, making the pigs half as effective, the inclusion of the Megaboss makes sense going into the new season – he’s a great, durable and fighty Galley champ. The speed and activation potential with smashing/bashing of the feral hogs will never go out of style.

Ironjaws might be suffering from a lack of units and power creep these days but Scooter is out here to prove that if you love your army, and you’re prepared to stick with it and get the reps in, ‘the meta’ be damned, you too can damn well near win LVO.

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Allegiance: Disciples of Tzeentch
Change Coven: Guild of Summoners
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Master of Destiny
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Ogroid Thaumaturge (170)*
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Sacrifice
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Fate: Arcane Suggestion
Kairos Fateweaver (440)*
Magister (120)*
Lore of Fate: Shield of Fate
– Incarnate is Bound to the Magister
Changecaster, Herald of Tzeentch (150)
– Lore of Change: Bolt of Tzeentch

Battleline
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
7x Cursed Blade & Arcanite Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
7x Cursed Blade & Arcanite Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives
10 x Tzaangors (180)*
10x Pair of Savage Blade

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (480)*
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Tome of Eyes (40)
Umbral Spellportal (80)
Purple Sun of Shyish (90)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 480 / 400
Wounds: 72
Drops: 2

Kaleb Walters: My main goal was to create a Swiss Army Knife style list. Bring as many solutions to the answers in my faction as possible.

Reason For Family: Guild of Summoners: 1 FREE Battle Tactic: Summon Lord of Change. LOC have 14 wounds, -1 Rend shots, 18 inch range, movement 12, +1 To casting for all Tzeentch casters, -1 to hit naturally and monstrous rampage abilities. While other families have more flexibility, the norm is to summon Blue Horrors that have 20 wounds, Movement 5, shoot 12 inches at 0 rend but have good board presence.

List Design: Min Max: Minimum Battleline Maximum Hero’s/Monster Damage. My list is designed to castle up and react to the deployment of my opponent. By staying low drop I normally have the option to decide how I want to engage. I either sacrifice my Acolytes (120pt a unit) to an alpha strike list, or I position aggressively with a front and center incarnate primed to go wild and level up. Either formation still allows me to throw powerful spells that can turn off Command abilities and unleash a possible 15 mortal wounds at 27 inches or more. In addition, as the game goes on, I become more magically dominant with the additional LOC while reducing the overall strength of my opponent.

The next part of my list design is increasing/ reducing my opponents armor. I have 2 spells & 1 Endless spell that can reduce my opponents armor and with the rend stacking of the Acolytes or the LOC natural -1 Rend shots and of course the already powerful incarnate -2/-3 rend I am able to turn normal attacks into Mortal Wound equivalent attacks.

I also know the future with my lame sauce guaranteed Grand Strategy & Destiny Dice…….

Opportunities of The Design: I have a difficult time dealing with Hordes and / or armies that can summon cheap disposable models on a mission with more than 4 objectives. I also find it difficult to face armies like KO that can stay outside my threat range and then engage on their terms.

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Allegiance: Cities of Sigmar
City: Tempest’s Eye
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Mighty Beachhead
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Celestial Hurricanum with Celestial Battlemage (290)*
General
– Command Trait: Hawk-eyed
– Lore of Eagles: Strike of Eagles
Arkanaut Admiral (140)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Eagles: Aura of Glory
Battleline
20 x Freeguild Crossbowmen (200)*
Reinforced x 1
10 x Freeguild Crossbowmen (100)*
10 x Freeguild Crossbowmen (100)*

Units
20 x Arkanaut Company (180)
– 2x Light Skyhooks
– 2x Aethermatic Volley Guns
– Reinforced x 1
4 x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (440)*
Reinforced x 1
4 x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (440)*
Reinforced x 1

Endless Spells & Invocations
Horrorghast (70)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 125
Drops: 2

Gavin Grigar

Core Concept
Bring guns… lots of guns. We recently had 2 books introduced into the meta (Ogors and Slaves to Darkness), and the resurgence of some old foes (Dragons, Ironjaws and Nurgle), that generate a ton of kill pressure and melee engagement on Turn 1. Tempest’s Eye combats this with great Turn 1 buffs (+1 Save/+3 Move) and efficient shooting (+1 Hit/+1 Wound) supplemented by a healthy number of mortal wounds (Hurricanum, Dracoth Breath). All these elements together are hopefully enough to keep even the scariest melee threats at bay.

Strengths
Shooting Volume from Crossbowmen, Tempestors and Arkanauts combined with force multipliers centering around the Hurricanum (+1 Hit/+1 Wound). Adaptable Tech from the Admiral (+1 Rend/Ward Removal/Charge Debuff). Drop Control (2 Drops) typically allows the list to immediately threaten a double turn and forces your opponent to make hard decisions on Turn 1.
Horrorghast allows the list to hit crucial damage break points against large units such as Tzaangors, Chosen, or Blood Sisters or spread damage across multiple units for greater efficiency.

Weaknesses
1 Drop armies or specifically being disconnected from the double turn, which forces the list to overextend and expose its firebase. Melee armies whose movement outranges the threat ranges of the list’s shooting units. Middling mobility limits the army’s ability to play proactively and aggressively.

Takeaways and Closing Thoughts
As fun as it was to throw buckets of dice, the list has some glaring weaknesses that I was able to mostly avoid due to some fortunate pairings over the course of the weekend, but it does have undeniable strengths and when the list wins it really wins. Enjoy responsibly!

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Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Ironjawz
– Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Megaboss on Maw-krusha (480)
General
– Command Traits: Mighty Waaagh! Leader
– Boss Choppa and Rip-toof Fist
– Artefacts of Power: Destroyer
– Mount Traits: Fast ’Un
Orruk Warchanter (120)*
Warbeats: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (120)*
Warbeats: Get ’Em Beat
Megaboss on Maw-krusha (480)*
Boss Choppa and Rip-toof Fist

BATTLELINE
Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)*
Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
– Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
Shootas (120)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Cody Saults: Ironjawz, for me, was the only choice for LVO this year. My standard approach to tournaments is to not play the same game everyone else is expecting to play. With GV being a thing, and folks running bounty hunters, 2 drops kept me tied or out dropping every opponent, and with the list’s raw damage potential, it has the potential to cripple opponents before they get a chance to interact with your units. Second consideration, with a tournament with as many rounds as LVO potentially has for those who do well, avoiding burnout is key. The list only has 4 unit profiles, which helps with keeping rules front of mind and always knowing your options.

The Maw Crusher is an absolute engine for this list, as Skull-Shaking Bellow allows you to spread Mighty Destroyers out to multiple targets, which helps with board control and damage potential. Its melee profiles allow it to put out a punishing amount of wounds, while its solid armor save prevents it from being an easy removal target. Moreover, it has several ways to help clear screens to make sure you get to your target. Its shooting attack is only 4 potential wounds at rend 1, and very short range, but combine that with the impact hits from the pigs, and enhanced stomp monstrous action, the crusher stands a very good chance of clearing screens and getting to the target it truly wants. A quick Finest Hour passing to your opponent’s turn, with an All Out Defense means that even after they deal their damage, they will continue to gum up the works for your opponent, while taking a monstrous amount of extra attention to move. Having 2 allows for redundancy, protect the one in the most vulnerable position, and then respond with the second. The mighty destroyers move means they are never out of position, as if they clear targets and need to pivot to another flank, they almost always have the movement to get there.

Gore Gruntas also represent a solid damage investment, as buffed by the Warchanta, and under the Iron Jaws WAAGH, there is very little in the game they can’t chew through. I went with two units of three, and one of six. The 2 three-man units can take buffs and present good screen clearance in matchups where the opponent has good screening, and for matchups you don’t need the initial sacrificial salvo, they can be used for fast objective grabbing, or counter skirmishing. The post-combat movement abilities from Bloodtoofs also allow for re-establishing screens or locking up units safely.

Warchantas are a must in any IJ list, as they can pass out solid damage bonuses to units about to be in combat, give out charge bonuses, and even heal a key couple of wounds. They have a surprising amount of beef for small characters, and receiving their own buffs can dish it right back.

The last inclusion in the list was shootas, an easy inclusion to give me some cheap screens. Shootas in 20 man squads can be strung out to prevent enemy outflank or deep strike, and the nets, positioned well, can punish an opponent for under-committing resources to remove them or what they are near.

All in all, the list was tailored with so much mobility and relatively low drops to force an opponent to play defensively. This works out either way for us, as the number of hard to remove wounds makes sure they stay in their deployment zone while we grind down their units. Every unit in the army punches up, able to drag down more costly targets, with the post combat mobility to shift our positions, removing the need to choose between damage and objectives.

All in all, the list performed well. The meta we had until the GHB transition had a lot of lists with hard DPS checks, and this list put out enough damage to meet that need and then some.

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Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
Greatfray: Gavespawn
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired,Indomitable

Leaders
Beastlord (95)*
Artefact: Mutating Gnarlblade
Great Bray-Shaman (100)*
– Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Wild Rampage
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)*
– General
– Command Trait: Unravelling Aura
– Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm

Battleline
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
6 x Dragon Ogors (290)***
2x Paired Ancient Weapons
– 4x Draconic War glaives
– Reinforced x 1
3 x Dragon Ogors (145)***
– 1x Paired Ancient Weapons
– 2x Draconic War glaives

Units
10 x Ungor Raiders (80)**
10 x Ungor Raiders (80)*
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)***
Reinforced x 1

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (480)
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Ravening Direflock (30)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Triumph

Total: 1945 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 480 / 400
Wounds: 129
Drops: 11

It’s the ‘other’ BoC list from LVO! As you can see, it damn near went as far as Noah’s, losing only to Scooter’s incredibly well piloted IJ list.

It’s a relatively normal archetype – with the usual 3 HQs for their wide variety of utility – the Dragon Ogor Shaggoth especially proving critical due to his incredible warscroll spell (heal d3 to a Dragon Ogor and give them re-roll wounds) and the Dragon Ogor scroll allowing re-rolls of 1s while near him.

A mix of Ungors for super cheap and speedy (+3″ thanks to the Bray Shama) trading pieces (once the rend starts stacking) and the more out-of-the-box Dragon Ogors make up the battleline – offering speed, punch, and plenty of board control.

Beyond that, it’s basically ‘the spindog’ syndrome. 6 Enlightened on Discs also provide an absolute missile – if you read any of these, you know by now they’re an absolute staple of BoC lists.

The body count, speed, and Spinedog allow Rigolet to care less about dictating first, and so he packs in bounty hunters plus a warlord for additional utility. A savage list that will operate very differently (and be like, double the cost) with the new book – but there you have it!

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Allegiance: Nighthaunt
Procession: Emerald Host
– Grand Strategy: Fright or Flight
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Reikenor the Grimhailer (190)*
Lore of the Underworlds: Shademist
Krulghast Cruciator (150)*
Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed (150)*
General
– Command Trait: Spiteful Spirit
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Battleline
5 x Hexwraiths (170)**
5 x Hexwraiths (170)**
5 x Hexwraiths (170)**
5 x Hexwraiths (170)*
10 x Chainrasps (110)*
10 x Chainrasps (110)*

Units
10 x Craventhrone Guard (180)*
Reinforced x 1

Behemoths
Black Coach (290)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Lauchon the Soulseeker (50)
Mortalis Terminexus (80)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 101
Drops: 4

Nate Trentanelli: The list began as a bit of a joke to include two famously “bad” units in the Black Coach and the Craventhrone Guard- or “Crossboos” as they’ve come to be known by. I decided that I couldn’t possibly take Top Nighthaunt in the ITC this season without ever having actually played these units. Not wanting to have no chance during games, I peppered in some more useful units in the Hexwraiths and the Krulghast- staples of Nighthaunt armies.

I’ve gone for an Arcane Tome Knight of Shrouds here for one reason. With his Command Trait “Spiteful Spirit”, when he takes damage in the Combat phase he will roll a number of dice equal to his wounds characteristic and do a mortal wound to all enemy units within 6” for each 4+ he rolls. Quite the useful little bomb. To make things even better, Arcane Tome makes him a wizard, allowing him to be moved by Lauchon. Almost guaranteeing a turn 1 charge wherever I want to maximize his chances of doing mortal wounds. Reikenor with his +3 to cast will almost guarantee Lauchon goes off.

Hexwraiths do what hexwraiths do – nearly unmatched speed to pin opponents in their deployment zones. With 4 units of them, I can either overload my opponent turn 1 with all 20, or simply move block them turn after turn. It may lose me all my hexwraiths, but I’ve functionally disallowed my opponent from actually scoring any objective points.

2 units of Chainrasp exist solely for 2 battle tactics. Start them in the underworld and bring them down on a turn. You don’t have a good battle tactic option. Put both in your opponents deployment zone for an easy Barge Through Their Lines with a bonus for 2 GVs. The next turn take Desecrate Their Lands for another Battle Tactic. 2 complete for no effort.

The unit of Craventhrone Guard I also put in the underworld. Though their damage output is poor, it is something Nighthaunt don’t really have access to anywhere else – shooting. Even that small amount of extra damage is noticeable and useful. They are also a great distraction piece, and the Spectral Bolts ability to shoot through terrain is better than it seems. I know, I know. It’s Crossboos. Trust me. They will work.

Last is the Black Coach. It really is the AoS equivalent to a tank. It’s base size makes it terrific at blocking key areas. With the Craventhrone Guard shooting it’s actually quite easy to power it up as well. Allowing you to shoot with the Craventhrone Guard first, slay 5 models from a screen, and fire the Black Coach into the thing you really wanted to shoot for 3D3 mortal wounds. Alternatively, keeping it on its 4+ ward makes it truly crazy at tanking. Keeping it in the Krulghast bubble also gives it -1 damage for even more craziness. It’s shocking how survivable it is.

The Mortalis Terminexus gives you the flexibility to heal your heroes and Black Coach or use it more as I did, which is an aggressive mortal wound bomb. 26” total threat range from casting is great, and it can pump out quite a bit of chip damage.

All together, the armies Battle Traits of Ethereal and Wave of Terror combine to make even the weakest looking unit truly scary. Roll enough 8s on the charge, and even Kragnos will fall to simple chainrasp. The army has 5 different units that do D3 mortals on a 2+ on the charge. Don’t underestimate how much that is. Simple averages tell you that’s about 8 mortal wounds. Which, by the way, you can retreat and do all over again every turn.

Because of the movement of this army- Hexwraiths, Lauchon heroes, Black Coach teleports, and Underworld Reserves – you can be anywhere and everywhere. Movement wins games, and it’s no surprise to me that most of my opponents had issues with catching me. Even if it they were close, you can simply use one unit to block for the rest to move to safety. Keep your units alive until the exact moment your opponent is out of position. And then pounce all at once. Be careful not to allow your opponent to single out units and be careful. You don’t pull your units away from each others support. Aggressive movement with supporting units will win you games.

Happy haunting!

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Army Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
Subfaction: Boulderhead
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Frostlord on Stonehorn (450)
General
– Command Traits: Touched by the Everwinter
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Metalcruncher
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
– Prayers: Pulverising Hailstorm
Butcher (140)*
Cleaver
– Spells: Molten Entrails
Huskard on Stonehorn (400)*
Blood Vulture
– Mount Traits: Rockmane Elder
– Prayers: Keening Gale

BATTLELINE
Stonehorn Beastriders (310)*
Blood Vulture
Stonehorn Beastriders (310)*
Blood Vulture
Thundertusk Beastriders (270)*
Blood Vulture

OTHER
Gnoblars (120)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Camaron has my thanks (but not quite my sword) for not taking any Ironblasters! What he’s taken instead is loads of big, angry cows! It’s almost a completely pure Beastclaw Raider army – love to see it.

This list essentially asks ‘can you handle 5 cows swamping you’, and the answer was ‘no’ for everyone other than Kaleb’s Tzeentch, who were able to puncture those super tough hides with his sneaky magic MW output.

Enhancement wise – which is where the tactics are in a list like this – you’ve got Metalcruncher on the Frostlord for dealing with tanky 3+ saves, along with Touched by Everwinter to make him into a priest and able to cast the excellent MW AoE ‘Pulverising Hailstorm’. The Huskard gets the Rockmane Elder (-1 to wound in melee).

A pack of Gnoblars act as a cheap add-on screen that still fits into the battle reg – crucial for a pressure list like this – in order to dictate first and almost certainly give it away every time to make an absolutely devastating round of turn 2 charges and a hopeful end-it-there double.

Big gratz to Camaron for losing only in the shadow round to a legendary player and a bad match-up.

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Head Judge – Thomas

Acting as Head Judge at LVO 2023 was a thrilling experience. I should begin by thanking both Front Line Gaming, and Scott Reed, the Head TO, for organizing such an amazing event.

LVO 2023 was the largest Age of Sigmar tournament in the world, by far, and 50% larger than previous LVOs. Whilst being involved in such a large event was a great experience, the logistics of organizing 325 players did throw up some challenges.
To start, the release of the Battlescroll with new points one week before the list deadline (and after our rules cut-off) was a bit disruptive. We had to ensure that every player knew that we would be using the new points, and yet we still had quite a few lists submitted with the old points. Equally, we had to ensure that every player knew that we would not be using the new GHB, which was released the day after lists were due (and one week after rules cutoff). Of course, there were still a few players who submitted lists assuming the new GHB (comically enough, there was one player who we could not contact until round 1 to let them know that their Aspect of the Champion and Sharpshooter battalion had to go!).

The rest of the pre-event organization was handled by FLG and Scott, so my preparations beforehand were minimal. But I have been involved with the running of 36 events in the past 18 months and know that quite of bit of prep work is involved.

Due to the large number of players, LVO did not use the standard AoS GT format of 5 rounds. Instead, we used 5 rounds followed by a 3rd day of single elimination rounds for top 8 players. This year, 9 players went 5-0 which required us to run a Shadow Round 6th game for the players in 8th and 9th place to determine which of them would advance to Day 3.

The first five rounds were pretty straight forward from a rules judging point of view. The pack used at LVO, produced by Scott Reed, borrowed from the OTTD Generic Pack, which is something I was heavily involved in creating. Many of the players at LVO already have experience attending events that use the OTTD system, which helped keep rules and scoring questions to a minimum. When tricky questions did arise, I was able to fall back to the aosfaq.com website and team to provide answers.

The pressure as Head Judge only really started during the Shadow Round, which was the first round where we introduced active judging (where a judge watches the entire game and points out rules mistakes before and whilst they are made). Unfortunately, the game was a bit of a one-sided blowout – the choice to use Mighty and Cunning proved problematic when one player had essentially all GV and the other essentially none. Lesson learned! The only rules issue that cropped up was when one of the players declared Desecrate their Lands on a Defensible terrain piece. I had to remind him that you can only control Defensible terrain pieces by garrisoning them – the standard 3” rule does not apply. He was able to declare another terrain piece instead.

Day 3 was where the real excitement as Head Judge began, which entailed three rounds of active judging among the best players in the world. I was fortunate enough that James O’Brien who was a contender, had not made it to day 3, but as an experienced TO and judge was willing to jump in and judge half of the games.

When judging the final 8 of a 325-player event, there is really very little stress. These are fantastic players with a huge amount of experience and, more importantly, great sportsmanship. There was no confrontation to deal with, and all players played with intent at all times, meaning there were no disagreements to intervene with. If anything, I had to prevent players from giving too much benefit to their opponents!

Instead, the rule of table judging was just handling the occasional line-of-sight judging, pointing out often forgotten rules such as you need to jump into a garrison to control it (even the top players didn’t know that rule!) and mostly sitting back and watching some fantastic Warhammer being played.
The biggest drama, up until the end of the final game, that is, was during the first round, when one of the games ended in a complete tie. With single elimination, a tie is not an option. It was also not something we had prepared for. Fortunately, the two players were able to agree that under any tie-break rules, there would be a clear winner.
Of course, I couldn’t end without talking about that final game. What a game! I could watch both Noah and Scooter play Warhammer all day. Scooter is one of the great personalities to watch, and Noah is a fantastic human being. And their game was so close.

I suppose I should talk about the ending… By the end of the final game, the players had been through 3 days of extensive Warhammer. All with the backdrop of Las Vegas. I think it is fair to say that both players (and Judge) were drained. The game came down to control of an objective. Noah had a chaos spawn on it, Scooter had a goblin shaman. They fought in combat, but neither could kill the other (Scooter made the 4+ ward save to keep his Shaman alive on one wound – much to the crowd’s delight!). It was a great moment!

Of course, the spawn has 5 wounds, and so is worth 2 points on an objective, and the Shaman only has 4 wounds, so it is worth 1. But we were all too exhausted to notice. Noah assumed the Shaman was worth 2. Scooter assumed the spawn was worth 1 and I failed to notice the mistake (oh so easy to assume all heroes in the game are going to be 5 wounds or more!). That meant that they were tied on points, and Scooter won the match on battle tactics scored. It wasn’t until a few minutes later that we caught the mistake – where we had not considered that the Shaman was only 4 wounds (a friend texted me – thank you!).
The way both players handled the turnaround in decision is a credit to them both. The level of joy each felt at the other being declared the winner was heartwarming.

The final, and LVO in general, left no doubt that Age of Sigmar has a fantastic community. And I am proud to be part of it.

Final Tournament Placings

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Top Three AoS Lists for March to War

This is the top three AoS lists for the March to War that took place in the UK on the 21st and 22nd of January. It involved 30 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Ogor Mawtribes
Mawtribe: Underguts
-Mortal Realm: Ghur
-Grand Strategy: Ready for Plunder -Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Butcher (135)**
General
-Command Trait Reluctant Rabble-rouser
-Cleaver
-Artefact: Gruesome Trophy Rack
-Lore of Gutmagic: Blubbergrub Stench
Frostlord on Stonehorn (445)*
Mount Trait: Rockmane Elder

UNITS
4 x Leadbelchers (170)*
4 x Leadbelchers (170)*
4 x Leadbelchers (170)*
20 x Gnoblars (100)*
20 x Gnoblars (100)*

ARTILLERY
Ironblaster (170)*
Ironblaster (170)**
Ironblaster (170)**
Ironblaster (170)**

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Grand Battery

Total Points: 1970/2000

There once was a man from Wales,
Who brought four cannons with tails,
Some gnoblars as screens,
Absolute scenes,
He danced to his opponent’s wails.

This list was using old points – with updated points, it’ll run about 150 ish over. Wonder if three Ironblasters will get the job done instead of four!

All credit to Luke, however, who’s a great player from the illustrious Team LIT – Sylvaneth, Disciples, and LRL – would all have been tricky match ups too. Be curious to see what he can do with the big bois in the new season!

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Allegiance: Sylvaneth
Glade: Harvestboon
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Season: The Reaping
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Warsong Revenant (305)**
General
– Command Trait: Spellsinger
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Deepwood: Treesong

Battleline
9 x Revenant Seekers (705)*
Reinforced x 2
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)**
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)**

Units
5 x Gossamid Archers (220)**
Gotrek Gurnisson (485)*
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Spiteswarm Hive (40)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 480 / 400
Wounds: 90
Drops: 3

Mathmallow is back with the tree attack! His list is considerably different to the one he went 5-0 with recently – variety is the spice of life after all.

He’s dropped big momma and her chad-stag for the absolute bare minimum of an HQ – taking just a Warsong rev, tricked out with magic boosting enhancements to provide a MW cannon.

He invests the points savings into a mahoosive Revenant Seeker blob – reasoning (no doubt correctly) that this will just be an unkillable swarm of half anvil-half-hammer models.

The usual 2x tree revs for scoring. and his trademark 5 Gossamids make up most of the rest of the list, leaving just enough room for a little addition…Gotrek! He doesn’t show up much these days but having played against him in another Sylvaneth list, I can tell you that a psychotic, murderous and nigh on unkillable dwarf marching up the mid-board while stuff teleports and flies around you is rather a tricky proposition.

Losing only to Churchus’ cannonade, it’s a nasty, eggs-in-two-baskets Sylvaneth list that I can see being hugely oppressive to play against. Sylvaneth players would do well to take a leaf out of this book!

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Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs:

LEADERS
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)
General
– Command Trait. Master of Magic
– Lore of Dark Storms: Sundering Blades
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)**
Artefact Seed of Rebirth
– Lore of Dark Storms: Sundering Blades

UNITS
10x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
10x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
6x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)*
6x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)*
6x Dragon Ogors (290)*
– 6x Draconic War glaives
6x Dragon Ogors (290)**
6x Draconic Crushers
1x Cockatrice (110)**
1x Cockatrice (110)

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (40)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment

Total Points: 2000/2000

‘Ere we go, ‘ere we go, ‘ere we go again. All of the Dragon Ogres all of the time. Doubling down with our favourite Tzaangors on Discs (ToDs) to zoom about the place and lay some extra hurt down with the last flourish of Bounty Hunters. A couple of Ungor screens to hold off the eager. The list is built around the Dragon Ogre Shaggoths, moving up and buffing the Dragon Ogres while the ToDs and Cockatrice zip around scoring (or for the ToDs removing tasty snacks). Lots of threats, not a lot of fat. The list isn’t relying on summoning (no large units of sacrifices) but will still earn primordial points fast enough to summon a few times in an average match, particularly with the Cockatrices ability to pick up extra. Geminids backed by Master of Magic is a clever inclusion. It’s a great spell used for it’s ability to block areas as much as what it does.

A surprise 3rd round loss to the Beastclaw Raiders, surprise, mostly because you never see 5 of the big fellas together. With buffs, though, the Stonehorn are very tacky, have lots of wounds, and hit hard enough to remove most or all of Nick’s units in single turn. The screens are ripe to be torn apart before the charge as well, with the limited attack high damage range of the Beastclaws. Otherwise, he saw off most of the meta challenges (IJ ironsunz may not be meta… yet).

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Allegiance: Kharadron Overlords
– Sky Port: Barak Thryng
– Grand Strategy: Masters of the High Airs
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Endrinmaster with Dirigible Suit (180)**
General
– Command Trait: Supremely Stubborn
– Artefact: Grudgehammer
Aether-Khemist (90)***
Aetheric Navigator (85)***
Arkanaut Admiral (125)***
Artefact Arcane Tome
– Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

UNITS
10x Arkanaut Company (90)**
1x Skypikes
– 1x Light Skyhooks
– 1x Aethermatic Volley Guns
10x Arkanaut Company (90)*
1x Skypikes
– 1x Light Skyhooks
– 1x Aethermatic Volley Guns
10x Grundstok Thunderers (270)***
1x Aetheric Fumigators
1x Grundstok Gunhauler (155)**
Main Gun: Drill Cannon
1x Grundstok Gunhauler (155)**
Main Gun: Drill Cannon
3x Skywardens (105)*
1x Aethermatic Volley Guns
– 1x Skyhooks
1x Grundstok Gunhauler (155)**
Main Gun: Drill Cannon

BEHEMOTHS
Arkanaut Ironclad (490)**
Main Gun: Great Skyhook
– Great Endrinworks: Zonbarcorp Dealbreaker Battle Ram

CORE BATTALIONS
*Expert Conquerors
**Battle Regiment
***Warlord

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

Missing the Incarnate and Purple Sun of previous Kharadron lists, James has chosen to give his Dwarves fight on death (on a 4+). This Kharadron list wants to mix it up. And shoot. Doubling down on that approach is the Admiral with Flaming Weapon giving him a Rend -2, 4 damage weapon. With one company of Arkanauts in Eternal Conquerors to act as bodyguards for the Admiral and probably some bait. It gets around an issue for Kharadron in holding objectives, particularly early, when they want to be in the air if possible. Otherwise, the remainder of the list is around their considerable shooting, giving a superior “overwatch” for the ground units. Mostly, that seems to have worked especially into the slower armies, but fire and fade appears to have been an issue.

His last round was a real life shoot out at the ok coral, with the Underguts bringing only Leadbelchers and Ironblasters versus the gunships. Scoring was low across the board, and neither would have much left by the end.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Six AoS Lists for CanCon 2023

This is the top six AoS lists for the CanCon 2023 that took place in Australia on 21st and 22nd of January. It involved 202 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Six AoS Lists

Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
Greatfray: Gavespawn
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Protect the herdstone
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)**
General
– Command Trait: Unravelling Aura
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Dark Storms: Sundering Blades
Great Bray-Shaman (100)**
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Wild Rampage
Beastlord (95)**
– Artefact: Mutating Gnarlblade

Units
6 x Dragon Ogors (290)*
6x Draconic War glaives
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Gors (70)***
Gor-Blades & Beastshields
10 x Gors (70)***
Gor-Blades & Beastshields
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)*
Reinforced x 1
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)*
Reinforced x 1
10 x Tzaangors of Beasts of Chaos (175)
10x Pair of Savage Blade
10 x Tzaangors of Beasts of Chaos (175)
10x Pair of Savage Blade
10 x Ungor Raiders (80)**

Endless Spells
Chronomantic Cogs (70)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Warlord
***Expert Conquerors

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 168
Drops: 11

Bests of Chaos (sic) run roughshod over another big tournament. And why shouldn’t they? Unthinking beasts – they’re just following their nature, going with the flow – what fault is it of theirs if no puny tree-man, hungry-man, rat-man, green-man or hungry-man-but-further-away can stand up to them?

Composition wise, we have the core HQ, the usual dragon ogors, but only to the tune of 6 to make space for twelve Enlightened on Discs and 2x 10 Tzaangors. Plus, of course, some of the annoyingly good little chaps who don’t cost enough.

Anyway, the previews have started for their new book, so speculation is rife as to whether they’ll receive the necessary re-writes to corral the herd. I hope they do, because there’s only so many times I can think of new ways to sneak my ‘NERF BoC FOR THE LOVE OF GORS’ agenda into these top 3s.

Nevertheless, taking down any tournament this big deserves praise so well done to Geordie. And to be fair, you don’t see Tzaangors that often, and they’re cool.

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Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Thunder Lizard
– Grand Strategy: Continuous Expansion
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (285)****
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Artefact: Fusil of Conflaguration
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Engine of the Gods (285)***
Artefact: Incandescent Rectrices
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Skink Starpriest (130)****
Spell: Hand of Glory
Skink Priest (120)****
Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Skink Priest (120)****
Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal

Units
30 x Skinks (225)**
Boltspitters & Moonstone Clubs
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Skinks (75)**
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
5 x Saurus Knights (110)*
Lances
5 x Saurus Knights (110)*
Lances
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)***
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)***

Endless Spells
Horrorghast (40)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors
***Linebreaker
****Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 112
Drops: 11

So Seraphon just got a lot more expensive, and Corey’s list here will be one of the last to enjoy their old ‘bargain’ prices.

In the meantime, it works as we’ve come to expect. Slann as magic powerhouse, Engine of the Gods as a mixed phase utility, well, engine, and a mixture of skink support priests, one of the starry variety.

(Slightly) interestingly, Corey brings so many skinks you’d expect them to be in Fangs of Sotek – but no! We’re in Thunder Lizard still, so one of those two bastiladons can still double fire, stacked with Skink priest buffs. The big skink blob I imagine is meant to capitalise on the durable prayer platform that is the Engine, getting Curse off on a juicy target (on a 3+ while near terrain within their own territory due to their Primeval Domain rule) for the 60 skink shots to fish for some 6s.

We also have 2x 5 knights here, who made a surprise comeback this season as cost-efficient bounty hunters with weight of attacks – but obviously, that’s a tactic going more extinct than the dinosaurs dodo.

Big gratz on the 5-0 with a balanced Seraphon list – shame it’s now about 75 pts more expensive, lacking its most useful battalions, and doesn’t play nicely into the new realm rules. Seraphon could be about to experience a serious lull going into their new book – but that’s fine, they’re cold-blooded, they will have their time in the sun again.

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Blessed Sons
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Bloab Rotspawned (320)**
Lore of Malignance: Plague Squall
Morbidex Twiceborn (320)***
Orghotts Daemonspew (320)
Lord of Afflictions (230)**
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
Plague Priest (100)**
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Universal Spell Lore: Levitate
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal

Units
10 x Rotmire Creed (125)*
10 x Rotmire Creed (125)*
10 x Rotmire Creed (125)*
9 x Corvus Cabal (80)***
5 x Chaos Chosen (240)***
Mark of Chaos: Nurgle

Core Battalions
*Expert Conquerors
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 101

I hope everyone enjoyed those Expert Conquerors while they lasted. While not as egregious as Bounty Hunters, I can’t say that I’m sad to see it go. Joel made use of them with a triple Rotmire in the same way that many Nurgle players do. It’s interesting to watch Nurgle over the course of this edition since they evolved from pure fly spam to bringing hero hammer + Rotmire creed.

And what a hero hammer this list is. 5 heroes are in play, with all of them being the classic nurgle combination of decent damage output and great resilience (you could even say they are disgustingly resilient). Joel has also brought along a couple of Slaves to Darkness allies to fill in the gaps that Nurgle armies tend to have. The Corvus Cabal brings some much-needed mobility to grab early objectives and the Chaos Chosen are an excellent vehicle for damage output.

Looking forward, I’m not sure that this list will need much adjustment for the new season. Joel already has a pair of solid Galletian Champions, some excellent potential Bodyguards, and the ability to reliably score three or four battle tactics without sweating too much. Overall, I’m excited to see what changes are made for the next GT.

Congratulations to Joel. He brought a well-crafted list, and played it effectively to achieve a 5-0.

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Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (285)*
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Skink Starpriest (130)*
Spell: Hand of Glory
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (155)*
Artefact: Serpent God Dagger

Units
30 x Skinks (225)*
Boltspitters & Moonstone Clubs
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Skinks (75)*
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)*
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
2 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*
Reinforced x 1
2 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*
Reinforced x 1
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (480)*
Allies

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 480 / 400
Wounds: 92
Drops: 1

Another 5-0 Seraphon list, this time with added Spinedog! Boy, am I glad that’s become a rare occurrence. Of course, it’s still a powerful piece, and on paper, it does make sense for Seraphon, given they lack an otherwise durable bully piece.

Henry has also brought some Salamanders in this particular iteration of the standard Fangs list (buff pieces, loads of skinks), which play really well into the Starborne teleport and provide an excellent dual-phase threat.

All in all it’s clear how this list hurts you – it’s a kind of techy twist on the ‘pin-cushion’ archetype, with excellent objective play in a handy one drop for, most likely, forcing opponents to move up into a much easier charge range of the Spinedog.

Gratz to Henry, and here’s hoping the new Seraphon book makes it less appealing than ever to take the ‘dog!

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Allegiance: Sylvaneth
Glade: Heartwood
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Arch-Revenant (120)*
Branchwych (130)*
General
– Command Trait: Spellsinger
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Deepwood: Verdurous Harmony
Drycha Hamadreth (335)*
Lore of the Deepwood: Regrowth

Units
6 x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Greatbows (460)*
Reinforced x 1
6 x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Scythes (500)*
Reinforced x 1
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)*
3 x Revenant Seekers (235)*
3 x Aetherwings (65)*

Endless Spells
Spiteswarm Hive (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Season
Season of Blugeoning

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 112
Drops: 1

Drycha! You love to see it. The evil tree spirit in a mech suit is still a relatively rare sight given her competition in Durthu and Alarielle, but her ability to choose between 10 extra melee or shooting attacks makes her a fast, durable and flexible piece that I don’t think gets enough love.

Gary here has gone heavy with Kurnoh – a reinforced blob of both the shooty and scythy variety (both of which, as always, are backed up by the +1 to wound aura of the Arch-Revanant). Then, just the one unit of teleporty tree revs and a fantastic support unit of Seekers. It’s a nice balanced list with huge reach, two big blobs that will keep regrowing (via Seekers and Verduous Harmony) if you don’t have the ability to take them down fast enough, and the tactical Drycha option.

The fact it could handle such a diverse set of opponents – the magic dominance of Tzeentch, through the ranged punch of Underguts Ogors and even a semi-mirror – en route to the rare Sylvaneth 5-0 is testament to the general and how adaptable the list is. It’s really cool.

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Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
Stormhost: Hammers of Sigmar (Scions of the Storm)
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Knight-Vexillor (120)**
Meteoric Standard
Knight-Vexillor (120)**
Meteoric Standard
Knight-Vexillor (120)*
Meteoric Standard
Knight-Vexillor (120)*
Meteoric Standard
Lord-Relictor (145)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Spell: Thundershock
– Prayer: Translocation

Units
2 x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (220)*
2 x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (220)*
2 x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (220)**
2 x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (220)**
5 x Judicators with Skybolt Bows (200)*
5 x Judicators with Skybolt Bows (200)**

Everblaze Comet (90)
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

Holy Command
Holy Command: Thunderbolt Volley

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 98
Drops: 2

If you follow Stormcast chat on Australian servers, this list might not be a surprise. Why such a skew list and why does it work – first credit to the General, but this is a durable shooting list which doubles down on Mortal Wounds. Each Vexillor can grant a re-roll charge to a unit within 12″. And each Vexillor can be deployed from Azyr (Scions of the Storm). So one play is to use the Vexillors to buff important charges after moving just outside 9″ (no redeploy). Or drop both just beyond 9″, allowing the Tempestors to shoot, then charge. Enormous flexibility and mobility. Backed by Judicators with a double shoot potential. The strength of this list is the extreme difficulty opponents have in stopping or limiting scorring. The Tempestor units with 12 wounds need serious attention to remove. They will tie up big threats turn after turn, unlike the larger units that some of the biggest hitters can remove in a turn.

Then there is the Mortal Wound output, another nice trick, Everblaze Comet to drop a bomb on any castles, with a CV of 6, Master of Magic makes it almost certain to go off when you want it. That with Thundershock to short those charges (leaving a CP for Unleash). And each of the Vexillors has a mini Everblaze. The list is a 2 drop (all of the best SCE lists try for minimum drops) for that small advantage. Scoring wise, this list wasn’t just good at scoring it’s own Battle Tactics but preventing some of the opponents (sometimes a lot of theirs). This list was rated as one of the strongest at Cancon and scored extremely well in the first 3 rounds before falling away in the last 2. Still major victories but not as many “other” points as some of the higher ranked lists. To be expected with the final pairings being into stronger opponents. It’s innovative and effective, and it is fantastic to see SCE from a different angle.

Tournament Placings

For a full run down of all the tournament positions, why not visit Stats and Ladders. It’s a brand new site that allows tournament organisers to… well… organise their tournaments. I have to say, it’s incredibly easy to use, and the best bit, it’s free!

Top Three AoS Lists for Norwegian Masters

This is the top three AoS lists for the Norwegian Masters that took place in Norway on the 21st and 22nd of January. It involved 24 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

Before I jump into the Top Three AoS Lists, I wanted to remind everyone of our friendly Discord server where you can join in the conversation with the Woehammer crew and suggest articles or series for the website.

If you like what we’re doing, why not join our Patreon and help keep it going?

Also if there’s a one day or two day tournament you’d like us to cover drop us a comment on this post and we’ll have a look at it for you.

The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
Greatfray: Allherd
– Grand Strategy: Protect the Herdstone
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Dominator
– Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm
Great Bray-Shaman (100)*
Artefact: Blade of the Desecrator
– Universal Spell Lore: Ghost-mist
Great Bray-Shaman (100)*
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Wild Rampage

Battleline
10 x Ungors (65)*
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)*
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)*
Shortspears & Half-Shields

Units
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Tzeetch (360)**
Reinforced x 1
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Tzeetch (360)**
Reinforced x 1
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Tzeetch (360)**
Reinforced x 1
20 x Tzaangors (350)*
20x Pair of Savage Blade
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 162
Drops: 4

Is Beasts the most metal faction? I always feel like it is (might be the horns), which might explain our first 2 lists, or maybe it’s just how strong they are at the moment. With solid summoning, quality attacks, and the number of bodies, it’s a challenging faction for anyone right now. And then there is the buffed Herdstone, granting -1 Rend board wide and -2 from round 3. Danny has gone all in for the Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc (dubbed TED from now), making their main attack a Rend 2, Damage 2 at (and 19 from the unit). That moves 16″ getting them just about anywhere. They have a quirk that improves their to wound to 2+ if they go second.

And really, that’s the list, 3 small heroes to max points for the TED units, 3 x 10 man(?) Ungor units, screens and scoring, and a big unit of Tzaangors. Those Tzaangors are a threat in their own right, but their most likely use if for generation of primordial points for summoning. It’s not hard to generate 3 points or another 10-man Ungor unit every turn with a little luck. Great approach with the leaders. They are all casters and equipped more for control than buffing damage. Ghost mist to hopefully restrict shooting and Hailstorm to protect a TED from being charged. With bounty hunters, Herdstone rend, and reroll wounds (Wild Rampage), those TEDs can be terrifying. The Dragon Ogre is a solid brick and can move up to support the TEDs.

This list starts with 162 and can bring more on throughout the game. With high-quality attacks and extreme mobility, it is very hard to stop it scoring and equally from denying you your scoring opportunities. With a relatively easy book Grand Strategy, it’s no surprise Danny was able to max his score in 2 rounds. He had the most trouble with Maggotkin, whose Mortal Wound output and durability hurt, and Lumineth. Rend reduction is great when that’s your opponent’s thing. It’s always fun. How will they go in the new book?

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Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
Greatfray: Allherd
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Dominator
– Artefact: Horn of the Tempest
– Lore of Dark Storms: Sundering Blades
Great Bray-Shaman (100)*
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Vicious Stranglethorns
Tzaangor Shaman of Beasts of Chaos (135)*
– Artefact: Blade of the Desecrator
– Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Tendrils of Atrophy

Battleline
9 x Dragon Ogors (435)***
9x Draconic War glaives
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields

Units
10 x Ungor Raiders (80)**
10 x Ungor Raiders (80)*
10 x Ungor Raiders (80)
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Tzeetch (360)***
Reinforced x 1
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Tzeetch (360)***
Reinforced x 1

Endless Spells & Invocations
Ravening Direflock (30)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters

Total: 1945 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 164
Drops: 11

It is very similar to the previous list with TEDs bringing the hurt, but this time, a big unit (double reinforced) of Dragon Ogres to synergise with the Ogre Shaggoth. The Shaggoth is built for damage this time with Sundering Blades to boost the Ogres. At the same time, there isn’t a big unit of Tzaangors for sacrificing, mostly likely Ungor Raiders were feeling the blade. Ungor Raiders aren’t a bad screen either, bringing the chance of chip damage via an unleash hell, except they only hit on 5+. In comparison to Danny’s list, this has a little less summoning (maybe), less mobility but a much bigger punch.

Although Kristoffer only maxed his score once, he was scoring better overall than Danny until the Lumineth struck. If I had to guess, I’d say the Dragon Ogors died to shooting fairly early, leaving the army without the ability to control scoring as effectively. That and the reduction of Rend -1 or -2 to 0 means most of this army hits Ymetrica Lumineth like wet noodles. Ungor Raiders and Ungors would be lucky to inflict more than chip damage all game. Solid performance overall and the punishment dealt to others, at least mean Kris won the war if not the Battle.

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Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
Great Nation: Ymetrica
– Mortal Realm: Chamon
– Grand Strategy: No place for the weak
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Alarith Stonemage (120)**
Artefact: Molten Talisman
– Lore of the High Peaks: Unbreakable Stoicism
Scinari Enlightener (170)**
General
– Command Trait: Loremaster
– Artefact: Silver Wand
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh, Protection of Hysh, Total Eclipse
Avalenor, the Stoneheart King (420)**

Battleline
15 x Alarith Stoneguard (360)*
Stone Mallets
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Alarith Stoneguard (240)*
Stone Mallets
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Alarith Stoneguard (120)**
Stone Mallets

Units
5 x Vanari Dawnriders (140)*
Spell1: Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
20 x Vanari Auralan Sentinels (300)
Spell1: Lore of Hysh: Overwhelming Heat
– Reinforced x 1

Artillery
Vanari Starshard Ballistas (130)
Shrine Luminor(0)
Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
Warlord**

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 121
Drops: 9

And here is the nemesis list for the 1st and 2nd place Beasts lists. With the new book (what’s with another book for the Lumineth already and not Seraphon or Kharadon?), we’ve seen the switch to Stoneguard from Wardens. This list has a bit of everything to support the 30 Stoneguard with Dawnriders, Sentinels, and even a Ballista (much more useful in Lumineth than Stormcast). The list works by overlapping buffs. The Stoneguard are best within 12″ of the Stoneking. He can grant each of the Stoneguard units with +1 attack. The Stoneking wants to remain within 12″ of the Stonemage, so he always fights on the top of his table. The Enlightener is freer with 18″ range on key spells to reach the Stoneguard with Speed or Protection of Hysh (double movement or 5+ ward). The Enlightener doubles up on his freedom with the Twinned Tether ability, which reflects wounds. He can only cast it (CV 6) if he has cast a Lore of Hysh spell. Once a turn, he can guarantee a cast of 9, situational but a possible defensive tactic. Of course, you can put him in the shrine and make sure he has rerolls.

Hate high elves yet? Those Stoneguard have rend reduction (better than a 3+ save since it turns of both Rend -1 and -2), a 4+ mortal wound save and can have a 5+ ward. The Stoneking grants them another attack, and the Stonemage can give one unit mortals in addition on a 5+ instead of the normal 6+. For the big unit, that is an extra 7.5 MW. And then there is the indirect mortal wound shooting of the Sentinals (still 30″ range due to the Ballista) and the swingy but potentially vicious 30/36″ range of the Ballista. It’s a great army that is active in all phases and very dangerous. It has a weakness, though, in that it is slow and it needs the buffs. Individually, the units can be brought down. We see that in the scoring, his first round was a max 20 against a relatively slow Stormcast List, but afterwards, solid but low scoring games. He was still only 2 points behind 2nd because his one loss was very close.

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Allegiance: Kruleboyz
Warclan: Grinnin’ Blades
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (290)*
General
– Command Trait: Supa Sneaky
– Artefact: Mork’s Eye Pebble
– Mount Trait: Smelly ‘Un
Gobsprakk, The Mouth of Mork (260)**
Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot (105)**
Lore of the Swamp: Choking Mist
Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot (105)**
Lore of the Swamp: Sneaky Miasma
Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot (105)*
Lore of the Swamp: Nasty Hex

Battleline
10 x Gutrippaz (160)*
10 x Gutrippaz (160)*
10 x Hobgrot Slittaz (80)**

Units
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)**
Reinforced x 1
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)**
Reinforced x 1
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)**
Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 132
Drops: 2

This list is almost identical to the one I run. To be fair, there isn’t much variation in Kruleboyz lists. Usually, 3 units of Boltboyz inflict mortal wounds from afar. A snatchaboss who buffs nearby units with poison, allowing the Kruleboyz Orruk units to cause add an additional mortal wound on those 6+ rolls. A sprinkling of Shamans who can also buff Kruleboyz Orruk units, allowing them to cause mortals on 5+ as well as 6+ to hit. Then Hobgrots and Gutrippaz to act as screens and objective cappers.

The elephant in the room (or should that be vulcha) is Gobsprakk. This guy is great, I’ve had lots of success with him purely from his mortal wounds on dispels (D3 standard D6 with an unbinding roll of 10+). I almost took down a GUO with his dispels alone when playing against Ed. His ability is so good, you’ll often find that your opponent won’t even cast unless absolutely necessary. Especially after suffering those D6 mortals for the first time.

Gobsprakk may be a good choice in the new handbook. He’ll allow you to cause the mortal wounds on casters in the enemy army even if they’re Galletian Champions…. if they choose not to cast, they’ve wasted points on their casters. He’s not great in combat. He’ll do 4 damage on average to units with a 6+ save.

The whole lot is wrapped up into two big posionous Battle Regiment packages. Wirh a nice Grinnin’ Blades bow on top, preventing the opponent from seeing you from more than 12″ away.

As a Kruleboyz player, you’ll always want the choice of priority on the first turn, with most Krulebros choosing to go 2nd to try and neuter any opponent early doors with two rounds of poisonous bolts. Of course Alpha-Strike armies love Kruleboyz and eat them for breakfast.

I’m just hoping that the revitalised Gitz book will give the Kruleboyz some punch through their Allies.

Well done Christian on managing to put in such a great performance with Kruleboyz.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for Northern Masters

This is the top three AoS lists for the Northern Masters that took place in Scotland on 21st and 22nd January. It involved 16 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Ogor Mawtribes
Mawtribe: Underguts
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Bloodpelt Hunter (140)**
Butcher (140)**
General
– Cleaver
– Command Trait: Reluctant Rabble-rouser
– Artefact: Gruesome Trophy Rack
– Lore of Gutmagic: Blubbergrub Stench
Huskard on Stonehorn (400)**
Blood Vulture
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Rockmane Elder
– Universal Spell Lore: Levitate

Battleline
4 x Leadbelchers (170)*
4 x Leadbelchers (170)*
6 x Ogor Gluttons (260)*
Paired Ogor Clubs or Bluntblades

Units
20 x Gnoblars (120)**

Artillery
Ironblaster (200)
Ironblaster (200)
Ironblaster (200)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 132
Drops: 10

Regular readers of this column (and if you’re not – why??) may remember some previous 1st place Ogor lists – and they may also recall that my response to them is, at kindest, best called ‘sassy’.

Well, dear reader, I hope you like your sass piled high. Because even after the recent minor points hikes, we’re still looking down the meaty barrel of three giant shooting platforms with a 30″ 2x 4/2/-2 for D3+3 dmg (and +1 rend for 3 total in Underguts) profile and an arguably even scarier ‘short range’ (i.e. 12″ with a 9″ move factoring in the new Hungry rule) profile for 10 attacks at 3/3/-2/2 (that’s inc. Underguts bonus). Sass is my coping mechanism.

They’re supported by the typical 20 Gnoblar blob that do mortals (even post-FAQ…) each time you end any kind of move near them, 2 units of rend 2 Leadbelchers and a blob of Gluttons so greedy they’re prepared to literally eat lead – at least that’s my head-canon for why missile attacks are -1 to wound into them.

Rounding things off are a sneaky Bloodpelt Hunter, a support Butcher and the typical enhancement stacked Stonehorn – in this instance a lesser known Huskard, who enjoys a -1 to hit in melee ability, a healing prayer a +1 to wound prayer and the perennial Rockmane Elder mount trait for -1 to wound – good luck killing him, you’re going to need it.

Andrew’s route to 5-0 included the famously weak in melee Idoneth, that Kruleboyz faction with the rubbish rule that you can’t see them beyond 12″, a newly-extremely-expensive Thunder Lizard list, some Stormcast (who I imagine the Ogors opening like tin-cans) and the notoriously easy to kill Nurgle.

In all seriousness, gratz to Andrew as those were likely some tough opponents to beat out with such an elite army, but Ogors definitely still have the tools to continue their ravenous rampage it seems.

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Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Indominatable

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Father of the Storm
– Artefact: Horn of the Tempest
– Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm
Great Bray-Shaman (100)*
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Wild Rampage
Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)*
Axe
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– Allies

Battleline
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
9 x Dragon Ogors (435)***
6x Paired Ancient Weapons
– Reinforced x 2
6 x Dragon Ogors (290)***
6x Paired Ancient Weapons
– Reinforced x 1

Units
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)***
Reinforced x 1
3 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (180)*
1 x Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)*
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Ravening Direflock (30)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters
Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 305 / 400
Wounds: 164
Drops: 6

It’s Beasts of Chaos with 9 Enlightened on Disks. What do you want me to say? Their new book is about a month away, which will hopefully give me something new to write about.

It’s just all so old and janky. They get their own stuff, possibly the old Chaos stuff (depending on whether the event was allowing the technically illegal until yesterday Slaves tome) and the best of the new Tzeentch stuff, all propped up by a wildly over-tuned Tome Celestial.

GW are looking down from their ivory tower at these lists and holding their noses while the new book slowly hoofs its way into public existence to shake its wiry mane and proclaim, ‘Beasts are dead! Long live Beasts!’ Only they decided not to update the model range because fugly models are the price you pay for putting lipstick on a pig-monster. Pearls before swine? This metaphor is as broken and mixed up as the Beasts book itself.

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Allegiance: Nighthaunt
– Procession: Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: Fright or Flight
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Spirit Torment (120)***
Guardian of Souls (150)***
General
– Command Trait: Ruler of the Spirit Hosts
– Artefact: Lightshard of the Harvest Moon
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Spirit Torment (120)***
Krulghast Cruciator (150)***
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Underworlds: Shademist

Battleline
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (360)*
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (360)*
Reinforced x 1
3 x Spirit Hosts (130)**
5 x Hexwraiths (170)*
10 x Grimghast Reapers (160)**
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (180)**

Units
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (100)***

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors
***Warlord

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 104
Drops: 11

The Scarlet Doom terror strikes again, ticking all of the boxes, 50 Bladegheists, Myrmourn Banshees for spell shenanigans Spirit Hosts for Bodyguards, and Hexwraiths for mobility and a cast of minor, interesting heroes. The Grimghast are rarer, and there are no Chainrasps to the disappointment of true Nighthaunt fans. For anyone who doesn’t know this list, it will flow across the board, ignoring your high quality, high rend attacks, and striking fear into your units. With Hexwraiths to take any exposed objectives. The Guardian of Souls and Spirit Torments will return models (mostly to the Bladegheist) each turn, and Krulghast is an auto include for his damage reduction.

It controls the centre well, holding a back objective as well and ticks off Battle Tactics (or did, Season 2 might be different). However, if an opponent can lift one of Bladegheist units in a turn, then this army will struggle. To do that reliably, you need a lot of relatively low quality attacks (1 damage). Unfortunately, the 2nd (Tempestors and Drakes) and 5th (Dragon Ogres) round opponents had the means to shut down our heroes. Great performance and another army it will be interesting to see how they go in Season 2 after being a clear leader in the last 6 months.

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Army Faction: Stormcast Eternals
Army Type: Stormkeep
– Army Subfaction: Hammers of Sigmar
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable
– Holy Command: Pray for Aid

LEADER
1 x Celestant-Prime (330)*
1 x Drakesworn Templar (400)*
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Tempest Axe
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Celestial Instincts
– Spells: Celestial Blades
1 x Slann Starmaster (290)*

BATTLELINE
4 x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (480)*
5 x Liberators (120)*
Liberator-Prime
– Grandweapon
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Sigmarite Shield
5 x Liberators (120)*
Liberator-Prime
– Grandweapon
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Sigmarite Shield

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Everblaze Comet (90)
1 x The Burning Head (30)

OTHER
3 x The Farstriders (90)*

BATTLE REGIMENT *

TOTAL POINTS: (1950/2000)

Some real surprises here, a magic heavy (for Stormcast) list with 3 big heroes backed by a single big hammer unit and solid screens. There are not a lot of units, but extreme mobility/flexibility, and it does away with the need for a teleport in the list. The Drakesworn Templar works either as a hammer or an anvil for the Fulminators. With his ranged attacks (Unleash Hell) and the Tempest Axe reducing pile-ins, he is a dangerous anvil that takes serious force to move with a 4+ save. With the points drop in the latest GHB, we might see more of him. And if castled near the Slann (18”) he is granting +1 to cast on top of the Slann’s +1. With plenty of ranged Mortal wounds on offer (Comet’s Call, Burning Head and Everblaze Comet), this is a surprisingly deadly ranged army. Celestial Blades to give the Fulminators a well-deserved 2+ to wound.

The tricks don’t end there, Stormkeep making the Liberators effectively Galletian Veterans (count as 3 on objectives) while still in a Battle Regiment – Scions isn’t really useful in this list. Hammers of Sigmar for the blue and gold and a handy 6+ ward on objectives. Along with Call to Aid to return a unit of Liberators if necessary. And finally, there is the Celestant-Prime to remove something important and the equally mobile Farstriders. A very cheap unit with an inbuilt teleport. They aren’t likely to do a lot of damage, but they have a 12” range attack as well as melee, potentially creating a lot of issues for a lightly defended point. All of this is just to say this is a very flexible army that is difficult to counter. Reflecting that approach, Stu had 4 very close games, only losing or winning by a handful of points, tense close fought battles. This list would do well in a teams format, and with a little luck, it could have gone 5 and 0 (the 2 loses were by 1 and 3 pts). With the new GHB here now, it would be interesting to see where this list goes,

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for SoCal Masters

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the SoCal Masters Grand Tournament that took place in Texas, USA on 7th and 8th January. It involved 10 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Beasts of Chaos
– Army Subfaction: Allherd
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADER
1 x Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)**
– Spells: Hailstorm, Sundering Blades
1 x Tzaangor Shaman (135)**
– General
– Command Traits: Dominator
– Artefacts: Blade of the Desecrator
– Spells: Vicious Stranglethorns, Wild Rampage
1 x Grashrak Fellhoof (150)**
– Spells: Savage Dominion, Wild Rampage

BATTLELINE
10 x Ungors (65)***
– Brayhorn
– Banner Bearer
– Ungor Blade and Half-shield
10 x Ungors (65)***
– Banner Bearer
– Brayhorn
– Ungor Blade and Half-shield
30 x Tzaangors (525)***
– Twistbray
– 2 x Icon Bearer
– 2 x Brayhorn Blower
– 4 x Tzaangor Mutant

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Wildfire Taurus (70)
1 x Ravening Direflock (30)

OTHER
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Discs of Tzeentch (360)*
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Discs of Tzeentch (360)*
1 x Tuskgor Chariots (65)*
5 x Grashrak’s Despoilers (150)**

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Bounty Hunters
**Warlord
***Expert Conquerors

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)

Danny: Beasts of Chaos are finally running scared….of their new book. Because it contains at least the possibility of them being balanced.

In the meantime, you have something like this. In case you’re unfamiliar with how BoC work, let’s just say they do everything, with loads of bodies that punch above their weight (thanks to the Herdstone which gives rend that stacks by battle round and a 4+ rally emanating in an increasingly large aura by battle round) coming in from board edges when you least want them to.

For those who are experienced in such matters, let’s look to the innovations in this list. Well, it takes Grashrak Fellhoof and his merry band of Despoilers for a spin, on loan from Underworlds – who allows Brayherd units (i.e. most of the stuff in the list) to get…+3 to their movement…and a tasty spell for d3 mortals and +1 to hit for all units into that target. In true BoC fashion, that would probably be good value enough on its own but the 5 Despoilers in tow act as a bodyguard/ablative wounds too.

Beyond the usual ‘borrowing’ of the best stuff from the new Tzeentch book, the list also includes a token Tuskgor chariot. You don’t see those every day! But for 65 pts it’s a 10″ move, 6 wound on a 4+ piece with minor chip damage – but it’s 65 pts and moves 10″, who cares what else it does. The things BoC have access to for under 75 pts never ceases to amaze me.

Wishlist from the new book: change everything. Yes the models are old and ugly but their rules don’t need to match.

Of course – kudos to the general, as no army can win without skill. And there’s a lot to remember with BoC.

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Gregory Brewer 3/0/2

Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Ironjawz
– Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)
Spells: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Megaboss on Maw-krusha (480)*
General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-toof Fist
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Fast ’Un
– Spells: Bash ’Em Ladz
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Orruk Warchanter (115)*

BATTLELINE
Orruk Ardboys (85)*
Orruk Ardboys (85)*
Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Jagged Gore-hacka
Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
Jagged Gore-hacka

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (480)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: 1960/2000

Brett: Two things Ironjawz don’t love; huge screens (that they don’t clear on the first attempt) and lots of rend. Beasts bring both. Greg bounced back from a first round loss to the eventual winner before losing again in the 4th round to Kruleboyz (KB). Mortal wounds can be an issue for Ironjawz and 21 Boltboyz in 2 x 9 and a 3 man create some problems. Greg’s tried to increase damage output by taking Bash ’em ladz (+1 to wound rolls) but it’s not reliable with the high casting value. This list trys uses the Mawcrusha and 6 Goregruntas as the dynamic damage combination with the Krondspine as a 3rd threat/pining piece. Unfortunately, screens and MW shooting is a tough ask for a melee army. With poisons and MW those Boltboyz are removing a pig or two with Unleash Hell.

Other than his 2 losses though Ironjawz punished his opponents. Krondspine works great in the list either pining something important or distracting attacks from the Mawcrusha. 6 Gore gruntas have likewise proven to be a good foil to the Mawcrusha either supporting a push on one flank or allowing board wide pressure. Teleporting ardboyz is another effective distraction opportunity. Everyone knows the alpha strike but the inclusion of Krondspine and the larger Goregrunta unit give more subtlety and give options. It’s a matter of choice whether you take the Shaman for the teleport or not, it’s a very effective distraction/scoring mechanism.

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Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
Stormhost: Hallowed Knights (Scions of the Storm)
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Gardus Steel Soul (150)*
Lord-Castellant (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Spell: Celestial Blades

Battleline
5 x Vanquishers (110)*
5 x Vanquishers (110)*
5 x Vanquishers (110)*

Units
4 x Stormdrake Guard (680)**
Drakerider’s Warblade
– Reinforced x 1
4 x Stormdrake Guard (680)**
Drakerider’s Warblade
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 116
Drops: 3

Brett: If there is one thing Stormcast have in spades, other than dragons, it’s Battleline units. Vanquishers are seeing some more use but usually a single unit, taking 3 is a bit of a risk but worth it if there are horde armies around. Drop one onto an unprotected objective and even if your opponent removes them they will attack on death, they have the Thunderstrike keyword as well give their Blaze of Glory an extra dice. Easier to shift with only a 4+ but damaging to deal with. No holy command is shown but if it was Call to Aid (likely) then that dead unit is going to return (only once per battle). Otherwise we have Gardus for a 5+ ward within 12″ and the Lord Castellant (who we’ll probably be seeing even more often as a Galletian Champion). Generally he’d put both buffs (+1 to save and +1 to wound) on a unit before it was sent into harms way.

Still there are issues, the Drakes have a lot of wounds but are hard to give cover from shooting, they can easily get out of buff range, redeploy can ruin charges and with high rend they will wilt. Evan recovered from 2 losses in the opening rounds, losing to a SCE list with a lot of shooting and Krondys (with Thudershock to wreck those charges and leave you exposed to the shooting). The second loss was to Maggotkin, damage output is a continuing issue for SCE and you don’t really want to be near them very long or the mortals pile up. Solid mobile list very reflective of where SCE is right now.

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Army Faction: Fyreslayers
Subfaction: Lofnir
– Grand Strategy: Masters of the Forge
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Auric Runemaster (125)*
General
– Command Traits: Avatar of Vulcatrix
– Artefacts of Power: Volatile Brazier
– Prayers: Heal
Auric Runesmiter (135)*
Runic Iron
– Prayers: Prayer Of Ash
Celestial Hurricanum with Celestial Battlemage (290)*

BATTLELINE
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Mount Traits: Coal-heart Ancient
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Mount Traits: Flame-scale Youngblood
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Mount Traits: Lava-tongue Adult
Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)*
Karl
– Hornblower of Grimnir
Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)*
– Karl
– Hornblower of Grimnir

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Runic Fyrewall (40)
1 x Horrorghast (40)
1 x Molten Infernoth (40)

TERRAIN
1 x Magmic Battleforge (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1970/2000

Alice: There’s really only two ways to build Fyreslayers: Berzerker spam and Magmadroth Spam, but it comes with the territory of having a limited number of models.

That said…this one is interesting. Lofnir lets you bring Magmadroths as battleline, and juices them up to boot with extra wounds and mount traits. They’re a solid work horse monster that can do some solid damage output and horde clearing, a task Fyreslayers frequently struggle with. The Runesmiter and Runemaster support the army with powerful prayers, including the important Infernoth for Mortal Wound output and the Fyrewall to protect important units and objectives. Also key, the Runesmiter can tunnel a Magmadroth in 9″ away from the enemy, with bonuses to charge thanks to a supercharged rune granted through the army’s Heroic Action.

The Celestial Hurricanum is an interesting ally, it helps cover two of the Fyreslayer’s biggest weaknesses: Lack of Wizards and Ranged Mortal Wounds. A solid choice for artillery support. Rounding it off it can cast the Horrorghast, a powerful way to clear out a few extra models from large hordes by blocking Inspiring Presence.

Final Tournament Placings

Beasts of Chaos – Faction Review (Jul-Nov ’22)

With the release of the Battlescroll: Galletian Reinforcements I’ve been able to go back through the data from the release of the General’s Handbook and tidy everything up. In doing so, I though it may be cool to give you a run-down of how each faction performed under the current General’s Handbook until the Battlescroll took effect.

The data used for analysing these results was taken from 110 Grand Tournaments between 3rd July 2022 and 6th November 2022.

Beasts of Chaos

Region Comparison – Popularity

Beasts of Chaos saw their highest popularity in Scandinavia with 4.3% of players choosing the faction for tournament play, while at the opposite end of the world the uptake was only 1.6% in Oceania

Region Comparison – Win Rates

Their popularity in Scandinavia transferred to their regional win rates as well with 69.2%. While players in North America had to make do with 57.5%.

Subfaction Analysis

SubfactionPlayersWin Rate
Allherd3864.63%
Gavespawn3560.06%
Darkwalkers856.10%
Unknown3458.53%
Faction Total11560.82%

Allherd sees the most success and also the most popularity with the 38 players achieving a combined win rate of 64.6%. Darkwalkers drags the faction total down being the least successful faction with 58.5%.

Top 10 Beasts of Chaos Players

You may notice that some players have a better World/Nation ranking than players above them in this table. This is due to players playing with multiple factions. These players have been ranked on their top 4 Beasts of Chaos results only.

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Top Three AoS Lists for DaBoyz GT 2022

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for DaBoyz GT 2022 that took place in Texas, USA on 19th and 23th November. It involved 66 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
Greatfray: Gavespawn
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)***
Artefact: Tanglehorn Familiars
– Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm
Tzaangor Shaman of Beasts of Chaos (135)***
General
– Command Trait: Unravelling Aura
– Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Wild Rampage
Great Bray-Shaman (100)***
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Savage Dominion
Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)
Axe
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– Allies

Battleline
30 x Tzaangors of Beasts of Chaos (525)**
6x Pair of Savage Blade
– 12x Savage Greatblade
– 12x Savage Blade & Arcanite Shield
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Gors (70)**
Gor-Blades & Beastshields
10 x Gors (70)***
Gor-Blades & Beastshields

Units
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)*
Reinforced x 1
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)*
Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors
***Warlord

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 210 / 400
Wounds: 157
Drops: 9

Danny: BoC stands for ‘Best of Chaos’ right now. The book as it stands is kluged, retro-fitted and duct-taped together, in a failed attempt to keep its leathery, behooved insides from spilling out all over the winners podium. Peek inside and you’ll find a sludgey morass of keywords, a bunch of new rules sellotaped in and the ability to use the new versions of some other chaos scrolls and the ‘old’ (well, in between…) versions of other stuff like blood-slick ground Khorne Daemon Prince to halve charges/run rolls.

GW are onto a good thing with 3e books and I’m sure the new BoC book will sort this mess out – because it turns out ‘keep the points the same, but give everything +2 rend and a 4+ rally, along with use of the best melee warscrolls from the new Tzeentch book’ kinda makes for a good army – despite the recent points ‘hikes’.

This list takes the usual stuff – a Shaggoth for cheap casting and a platform for the ‘tanglehorn Familiars’ which literally just stops an enemy wizard within 12″ from casting…anything… and access to the Hailstorm spell to halve the move/run/charge rolls of an enemy unit within 21″. Bet you didn’t realise even their lore was broken.

2x 6 Enlightened on Discs on loan from the shiny new Tzeentch portal because apparently everything with a beak and hooves has to stick together? A giant blob of 30 Tzaangors on hoof form a big, buffable blob and summons in god knows what else at a rate of knots.

Nothing in this game is an auto-win and it’s entirely possible to rupture your hamstrings while leaning over a table to push this many models around so congrats to Jiwan for staying standing and getting the 5-0.

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Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Ironjawz
– Army Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)
Spells: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork, Foot of Gork
1 x Megaboss on Maw-krusha (480)**
General
– Command Traits: Touched By The Waaagh!
– Boss Choppa and Rip-toof Fist
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Fast ’Un
– Spells: Bash ’Em Ladz, Flaming Weapon
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur
1 x Orruk Warchanter (115)**
1 x Orruk Warchanter (115)**

BATTLELINE
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)*
Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka

BEHEMOTH
1 x Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (480)

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x The Burning Head (20)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)

Edit: We’ve edited the below and removed the reference to the Krondspine being a source of 3d6 charges. Danny was thinking of Kragnos at the time…. he really wants one….

Danny: Ironjawz have definitely struggled this season, due to a one dimensional playstyle and, frankly, their book having been seriously powercrept. However, they can still pile on a whole load of pressure and if you’re not prepared for it, they can start a chain reaction of activations that can end games fast if you can’t tank it.

One of their weaknesses is getting into position – something the Spinedog obviously helps with. The fact it can lock down multiple units also potentially allows the gore-gruntas to choose more favourable engagements and gives them something to chuck into targets that would ordinarily blunt their charges, or of course preventing scary stuff cleaning up the pigs that IJ rely on to do everything.

You don’t have a huge degree of flexibility in a pig-heavy list (which is all IJ can realistically field in this Season) so let’s look at the Maw-krusha, the one thing with tactical choices. Brian has opted for Touched by the Waagh and Arcane Tome combo, giving him the ability to do d3 MWs to a nearby unit (enemy or friendly) and get the same value as a bonus to cast – in this case the +1 to wound spell and flaming weapon (thanks to the magnificent from command entourage) for extra damage when necessary. Of course with Spinedog bonded, he can potentially be up to a +4 to cast!

Spinedog occupies a weird niche atm and may still be controversial, but if it has a home in any army it’s Orruks atm, thematically and in terms of shoring up their weaknesses. And going 5-0 with IJ these days is definitely an accomplishment. It would be great if they didn’t have to rely on the Spinedog to do it, but in the meantime – big gratz to Brian!

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Army Faction: Kharadron Overlords
Subfaction: Barak-Zilfin
– Grand Strategy: Spend Shares to Make Shares
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Aether-Khemist (90)*
General
– Command Traits: Collector
– Artefacts of Power: Staff of Ocular Optimisation
Arkanaut Admiral (125)*
Aetheric Navigator (85)*
Aether-Khemist (90)**
Artefacts of Power: Spell in a Bottle

BATTLELINE
Arkanaut Company (90)*
Arkanaut Company (90)*
Arkanaut Company (90)**

BEHEMOTH
Arkanaut Ironclad (490)*
Great Volley Cannon
– Great Endrinworks: The Last Word
Arkanaut Ironclad (490)**
Great Sky Cannon
– Great Endrinworks: Zonbarcorp ‘Dealbreaker’ Battle Ram

OTHER
Grundstok Thunderers (270)**

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (90)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Randal: Carl is at it again with another strong Kharadron Overlords list. This one tosses Gotrek to the side in favor of taking a second Ironclad. Also gone is the Flare-Pistol, a casualty of being a double Battle Regiment, but the list gains a Volley Cannon and two very important Great Endrinworks in the Zonbarcorp ‘Dealbreaker’ Battle Ram and The Last Word.

These two powerful mount traits add a level of resiliency to big wiffs from the dice, allowing the two boats to claw back into a game when something goes wrong. The Last Word allows the powerful Volley Cannon to fire at the end of the opponent’s Charge Phase if a unit ends their charge within 3” of that Ironclad making a scary Unleash Hell absolutely devastating, especially to big chaff units. The Ram, roll dice equal to the charge roll with mortal wounds on a 4+, serves as a risky backup plan if a shooting phase does not go well to finish off a unit giving the army a small amount of mortal wounds which the army overwise lacks.

This list is less of an alpha-strike list as his previous list was and more of a control and positioning army. It wants to play cagey, determining when and where engagements happen, and controlling the flow of the game. The big downside is that it is still weak to mortal wounds and has almost no mortal wound output itself. It is still a solid list but is going to require an experienced and knowledgeable pilot as mistakes are going to be harshly punished.

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
Option: Gloomspite Gitz
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig (110)*
General
– Moon-cutta
– Command Trait: The Clammy Hand
Madcap Shaman (80)*
Artefact: Moonface Mommet
– Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)*

Battleline
20 x Shootas (120)*
20 x Shootas (120)*
36 x Squig Herd (420)**
Reinforced x 2
24 x Squig Herd (280)**
Reinforced x 1

Units
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (75)*
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (75)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 212
Drops: 3

Declan: 4-1… with Gitz. Well done to Anthony for a cracking result. Obviously the key to the army is Kragnos for his ability to charge most monsters off the board, give 3D6 charges to the squig herd (and himself) and generally cause a distraction. But the tech here is the Squig Herds and Sneaky Snufflers. With Expert Conquerors they each count as 3 on objectives (that’s 108 for the full 36 herd). They also rally on a 4+ so that’s where a lot of command points are going.

Then add in the Snufflers for +1 attack for each squig and they are not just an anvil with loads of wounds – they can be a hammer too. I was surprised that they (squig herd) went down in points in November, but definitely worth taking now!

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the SoCal Open Age of Sigmar Champions Event

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the SoCal Open that took place in USA on 22nd and 23rd October. It involved 45 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Stormcast Eternals
Army Type: Scions of the Storm
– Subfaction: Hammers of Sigmar
– holy command: thunderbolt volley
– Grand strat- no place for the weak

LEADERS
Celestant-Prime (325)
Knight-Draconis (300)
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Thunderous Presence
– Spells: Flaming weapon
Slann Starmaster (265)

BATTLELINE
Stormdrake Guard (340)
Liberators (115)
Dracothian Guard Tempestors (220)

OTHER
Vanguard-Raptors with Longstrike Crossbows (240)
Aetherwings (65)

Battle Regiment

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Everblaze Comet (90)
1 x Chronomantic Cogs (40)

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Declan: Partying like it’s early 2022! Dragons and Longstrikes are back, but Ramon’s brought a Slaan as well. An interesting choice which shows the strength in depth within Order. Particularly with Stormcast Eternals.

The Celestant Prime is kept in reserve until needed so Ramon’s early turns are about the Dragons and Endless Spells and then when you’re reeling… bang goes the Prime. Its Prime Time!

Brett: Something to look out for, Thunderbolt Volley with the Longstrikes (edited). Real opportunity to remove a screen just about anywhere and then introduce the Prime.

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Army Faction: Beasts of Chaos
Army Subfaction: Allherd
– Grand Strategy: Protect the Herdstone
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)**
Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Sundering Blades
1 x Tzaangor Shaman (135)**
General
– Command Traits: Dominator
– Artefacts: Blade of the Desecrator
– Spells: Wild Rampage
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur
1 x Grashrak Fellhoof (150)**
Spells: Wild Rampage

BATTLELINE
30 x Tzaangors (525)*
3 x Icon Bearer
– 3 x Brayhorn Blower
– 6 x Tzaangor Mutant
– Pair of Savage Blades
10 x Ungors (65)*
Brayhorn
– Banner Bearer
– Ungor Blade and Half-shield
10 x Ungors (65)*
Brayhorn
– Banner Bearer
– Ungor Blade and Half-shield

BEHEMOTH
1 x Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Chronomantic Cogs (40)
1 x Ravening Direflock (30)
1 x Wildfire Taurus (70)

OTHER
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Discs of Tzeentch (360)***
5 x Grashrak’s Despoilers (150)***

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Expert Conquerors
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Declan: A list from before the Battlescroll, it’s still great although now more expensive. A great swansong for this version by Matt, but don’t expect Beasts to stop getting 5-0s. I still think they are very good.

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Army Faction: Sylvaneth
Army Subfaction: Winterleaf
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Arch-Revenant (120)*
1 x Branchwych (130)*
Artefacts: Acorn of the Ages
– Spells: Verdant Blessing, Regrowth
1 x Warsong Revenant (305)*
General
– Command Traits: Spellsinger
– Artefacts: The Vesperal Gem
– Spells: Verdurous Harmony, Verdant Blessing
1 x Celestant-Prime (325)*

BATTLELINE
10 x Dryads (100)**
Branch Nymph
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)***
Scion
– Glade Banner Bearer
– Waypipes
– Protector Glaive
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)***
Glade Banner Bearer
– Waypipes
– Scion
– Protector Glaive

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Spiteswarm Hive (40)

OTHER
5 x Gossamid Archers (220)*
Flitwing Scion
6 x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Scythes (500)**
Huntmaster

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters
***Expert Conquerors

TOTAL POINTS: (1960/2000)

Declan: it’s great to see a proper submarine effort and Roberto has done well here. It’s easy to get disheartened but he didn’t. Sylvaneth are difficult to get to 5-0 so a 4-1 is a great result.

Again showing the versatility of Order with Allies from Stormcast and it Prime Time again. Perhaps I shouldn’t have gone full Destruction!!

Brett: Combining the Prime and Gossamid is a brave change, that’s equivalent to 6 more Kurnoth or Durthu. Always good to see something new and Roberto almost pulled it off. If you are planning on using the Prime it’s always worth remembering that you have 300+ points off the table for 2 or 3 rounds. It’s hard to make his cost up, the Prime works well with Stormcast because they are often short of units after round 3.

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Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Big Waaagh!
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumph: bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
Artefacts of Power: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Spells: Gorkamorka’s War Cry
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)*
Spells: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Breaka-boss on Mirebrute Troggoth (180)*
Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
Spells: Flaming Weapon
Orruk Warchanter (115)**
Killaboss on Corpse-rippa Vulcha (240)**
General
– Command Traits: Supa Sneaky
– Mount Traits: Fast ’Un
Orruk Megaboss (140)**
Artefacts of Power: Destroyer

BATTLELINE
Orruk Ardboys (255)***
Ardboy Boss
– 3 x Waaagh! Drummer
– 3 x Gorkamorka Glyph Bearer
– 6 x Orruk-forged Shield
Orruk Ardboys (85)***
Ardboy Boss
– Gorkamorka Glyph Bearer
– Waaagh! Drummer
– 2 x Orruk-forged Shield
Orruk Ardboys (85)***
Gorkamorka Glyph Bearer
– Waaagh! Drummer
– Ardboy Boss
– 2 x Orruk-forged Shield

OTHER
Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)
Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)*
Boltboy Boss
Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)**
Boltboy Boss

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Warlord
***Expert Conquerors

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

Declan: Talking of Destruction, Aaron came in 6th with a 4-1. His Big Waaagh list takes the Kruleboyz and the points increases and decreases nett out in the new Battlescroll.

Aaron’s Big Waaagh works in most phases so there’s no hiding with the Boltboyz giving much needed range support and the Wurgogg staring down the world. Another great result.

Brett: The weakness of both Boltboyz and the Wurgogg is combat, they need to be screened. Screens don’t come much heavier than 15 Ardboys, that’s tough to deal with.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the Quest of Champions – Final

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Quest of Champions Final that took place in the UK on 22md and 23rd October. It involved 30 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

We have covered all of the previous four heats on Woehammer where players competed for a place in the finals. The system was devised by Dan from the Warrior Lodge in the UK and it makes for great competition each year. If you want to catch up on the games, the event was covered by Dice and Ducks on their YouTube channel.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
Greatfray: Gavespawn
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Beastlord (95)*
Artefact: Mutating Gnarlblade
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Unravelling Aura
– Lore of Dark Storms: Sundering Blades
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)****
Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm
Great Bray-Shaman (100)****
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Savage Dominion

Battleline
6 x Dragon Ogors (250)***
3x Paired Ancient Weapons
– 3x Draconic War glaives
– Reinforced x 1
6 x Dragon Ogors (250)***
3x Paired Ancient Weapons
– 3x Draconic War glaives
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields

Units
5 x Centigors (85)*
5 x Centigors (85)****
20 x Bestigors (250)***
Reinforced x 1
1 x Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)*

Behemoths
Jabberslythe (150)*
Cygor (125)****

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters
****Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 194
Drops: 8

Danny: Freddie Leggett has a point to prove – and that point is ‘nerf Beasts’. The man even admitted himself after this event – his 3rd 5-0 with BoC in the self-proclaimed ‘Cygor meta’ – and far as we know, his wish is about to be granted… but in the meantime, you gotta take your hat off to the guy for running quite so rampant.

Beasts have a few things going for them. Not least of which is sheer numbers and efficiency. Dragon Ogors are just a brutally good hammer for their points – and in true 2nd edition fashion the Shaggoth allows them to re-roll 1s to hit, making their high volume of attacks uber reliable.

Ungors are fairly bad, but at 65 pts they’re one of the cheapest screens/battleline taxes going – they also make excellent Herdstone fodder, meaning a cheap way to rack up plenty of summoning points. Whereas Bestigors and Centigors fill out the niches of speed and slow good quality of attacks on a 4+ respectively.

The techy-cherry on top of this swarm is the two monsters, who each gain a unique monstrous action. The Cygor can try for an endless spell dispel – and if successful heal itself equal to the roll, making itself particularly tanky in this spell heavy meta. Whereas the Jabber can worsen the save of an enemy hero by 1 on a 2-5 or 2 on a 6 until the following combat phase – meaning even rend 1 weapons can utterly melt a priority target. Meanwhile the Mindstealer Sphiranx has a good chance of making something fight last.

It’s all tied together by the just all round great enhancements of Gavespawn. No one thing is particularly frightening on its own but the combined offensive weight and significant numbers of summoned models just tend to utterly overwhelm and establish massive board presence.

Good point, well made Freddie – time to put BoC out to pasture!

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Allegiance: Slaves to Darkness
Damned Legion: Host of the Everchosen (Sixth Circle)
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Archaon the Everchosen (860)*
Aura of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spell: Call to Glory
Chaos Lord (120)*
Reaperblade & Daemonbound Steel
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spell: Mask of Darkness

Battleline
3 x Varanguard (280)*
Ensorcelled Weapon and Warpsteel Shield
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
3 x Varanguard (280)*
Ensorcelled Weapon and Warpsteel Shield
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
8 x Iron Golems (75)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
8 x Iron Golems (75)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
8 x Iron Golems (75)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

Units
1 x Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 96
Drops: 2

Danny: With leaks of the new tome flooding the interwebs and the current Tome languishing at the bottom of the win-rate pile, Toby Meadows drops this bombshell on us – a 2nd place Archaon list! To be fair, it’s not a huge deviation from pretty much the only viable Slaves build at the moment.

Archaon is a big, tanky-ass utility provider, who is himself supported by the two lords for more buffs than you can shake a stick at. His role is usually as a super hard to shift distraction carnifex who can roll smaller units, making him a tricky tactical proposition. Meanwhile, 2 squads of Tzeentch marked Varanguard – meaning they’re re-rolling 1s to save on a nat 3+, and doing +1 damage in the 6th circle – act as twin hammers. 3 squads of super-bargain Iron Golems work on the board and objective control game – they hit more like pillow golems, but they’re a super cheap source of wounds on a 4+ with a natural +1 if they didn’t move.

And that cheeky kitty shows up again for the fight last shenanigans!

Big kudos to Toby as this list, while strong, is definitely suffering from being behind the times overall and takes a great degree of tactical acumen to pilot well. Losing only to the insane volume of attacks and bodies of 1st place Freddie is a great achievement.

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Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Thunder Lizard
– Grand Strategy: Continuous Expansion
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (265)**
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Engine of the Gods (265)****
Artefact: Incandescent Rectrices
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Skink Starpriest (130)**
Artefact: Fusil of Conflaguration
– Spell: Hand of Glory
Skink Priest (90)**
Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal

Battleline
10 x Saurus Knights (220)*
Lances
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Skinks (75)***
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)***
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers

Units
2 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*
Reinforced x 1

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)****
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)****

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (90)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Expert Conquerors
****Linebreaker

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 100
Drops: 10

Danny: It’s Mike Stewart. It’s Seraphon. It’s double Bastiladons with a Purple Sun. And even that couldn’t beat Freddie. Ok i’ll throw you a bone if you’re not familiar with Seraphon lists – Slann provides magical domination, the Bastiladons can be buffed to re-roll 1s, have +1 to hit and do additional mortals on 6s. If the Engine manages to get Curse off on something (6s to hit do mws) and the Sun is nearby to make each shot rend 2 – and in Thunder Lizards, one of them can use a command ability to firre twice…it’s gonna burn. And Beasts still beat it.

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Allegiance: Flesh-eater Courts
Grand Court: Morgaunt
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Abhorrant Archregent (245)***
Artefact: The Dermal Robe
– Lore of Madness: Spectral Host
Abhorrant Ghoul King (165)***
Lore of Madness: Miasmal Shroud
Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist (445)**
Mount Trait: Gruesome Bite
– Lore of Madness: Blood Feast
Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Zombie Dragon (430)***
General
– Command Trait: Savage Chivalry
– Artefact: Decrepit Coronet
– Mount Trait: Razor-clawed
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Crypt Ghast Courtier (70)**
Crypt Ghast Courtier (70)**

Battleline
30 x Crypt Ghouls (255)*
Reinforced x 2
20 x Crypt Ghouls (170)*
Reinforced x 1
10 x Crypt Ghouls (85)***

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Mount Trait

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 109
Drops: 9

Danny: So, FEC aren’t eating good these days – so 6th place is a big achievement and sure to score highly on our Woehammer scoring system. This is really a ‘ghouls for days’ list – each of those ghoul squads can come back on a 4+ … as many times as you like! They’re underwhelming in general but with bounty hunters can still bring the weight of dice pain, and if you roll well can represent a fairly overwhelming amount of board control over the game. Backed up by the King on ‘Gheist and his well known spike damage potential, plus a slightly less royal zombie dragon, it’s a classic ‘swamp and chomp’ (yes I just coined that term) list that must have scored fantastically to end 6th with 3-1-1.

Well done to Tom, and please, James Workshop, for the love of all that’s unholy give this faction some new models and rules.

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