Category Archives: Maggotkin of Nurgle

Top Three AoS Lists for Epic Level Showdown

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Epic Level Showdown that took place in Georgia, USA on 24th and 25th September. It involved 35 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Be’Lakor, the Dark Master (360)*
Allies
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations

Battleline
10 x Plaguebearers (150)*
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
1x Dolorous Tocsin
4 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
2x Dolorous Tocsin
– Reinforced x 1
4 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
2x Dolorous Tocsin
– Reinforced x 1

Units
3 x Nurglings (105)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 360 / 400
Wounds: 134
Drops: 1

Brett: We’ve seen the Nurgle Blightlord’s a lot in Season 1, they deny the missions well more than play them well, but to look at this list and think it’s like that would be a mistake. To start with Be’lakor is heading the list (even if he isn’t the general) and it has Plaguebearers and Nurglings even. That’s right there are Galletian Veteran’s in this list. On top of that we have Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws, the mechanics of this spell are brilliant (roll 3D6 and subtract the target unit’s movement, take the difference as mortal wounds). 3 casts/dispels with Arcane Tome and Rancid Visitations, an anti horde mortal wound spell. Be’lakor is a skill pick, 20% of your army and he can hit really hard but he only has 14 wounds on a 4+ and degrades quickly.

You need to pick your time to commit him and I feel like the durable Blightlords compliment him well. Commit them to the early scoring/battle tactics and bluntening your opponents thrust before swooping in. It might even open up a This One’s Mine which can help a lot with your scoring. The Blightlords are just an effective unit, 8 wounds and 11 attacks each and mortal wounds on the charge and at the end of combat. With disease points they grind units down through a combination of resilience (5+ ward and heal a wound every round) and steady damage. The Nurglings are a natural for either taking an unprotected objective or completing Desecrate the Lands with their Hidden Infestations (they don’t deploy until the end of your first movement phase and must be outside of your deployment).

They arrive 3″ away from Terrain so it will be the next turn before they can do Desecrate. It’s a unique take on a pretty common solution and able to access pretty much all battle tactics (particularly from the GHB). Great work going 5/0 and proving the there is depth to Nurgle.

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Army Faction: Idoneth Deepkin
Subfaction: Mor’phann
– Grand Strategy: The Creeping Gloomtide
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Akhelian King (250)*
General
– Command Traits: Unstoppable Fury
– Bladed Polearm and Falchion
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Voidchill Darkness
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur
Isharann Soulscryer (150)*
Prayers: Curse
Isharann Soulrender (120)*

BATTLELINE
Namarti Reavers (170)*
Namarti Reavers (170)*
Namarti Reavers (170)*
Namarti Reavers (170)*
Namarti Thralls (390)*

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*

TERRAIN
1 x Gloomtide Shipwreck (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

Brett: Another different take on the popular infantry heavy Idoneth list. Instead of a 20 or 30 model units Jon is running his Reavers in 10 model trading units. The Thralls are still in a double reinforced unit. The Soulscryer is one reason for the smaller units, they are much easier to Deep Strike. One can garrison the shipwreck as well. The Soulscryer can take 2 units with him and redeploy at the end of the movement phase within 6″ of the edge of the battlefield and outside of 9″ from an enemy unit. Great for battletactics and sniping important things. The Soulrender is returning units with Lurelight. The King has all of the upgrades which include Unstoppable Fury (+2 attacks for each unit within 3″ in High Tide), Arcane Tome/Flaming Weapon (+1 damage) and Voidchill Darkness (-1 hit to enemy attackers).

Rounding out the list are Krondspine and the Shipwreck.Krondspine is interesting choice but helps before High Tide (turn 3) when Idoneth has fight first available before dropping into Ebb Tide where they can retreat and charge (or shoot). Krondspine gives you an offensive threat that needs to be dealt with. Supported by Reavers and even the King from turn 2 it’s a serious threat, even better if it’s still around in turn 3. The small units of Reavers can make effective use of the Tides of Death, there is less on the line if you run and shoot with a small unit that will most likely be taken out next turn. An interesting take on Idoneth that ran very well and scored well throughout, in the end losing to our winner in the final round. No surprises really, Jon is one of the top ranked players in the world.

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Army Faction: Slaves to Darkness
Army Type: Knights of the Empty Throne
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs

LEADERS
Varanguard (560)
General
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Command Traits: Inescapable Doom
– Daemonforged Blade and Warpsteel Shield
– Artefacts of Power: Grasping Plate
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spells: Mask of Darkness
Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)*
Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– Hellforged Sword and Malefic Talons
Chaos Sorcerer Lord on Manticore (270)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spells: Mask of Darkness
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur

BATTLELINE
Untamed Beasts (70)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Untamed Beasts (70)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Untamed Beasts (70)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Chaos Warshrine (215)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Prayers: Heal

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Brett: Knights of the Empty Throne (without Archaon) being run here by one of the top 10 players in the world (tough crowd in Georgia). Although there is no Archeon it’s still a hero based list and possibly a prelude to what the end of the year may look like with the new book. Only 2 casts/dispels but with both the Krondspine (Endless Spell protection and massive melee threat) and the Warshrine (Behemoth priest). Both Sorcerers know Mask of Darkness (teleport for Mortal units). Everything except the Daemon Prince is Tzeetch marked (reroll save rolls of 1 for everything except the Incarnate and Untamed Beasts) and a 5+ ward against the effects of magic. Varanguard as general with Inescapable Doom (no retreat within 3″) and Grasping Plate (6″ engagement range and 6″ pile in). We’ll assume they are 6th Circle for the extra damage on the charge.

Playing this well takes some considered action, there are 4 solid hammers but they work best with overlapping buffs. Khorne Marked Daemon Prince has the 18″ halve charge and run rolls, he is best close to something important that you don’t want charged. The Krondspine doesn’t benefit from the armies buffs so can act independently but it’s also strong anti endless spell protection. Varanguard are a mobile threat as is the Sorcerer on Manticore but committing them too early could be a mistake. The Untamed Beasts and Sorcerers are mortals and can be teleported with Mask of Darkness. Great for those Battle Tactics. The Sorceror’s can use Eye of the Gods at the end of the turn if they kill a unit. Probably not something to play into, the Sorcerer’s can be removed relatively easily – even the 12 wounds on a 4+, but something to take advantage of

The ideal set up is probably to have the Sorcerer cast Demonic Power (reroll hits and wounds) on the Varanguard before launching them. Keep the Daemon Prince near to the Varanguard to prevent the counter charge. In earlier turns screen with the Untamed Beasts (both the Prince and Manticore fly so can go over the screen if necessary). Initially everything is likely to stay close to the Warshrine for the 6+ ward, particularly if there is much shooting in the enemy’s list. The loss to Lumineth just highlights the issues Slaves have as a melee army that is relatively slow moving with long range mortal wound shooting. Lumineth in particular aren’t likely to push into to you to score giving little room to react to their shooting, 2 turns across open ground is uncomfortable.

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Army Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
Army Type: Boulderhead
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Frostlord on Stonehorn (430)*
General
– Metalcruncher
– Lord of Beasts
– Brand of the Svard
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)*

BATTLELINE
Mournfang Pack (320)*
Reinforced: Once
Ogor Gluttons (250)*
Ogor Gluttons (250)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: 1970/2000

Brett: Do you like a quick movement phase without the distraction of a lot of units (and models)? But Gargants don’t float your boat then get on Ogors, mini, hungrier Gargants looking for their next meal. They also look pretty angry rather than slow witted so that’s something (I always wanted Ogres as a playable race in Warcraft). With a new book coming there is some light at the end of the tunnel, at the moment Ogors are languishing with a 42% winrate with fairly low representation. I’m going with this must have been a Battle Regiment not Bounty Hunters because Bounty Hunters is only 3 units max. Anyone 2 Generals since Kragnos is no one’s servant (he counts as a General).

The Frostlord has Metalcruncher (D6 MW to a unit within 3″ at start of combat) and as a Boulderhead, Lord of Beasts (1″ extra movement) and Brand of Svard (+1 to hit with melee weapons). Kragnos is handing out his 18″ charge with 3D6 rolls. The Gluttons get an extra 2″ move if they are more than 3″ from all enemy units (they’re hungry) and everything does mortal wounds on the charge. Kragnos is unique there where he makes a charge with different profiles if it is against units or a single monster. His Bellowing Roar as he gets wounded is always funny, in a bad way. If you see Ogors you know they are going to concentrate on stomping you, if they are with Kragnos they will be fairly compact.

Michael recovered really well from his early round losses, eventually finishing higher than both of his opponents. As expected scoring was an issue with 6 dropped tactics and 2 dropped Grand Strategies through the weekend. Congratulations on bringing a pretty unique list.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Midtcon GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Midtcon Grand Tournament that took place in Denmark on 3rd and 4th September. It involved 28 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.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
Stormhost: Astral Templars (Scions of the Storm)
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Celestant-Prime, Hammer of Sigmar (325)*
Lord-Celestant on Stardrake (500)*
General
– Celestine Hammer
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Scintillating Trail
– Spell: Thundershock
Slann Starmaster (265)*
Allies

Battleline
5 x Vindictors (130)**
3 x Vanguard-Palladors (215)**
Boltstorm Pistols and Starstrike Javelins
3 x Vanguard-Palladors (215)**
Boltstorm Pistols and Starstrike Javelins

Units
3 x Vanguard-Raptors with Longstrike Crossbows (240)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Everblaze Comet (90)

Core Battalions
*Warlord (extra holy command)
**Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Holy Command: Call for Aid
Holy Command: Thunderbolt Volley

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 265 / 400
Wounds: 79
Drops: 7

Danny: Beating off a tough slew of opponents is Casper’s slight variation on the new SCE hotness, aka ‘many mortals at range’.

The list, which is quickly becoming adopted world-over, does what it looks like. Allying in the Slann gives reliable access to the big frog’s warscroll spell for d3 mortals to up to d6 units, the C-Prime does them at range or starts in reserve to act as a missile-duelist. The Stardrake is a durable platform with 4 rend 3, 2 damage ranged attacks at 30″ AND gives ‘friendly wizards’ (aka the Slann) +1 to cast. The Longstrikes – you know what they do, and the Palladors act as teleporting guerrilla fighters for scoring and doing extra ranged chip damage.

It’s a brutal new archetype and I imagine we’ll see it do well for a while yet while people react – although it’s unclear how much you can react to such a reliable ranged barrage!

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty,Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Bloab Rotspawned (300)
Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Orghotts Daemonspew (300)*
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
Gutrot Spume (170)*

Battleline
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)***
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)***
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)**
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)**

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

Additional Enhancements
Triumph

Total: 1920 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 115
Drops: 8

Danny: Nurgle representing in Denmark with the increasingly popular ‘Double maggoths and mixed Blight troops’ archetype. It’s simple but effective, as both Maggoths offer a wide variety of mixed phase damage and utility, while the Blightkings tank all manner of punishment and the Blightlords fulfill the objective grabbing/pinning role.

Nurgle aren’t going anywhere fast, literally and figuratively.

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

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Hulking Brute
– Artefact: Destroyer
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat

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

Units
3 x Rippa’s Snarlfangs (70)*
Allies

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 70 / 400
Wounds: 141
Drops: 1

Danny: It’s the Maw Krusha and 20-50 feral hogs. Honestly in this season it’s their only competitive build, which is sad, but hey at least it _can_ still compete, which is more than can be said for 90% of the Orruks book.

It’s also a seasonal issue – the damage bounty hunters can do to Brutes just renders them pointless. Same goes for Ardboyz, who offer plenty of utility as cheap screens in Big Waagh but again seem redundant for IJ. So, not blaming anyone for running this list other than GW for what has been proved in hindsight to be a real lack of imagination with the joint-first 3e Tome.

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Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
Lineage: Kastelai Dynasty
– Grand Strategy: Vampiric Conquerors
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night (380)
– Lore of the Deathmages: Fading Vigour
Neferata, Mortarch of Blood (365)
– Lore of the Deathmages: Decrepify
Vengorian Lord (280)**
– General
– Command Trait: Rousing Commander
– Artefact: Fragment of the Keep
– Lore of the Vampires: Amethystine Pinions

Battleline
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (80)**
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (80)**
10 x Blood Knights (390)*
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Blood Knights (195)*
5 x Blood Knights (195)*

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1965 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 114
Drops: 6

Danny: As predicted, the re-rise of SBGL is upon us! Double Mortarchs or MSU chaff with Coven Throne have proven effective, but this unusual list from Martin opts for Neferata and plenty of Blood Knights – if her spells go off she can make them insanely tanky, with ignoring rend and a command ability for a -1 to hit aura – she also brings some spike damage potential herself.

3x msu Deathrattle support as excellent grabbers who can pop out or back up from grave-sites, with the Vengo lord acting as a mobile, mixed phase general to be a home for artifacts/command traits.

A highly objective play focused list and good to see SBGL doing well again!

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Top Three AoS Lists for the Montreal GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Montreal Grand Tournament that took place in Montreal, Canada on 17th and 18th of September. It involved 47 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: The Astromatrix
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (265)*
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Artefact: Serpent God Dagger
– Spell: Celestial Equilibrium
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Stegadon with Skink Chief (305)**
Artefact: Cloak of Feathers
– Weapon: Skystreak Bow
– Mount Trait: Starborne
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**
Skink Starpriest (130)*
Spell: Hand of Glory
– Spell: Extend Astomatrix
Skink Starpriest (130)*
Spell: Hand of Glory
– Spell: Extend Astomatrix
Skink Priest (90)**
Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse

Battleline
30 x Skinks (225)****
Boltspitters & Moonstone Clubs
– Reinforced x 2
30 x Skinks (225)****
Boltspitters & Moonstone Clubs
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Skinks (75)***
Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)***
Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
5 x Saurus Knights (110)**
Blades

Units
5 x Chameleon Skinks (115)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
Horrorghast (40)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Spell

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 132
Drops: 12

Declan: Danick went 5-0 here, with an interesting Seraphon list (interesting because no Bastiladons). That said it still has all the usual tricks. A good spell caster, 30 skinks to buff up, and get killing (and then another 30 so he can throw them away). If you’ve never seen a fully buffed up Skink unit you don’t know what you’re missing. As a Gitz player its demoralising but everything goes on them!

The purple Sun before the FAQ is an obvious call and no reason Danick shouldn’t take it. The Fangs of Sotek also gives the skinks a 50/50 parting shot (fire and flee), leaving the enemy flailing against thin air before they fire again. I’ve fought similar and it is vicious.

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Mortal Realm: Ghyran
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Festus the Leechlord (150)**
Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
Lord of Afflictions (210)**
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
Lord of Blights (150)**

Battleline
4 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
2x Dolorous Tocsin
– Reinforced x 1
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
1x Dolorous Tocsin
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
1x Dolorous Tocsin
10 x Putrid Blightkings (500)**
Reinforced x 1

Units
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords – Single (110)**

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment

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

Declan: Also going 5-0 this is the often seen Pusgoyle Blightlord List. It’s very difficult to kill, has amazingly fast movement, and if you do catch a Pusgoyle on fly… it strikes back with a vengeance. Meanwhile the disease markers you aquire slowly bring down support heros, and just when you feel you’ve got a chance Christian can summon whatever he needs. You need mortal wounds, at range, and lots of luck to beat this. There’s a reason Nurgle have been top of tournaments (and a popular army) since the book was released.

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

Leaders
Krulghast Cruciator (150)**
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Guardian of Souls (150)*
Artefact: Midnight Tome
– Lore of the Underworlds: Shademist
Spirit Torment (115)*
Spirit Torment (115)*

Battleline
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)****
Reinforced x 1
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (175)***
5 x Hexwraiths (160)**
5 x Hexwraiths (160)**
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)***

Units
10 x Dreadscythe Harridans (160)****
10 x Dreadscythe Harridans (160)****
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (105)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 104
Drops: 12

Declan: Another good book, and another good army. Vincent-Pierre has brought the Purple Sun as well (surprise, surprise), and numerous ghosts. He has taken 30 Bladegheists so clearly has the patience of a saint (or bought them assembled), but once on the table top they are monsters. When they charge these guys can stack additional rend, so you’ll see characters charging in to clip units and doing untold damage. I’m still having nightmares of Kragnos being on 6+ armour save before the rend on the warscrolls took affect. It’s vicious, and has so far survived a FAQ – I’ll be amazed (although not surprised) if the stacking survives past Christmas.

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Indomitable (Wounds)

Leaders
Loonboss (75)*
General
– Command Trait: The Clammy Hand
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)*
Lore of the Moonclans: The Great Green Spite
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)*
Lore of the Moonclans: The Great Green Spite
Madcap Shaman (80)
Artefact: Moonface Mommet
– Lore of the Moonclans: Itchy Nuisance

Battleline
20 x Shootas (140)*
3x Barbed Nets
– 1x Badmoon Icon Bearers
40 x Shootas (280)*
6x Barbed Nets
– 1x Moonclan Flag Bearers
– 1x Badmoon Icon Bearers
– Reinforced x 1
60 x Stabbas (450)*
Pokin Spears & Moon Shields
– 9x Barbed Nets
– 1x Moonclan Flag Bearers
– 2x Badmoon Icon Bearers
– Reinforced x 2

Units
5 x Loonsmasha Fanatics (130)*
5 x Boingrot Bounderz (105)*

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Mork’s Mighty Mushroom (40)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 152
Drops: 2

Declan: Peter knew I was coming back to writing Top Three Lists, and has picked a classic… Raphael has brought Gloomspite Gitz to a full tournament and gone 3-2… what a hero! Okay, he has brought an Incarnate, but a 2019 book with no White Dwarf article needs you to think outside the book. With three wizards, three Endless Spells and no Hand of Gork (heresy) this is a sit and shoot list… with 60 shootas (5+/5+/-/1 … what a profile). The damage at range must have been enough, but I’m really impressed that Raphael managed to complete enough Battle Tactics to win 3 games – especially with his general being a simple Loonboss.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for Raccoon Rumble

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for Raccoon Rumble that took place in Germany on 17th and 18th September. It involved a massive 120 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.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Filthbringers
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
– Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)*
Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
– Lore of Malignance: Cloying Quagmire
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)*
Lore of Malignance: Blades of Putrefaction
– Lore of Malignance: Magnificent Buboes

Battleline
10 x Putrid Blightkings (500)**
Reinforced x 1
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)**
10 x Plaguebearers (150)**
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)***
1x Dolorous Tocsin
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)***
1x Dolorous Tocsin

Units
3 x Nurglings (105)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Umbral Spellportal (70)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)
Shards of Valagharr (50)

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

Additional Enhancements
Spell

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 142

Danny: Nurgle take gold in Germany with an off-meta (for Nurgle, anyway) Filthbringer list, eschewing Drowned Men and the pre-game move for the Rotbringer Coven and their really quite impressive magical prowess. Multiple excellent spells on durable platforms with a combined +3 to cast/unbind can compete with all but the very best casters in the game, and with Nurgle’s excellent lore full of debuffs and longer-range disease point delivery systems, they shore up the slowness and lack of range the army typically has.

Of note elsewhere is a reinforced Blightking blob to gum up the mid-table, and the 2x 2 Blightlords for mobility – not that they don’t also slap. For those looking at the odd-at-first-sight Endless Spell list, and who haven’t learned the hard way, the way it works is this: Shards halve the movement of something, count as an additional way of putting out disease points, and then Gnashing Jaws chomps through – dealing the difference between a 3d6 roll and a unit’s movement as MWs – hence Shards. Nasty combo and a big win, especially as Colin had to chew through double Seraphon, Tzeentch (whose mortals typically threaten Nurgle tankiness), the hyper-mobile Sylvaneth and scary ol’ Nighthaunt!

Peter: We’re lucky enough that Colin is a member of our Discord. I asked him what he thought the vulnerability of the list was and how opponents should approach playing it.

Colin: I don’t think there is really much counter potential for this list. Of course, you can try to split the list, then I could get into trouble because I don’t have many units. The wizards are of course important for my list, but I have made the experience that the list remains super stable even if I lose my wizards.

Most people focus on the 10-strong squad of Blightkings, but that’s the wrong approach for me. The opponent should rather focus on the other smaller units. Alone, 10 Blightkings with a 4″ move do nothing on most battleplans.

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Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Fangs of Sotek
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (265)***
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Skink Starpriest (130)
Spell: Hand of Glory
Skink Priest (90)***
Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)***
Artefact: Serpent God Dagger

Battleline
5 x Saurus Guard (115)**
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

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

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 116
Drops: 11

Danny: Fangs of Sotek again! In their defence, the FAQ to turn scaly skin off skinks has meant the Starborne sub-factions are worth taking again, which is good for diversity overall, even if how good Seraphon are in general is a wider issue.

Tristan’s take on the teleporting skink gang is fairly standard – he’s got the 30 blob there, the 2x 10 objective grabbers, and the shooty core of 2x 2 sallies (nasty with the option to teleport) and the Solar Engine which, combined with Purp Son is putting out 9 rend 2, damage 2 (3 vs chaos – and Colin’s Nurgle still beat him!) shots at long range.

It’s an incredibly solid list archetype that I doubt we’ll see much deviation from in a while, but big up to Tristan for keeping up the concentration over a long tourney against some tough opponents and armies!

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Allegiance: Idoneth Deepkin
Enclave: Briomdar
– Mortal Realm: Ghyran
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Eidolon of Mathlann, Aspect of the Sea (325)*
General
– Command Trait: Endless Sea Storm
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Deeps: Steed of Tides
– Lore of the Deeps: Counter-current
Isharann Soulscryer (150)*
Universal Prayer Scripture: Guidance
Isharann Soulrender (120)*

Battleline
10 x Namarti Thralls (130)**
10 x Namarti Thralls (130)***
20 x Namarti Reavers (340)***
Reinforced x 1

Units
Akhelian Allopexes (330)**
Razorshell Harpoon

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies
– bound to Eidolon of Mathlann, Aspect of the Sea

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

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

Additional Enhancements
Spell

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 78
Drops: 9

Danny: An interesting IDK list that drops a few common pieces in favour of a Spinedog and an Eidolon, who may not be as slap-happy as the King, but do offer a huge amount of utility and versatility. Overall though, it looks like a pin-and-cushion list – 20 Reavers can rain down serious hurt on whatever the Spinedog ties up, while the lone shark caps objectives and the two Thrall blobs – who can certainly pack a punch once the Eidolon gets the -1 save debuff off on folks and/or the inevitable Sun gets into range.

The Soulscryer in Briomdar completes the game plan by offering a few units the chance to start in reserves to threaten early board control or objective yoinking – the Enclave allowing for an extra unit to go into reserves and for them to come in outside the table edge too. The list performed admirably, losing only to Seraphon and taking down some meta-factions en route to 3rd- congrats Stephan!

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Allegiance: Fyreslayers
Lodge: Vostarg
– Grand Strategy: Master of the Forge
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Auric Flamekeeper (90)*
Auric Flamekeeper (90)*
Auric Runemaster (125)*
Artefact: Volatile Brazier
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Auric Runesmiter (135)**
Runic Iron
– Prayer: Ember Storm
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)**
General
– Ancestral War-axe
– Command Trait: Blood of the Berzerker
– Artefact: Axe of Grimnir
– Magmadroth Trait: Coal-heart Ancient
Battlesmith (150)**
Artefact: Nulsidian Icon

Battleline
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)***
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)***
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)***
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)****
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)****
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)****

Endless Spells & Invocations
Runic Fyrewall (40)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Artefact

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 162
Drops: 12

Danny: Fyreslayers infamously don’t have a huge roster to work with, and they seem to have settled largely into either Magmadroth spam or Hearthguard spam, for obvious reasons. But Jan here is not content to follow the pack, and has opted instead for…Vulkite spam! The little guys that could don’t set the world on fyre at first glance, but their combined weight of attacks and relative durability can make for serious board control. Two Flamekeepers no doubt hung out nearby, absorbing the power of all their little fallen breathren before multiplying the power of the rest, allowing for a steady trickle of combos and shenanigans – such as the powerful combat-phase charge.

A fun, unusual list that managed 4 wins, showing it clearly has (lots of little) legs!

Final Tournament Placings (Top 32)

AoS Meta Stats (w/e 28th August 2022)

Unfortunately they’ll be no meta stats next weekend as I am on holiday. Normal service will resume for the week ending of 11th September.

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Grand Tournaments

Emerald City Open 2 – USA
32 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stDaughters of KhaineHagg Nar5-0-0
2ndSons of BehematBreaker Tribe5-0-0
3rdDisciples of TzeentchHosts Arcanum4-0-1
4thSeraphonThunder Lizard4-0-1
5thMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men4-0-1
Emerald City Open 2

Sacremento Slam – USA
12 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSeraphonThunder Lizard5-0-0
2ndDaughters of KhaineHagg Nar4-0-1
3rdOssiarch BonereapersPetrifex Elite3-0-2
4thSkaven3-0-2
5thHedonites of SlaaneshLurid Haze3-0-2
Sacremento Slam

Dice and Ducks: Decimation – UK
16 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSons of BehematTaker Tribe4-0-1
2ndSeraphonFangs of Sotek3-0-1
3rdDaughters of KhaineKhailebron4-0-1
4thSoulblight GravelordsLegion of Night4-0-1
5thBlades of KhorneReapers of Vengeance2-0-2
Dice and Ducks: Decimation

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This Weeks Stats

The following stats are for the week ending 28th August only, essentially GT’s that took place on the 27th and 28th August.

Rolling 4 Week Stats

The rolling stats includes all GT’s since the weekend of 30th/31st July to the 20th/21st August. This covers a total of 983 players (+152 players) across 24 Grand Tournaments (+3 GT).

As the new release of the GHB takes hold it looks as though the overall effect is a positive one, although the stats are starting to shift away from the 50% mark slightly again. With Destruction once again falling.

Its not been a good week for the Kruleboyz and this is also reflected in the four weeks stats with them falling to 35.0%. Come on GW, show them some love.

Here are the rolling four weeks win rates since we began tracking this information:

Faction Stats (Version)

The below stats are for every match in a grand tournament since the release of the new General’s Handbook.

A great week for Seraphon sees them extend a lead over the Daughters of Khaine with 9 clean sweeps to their 6.

Meanwhile at the lower end of the tables factions who have gone a whole tournament with five losses…

As for the win rates of each faction since the release of the new GHB:

In terms of faction popularity:

By rights, each faction should have an equal share of the player base, however we know this will not be the case due to either the appeal of the miniatures or the rules for the factions. Here we can see the most popular factions are Stormcast Eternals, Nighthaunt, Sylvaneth, Daughters of Khaine, Maggotkin of Nurgle, Seraphon and Skaven.

Currently it would appear that Seraphon players have the highest chance of going 5-0 at an even.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Nashcon GT 2022

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Nashcon GT that took place in the USA on 20th and 21st August. It involved 32 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

The format for this event was slightly different, in that every player built two lists and chose which of their lists to use based on the opponent before the round began. To keep this article short, we’re analysing their first lists only and the opponent’s first list has been used when showing their path through the tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (265)***
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Skink Starpriest (130)*
Spell: Hand of Glory
Skink Priest (90)*
Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)*
Artefact: Serpent God Dagger

Battleline
10 x Skinks (75)**
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)**
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
30 x Skinks (225)**
Boltspitters & Moonstone Clubs
– Reinforced x 2
5 x Saurus Guard (115)*

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

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
Horrorghast (40)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors
***Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1950 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 116
Drops: 8

Danny: Who can stop Ridge Hanna? The Season of War vet is a died in the wool Seraphon expert, and his Fangs of Sotek list is the one to beat.

We’ve covered it before, and no doubt we’ll be forced to cover it again… but on the off-chance you’re new to it, here’s how it works.

Unlike Thunder Lizard, who’re all about big beasties and Scaly Skin for the -1 damage, Fangs is all about tricksy movement and summoning. Units are able to come down from reserves near a Slann, and one unit per turn can teleport – this makes the Salamanders – free from giving up extra points since the latest GHB – a tactical nuke who can safely materialise near an enemy threat and nuke them. God forbid if they make the charge too.

Meanwhile, all the skinks have a small pre-game move for grabbing objectives, and can run away after unleashing hell on a 4+ once charged, meaning most of the time they’re incredibly hard to pin down – and with the buffs the various Skink heroes can throw out, they can end up doing serious damage too.

The reason the Slann has Arcane Tome is because of the Coalesced summoning mechanic – using up a spell slot grants an additional d3 summoning points, so the Tome allows him to rack those up and still use his super valuable normal spells into the bargain. On average, Ridge should be able to summon two more salamanders into the fray, or if, for some reason, he’s struggling with objective, a whole load more skinks.

A techy, frustrating to pin down list with some real teeth that proves Seraphon are far from a one trick-dinopony.

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Blessed Sons
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
Bloab Rotspawned (300)*
Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Orghotts Daemonspew (300)

Battleline
10 x Plaguebearers (150)**
10 x Plaguebearers (150)**
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)**
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)***
1x Dolorous Tocsin

Units
3 x Plague Drones (200)***
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (110)*
1 x Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)*
Allies

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

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 95 / 400
Wounds: 143
Drops: 7

Ethan: Writing analysis of this feels a bit like cheating. For those not in the know, Tyler Emerson is one of the illustrious regular guests of Vince Venturella of Warhammer Weekly and “being considerably better than ok at painting” fame. Tyler spoke about his list on their most recent show, make sure to check it out if you’re after a more in-depth dive!

Getting to it, there are a fair few elements of this list setting it apart from the drone spam we’ve all come over time to know and resent. Blessed sons provides a nice platform for a mixed arms list employing more of Nurgle’s toolkit than we’re perhaps used to. The Lord of afflictions eschews the usual splithorn helm, sacrificing some resilience in exchange for rancid visitations, one of the best anti-horde spells in the game though, without other casting support, this is by no means consistent. The two Maggoth lords are incredibly strong pieces, providing all the usual benefits of behemoth-lords with Nurgle resilience and a small amount of spell-dom play, or great combat play. Combined these two give the list a capacity to play broadly across the map with the core of the list holding one flank while the creatively named heroes hold the other.

Plaguebearers and Blightkings form a durable core for holding objectives and placing them in Expert Conquerors makes retaking objectives a real commitment from the opponent while the Plague drones and Pusgoyles in a Bounty Hunter Battalion provide a mobile cav hammer which hits hard and takes a hit well in return. The two really interesting pieces of tech taken by Tyler in this list are the Mindstealer Sphiranx which has an ability to make enemies fight last, winning him at least one game singlehandedly, per his view. The other is his Battalions, he’s taken an “all the toys” approach to his regular units but has eschewed the usually accompanying Command Entourage/Warlord in favour of a Battle regiment to lower his drops. This isn’t going to give him priority vs anyone taking a Battle Regiment+ setup but does ensure he outdrops anyone taking the abovementioned Entourage or Warlord. Very clever decision making here.

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Allegiance: Nighthaunt
Procession: Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Guardian of Souls (150)*
Artefact: Midnight Tome
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Krulghast Cruciator (150)*
Spirit Torment (115)*
Spirit Torment (115)
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Underworlds: Shademist

Units
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)**
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)**
Reinforced x 1
9 x Spirit Hosts (375)***
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Chainrasps (110)***
10 x Chainrasps (110)***
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (105)**

Endless Spells
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

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

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 112
Drops: 10

Ethan: Nate Trentanelli has proven he can win with a variety of armies and so it is only fitting that he see success with current meta darling, Nighthaunt. This list relies on a central castle built around the Krulghast Cruciator and it’s aura of -1 damage. Throw in Shademist (-1 to wound) and Seal of Shyish (5+ ward save) and all of a sudden your charge-heavy, mortal wound spamming Nighthaunt units are a brick that the opponent will struggle to displace. This kind of list sees great success in the current GHB as it has the versatility to play for multiple areas of the board or, as many current battleplans demand, meet your opponent in the middle and win the brawl for objective scoring. Nate has run the increasingly prevalent triple battalion of Expert Conquerors, Bounty Hunters and Command Entourage meaning he’s capturing better than you with his durable units, hitting hard on your units designed to do the same, and has access to the tools required to build and maintain this kind of board presence.

Also worth noting in this list is the Midnight tome – Purple Sun combination, guaranteeing the purple sun will come out for the Nighthaunt. Nighthaunt don’t mind losing a ghost or two when they’re bringing back d6 + d3 per round and their unmodifiable saves form a perfect combination with the sun. Myrmournes provide a brutal capstone on this, giving an additional chance to unbind any spell or endless spell affecting the area nearby. In combination, your opponent is far less likely to affect the board state with their magic while you have utter certainty that your sun is coming out at a crucial moment, creating a brutal momentum swing.

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Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
Lineage: Kastelai Dynasty
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Coven Throne (290)
General
– Command Trait: Rousing Commander
– Artefact: Fragment of the Keep
– Lore of the Vampires: Amethystine Pinions
Neferata, Mortarch of Blood (365)*
Lore of the Deathmages: Fading Vigour
Vampire Lord (140)*
Artefact: Grave-sand Shard
Watch Captain Halgrim (80)*

Battleline
10 x Blood Knights (390)***
Reinforced x 1
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (80)**
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (80)**
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (80)**

Units
5 x Black Knights (100)
5 x Black Knights (100)*
20 x Grave Guard (280)***
Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 134
Drops: 11

Danny: Soulblight are slowly settling into their new competitive bracket of ‘close but no cigar’, it seems – the cool thing is, the breadth and relative internal balance of the book means that there’s plenty of variety between contenders.

This list is a nice, thematic looking balance of stuff, wrapped in Kastelai, which is edging out the others as Lineage of choice due to the strong selection of artifacts/command traits, the ability to make the excellent Blood Knights battleline, and the sub-faction trait that gives vampire units permanent, stacking buffs depending on what kind of unit they kill.

The Coven Throne is often a lynchpin of Kastelai lists, mainly due to its command ability, offering one unit +1 hit, wound _and_ save. Pretty bonkers value for 1CP although you are paying a fair whack of points for it, given it doesn’t do a huge amount else. Neferata is also starting to challenge Mannfred as Mortarch of choice due to her spell to make a unit unrendable – dicey in the current magic-dominance meta, but when it does go off, combined with the above…you can imagine the shenanigans. She’s also a decent, mobile beatstick in her own right and has a dagger with a chance to auto-kill a unit if it inflicts wounds that aren’t saved, so she’s an excellent mind-warfare pick.

Watch Captain Halgrim might look like an odd and rare pick, and he is – but he offers up to 3 skellies (and the list takes all 3, conveniently) a 4″ ‘auto-run’ for 1 CP, which is a good way of guaranteeing they get up the board together.

Outside of that is standard but useful fair – the currently ever-present 20 Graveguard brick who are also an excellent recipient of the Coven Throne’s CA, and 2 units of Black Knights who are cheap, fast, and summonable – meaning they can start in grave sites.

A nicely mostly-mounted list with a few tricks up its raggedy sleeves that clearly works!

Final Tournament Placings (Top 32)

AoS Meta Stats (w/e 21st August 2022)

A change is afoot for the Woehammer stats. We’re going more in depth. You’ll still find the tournament results for GT’s in the last week below along with links. Then there is statistic sections for the rolling four weeks stats and the current Age of Sigmar version (i.e. since the most recent update in terms of GHB or Battletome release).

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Grand Tournaments

Northern Ireland GT – UK
32 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stDaughters of KhaineKhailebron5-0-0
2ndStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar4-0-1
3rdNighthauntEmerald Host4-0-1
4thFyreslayersLofnir4-0-1
5thStormcast EternalsHAmmers of Sigmar4-0-1
Northern Ireland GT

Capital City Bloodbath – Canada
43 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stFlesh-eater CourtsFeast Day5-0-1
2ndBonesplitterzIcebone5-0-1
3rdCities of SigmarHallowheart5-0-1
4thIdoneth DeepkinMor’Phann5-0-1
5thSeraphonFangs of Sotek5-0-1
Capital City Bloodbath

Gateway Open 2022 – USA
43 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stStormcast EternalsKnights Excelsior5-0-0
2ndCities of SigmarLiving City5-0-0
3rdBlades of KhorneReapers of Vengeance4-0-1
4thDaughters of KhaineZainthar Kai4-0-1
5thSons of BehematBreaker Tribe4-0-1
Gateway Open 2022

Salt Lake Open 2022 – USA
33 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stFyreslayersGreyfyrd5-0-0
2ndStormcast EternalsCelestial Warbringers4-0-1
3rdOgor MawtribesBoulderhead4-0-1
4thSons of BehematBreaker Tribe4-0-1
5thFlesh-eater CourtsBlisterskin4-0-1
Salt Lake Open 2022

Nashcon GT 2022 – USA
81 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSeraphonFangs of Sotek5-0-0
2ndMaggotkin of NurgleBlessed Sons5-0-0
3rdNighthauntScarlet Doom4-0-1
4thBeasts of ChaosDarkwalkers4-0-1
5thLumineth Realm-LordsZaitrec4-0-1
Nashcon GT 2022

Snake Eyes – Australia
81 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSeraphonFangs of Sotek5-0-0
2ndKharadron OverlordsBarak-Zilfin5-0-0
3rdMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men4-0-1
4thSylvanethGnarlroot4-0-1
5thSkaven4-0-1
Snake Eyes

Mancunian Carnage: Summer 2022 – Australia
81 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stIronjawz5-0-0
2ndSlaves to DarknessKnights of the Empty Throne5-0-0
3rdMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men4-0-1
4thNighthauntScarlet Doom4-0-1
5thNighthauntEmerald Host4-0-1
Mancunian Carnage: Summer 2022
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This Weeks Stats

The following stats are for the week ending 21st August only, essentially GT’s that took place on the 20th and 21st August.

Rolling 4 Week Stats

The rolling stats includes all GT’s since the weekend of 30th/31st July to the 20th/21st August. This covers a total of 983 players (+152 players) across 24 Grand Tournaments (+3 GT).

As the new release of the GHB takes hold it looks as though the overall effect is a positive one, although the stats are starting to shift away from the 50% mark slightly again. With Destruction once again falling.

Its not been a good week for the Kruleboyz and this is also reflected in the four weeks stats with them falling to 36.5%. Come on GW, show them some love.

Here are the rolling four weeks win rates since we began tracking this information:

Faction Stats (Version)

The below stats are for every match in a grand tournament since the release of the new General’s Handbook.

A great week for Seraphon sees them extend a lead over the Daughters of Khaine and Maggotkin of Nurgle with 7 clean sweeps to their 5.

Meanwhile at the lower end of the tables factions who have gone a whole tournament with five losses…

As for the win rates of each faction since the release of the new GHB:

Beasts of Chaos cling to their top spot but the Maggotkin of Nurgle seem to be having a resurgence and are not too far off their heels. Seraphon and Bonesplitterz are falling closely behind.

Kruleboyz fall back down the table and join Flesh-eater Courts, Ogors, Bonereapers and Gloomspite in the sub 45% win rate.

In terms of faction popularity:

By rights, each faction should have an equal share of the player base, however we know this will not be the case due to either the appeal of the miniatures or the rules for the factions. Here we can see the most popular factions are Stormcast Eternals, Nighthaunt, Sylvaneth, Daughters of Khaine, Maggotkin of Nurgle, Seraphon and Skaven.

Chance of going 5-0

Currently it would appear that Seraphon players have the highest chance of going 5-0 at an even.

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Top Three AoS Lists for the Snake Eyes Grand Tournament

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Snake Eyes Grand tournament that took place in Australia on 20th and 21st August. It involved 62 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Fangs of Sotek
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: The Astromatrix
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (265)*
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)*
Artefact: Serpent God Dagger
Skink Starpriest (130)**
Spell: Hand of Glory
Engine of the Gods (265)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Starborne
– Spell: Bind Endless Spell
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse

Battleline
30 x Skinks (225)**
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
– Reinforced x 2
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
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)**
Allies- Bonded to Slann Starmaster

Endless Spells & Invocations
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 92
Drops: 5

Danny: After the stampede of dominance that Thunder Lizards enjoyed last season, Fangs of Sotek are quickly making an argument for the premier Seraphon sub-faction, given their ability to play the mission more effectively with summoning, teleporting, and that sweet parting shot (Unleash Hell, then run away on a 4+) from skink blobs.

By now, dear reader, you are probably au fait with how Seraphon work in general. This list is pretty generic as Sotek goes, with the big 30 skink blob front and centre that can put out serious pain once buffed with re-rolling 1s from the Starpriest – and god help you if the Engine gets Curse of for 6s to hit do mortals. With +enough (ok, fine, technically it’s +4 between Asterism, Astrolith, warscroll bonus and Krondspine) to easily get the Sun off, those skinks might also be putting out 60 shots with rend 1.

Everything else is general Seraphon goodstuff. On average the list summons 2.5 new salamander packs across the game too. Who needs damage reduction??

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Allegiance: Kharadron Overlords
Sky Port: Barak Zilfin
– Grand Strategy: Spend Shares to Make Shares
– Triumphs: lol nope

Leaders
Aether-Khemist (90)*
Artefact: Spell in a Bottle
Aether-Khemist (90)*
General
– Command Trait: Collector
– Artefact: Staff of Ocular Optimisation
Arkanaut Admiral (125)*

Battleline
10 x Arkanaut Company (90)*
1x Skypikes
– 1x Light Skyhooks
– 1x Aethermatic Volley Guns
10 x Arkanaut Company (90)*
1x Skypikes
– 1x Light Skyhooks
– 1x Aethermatic Volley Guns
10 x Arkanaut Company (90)*
1x Skypikes
– 1x Light Skyhooks
– 1x Aethermatic Volley Guns

Units
1 x Grundstok Gunhauler (155)*
Main Gun: Sky Cannon
6 x Skywardens (210)*
2x Aethermatic Volley Guns
– 2x Skyhooks
– Reinforced x 1

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

Endless Spells & Invocations
Warp Lightning Vortex (80)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 104
Drops: 2

Danny: Continuing their quite frankly unforeseen renaissance despite a shrivelled old Tome, KO narrowly miss out on winning a big event but get the 5-0 – and they haven’t even taken purple sun.

This list does however pack the standard warp vortex in a bottle and doubles down on the big shooty boats, also bringing along the rarely seen Skywardens for versatile mixed phase play. Double aether-khemists provide broad utility – a -1 to hit aura, a targeted re-roll wounds of 1 ability, and a cost efficient platform for artefacts and Battle Regiment requirements.

I have to give this list props for remaining ‘pure’ – personally, I have nothing against allying in or making use of the Krondspine, but to go 5-0 with KO, without Krondy or the Purple Sun speaks to a huge amount of skill and is, frankly, a flex. Going up against DoK – an army with a huge weakness to sustained ranged fire – probably helped, but that takes nothing away from this achievement. Kudos to Alex!

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Bloab Rotspawned (300)
Orghotts Daemonspew (300)
Lord of Afflictions (210)
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations

Battleline
4 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
– 2x Dolorous Tocsin
– Reinforced x 1
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
1x Dolorous Tocsin
10 x Plaguebearers (150)**

Units
3 x Nurglings (105)
3 x Plague Drones (200)*
10 x Gors (70)**
Gor-Blades & Beastshields

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 140
Drops: 9

Danny: Nurgle going nowhere. Although, compared to the previous season, the fly pin spam has fallen off somewhat in favour of Gally Vet Blightkings, flies (aka Blightlords) are still buzzin’. This list packs a bunch, but to its credit avoids pure spam by investing in two of the big bois for durable, dual phase (magic/melee) threats that also pump out the….utility. It also takes Nurlings, which will always earn a shout out.

Allying in a unit of gors is a nice touch – and it makes sense, for 70 points (so cheap!) the list gains access to 10 wounds of…well, not much – but they’re so cheap! And for such an elite army, having a throw-away, objective grabbing unit to squeeze rot-juice from those remaining few points is a good shout, and clearly did the job here, with a loss coming along to 2nd place KO.

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Allegiance: Ossiarch Bonereapers
Legion: Petrifex Elite
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Mortisan Soulmason (115)***
General
– Command Trait: Mighty Archaeossian
– Artefact: Godbone Armour
– Lore of Mortisans: Drain Vitality
Mortisan Soulmason (115)***
Artefact: Gothizzar Cartouche
– Lore of Mortisans: Empower Nadirite Weapons
Katakros, Mortarch of the Necropolis (450)***

Battleline
10 x Mortek Guard (140)**
Nadirite Blade and Shield
10 x Mortek Guard (140)**
Nadirite Blade and Shield
10 x Mortek Guard (140)**
Nadirite Blade and Shield

Units
4 x Morghast Harbingers (360)*
Spirit Halberds
– Reinforced x 1
4 x Morghast Harbingers (360)*
Spirit Halberds
– Reinforced x 1
2 x Morghast Harbingers (180)*
Spirit Halberds

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 122
Drops: 9

Danny: Bonereapers are currently forced to reckon with a season of missions that don’t really respect how their army rules work – especially their lack of command abilities – but recent points adjustments and additional battleline options have given them a shot in the arm (well, bone) to tide them over until their 3e reimagining.

This list sticks close to the tried and tested formula of Katakros, who pumps out a variety of buffs, and two good-value Soulmasons as Artefact holders – notably the ‘Gothizzar Cartouche’ which is an aura of +1 to wound, likely aimed at making the Harbingers blend – with All out Attack in the mix their halberds reach 3 attacks 2/2/-2/3. Nasty!

in the meantime, MSU Mortek Guard never go out of style in Petrifex Elite, proving one of the game’s premier anvils who, especially if Empower Nadirite goes off, can also surprise folks with their output.

This is the new wave of Bonereapers, and though their tome is still a little ossified (I see what you did there – Peter), recent FAQs have meant they can reach the heady heights of top 10s – now the gauntlet is down for someone to take down a tourney before they get updated – In the meantime, Zagarelos has made a damn fine effort.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Age of Sigmar, Match Play Event (Warhammer World)

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Age of Sigmar, Matched Play Event that took place in Nottingham, England on 13 and 14 August. It involved 74 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament at Warhammer World.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak

Leaders
Lord of Afflictions (210)**
– General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench – Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
– Incubatch
Orghotts Daemonspew (300)
Morbidex Twiceborn (320)
Bloab Rotspawned (300)**
– Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Lord of Afflictions (210)**
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
– Incubatch

Units
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
– 1 x Dolorous Tocsin
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
– 1 x Dolorous Tocsin
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
– 1 x Dolorous Tocsin

Terrain
Feculent Gnarlmaw (0)
Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
Additional Enhancements Artefact

Brett: A different approach to a lot of recent Maggotkin armies with a lot of heroes and minimum battleline. It forces you to use your heroes to complete battle tactics because this army but who cares with double Lord’s of Affliction. Morbidex, Orghotts and Bloab are all Monsters, with the Arcane Tome there are only 2 casts/dispells. There isn’t some amazing synergy here except that everything is as mobile as Nighthaunt but has 8 wounds. Nothing is dying easily and they are producing mortal wounds (MW) and disease points (for more MW). All of the Blightlords are in bounty hunters doubling their potential damage and making them hard to manage with GV.

All of that might not convey how horrific this army is. Bloab, Orghutts and Morbix have a top bracket of 5 or 6 wounds and a 5+ ward giving them 18 effective wounds. Until you get them out of that bracket they have 5 attacks at rend -2 with 3 damage and 3 to 7 damage 2 attacks. They are devastating in combat as well as their MW production forcing you to try to avoid them. With 3 monsters and 5 Leaders over all as well as the Blightlords themselves there isn’t a lot of room to score without engaging them.

That makes this a great army, you are forced to make a least bad choice and hope you can get in and out before they concentrate forces. None of his opponents could really afford to trade, Idoneth shooting probably had the best chance but it’s hard to stay out of charge range there to. Beast’s high rend would be useful but they wouldn’t stay alive long enough, Orks and Ogres are devastating on the change but when hit back by these monsters they would lose too many models. Solid work in assembling such an army and the all or nothing approach which paid off here.

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Allegiance: Daughters of Khaine
– Temple: Hagg Nar
– Mortal Realm: Ulgu
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumphs:
Leaders
Melusai Ironscale (115)*
– General
– Command Trait: Zealous Orator
– Artefact: Crown of Woe
Morathi-Khaine (340)*
The Shadow Queen (340)*
Battleline
10 x Blood Stalkers (360)*
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Blood Sisters (280)*
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
– Pairs of Sacrificial Knives
Units
5 x Doomfire Warlocks (145)*
– Spell1: Universal Spell Lore: Levitate
9 x Khainite Shadowstalkers (150)*
Avatar of Khaine (155)
* Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 102
Drops: 1

Brett: Solid implementation of one of the stronger books at the moment. 1 drop army in Hagg Nar – they will determine priority most of the time and have +1 to charge in the first round. Avatar of Khaine to providing +1 to wound for the Witch Aelves, Melusai is rallying the fallen on a 4+ and denying her opponents rally within 9″. Blood Stalkers for their ranged support and Sisters to do the stabbing (as well as Morathi). That’s a solid core to control a couple of objectives and destroy units that attempt to reclaim giving you 2 or 3 battle tactics. Unusually James chose against Heartrenders going with Doomfire Locks and Shadowstalkers. Doomfire Warlocks are expensive but their speed lets them threaten anywhere that isn’t well defending as well as their spell casting.

Shadowstalkers seem undervalued in the current meta, they can teleport, for free, anywhere 9″ from the enemy. This is similar to Heartrenders deep striking except they can repeat it, the 2 units are similar in cost and the Shadowstalkers are slightly harder to kill. I think it could be a better solution although they lack the ranged attacks of the Heartrenders. Not surprisingly Seraphon and Maggotkin were harder to score against but the Legion of the First Prince list caused the most issues. Be’Lakor and an Incarnate is a lot to deal with for anybody and reliably clearing 10 Plaguebringers is tough. Good work taking second.

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Allegiance: Idoneth Deepkin
– Enclave: Ionrach
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Isharann Soulscryer (150)
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Akhelian King (250)
– General
– Bladed Polearm
– Command Trait: Unstoppable Fury
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Voidchill Darkness
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Battleline
6 x Akhelian Morrsarr Guard (390)**
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Namarti Reavers (340)
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Namarti Reavers (170)

Units
2 x Akhelian Allopexes (330)**
– Razorshell Harpoon
– Reinforced x 1
2 x Akhelian Allopexes (330)
– Razorshell Harpoon
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 98
Drops: 3

Brett: 3rd and 4th tied in round 3 and overall had very similar scores so I’ve included both. Only 2 heroes, Soulscryer (priest) and the Akhelian King without a lot of casting (Arcane Tome/Flaming Weapon is a nice touch though). The King is built for output but also a little tanky, useful when you only have 7 wounds. Polearm for -3 rend and 3 damage on the charge, buffed with Flaming Weapon and an additional 2 attacks per enemy unit within 3″. He’s begging to be charged into the middle of something he probably won’t survive.

This a very mobile Idoneth army with the 6 Morrsarr Eels and 4 Allopexes (in pairs). Morrsarr and Ishlaen were much more common with the previous book (where Thralls were really terrible) but aren’t commonly seen now. They are still a tanky mobile unit that can keep up with the King and receive his hit buff as can the Allopexes. That lets you make a mobile death castle particularly from round 2. Idoneth are really deadly if they get the 2/3 double, 3 drops probably means first turn to his opponent. Forcing your opponent to go first and Creeping Mist (can’t be targetted outside 12″ on low tide) is a popular tactic for Idoneth. Even vampires struggle in the mists apparently.

Outside of his 3rd opponent the remaining armies were melee focused, they will play poorly into Idoneth where they can get close enough to fire without fear of return fire. With the Morsarr and even Allopex to screen the Reavers it’s an uphill battle. More so if they can garrison terrain (including the boat). Really well played taking 3rd in this field and an even this big.

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Army Faction: Stormcast Eternals
– Army Type: Scions of the Storm
– Army Subfaction: Hammers of Sigmar
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired
– Holy Command: Call For Aid

Leaders

Knight-Draconis (300)
– General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Thunderous Presence
– Spells: Celestial Blades
Lord-Castellant (155)**

Battleline
1 x Stormdrake Guard (680)*
– Stormdrake-Prime
– Drakerider’s Lance
Stormdrake Guard (340)*
– Stormdrake-Prime
– Drakerider’s Warblade
Stormdrake Guard (340)*
– Stormdrake-Prime
– Drakerider’s Warblade
Liberators (115)**
– Liberator-Prime
– Grandweapon
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Sigmarite Shield

Endless Spell
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Vanguard

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

Brett: I mentioned elsewhere that Dragon spam is slowly returning with the end of prime hunters. This army is a good example with 8 dragons including the dreaded reinforced block. With the Lord Castellant for a +1 to saving throws (Saving on 2s for free) and a Purple Sun for good measure. With only the one cast and no buffs to spell casting it’s sometimes questionable if Stormcast (SCE) should take it. But, as Martin has done, taking Master of Magic is reasonable for SCE because their own traits aren’t super strong, this still only gives a 59% chance of success. However Celestial Blades (+1 to wound) is significant and if it was on the Lance equipped block of 4 on the charge (-2 rend, 2 damage).

It’s quite a clever army with a small block of Galletian Veterans to provide look out sir and hold an objective in the rear and varied weapon choices on the Drakes. Drakes aren’t great damage dealers but if their breath weapon works that can be amazing. They are durable in combat with 9 wounds saving on a 3 making it hard to clear them. The Knight Draconis gives one unit, once per battle, a chance to shoot in the hero phase meaning double shooting. I imagine the Reavers may have had a rough time on the wrong end of a double shooting dragon 4 pack. With their speed and durabilty it’s hard to stop the Dragon’s scoring a number of Battle Tactics and the Knight Draconis has a fair chance of succeding with This One’s Mine.

Horde lists might present a problem but one unit can spread to cover almost half the board. SBGL didn’t stop Martin. One issue with this approach is scoring and Martin’s scores were at the lower end. Lets hope we don’t see a return to only Dragon lists but they still look amazing, 4 and a draw is still an amazing result.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Old Town Throwdown, Summer Smash

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Age of Sigmar, Summer Smash that took place in Irvine, California, USA on 13 and 14 August. It involved 79 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. With more than 50 players and only 2 days/5 rounds the top 3 didn’t meet each other so no real meta comparisons are possible. But the event being determined by points alone gives a really good comparison between the Generals (aka the Hand of God).

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

Leaders
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
– Artefacts of Power: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Spells: Gorkamorka’s War Cry
Killaboss on Corpse-rippa Vulcha (240)*
– General
– Command Traits: Supa Sneaky
– Artefacts of Power: Mork’s Eye Pebble
– Mount Traits: Fast ’Un
Orruk Warchanter (115)****
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)****
– Spells: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork

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

Units
Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
– Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
Morgok’s Krushas (90)**
Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)****
Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)****

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters
***Expert Conquerors
****Battle Regiment
TOTAL POINTS: 1960/2000

Brett: It’s been a while since an Orruk army has been at the top of the podium and it’s fantastic to see a Big Waagh army at number one in such a big tournament. He’s done it by adding in Mortal Wound output (Wurrgog and Bolt Boyz) with range (Bolt Boyz again). That’s cost him the Mawcrusha but the Corpse-rippa moves almost as fast and is still very good in combat. Additionally having the Warchanter and Wurrgog means at the start of every turn the army is generating D6+3 Waagh points. That will make getting into combat and hitting harder that much easier. The list is centred on the Ardboyz in both MSU and a double reinforced contingent. All have as many shields as possible improving their save. Near a Warchanter they are rallying on a 4+ as well.

They only move 4″ but the Shaman can (might not but you have to allow for it) drop either the Gore Gruntas or the big block of ardboyz into your back area. The Boltboyz are hard to get to through shields, only long range shooting would threaten them, only the Skaven had much access to that. Aaron certainly didn’t win the tournament through his list building, this would have taken careful considered play to win but he took down meta lists with an off meta choice and should be congratulated.

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Mortal Realm: Ghyran
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Bloab Rotspawned (300)
– Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
Orghotts Daemonspew (300)*
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
– General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Shield of Growths
Gutrot Spume (170)*

Battleline
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)**
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)**
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)***
– 1x Dolorous Tocsin
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)***
– 1x Dolorous Tocsin

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

Additional Enhancements
Triumph
Total: 1920 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 115
Drops: 8

Brett: Another Nurgle army in the top 3, they are having a lot of success in the current meta with or without Galletian Veterans. I think this list is a good example of why, there are a few really good warscrolls and the book is well enough balanced to allow multiple options in both heroes and troops. Lots of deployment tricks in this army. Firstly Drowned Men giving an 8″ pregame move to the Blightlords. The Blightkings and Gutrot Spume can be placed in reserve at the start of the game as well. Bloab is relatively common in current armies, mortal wounds, combat wizard and debuffs to units within 7″. That’s all enemy units within 7″.

We aren’t seeing Orghotts a lot lately but apart from being a strong combat hero he has a free command point a turn to spend on Mortal units (Blightkings). A lot of thought went into this army including adapting to a lack of mobility on the Blightkings and redundancy in the heroes. The army doesn’t have a lot of spells or denies and might be vulnerable there. Still it’s proven that it is flexible and effective taking out Sons of Behemat (DPS check) while being effective into horde armies (Soulblight) and rend cancelling (Nighthaunt). Great work going 5/0.

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Allegiance: Seraphon
– Constellation: Thunder Lizard
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Continuous Expansion
– Triumphs: Inspired
Leaders
Celestant-Prime, Hammer of Sigmar (325)**
– Allies
Lord Kroak (430)**
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**
– Artefact: Fusil of Conflaguration
Engine of the Gods (265)***
– General
– Command Trait: Prime Warbeast
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
– Spell: Hand of Glory
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal

Battleline
5 x Saurus Guard (115)*
10 x Skinks (75)*
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)*
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***

Endless Spells & Invocations
Horrorghast (40)
Chronomantic Cogs (40)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Total: 2000 / 2000

Brett: Last of the 5/0 lists and we have Seraphon, Thunder Lizard. Lord Kroak will dominate the casting supported by the Astrolith and even the Engine with Arcane Tome. Kroak is an amazing piece, all up this list has 7 casts/unbinds and reroll from Cogs. The Skinks and Saurus are really here as screens and for opportunistic objective play. They can always summon more skinks. The Bastiladons are the main damage dealer in the army which really wants you to get close for the melee attacks and pile the magic on. The Bastiladon wing is averaging 9 MW from the Ark every turn, if that’s concentrated it’s a major headache. The Ark is really good for dealing with Nighthaunt 1 damage model (no rend and a lot of dice).

Mass mortal wounds and lots of low quality attacks really plays into the Horrorghast. Even losing one or two models could be enough to see an MSU flee or even a large block of NH vanish to moral. And other than Mortal Wounds the Bastiladon with the 1+ save is a real problem. Scarlet Doom NH should have had the least problems but they would have been playing without magic so not able to return models. Overall a really solid difficult to deal with army but may struggle to succour battle tactics and score with only a few trading pieces (unless the Engine really fires well).

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Army Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
– Subfaction: Underguts
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumph: Inspired

Leaders
Frostlord on Stonehorn (430)*
– Artefacts of Power: Gnoblar Blast Keg
– Mount Traits: Metalcruncher
Tyrant (150)*
– General
– Command Traits: Mass of Scars
– Big Name: Fateseeker
– Artefacts of Power: Gruesome Trophy Rack
Butcher (135)*
– Cleaver
– Spells: Blubbergrub Stench

Battleline
Ironguts (235)**
– Bellower
– Rune Maw Bearer
– Gutlord
Leadbelchers (180)**
– Thunderfist
Leadbelchers (180)**
– Thunderfist

Artillery
Ironblaster (130)
Ironblaster (130)
Ironblaster (130)

Other
Gnoblars (100)
– Groinbiter
Gnoblars (200)*
– Groinbiter

Terrain
1 x Great Mawpot (0)
Core battalions
*Warlord
– Magnificent
**Bounty Hunters
TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Brett: The last list for the event is a faction we don’t see a lot – Ogor Mawtribes. Mawtribes is probably a anti meta choice and Underguts shooting list even more so. Underguts gives an extra 6″ range but this is a really swingy old world faction. Leadbelchers have to roll for the number of their ranged attacks (D3 and D6 if they don’t move), The Ironguts have a single long range shot that does D6 damage, and Gnoblars to die aimlessly. Ogor’s are a heap of fun, just not reliable. With only one caster and cast this isn’t a magic army. Everything in the army, even the Butcher has combat capability, it’s hard to close and not take damage unless you can wipe a unit. The Butcher needs to stay back (5+ save) but almost everything except the Gnoblar are 4 wounds with a 4+ save.

That’s a bit of a break point, with 32 effective wounds you need serious strikes to be sure of destroying the unit. If you don’t then they can hit back very hard and your unit is open to be charged by another Ogor. 13th in a large tournament is an awesome effort. NH turning off rend impacts Ogor better quality attacks and Maggotkin mortal wound production are both big impacts to the Ogors. I suspect the shooting from this list was a bit of a surprise to most.

Final Tournament Placings