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Top Three AoS Lists from UK tSports Champions 2022

The UK tSports Champions 2022 was an inaugural event organised by the wonderful people at Honest Wargamer and TSportsNetwork. It took place in Nottingham, UK on 18th and 19th June. It involved 16 players from around the UK, vying to be crowned the champion of champions in a 5 game tournament.

Tournament Format

The format is a little different to your usual GT, in that players are seeded into groups on day 1, and then play each other person in their group once. Depending on where they finished in their group would determine which ‘final’ route they would be on the next day. (I.e. group winners could finished 1st-4th), runners up in the group would be playing for 5th-8th, and so on).

Our very own Declan is ranked high enough in the UK rankings, and as a result was invited to the event. He chose to play with his Big Waaagh! Which you can read about here.

As a result, I’ve invited Declan to discuss the armies in this article as who better but the man who took part! (Declan – cheers Peter; it was a great event!)

Before I jump into the Top Three, I just 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.

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 from the UK tSports Champions 2022

Top Three AoS UK tSport Champions -
 1st Place Beasts of Chaos
Top Three AoS UK tSport Champions - 1st Place Beasts of Chaos
Dan’s List, courtesy of Ziggy and TSportsNetwork

Declan – I’ve managed to avoid Dan this tournament season, mostly by virtue of not being good enough to compete with him. He has played a lot of different armies to qualify (see above on the left), but following the White Dwarf Article on Beasts of Chaos he has returned to an army he likes playing… and who can blame him with rend improving throughout the game.

In fact this is where this army excels – The incarnate can’t be killed easily, so can take turns 1-3 and the army takes over turn 3-5. And the army is Tzaangors… lots of them. They are the ‘close combat’ ones, and can dish out huge damage especially with their ability Guided by the Past which allows the whole unit to reroll hits and wounds if an enemy unit has already attacked in combat. So if Dan is in combat with weaker units he can let the enemy fight first, or if he’s charged! Then retreat & rally!

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Top Three AoS UK tSport Champions - 2nd place Maggotkin of Nurgle
Top Three AoS UK tSport Champions
Courtesy of Ziggy & TSports Network

Declan: An army that regular readers of Woehammer will have seen come to the fore from Toby. He qualified with another variety of armies and represented Team England at AoS (as did Dan & Ritchie).

As Dan did he has also brought an Incarnate to survive, add punch, kill monsters and eat Endless Spells. Toby only lost to Dan in the final, and he’s been smashing the tournament scene all season. I was fortunate enough to play him at the start of the season and he (like all the 16 in the final) is a great player and great fun to play against.

The Nurgle are great because they can’t really be debuffed – large number of damage one attacks with minimal rend, but backed up by mortal wounds via disease markers. This is a great army, can do battle tactics in its sleep, and is a great counter to Seraphon Thunder Lizards (because of damage 1) who are at the top of the rankings with Nurgle.

Great result for Toby in his first full season at AoS.

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Top Three AoS UK tSport Champions -  3rd place Maggotkin of Nurgle
Top Three AoS UK tSport Champions
Courtesy of Ziggy & T Sports Network

Declan: I was fortunate to play Ritchie in a very tight game (only 3 VPs in it), when I grabbed the win. But he qualified top of the group by beating the 2 Seraphon lists in Group 1. This was no easy feat though, and with the pressure on game 2, Ritchie beat Mike Stewart – the number one ranked player in the World! It really does show the importance of not letting an early defeat put you off your game.

Like his fellow top three players, Ritchie is in Team England and qualified for the Top 16 by playing a large variety of armies. He has the same core as Toby with Blightlords, at least one Lord of Affliction and an Incarnate. His optional choices include another monster (Bloab) allowing him to grap additional battle tactic points from making a 3rd unit into a monster, or a second for Savage Spearhead. Making full use of GHB21 and the season of the monsters.

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UK tSport Champions 4th place Fyreslayers
Courtesy of Ziggy & T-Sports Network

Declan – Peter has chosen the last of the top qualifiers and Alex did very well with a Magmadroth inspired army, only falling at the Nurgle wall of flesh that was Toby & Ritchie. Fyreslayers are good, survivable and the Magmadroths can dish out damage, take damage and use their runes to do exactly what they need to do, when the need to do it.

Being able to put 3 Magmadroths in Hunters of the Heartland is a great touch in GHB21 and obviously this is not repeatable in GHB22, but the army will definitely have play in the new edition. Fyreslayers are here to stay and I’m sure Alex will have a great season for GHB22 as well.

Declan – A huge thank you to Ziggy for running the event, and Rob for hosting. It was amazing and a great end to an incredible season for me! Top marks, and all games were played at a top level, with all players having fun as well.

Full Tournament Results

Thanks to T-Sports Network for the great graphics. Why not visit them on their Twitch channel and watch some of the games back. There is a small charge to join, but for that you get to see the top players playing competitive Age of Sigmar. It is the end of the season, but there’s lots here to learn that’ll help any player in GHB22.

UK tSport Champions, Round 1 Results
UK tSport Champions, Round 2 Results
UK tSport Champions, Round 3 Results
UK tSport Champions, Group Tables
UK tSport Champions, Semi-finals Results
UK tSport Champions, Finals
UK tSport Champions, Final Standings

Top Three AoS Lists from Rise of the Everchosen

Rise of the Everchosen took place in Emgilia-Romagna on 18th and 19th June. It involved 32 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

Before I jump into the Top Three, 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.

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.

1st Place, Maggotkin of Nurgle

Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Army Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
Bloab Rotspawned (300)
Spells: Rancid Visitations
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Traits: Overpowering Stench
– Artefacts: The Splithorn Helm
Orghotts Daemonspew (300)*

BATTLELINE
10 Plaguebearers (150)*
10 Plaguebearers (150)*
4 Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)**
2 Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)**
2 Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)**

TERRAIN
Feculent Gnarlmaw (0)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Hunters of the Heartlands

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

Declan: Ah Nurgle… the new hotness and it’s easy to see why (it may not be; I had it explained to me over the weekend). I have now played a similar list and this is just great into the meta. Large numbers of low damage attacks means Seraphon Thunder Lizard don’t benefit from their allegiance and any debuffs (-1 attack etc…) have no benefit either.

Added to that they are lightning quick with a pre-game move and the Overpowering Stench stops command abilities being used nearby. So no all-out-defense or inspiring presence. It’s a great army which we are seeing a lot of at the moment.

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2nd Place, Maggotkin of Nurgle

Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Army Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Traits: Overpowering Stench
– Dolorous Tocsin
– Incubatch
– Artefacts: The Splithorn Helm
Lord of Afflictions (210)*

BATTLELINE
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Rotbringer Cyst

TOTAL POINTS: (1960/2000)

Declan: I should have looked ahead. Sorry; but there’s not a lot different here – just more of the same because the same is good. When a player spends 1,540 points on one warscroll it may show a problem… but not for GW model selling.

There’s no criticism of the players though – it’s a good army and gives a good shot at 4-1s and 5-0s. If that’s your aim why wouldn’t you want to take one of the best armies available?

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3rd place, Slaves to Darkness

Army Faction: Slaves to Darkness
Army Type: Knights of the Empty Throne
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Varanguard (560)*
General
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Command Traits: Inescapable Doom
– Daemonforged Blade and Warpsteel Shield
– Artefacts of Power: Grasping Plate
Varanguard (560)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Daemonforged Blade and Warpsteel Shield
Chaos Sorcerer Lord on Manticore (270)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spells: Mask of Darkness

BATTLELINE
Iron Golems (75)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Iron Golems (75)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Untamed Beasts (70)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Untamed Beasts (70)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Iron Golems (75)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

BEHEMOTH
Chaos Warshrine (215)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Prayers: Heal

CORE BATTALIONS
– *Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1970/2000

Declan: Ah Varanguard – hard as nails; hit like freight trains and are leaders so they can do great work into some of the missions as well. It’s great to see StD doing well though – this is not a net-list that is smashing up the tournament scene and a 4-1-0 result is impressive.

The Chaos Sorcerer Lord on Manticore is often substituted by a Chaos Sorcerer Lord on Foot, but the Manticore allows him to keep up with the Varanguard – and ensure the army hits like a freight train – all at the same time.

The Battleline choices are also cheap as chips (as a Gitz player I would kill for Battleline this cheap) and they are not bad. Great addition for screening so Manuelle can chose who goes first or second with his 1 drop.

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14th Place, Blades of Khorne

Army Faction: Blades of Khorne
Army Type: Baleful Lords
– Grand Strategy: Beastmaster
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Bloodsecrator (125)*
Bloodthirster of Unfettered Fury (295)*
General
– Command Trait: Thirst for Carnage
– Artefact: Black Brass Crown
Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (280)
Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (280)
Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (280)
Skarbrand (380)

BATTLELINE
10 Blood Reavers (80)*
10 Blood Reavers (80)*
10 Blood Reavers (80)*
1 Slaves to Darkness Chaos Spawn (55)*
Mark of Chaos: Khorne
1 Slaves to Darkness Chaos Spawn (55)*
Mark of Chaos: Khorne

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

Declan: Ah Khorne… a fighting force in a game of fighting – they’ll be smashing up the tables right. Unfortunately not – GW struggle with making Khorne good enough that they can reliably kill but not so that they win everything… and they’ve got the balance wrong so often.

The Bloodthirsters are only 280 points so are really throw away models (a Mangler Squig Loonboss is 290) so don’t expect too much from them – in this force is Skarbrand who does the work. 6″ pile in; and fighting well if he didn’t fight in the last battleround. Unfortunately most people know this now and either kill or avoid him – poor chap!

Final Tournament Placings

For the full tournament details visit: https://tabletop.to/rise-of-the-everchosen-finale-lega-caos-2022/ladder

Top Three AoS Lists from Mawtribes Massacre: Annihilation

Mawtribes Massacre: Annihilation took place in England, UK on 11th and 12th June. It involved 30 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

Before I jump into the Top Three, 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.

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.

Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
Stormhost: Hammers of Sigmar (Scions of the Storm)
– Grand Strategy: Pillars of Belief
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord-Relictor (145)*
General
– Command Trait: High Priest
– Artefact: Mirrorshield
– Prayer: Translocation
Lord-Commander Bastian Carthalos (300)*

Battleline
5 x Liberators (115)*
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons
5 x Vindictors (130)*
5 x Vindictors (130)*

Units
6 x Vanguard-Raptors with Longstrike Crossbows (480)*
Reinforced x 1
4 x Stormdrake Guard (680)*
Drakerider’s Warblade
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Holy Command: Thunderbolt Volley

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 92
Drops: 1

Danny: Longstrikes go brrr. Dragons go raaawr. Relictor flings them around and Bastion is a distraction carnifex that’s also a beat-stick. It’s been done before and it will be very interesting to see if lists like this still function in the forthcoming GHB meta. I kinda hope not, just for a change!

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Allegiance: Ironjawz
Warclan: Ironsunz
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Orruk Megaboss (140)**
Artefact: Destroyer
Orruk Warchanter (115)* Fixing beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)* Get em beat
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)**
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)**
Boss Choppa and Rip-roof Fist
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Battleline
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
1x Gorkamorka Glyph Bearers- 1x Drummer- 2x Shields- champ
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
1x Gorkamorka Glyph Bearers- 1x Drummer- 2x Shields- champ
10 x Orruk Brutes (320)***
Jagged Gore-hackas- champ w/ boss klaw and brute smasha
2x Gore Choppas
– Reinforced x 1

Units
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)***
Jagged Gore-hackas- champ
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
Jagged Gore-hackas- champ
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Jagged Gore-hackas- champ

Endless Spells & Invocations
Emerald Lifeswarm (60)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Warlord
***Hunters of the Heartlands

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 138
Drops: 7

Danny: The tried and tested core of 2 Warchanters, a murder-cabbage, and loads of feral hogs (with an added Megaboss on foot and a nice big blob of killy battleline Brutes) make for a great early pressure list. A cheeky emerald lifeswarm makes an unusual appearance but it’s a great endless spell, so why the hell not? Another list archetype that in light of the forthcoming battleline rules will likely want to put way more points into battleline blobs (and Brutes stonks definitely go up due to their ability to steal objectives of n number of 1 wound infantry).

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Bloab Rotspawned (300)**
Lore of Malignance: Rancid Visitations
– Lore of Malignance: Magnificent Buboes
Festus the Leechlord (150)**
Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
– Lore of Malignance: Cloying Quagmire
Lord of Afflictions (210)**
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
Orghotts Daemonspew (300)**

Battleline
20 x Plaguebearers (300)**
Reinforced x 1
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)*
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)*

Core Battalions
*Hunters of the Heartlands
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Spell

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 137
Drops: 8

Danny: Nurgle, but they’re tried to avoid spam, bless ’em, by running the full gamut of battleline options and two giant walking filth piles. The usual Drowned Men sub-faction allows for pre-game movement to accelerate the hurt and pressure they can pile on. Blightking stonks – given they’re supremely tanky infantry models – are about to go WAY up.

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Allegiance: Fyreslayers
Lodge: Greyfyrd
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Auric Runefather on Magmadroth (360)*
General
– Command Trait: Blood of the Berzerker
– Artefact: Master Rune of Unbreakable Resolve
– Magmadroth Trait: Coal-heart Ancient
Auric Runemaster (125)*
Artefact: Volatile Brazier
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Auric Flamekeeper (90)*
Auric Runeson (80)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Artefact: Axe of Grimnir
Battlesmith (150)*
Artefact: Nulsidian Icon

Battleline
10 x Hearthguard Berzerkers (320)**
Broadaxes
– Reinforced x 1
15 x Hearthguard Berzerkers (480)**
Poleaxes
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)**
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Runic Fyrewall (55)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Hunters of the Heartlands

Additional Enhancements
Artefact – Warlord
Artefact – Greyfyrd (non-mounted hero only)
Artefact – Greyfyrd (non-mounted hero only)

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 127
Drops: 9

Danny: Good to see Fyreslayers continue to find their bare, sooty, blood-stained feet, with a list here mixing up bezerkers with go-wide Vulkites. Hoo boy is THIS kinda list about to get a lot scarier with the new 1/2″ double rank rule. The single ‘Droth will always be a great option, and the suite of Fyreslayer heroes throw out a panoply of buffs that keep the swathes of battleline very much alive, and frenziedly kicking (and chopping)!

Final Tournament Placings (Top 10)

PlayerFactionSubfactionResult
Pete BrizioStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar5/0/0
Matt MuscottIronjawIronsunz4/0/1
Matt Croughton Maggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men4/0/1
Russell TaylorSeraphonThunder Lizard 4/0/1
Joshua Raine FyreslayersGreyfyrd 4/0/1
Seb DuckBeasts of Chaos Gavespawn3/1/1
Tom Marshall Daughters of Khaine Hagg Nar3/0/2
James ColeStormcast Eternals Hallowed Knights 3/0/2
Pete OxfordLegion of the First Prince3/0/2
Waynr GummerSoulblight Gravelords Vyrkos Dynasty3/0/2

Top Three AoS Lists from the Atlantic City Open

Atlantic City Open took place in New Jersey, USA on 11th and 12th June. It involved 73 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

Before I jump into the Top Three, 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.

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.

Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Bloab Rotspawned (300)*
Lore of Malignance: Magnificent Buboes
Festus the Leechlord (150)*
Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm

Battleline
4 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
Reinforced x 1
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 123
Drops: 1

Declan: The Drowned Men with Pusgoyle Blightlords is having something of a impact on the meta at the moment. Lots of flies were seen at AoS Worlds and at events before and since. The Lord of Afflications seems to be a given for the battleline, and the army is very quick – like ‘old’ Nurgle quick. The slow chip of mortal wounds from disease markers don’t seem to slow the game down much (in my experience) either.

It’s a good army – well piloted by Emma – but may be in danger of becoming the ‘new’ Dragons!

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Army Faction: Soulblight Gravelords
Army Type: Legion of Blood
– Grand Strategy: Predator’s Domain
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
Vampire Lord (140)*
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Spirit Gale, Invigorating Aura
Neferata (365)*
Spells: Decrepify
Mannfred Von Carstein (380)**
Spells: Fading Vigour

BATTLELINE
Deathrattle Skeletons (85)*
Deathrattle Skeletons (85)*
Black Knights (100)**
Black Knights (100)**

ENDLESS SPELL
Horrorghast (65)

OTHER
1 x Blood Knights (390)***
1 x Grave Guard (280)***
Great Wight Blade

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment
***Hunters of the Heartlands

TOTAL POINTS: (1990/2000)

Declan: Ah… Soulblight Gravelords. They have been good since their book was released and Jeremy has piloted this to a superb 5-0 in a large field. Well done to him. It’s a low drop but definitely reliant on the Mortarchs. I’ve not seen Neferata before (although as fate would have it, I am reading a Black Library book about her) but Manfred is a superb caster – sort of a mini-Nagash – and both Mortarchs are monsters in their own right.

It’s worth noting despite the entry Peter has got this from that the Blood Knights and Grave Guard are reinforced… I know what 20 Graveguard can do (ouch), but I’m glad I’m not facing 10 Blood Knights in one unit! Wow… and ouch.

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
Be’Lakor, the Dark Master (360)*
Plague Priest (85)*
Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse

Battleline
4 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
Reinforced x 1
4 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
Reinforced x 1
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*

Units
1 x Cockatrice (95)*
1 x Cockatrice (95)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
The Burning Head (20)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1965 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 123
Drops: 1

Declan: Bill is always there or there abouts at tournaments and this is no exception with a 4-1. With more Pusgoyle Blightlords (GW may run out at this rate), and the required Lord of Afflictions, Bill has gone for Belakor. As most readers will know he can ‘turn off’ a unit meaning that a unit may not act in a turn. It is not fun charging and then finding you can’t fight, and if you’re lucky enough to double-turn Bill’s army… the ability lasts until his next hero phase.

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Army Faction: Idoneth Deepkin
Subfaction: Nautilar
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Lotann (115)**
Isharann Tidecaster (150)**
General
– Command Traits: Teachings of the Túrscoll
– Artefacts of Power: Rune of the Surging Gloomtide
Spells: Steed of Tides
Akhelian Thrallmaster (110)**

BATTLELINE
Akhelian Leviadon (500)*
Mount Traits: Reverberating Carapace
Namarti Thralls (260)*
Namarti Thralls (260)*
Drakespawn Knights (125)**
Drakespawn Knights (125)**
Namarti Reavers (170)**
Namarti Reavers (170)**

TERRAIN
1 x Gloomtide Shipwreck (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Hunters of the Heartlands
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000

Declan: Peter’s selection of one to watch here is fourth… so no real prizes to him for finding it…! But it is another 4-1, and it has lots of Thralls. With the new book the Eels were quickly dropped by most players and it’s because of the output of the Thralls and that they get bonuses against models with 1 wound, and models with 3+ wounds. They are made of paper, but they are solid paper hammers… smash! I’m just glad I run a few Ardboyz for these guys — perfect, as long as it’s my turn, I go first and it’s not High Tide (ah well…. maybe not perfect then!!)

Final Tournament Placings

AoS Meta Stats (w/e 12th June 2022)

On Reddit Warhammer 40k has the Meta Mondays posted by the brilliant u/JCMS85 on r/WarhammerCompetitive. So why can’t we have one for AoS? Well we can….

Here are the stats for all the Grand Tournaments that have taken place between Monday 6th June and Sunday 12th June 2022. These are all the GT’s that I can locate on Tabletop.to or BestCoastPairing, if you know of any others please send me a link and I’ll add them.

There was a total of 10 Grand Tournaments last week, however only 9 had data available to analyse. Valleycon 2022 was a 26 player tournament but no lists were available at the time of publishing these stats.

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Grand Tournaments

Ranked from largest to smallest.

US Open San Diego – California/USA
74 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSeraphonThunder Lizard5-0-0
2ndCities of SigmarLiving City5-0-0
3rdCities of SigmarLiving City5-0-0
4thBonesplitterzDrakkfoot4-0-1
5thBlades of KhorneReapers of Vengeance4-0-1
6thLumineth Realm-LordsZaitrec4-0-1
7thStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar4-0-1
8thLegion of the First Prince4-0-1
9thBeasts of ChaosGavespawn4-0-1
10thSeraphonThunder Lizard4-0-1
San Diego Open

Atlantic City Open – New Jersey/USA
73 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men5-0-0
2ndSoulblight GravelordsLegion of Blood5-0-0
3rdMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men4-0-1
4thIdoneth DeepkinNautilar4-0-1
5thSkaventide4-0-1
6thDaughters of KhaineKhailebron4-0-1
7thDaughters of KhaineHagg Nar4-0-1
8thSons of BehematBreaker Tribe4-0-1
9thStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar4-0-1
10thLegion of the First Prince4-0-1
Atlantic City Open

GT de CAT – Catalunya/Spain
30 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSeraphonThunder Lizard5-0-0
2ndSeraphonThunder Lizard4-0-1
3rdLegion of the First Prince4-0-1
4thMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men4-0-1
5thSeraphonThunder Lizard4-0-1
6thNighthauntReikenor’s Condemned3-0-2
7thSylvaneth3-0-2
8thDaughters of KhaineKhailebron3-0-2
9thDisciples of TzeentchHosts Duplicitous3-0-2
10thKharadon OverlordsBarak-Zilfin3-0-2
GT de CAT

Mawtribes Massacre: Annihilation – England/UK
30 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar4-0-1
2ndIronjawzIronsunz4-0-1
3rdMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men4-0-1
4thSeraphonThunder Lizard4-0-1
5thFyreslayersGreyfyrd3-1-1
6thBeasts of ChaosGavespawn3-0-2
7thDaughters of KhaineHagg Nar3-0-2
8thStormcast EternalsHallowed Knights3-0-2
9thLegion of the First Prince3-0-2
10thSoulblight GravelordsVyrkos Dynasty3-0-2
Mawtribes Massacre: Annihilation

Sunshine Coast Open – England/UK
27 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSeraphonDracothion’s Tail5-0-0
2ndNighthauntScarlet Doom4-1-0
3rdIdoneth DeepkinIonrach4-0-1
4thSeraphonThunder Lizard3-1-1
5thSons of BehematTaker Tribe3-1-1
6thNighthauntEmerald Host3-0-2
7thLumineth Realm-LordsAlumnia3-0-2
8thCities of SigmarTempest’s Eye3-0-2
9thBeasts of ChaosGavespawn3-0-2
10thGloomspite GitzGlogg’s Megamob3-0-2
Sunshine Coast Open

Wargames for Warriors – Utah/USA
22 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stLegion of the First Prince4-0-1
2ndDaughters of KhaineKhelt Nar4-0-1
3rdNighthauntEmerald Host4-0-1
4thSoulblight GravelordsKastelai Dynasty4-0-1
5thDaughters of KhaineZainthar Kai3-0-2
6thSlaves to DarknessRavagers3-0-2
7thStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar3-0-2
8thMaggotkin of NurgleBefouling Host3-0-2
9thSoulblight GravelordsKastelai Dynasty3-0-2
10thSoulblight GravelordsKastelai Dynasty3-0-2
Wargames for Warriors

Justice Series – England/UK
18 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stMaggotkin of NurgleBefouling Host5-0-0
2ndDaughters of KhaineZainthar Kai4-0-1
3rdCities of SigmarTempest’s Eye4-0-1
4thNighthauntScarlet Doom3-0-2
5thMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men3-0-2
6thSoulblight GravelordsVyrkos Dynasty3-0-2
7thSons of BehematBreaker Tribe3-0-2
8thDaughters of KhaineZainthar Kai3-0-2
9thKruleboyzBig Yellers3-0-2
10thStormcast EternalsTempest Lords2-0-3
Justice Series

Game Knight AoS GT – Ontario/Canada
12 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stIdoneth DeepkinMor’Phann5-0-0
2ndSons of BehematBreaker Tribe3-0-2
3rdOgor MawtribesBoulderhead3-0-2
4thStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar3-0-2
5thMaggotkin of NurgleMunificent Wanderers3-0-2
6thBonesplitterzIcebone3-0-0
7thLegion of the First Prince2-0-3
8thLumineth Realm-LordsZaitrec2-0-3
9thOssiarch BonereapersPetrifex Elite2-0-3
10thBlades of KhorneBaleful Lords2-0-3
Game Knight AoS GT
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Grand Alliance Stats

286 players took part in 10 GT’s over the last week.

Grand AllianceWin RateArmies% Share of Armies5-0 Wins4+ Wins
Chaos54.5%5619.6%213
Order51.0%11941.6%622
Death46.6%4816.8%17
Destruction46.1%5622.0%05

Faction Stats

The below stat show the results for those factions represented by 5 armies or more only.

FactionWin RateArmies% Share of Armies5-0 Wins0-5 Losses
Seraphon66.2%132.27%31
Legion of the First Prince65.0%81.40%00
Maggotkin of Nurgle58.6%213.67%20
Idoneth Deepkin58.5%111.92%10
Soulblight Gravelords57.7%132.27%10
Cities of Sigmar57.0%101.75%20
Daughters of Khaine56.4%142.45%01
Lumineth Realm-Lords52.1%101.75%00
Ironjawz50.8%132.27%00
Sons of Behemat48.5%142.45%01
Ogor Mawtribes47.2%111.92%00
Nighthaunt46.7%213.67%02
Stormcast Eternals45.0%437.52%03
Kruleboyz44.3%111.92%01
Sylvaneth40.0%50.87%01
Hedonites of Slaanesh38.3%61.05%00
Skaventide37.9%71.22%00
Fyreslayers34.4%91.57%01
Ossiarch Bonereapers31.1%111.92%01
Gloomspite Gitz30.0%61.05%01

Despite Nighthaunt and Daughters of Khaine being released now for a couple of weeks, we still see Seraphon, Legion of the First Prince and Maggotkin of Nurgle topping the win rates. On top of that Seraphon managed to grab three 5-0 results this week.

As a rough guide factions should have win rates of between 45-55% to ensure the game is roughly balance (true balance being impossible). The above shows that 7 factions have exceeded this band (including the new Daughters of Khaine) with Seraphon and Legion of the First Prince have exceeded the 60% win rate barrier. There are also seven factions below this ideal range, including one of the new battletomes for 3rd Edition (Fyreslayers). While Stormcast Eternals have a win rate of 45% we have to bear in mind that this is the most popular faction and is often the ones new players use when first playing Age of Sigmar, so the range of skill of the players inside this faction will vary widely, while many of the other faction will have a dedicated fan base or have tournament players looking for a faction that provides them the best chance at good results.

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Subfaction Stats

The below stat show the results for those subfactions represented by 5 armies or more only.

FactionSubfactionWin RateArmies5-0 Wins0-5 Losses
SeraphonThunder Lizard67.3%1121
Maggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men65.5%1110
Legion of the First Prince65.0%800
Lumineth Realm-LordsZaitrec60.9%500
Idoneth DeepkinNautilar58.6%600
Cities of SigmarLiving City58.3%620
NighthauntScarlet Doom54.3%700
Daughters of KhaineZainthar Kai54.3%700
Soulblight GravelordsVyrkos Dynasty53.3%600
Sons of BehematBreaker Tribe53.1%1000
Stormcast EternalsAstral Templars50.0%600
Stormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar49.1%2301
IronjawzBloodtoofs44.2%900
KruleboyzBig Yellers43.4%801
Hedonites of SlaaneshLurid Haze42.0%500
NighthauntEmerald Host41.5%1302
FyreslayersGreyfyrd38.6%700
Skaventide37.9%700
Stormcast EternalsHallowed Knights35.6%901
Ossiarch BonereapersPetrifex Elite32.3%1001
Gloomspite Gitz24.0%501

The faction stats are pretty much replicated above with Lumineth Realm-Lords/Zaitrec joining the +60% club this week. Meanwhile despite Anthony Trentanelli’s heroics with Skaven recently (claiming two GT’s and going 4-1 this week) they still sit below 45% with a miserable 37.9% win rate. Will their new battletome and the Generals Handbook see a change in this though? A new tome can’t come soon enough for Gloomspite Gitz and Ossiarch Bonereapers….

Top Three AoS Lists from Trouble at Mill

Leodis Games – Trouble at Mill took place in Farsley, UK on 14th and 15th May. This was a 1500 point tournament as opposed to the usual 2,000. It involved 14 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

Before I jump into the Top Three, 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.

1st Place – Jake Helm

Jake won all five games over the weekend. Along the way he beat Fyreslayers/Greyfyrd in round 1, Fyreslayers/Greyfyrd in round 2, Disciples of Tzeentch/Hosts Duplicitous in round 3, Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in round 4 and Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned men in Round 5.

Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Army Subfaction: Befouling Host
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
Great Unclean One
(495)
– General
– Command Traits: Nurgling Infestation
– Doomsday Bell and Plague Flail
– Spells: Fleshy Abundance

Spoilpox Scrivener (120)**
– Artefacts: Tome of a Thousand Poxes
– Spells: Gift of Disease

BATTLELINE
1 x Plaguebearers
(300)*
Plaguebearers (150)*
Beasts of Nurgle (110)**
Beasts of Nurgle (110)**
Beasts of Nurgle (110)**

TERRAIN
Feculent Gnarlmaw
(0)
Feculent Gnarlmaw (0)

OTHER
Nurglings
(105)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Hunters of the Heartlands
**Vanguard

TOTAL POINTS: (1500/2000)

Danny: So it’s looking like Nurgle are pretty good huh? Although props to Jake for avoiding flies and running with the adorable Beasts of Nurgle pack instead. Spoilpox also doesn’t see a huge amount of play as he’s more a buff piece for plaguebearers – but why wouldn’t you want to run a hero whose main attack is called ‘disgusting sneeze’? Again, high pressure, high wound, highly durable that plays the objective super well. Will the forthcoming books have tools to dethrone the multiple rampant nurgle lists? Time will shortly tell!

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2nd Place – Simon Burdett

Simon managed four wins over the two days losing only against 1st placed Jake in round 5. Along the way they beat Stormcast Eternals/Hallowed Knights in round 1, Gloomspite Gitz in round 2, Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in round 3 and Disciples of Tzeentch/Hosts Duplicitous in round 4.

Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Indomitable


LEADERS
Lord of Afflictions
(210)
– General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm

Great Unclean One (495)**
– Plague Flail & Doomsday Bell
– Lore of Virulence: Stream of Corruption

UNITS
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords
(220)*
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)*
3 x Nurglings (105)**
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (110)**
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords – Single (110)*

BATTALIONS
*Hunters of the Heartlands
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1500 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 89
Drops: 5

Danny: Nurgle good-stuff – some flies, some beasts, nurglings, and a big stinker in Drowned Men for setting up a winning position turn 1. While we’re repeatedly doing Nurgle – allow me to speculate – new Nighthaunt may be able to outswarm and re-position from Nurgle pinning/control plays – could definitely be a counter to their recent dominance! Not long to wait and find out.

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3rd Place – Michael Bywood

Michael also finished the weekend with one loss and four wins. His path saw him beat Fyreslayers/Greyfyrd in round 1, then lose to Disciples of Tzeentch/Hosts Duplicitous in round 2. In round 3 he beat Kruleboyz/Big Yellers, followed by Stormcast Eternals/Hallowed Knights in round 4 and Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in round 5.

Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
– Great Nation: Ymetrica
– Grand Strategy: Sever the Head
– Triumphs: Indomitable


LEADERS
Alarith Stonemage
 (130)**
– General
– Command Trait: Almighty Blow
– Artefact: Mountain’s Gift
– Lore of the High Peaks: Entomb


BATTLELINE
5 x Alarith Stoneguard
 (120)**
– Diamondpick Hammers
5 x Alarith Stoneguard (120)**
– Diamondpick Hammers

UNITS
Alarith Spirit of the Mountain (355)*
Alarith Spirit of the Mountain (355)*
Alarith Spirit of the Mountain (355)*

ENDLESS SPELLS
Emerald Lifeswarm (60)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Alpha-Beast Pack
**Vanguard

Total: 1495 / 1500
Reinforced Units: 0 / 3
Allies: 0 / 300
Wounds: 61
Drops: 6

Danny: Lumineth are the army everyone loves to hate – but they’re not actually showing up on podiums that much these days, often because if you can tank their initial Sentinel hell-fire, you can usually outscore and whittle them down. But sometimes, someone decides to flex and run no Sentinels, no foxes, no wardens, and go full rock’n’roll with 3 mountain cows and supporting Stoneguard/mages for full on synergy and literal hammers everywhere. Big congrats for going 4-1 with a list I’ve never seen before – but it makes sense, those hammer-cows can be a nightmare to shift and with access to rend 2, plus one nasty ranged attack each, when they hit, you really feel it.

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Wildcard – George Elton

George won three games and lost two, ending his weekend in a very respectful 4th. Along the way he lost to 2nd placed Michael and his Nurgle in round1, then lost to 1st place Jake and his Nurgle in round 2. After that being sick of fighting Nurgle no doubt, he went on to beat Maggotkin of Nurgle/Blessed Sons in round 3, Flesh-eater Courts/Blisterskin in round 4 and Disciples of Tzeentch/Hosts Duplicitous in round 5.

Army Faction: Fyreslayers
– Subfaction: Greyfyrd
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Inspired x2

LEADERS
Auric Runefather
(125)**
– General
– Command Traits: Fury of the Fyreslayers
– Artefacts of Power: Axe of Grimnir

Battlesmith (150)**
Auric Runesmiter (135)**
– Forge Key
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
– Prayers: Prayer Of Ash


BATTLELINE
Vulkite Berzerkers with Bladed Slingshields
(160)
– Fyresteel War-pick and Bladed Slingshield
Hearthguard Berzerkers (320)*
– Berzerker Broadaxe
Hearthguard Berzerkers (320)*
– Berzerker Broadaxe
Vulkite Berzerkers with Bladed Slingshields (160)*
– Fyresteel War-pick and Bladed Slingshield

OTHER
Grimwrath Berzerker
(105)
– Artefacts of Power: Draught of Magmalt Ale

CORE BATTALIONS
*Hunters of the Heartlands
**Command Entourage

TOTAL POINTS: 1475/2000

Danny: Fyreslayers are still one of the new-book-underdogs, but in past weeks we’ve seen them encroaching on the podium – which hopefully suggests it’s just a tricky book with a higher skill floor than we imagined. This list trades the usual massive blobs of Hearthguard for more of the ‘smaller’ bezerkers to get more bodies on the board, and pops an interesting tech piece and a 3rd flavour of bezerker into the mix, in the form of a Grimwrath with Draught of Magmalt ale. Grimwraths pick an Oath (each one gives a variety of buffs) at the start of the game, which allows for a bit of reactivity – and Magmalt Ale is a once per game ‘double attacks’ suggesting George was using this little dwarf-that-could as a guided missile. Nice play!

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Top Three AoS Lists from Weekend Warlords

Weekend Warlords took place Milan, Italy on 7th and 8th May. It involved 44 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

Before I jump into the Top Three, 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.

1st Place – Luca Quinale

Luca won all five games over the weekend. Along the way he beat Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in round 1, Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in round 2, Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in round 3, Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in round 4 and Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in Round 5.

Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Army Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
Lord of Afflictions
(210)*
– General
– Command Traits: Overpowering Stench
– Artefacts: The Splithorn Helm

Lord of Afflictions (210)*

BATTLELINE
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords
(440)*
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Rotbringer Cyst

TOTAL POINTS: (1960/2000)

Danny: It’s ‘woops all flies’ time! I don’t expect this list to survive the next points rebalancing, honestly – GW don’t love spam lists and this is one of the best. If you’re not familiar with how it works – Drowned Men allows a pre-game move, and those pesky flies are fast (for Nurgle – 8″) – meaning they establish board control instantly. The ‘Rotbringer Cyst’ is a unique Nurgle battalion which is basically a better Battle Regiment, allowing for 3 leaders and 6 troops to constitute a 1 drop – again, frankly over-powered as a combination. So game starts, they control most of the objectives, and then they charge you – doing mortals as they do so, pinning you down, and probably killing you too – you can see how it’s hard to come back from that!

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2nd Place – Tommaso Mariani

Tommaso also managed five wins over the two days. Along the way they beat Maggotkin of Nurgle/Droning Guard in round 1, Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in round 2, Legion of the First Prince in round 3, Lumineth Realm-Lords/Zaitrec in round 4 and Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in the final round.

Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Army Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
Orghotts Daemonspew
(300)
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
– General
– Command Traits: Overpowering Stench
– Artefacts: The Splithorn Helm

Be’lakor (360)*

BATTLELINE
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords
(440)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1970/2000)

Danny: And in 2nd place…more or less the same! But with a few flies traded for a big walking rot-stick and Be’lakor to try and shut down your best counter to the rest of the list. A frankly horrible amount of control and oppression, and no surprise it went 5-0. As it stands, Nurgle are fast becoming the most successful faction in the game at a high level (we’ll crunch the numbers in the near future to back this up) – but anecdotally, the writing (and the fly) is on the wall…

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3rd Place – Lorenzo Baccifava

Lorenzo finished the weekend with one loss and four wins. His path saw him beat Idoneth Deepkin/mor’Phann in round 1, Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in round 2, Beasts of Chaos/Allherd in round 3, followed by Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in round 4 before losing to eventual winner Luca in round 5.

Allegiance: Seraphon
– Constellation: Thunder Lizard
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Beast Master
– Triumphs: Inspired


Leaders
Engine of the Gods
 (265)**
– Artefact: Fusil of Conflaguration
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse

Skink Priest (80)*
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Skink Starseer (145)*
– Spell: Hand of Glory
Slann Starmaster (265)**
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Stegadon with Skink Chief (305)*
– General
– Command Trait: Prime Warbeast
– Artefact: Cloak of Feathers
– Weapon: Skystreak Bow

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

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

Endless Spells & Invocations
Emerald Lifeswarm (60)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 108
Drops: 6

Danny: It’s a good old Thunder Lizard list, of the ‘beat-stick skink chief’ variety. Interestingly, even though Seraphon are still super strong, and Bastiladons even get bonus damage against daemons – they don’t seem to be able to cope with the sheer turn 1 pressure of Drowned Men Nurgle. Seraphon have been relatively dominant for a while – and while they’re not exactly irrelevant now, the fact Nurgle is pipping them to the post says a lot about just how strong the stinkers are. Seraphon themselves could do with a hefty internal balancing – even though they have plenty of tools, there are many units that never see a look in competitively these days – obviously other factions need the leg up beforehand, but it will be refreshing to see a deeper book that unlocks some more creativity!

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Wildcard – Simone Panigati

Simone won two games and lost three. Along the way they lost to Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in round 1, Daughters of Khaine/Khailebron in round 2. Beat Maggotkin of Nurgle/Befouling Host in round 3. Lost against Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in round 4 and beat Maggotkin of Nurgle/Droning Guard in round 5.

Army Faction: Gloomspite Gitz
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumphs: Inspired


LEADER
Kragnos
(720)
Dankhold Troggboss (240)*
– General
– Command Traits: Loonskin

Madcap Shamans (80)*
– Artefacts: Moonface Mommet
– Spells: The Hand of Gork


BATTLELINE
1 x Rockgut Troggoths
(290)*
1 x Rockgut Troggoths (290)*
Rockgut Troggoths (145)*
Shootas (140)*

ENDLESS SPELL
Scrapskuttle’s Arachnacauldron (50)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1955/2000)

Danny: It’s always delightful to see Gitz doing well – they’re the scrappy underdog that everyone loves to love – and with Kragnos in tow, they can still take a few scalps. Troggoths are one of those workhorse units that are just good – backed up by a Madcap shaman (who has a great spell for defending against early ranged threats, a -1 to hit for missile attacks to one unit) and shootas, who are fairly useless but one of the most efficient points per wound units in the game. Props to Simone for bringing along Scrapscuttle’s Arachnacauldron, not only one of the best named units in the entire game, but a fun and creative tech piece that offers re-rolls for casting/unbinding.

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Top Three AoS Lists Motor City Mayhem 2022 Age of Sigmar GT Event

Motor City Mayhem took place in Detroit, USA on 14th and 15th May. It involved 34 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

Before I jump into the Top Three, 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.

1st Place – Anthony Trentanelli

Anthony won all five games over the weekend… With Skaven! Along the way he beat Cities of Sigmar/Living City in round 1, Seraphon/Koatl’s Claw in round 2, Idoneth Deepkin/Mor’phann in round 3, Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in round 4 and Idoneth Deepkin/Nautilar in Round 5.

Allegiance: Skaventide
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Thanquol on Boneripper (405)*
General
– 4 Warpfire Projectors
– Lore of Ruin: Skitterleap
Arch-Warlock (175)*
Artefact: Vigordust Injector
– Lore of Warpvolt Galvanism: More-more-more Warp Power!
Arch-Warlock (175)*
Lore of Warpvolt Galvanism: More-more-more Warp Power!

Battleline
9 x Stormfiends (945)*
3x Windlaunchers
– 3x Ratling Cannons
– 3x Doomflayer Gauntlets
– Reinforced x 2
5 x Skryre Acolytes (65)*
5 x Skryre Acolytes (65)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Soulscream Bridge (70)
Warp Lightning Vortex (90)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 89
Drops: 1

Danny: Skaven took the challenge to wrack up some 5-0s before their new book to heart, went away, and concluded that more-more Stormfiends were the answer. If you haven’t come up against these monstrosities before, hold onto your hats – they’re absolutely savage, with the ability to spew out a hail of rend 2 and 3 firepower – some of which ignores LoS. If More-more-more Warp-power goes off, they’re re-rolling everything. If it doesn’t, they become super swingy and very vulnerable – if anything nasty gets into them, that’s game over. Ultimately, with the mobility and ambushes that Gnawholes and a Soulscream Bridge gives them and Thanquol – the worst nightmare of any unit with more than 5 models in thanks to his frankly insane scaling MW output – this list is a one trick pony. The trick just happens to table you.

Gratz to Anthony for making it work – it’ll be interesting to see how Stormfriends cope with the transition to 3e with re-rolls going extinct….

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2nd Place – Ridge Hanna

Ridge managed four wins and a loss over the two days, losing in the 2nd round against Anthony Trentanelli’s Skaven. Along the way they beat Daughters of Khaine/Khailebron in round 1, Disciples of Tzeentch/Hosts Arcanum in round 3, Idoneth Deepkin/Nautilar in round 4 and Maggotkin of Nurgle/Befouling Host in the final round.

Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Koatl’s Claw
Grand Strategy: Beast Master
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Engine of the Gods (265)*
Artefact: Cloak of Feathers
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Slann Starmaster (265)*
Artefact: Itxi Grubs
– Spell: Celestial Equilibrium
Skink Priest (80)*
Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Skink Starpriest (130)**
Spell: Hand of Glory
Skink Starseer (145)**
Spell: Hand of Glory
Saurus Scar-Veteran on Carnosaur (215)**
General
– War Spear
– Command Trait: Dominant Predator
– Artefact: Eviscerating Blade

Battleline
30 x Saurus Warriors (315)***
Spears
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Saurus Knights (220)***
Blades
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Skinks (75)*
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Hunters of the Heartlands

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Artefact

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 114
Drops: 10

Danny: Seasons of War’s very own Ridge continues his Seraphon streak – and at this point by his own admission he is just literally trying to get a big win with every sub-faction, hence the off-meta Koatl’s Claw and a list that leans into what is probably the worst of them. Worst being relative, given it’s still Coalesced for the -1 damage.

Seraphon are a pretty known quantity at this stage, but Ridge still deserves credit for 2nd place while bringing some fun, under-used units like a Skink Starseer, a Scar-vet on Carnosaur, and a giant blob of saurus warriors for proccing the Engine’s Curse prayer with the roughly gazillion attacks they get.

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3rd Place – Jack Cawood

Jack finished the weekend with one loss and four wins. His path saw him beat Ossiarch Bonereapers/Petrifex Elite in round 1, then Legion of the First Prince in round 2, Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in round 3. He then lost against Anthony Trentanelli’s Skaven in round 4 before going on to beat Cities of Sigmar/Living City in round 5.

Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Army Subfaction: Drowned Men
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
Orghotts Daemonspew (300)
Great Unclean One (495)*
Bilesword and Plague Flail
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
Festus the Leechlord (150)*
Spells: Gift of Disease
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Traits: Overpowering Stench
– Artefacts: The Splithorn Helm

BATTLELINE
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
Putrid Blightkings (250)*
Plaguebearers (150)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Danny: It’s Drowned Men Nurgle! This version of the archetype leans a little heavier into big ol’ single bodies than normal, with nearly 800 points dedicated to two giant, stinky beat-sticks who both carry plenty of utility too.

Not a whole load of novelty to the list so let’s just say – if you’re planning on turning up to a tournament any time soon, try and have a plan in mind for dealing with a pre-game move that locks down objectives with super durable bodies, two giant heroes who ask the question ‘are you going to put your whole army into us for two turns and MAYBE kill us, or let us run rampant?’ and a one-drop that most likely gets to dictate turn order.

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Wildcard – Michael Rausch

Michael won three games and lost two. Along the way he lost to 3rd placed Jack and his Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men list in round 1, then beat Soulblight Gravelords/Vyrkos Dynasty in round 2, Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in round 3. He then lost against Cities of Sigmar/Living City in round 4, before beating Idoneth Deepkin/Mor’phann in round 5.

Allegiance: Ossiarch Bonereapers
Legion: Petrifex Elite
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Liege-Kavalos (185)
General
– Command Trait: Mighty Archaeossian
– Artefact: Helm of the Ordained
Arkhan the Black, Mortarch of Sacrament (360)
Mortisan Boneshaper (135)
Artefact: Godbone Armour
– Lore of Mortisans: Empower Nadirite Weapons

Battleline
30 x Mortek Guard (420)
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 2
20 x Mortek Guard (280)
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Kavalos Deathriders (190)
Nadirite Blade and Shield

Behemoths
Gothizzar Harvester (215)***
Weapon: Soulcrusher Bludgeons

Artillery
Mortek Crawler (215)***

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Hunters of the Heartlands
***Alpha-Beast Pack

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 110
Drops: 8

Danny: OBR could do with a new book, but they’re still hanging on in there. Not winning big podiums, but giant blobs of buffed up Mortek Guard, re-rolling saves, is never going to go out of style. Add Arkhan for lots of mobile utility, a harvester for bringing those models you fought so hard to finally kill back, and a Crawler (what an amazing model!) for reaching out at to try and pick off key pieces at 36″. OBR lists don’t fluctuate much these days, which is fair enough – and they definitely require a great general to get the finessing of positioning and timing/stacking of buffs right.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists from G.A.W

The G.A.W took place in Georgia, us on 23rd and 24th April. It involved 47 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

Before I jump into the Top Three, 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.

1st Place – Brandon Voss

Brandon won all five games over the weekend. Along the way he beat Seraphon/Thunder Lizard in round 1, Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in round 2, Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in round 3, Sons of Behemat/Breaker Tribe in round 4 and Maggotkin of Nurgle/Befouling Host in Round 5.

Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Bloab Rotspawned
(300)*
– Spells: Gift of Disease
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
– General
– Command Traits: Overpowering Stench
– Artefacts of Power: The Splithorn Helm

Lord of Afflictions (210)*

BATTLELINE
Pusgoyle Blightlords
(440)*
– Reinforced: Once
Putrid Blightkings (250)*
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Putrid Blightkings (250)*

OTHER
Nurglings (105)*

CORE BATTALIONS
– *Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000

Danny: Nurgle as Drowned Men are on a tear and it’s not hard to see why. Amazing pre-game move gives incredibly durable board control. Blighkings and flies tank most threats in the game – and the Pusgoyles are mobile enough to reach out and tag the stuff they don’t want going places.

There are a few small variations on the theme – it’s a deep book where it’s hard to screw up a list- such as the cute and fluffy inclusion of everyone bar none’s favourite cavorting critters in the game, Nurglings.

Some variation of this list is the one to beat these days – it’ll be super interesting to see whether the forthcoming floaty Nighthaunt swarms who they can’t pin down easily, or the sheer glass cannons of DoK can hang – but for now, weirdly fast, high pressure Nurgle is the meta to plan for.

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2nd Place – Dalton Kahle

Dalton managed four wins over the two days. Beating Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in round 1, losing against Daughters of Khaine/Khelt Nar in round 2. Then going on to beat Legion of the First Prince in round 3, Soulblight Gravelords/Vyrkos Dynasty in round 4 and Sons of Behemat/Breaker Tribe in the final round.

Army Faction: Disciples of Tzeentch
– Army Subfaction: Hosts Arcanum
– Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery

LEADER
Kairos Fateweaver
(435)*
– Spells: Bolt of Tzeentch
Changecaster (135)*
– Staff of Change and Arcane Tome
– Artefacts: The Fanged Circlet
– Spells: Unchecked Mutation

Lord of Change (420)**
– Staff of Tzeentch and Baleful Sword
– Spells: Tzeentch’s Firestorm

The Blue Scribes (135)**
– Spells: Treason of Tzeentch
Magister (125)**
– General
– Command Traits: Spell Hunters
– Spells: Arcane Suggestion


BATTLELINE
Kairic Acolytes
(115)*
– Cursed Blade and Arcanite Shield
Kairic Acolytes (115)*
– Cursed Blade and Arcanite Shield
Horrors of Tzeentch (Pink) (250)**
Kairic Acolytes (115)**
– Cursed Blade and Arcanite Shield

ENDLESS SPELL
Chronomantic Cogs (45)
Umbral Spellportal (70)
Prismatic Palisade (40)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS (2000/2000)

Danny: Interesting to see mono-Tzeentch representing again after their friendship with Archaon was forcibly ended. Tzeentch still have great tools – and it’s good to see this list including their kairic mortals instead of defaulting to horror spam.

Gestalt Sorcery puts Acolytes on a 4/3/-1 shooting attack with 18” range, which is not nothing, and enables them to chip stuff down while the rest of the list’s brutal wizardry turns your dice rolls to crap, your toys into spawn, and the Blue Scribes turn your spells into their spells.

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3rd Place – Tommy Miklos

Tommy also finished the weekend with one loss and four wins. His path saw him beat Soulblight Gravelords/Vyrkos Dynasty in round 1, Legion of the First Prince in round 2, Daughters of Khaine/Khelt Nar in round 3. He then lost against Maggotkin of Nurgle/Befouling Host in round 4 before beating Fyreslayers/Greyfyrd in round 5.

Army Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
– Army Subfaction: Boulderhead
– Grand Strategy: Beast Master
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
Frostlord on Stonehorn
(430)
– Artefacts: Alvagr Rune-tokens
– Mount Traits: Metalcruncher

Huskard on Stonehorn (340)
– Blood Vulture
– Artefacts: Brand of the Svard
– Mount Traits: Frosthoof Bull

Icebrow Hunter (125)*
– General
– Command Traits: Lord of Beasts

Butcher (135)*
– Tenderiser
– Spells: Molten Entrails

Frostlord on Stonehorn (430)*
– Mount Traits: Black Clatterhorn

BATTLELINE
Stonehorn Beastriders
(320)
– Blood Vulture
Frost Sabres (55)*
Frost Sabres (55)*

ENDLESS SPELL
Emerald Lifeswarm
(60)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord

TOTAL POINTS (1950/2000)

Danny: Mawtribes don’t have too many competitive options left outside of their big angry cows and a few smaller tech pieces – for now – but it takes GUTS (fittingly) to stay pure and avoid Big Krag for their 3d6 charge based mortals.

Impressive to go 4-1 at the best of time – and interesting to see a lone Butcher as a little tech piece in there – he’s the Ogor version of a Wurrgog, capable of spiking MWs like crazy and Molten Entrails is a nice little +1 damage spell to throw on the big cow you REALLY need to chomp with that turn. Underestimate at your own risk!

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Wildcard – Michael Schlegelmilch

Michael also won four games and lost one, ending the weekend in 7th. Along the way he beat Cities of Sigmar/Living City in round 1, then beat Maggotkin of Nurgle/Blessed Sons in round 2, Flesh-eater Courts/Gristlegore in round 3 and Beasts of Chaos/Gavespawn in round 4. He then lost in round 5 to 3rd placed Tommy Miklos and his Ogor Mawtribes/Boulderhead list.

Allegiance: Fyreslayers
– Lodge: Greyfyrd
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
 Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Auric Runefather 
(125)
– General
– Command Trait: Spirit of Grimnir
– Artefact: Axe of Grimnir

Battlesmith (150)**
– Artefact: Nulsidian Icon
Auric Runemaster (125)**
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Universal Spell Lore: Ghost-mist
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal

Auric Runeson (80)**
– Ancestral War-axe
– Artefact: Draught of Magmalt Ale


Battleline
15 x Hearthguard Berzerkers 
(480)*
– Broadaxes
– Reinforced x 2

15 x Hearthguard Berzerkers (480)*
– Poleaxes
– Reinforced x 2

10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Bladed Slingshields (160)**

Units
2 x Stormdrake Guard
 (340)*
– Drakerider’s Warblade
– Allies


Endless Spells & Invocations
Zharrgron Flame-spitter (55)

Core Battalions
*Hunters of the Heartlands
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 340 / 400
Wounds: 120
Drops: 8

Danny: The new Fyreslayers book is clearly an improvement on their old, but on first glance it’s not given them as competitive a spike as other newer books. Still, they’re now a reliably tanky army with quite a few shenanigans.

This list is a fairly standard core – with 2 huge blobs of heavy hitting Hearthguard (giving one blob a different weapon option allows a little versatility as Poleaxes are much better into things with good saves thanks to their MW potential).

The Nulsidian icon is a clutch artifact which will catch a lot of people unawares, as it can shut down your spellcasting for an entire turn.

The somewhat inevitable ‘twist’ to this list is 2 Stormdrake Guard – if you don’t know what they do by now, I kinda envy the cave you’re living in – it’s a shame FS don’t have enough threat projection in their own book to avoid leaning on them but hey, all’s fair in love and tournaments!

Final Tournament Placings (Top 20)