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Top Three AoS Lists for Raccoon Rumble 2023: Age of Sigmar

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As you may have noticed, we’re very behind on our Top Three lists. So, to correct this, we’ll be posting top threes over the next couple of weeks without comments. Many of the lists you’ll have already seen in past articles, so hopefully, you won’t miss the comments too much!

This is the top three AoS lists for Raccoon Rumble 2023: Age of Sigmar that took place in Germany on the 3rd and 4th of November. It saw 166 players vying to be crowned champion in a 6-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs:


Leaders
Gobsprakk, The Mouth of Mork (240)**
Orruk Warchanter (120)***

– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (120)**
– Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)*
– General
– Command Trait: Shaman of the Chilled Lands
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Wurrgog Prophet (170)*
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
– Artefact: Glowin Tattooooooz


Battleline
10 x Orruk Brutes (280)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– 2x Gore Choppas
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Orruk Brutes (280)***
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– 2x Gore Choppas
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Orruk Brutes (140)***
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– 1x Gore Choppas
5 x Orruk Brutes (140)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas
– 1x Gore Choppas


Units
10 x Hobgrot Slittaz (80)**
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)***
– Jagged Gore-hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
– Jagged Gore-hackas


Core Battalions
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment
***Battle Regiment


Total: 2000 / 2000

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
Gittish Horde: King’s Gitz
Grand Strategy: Chasing the Moon
Triumphs: Indomitable


Leaders
Skragrott, The Loonking (230)*
Webspinner Shaman (65)**

Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Squigboss with Gnasha-squig (110)**
General
Command Trait: The Clammy Hand
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)


Battleline
15 x Boingrot Bounderz (450)*
Reinforced x 2
15 x Boingrot Bounderz (450)*
Reinforced x 2
20 x Moonclan Stabbas (120)*
20 x Moonclan Stabbas (120)


Units
5 x Loonsmasha Fanatics (110)*
5 x Loonsmasha Fanatics (110)
5 x Gobbapalooza (170)*

Spell1: Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork


Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Andtorian Acolytes


Terrain Piece: Bad Moon Loonshrine

Total: 1935 / 2000

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Befouling Host
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Corrupt Arcane Nexus
– Triumphs: Indomitable


Leaders
Great Unclean One (430)*

– General
– Plague Flail & Doomsday Bell
– Command Trait: Nurgling Infestation
– Artefact: The Witherstave
– Lore of Virulence: Fleshy Abundance
Sloppity Bilepiper, Herald of Nurgle (120)**
Poxbringer Herald of Nurgle (130)*

– Lore of Virulence: Fleshy Abundance

Battleline
30 x Plaguebearers (360)**
– Reinforced x 2
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (100)*
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (100)*
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (100)*
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (100)**
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (100)**
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (100)**


Units
3 x Plague Drones (200)*
3 x Nurglings (100)**


Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment


Total: 1940 / 2000

Roland Rivera: A very straightforward Nurgle list, this one is trying to do one thing and one thing only: clog the board with a bunch of hard-to-kill bodies and dominate the objectives. The singleton Beasts of Nurgle run interference while the Plaguebearers occupy the center of the board. The Nurglings pressure backfields and rack up contagion points in order to summon even more Daemons

In the Hero department, The Great Unclean One provides support in the form of Fleshy Abundance (for extra Wounds on the Plaguebearer brick) and The Witherstave (for more efficient disease damage), and Monstrous Rampages by virtue of being a Hero Monster. The Poxbringer provides a backup Fleshy Abundance caster, and the Sloppity Bilepiper has the usual pile-in denial shenanigans to give other melee armies fits.

While the gameplan is simple, the success is laudable – this sort of list was not considered to be a serious contender just a few months ago. This result, aided by the Battlescroll shaving down the points on most of the units in the list, clearly argues otherwise.

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

Leaders
Dreadblade Harrow (110)**
– General
– Command Trait: Terrifying Entity
Guardian of Souls (150)**
– Artefact: Midnight Tome
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard
Krulghast Cruciator (150)**
Lady Olynder, Mortarch of Grief (270)*

– Lore of the Underworlds: Spectral Tether


Battleline
10 x Chainrasps (100)**
10 x Chainrasps (100)**
3 x Spirit Hosts (130)**
3 x Spirit Hosts (130)**


Units
5 x Craventhrone Guard (80)*
5 x Craventhrone Guard (80)*
5 x Craventhrone Guard (80)*


Behemoths
Black Coach (270)**
Black Coach (270)*


Endless Spells & Invocations
Mortalis Terminexus (80)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment


Total: 2000 / 2000

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Final Tournament Placings

To view all of the results for the tournament please follow the link below to Best Coast Pairings

https://www.bestcoastpairings.com/event/2J0AHXQC0N

Top Three AoS Lists for Smash To Rubble II

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This is the top three AoS lists for Smash To Rubble II that took place in Serbia on the 3rd and 4th of November. It saw 23 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

LEADERS
Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (100)*
– Spells: Choking Mist
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)*
– Spells: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Killaboss on Great Gnashtoof (120)**
– General
– Command Traits: Supa Sneaky
– Artefacts of Power: Mork’s Eye Pebble
– Mount Traits: Fast ’Un
Orruk Warchanter (120)***
– Warbeats: Get ’Em Beat
Wurrgog Prophet (170)***
– Artefacts of Power: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Spells: Hoarfrost
Swampboss Skumdrekk (280)***

BATTLELINE
Gutrippaz (450)**
– Gutrippa Drummer
– Gutrippa Boss
– Wicked Stikka
– 2 x Gutrippa Hornblower
– 3 x Gutrippa Banner Bearer
Orruk Brutes (140)**
– Brute Boss
– Gore-choppa
– Boss Klaw & Brute Smasha
– Jagged Gore-hacka
Hobgrot Slittaz (80)***
– Scrap Totem Bearer
– Noise-maker
– Hobgrot Boss

OTHER
Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)**
– Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
Brute Ragerz (200)**
– 6 x Chain-smasha
Ironskull’s Boyz (80)**

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment
***Warlord

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Big Waaagh again here, but with some nice little tweaks to the usual Pig and Brute heavy core!

Firstly, and this makes my heart sing, we have a Gnashtoof, with Mork’s Eye Pebble for some early shooting resistance (a 5+++ ward bubble against ranged attacks) which definitely helps to mitigate one of the obvious counters to the techy but relatively fragile army. There’s also the named Sludgeraker, who has the usual Kboyz synergy with the triple Gutrippa blob, which functions as a giant objective holder or mid-board roadblock that can also throw out a tonne of MWs.

Running around behind the phalanx of skare-shields are a cheeky reinforced Ragerz unit – who’re quickly becoming popular as a small-footprint missile, and for good reason.

A really interesting spin on BWaagh that managed to deal with the tankiness of Koatl’s Claw (those Gutrippaz MWs would come in handy there), the meta-darlings Khorne and a heavy hitting varanaguard list – impressive!

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Army Faction: Slaves to Darkness
– Damned Legion: Knights of the Empty Throne
– Grand Strategy: Overshadow
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (120)*
– Mark of Chaos: Undivided
– Artifact: Chaos Familiar
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Varanguard (560)*
– General
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– 6 x Fellspear
Be’lakor (340)*
– The Lore of the Damned: Daemonic Speed

BATTLELINE
Chaos Knights (220)*
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– Doom Knight
– Hornblower
– Standard Bearer
– Cursed Lance
Varanguard (280)*
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– 3 x Fellspear
Chaos Knights (440)*
– Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
– Doom Knight
– Cursed Lance
– 2 x Standard Bearer
– 2 x Hornblower
– Ensorcelled Banner: The Eroding Icon

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1960/2000

Roland Rivera: Be’lakor has become a popular inclusion in Empty Throne lists of late in order to give that style of list a bit more spellcasting muscle as well as tactical depth, and this list is the latest example of how that approach can be successful. It enables this list to go light on chaff (not a Cultist unit as far as the eye can see), and instead focus on running a daunting lineup of cavalry hammers that can run through virtually any opponent.

While the list’s clear all-star is the 6 Khorne Fellspear Varanguard, the 10-man Nurgle Knights make for an anvil with a ton of punch, and the unreinforced Knights and Varanguard units make for useful complementary hammers that can swing key combats. Last but not least, the Chaos Sorcerer is also here to provide potent buffs to make it all run smoothly. As with other lists in this style, we see a deep triumph bid to have a strong chance at an on-demand charge reroll in Bloodthirsty.

The potency in this list lies in its reliability: it has picked a specialty and honed it to a razor’s edge, and is thus very good at executing its gameplan to devastating effect.

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Gittish Horde: King’s Gitz
– Grand Strategy: Chasing the moon
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Skragrott, The Loonking (230) **
Loonboss (90) *
– General
– Command Trait: The Clammy Hand
Madcap Shaman (70) **
– Artefact: Moonface Mommet
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost

Battleline
15 x Boingrot Bounderz (450) **
– Reinforced x 2
5 x Boingrot Bounderz (150) **
40 x Moonclan Stabbas (240) *
– Reinforced x 1

Units
5 x Gobbapalooza (170) **
– Spell1: Lore of the Moonclans: Itchy Nuisance
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (140) *
5 x Sporesplatta Fanatics (90) **
6 x Rockgut Troggoths (340) **
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1970 / 2000

Lodivicus: Whew! It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen much other than variations of the Jaws of Mork core lists placing. Here we have a Da King’s Gitz ‘soup’ list, which really is a bit of a welcome change for me to write about. I can’t completely escape the parallels to those lists, though, as it does contain most of the core we’ve seen in those builds at the moment. Skragrott, a Madcap Shaman with Moonface Mommet and Hoarfrost, Gobbapalooza, Sneaky Snufflers, Boingrot Bounderz and the Bad Moon Loonshrine. But I’ll take what I can get!

Let’s start with the subfaction choice, Da King’s Gitz. This simply allows us to reroll the dice roll when using the Bad Moon Loonshrine’s Moonclan Lairs ability. However, when combined with the Loonboss’ Clammy Hand command trait, it means you can make two Moonclan Lair rolls, both with rerolls. That’s potential for some pretty reliable recursion coming out of the shrine!

The Loonboss adds ‘mortals on 6s to wound in addition’ whenever he issues the All-out Attack command to a friendly Moonclan unit. I suspect he is primarily here to follow around the Stabbas and to contribute to their output (especially in conjunction with Hoarfrost) but could also buff any of the other Moonclan units in the list.

The forty Stabbas act as objective controllers (contesting an objective within 9” while they have twenty or more models) and still can have respectable output when fully buffed up (with Hoarfrost, All-out Attack from the Loonboss, Moonface Mommet on the target, and an extra attack from Sporesplatta Fanatics). With a lucky Looncap Mushrooms roll (from the Sneaky Snufflers), you could get them yet another attack each in addition to a 5+ ward.

Sporesplatta Fanatics with their pregame move and Spore Cloud ability make excellent screens for a fairly low price tag. It’s common to use them as a screen in early turns and then return half of them from the Loonshrine when they die to offer extra attacks later with their Puffshroom Frenzy ability.

Six Rockgut Troggoths are another hammer (along with Bounderz) and offer more durability (decent saves, decent wounds, and native 5+ wards) to the list as well. They benefit a lot from the +1 attack buffs that are present in the list.

Congratulations, Oleg, on battling back to a 3rd place finish after dropping a game to Daughters of Khaine in round 1. It’s really nice to see a Gitz ‘soup’ list doing so well.

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Allegiance: Blades of Khorne
– Slaughterhost: Reapers of Vengeance
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: The Blood Legions March

Leaders
Bloodsecrator (120)* as Private Leonard “Gomer Pyle”
– Nullstone Adornments: Pouch of Nulldust
Dromm (180)* as Sergeant “Cowboy” Evans
– Prayers: Blood Sacrifice, Unholy Flames
Slaughterpriest (110)* as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman
– General
– Command Traits: High-priest of Khorne
– Bloodbathed Axe
– Artefacts of Power: The Crimson Plate
– Prayers: Bronzed Flesh, Killer Instinct
Valkia the Bloody (140)** as Sergeant “Animal Mother”
Bloodmaster (110)** as Sergeant J. T. “Joker” Davis
– Artefacts of Power: Ar’gath, the King of Blades
– Prayers: Bloodbind, Witchbane Curse
Skulltaker (120)** as Corporal “Eightball”

Battlelines
8 x Claws of Karanak (100)
8 x Claws of Karanak (100)
10 x Bloodreavers (80) – Meatripper Axes (everyone)*
10 x Bloodreavers (80)**
10 x Bloodreavers (80)
10 x Bloodreavers (80)
10 x Bloodreavers (80)
10 x Bloodreavers (80)

Units
Karanak (140) as Private First Class “Rafterman”
5x Wrathmongers (140)
Gorechosen of Dromm (180)
6x Furies (80)

Endless Spells and Innvocations
1 x Wrath-Axe (70)
1 x Bleeding Icon (50)
1 x Hexgorger Skulls (50)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Warlord

Total: 1990 / 2000

Roland Rivera: Most Reapers of Vengeance lists go heavy on Daemons, especially Bloodthirsters, to take advantage of the bonus to hit for Daemons against Heroes, but here we have a list opting for the road less traveled (in fact, I’m not sure why they chose Reapers at all). Of all the units in the army, only the Bloodmaster, Skulltaker, and Karanak are Daemons!

Instead, this is opting for the increasingly-popular approach to Khorne lists, which is to flood the board with expendable units (Bloodreavers and Claws of Karanak, in this case). You usually see that paired with some big hitters to win key combats (such as Skullreapers), but this list has opted to handle it by committee, running tons of Priests with the full complement of Invocations to maximize the utility of the Hero phase. The Bloodmaster and Skulltaker can also serve as Hero assassins once the battle has been joined, as lone Heroes can find it easy to slip past screens and they are decently punchy for their points. They can easily take out a Hero that has been softened up by the Invocations, for example.

Even by the techy standards of Khorne, this feels like a finesse list that is difficult to pilot well, but Sergei seems to have been up to the task, as I find a 3-1-1 result from a list that does not have a clearly identifiable hammer to be fairly impressive.

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Final Tournament Placings

To view all of the results for the tournament please follow the link below to Best Coast Pairings

https://www.bestcoastpairings.com/event/WTFBPGFHE0

Top Three AoS Lists for Vault Wars 2023

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This is the top three AoS lists for tLay low the Tyrants Grand Tournament that took place in the US on the 21st and 22nd of October. It saw 54 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: Sons of Behemat
– Tribe: King Brodd’s Stomp
– Grand Strategy: Overshadow
– Triumph: Inspired

Leaders/Battleline
King Brodd (520)
– General
– Command Trait: Big Eater
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (500)
– Artefact: Brand of the Gargant
Warstomper Mega-Gargant (450)
Kraken-Eater Mega-Gargant (500)

Total: 1950 / 2000

Jeremy Hauck: Sons of Behemat are a menace to your local and grand tournament meta alike. With an imposing ability to control objectives using their Mightier Makes Rightier ability, few armies can hope to control the battlefield better than the lords of monsters. The core army boasts a suite of unique monstrous actions that display their dominance in the realm of Ghur. 

A recent addition to the ongoing narrative, Dawnbringers, boasts a few exciting ways to play your towering monsters: King Brodd’s Stomp.With King Brodd’s Stomp (KBS), gargant players can enjoy new commands, artifacts, battle tactics, an unprecedented defense of their King, Brodd, and a devastating way to interact with terrain, Smash it all to Bits. 

Walker Snapp recently displayed mastery of this army with his 5 and 0 at Vault Wars 2023. Walker employed the “one of everything” style of list writing for Sons of Behemat.

He has opted to have King Brodd be his general, and armed him with Big Eater, a command trait that allows Mega-Gargants wholly within 12” of this general to heal up to D3 wounds if that Mega-Gargant killed any models with melee attacks during the combat phase. Additionally, leaning into the offensive prowess of the Gatebreaker, has armed this gargant with his only artefact of power: The Brand of the Gargant. This scorching club allows the bearer to strike-first in the combat phase if this unit has made an unmodified charge roll of 8+.

His Warstomper Mega-Gargant is deployed for its horde clearing capabilities, gaining extra attacks for each model within 3” of the beast. 

His Kraken-Eater Mega-Gargant likely played goalie for his team, with the unique ability to move objectives up to 2D6 inches in all of Walker’s hero phases. 

Sons of Behemat have the uncanny ability to play both offense and defense tremendously. With bombastic attack profiles, 1950 points to consistently gain access to his powerful Triumph of +1 to wound, and the capability of a lucky 8+ inch charge to strike first on offense, Walker’s list positions itself to bring the fight to the enemy.

Within KBS, while any other gargant is within 3 inches of King Brodd, he also has an absolutely insane 5+ ward. Bringing this type of wound mitigation to his already absurd 40 wounds means jamming Brodd down the enemies front lines is a surefire way to get consistent damage out of the King all game long. 

Coupled with this the new Smash to Bits ability, which gives a hilariously swingy ranged attack that, in my experience, is just as likely to do 0 damage as it is to do 18, the Sons of Behemat are no slouch when it comes to output. 

But even more powerful than this output is the unique ability to transform the landscape of the game, as the only army that can currently remove terrain from the board. It can’t be undervalued that if your opponent has hidden a critical piece of their army behind terrain, it only takes a simple 2+ roll to remove that obstacle. 

And when it comes to mobility, their new Monstrous action, bespoke to KBS, is The King’s Stomp: the ability to fly 3d6 inches after making a charge turns the Mega-Gargant into a locomotive that crashes into the unsuspecting target hiding behind their screens. 

Walker has opted out of taking the arcane tome, foregoing access to the easy battle tactic of Magical Dominance. This, perhaps, telegraphs to his opponent that he intends to play aggressively. Though, as mentioned above, perhaps there was just nothing that could be done to meet his fury.

Additionally, this general has opted to make King Brodd his general instead of taking advantage of his Warmaster status. This author sees this as a less than optimal choice, as 2 generals seem better than one. With the caveat, it is hard to argue with his success. 

Sons of Behemat feel like a powerful choice in the current meta. In my experience, there are few armies that feel like a hard counter to the army. If anything, even your worst matches feel like a 50-50 chance of victory if the dice fall your way. Walker put up an impressive display, going into some of the more dangerous match ups for Sons of Behemat, and came out on top. Keep stompin’ boyz.

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Allegiance: Idoneth Deepkin
– Enclave: Fuethan
– Grand Strategy: The Creeping Gloomtide

Leaders
Akhelian King (220)**
– General
– Bladed Polearm
– Command Trait: Unstoppable Fury
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Mount Trait: Voidchill Darkness
Lotann, Warden of the Soul Ledgers (110)**
Celestant-Prime, Hammer of Sigmar (330)*
– Allies

Battleline
1 x Bloodthirsty Shiver Akhelian Allopex (150)*
– Razorshell Harpoon
1 x Bloodthirsty Shiver Akhelian Allopex (150)*
– Razorshell Harpoon
1 x Bloodthirsty Shiver Akhelian Allopex (150)**
– Razorshell Harpoon
1 x Bloodthirsty Shiver Akhelian Allopex (150)**
– Razorshell Harpoon
1 x Bloodthirsty Shiver Akhelian Allopex (150)**
– Razorshell Harpoon
1 x Bloodthirsty Shiver Akhelian Allopex (150)**
– Razorshell Harpoon

Behemoths
Akhelian Leviadon (400)**
– Mount Trait: Reverberating Carapace

Endless Spells & Invocations
Aethervoid Pendulum (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000

Jon Anderson: I’ve written on the Fuethan sharknado list a few times, so I’d like to focus on the things that are different here than in the standard list.

Reducing the total count of sharks to six is a bold decision as you start losing the critical mass of being omnipresent in regards to your board presence. It worked for pauliswright, but I’d be hesitant to do so.

Choosing “The Creeping Gloomtide” as the grand strat was the initial take during the early iterations of list building but I ended up moving away from it because “Deny Trespassers” is a fairly easy battle tactic and denying yourself access to it is never fun.

I understand the “why” behind the aether void pendulum, but I think the bloodthirsty triumph has more value especially given the propensity to cast mystic shield with the arcane tome.

The shining points here though are celestant prime and the Akhelian King being reliable sources of rend 3 which the list needs in order to punch through thick armor.

Lotann continues to impress, and if you’re interested in running the Fuethan list he is one of the first things id include.

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Gittish Horde: Jaws of Mork
– Grand Strategy: Overshadow
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Loonboss on Mangler Squigs (340)*
– General
– Command Trait: Fight Another Day
– Artefact: Loonstone Teefcaps
Squigboss with Gnasha-squig (110)*
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (110)*
– Artefact: Moonface Mommet
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Loonboss (90)**

Battleline
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (300)*
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Moonclan Stabbas (120)*
36 x Squig Herd (420)**
– Reinforced x 2

Units
5 x Gobbapalooza (170)
– Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork

Behemoths
Mangler Squigs (260)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Umbral Spellportal (80)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Wizard-Finders of Andtor

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000

Lodivicus: What do we have here? Another unconventional Squigs list placing in the top 3 at an event? Yes please! The core of the list contains a lot of what we’ve been seeing place well lately.  Squig Herd, Boingrot Bounderz, Squigboss with Gnasha-Squig, and Gobbapalooza anchor the Jaws of Mork core, as usual. The significantly more survivable Fungoid Cave-Shaman takes the place of the more common Madcap Shaman as the Moonface Mommet and Hoarfrost wizard. But after that there are some monsterous differences from the majority of the lists we’ve been seeing…

First off, Manglers! And not just one but two! With their run and charge from Lunar Squigs, the Giant Boing! monstrous action, and the extra attack on their Huge Fang-filled Gobs from Jaws of Mork they are almost certainly getting where they want to go and dealing solid damage once there.  If the base model wasn’t enough, the Loonboss on Mangler Squigs equipped with Loonstone Teefcaps gets an additional point of rend on his Gobs attacks, can Bite Da Moon to add to Squig’s wound rolls, and can use his Fight Another Day command trait to get to safety after he attacks.  The Manglers together are a pricey 600 points (likely contributing to why we haven’t been seeing them very often) but they are indeed a formidable threat.

Second, Moonclan Stabbas add some needed objective control and fulfil the battleline requirements of the list since so many points have been spent on the Manglers. While in the past it wasn’t uncommon to see Stabbas in Jaws of Mork, it has trended away from including them lately in favor of more Squig Herd or Bounderz.

Third, the Loonboss with his I’m Da Boss, Now Stab ‘Em Good! ability can give any Moonclan unit mortals on 6s to wound in addition to their normal attacks when he issues them All Out Attack. In this list, that’s everything besides the Squig Herd, as they can’t receive commands.

Lastly, and here’s where it gets really intriguing to me, the Umbral Spellportal. I can’t remember the last time I saw Umbral Spellportal in a Gitz list. With the only wizards being the Fungoid Cave-Shaman and Gobbapalooza, I suspect Joe was using this to get the Shroomancer’s Fungoid Cloud into optimal position (coordinating with the launch of the Squig units) or to allow the Fungoid Cave-Shaman to catch more units in his Spore Maws from relative safety.

Congratulations Joe! Thank you for showing us some out of the box thinking with this one, I know it’s got my wheels turning. I bet it was a blast, both for you to play and for your opponents to play against.

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Allegiance: Sylvaneth
– Glade: Heartwood
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant
– Seasons of War: The Reaping

Leaders
Warsong Revenant (300)*
– General
– Command Trait: Spellsinger
– Artefact: The Vesperal Gem
– Lore of the Deepwood: Treesong
Branchwych (110)*
– Lore of the Deepwood: Verdurous Harmony
Knight-Incantor (120)**
– Allies

Battleline
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)**
20 x Dryads (200)**
– Reinforced x 1
6 x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Greatswords (440)**
– Reinforced x 1

Units
6 x Spiterider Lancers (380)**
– Reinforced x 1
3 x Aetherwings (70)**
– Allies

Behemoths
Treelord (230)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Spiteswarm Hive (40)

Core Battalions
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000

This is a cool grab-bag list with some interesting allied tech – the knight-Incantor is a solid source of an auto-unbind, something that can be especially clutch in this season. Unusually, this list also opts for Lancers over Seekers – although it’s something I’m starting to see here and there – although a fast source of fight-first is not exactly hard to understand the appeal of. It allows a concerted hammer blow with the 6 Sword-noth, sped up by the Spiteswarm, to reliably pincer attack and cause a big swing in the table state, even if it gives up the longer-term durability and recursion that Seekers offer.

Also love to see the cheeky inclusion of a Treelord, who’re increasingly popular as ‘turn off pile-in’ tech, which could wreak havoc with an opponent’s plans to counter-attack and can generally just cause movement blocking.

Again, I wonder how often we’ll see ‘variety’ lists like this once Belthanos is tournament legal, but in the meantime it’s cool to see a wider range of the Sylvaneth book getting some table time!

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Top Three AoS Lists for the SoCal Open

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This is the top three AoS lists for the SoCal Open that took place in the US on the 21st and 22nd of October. It saw 37 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Idoneth Deepkin
– Subfaction: Dhom-Hain
– Grand Strategy: Dominion of the Deep Ones
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Isharann Tidecaster (130)*
– General
– Command Traits: Teachings of the Túrscoll
– Spells: Hoarfrost
Battlemage (100)*
– Magic of the Realms: Wildform (Ghur)
Akhelian Thrallmaster (100)**
Eidolon of Mathlann Aspect of the Storm (300)**
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
Akhelian Thrallmaster (100)**

BATTLELINE
Namarti Thralls (220)**
– Icon Bearer
Namarti Thralls (220)**
– Icon Bearer
Namarti Thralls (110)**
– Icon Bearer

BEHEMOTH
Akhelian Leviadon (400)**
– Mount Traits: Reverberating Carapace

OTHER
Akhelian Allopexes (150)**
– Retarius Net Launcher, Barbed Hooks and Blades
Akhelian Allopexes (150)**
– Retarius Net Launcher, Barbed Hooks and Blades

TERRAIN
1 x Gloomtide Shipwreck (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1980/2000

Peter Holland: A few weeks ago our very own Aaron Newbom won the SoCal Open with a Dhom-Hain list. He wrote an entire tournament breakdown for us of the event and you can read that here.

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Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Army Subfaction: Befouling Host
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Skabbik Plagueseeker (140)*
1 x The Glottkin (580)**
– Spells: Rancid Visitations
1 x Sloppity Bilepiper (120)**
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
1 x Poxbringer (130)**
– General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Spells: Fleshy Abundance

BATTLELINE
20 x Plaguebearers (120)**
10 x Plaguebearers (120)**
10 x Plaguebearers (120)**
10 x Plaguebearers (120)**

TERRAIN
1 x Feculent Gnarlmaw (0)
1 x Feculent Gnarlmaw (0)

OTHER
3 x Nurglings (100)*
3 x Nurglings (100)*
6 x Furies (80)*
6 x Furies (80)*
5 x Skabbik’s Plaguepack (140)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1930/2000)

Roland Rivera: At this point in the season, seeing a Glottkin Nurgle list do well isn’t much of a surprise – Nurgle’s favored mortal servants have been on quite the run as of late. However, this list has a couple of interesting twists to it. First among them is the Befouling Host subfaction and the Poxbringer General to give the summoning a bit more oomph. Second is the deep triumph bid – going 70 points under is not a trivial commitment. The reason why this list is doing so is to add a bit of an insurance policy on the Blightkrieg charges, as Bloodthirsty is the only way to get a reroll on them. Last but not least, this list is using its Ally allowance fairly extensively with 2 units of Furies and Skabbik’s Plaguepack, all of which are here to screen and put forward pressure on objectives.

Beyond them, this is very meat-and-potatoes Nurgle – lots of Plaguebearers to dominate the board, a Sloppity Bilepiper to shut off pile-ins, Nurglings to pester enemy deployment and rack up extra Contagion points. But hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I think Alec’s additions give a nice bit of depth to the classic Nurgle Glottkin gameplan, and were probably a real factor in securing the 5-0 finish.

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Army Faction: Ossiarch Bonereapers
– Army Subfaction: Mortis Praetorians
– Grand Strategy: Barren Icescape
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Katakros (500)*
1 x Arkhan the Black (380)**
1 x Liege-Kavalos (180)**
– General
– Command Traits: Mighty Archaeossian
– Artefacts: Lode of Saturation
1 x Mortisan Boneshaper (140)**
– Artefacts: Artisan’s Key
– Spells: Hoarfrost

BATTLELINE
5 x Kavalos Deathriders (190)*
– Mortek Hekatos
– Necrophoros
– Nadirite Blade
30 x Mortek Guard (130)*
– Mortek Hekatos
– 3 x Necrophoros
– Nadirite Blade
– 3 x Soulcleaver Greatblade
2 x Morghast Archai (220)*
– Spirit Halberd

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage
– Magnificent

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

Walter Brock: Today we are looking at a list that went 4-1 with Mortis Praetorians. Praetorians allow a unit to potentially counter charge after an enemy unit has finished a charge. This has many possible applications that lead to incredibly powerful moments to swing the tide of battle. From stopping key enemy charges to denying battle tactics. The praetorians’ counter charge is only limited by the players imagination.
Instead of Spellcasting Savant this player opted for Barren Icescape. This option makes sense since there is no Locus in the list.

We start off with the Katakros and Arkhan double trouble pairing. We have seen this before and will again. These two are a deadly duo that cover each other’s weaknesses and buff each other’s strengths. From Katakros buffing everything up to 11 with his +1 hit and save aura. To Arkhans Spell casting to support the army with buff spells and stop key enemy spells. The synergies between these two are incredibly deadly and I could go on and on about how powerful these two works together if allowed, but we would be here all day.

Next is whats one of the toughest to kill models in the game. A liege Kavalos with the Lode stone Relic and Might Archaeossian command trait. The combination of the two lets the Liege ignore all negative save modifiers and gains +1 to its ward saves. With a command point for a 5+ ward a liege can achieve a 2+ “ethereal” save and a 4+ ward. This combination makes the liege tanky enough to go places that even Katakros and Arkhan Might fear. Top it off with the command ability to give a unit +1 attack and the liege brings a lot to the table for this list.
A boneshaper with Artisans key and Hoarfrost. With katakros, Arkhan and the Boneshaper. This list could potentially bring back 12 Mortek Guard with just the healing abilities alone each OBR hero phase. Hoarfrost on top of all the buffs that the other characters bring can make any unit perform far and above their weight class.

Deathriders are a very powerful all rounder unit. Capable of multiple roles. From screening to protecting the back field or even denying the opponent the ability to move on an objective. They have an answer for almost any situation.

30 Mortek Guard. A giant block of 30 is a threat to behold. With all the buffs added you can easily engage multiple units with these Mortek units, and they can take out multiple units with their one fight. Imagine 30 Mortek. Hitting on 2s and 5s to hit, gain an additional hit. Wounding on 2s at rend 2. Each model has three attacks a piece. That will bring down almost any target they reach. On top of that they have incredible defensive capabilities. Beinh able to potentially ignore negative modifiers due to their command ability. Or all out defense, or a 5+ ward plus the healing mentioned before. This makes Mortek guard incredibly hard to take down.

Lastly is a unit of 2 Archai. This unit’s biggest value is from its no command aura. Being able to stop enemy commands can easily turn the tides of battle. Turning off all out defense and unleash hell. Make it so a unit can’t pass their battle shock. This unit stops the enemies plans dead in their tracks and lets the Bonereapers keep trucking along.

This list ends up as a four drop with a command entourage and a battle regiment. Opting to go for the extra relic. Well done to this player.

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Gittish Horde: Jaws of Mork (squig +1 atk on charge)
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Overshadow
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Skragrott, The Loonking (230)**
Squigboss with Gnasha-squig (110)***
– General
– Command Trait: The Clammy Hand (Loonshrine roll x2)
Madcap Shaman (70)*
– Artefact: Moonface Mommet (12” start combat 1 unit -1 save)
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Webspinner Shaman (65)*
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard

Units
24 x Squig Herd (280)***
– Reinforced x 1
24 x Squig Herd (280)***
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (300)**
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Boingrot Bounderz (150)**
5 x Boingrot Bounderz (150)**
5 x Gobbapalooza (170)**
– Lore of the Moonclans: Itchy Nuisance
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (170)**

Core Battalions
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment
***Battle Regiment

Total: 1975 / 2000

Lodivicus: The Jaws of Mork core trend continues! The currently trending core consists of Skragrott, a Madcap Shaman (with Moonface Mommet and Hoarfrost), a Squigboss, Squig Herd, Boingrot Bounderz, Gobbapalooza and the Bad Moon Loonshrine. The quantity of the battleline units varies a bit from list to list, as we see here. Tad chooses two single reinforced Squig Herd (as opposed to one double reinforced unit) and he cuts back the large Bounderz unit to a single reinforced unit to do so. So rather than rehash the core, as we’ve done in previous commentaries, let’s have a look at what the rest of the points are spent on.

A popular choice, the Webspinner Shaman (on foot) is a 65 point Blizzard wizard with a native 5+ ward. He pairs up with the Madcap Shaman as the two Andtorian Loci of the list and together they unlock the Andtorian Acolyte battalion for (hopefully) more primal dice.

In his version, Tad chose offense over defense by forgoing the more common Sneaky Snufflers in favor of the Kruleboyz troggoth cousin, the Marshcrawla Sloggoth. His 18” aura of +1 hit rolls for attacks made with melee weapons is a huge boon to the output of the list, but in particular the Squig Herd units as they can’t receive commands like All Out Attack.

Congratulations Tad on going 4-1 (only losing in round 5 to the Dhom-Hain Deepkin) and continuing this Gitz trend. It will be interesting to see how the meta adjusts to account for this type of list and if it continues to gather steam.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Locus Pocus

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This is the top three AoS lists for Locus Pocus that took place in the UK on the 3rd and 4th of November. It saw 12 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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With the event having less than 20 players we won’t be providing commentary on the lists, just the lists themselves.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Seraphon
– Army Type: Coalesced
– Army Subfaction: Koatl’s Claw
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant
– Triumphs: Indomitable


LEADER
1 x Lord Kroak (410)*
1 x Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)*

– General
– Command Traits: Vengeful Defender
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
1 x Skink Starseer (150)*


BATTLELINE
20 x Saurus Warriors (180)*
– Saurus Warrior Alpha
– 2 x Icon Bearer
– 2 x War-drummer
– Celestite Club
6 x Aggradon Lancers (190)*
– Aggradon Lancer Alpha
– 2 x Icon Bearer
– 2 x War-drummer
– Celestite Spear
6 x Aggradon Lancers (190)*
– Aggradon Lancer Alpha
– 2 x Icon Bearer
– 2 x War-drummer
– Celestite Spear
5 x Saurus Guard (140)*
– Saurus Guard Alpha
– Icon Bearer
– War-drummer


ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Suffocating Gravetide (30)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1990/2000)

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Gittish Horde: Grimscuttle
– Grand Strategy: Protect da Shrine!
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty


LEADERS
Stiznab and the Foot of Mork (720)**
Kragnos, The End of Empires
Goblak Webcrawla (130)**
Scuttleboss on Gigantic Spider

– General
– Command Trait: Supa-nasty Venom
– Artefact: Headdress of Many Eyes
Spizgub, Herald of Stiznab the Corrupted One (65)*
Webspinner Shaman

– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard
Stozzstik (70)
Madcap Shaman

– Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork


UNITS
Wood’ead’s Wranglers (120)
20 x Moonclan Stabbas**


BEHEMOTHS
Incy Wincy Spider (210)**
Arachnarok Spider with Spiderfang Warparty

– Gloomspite Gitz Battleline (Spiderfang General)
Mr Green (210)**
Arachnarok Spider with Spiderfang Warparty

– Gloomspite Gitz Battleline (Spiderfang General)
Mr Purple (180)**
Skitterstrand Arachnarok

Incy Wincy (180)
Skitterstrand Arachnarok


ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Malevolent Moon (80)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment


TOTAL: 1965/2000

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Gittish Horde: Badsnatchers
– Grand Strategy: Protect da Shrine!
– Triumphs: Inspired,Inspired


Leaders
Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig (130)*
– Moon-cutta
Loonboss on Mangler Squigs (340)*
– General
– Command Trait: Fight Another Day
– Artefact: Loonstone Teefcaps
Madcap Shaman (70)**
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard
Madcap Shaman (70)**
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard
Skragrott, The Loonking (230)*
– Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork


Battleline
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (300)*
– Reinforced x 1
60 x Moonclan Shootas (360)
– Reinforced x 2 (1xNetter)
20 x Moonclan Stabbas (120)
– 3xNetters


Units
5 x Gobbapalooza (170)
– Spell1: Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (140)


Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Andtorian Acolytes


Additional Enhancements
Triumph

Total: 1930 / 2000

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Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
– Stormhost: Knights Excelsior (Scions of the Storm)
– Grand Strategy:
– Triumphs:


Leaders
Lord-Imperatant (140)*
– General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
Knight-Vexillor (120)*
– Meteoric Standard
Knight-Vexillor (120)*
– Meteoric Standard
Knight-Vexillor (120)**
– Meteoric Standard
Knight-Vexillor (120)**
– Meteoric Standard


Battleline
3 x Annihilators (150)*
3 x Annihilators (150)*
3 x Annihilators (150)*
3 x Annihilators (150)*
3 x Annihilators (150)**
6 x Annihilators with Meteoric Grandhammers (400)**

– Reinforced x 1


Units
3 x Aetherwings (70)**
3 x Aetherwings (70)**


Endless Spells & Invocations
Everblaze Comet (90)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment


Total: 2000 / 2000

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Final Tournament Placings

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Top Three AoS Lists for Wappler Harvest Gathering

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This is the top three AoS lists for Wappler Harvest Gathering that took place in Austria on the 30th and 1st of October. It involved 20 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
– Great Nation: Zaitrec
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant

Leaders
Scinari Enlightener (170)*
– General
– Command Trait: Loremaster
– Artefact: Rune of Senthoi
– Lore of Hysh: Overwhelming Heat
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
– Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Scinari Calligrave (110)*
– Lore of Primal Frost: Rupture
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard
Ellania and Ellathor, Eclipsian Warsages (190)**
– Lore of Hysh: Ethereal Blessing
– Lore of Hysh: Total Eclipse
Scinari Cathallar (120)**
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard
– Lore of Hysh: Total Eclipse
Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind (270)**
The Light of Eltharion (230)***

Battleline
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (150)**
– Lore of Hysh: Ethereal Blessing
– Universal Spell Lore: Ghost-mist
15 x Vanari Bladelords (360)***
– Reinforced x 2
5 x Vanari Dawnriders (120)***
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
– Lore of Hysh: Overwhelming Heat
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (150)***
– Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
– Lore of Hysh: Overwhelming Heat

Endless Spells & Invocations
Aethervoid Pendulum (40)
Suffocating Gravetide (30)
Quicksilver Swords (60)

Core Battalions
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Warlord
***Vanguard

Additional Enhancements
Spell

Terrain
Shrine Luminor

Total: 2000 / 2000

Jon Anderson: News from the realms of order, light, and all things pointy eared.

Andreas Schwarz has proven that sometimes you don’t need a god to show everyone what you’re made of. Going undefeated this past weekend with Zaitrec Lumineth,
we have a fantastic mix of support pieces, threats, and utility all bundled into one neat 2000 points on the nose. Triumphs are for chumps. Utilizing the Spellcasting Savant
Grand Strategy is unquestionably the best option in a GT setting, and by ensuring their survival with the 10 bladelords, I would wager Andreas likely never felt much pressure on his caster
corps.

By taking the Warlord bonus for an extra spell, all of his Wizards (as well as Wizard units) become very knowledgable little elves, and their toolbox evolves from something you’d carry in your hand, to something you roll around in a shop. Nearly every spell available to him is in the list somewhere, and the power of that can not be overstated. The Enlightener packing enough spells
for a whole classroom while also having the ability to double tap the Lore of Hysh means you have a spectacular option as general, and the Rune of Senthloi is a nice change of pace!

As if summoned out of the desert itself, a wild Sevireth has appeared! Mobile, annoying, smashes faction terrain? Sounds like a winner in my book.

The three endless spells are a choice I myself am quite a fan of. This ensures you have redundancy for the battle tactic as well as producing needed projection for damage down field. I personally
would have taken a Lifeswarm, but that’s because I’m a coward.

Great list, and congratulations to Andreas on the undefeated finish.


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Alegiance: Khorne
– Slaughterhost: Reapers of Vengeance
– Grand Strategy: Slaughter of Sorcery
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Bloodmaster, Herald of Khorne (110)*
– Artefact: Halo of Blood
– Prayer: Killer Instinct
– Prayer: Unholy Flames
Bloodsecrator (120)*
– Nullstone Adornment: Pouch of Nulldust
Bloodthirster of Unfettered Fury (330)*
– General
– Command Trait: Firebrand
– Artefact: A’rgath the King of Blades
– Prayer: Bloodbind
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Bloodmaster, Herald of Khorne (110)**
– Prayer: Witchbane Curse
– Prayer: Bronzed Flesh
Skulltaker (120)**
Slaughterpriest (110)**
– Hackblade and Wrath-Hammer
– Prayer: Blood Sacrifice
– Prayer: Killer Instinct

Battleline
20 x Bloodletters (360)
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Flesh Hounds (200)
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Flesh Hounds (100)

Units
9 x The Unmade (80)
– Mark of Chaos: Undivided
9 x Untamed Beasts (80)*
– Mark of Chaos: Undivided
9 x Untamed Beasts (80)**
– Mark of Chaos: Undivided
Karanak (140)

Endless Spells & Invocations
Bleeding Icon (50)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Prayer
Artefact

Terrain
Skull Altar

Total: 1990 / 2000

Patrick German: We’ve once again broken away from the standard Khorne list to see a top performer with some interesting choices. We’ve discussed the Bloodmaster, Bloodthirster General, Bloodsecrator, and Bloodletters at length. They’ll perform in this list as well as they ever do, so long as Benedict plays the movement phase well (which he obviously did with his 2nd place finish).

What I would rather focus on is the addition of three Warcry warbands that we haven’t seen in top spots since the days when Slaves to Darkness was dominating the top three lists. Benedict has clearly answered the question that many of us on the Woehammer Discord regularly ask: what do you do to score turn 1?

The trouble with the current GHB is that turn one is often extremely difficult to score for some armies. Khorne’s battle tactics generally require you to kill a unit in special conditions, or finish the turn with a large number of units in combat. This really leaves two options for scoring turn one, either Intimidate the Invaders or Surround and Destroy. The first is deceptively difficult, since it defines territory instead of deployment zone, meaning some missions are requiring 11″+ of movement, which Khorne cannot reliably do. Surround and destroy however…

Enter the Untamed Beasts. For 80 points you get a 6″ pre-game move. It doesn’t matter what they can or can’t do past that point, because you are taking them for the 6″ pre-game move. The ability to quickly get out of your deployment zone and within 6″ of a board edge is scoring those battle tactics early, and if you can also manage to get your units on an objective or two, even better. The inclusion of these units should immediately make your opponent question whether to force you to take the first turn, since you can so easily start the game on a leg up.

Past that inclusion, he has the Unmade to shut of enemy commands, Karanak to help boost up the Flesh Hounds (and making summoning more effective), and Skulltaker to knock the heads off of enemy heroes to score some bonus Blood Tithe.

All around a great list that dips into some less-popular units. Congratulations on the 2nd spot, Benedict!

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Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
– Subfaction: Legion of Night
– Grand Strategy: Empire of Corpses

Leaders
Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night (400)
– Lore of the Deathmages: Waste Away
Vampire Lord (150)*
– Artefact: Morbheg’s Claw
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon (480)*
– General
– Deathlance
– Command Trait: Unbending Will
– Lore of the Vampires: Vile Transference

Battleline
10 x Dire Wolves (150)*
3 x Fell Bats (90)*
3 x Fell Bats (90)*

Units
20 x Grave Guard (320)*
– Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Grave Guard (320)*
– Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000

Danny Wadeson: Here, we have a fairly standard Manny list, but with my personal favourite chaff combo of 2x 3 Fell Bats. Their speed, ability to trade up (damage 2 and bonus attacks if they kill stuff, plus vampiric healing and 3 wounds a model) just means they’re wonderfully useful in a variety of situations – and in msu format, when they return from the dead, you’re getting 2/3 models back which is wonderful ROI.

The flex points in this list are spent on a 2nd brick of Graveguard, which makes sense because even after their points hike, they still slap like mad and play wonderfully into the army’s recursion abilities. Combined with the counter charge and the potential to be buffed by two sources (Manny killing a model with Gheistvor and the foot vamp), a double brick probably feels fairly overwhelming for most armies.

On that note, I can’t say I can instantly guess why it struggled with a Zaitrec list without seeing it. I suppose the weakness of a list like this in theory is that Graveguard rely on volume of attacks, but if you have ways to reach out and decimate them from range, they’re much less of a threat, and the vlozd is the only piece with traditional threat projection. Either way, LoN is loads of fun, and it’s nice to see a bit of experimentation within the sub-faction. Plus, it’s probably a good sign it can be beaten!




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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Gittish Horde: Jaws of Mork
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Protect da Shrine!
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Grinkrak The Great (220)**
Skragrott, The Loonking (230)**
Squigboss with Gnasha-squig (110)**
– General
– Command Trait: The Clammy Hand
Madcap Shaman (70)*
– Artefact: Moonface Mommet
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard

Battleline
5 x Boingrot Bounderz (150)*
36 x Squig Herd (420)**
– Reinforced x 2
24 x Squig Herd (280)**
– Reinforced x 1

Units
5 x Gobbapalooza (170)**
– Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (140)**
6 x Grinkrak’s Looncourt (0)**
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (170)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

Terrain
Bad Moon Loonshrine

Total: 1960 / 2000

Lodivicus: Sometimes there is a recipe that just works despite various tweaks over a period of time. This list is a current GHB version of the type of army list that was very popular a couple of battlescrolls ago. Pretty much every unit in the list has had its points increased (some twice) since the release of the battletome, yet Tristan illustrates here that it can still perform at a pretty high level and still works.

In some games, you’ll be more cautious and wait for an opening. In others you’ll play aggressive right from turn one. The premise, regardless of timing, is pretty much the same.

Take one unit of Squig Herd, season it with all the buffs, and fling it across the board at your opponent. Next turn, do it again with the other Squig Herd. If the opponent manages to kill a Squig Herd, you pop another half sized unit out of the Bad Moon Loonshrine and get back in line to do it again. Send wave after wave of spiced up meatballs at an opponent until victory is yours.

So what are the main buffs, spells and abilities that spice up the list?

Need more rend? The Madcap Shaman’s Moonface Mommet and Gobbapalooza’s Nasty Poisons have your back.

Mortal wounds? Squigboss with Gnasha-squig’s Yellow Lurka, Skragrott’s Fangz of the Bad Moon, and the Madcap Shaman’s Merciless Blizzard come through.

Fight on death? Grinkrak the Great can ‘I Dub Thee…’ Moonclan (which includes Squigs) units.

5+ ward (and less commonly +1 attack)? Sneaky Snufflers’ Looncap Mushrooms.

+1 hit in melee? The troggoth ally, the Marshcrawla Sloggoth, brings his Krew Drummer to help mitigate that Squig Herd can’t receive commands.

And that’s not all, the list is still loaded with other less commonly used or situational abilities, spells and buffs too. While it may not be your grandmother’s jambalaya, packed with all of the previous ingredients from times past, it’s still plenty spicy and loaded with meatballs. It just works!

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Final Tournament Placings

To view all of the results for the tournament please follow the link below to Best Coast Pairings

https://www.bestcoastpairings.com/event/WL41AAKMD1

Winning Socal open with Dhom-hain

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The Story:
Socal open is the Culmination of a year long Journey for me. Competing for me is not so much about rank and wins as it is the Path to growth and constantly chasing a higher level of skill. For all of 2022, I played the arguably worst army in the game, Kruleboyz, and resolved to master them. I chose them in no small part because it would be a huge challenge. I knew that if I played the strongest armies it wouldn’t force me to learn and grow nearly as much; And grow I did but after a year on the struggle bus even I needed a bit of a break from the frustration of randomness in a competitive game.

I picked up Idoneth because while they’re not a power army, they’re close to 50%, and in my thinking, that means the better player should win. The fish elves would be a great metric to judge my progress and see how I measured up to the best in a fair fight, but I also still hold growth as my main goal, so I set a new mission for myself. I wanted to win an RTT, or 4-1+ a GT, with every subfaction in IDK.

My first result was with Nautilar in Arizona, playing to a strong 4-1 finish with Frostheart phoenix and turtle to create a tanky death ball. Next, at Old Town Throwdown summer smash, I played to another 4-1 with Fuethan just before the buffs. That was a hard, fought grind, but I squeezed it out. After that, I. picked up Dhom-Hain and got a top 8 with 3-1-1 in Arizona smite club open, but I couldn’t quite get it, so I had to try again. Which brings us to the Socal open with my new and improved list

The List:

Army Faction: Idoneth Deepkin
Subfaction: Dhom-Hain
– Grand Strategy: Dominion of the Deep Ones
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Isharann Tidecaster (130)*
General
– Command Traits: Teachings of the Túrscoll
– Spells: Hoarfrost
Battlemage (100)*
Magic of the Realms: Wildform (Ghur)
Akhelian Thrallmaster (100)**
Eidolon of Mathlann Aspect of the Storm (300)**
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
Akhelian Thrallmaster (100)**

BATTLELINE
Namarti Thralls (220)**
Icon Bearer
Namarti Thralls (220)**
Icon Bearer
Namarti Thralls (110)**
Icon Bearer

BEHEMOTH
Akhelian Leviadon (400)**
– Mount Traits: Reverberating Carapace

OTHER
Akhelian Allopexes (150)**
Retarius Net Launcher, Barbed Hooks and Blades
Akhelian Allopexes (150)**
Retarius Net Launcher, Barbed Hooks and Blades

TERRAIN
1 x Gloomtide Shipwreck (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1980/2000


When building the Dhom Hain list, I knew I’d have to lean into its strategy as hard as I possibly could if I wanted it to work. Dhom-hain is not an army of reasonable choices. It is an army of explosive, risky power. With this in mind I looked to maximize the namarti savages rule, which allows me to charge if I kill everything within 3’ (and I’m going first in the round) and then fight again (not immediately).

Step 1: Killing everything within 3”.
Thralls can hit pretty hard, but on their own they’re just not getting there most of the time. They need a ton of support to do their job. 2 Thrallmasters granting exploding 6’s and reroll 1’s to hit up their consistency a ton, as well as the Leviadon giving them +1 to hit targets Wholly within 15”. These abilities combine to make the Thralls hit more times than they even have attacks. On average, dive 41 attacks from 20 thralls will hit 47-48 times. On top of that, the storm grants +1 to the wound, and Hoarfrost can increase their rend by 1-2 if you get a little lucky.

All of these auras combine to make an absolute blender of a unit, but it is 1030 points of buff pieces to set up a 220 point thrall unit.

Step 2: Charging out of phase.
If I manage to kill everything around me, I can immediately attempt a charge. This is super powerful, but anyone who has played it knows it’s not as amazing as it sounds. The thing about charging out of phase is that you can not use the command to reroll that charge, so you’re extremely reliant on the dice. I found a solution to that problem, by running 1980, I often had a triumph to reroll, which immediately adds some consistency. Additionally, the Isharann ritual for +1 to run and charge on flood tide helps things line up in your favor. But the real bit to seal the deal is the ghurish battlemage, who’s spell grants +2 to run and charge. Having run and charge, +3 to run and charge, with both a command and a triumph to reroll, and being able to charge a second time can give the thralls a max threat range of 53” in a single turn if everything lined up perfectly, and allows you to pop off much more consistently.

With this game plan laid out, and everything tuned to my goals, it was time to really put it to the test at the Socal open


THE GAMES:

Round 1 vs Frank Deloachs Big Waaagh on Geomantic Pulse

Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Big Waaagh!
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADER
1 x Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)*
– General
– Command Traits: Shaman of the Chilled Lands
– Spells: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork, Foot of Gork
1 x Wardokk (80)*
Spells: Merciless Blizzard, Gorkamorka’s War Cry
1 x Wurrgog Prophet (170)*
Artefacts: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Spells: Hoarfrost, Levitate
1 x Gobsprakk (240)***
1 x Orruk Warchanter (120)***
– Warbeats: Fixin’ Beat
1 x Orruk Warchanter (120)***
– Warbeats: Get ’Em Beat

BATTLELINE
5 x Orruk Brutes (140)**
Brute Boss
– Gore-choppa
– Boss Choppa
– Jagged Gore-hacka
5 x Orruk Brutes (140)**
Brute Boss
– Gore-choppa
– Jagged Gore-hacka
– Boss Choppa
10 x Orruk Ardboys (220)***
Gorkamorka Glyph Bearer
– Ardboy Boss
– Ardboy Choppas

OTHER
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Gore-grunta Boss
– Jagged Gore-hacka
6 x Weirdbrute Wrekkaz (250)**
3 x Morgok’s Krushas (80)**

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Ironjawz Fist
***Warlord

TOTAL POINTS: (1990/2000)

The game began with me taking away the top of turn and flipping the tides so that when push came to shove in this beatdown matchup, I’d have control of turn 2. I had deployed as a dense castle in the center with flanking sharks and one wizard in a corner. 

Frank came in with pigs but was surprised by how hard my crack back was as my pile ins removed 5/6 pigs.

On my turn, I moved up and scored magical dominance from standing in the corner. Frank couldn’t afford to expose his Gobbsprakk just to shut off my tactic. for the rest of the game, I neglected to attempt any spell casts so as to deny him Gobbsprakk mortals.

Turn 2 came and I had always strikes first vs his entirely melee army. He had top of turn but couldnt accomplish much without taking huge damage first. On my turn I  proceeded to take out multiple other units and then doubled him to secure the win. Franks list was very nasty but Dhom hain was a solid counter to it.

Round 2 vs the Noog’s BOC on Fountains of Frost

Army Faction: Beasts of Chaos
Army Subfaction: Darkwalkers
– Grand Strategy: Desecrating Brayherd
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Doombull (180)*
General
– Command Traits: Bestial Cunning
– Artefacts: Brayblast Trumpet
1 x Great Bray-Shaman (100)**
Spells: Merciless Blizzard

BATTLELINE
10 x Ungors (80)**
Brayhorn Blower
– Banner Bearer
– Halfhorn
– Pitted Blade
9 x Bullgors (630)**
Bloodkine
– Warheard Drummer
– Warheard Banner Bearer
– Paired Cleaving Axes
10 x Ungor Raiders (130)**

OTHER
10 x Ungor Raiders (130)*
6 x Beasts of Chaos Tzaangor Enlightened (180)*
6 x Beasts of Chaos Tzaangor Enlightened (180)*
3 x Beasts of Chaos Slaangor Fiendbloods (130)*
10 x Ungor Raiders (130)**
1 x Cockatrice (120)**

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1990/2000)

Flipping the tides for Always Strikes first turn 2 meant that when he had to come in off the board edges, he couldn’t afford to be aggressive. He played far back instead, but I used chain charging to wipe ~1300 points of models in a single turn and lock him into a corner. The extra mobility i got from multi charges meant his backline castle ended up getting shredded despite his careful placement.

He tried to sneak back into the game, but idoneth mobility and me winning all 4 priority rolls helped me counter his clever mobility tactics. Despite the heavy kill ratio, the overall points scored were fairly close as it was a 6 objective map, and BOC is incredible on maps like that

Round 3 vs Brian’s Khorne on Nexus Collapse

Army Faction: Blades of Khorne
Army Subfaction: Reapers of Vengeance
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs

LEADER
1 x Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (310)
1 x Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (310)*
1 x Bloodsecrator (120)*
– Nullstone Adornments: Pouch of Nulldust
1 x Wrath of Khorne Bloodthirster (300)**
General
– Command Traits: Firebrand
– Artefacts: Halo of Blood
– Prayers: Bronzed Flesh
1 x Slaughterpriest (110)**
Bloodbathed Axe
– Prayers: Blood Sacrifice
1 x Realmgore Ritualist (110)**
Prayers: Killer Instinct
– Aspects of the Champion (Archived): Tunnel Master (Archived)

BATTLELINE
10 x Blood Warriors (190)*
Blood Champion
– Icon Bearer
– Goreaxe and Gorefist
– Goreglaive
5 x Flesh Hounds (100)*
10 x Blood Warriors (190)*
Icon Bearer
– Blood Champion
– Goreaxe and Gorefist
5 x Flesh Hounds (100)*

INVOCATION
1 x Hexgorger Skulls (50)

TERRAIN
1 x Skull Altar (0)

OTHER
1 x Khorgorath (90)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)

This matchup was decided more than anything by it being the first time he had ever played the mission. It’s a weird one that you have to get a few reps to understand. The score was extremely lopsided, but the game itself was really techy and fun. It was a much closer game than it looked on paper overall. 

His double boom-thirsters (mortal wound AOE demons) were terrifying, and I spent the whole game very carefully measuring to make sure they couldn’t blow my army up. Turn 4, I messed that up, and he threatened to bomb me but failed to roll any 6s even with an extra attack. After that, all in play, I was able to clean up his forces bottom of 4.

Round 4 vs Kyle Calips OBR on spring the trap

Army Faction: Ossiarch Bonereapers
Army Subfaction: Mortis Praetorians
– Grand Strategy: Barren Icescape
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Katakros (500)*
1 x Arkhan the Black (380)**
1 x Liege-Kavalos (180)**
General
– Command Traits: Mighty Archaeossian
– Artefacts: Lode of Saturation
1 x Mortisan Boneshaper (140)**
Artefacts: Artisan’s Key
– Spells: Hoarfrost

BATTLELINE
5 x Kavalos Deathriders (190)*
Mortek Hekatos
– Necrophoros
– Nadirite Blade
30 x Mortek Guard (130)*
Mortek Hekatos
– 3 x Necrophoros
– Nadirite Blade
– 3 x Soulcleaver Greatblade
2 x Morghast Archai (220)*
Spirit Halberd

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

This game was by far the hardest one of the whole event. Kyle played an extremely tight game, including denying me a tactic by countercharging the opposite direction I expected and barely tagging a unit that wasn’t even the charge target. On the same note, I repeatedly forced him into difficult positions with movement tricks and pile ins. I ended up grabbing it basically off of a critical 6″ redeploy to take the game by just a point. 

The game was neck and neck from start to finish and until the very last moment I had no idea who would take it. Great game and a great opponent 

Round 5 vs Tads Gitz on power flux

Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
– Gittish Horde: Jaws of Mork
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Overshadow
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADERS
Skragrott, The Loonking (230)**
Squigboss with Gnasha-squig (110)***
General
– Command Trait: The Clammy Hand
Madcap Shaman (70)*
Artefact: Moonface Mommet
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Webspinner Shaman (65)*
Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard

BATTLELINE
24 x Squig Herd (280)***
Reinforced x 1
24 x Squig Herd (280)***
Reinforced x 1
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (300)**
Reinforced x 1
5 x Boingrot Bounderz (150)**
5 x Boingrot Bounderz (150)**

OTHER
5 x Gobbapalooza (170)**
Lore of the Moonclans: Itchy Nuisance
1 x Marshcrawla Sloggoth (170)**

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment
***Battle Regiment

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 170 / 400
Wounds: 171
Drops: 4

I deployed my army as a melee castle with a wizard off to each side being terrain but up forward, making it nearly impossible for him to score magical dominance turn 1. My castle was just far enough back that he could realistically come into me, but it’d have to be full send. 

Tad decided to go for it but didn’t manage to connect the way he’d hoped, and my entire army piled in and mopped up his squigs. On my turn, I rushed up the board, tagged corners of units, and liked in to kill them after taking very little damage. 

Then I doubled him and tabled his entire army top of turn 2

It was honestly brutal, but we had a good laugh about it. He was left with a risky play, and it didn’t pan out. BY THE POWER OF MATHLANN, I HAVE THE POWER!!! (And a Golden ticket to the World Championship in the lost city of Atlanta)

SUMMARY:

All in All Dhom hain is a super fun faction to play, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for exciting games, but I will also caution that it’s MUCH harder to play than it looks like. Most of the army is single wound infantry with 5+ saves, and all of your games are balanced on a knifes edge. If you want a heart-pounding, technically demanding, explosive army, then it is amazingly fun to play. Unfortunately, the Battlemage of Ghur is rotating out essentially immediately, so changes to the list will have to be made. Creativity and list tweaking is a huge part of the game, and i’m excited to find what new direction to take with it.

Six Nations Lists: Six Takeaways

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The Six Nations AoS Teams Tournament is coming up soon, where England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Wales will compete against each other and the lists have just been released. To give you an overview of the kinds of matchups that will be coming up and what we can learn from the submissions of these national teams, we’ve come up with six takeaways from the lists.

For reference, here’s all the army lists in one handy download (courtesy of AoS 6 Nations, Underworld Gaming and Mediocre Hobbies)

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Blood for the Blood God…Apart from in Scotland.

Of the Six Nations, all countries took a Khorne variant apart from Scotland, underlining how powerful Khorne are in the current meta with their ability to march across the board and stomp their authority on any game. Prayers are clearly going to be a key part of the Khorne strategy alongside the ubiquitous Murderlust for those out of phase movements. Only one Skarbrand out of the five lists, but lots of Wrathmongers and Flesh Hounds with one Bloodlords list with waves of Bloodletters. Other popular lists included Soulblight Legion of Night with Manfred appearing in three of the four lists; Seraphon Fangs of Sotek with double Ark of Sotek Bastiladon; three King Brodd’s Stomps, with three bigs and three littles and three Disciples of Tzeentch Guild of Summoners lists with 12 Enlightened on Discs.

Give me ALL of the Primal Dice!

While there are lots of battle regiments in the lists as expected, the next most common battalion is Andtorian Acolytes for those extra Primal Dice. In most cases, the lists in question could not fit into a single battle regiment, but rather than going for a second battle regiment, those extra Primals seemed to be worth going to a three drop list minimum. Alongside a high frequency of Merciless Blizzard, the potential for a single hero phase to turn around what should be an easy win to a loss (or vice-versa) is definitely there. Even just being aware of the threat will impact on the opponent’s strategy, which might be enough to get a positive result for your team.

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Fight me, you coward!

We are clearly in a combat-heavy meta at the moment, with the vast majority of lists focusing on winning the battle by fighting in combat as opposed to relying on ranged shooting attacks. Both Daughters of Khaine lists have eschewed the Bow Snakes for the Fighty Snakes; there are no Lumineth Sentinels at the event; even Kharadron Overlords are much more focused on fighting out of a Frigate rather than Thunderers blasting away from range. There are a couple of exceptions, with all of the Idoneth lists having a healthy amount of shooting, with even the Namarti-heavy list having 40 Reavers and the Shark lists having a huge number of attacks that will also explode on 6s. It will be interesting who these will be matched up with because the lack of return shooting from their opponents could really swing the matchup in the fish-elves favour!

OB – Where?

One of the more underrepresented armies of the top echelon recently are Ossiarch Bonereapers, with only two nations choosing to collect the Bone Tithe and both of these being Null Myriad lists. The points increases on Immortis seem to have done the trick as there are only two units at the event, with Deathriders and Mortek picking up the slack. Perhaps this isn’t surprising as only a quarter of the armies at the event are heavy magic-users and the pairings process can potentially avoid a single anti-magic army. Other notable missing armies include Beasts of Chaos, Ogor Mawtribes and Kruleboyz – just kidding! As recently as a few months back, there would be less variation than we have represented, with nineteen of twenty-four battle tomes in attendance, showing how healthy the meta currently is.

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An Age of Heroes.

Across the lists, there is definitely a flavour of what unique heroes can bring to an army, not only narratively, but competitively too. Named characters who will be fighting it out include Gobsprakk, Katakros, Skarbrand, Brokk Grungsson, Kairos Fateweaver, Manfred Von Carstein, The Glottkin, Severith, Morathi and everyone’s (least) favourite angry dwarf, Gotrek. One of my favourite aspects of AoS is how cool it looks on the tabletop to have these centre-piece models battle it out and there will be ample opportunities for epic showdowns across the event with this array of heroes.

Skewl List, bro!

Most of the lists submitted are relatively close to a take-all-comers singles list too, but there are a couple of more skew lists that look really interesting that will cause absolute headaches for whoever gets paired into them. The IDK shark lists come close to this, but they’ve become a bit more mainstream, with several players running this list successfully. What might become more of a meta-list after this event and with the arrival of Belthanos on the scene is Andreas Angermund’s 18 Spiterider and 6 Seeker list. Firstly, respect to Andreas if he is transporting that many models with fragile and awkward wings but then to also give your opponent the dilemma of having these 24 flies be able to pre-game move 12″ before the game even starts…yikes! Another interesting list that could very quickly get across the table and punch you in the mouth is Greg Shelton’s 30 Black Knight list. Black Knights appear in several of the Soulblight lists, but no-one has gone as hard in as Greg has. If all three Black Knight units make a charge, Greg will be rolling 60 dice and expecting at least 20 mortal wounds as his return – scary stuff indeed.

So that’s six takeaways from the Six Nations lists. Best of luck to all competitors at what I’m sure will be a great event. Are there any interesting combos that I’ve missed? Please comment below if I have and let us know which list(s) you think will do the most work!

Top Three AoS Lists for Crucible 2023

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This is the top three AoS lists for Crucible that took place in New Zealand on the 30th and 1st of October. It involved 44 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Soulblight Gravelords
– Army Type: Vyrkos
– Grand Strategy: Lust for Domination
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Nagash (900)*
1 x Vampire Lord (150)*
– General
– Command Traits: Shaman of the Chilled Lands
– Artefacts: Ulfenkarni Phylactery
– Spells: Flaming Weapon

BATTLELINE
30 x Deathrattle Skeletons (130)*
– Skeleton Champion
– 3 x Standard Bearer
10 x Dire Wolves (150)*
– Doom Wolf
10 x Dire Wolves (150)*
– Doom Wolf

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Aethervoid Pendulum (40)
1 x Umbral Spellportal (80)

OTHER
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (90)*
3 x Fell Bats (90)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)

Danny Wadeson: What we have here is a list that looks simple on the surface of things….and is simple beneath the surface too. It’s Nagash, and a shit load of chaff. Now, utilising Nagash well isn’t that simple, but essentially, he’s King-Magic-Man and likes bringing skellybobs back. You’ve got the Myrnmourn Banshees in there to deny opponent’s magic too, which seems somewhat overkill given Naggy’s +3 to unbinds, but hey, sometimes you really, really want to be the only one on the board flinging spells around. And it clearly works – taking down some tricksy factions, including stuff like IDK, which I’d have thought had the forward pressure necessary to give this list trouble. Would love to have seen some of these games!



Army Faction: Gloomspite Gitz
– Subfaction: Badsnatchers
– Grand Strategy: Chasing the Moon
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (110)*
– Spells: Itchy Nuisance
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (110)*
– Spells: The Hand of Gork
Dankhold Troggboss (210)**
– General
– Command Traits: Loonskin
– Artefacts of Power: Glowy Howzit
Webspinner Shaman (65)***
– Spells: Rupture

BATTLELINE
Fellwater Troggoths (170)**
Rockgut Troggoths (170)**
Rockgut Troggoths (170)**
Moonclan Shootas (120)***
Moonclan Shootas (120)***
Moonclan Stabbas (120)***
– Bad Moon Icon Bearer
– Gong Basher
– Stabba
– 3 Barbed Nets

BEHEMOTH
Aleguzzler Gargant (140)**
Mangler Squigs (260)***

OTHER
Gobbapalooza (170)***
– Spells: Levitate

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Scuttletide (80)
1 x Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (50)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment
***Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000

Lodivicus: I have to admit, when I was asked to do the analysis and commentary on this list, I felt like I was getting Punk’d a little bit. It’s VERY off-meta and illustrates the skill of Chris Kennedy and the level of internal balance Gloomspite Gitz currently has. If you’ve been wondering if it’s possible to 5-0 with a Gitz list that contains pretty much at least one of all the different keyword types in the faction, Chris is here to say “Yes!”

For most mixed lists in Gitz, one would expect that King’s Gitz would be the subfaction choice taken most often. But not here! Chris chose Badsnatchers (reroll one of the casting dice if another Badsnatchers Moonclan Wizard is wholly within 9”) with two Fungoid Cave-Shamans and the Gobbapalooza fitting the bill. Completing the Moonclan Grot portion of the list, two units of Moonclan Shootas and a unit of Moonclan Stabbas round out the list to act as screens, objective control, ranged support and increase the wound count of the list.

The Dankhold Troggboss general with his Glowy Howzit (4+ ward until he can no longer resist the urge to eat it) is one of the most durable general choices available in Gitz and pairs well with the Chasing the Moon Grand Strat. He also adds Scuttletide to the list for free with his Loonskin command trait and gives out the mighty +1 attack to Troggoths when being a Shepherd of Destruction. Completing the Troggoth portion of the list is two units of Rockgut Troggoths (durable hammers with throwin’ boulders) and a unit of Fellwater Troggoths (debuffing tech troggs with their terrible stench and noxious vomit).

The Squig component of the list is not met by the more common Squig Herd or Boingrot Bounderz component, but instead, Mangler Squigs takes the place in the list. With its faction specific monstrous rampage, Giant Boing! it can get pretty much anywhere it wants to go and deal pretty effective damage once there.

What would a mixed list be without a Spiderfang component? The Webspinner Shaman is one of the most popular Andtorian Locus choices due to his 65 point price tag and built in 5+ ward. In true off-meta fashion, Chris gave him the Frost spell Rupture instead of the more popular Hoarfrost or Merciless Blizzard. Considering this event happened 2 weeks after the Rupture nerf, I can only assume he expected that he might run into a lot of Incarnate lists and didn’t want to be without his Incarnate de-levelling tool or perhaps was a list submission deadline casualty.

We have all the four major keyword types in Gitz covered, but how could it truly be an all-encompassing mixed Gitz list without bringing an Aleguzzler Gargant to round it out? With his 3d6 charge and Hand of Gork in the list, this monster can reliably be delivered pretty much anywhere he’s needed. Once there, he can do things like the Smash to Rubble monstrous action to opposing faction terrain or act as a monstrous missile.

While I did not personally witness the event (I wish I had), if I had to hazard a guess (which apparently I do), I would bet that Chris’ opponents enjoyed playing against a list that was so off-meta with so many vastly different and fun components even when they lost to it. It’s definitely not the usual Gitz list you’d expect to see at an event. While I wasn’t provided with the exact lists that he ran into, looking at the factions/subfactions of his opponents it appears that he ran into several different archetypes and barrelled his way to a 5-0 finish with this mishmash crew of Gitz. Very impressive!

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Army Faction: Seraphon
– Army Type: Starborne
– Subfaction: Dracothion’s Tail
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Slann Starmaster (290)*
– General
– Command Traits: Arcane Might
– Artefacts of Power: Spacefolder’s Stave
– Spells: Hoarfrost
Skink Starpriest (130)*
– Spells: Cosmic Crush
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**
Skink Starseer (150)**
– Spells: Merciless Blizzard
Lord Kroak (410)***
– Spells: Comet’s Call

BATTLELINE
Saurus Guard (140)**
Skinks (90)**
– Moonstone Club and Star-buckler
Skinks (90)**
– Moonstone Club and Star-buckler

BEHEMOTH
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (180)***
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (180)***

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Aethervoid Pendulum (40)
1 x Umbral Spellportal (80)
1 x Malevolent Maelstrom (50)

TERRAIN
1 x Starborne Realmshaper Engine (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment
***Linebreaker

TOTAL POINTS: 1970/2000

I’m a Seraphon player, but there comes a point where you have to just hold up your scaly hands and say ‘it’s the wizard lizard list’. It’s always hard to write commentary on this list archetype because much of the skill comes from what you choose to summon, and where, and how you use it once it’s on the board, which obviously I have no way of knowing.

But for those unfamiliar with the engine in general, here’s how the list works. For every cast, unbind, and dispel, plus for every ‘cosmic node’ (wizards and wizardy shit like the Astrolith), you get a star power point. No, that isn’t the official name. Star power can be used to summon stuff, or do a shit load of MWs to stuff near aforementioned C-nodes. The Slann gets double star power be…wait…hold up…

He didn’t take the double star power command trait!! This is unheard of! He’s taken the ‘can control 3 endless spells and double their range’ trait! That would certainly allow him a lot more leeway in terms of positioning the somewhat fiddly Maelstrom, and allow for one of Kroak’s damage spells to go through the portal instead of Pendulum, which with double-range can much more reliably be cast normally. I can’t believe someone finally didn’t take Lord of Celestial Resonance, what a trailblazer.

There are also two Arks of Sotek because they’re cheap as fuck massive wound sponges with spike mortal potential.

But he didn’t take LoCR!!!




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Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Munificent Wanderers
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Great Unclean One (430)*
– Doomsday Bell and Bileblade
– Artefacts of Power: The Witherstave
– Spells: Fleshy Abundance
Sloppity Bilepiper (120)*
– Artefacts of Power: Tome of a Thousand Poxes
– Spells: Gift of Disease
Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)*
– General
– Command Traits: Infernal Conduit
– Spells: Plague Squall
Sloppity Bilepiper (120)**

BATTLELINE
Plaguebearers (240)
– Plagueridden
– Icon Bearer
– Piper
Plaguebearers (120)
– Plagueridden
– Icon Bearer
– Piper
Plaguebearers (240)
– Plagueridden
– Icon Bearer
– Piper

OTHER
Nurglings (100)*
Nurglings (100)*
Beasts of Nurgle (100)**
Beasts of Nurgle (100)**
Plague Drones (200)**
– Icon Bearer
– Bell Toller
– Plaguebringer

TERRAIN
1 x Feculent Gnarlmaw (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Vanguard

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

Roland Rivera: This is perhaps one of the most unexpected Nurgle lists I have seen since the 3rd edition book dropped. It picked one of the least-used subfactions (Munificent Wanderers), and is running some very rarely picked units in the Rotbringer Sorcerer (two of them even more so) and the Great Unclean One. The fact that this list went 3-0 in Day 1 is nothing short of remarkable. Take a bow, John, take a bow.

This list is clearly playing the objective game above all else, as its 50 Plaguebearers are not much to write home about offensively but can be extremely hard to shift when backed up by a Sloppity Bilepiper to prevent pile-ins and a caster using Fleshy Abundance to juice up their Wound count. It also uses Nurglings and Beasts for a bit of mobility, as well as potential pinning maneuvers. Plague Drones can also pitch in as pinners, while dealing enough damage that they have to be respected.

On the matter of Hero support, the Great Unclean One carries the Witherstave, which makes disease points more effective, and the Infernal Conduit command trait juices up the list’s summoning ability. All in all, a surprising list, but a pleasant surprise indeed.

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Final Tournament Placings

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Top Three AoS Lists for the End Times Grand Tournament 2023

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This is the top three AoS lists for the End Times Grand Tournament 2023 that took place in Czechia on the 7th and 8th of October. It involved 44 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
– Army Type: Kruleboyz
– Subfaction: Grinnin’ Blades
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!

LEADERS
Gobsprakk (240)
Killaboss on Great Gnashtoof (120)
– General
– Command Traits: Supa Sneaky
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (100)*
– Spells: Hoarfrost
Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (100)*
– Spells: Sneaky Miasma
Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (290)**
– Mount Traits: Fast ’Un
Swampboss Skumdrekk (280)***

BATTLELINE
Gutrippaz (150)**
– Gutrippa Banner Bearer
– Gutrippa Drummer
– Gutrippa Boss
– Wicked Stikka
Hobgrot Slittaz (80)**
Gutrippaz (150)***
– Gutrippa Boss
– Gutrippa Banner Bearer
– Gutrippa Hornblower
– Wicked Hacka

OTHER
Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)**
Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)***

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment
***Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

Aaron Newbom: This is a nice balanced list that has take all comers energy. Gobbsprakk is amazing in this meta and a real all star of the list. It’s hard to leave home without him right now.

The same goes for a single unit of hobgrotz. It’s just so much utility for 80 points

My favorite bit here, though, is the gnashtoof. It’s such a great pinning piece and incredibly annoying to kill for its cost.

In the current GHB sacrificing, your general can be a boon as it opens up tactics. Previously, I would’ve recommended against making the dog general, but it makes sense in this context



Army Faction: Flesh-eater Courts
– Subfaction: Hollowmourne
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Abhorrant Archregent (240)*
– General
– Command Traits: Grave Robber
– Artefacts of Power: The Dermal Robe
– Spells: Hoarfrost
Abhorrant Ghoul King (170)*
– Spells: Merciless Blizzard
Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist (450)**
– Artefacts of Power: Corpsefane Gauntlet
– Mount Traits: Gruesome Bite
– Spells: Blood Feast
Crypt Haunter Courtier (110)**
Crypt Haunter Courtier (110)**

BATTLELINE
Crypt Horrors (330)
Crypt Horrors (330)
Crypt Ghouls (80)**

OTHER
Royal Beastflayers (115)

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Chalice of Ushoran (50)

TERRAIN
1 x Charnel Throne (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Warlord

TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000

Hanna Leppänen: This list is a Hollowmourne 99 archetype, with core of the army being 2 units of 9 Crypt Horrors, who of course hit like trucks when buffed. Joachim decided to go with extra artefact for the Spellcasting Savant GS General, picking up the Dermal Robe for better spellcasting, instead of more spells. He has only one Archreagent, which is not typical and has a Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist instead of the more common Zombie Dragon King. Terrorgheist is more offensive piece and does have a good spell that gives the target unit a 5+ ward. He also picked 2 Haunter Courtiers to have reliable mustering for his 2 blocks of 9 Crypt Horrors. Weirdly the list lacks one of the best spells the 99 -lists have, Deranged Transformation, but Hollowmourne CA offers some additional mobility to the big blocks of Horrors.

Chalice of Ushoran is a very unorthodox pick, usually seen more in old Morgaunt lists. For Horror lists it doesn’t return models to the meat and bones of the army (Horrors), but you can use it to heal the Terrorgheist King and basically anything within the range of the Endless Spell. One small unit of Royal Beastflayers is a nice tech piece to counter possible Roars preventing feeding frenzy CA’s on the important pieces.

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Army Faction: Gloomspite Gitz
– Subfaction: Jaws of Mork
– Grand Strategy: Chasing the Moon
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (110)*
– General
– Command Traits: The Clammy Hand
– Spells: The Hand of Gork
Madcap Shaman (70)*
– Artefacts of Power: Moonface Mommet
– Spells: Hoarfrost
Squigboss (110)**
Skragrott, the Loonking (230)***

BATTLELINE
Squig Herd (420)**
Boingrot Bounderz (300)**
Boingrot Bounderz (150)***
Moonclan Shootas (120)***
Moonclan Shootas (120)***

OTHER
Sneaky Snufflers (140)**
Gobbapalooza (170)***
– Spells: Squig Lure

TERRAIN
1 x Bad Moon Loonshrine (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment
***Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1940/2000

Lodivicus: Sharing a lot of the same core units as the list that won the London GT just a week earlier, Laszlo’s list supports that this core may be the new normal for Jaws of Mork lists (as opposed to the double max Squig Herd and Squig Hoppers lists that preceded it a few battlescrolls ago).

The core of the list consists of Skragrott, one doubled reinforced Squig Herd, a Madcap Shaman (with Moonface Mommet and Hoarfrost), a Squigboss, Boingrot Bounderz, Sneaky Snufflers, Gobbapalooza and, of course, the Bad Moon Loonshrine.

Rather than just regurgitating all of the same information about the core, I’ll direct you to read that commentary here. It was so well written by two experts, that there isn’t much that I could say to expand upon it. So what makes this list different from the one that won the London GT just a week earlier? Two significant changes.

First, the decision to select the Fungoid Cave-Shaman as the general makes getting his Grand Strat pretty reliable. The Spore Squig ability reducing visibility to 12” (even against spells) can be huge for his survivability since he’ll be camping near the Loonshrine for the Clammy Hand command trait benefit. As a second source of Hand of Gork, he can still contribute from the back and can get himself out of dodge if necessary to secure the three points.

Second, Laszlo chose to include two Moonclan Shootas units (as opposed to more Bounderz) to provide some level of ranged support. They are primarily there to be model count for objective control but also serve the purpose of adding extra wound count to the army.


It will be exciting to see what other variations on the remaining points around the core will be in the future. And if the core of list does, as I suspect, become the new normal for Jaws of Mork lists going forward.

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Allegiance: Slaves to Darkness
– Damned Legion: Cabalists
– Grand Strategy: Spellcasting Savant
– Triumphs: Inspire

Leaders
Exalted Hero of Chaos (90)**
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (120)*
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Cabalists 2nd Spell: Binding Damnation
– Lore of Primal Frost: Hoarfrost
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (120)*
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Cabalists 2nd Spell: Chaotic Conduit
– Universal Spell Lore: Levitate
Chaos Lord (110)*
– General
– Reaperblade & Daemonbound Steel
– Command Trait: Idolater Lord
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Lore of Primal Frost: Merciless Blizzard
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Chaos Lord on Karkadrak (180)**
– Mark of Chaos: Slaanesh
– The Lore of the Damned: Daemonic Speed

Battleline
10 x Chaos Warriors (180)**
– Aspiring Champion
– Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Murderous Weapon
– Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
– Ensorcelled Banner: The Eroding Icon
10 x Chaos Warriors (180)**
– Aspiring Champion
– Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Murderous Weapon
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
10 x Chaos Warriors (180)**
– Aspiring Champion
– Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Murderous Weapon
– Mark of Chaos: Undivided
5 x Chaos Knights (220)**
– Doom Knight (Cursed Lance)
– Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Mark of Chaos: Slaanesh

Units
6 x Ogroid Theridons (300)**
– Thorakon
– Banner Bearer
– Charge-Caller
– Goroan Great Axe
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
– Reinforced x 1

Behemoths
Mutalith Vortex Beast (160)**
Mutalith Vortex Beast (160)

Core Battalions
*Andtorian Acolytes
**Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000

Roland Rivera: Now here’s a list you don’t see very often. In fact, I think this is a list you wouldn’t see at all prior to the latest Battlescroll. Conventional wisdom in Slaves to Darkness listbuilding is to go light on Heroes so that you have more points to spend on their devastating power-punching troops. This list has chosen a very different approach – support lots of efficiently-priced bodies with lots of Heroes and a bit of long-range shooting.

Notably, this list features 4 Heroes with the rarely-seen Mark of Tzeentch, which can give the list a lot of positional flexibility when combined with the spellcasting power of Cabalists. With so many potential landing spots if the Heroes spread out, Warp Reality starts to function more like a conventional teleportation spell, which in turn makes it very useful. It also features a unit of Nurgle Warriors to hold the line, a unit of Undivided Warriors to pressure objectives, and a unit of Slaanesh Knights for reach. Speaking of reach, 2 Mutalith Vortex Beasts can combine with Tzeentch Heroes to give this list a bit of long-range damage potential that Slaves to Darkness lists typically lack.

The punch in this list comes from Merciless Blizzard (carried by a semi-expendable Exalted Hero) and a unit of 6 Khorne Ogroid Theridons, which hit like a ton of bricks. It’s a style of list we don’t often see out of Slaves to Darkness, but it clearly has some potential.

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Final Tournament Placings

To view all of the results for the tournament please follow the link below to Best Coast Pairings

https://www.bestcoastpairings.com/event/UC2JAHRGR8