Category Archives: Daughters of Khaine

Top Three AoS Lists for the London GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the London GT that took place in the UK on 1st and 2nd October. It involved 76 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Daughters of Khaine
Temple: Zainthar Kai
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
The Shadow Queen (340)
Morathi-Khaine (340)
Hag Queen on Cauldron of Blood (270)
General
– Command Trait: Zealous Orator
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Shadows: Mindrazor
– Prayer: Sacrament of Blood

Battleline
15 x Blood Sisters (420)*
Reinforced x 2
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
Pairs of Sacrificial Knives
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
Pairs of Sacrificial Knives

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
– Allies

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 81
Drops: 7

Danny: Darren Watson is a beast, unbeaten in 15 games and 3 GTs. He brought his DoK out for the HUGE London GT, opting for a relatively close to the chest but clearly brutally effective list centered around a double reinforced blob of stab sneks and the Spinedog.

The piece you don’t usually see at tournies these days is the Hag Queen on Cauldron. It’s a great piece full of utility – the Avatar riding shotgun is plenty killy and the Queen offers a prayer and separate ability to bump something up the Blood Rites table – meaning two units can go up 1, or you can double down on one unit…such as giving the 15 sneks +1 to hit and wound from BR 2. Better yet, it projects a +1 save aura and acts as the tankiest platform available to DoK for the Zealous Orator (4+ rally) trait. Arcane Tome obvs completes the combo, allowing something in the army to benefit from the Krondspine’s +1 – which makes getting Mindrazor – a completely devastating spell to get off (or not, as it’s CV 8) on stabbers – so getting it down to a 7 is potentially game changing.

It will be interesting to see if this list survives the rumoured incoming Spinedog nerfs. Either way, it’s a powerful archetype, clearly able to take down the sheer volume of bodies BoC can field (twice!) and the movement and MW output of Fangs of Sotek. A huge tournament to win for Darren and the snek-ladies.

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

Leaders
Be’Lakor, the Dark Master (360)*
Allies
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
– Dolorous Tocsin
– Incubatch

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

Units
3 x Nurglings (105)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 360 / 400
Wounds: 130
Drops: 1

Danny: Flies, and Be’lakor to probably shut down your one key piece with any hope of dealing with them. One of my club-mates faced Hadrien in the first round as KO, with predictable results – however he did say that Hadrien was frustratingly lovely and skilled as an opponent.

Flies were called out in the recent Metawatch article with good reason, and will clearly see nerfs soon – it will be interesting to see if they go as far as touching the Drowned Men pre-game move too. Either way, this exact list is probably not long for this world, with good reason – it’s completely oppressive and very, very few lists have any kind of answer to it.

Still, credit to Hadrien for 2nd at such a big event and for being a great competitor and a gentleman while he crushed dreams.

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Allegiance: Kharadron Overlords
Sky Port: Barak Zilfin
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Aether-Khemist (90)**
General
– Command Trait: Collector
– Artefact: Spell in a Bottle
Arkanaut Admiral (125)*
Arkanaut Admiral (125)**
Artefact: Staff of Ocular Optimisation
Aetheric Navigator (85)**
Artefact: Svaregg-Stein Illuminator Flarepistol

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

Units
10 x Grundstok Thunderers (270)*
2x Aetheric Fumigators
– 2x Decksweepers
– 2x Aethercannons
– 1x Grundstok Mortars
– Reinforced x 1

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

Endless Spells & Invocations
Rune of Petrification (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 108
Drops: 5

Danny: KO have gone from zeroes to heroes after a steady trickle of FAQs and generic enhancement tweaks have meant they can play the ‘3rd edition’ game properly now.

With an extreme paucity of unit types to choose from, there’s only so much flex and variations on the theme of ‘FLYING GUNS’ KO can manage, but this one doubles down on the Ironclad – the biggest, most flying of guns possible. One is endowed with The Last Word, allowing for double unleash hell – which is generally a good way to avoid there being a combat phase at all – while the other has installed the Dealbreaker Ram, allowing for a roll of dice equal to the charge roll, with 4+ doing a mortal. An amusing contrast of tactical roles – one you don’t want to get busy with, the other wants to charge in to finish off a weakened unit with a clutch of mortals.

Beyond that, there’s one very interesting piece of tech in the list. Usually, the Spell in a Bottle (a free cast of an endless spell that can’t be unbound) is stuffed full of Purple Sun for the extra rend (which, given KO are a majority rend 1 army, they love) or the warp lightning vortex – yep, ‘Any endless spell can be chosen (all restrictions are ignored)’. But Stephen has opted for the LRL endless spell ‘Rune of Petrification’ which has a 6″ aura of mortals on a 4+ and -1/-1 from run and charge rolls – presumably a handy way to slow down threats and cause key charges to fail, so the double-Ironclads can go to work from a safe range.

With some big wins against tough opponents, Stephen rightly takes 3rd, further cementing KO as back in the gunning (I mean, running) for a spot in the A tier of armies.

Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
Lineage: Legion of Night
– Mortal Realm: Shyish
– Grand Strategy: Vampiric Conquerors
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night (380)*
Lore of the Deathmages: Decrepify
Necromancer (125)*
General
– Command Trait: Unbending Will
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Deathmages: Fading Vigour
Vampire Lord (140)*
Lore of the Vampires: Amethystine Pinions

Battleline
30 x Deathrattle Skeletons (240)**
Reinforced x 2
10 x Dire Wolves (135)**
10 x Dire Wolves (135)**

Units
5 x Blood Knights (195)*
1 x Corpse Cart with Balefire Brazier (80)*
20 x Grave Guard (280)*
Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Grave Guard (280)*
Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 153
Drops: 4

Danny: We’ve talked before about how Soullblight are enjoying a resurgence – and while they’re not quite cracked the podium recently, in London or otherwise, they’re creeping closer. James here was in winning position – losing only to the eventual winner, which set him down the table a fair way.

He’s opted for a nice balanced list of tech – the ever-popular Mannfred for utility and teleporting/move blocking shenanigans, with some cheap supporting heroes behind a big blob of skellies and two units of our favourite, undead fluffy friends, the Dire Wolves.

Skellies are often run MSU as cheap chaff who can pop back out of a gravesite – but the blob of 30, combined with their ability to bring back models that have died in the same phase on a 4+, before they attack – can make them truly resilient objective grabbers. Think you’ve killed 25? Well, on average 12 of them are coming back and now the unit counts for 51 on the objective again! No doubt this unit was supported with the corpse cart, projecting a -1 to wound aura, making them a bony nightmare to chew through.

Elsewhere of note is the DOUBLE Graveguard brick – 2 units of 20 – that would be putting out silly damage when supported by one or both the foot heroes.

Two big hammers, one giant anvil, some furry fast objective grabbers and screens – it’s a quality list and 10th feels like a harsh result when it came so close to winning the whole thing – big congrats to James!

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for Northern Wastes GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Northern Wastes Grand Tournament that took place in Prince George, BC, Canada. It involved 28 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. A little bit of a blast from the past with lists that would be pretty familiar to anyone from 2nd Editions, leavened with a few new units.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Skaven
Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Grey Seer (125)**
Spells: Levitate
Grey Seer On Screaming Bell (325)**
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts of Power: Skavenbrew
– Spells: Death Frenzy
Grey Seer (125)**
Spells: Skitterleap
Deathmaster (165)****
Artefacts of Power: Gnawbomb
Warlock Bombardier (115)****
Artefacts of Power: The Brass Orb
– Spells: Warp Lightning Shield
Plague Priest (100)****
Prayers: Rabid-rabid!

BATTLELINE
Clanrats (100)***
Rusty Blade
Clanrats (100)***
Rusty Blade
Skryre Acolytes (150)****

OTHER
Warpfire Thrower (70)
Ratling Gun (65)
Ratling Gun (65)
Plague Monks (180)*
Pair of Foetid Blades
Plague Monks (180)*
Pair of Foetid Blades

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
1 x Vermintide (60)

TERRAIN
1 x Gnawhole (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Expert Conquerors
****Warlord
TOTAL POINTS: 1995/2000

Brett: A good spell/plague monk heavy list which we haven’t seen as much of recently with the majority of successful lists running Thanquol and/or Deceivers or Stormfiends. Solid reminder of the depth of this book because and the number of options. With 4 wizards and a priest this list has 7 casts and 8 denies (and a prayer). The Screaming Bell has an entire table of command abilities that buff the unit or adjacent units, do mortal wounds or just try to kill the unit. More importantly it adds at least 1 to cast until it hits bottom bracket (+2 at top bracket) and if damaged to half health (8) can summon a Verminlord. This is the unit that is most likely to cast Purple Sun and is pretty durable, with a 4+ save and 5+ ward it has an effective health of 27 against Rend -2.

Master of Magic for rerolls, Death Frenzy is it’s known spell (fight on death) and Skitterbrew (does D3 MW but grants 1 attack). Feasibly you could have Plague Monks with 4 attacks and fighting on death (with 4 attacks). 136 attacks (assuming 3 died to Skitterbrew), 22 of which on average will be -2 Rend. Other spells include Levitate (fly for a unit), Skittleap (teleport) and Warp Lightning Shield (negate the first 3 wounds in a phase, if a 4 wound is caused, take 3 MW). This is mostly so the Bombardier doesn’t blow himself up with the Doomrocket or empowered Warp Lighting. In the course of a game he definitely will blow up, that’s what he’s here for.

Rabid- Rabid adds another attack to a unit within 13″ (5 attacks for the Plague Monks? – with fight on death and the unit wiped after a charge that’s a potential 200 attacks)And that’s the heart of this list, 80 rats, some of which will have ratling guns or warpfire throwers hiding in them to surprise you. Even more fun the Deathmaster is probably hiding in one of the clanrats units as well. Run and charge, D3 mortals on 6s he’s a nasty little assassin. This list is all about the small attacks adding up, with some nasty mortal wounds and spells in there as well. It’s a lot for the general to keep up with but even more so for opponents.

Most of his opponents had things that were very good at removing threats, built around the common 2 or 3 hammer style of list. What is the hammer in this list? If you remove only one block of rats a turn they’ll outscore and overwhelm you pretty quickly.

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Allegiance: Daughters of Khaine
Temple: Zainthar Kai
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADERS
Morathi-Khaine (340)*
The Shadow Queen (340)*
Melusai Ironscale (115)*
General
– Command Trait: Zealous Orator
– Artefact: Crown of Woe

BATTLELINE
10 x Blood Sisters (280)**
Reinforced x 1
10 x Blood Sisters (280)**
Reinforced x 1
15 x Blood Stalkers (540)*
Reinforced x 2
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 99
Drops: 3

Brett: A familiar take on Daughters of Khaine so far, remembering that they only have slightly more than 20 warscrolls to choose from. Morathi and Shadow Queen taking 1/3 the list and the remainder devoted to Blood Sisters/Stalkers. Khinerai Heartrenders for opportunistic objective/battle tactic sniping. Melusai Ironscale mostly for her run and charge command with no range restrictions, +1 attack for Melusai (Blood Sisters/Stalkers) if she kills a model, 5+ ward against spell damage, and Turns to crystal for MW if she is in combat range. Crown of Woe turns off Rally or Inspiring Presence within 9″ (15″ after she kills something). A General that wants to be close to the action. Cruelly Zelous Orator lets her return a model on a 4+ when using Rally.

Morathi is the only caster (3 spells, 2 denys) and knows the complete spell lore of course. Of course she can issue a command allowing a unit to shoot (or fight) in the hero phase. Effectively allowing a unit to Shoot or Fight twice, in this list that is going to be the Blood Stalkers most of the time. Shadow Queen is a blender of course and the 3 wounds a turn is always fun. The sub faction is Zainthar Kai for fight on death and the Blood girls are battleline (the General does the same thing). And that is the heart of the list, Blood Sisters to apply pressure and take objectives as well as screening and Blood Stalkers to remove most threats. Your best option is to outrange them otherwise you need to survive a withering Unleash Hell.

It’s a popular list because it works quite well if you can manage the fragility of the sisters in combat (you only want to enter combat/be shot on your terms). Daytond can do that well, demonstrated by beating the mirror match. He lost to first place which exposes a weakness with most elite lists (this is 33 models) – hordes.

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Army Faction: Sylvaneth
Army Subfaction: Heartwood
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Arch-Revenant (120)***
1 x Spirit of Durthu (370)***
Artefacts: Greenwood Gladius
1 x Warsong Revenant (305)***
General
– Command Traits: Spellsinger
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Verdurous Harmony, Verdant Blessing

BATTLELINE
6 x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Greatbows (460)*
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)**
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)**

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Spiteswarm Hive (40)

OTHER
6 x Spiterider Lancers (420)*

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

TOTAL POINTS: (1935/2000)

Brett: A riff on another favourite, including the new Spiterider Lancers with a cast of more familiar players. Starting out in Heartwood as their grove allowing the general to pick 3 enemy units for a +1 to hit against them. Everything except the endless spell has Heartwood as a keywood and benefits from that. It’s really good on the Kurnoth Hunters getting them to a 3+ to hit (and 2+ with all out attack). With only 13 shots and rend 1 maximising hits is crucial to making them effective. Near the Arch Revenant they are wounding on 2+ to. Durthu is benefitting to and so are the Spiteriders. That includes Durthu’s additional attacks (Greenwood Gladius). The Warsong has all of the magic, 2 casts/denies naturally and a 3rd with Arcane Tome.

The Warsong is able to cast Verdurous Harmony to heal a Tree Revenant unit, Verdant Blessing to Summon a Wyldwood and Unleash Swarm of Sprites through the Wyldwood (like Spell Portal). The last pumps out a lot of mortal wounds. Spiteswarm Lancers for pinning and mobile damage, they strike first and heal making it a little bit tougher. Tree Revenants for opportunist attacks, teleporting and fire and fade. The last are among the most effective scoring units at the moment. Solid, durable and mobile it’s a great list to take to a tournament and rewards a good general. Going 4/1 this time and loosing to 2nd place is still a strong showing (and shows how good Blood Stalkers can be).

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
Option: Gloomspite Gitz
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig (110)*
General
– Moonclan Stabba
– Command Trait: The Clammy Hand
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Moonclans: Squig Lure
Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)*
Lore of the Moonclans: Itchy Nuisance
Skragrott, The Loonking (230)*
Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork

Battleline
20 x Stabbas (150)*
Pokin Spears & Moon Shields
– 3x Barbed Nets
– 1x Badmoon Icon Bearers
24 x Squig Herd (320)**
Reinforced x 1
24 x Squig Herd (320)**
Reinforced x 1

Units
6 x Sneaky Snufflers (75)*
6 x Rockgut Troggoths (290)*
Reinforced x 1
10 x Boingrot Bounderz (210)**
Reinforced x 1

Endless Spells & Invocations
Mork’s Mighty Mushroom (40)
Scuttletide (70)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 188
Drops: 4

Brett: For our extra list this week keeping with the small folk we have Gitz. A mixed force of Squigs for mobile threats and Troggoths to ensure you are disappointed when they whiff against very possible odds. You go Gitz because they have the best warscrolls in the game. Efficient, no, but who else is empowered by eating mushrooms, gets extra movement because they bounce or has a small foot wizard that must be surrounded by enemies to do any real damage with his spell (Spore Maws). 180 points of Endless Spells to make them that more vicious, Purple Sun, Mork’s Might Mushroom (MW on a 5+ within 8″) and Scuttletide (more mortals).

With Arcane Tome 4 casts/unbinds, Squig Lure (run and charge for 3 units on a 5), Itchy Nuisance (fights last) and Hand of Gork (teleport a unit that is within 24″ – very generous). Skragrott and the Cave Shaman can generate extra command points every turn. This is a very slow list apart from the Boingrots and Loonboss (but he’s your general so probably not up front). It isn’t very durable but it does have the ability to put out a few mortal wounds and has, in some units like Squig Herds, a surprising number of rend 1 attacks. To shut it down you need to get to Skragrott and to get to him you need to get through a lot of bodies, including the Troggoths who can hit very hard. Gitz suffer from very poor saves and low moral so 3/2 is really fantastic.

That included Thunder Lizard (Seraphon) and Kharadron Overlord armies that are both doing really well right now. The Kruleboyz are with Gitz at the bottom of the tier list, it would have been a really interesting match up between Kruleboyz shooting and Gitz tricks.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for Nova Open 2022

And we’re back! Sorry about the long hiatus. I’ve been on holiday for the last two weeks which has meant a lull in the posts. We’ll be trying to catch up on what we missed over the next couple of weeks, so on many days you can probably expect two top three articles per day!

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Nova Open 2022 that took place in the USA on 2nd, 3rd and 4th September. It involved 135 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5/8 game tournament. After the first 5 rounds the top 8 contested an additional 3 rounds in a seeded event to determine overall winner. There was a separate “renaissance winner” for the winner, including modelling scores, from the first 5 rounds. Separately those outside the Top 8 had the option of playing a 3 round RTT on the last day. Nova attracts a lot of the top ranked players in the US (and overall) and it’s an important place to get a feel for what is working at least for the best players.

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: Tzeentch
Change Coven: Hosts Duplicitous
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord of Change (400)*
General
– Bound To The Incarnate
– Command Trait: Will of the Phantom Lord
– Artefact: Brand of the Spirit Daemon
– Lore of Change: Treason of Tzeentch
Kairos Fateweaver (435)
Lore of Change: Bolt of Tzeentch
Changecaster, Herald of Tzeentch (140)*
Lore of Change: Tzeentch’s Firestorm

Battleline
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
10x Cursed Blade & Arcanite Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
10x Cursed Blade & Arcanite Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives
10 x Tzaangors (175)*
4x Savage Greatblade
– 6x Savage Blade & Arcanite Shield

Behemoths
(Spinedog) Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*
Allies

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

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 73
Drops: 2

Brett: I caught up with his last of Kaleb’s games on a Season of War stream, he handled it masterfully and defeated his brother handily. The Incarnate provides some real impact in the early rounds allowing this list to avoid committing the Lords of Change too early (which he did against his brother) and maintain his screens for a while longer. No Horrors here to take advantage of the 5+ return 10 models once they are defeated. However the Will of the Phantom Lord command trait granting reroll casting and unbind’s within 9″. Backed up on the Lord of Change by a +1 to save (Brand of the Spirit Demon). That takes up the mandatory choices as well.

Between them there are 8 casts in the list, Kairos knows the spells of the other casters as well as his own and has 3 of them. That’s on top of his fate (dice) changing and automatic dispel (Purple Sun isn’t really an issue for Tzeetch). The Mortals are bringing their own, at least until some one hits them and drops a model or 2. The Lord of Change has a command ability to grant +1 to casting to a model within 18″ (often Kairos). The endless spells are 20% of the list but critical as well. The Purple Sun is included as much for the chance to eat something – Kairos can guarantee that will happen at least once per game. Umbral Spell Portal for that extra range and Gnashing Jaws – great into slow moving units (particularly punishing for infantry with a move < 6″).

The battleline aren’t combat power houses, although they can sting if you let them. Between the Tzaangors mortal wound on a 4+ for every wizard within 9″ (5 in the list alone), to the ability to add rend to their ranged attack both Tzaangors and Acolytes are very good at chip damage. The Greatblades on the Tzaangors can do more than chip. This list is mostly going to screen using the battleline and Incarnate to discourage charges while hitting you with mortal wounds from spells. Bolt of Tzeetch (D6 MW), Treason of Tzeetch (roll a die/model in a unit and 6s do MW) to Tzeentch’s Firestorm (9 dice, 6s do D3 MW). Ideally you want to deploy and let the screens take the damage, chipping away until it’s time for the coup de grace with the big chickens cleaning up.

Destiny Dice and summoning using Fate Points go a long way in helping Tzeentch (new screens from Turn 2?). They introduce an interesting game, you gain Fate Points if you don’t unbind your opponents spells. do you wan them to have the spell or do you what to deny it? All of this is at 18″ though so you can see how important Spell Portal is into longer ranged opponents. Once within that range there are spells and ranged attacks galore. The list is crafted to fit within a Battle Regiment to control the initial turn order with a general preference to go second. The list has all of the tools but is fragile as well in the right circumstances, it takes a lot of skill to take it to 8/0.

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

Leader
1 x Orruk Warchanter (115)
1 x Fungoid Cave-Shaman (95)
1 x Megaboss on Maw-krusha (480)**
General
– Command Traits: Mega Bossy
– Boss Choppa and Rip-toof Fist
– Artefacts: Armour of Gork
– Mount Traits: Fast ’Un
1 x Orruk Megaboss (140)**
– Artefacts: Destroyer
1 x Orruk Warchanter (115)**

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

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Warlord

TOTAL POINTS: (1965/2000)

Brett: A list showing there’s still life in Ironjawz yet, it’s not all Big Waagh. Kaleb’s brother, as I mentioned you can see the pair of them play. Single Mawcrusha with as many pigs (Gore Gruntas) as possible. Nick has swapped the Weirdnob Shaman for a Fungoid Cave-Shaman, costs 5 points for a chance to get an extra command point (on a 4+) and an extra spell in one round. The extra command points make it a great 5 point upgrade. Megaboss on Mawcrusha is the General, with Armour of Gork and bearing the Boss Choppa and Rip Tooth fist, for a 6+ ward and 3+ save. The Mawcrusha is still using Fast ‘un to maintain mobility. 2 Warchanters and a foot Megaboss complete HQs.

The foot Megaboss has Destroyer, he’s more than capable of being teleported to deal with an MSU on an objective or holding the rear and can issue Mighty Destroyers. Most of the Gore-Grunta’s are in Bounty Hunters, the advantage is blunted a bit by how many people don’t have Galletian Veteran’s in their lists at the moment. 2 big and 2 small units of pigs (possible when you don’t go double Mawcrusha) is a really good choice. You have the option of throwing the big units down range (with or without the Mawcrusha) or holding them and screening them with the smaller units. The Mawcrusha has a defensive build while maintaining speed (36″ move is possible with Fast ‘un). Nick only dropped the last game all weekend (7/1) , a fantastic result for Ironjawz.

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Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Thunder Lizard
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord Kroak (430)*
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)*
– Artefact: Fusil of Conflaguration
Skink Priest (90)*
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Engine of the Gods (265)***
– General
– Command Trait: Prime Warbeast
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
– Spell: Hand of Glory
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse

Battleline
10 x Skinks (75)**
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)**
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
20 x Skinks (150)**
– Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Saurus Guard (115)*

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)***
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***
Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***

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

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors
***Linebreaker

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000

Brett: Gavin is currently the top ITC ranked player in the world so definitely a list worth paying attention to. Skinks as battleline with Bastiladons as the workhorses and Lord Kroak at the centre. Thunder Lizard for the 2 wounds on the big boys. Still a magic based list (with just 2 wizards and 2 priests) but Kroak with 4 casts, and a +2 dominates. He can shutdown endless spells anywhere on the board and use a Skink Wizard to cast through and extend the range of his mortal wound spell. He also knows the full Lore of Celestial Dominance and can very reliably provides Command Points throughout the battle. The Astrolith Bearer provides a 6+ ward wholly within 12″ and a +1 to cast (useful for the Engine of the Gods).

The Skink Priest is bringing a potential run and charge, +1 to save and + 1 to hit rolls and a Heal. Engine of the Gods for summoning, battleshock play and melee combat supporting the Skinks and backing the Bastilidons. Opting for the larger Skink unit gives them a lot more play, they have an extra attack and absorb buffs well. They don’t become as threatening as Fangs of Sotek but they are likely to do at least chip damage to even a 3+ save. With Horrorghast available that’s potentially very damaging. Skinks can also be summoned or teleported and as GVs they excel in grabbing uncovered objectives. All of the Skinks are Eternal Conquerors, making them much harder to clear away from objectives (you need to kill them all). The Skinks can achieve 2 or 3 battle tactics almost independently of the rest of the army or enemy.

The list has a lot of flexibility, strong melee punch of the Bastildons and Stegadon (Curse + free all out attack on a Ark of Sotek?) backed by artillery (Solar Engine) and magic. The bigger unit tends to need to castle to ensure short range buffs provide coverage. This isn’t an alpha strike army, it’s going to build up damage in the first few turns and hopefully force some moral issues. Once units are weakened the Bastildons, that are very hard to bracket initially, can go in. Some weakness to MW shooting (who doesn’t) but the teleport, Solar Engine with buffs with run and charge for Skinks makes it possible to play around the shooting. Really great tournament result for a favourite army, just pipped at the post.

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Allegiance: Cities of Sigmar
City: Tempest’s Eye
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Runelord (95)***
General
– Command Trait: Hawk-eyed
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Lore of Eagles: Strike of Eagles
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
– Bound to Incarnate
Doralia ven Denst (115)
City Role: General’s Adjutant

Units
10 x Longbeards (105)**
Ancestral Weapons & Shields
– City Role: Honoured Retinue (Must be 5-20 models)
10 x Darkshards (115)**
20 x Irondrakes (340)** – Grudgehammer Torpedo
1 x Grundstok Gunhauler (155)***
Main Gun: Sky Cannon
6 x Skywardens (210)*
2 x Aethermatic Volley Guns
– 1 x Skyhooks
– 1 x Grapnel Launchers
2 x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (230)*
3 x Vanguard-Palladors (215)*
Boltstorm Pistols and Starstrike Javelins

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

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

Total Points: 1980/2000

Brett: First of the armies from the regular rounds, Nick only dropped his second round match, otherwise scoring well throughout the tournament. Doing so with a less favoured battletome (Cities) that doesn’t even use the Storm Drake/SCE coalition is a fantastic effort. Instead he’s chosen to make it a KO heavy army (Tempest Eye’s coalition partner), light on HQs with a small SCE contingent. Slimming the HQ slot frees up space for units and in this case Krondspine without compromising too much. Also unusual with the lack of spells from the HQs, instead this is an anti magic cohort. The Runelord can dispell an endless and normal spell with a +2, Doralia can take aim at an endless spell. Doralia is a witch hunters with bonuses to hit and number of attacks if she doesn’t move, doing double damage to wizards (and Daemons).

The Runelord isn’t finished yet, he takes Arcane Tome to be bound to the incarnate, and cast Strike of Eagles (a very long range mortal wound spell). His artefact provides +1 to hit for ranged attacks (within 12″) and his warscroll provides with 6+ or an extra point of rend. All for 95 points. The coalition units are the Gunhauler and Skywardens, that’s a really cheap way to provide one of your ranged units with dedicated teleport. Skywardens can hitch a lift on any Skyvessel before it flies high to move themselves to a location 9″ from the enemy. The advantage with this method is you can drop the Gun hauler further back and land the within 6″ which may keep them safe or let them deploy more aggressively. Say put the Gunhauler in Shrapnel range (18″) and the Skywardens further back (24″ range).

The list goes on to have 2 more hammers, the Fulminators and Irondrakes. The Fulminators are well known, slightly fragile as a pair but it’s still 12 wounds at 3+ and they are still bringing 16 rend -2, 2 and 3 damage attacks on the charge (potentially 42 damage). With the Longbeards and Darkshards to screen the Irondrakes should have an extra attack and the Darkshards will be shooting earlier anyway making approaching them and charging either Longbeards or Darkshards costly. Palladors haven’t seen a lot of work lately, they are costly but they are extremely mobile and can potentially pick up exposed objectives or snipe out a character with their inbuilt teleport (Ride the Winds Aetheric). A more expensive prosecutor. All and all an innovative list with a high degree of complexity but plenty of tools.

Final Tournament Placings (Limited here to Top 32)

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

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

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Grand Tournaments

Emerald City Open 2 – USA
32 Players

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

Sacremento Slam – USA
12 Players

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

Dice and Ducks: Decimation – UK
16 Players

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

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This Weeks Stats

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

Rolling 4 Week Stats

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

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

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

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

Faction Stats (Version)

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

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

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

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

In terms of faction popularity:

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

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

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Top Three AoS Lists for Dice & Ducks: Decimation

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for Dice and Ducks: Decimation that took place in the UK on 27th and 28th August. It involved 16 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Sons of Behemat
Army Type: Taker Tribe
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Kraken-Eater (490)*
General
– Command Traits: Very Acquisitive
– Artefacts of Power: Glowy Lantern
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
Gatebreaker (525)*
Artefacts of Power: Vial of Manticore Venom Gatebreaker (525)*
Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Flaming Weapon

BEHEMOTH
(SPINEDOG) Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bosses of the Stomp – Magnificent

TOTAL POINTS: 1940/2000

Peter: There is a theory among some at Woehammer that the Sons are (despite appearances) going to be the leading faction going forwards. Not only that, but that this is the list that will lead the way.

With a Krondspine attached the a kraken the opponent is going to have to seriously consider where they want to focus their attention. Either way they go, they’ll be struggling to cope with the opposite side of that coin. Two Mega-Gargant with additional thanks to flaming weapons and another that has an easier time thanks to the vial of Manticore venom.

It’ll be interesting to see how often this list starts to crop up.

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Army Faction: Daughters of Khaine
Subfaction: Khailebron
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Morathi-Khaine (680)**
The Shadow Queen (680)**
Melusai Ironscale (115)**
General – Command Traits: Zealous Orator
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Mindrazor

BATTLELINE
Blood Sisters (280)*
Gorgai
Blood Sisters (140)*
Gorgai
Blood Stalkers (540)**
Krone
Khainite Shadowstalkers (150)**

OTHER
Khinerai Heartrenders (95)**

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Danny: It’s Morathi and the Bow Snakes! Backed up by 10 and 5 Blood Sisters and Shadowstalkers and a unit of Heartrenders, for teleporting objective/scoring plays. Simple, but effective – and a 3 drop means it’ll still have a good chance of dictating turn order. Shadowstalkers, despite their nerf in the new book, are becoming increasingly common – probably because, while Heartrenders are great for dropping down and being a nuisance, Shadowstalkers ability to teleport _every_ turn makes them that more flexible, and their 11 wounds on a 4+ makes them able to take a hit, whether while scoring or as an emergency snek-screen.

This list understandably beat Kboyz, Skaven, Sons and Khorne, but Fangs of Sotek probably confounded the stab sneks and could handle Morathi with plenty of ranged chip damage.

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Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
Lineage: Legion of Night
– Mortal Realm: Shyish
– Grand Strategy: Vampiric Conquerors
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night (380)
Lore of the Deathmages: Decrepify
Necromancer (125)*
General
– Command Trait: Unbending Will
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Lore of the Deathmages: Fading Vigour
Vampire Lord (140)*
Lore of the Vampires: Amethystine Pinions

UNITS
5x Blood Knights (195)*
1x Corpse Cart with Balefire Brazier (80)*
30x Deathrattle Skeletons (240)**
10x Dire Wolves (135)**
10x Dire Wolves (135)**
20x Grave Guard (280)* – Great Wight Blades
20x Grave Guard (280)* – Great Wight Blades

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors

TOTAL: 1990/2000

Danny: Legion of Night is a relatively off-meta pick for Soulblight these days, so it’s nice to see it being picked alongside Mannfred, which is thematically appropriate, and doing well with an unusual list.

The aforementioned Manny is a familiar sight and an excellent all-round utility piece. But he’s rarely backed up by _30_ Deathrattle, who everyone said were too fragile against bounty hunters to reinforce, and have thus been typically run in msu given their cheap, cheap cost of 80 pts making them a cost-effective screen. Deathrattle can bring back models on a 4+ when they activate though – so having a unit big enough to take a hit and activate 2nd means there’s a good chance they regen plenty before the end of the phase – combo that with Expert Conqs and unless you super-commit and wipe the entire squad (30 wounds on a 4+ with AoD, with a ward of 6 re-rolling 1s, and quite possibly some debuffs such as -1 to wound from the corpse cart) – you can see how it might be tricky to steal an objective off them.

The next unusual element of this list is not Graveguard, as they’re a standard hammer, but simply taking two bricks of them. And why not? They’re so good! Going lighter on Blood Knights (just the token 5, you’d be mad not to take any) frees up the points needed, and now there are two scary blobs, either/both of which can be buffed to Shyish and back by the Necromancer, vampire lord AND Manny’s CA (+1 hit and wound).

A nice spin on things that performed brilliantly, losing only to Khorne, who might have their weaknesses, but do not count ‘a shit load of attacks and 6″ pile ins’ among them.

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Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)
General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Heroic Stature
– Artefact: Armour of Gork
– Mount Trait: Mean ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (115)
Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
– Lore of the Weird: Foot of Gork
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)
Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Wurrgog Prophet (150)
Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Wardokk (80)
Lore of the Savage Beast: Gorkamorka’s War Cry

Battleline
10 x Orruk Brutes (320)****
Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Gutrippaz (180)****
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)****
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Artefact

Total: 1955 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 148
Drops: 13

Danny: Big Waagh are now one of the least represented factions at tournament level, and I can see why – first book of the edition syndrome (I know it was a twin with Stormcast, but one twin is always technically born first…) and their meta-lists have a high skill floor. So it’s great to see them hanging on in there.

This list represents what is looking like the way to go with Big Waagh for this season – msu ‘Ardboyz. They’ve always been a cost-effective package, and while vulnerable to Bounty Hunters, enough of them in msu format still asks some hard questions of your opponent in terms of target priority.

They’re backed up here by the seemingly entrenched HQ combo, although spicily, Thomas here also throws in a Wardokk with the ‘fight last’ spell as an additional tech piece – something the Wurrgog also has access to but rarely uses given his laser-eyes are so clutch.

Now for the elephant in the room. Or should I say, the Gutrippaz in the bin. Yes, this list takes a unit of Gutrippaz. With no support. Why? Let’s ask Thomas. Someone, please ask Thomas. The only thing I can think of is that they’re in Expert Conquerors as a way to count as 30 and, y’know, if their janky ability goes off -1 to hit against 20 wounds isn’t too bad. I guess?

Either way, congrats for a clutch place in the top 5 with an odd duck of a list that took down some difficult match ups!

Final Tournament Placings

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Top Three AoS Lists for the Sacramento GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Sacramento GT (Sacremento Slam) that took place in the USA on 27th and 28th July. It involved 12 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Seraphon
Army Type: Coalesced
– Subfaction: Thunder Lizard
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Engine of the Gods (265)*
General
– Command Traits: Prime Warbeast
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Hand of Glory
– Prayers: Curse
Skink Priest (90)*
Prayers: Heal
Doralia ven Denst (115)*
Slann Starmaster (265)**
Artefacts of Power: Itxi Grubs
– Spells: Stellar Tempest
Stegadon with Skink Chief (305)**
Skystreak Bow
– Artefacts of Power: Fusil of Conflagration
– Mount Traits: Beastmaster
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**

BATTLELINE
Saurus Guard (115)*
Saurus Knights (110)***
Stardrake Icon Bearer
– Wardrummer
– Celestite Warspear and Powerful Jaws
Stegadon (270)***
Skystreak Bow

BEHEMOTH
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

TERRAIN
1 x Realmshaper Engine (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: 1995/2000

Brett: All the big things Thunder Lizard list with minimum battleline. The Purple Sun to back up the Starmaster, this is more a combat list than casting after all. Just the 3 casts from the Starmaster, 1 from Arcane Tome and prayers from the Skink Priests (importantly they also have an unbind for Endless Spells). The Starmaster is casting at +1, +2 within 12″ of the Saurus Astrolith Bearer and most likely a +1 from the army. Doralia is along for her endless spell removal, the witch hunter is also very good at removing small casting heroes. A nice bonus with a lot of Nighthaunt lists around. 2 Stegadons, both crews are using the Skystreak Bow for a little 24″ shooting in addition to the Solar Engine (on Bastilidon). Great way to pressure all of the shorter range units.

3 Artefacts, from Warlord and Command Entourage. In series they create a wizard (Arcane Tome), heal and allow a recast (Itxi Grubs) and On top of the +1 to casting for coalesced the Battle Traits of Seraphon continue to be what makes the army so effective. -1 to incoming damage, an additional attacks for the Jaws, and summoning. 6 to 10 points are very easy to achieve each turn and give you the broadest range from Skinks, to Saurus (Guard or Knight) – screens and objective to a Salamander Hunting Pack for offense. Beastmaster on the Stegadon with Skink Chief in accordance with the Thunder Lizard mandatory requirements (+1 attack to the mounts weapon) is no penalty.

Overall Thunder Lizard continues to be successful because it’s a well rounded army with a lot of key abilities. Adding the Purple Sun (casting on a 5 most likely) just makes it that much more spicey and buffs all of the incoming attacks which is very useful to Seraphone (most of their attacks lack much rend). Since much of their damage is at range they avoid the issues with the Sun and can dispel it if it goes wild. John scored well through out and was the only undefeated entrant. Target priority would be hard to determine with this list and mortal wounds from ranged very useful to chip damage from it before closing. Most of his opponents were short on both shooting and mortals.

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Army Faction: Daughters of Khaine
Army Subfaction: Zainthar Kai
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Hag Queen (110)*
Prayers: Sacrament of Blood, Curse
1 x Slaughter Queen (130)*
Prayers: Catechism of Murder, Sacrament of Blood
1 x Melusai Ironscale (115)***
General
– Command Traits: Zealous Orator
1 x Bloodwrack Medusa (130)***
Artefacts: Shadow Stone
– Spells: Mindrazor
1 x High Gladiatrix (90)***

BATTLELINE
5 x Blood Stalkers (180)*
Krone
5 x Blood Stalkers (180)*
Krone
10 x Blood Sisters (280)**
Gorgai
20 x Sisters of Slaughter (270)**
Handmaiden
– 3 x Death Pennant Bearer
– 4 x Hornblower
– Kruiplash and Bladed Buckler
5 x Blood Sisters (140)**

BEHEMOTH
1 x Avatar of Khaine (155)*

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Bloodwrack Viper (80)

INVOCATION
1 x Heart of Fury (45)

OTHER
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
Shryke

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

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

Brett: Having the misfortune to run into John in round 3 ended David’s run then. With only the 10 x Blood Stalkers in 2 x 5 model units this list would struggle to tackle the Stegodons and Bastildons. That leaves their heroes which aren’t the best trading pieces outside of the High Gladiatrix. With 10 wounds on a 5+ save and a 6+ ward the 5 model units are very fragile. The same is true of the Blood Sisters, this list would be difficult to play unless you were prepared to lose one or more of those units a turn. Ranged is best because Zainthar Kai fight again on death.

2 Priests with 4 spells including Sacrement to advance the Blood Rights table, Curse (MW on a natural 6 to hit) and Catechism of Murder for exploding 6s. Only one wizard with a single cast, the Bloodwrack Viper might not be used a lot. Particularly with Mindrazor being so good. There heroes are mostly in place to buff the larger infantry units, advancing Blood Rites and improving damage dealing. The High Gladiatrix brings a interesting, if difficult to use, assassination ability.

Ultimately David was able to score well throughout, looking at the run through the tournament quite a few of the the lists were susceptible to the sort of pressure DoK are good at. It’s an interesting take on DoK with so many MSU blocks, it would be good to see more games with it.

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Army Faction: Ossiarch Bonereapers
Subfaction: Petrifex Elite
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Arkhan the Black (340)
General
– Spells: Protection of Nagash
Mortisan Soulmason (115)
Artefacts of Power: Godbone Armour
– Spells: Mortal Contract

BATTLELINE
Kavalos Deathriders (190)
Mortek Hekatos
– Necrophoros
– Nadirite Blade and Shield
Mortek Guard (280)**
Mortek Hekatos
– Nadirite Blade and Shield
– 2 x Necrophoros
Mortek Guard (280)**
Mortek Hekatos
– Nadirite Blade and Shield
– 2 x Necrophoros

OTHER
Morghast Harbingers (360)*
Spirit Halberd
Necropolis Stalkers (175)*
Necropolis Stalkers (175)*

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

TERRAIN
1 x Bone-tithe Nexus (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters
**Expert Conquerors

TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000

Brett: The current meta is wide open and there have been a few sightings of Ossiarch Bonereapers but they are still far from common, 3rd is a strong effort going 3/5 losing to 1st and 2nd in the final 2 rounds. A pretty traditional Ossiarch list, with Arkhan the Black and a Soulmason as the only heros. The points are tied to the Battleline (Mortek Guard are beefy and dear) with a large unit of Harbingers in bounty hunters to punish the unwary. 5 spells base but Arkhan has additional spells as well as buffs to casting on a degrading profile from his staff. Arkhan is the natural choice for Purple Sun (casting on a 6 for him). He is also a solid combat hero but you don’t want to get him into combat too early due to his casting.

The Soulmason offers re-roll hit rolls of 1, he has an ability where at the end of the hero phase he could apply it to up to D3 models which is a good reason to have him. The points saved on heroes have gone to the combat units, 2 x 20 Mortek Guard (40 wounds) and the reinforced Harbingers (4). Harbingers are very dear, they have a great stat-line but are pretty expensive per wound. Deathriders (and the Harbingers) for some mobility. Again there are a few MSU in the list that are vulnerable to being pickup relatively easily. The idea behind the list is pretty simple, the Mortek Guard camp objectives and you try to bait your opponent into you. They have a 4+ save and 6+ ward but most units have a movement of 4″ to 6″. They are vulnerable to shooting (as happened here).

Scott did see off a few of the meta’s current stars in the first 3 rounds. This list does give you quite a few options and at least some units that can seek to go wide if needed.

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Army Faction: Hedonites of Slaanesh
Army Type: Invaders
– Subfaction: The Lurid Haze
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Sigvald (205)*
Keeper of Secrets (400)*
General
– Command Traits: Feverish Anticipation
– Sinistrous Hand
– Spells: Slothful Stupor
Synessa (260)**
General
– Spells: Born of Damnation
Soulfeaster Keepers of Secrets (385)**
Artefacts of Power: Oil of Exultation
– Spells: Progeny of Damnation
Infernal Enrapturess (130)**

BATTLELINE
Blissbarb Archers (140)*
Hellstriders with Hellscourges (135)*
Blissbarb Archers (140)**
Hellstriders with Hellscourges (135)**

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

TERRAIN
1 x Fane of Slaanesh (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Brett: Double Keeper of Secrets in a 2 drop list with Synessa (for her wonderful gaze) and a Purple Sun just to make your opponent’s life difficult. But wait there’s more – in a spell heavy meta let’s introduce a character that forces opposing Wizards within 24″ to reroll successful casts and cause them D3 mortal wounds every time they cast a double. I give you the Infernal Enrapturess. Like Tzeentch, Slaanesh armies usually have a reasonable number of casts, 5 this time, and an extra dispel from the Enrapturess. Invaders allow up to 3 generals in the army (for command point and command purposes), only 2 are listed for this army though.

Feverish Anticipation (re-roll run rolls within 12″) from the mandatory requirements for Lurid Haze. Healing spell (Progeny of Damnation), turn off command abilities (Slothful Stupor) and hero heals (Born of Damnation). Sigvald is as always a swingy combat hero, the number of attacks determined by his charge roll and +3 to charge. He normally picks up something important. Neither Keeper of Secrets is a combat powerhouse (but they aren’t weak either) at least compared to other Greater Demons. The Soulfeaster is a forgeworld variant that loses the potential for a ranged weapon and has an intriguing warscroll ability. You offer your opponent to allow a hero to accept temptation. If they refuse, they take D3 mortal wounds. If they accept then they have 1 more attack this round, at the start of the next combat phase they roll a dice, 4-6 they are slain.

The battleline units are both thin and slightly fragile (as are the heroes for the most part). That allows Depravity Points to accumulate quickly though, Slaanesh relies on speed an summoning to overwhelm you. Shutting it down against invaders is tough with multiple generals and in this case multiple Keepers of Secret to play around. And a Purple Sun just to make life harder (the -1 to saves is pretty strong).Special mention to Synessa’s Staff, D3 if you make a save, D6 if you fail, you are only safe on a 6. Always an interesting army to play, their speed means it’s hard to prevent scoring but their fragility means you can score well into them.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for Emerald City Open 2

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Emerald City Open 2 (Electric Boogaloo) that took place in Puyallup (Tacoma), USA on 27th and 28th August. It involved 41 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game/2 day tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Daughters of Khaine
– Temple: Hagg Nar
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumphs: Indomitable
Leaders
Melusai Ironscale (115)**
– General
– Command Trait: Zealous Orator
Hag Queen (110)**
– Prayer: Martyr’s Sacrifice
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Hag Queen on Cauldron of Blood (270)**
– Prayer: Blessing of Khaine
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
High Gladiatrix (90)*
– Artefact: Crown of Woe
Battleline
30 x Witch Aelves (345)*
– Pairs of Sacrificial Knives
– Reinforced x 2
10 x Sisters of Slaughter (135)*
– Barbed Whips and Sacrificial Knives
10 x Sisters of Slaughter (135)*
– Barbed Whips and Sacrificial Knives
10 x Blood Sisters (280)***
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Blood Sisters (280)***
– Reinforced x 1
Units
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
Endless Spells & Invocations
Heart of Fury (45) Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Expert Conquerors
Additional Enhancements
Prayer Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 130
Drops: 6

Brett: Daughters of Khaine (DoK) small heroes list this time, a solid alternative to Morathi focused on the big block of Witch Aelves. (Going to go with the Honest Wargammer here and call this a Death Ball not the more common, 40k derived Death Star). In a spell heavy meta this army doesn’t have any Wizards but there are 2 priests (they can unbind endless spells of course). Both have Curse (1MW on a hit roll of 6, Answer Value (AV) 4), and otherwise provide reroll on the ward roll (Blessing of Khaine) or inflicts MW on a 5+ after a model dies (Martyrs Sacrifice). They can also summon the Heart of Fury which usually reduces multi damage weapons by 1 damage but on a 6 does that and adds an attack to units within 12″.

The combination of 3 Battleline units does open a battle tactic not often seen right now (Clash of Arms) Situationally they can use Witchbrew on a unit to advance the Blood Rites Table (Hagg Nar already advances them one, giving +1 to charge in the first round). The Hag Queen on Cauldron buffs the prayer rolls of the other Hag Queen and improves the saves by 1 for units within range on a degrading profile. The High Gladiatrix can grants + 1 to wound and -1 rend to both types of battleline unit and is a solid combat unit, as is the Melusai although her best ability is to grant run and charge to a unit.

Each game will be different but the key play her is to get the Witch Aelves into combat as quickly as possible through a combination of additional movement and run and charge with the High Gladiatrix and The Hag Queen on Blood Cauldron close. 90 attacks, hitting on 3s and wounding on 2s, -1 rend averaging 50 hits before saves, with Curse they’d average 15 MWs on top. Nice.

The list has a lot of flexibility through commiting the heroes (other than the Melusai) to combat. Sisters of Slaughter to hold objectives and for board control and Blood Sisters for even more of both (they are Expert Conquerors and count as 3 on objectives). Death Ball with wings?.The Heartrenders are on hand for deep strike, battle tactics and objective games. They will use their fire and fade ability at least once. Not much to say about his opponents, 2 x Nighthaunt, mostly MSU, 2 x Gitz lists (Shootas and a Troggoth list) and Seraphon skinks list. Everything is dying too fast to heal, and while the priests can be blocked by the Seraphon priests it’s not as certain as their magic counters.

Lots of units and hard to keep track of but that means lots of tools and a very difficult list to counter, unless you can stand back and shoot. Scores weren’t amazing through the weekend (until the last round) but very solid.

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Army Faction: Sons of Behemat
– Army Type: Breaker Tribe
– Grand Strategy: Make the land tremble!
– Triumph: Inspired

Leaders
Gatebreaker (525)*
General
– Command Traits: Louder than Word
– Artefacts of Power: Enchanted Portcullis

Gatebreaker (525)*
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Flaming Weapon

Gatebreaker (525)*
Battleline
Mancrusher Gargant (170)**
Mancrusher Gargant (170)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
1 x Horrorghast (40)
Core Battalions
*Bosses of the Stomp
– Magnificent
**Bounty Hunters
Total Points: 1955/2000

Brett: Rerolling 1s own Bear with his current Sons list, he covered this in more detail with in a session with AoS Coach recently, check the video out if you want to know more. 3 Gatebreakers with Arcane Tome for a little magic and 2 Mancrushers rather than 3 to fit an endless spell. No Fierce Loathing shown in the list (Idiots with Flags is popular to counter elite units that issue their own commands). The general has Louder than Word for an additional 2 flail attacks (because 10 is never enough – it’s a good counter to the degrading profile) and Enchanted Portcullis for a 6+ ward.

Flaming Weapon is a nice touch (4 damage on the Flail) but Horrorghast is more interesting. Gate Breakers have a natural -1 to bravery for units nearby and their prodigious output almost always guarantees a battleshock roll. Focing and extra D3 to flee particulary against Multiple Small Unit (MSU) or elite armies (Stormcast/Ironjawz) is really strong. Another nice touch is Mancrushers in Bounty Hunters, doubling the damage of their main weapon. It’s a list with some ranged but basically mostly strong melee attacks and abilities that wants to get close early for impact hits, lots of damage and hopefully some battleshock fails. 5/0 with a decent differential through out, really good result for Sons who are often a bit harder to score Battle Tactics with (no GV and very few units).

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Army Faction: Disciples of Tzeentch
– Army Subfaction: Hosts Arcanum
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired
Leader 1 x Kairos Fateweaver (435)*
– Spells: Unchecked Mutation 1 x Magister on Disc of Tzeentch (145)*
– Spells: Bolt of Tzeentch
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur 1 x Tzaangor Shaman (135)*
– General
– Artefacts: The Fanged Circlet
– Spells: Arcane Suggestion
Battleline 10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
– Kairic Adept
– Cursed Blade and Arcanite Shield
– Scroll of Dark Arts
– Vulcharc
– 3 x Cursed Glaive 10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)*
– Kairic Adept
– Cursed Blade and Arcanite Shield
– Scroll of Dark Arts
– Vulcharc
– 3 x Cursed Glaive 3 x Screamers of Tzeentch (100)*
Behemoth 1 x Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)* Endless Spell 1 x Umbral Spell portal (70) 1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70) 1 x Chronomantic Cogs (40) Other 6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Discs of Tzeentch (360)* Core Battalions *Battle Regiment TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Brett: Old book Tzeetch with a last podium before the new book hits? Probably not, there will be a couple of weeks before the new book hits the shelves and a little while longer until the FAQ, Tzeetch remains pretty strong. Appropriately for a Tzeetch list this leans heavily on spell casting, not just their own but endless spells and aggro endless spells (Incarnate) as well. Interesting take with so many mortals given the composition of the new battlebox. All of the heroes are wizards, 5 casts in total. Kairos has some interesting warscroll abilities. Beyond replacing a D6 once a battle and a nasty spell that can do 6 MW (top bracket) he can set the lowest D6 to match the highest every time he casts.

The chosen spells are damage spells except Arcane Suggestion, either D3 + D3 if any models are slain (Unchecked Mutation), D6 MW (Bolt of Tzeetch). Arcane Suggestion is more fun with 3 possible outcomes (D3 MW, -1 to hit and wound rolls or -1 to save rolls, you pick). While the wizards are within 18″ of Kairos he knows there spells as well. With the Spell Portal that means he can drop a Bolt of Tzeetch into your back field. Kairos is also the likely choice to cast Purple Sun and with Cogs dropped before hand they probably won’t miss many (any) of their spells. With Bolt of Tzeetch, Kairos can guarantee 6 MW if it’s important – that’s enough to take out most foot heroes. And eat an endless spell per turn (bye Purple Sun)

There is a lot to keep track of with Tzeetch armies including Destiny Dice (affect rolls with dice that are rolled at the start of a game), Faith points (summoning currency) and Agenda’s. What’s important to remember is that they can change their dice and summon additional forces pretty easily. Even the troops are complicated. Kairic Acolytes are all casters, they only know one spell but it grants -1 rend to their ranged attack. They cause mortal wounds to Wizards near them regardless of the outcome of the spell and have a 6+ ward. Screamers move 16″ and can travel over opponents trailing MW (on a 5+) in their wake. The Tzaangor Enlightened are very fast (16″ move) with a lot of attacks they are capable of dealing reasonable damage.

They are also quite likely to achieve an agenda or two on the way and improve their stats. The incarnate is a worthwhile inclusion, giving a substantial boost to combat capability. However it costs as much as a 2nd Lord of Change or a block of Pink and a block of Blue horrors. Which is better depends on your play style. Matt faced some very tough lists and did well not to drop more games. He lost to a Seraphon list with 2 reinforced salamander packs, that’s a lot of damage that this list doesn’t have an easy answer to. It will be interesting to see where Tzeetch goes with the new book.

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Army Faction: Skaven – Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs – Triumphs: Inspired
Leader
1 x Master Moulder (90)* – General – Command Traits: Cunning Mutator – Warpstone-tipped Lash – Artefacts: Foulhide
1 x Warlock Engineer (105)* – Spells: More-more-more Warp Power!
1 x Warlock Engineer (105)* – Artefacts: Esoteric Warp Resonator – Spells: More-more-more Warp Power!

Battleline
6 x Stormfiends (640)** – 2 x Windlaunchers and Clubbing Blows – 2 x Ratling Cannons and Clubbing Blows – 2 x Doomflayer Gauntlets and Warpstone-laced Armour
5 x Skryre Acolytes (75)* 6 x Giant Rats (60)*

Artillery
1 x Warp Lightning Cannon (150)
1 x Warp Lightning Cannon (150)
1 x Warp Lightning Cannon (150)

Other
2 x Rat Swarms (55)
2 x Rat Swarms (55)
2 x Rat Swarms (55)
2 x Rat Swarms (55)
1 x Warp-Grinder (65)
2 x Rat Swarms (55)*
2 x Rat Swarms (55)**
2 x Rat Swarms (55)**

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters
***Expert Conquerors
TOTAL POINTS: (1975/2000)

Brett: A very different take on Skaven that performed pretty well throughout the event. There are no Deceiver’s or Thanquol or even clanrats just a lot of cannons and rats. One of the lower scores in the top 10 despite only dropping one battle tactic in the competition and taking all 5 Grand Strategies. Only defeated in the 2nd round, fittingly by 2nd in the event, the list struggles to control objectives or stop their opponent from scoring. In this tournament that was the difference between 4th and 6th.

With a Master Moulder (with a 3+ ward thanks to Cunning Mutator) to return Giant Rat and Rat Swarms (on a 3+) and the Warlock Engineers to buff the cannons. The Warlocks have More More More Warp Power to give +1 to hit and wound rolls. Mostly useful on the Stormfiends (they can take the D3 damage that occurs next turn). There’s not much more to it, rat swarms for screening the cannon, cannon’s to spew MW whenever necessary. One benefit of a the list is there is nothing for Death Ball to go into other than Stormfiends. Doing that will leave you open to the Cannon’s MWs though.

Good run through the event taking down Archaeon in one round bout as noted above not the highest scoring army.

Final Tournament Placings

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

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

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Grand Tournaments

Northern Ireland GT – UK
32 Players

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

Capital City Bloodbath – Canada
43 Players

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

Gateway Open 2022 – USA
43 Players

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

Salt Lake Open 2022 – USA
33 Players

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

Nashcon GT 2022 – USA
81 Players

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

Snake Eyes – Australia
81 Players

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

Mancunian Carnage: Summer 2022 – Australia
81 Players

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

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

Rolling 4 Week Stats

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

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

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

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

Faction Stats (Version)

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

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

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

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

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

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

In terms of faction popularity:

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

Chance of going 5-0

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

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Woehammer International TTS Tournament – Round 1

The first round has been drawn. Unfortunately there have been two drop outs since the draw, no matter! It leaves an opportunity for an exhibition match!

Alice Lirette v Kieron Bailey

For those who aren’t aware, Alice is a writer for Goonhammer. Alice went to the BWG: Summer Slaughter and claimed two wins and three losses, but that was with Ossiarch Bonereapers – a faction in desperate need of an update.

This time around Alice is playing as Daughters of Khaine with Morathi and a Krondspine forming the backbone of her list.

Kieron joined Woehammer last month and is in competition with Mike Chadderton (also of Goonhammer fame) to see who can get to 5-0 with Kruleboyz first.

Alice Lirette

Faction: Daughters of Khaine
– Subfaction: Zainthar Kai
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
The Shadow Queen (680)*
Morathi-Khaine (680)*
Bloodwrack Medusa (130)*
– General
Command Trait: Zealous Orator
– Artefact: Shadow Stone
– Spell: Mindrazor
– Bonding: Krondspine

UNITS
Blood Sisters (280)*
Blood Sisters (280)*
Witch Aelves (115)*

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine (400)*

ENDLESS SPELLS
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

Total Points: 1,995/2,000

Kieron Bailey

Faction: Kruleboyz
– Subfaction: Grinnin’ Blades
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triump: Inspired

LEADERS
Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker (315)*
– General
– Command Trait: Supa Sneaky
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Spell: Choking Mist
Swampcalla Shaman (105)**
– Spell: Nasty Hex
Swampcalla Shaman (105)**
– Spell: Sneaky Miasma

UNITS
Gutrippaz (180)*
– Wicked Hacka
Gutrippaz (180)*
– Wicked Hacka
Hobgrot Slittaz (80)*
Hobgrot Slittaz (80)*
Hobgrot Slittaz (80)**
Hobgrot Slittaz (80)**
Man-Skewer Boltboyz (240)**
– Reinforced Once
Man-Skewer Boltboyz (240)**
– Reinforced Once
Man-Skewer Boltboyz (240)**
– Reinforced Once
Rippa’s Snarlfangs (70)**

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

Total Points: 1,995/2,000

Peter: A one drop list will mean that Alice will be choosing who goes first in the first battle round, my guess being that she would allow Kieron to take the first and hope to have the double going into turn 2.

You may write-off the Kruleboyz at first glance, but they have a lot of screening that can be use to block the Krondspine and Morathi. Meanwhile the Man-skewers can pick wounds off at range.

Danny: I would say Alice has two options depending on how Kieron deploys – Morathi/s + Krondspine can potentially make a T1 charge, no shooting needed if Kboyz deploy and screen well, it would make sense to let them go first as moving will reduce the Boltboyz range and make her charges easier.

For Kieron it will be absolutely key to deploy in such a wayas to either bait the T1 charge and start doing those wounds to Morathi from chip damage/UH, because Kboyz can melt fast to her if he doesn’t keep her tied up with stuff. If Kieron gets given first first he will want to keep turtled up, do what he can to get on objectives and force Alice to split up to start scoring – getting those 3 wounds on Morathi every damn turn either way will be crucial.

How to Watch

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Top Three AoS Lists for the Northern Ireland GT

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

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Daughters of Khaine
Temple: Khailebron
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Morathi-Khaine (340)**
The Shadow Queen (340)**
Melusai Ironscale (115)**
General
– Command Trait: Zealous Orator
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Shadows: Mindrazor
– Bonded: Incarnate

UNITS
15 x Blood Stalkers (540)*
Reinforced x 2
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
Pairs of Sacrificial Knives
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
Pairs of Sacrificial Knives
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

CORE BATTALIONS
*Expert Conquerors
**Command Entourage – Strategists

Total: 1965 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 74
Drops: 7

Danny: DoK weren’t bad before their 3e book by any means, but they’d settled into a ‘Morathi and the (15) bow sneks’ rut. It took a short while for the dust to settle after their new tome, but they’re now starting to go 5-0 and win tournaments here and there – and, thankfully – with a variety of lists.

Although, to be fair, this one didn’t get the memo. The double reinforced bow snek still does the business, with Wendel opting for a Krondspine to double up with Morathi as super durable objective bullies/screens – in the ‘Spine’s case, the pinning effect will help the bow-blob safe while they rain down hurt, and the 2 units of witch aelves run around scoring. Or – because this list opts for Khailebron – teleport around.

I call this the ‘pin and pun-cushion’ strategy.

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

LEADERS
Lord-Castellant (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Spell: Thundershock
Lord-Relictor (145)*
Prayer: Translocation
Runelord (95)*
Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
– Allies

UNITS
5 x Liberators (115)***
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons
5 x Liberators (115)***
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons
5 x Judicators with Boltstorm Crossbows (190)***
3 x Aetherwings (65)*
10 x Protectors (450)**
4x Starsoul Maces
– Reinforced x 1
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (165)**
3 x Vanguard-Raptors with Longstrike Crossbows (240)*
3 x Vanguard-Raptors with Longstrike Crossbows (240)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters
***Expert Conquerors
Holy Command: Call for Aid
Holy Command: Unleash Thy Hatred

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 95 / 400
Wounds: 109
Drops: 11

Danny: Love that this list took a thematic route through the tournament, crusading successfully against the forces of chaos and death – only losing out to a ‘friendly’ scrap against a rival Stormhost.

This list probably qualifies as ‘shootcast’, packing in 6 Longstrikes – despite the recent FAQ stripping reinforced units of the double shoot – and a unit of Judicators. That’s backed up with a Protector blob, who absolutely slap, but are slow. This static, slow core is counterbalanced by Scions of Storm and a chariot, plus the Relictor whose teleport is still clutch to allow for mobility and objective play. And in this season, where Expert Conqs. are often at the mercy of Bounty Hunters, Liberators with +1 save from the Castellant provide a super durable, objective-stealing and mission playing battleline.

A considered list that clearly plays well into the current season and meta.

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

LEADERS
Lady Olynder, Mortarch of Grief (340)*
Lore of the Underworlds: Spectral Tether
Guardian of Souls (150)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Midnight Tome
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
– Bonded to Incarnate
Krulghast Cruciator (150)*

UNITS
20 x Grimghast Reapers (320)*
Reinforced x 1
5 x Hexwraiths (160)*
5 x Hexwraiths (160)*
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)*
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (105)*
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*
Allies
Mortalis Terminexus (85)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 71
Drops: 1

Danny: Nighthaunt have not so far been the shrieking, impossible horror that some predicted, but they’re definitely an army you have to have a plan for now.

With the -1 damage aura from the Krulghast combined with ethereal (NH saves can’t be modified -/+), plus their targeted +1 to ward saves, they’re surprisingly tanky for a bunch of spooky sheets. Throw a Krondspine into the mix, all wrapped up in a battle regiment, factor in the NH army trait to re-set up a few units in deployment and you have a tight package that is highly reactive to the mission and opponent – all crucial tools for success at the moment.

The rest of the core units are general NH goodstuff – Hexwraiths for mobility and mw impact hits, Banshees for shutting down magic and the mostly-usual 20 blob of Grimghasts for an eye-watering number of rend 1 attacks and objective thievery, and you have yourself a truly spoopy list.

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Allegiance: Gloomspite Gitz
Option: Gloomspite Gitz
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Skragrott, The Loonking (230)
General
– Lore of the Moonclans: The Hand of Gork
Loonboss on Giant Cave Squig (110)*
Moon-cutta
– Artefact: Spiteful Prodder

UNITS
20 x Stabbas (150)
Pokin Spears & Moon Shields
– 3x Barbed Nets
– x Moonclan Flag Bearers
– 1x Badmoon Icon Bearers
20 x Stabbas (150)
Pokin Spears & Moon Shields
– 3x Barbed Nets
– 1x Badmoon Icon Bearers
24 x Squig Herd (320)
Reinforced x 1
5 x Boingrot Bounderz (105)*
10 x Squig Hoppers (180)*
10 x Squig Hoppers (180)*
6 x Rockgut Troggoths (290)
Reinforced x 1
5 x Sporesplatta Fanatics (135)
Mork’s Mighty Mushroom (40)
Scuttletide (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Vanguard

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 179
Drops: 10

Peter: I love lists like this, six different units rather than finding the most efficient and spamming it.

James has gone for Stabbas rather than Shootas for his battleline as there a little more durable than their shooting counterparts with a +1 save while having more than 10 models. They’re cheap and make perfect blocking units, gumming up the board in vital locations.

The Squig herd puts out a reasonable amount of damage with 20 squigs able to produce an average damage output of 13.2 before saves. On top of that when squigs are removed they’ll cause mortals on 4+ to the nearest unit.

The Squig Hoppers (Squig Cavalry) cause mortal wounds to models they hop over as well as having the damage output similar to the Herd. These move at 3D6 and so could potentially have a threat range of 30″! The Loonboss has been included to remove the randomness of this movement however, giving the Hoppers a flat 12″ move while within range of the Loonboss.

Meanwhile the rockgut Troggoths can soak up damage with their 5+ ward save and regeneration in the hero phase.

Skragrott is a 2 cast and unbind character with +1 to his casting attempts.

Unfortunately, where Gitz fall down is in their lack of synergy between units meaning most units are pretty much independent most of the time. Hopefully this will change with their new book. Either way, this is a fun little army that looks great to play with and against. Almost makes me want to play Gitz…

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