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Daughters of Khaine – Faction Review (Jul-Nov ’22)

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

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

Daughters of Khaine

Region Comparison – Popularity

Daughters of Khaine saw their highest popularity in UK & Ireland with 6.7% of players choosing the faction for tournament play, while over the Atlantic the uptake was only 5.0% in North America.

Region Comparison – Win Rates

Oceania led the win rates with 57.8%. While players in Europe could only manage 47.3%.

North America, UK & Ireland and Europe saw the Daughters claim 5-0’s in all those regions. While in Scandanavia and Oceania they managed 4-1’s

Subfaction Analysis

SubfactionPlayersWin Rate
Khailebron5355.26%
Hagg Nar4955.25%
Zainthar Kai10254.60%
Draichi Ganeth1352.31%
Kraith240.00%
None/Unknown1740.59%
Faction Total23853.59%

Although the Daughters of Khaine in general fall below the 55% upper bracket, both Khailebron and Hagg Nar breach that with 55.26% and 55.25% respectively.

Top 10 Daughters if Khaine Players

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

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Top Three AoS Lists for the Big Bristol Brawl

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Big Bristol Brawl that took place in the UK on 3rd and 4th December. It involved 41 players (Including our very own Danny) vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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Pre-Tournament Analysis

I thought I’d add a bit about the meta at the event before we jump into the meat of the article. If this is popular I’ll continue doing this on future top three articles.

Ranked Players
Below shows the players already ranked in our Woehammer rankings form events before the Bristol GT.

11 Players had already taken part in 1 GT before this event, with the highest ranked player (Luke Churchus) being 22nd in the UK. Remeber these rankings are based on our own handicapped rankings system explained here.

Faction Breakdown

The Bristol Brawl saw an unusually high number of Daughters, Blades of Khorne and Slaanesh armies, with all three seeing double their expected representation based on the current worldwide meta.

On the flip side of this, the tournament saw no representation from Ironjawz, Slaves, Cities, Kharadron and Big Waagh where we would have expected at least one army to be present.

Of the high win rate factions Beast of Chaos and Disciples are as expected while Ogor Mawtribes and Soulblight see a slightly higher number than compared to the meta.

The Top Three AoS Lists

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

Leaders
Nagash, Supreme Lord of the Undead (955)*
Spirit Torment (115)*
General
– Command Trait: Ruler of the Spirit Hosts
– Artefact: Lightshard of the Harvest Moon

Battleline
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
– Reinforced x 1
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)*

Units
2 x Chainghasts (95)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 74
Drops: 1

Declan: Greg has been using Nagash since AoS3 dropped, and quite a bit before that. In early AoS3, there was a period we met 3 or 4 times and he beat me every time with a Soulblight version…. here he has taken Nighthaunt instead which allows him to use the Nighthaunt alleginace abilities on the charge and back it up with Nagash’s magic dominance.

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When they charge the Bladegheists are almost certain to roll 4+ and get one of the debuffs on the table. But the truly frightening thing is that these debuffs stack. I’m not a fan of the mechanism, but it’s the core of how Nighthaunt work and it is scary when a 10+ is rolled followed by a few 8+ (because you can always go down the table).

There’s no denying that Nagash is the centrepiece though and – although he is seen as weaker in the last update – he can still take on an army (and at 955 points he needs to). I’d love to tell you how to kill him, but the truth is I still don’t know but I imagine it’s got something to do with mortal wounds (preferably at range). It’s definitely not a Mangler Squig (last time I charged one in, I did no wounds to Nagash).

If you’ve not met him before he lives up to his role as the Lord of the Undead… with 8 spell casts, all with bonuses and the piece de la resistance… Arcane Bolt as many times as you like. (see you’ll be glad you brought the ranged mortal wounds. He’s a beast and sometimes the best thing to do is get ahead on points, stand on objectives and hope he and the Bladegheists can’t shift you. Good luck; you’ll need it!

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Allegiance: Fyreslayers
Lodge: Lofnir
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Auric Runefather on Magmadroth (360)**
General
– Command Trait: Blood of the Berzerker
– Artefact: Axe of Grimnir
– Magmadroth Trait: Coal-heart Ancient
Battlesmith (150)**
Battlesmith (150)**

Battleline
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Artefact: Master Rune of Unbreakable Resolve
– Magmadroth Trait: Flame-scale Youngblood
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Magmadroth Trait: Lava-tongue Adult
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)**
Ancestral War-axe

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1940 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 90
Drops: 7

Edit: The maximum number of Magmadroths you can take in a Lofnir list is six, not five as the comment below eludes to.

Ethan: This Lofnir list leans on heavy on the idea that more is more, taking as many magmadroths as you can fit in 2000 points. It’s obviously an effective strategy, having worked out well for Alex, with his only loss being Hagg Nar where I can only predict Morathi’s unkillable rules made for a major issue for an army so light on units.

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Army Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
Army Subfaction: Boulderhead

LEADER
1 x Kragnos (720)
1 x Frostlord on Stonehorn (445)*
General
– Command Traits: Touched by the Everwinter
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Rockmane Elder
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
– Prayers: Heal (🎶Living on a Prayer🎵)
1 x Butcher (135)*
Cleaver
– Spells: Molten Entrails

BATTLELINE
2 x Mournfang Pack (175)*
Skalg
– Culling Clubs and Hackers and Ironfist
1 x Stonehorn Beastriders (310)*
Blood Vulture
2 x Mournfang Pack (175)*
Skalg
– Culling Clubs and Hackers and Ironfist

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1960/2000)

Danny: Andy helped me out with our Ogor Tome Review – so it’s awesome and very interesting to see him go 4-1 and 3rd at this highly competitive event – WITHOUT cannons or Gnoblars. Andy has basically stuck with this tried and tested core of a Frostlord backed by Kragnos – the big(ger) man offering 3d6 charges for those sweet 3d6 MWs on the charge, along with a huge pressure piece while the Frostlord, specced out with Arcane Tome + Flaming weapon for more reliable damage and Touched by the Everwinter to also make him a priest with the ability to heal himself – or Kragnos. So he’s doing it all. Another ‘big cow’ joins the pressure party as the first battleline pick.

Two units of Mournfang fill out the tax, allowing for some excellent objective play, hardly inconsiderable damage and their new and improved resistance to shooting attacks.

Andy also included a Butcher for some utility spell casting and to babysit the mawpot, although he informed me that he regretted including him overall as he always ended up out of range to be useful and felt like wasted points overall.

Andy had a tough route to 4-1, remaining on top table most of the event, taking a big win against IDK to kick off, followed by a tough Blood Knight list, then the Kroak list that beat me, a grudge match over the ‘new’ 4x Ironblaster + leadbelcher Ogor list before finally losing to the event’s winner Greg. The amount of pressure this list can put out can clearly only be resisted by unrendable ghosts with Nagash bringing loads back and shunting fistfuls of MWs through Kragnos’ 2+ save – definitely a counter to what is otherwise clearly a list that very few armies in the game can really withstand.

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

LEADER
1 x Melusai Ironscale (115)*
General
– Command Traits: Zealous Orator
– Artefacts: Crown of Woe(hammer)
1 x Morathi-Khaine (680)*
1 x The Shadow Queen (680)*

BATTLELINE
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
Hag
– Death Pennant Bearer
– Hornblower
– Sciansá and Bladed Buckler
15 x Blood Sisters (420)*
Gorgai
10 x Blood Stalkers (360)*
Krone

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

OTHER
9 x Khainite Shadowstalkers (150)*
Shroud Queen
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
Shryke

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Danny: It me! First things first, I’m working on an in-depth tourney report including some deeper thinking on my list and a breakdown of the games, so for now I’ll give you the digest of HOW the list works rather than get bogged down in the why.

It’s relatively simple – a twist on the Morathi on the bowsnakes. I took 15 spears and 10 bows to lean more heavily into the reliable MWs. Witch aelves are a cheap screen and battleline pick with bladed bucklers for some hopeful clutch saves and mortal wound bouncing. I took Ironscale to make the sneks battleline and enable the run+charge for some key threat projection, but also because I wanted Hagg Nar to speed up Blood Rites, which saves me loads of CP and helps Morathi perform a lot better in early rounds (when she’s still alive!)

This event didn’t allow book battle tactics, so instead of a 2nd squad of Khinerai, I opted for Shadowstonkers, who are also just a relatively tanky and super mobile scoring piece.

Jaws rounds out the list as a spare point filler and another source of MWs against slower targets that my spear sneks might be scared or unable to get into. It’s all wrapped up in a one drop bat reg because this list really, really wants to avoid getting doubled. Of course, sometimes you come up against another 1 drop in round 5 and lose the roll-off….more on that and other exciting, brain-melting moments in my full report.

Want to say a quick but big kudos to both the organisers (Alex and Jonny) from our club, Sigmar’s Pilgrims, and to all my opponents and everyone else there – it was a hugely competitive field but the vibe was friendly and jolly as all hell – a fantastic, super hard fought event!

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Top Three AoS Lists for US Open: Kansas City

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Kansas City Open that took place in USA on 29tg and 30th October. It involved 79 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: Daughters of Khaine
Temple: Zainthar Kai
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
The Shadow Queen (340)*
Morathi-Khaine (340)*
Bloodwrack Medusa (130)*
General
– Command Trait: Zealous Orator
– Artefact: Crown of Woe
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Battleline
15 x Blood Stalkers (540)*
Reinforced x 2
10 x Blood Sisters (280)*
Reinforced x 1
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
Sacrificial Knives and Blade Bucklers

Units
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 94
Drops: 1

Danny: Gavin Grigar is not an uncommon name to see in these parts, but it’s especially nice to see it followed by a complete lack of Spinedog (RIP)

Turns out two big monsters with a timed-invincibility was quite appealing? Anyway – this list reverts to type, Morathi and the bow sneks, 10 stabbers, and 2×5 Khinerai. In case you’re not familiar with the flygirls – they’re perfectly good for 95 pts as a harassment unit, but their true value comes in unlocking a DoK specific battle-tactic, to drop two of them down and use their ‘fire and move’ ability – so, essentially an auto-score.

The beauty of them in this season is that they’re then perfectly positioned to score Barge Through in the following turn unless the opponent dedicates resources to dealing with them, which would usually pull them out of position in so doing. And if they don’t…they’re probably nicely set up for objective stealing and Desecrate too. It’s a really strong little scoring combo for 190 pts and a lot to deal with while you have slithery hammers coming atcha in the meantime.

GavGar took down not one but two tough mirror matches (including Thomas, below), not one but two SoB and a cheeky Legion list on his way to 5-0 – congrats, and good to see ‘pure’ DoK representing again.

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Army Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Traits: Overpowering Stench
– Dolorous Tocsin
– Artefacts of Power: The Splithorn Helm
Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur

BATTLELINE
Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
– 2 x Dolorous Tocsin
Pusgoyle Blightlords (440)*
– 2 x Dolorous Tocsin
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Dolorous Tocsin
Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)*
Dolorous Tocsin
Ungors (65)*
Brayhorn
– Banner Bearer
– Ungor Blade and Half-shield

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1995/2000

Peter: Rather than us explaining how Nurgle Flies and a Spinedog work for the umpteenth time. Emma Mangels has kindly agree to share her experiences of the tournament instead. Thank you Emma!

Emma Mangels: Since the battlescroll update did not drop in time for the open I figured I would combine the 2 worst things in the game into 1 list. I am very happy they increased the points, but they unfortunately did not address any of the issues with the flies or krondspine in the recent battlescroll. The toughest game I had was round 2, a fly mirror with Be’lakor. I’ve played 2 mirrors before at ACO, so I’ve already had some reps in mirrors. I knew it was going to be a dice game, and that my chance of making a run for 1st was already gone due to the mirror match (the mirror is low scoring). I used my pregame move to set up for the strongest counterplay, which included pregame moving 4 flies wholly within 6 of a garrisonable terrain piece and using 2×2 flies on other side to lure my opponent in. Yes, that is right, I garrisoned a unit of 4 flies. I gave up some points in the first 2 turns, but it was about securing every advantage I could since his list had the early edge of 1 more fly and the Be’lakor to shut down my Krondspine. Had a wild moment where I sent my level 1 Krondspine into a single fly (was a 4 man unit) to kill or prevent it from rallying next turn. I did 0 damage, it did 5 damage back and I rolled a 5 killing the Krondspine. He then rolled 2 6s on his 3 dice rally and brought back 2 flies. In the end I was able to muscle out a win with a hard choice top of 5 of going for a battle tactic but opening the door to a VERY low but possible chance my opponent could pick up an extra point (idols) to go ahead OR to just drop the tactic and guarantee the win. I elected to secure the win by tying him up with Nurglings I had summoned to prevent Barge and running away with the last fly unit which was an idol to prevent him from taking the +1 point.

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Army Faction: Daughters of Khaine
Army Subfaction: Hagg Nar
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADER
1 x Slaughter Queen (130)
Prayers: Sacrament of Blood
1 x Hag Queen on Cauldron of Blood (270)***
Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Mindrazor
– Prayers: Covenant of the Iron Heart
1 x High Gladiatrix (90)***
Artefacts: Crown of Woe
1 x Melusai Ironscale (115)***
General
– Command Traits: Zealous Orator

BATTLELINE
10 x Sisters of Slaughter (135)*
Kruiplash and Bladed Buckler
10 x Sisters of Slaughter (135)*
Kruiplash and Bladed Buckler
30 x Witch Aelves (345)*
Hag
– 6 x Death Pennant Bearer
– 6 x Hornblower
– Sciansá and Bladed Buckler
10 x Blood Sisters (280)**
10 x Blood Sisters (280)**

BEHEMOTH
1 x Avatar of Khaine (155)

INVOCATION
1 x Heart of Fury (45)

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

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)

Danny: ALSO dropping Spinedog – praise be! – is another familiar name. Thomas however has opted for the increasingly (albeit slowly) popular Norathi list variation, dropping the big shadow momma in favour of loads more bodies and overlapping synergies.

There’s a lot more going on than maybe meets the eye to this kind of list. It centers around the Cauldron of Blood with Hag Queen – an excellent utility piece that radiates a +1 save aura and is a ‘tanky’ (in DoK terms – 13 wounds!) platform for some key enhancements – and more importantly, casting Heart of Fury on a 2+ (+1 to prayers from…itself!).

Heart of Fury is utterly key here – reducing melee damage by 1 in an aura – to keeping the big blob (and more besides) of Witches alive. Combined with the 4+ rally, it really takes a lot to chew through them, especially as Thom has opted for bladed bucklers, putting them on a 5+ that also reflects a MW back with a 6+ save roll. While supported by the buffs of the Gladiatrix and the Avatar (including the one riding shotgun on the cauldron), that blob is also putting out 61 attacks at 2/2/-2/1.

The 2x 10 Sisters of Slaughter benefit from all the same buffs, but the reason you take them instead of Witches is their eligibility to fight within 6″ (and pile in the extra 3″) – allowing you some flexibility with activation.

Interesting, Thom has still included the Ironscale, despite not needing her to make sneks battleline to fill that requirement – she’s an odd duck and often known as a ‘snake tax’, but she does have a command ability to allow one of the 2×10 stab sneks to run and charge – combined with their 8″ move, the +1 to both from the Blood Rites in round 2 – thanks to the +1 to Rites from being Hagg Nar – that gives them some serious slitherin’ speed.

This is looking like the new overall ‘shape’ of a Norathi build, and it’s awesome to see just how viable it is. I would love to have seen the mirror with Gavin!

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

LEADER
1 x Auric Runefather on Magmadroth (360)**
General
– Command Traits: Blood of the Berzerker
– Mount Traits: Coal-heart Ancient
1 x Auric Runemaster (125)**
Artefacts: Volatile Brazier
Prayers: Curse
1 x Battlesmith (150)**
Artefacts: Nulsidian Icon

BATTLELINE
1 x Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Mount Traits: Flame-scale Youngblood
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)*
Hornblower of Grimnir
– Karl
15 x Hearthguard Berzerkers (480)*
Karl
– Flamestrike Poleaxe
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)***
Hornblower of Grimnir
– Karl
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)***
Hornblower of Grimnir
– Karl

INVOCATION
1 x Molten Infernoth (40)

TERRAIN
1 x Magmic Battleforge (0)

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

TOTAL POINTS: (1985/2000)

Peter: As none of us have any real experience with Fyreslayers. Kevin Lathers has agreed to step in and fill in our knowledge gap. Kevin previously wrote a fantastic guide on Fyreslayers which you can read here.

Kevin: Vito’s list is definitely an abnormality in the grand world of Fyreslayer lists. Like any Fyreslayer list, this will play a little different dependent on opponent, it’s the nature of Fyreslayers. A Lofnir list which eschews the normal 3 or 4 magmadroths and only takes two: a Runeson and a Runefather. These are supported with a mix of Vulkite Berserkers and Hearthguard Berserkers.

It still relies on a couple key pieces few Fyreslayers leave home without: A Runemaster chanting the Molten Infernoth for the Grand Strategy; Masters of the Forge may be one of the best GS in the game; and a battlesmith providing its normal role of anti-magic aura and its once per game 5+ ward being extremely powerful into possible double turns.

In play, Vito has a few options at his disposal depending on the opponent and this list is going to be a tide that can wash over anyone underestimating the once per game buffs. Hearthguard Berserkers receive their 4+ ward off any hero, including both magmadroths.

Without a Runesmiter for forward drops, this list will rely on the built in speed of the Magmadroths as well as the Runemaster’s “Ember Storm” prayer to give the Hearthguard or Vulkites run + charge. Further, Vulkites have a built in +1 charge to help get them across the baord.

Vulkites can be both a hammer — having decent damage on the charge with certain runes like the Rune of Searing Heat or Awakened Steel — and a shield, where their fight on death means they turn into an extremely punishing blocker/screen for the Magmadroths. Some of the Vulkites are also in Expert Conquerors forcing opponents to deal with them where they can further act as a quagmire of pain.

Heathguard Berserkers hit very hard and, with Magmadroths being there to provide their ward aura, are freed from the shackles of a foot hero. They can also be given run and charge to keep up with the droths and provide an incredible hammer, netting 10 mortal wounds on average. Or they can be left to guard the backline providing a threat that few things want to deal with.

And all this is followed up with a Runefather which can not only buff the surrounding units with more attacks, but can fight twice once per game. The multitide of infantry shields means the Runefather can be positioned to make full use of the fight twice ability. If played right this ends up with the an incredible wombo combo: The Runefather goes in, pops his Lord of the Lodge ability, the Hearthguard Berserkers charge in getting more swings for 14-16 mortal wounds on average, and the Vulkites come in with a whopping four attacks each under the aura. Meanwhile the Runefather can fight twice into something beefy or important or even into multiple units. If applied at just right time this could feasibly table an opponent or at least remove all of their key pieces.

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Top Three AoS Lists for HHOGT 2022

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Hobart Hammer On Grand Tournament that took place in Tasmania, Australia on 1st and 2nd October. It involved 26 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

Ethan: Bit of a fun one here. I was at this GT! I came second, first GT ever to boot! Let’s get into the lists and keep an eye out for the GT writeup soonish when I find some time to put thoughts to keyboard but in case that is delayed somewhat a massive shout-out to Mitch the TO and our venue of Good Games Hobart for getting AoS kicking in good old Tassie again!

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

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

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

The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Daughters of Khaine
Temple: Hagg Nar
– Mortal Realm: Ulgu
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Morathi-Khaine (340)*
Lore of Shadows: Mindrazor
– Lore of Shadows: Shroud of Despair
The Shadow Queen (340)*
High Gladiatrix (90)*
General
– Command Trait: Zealous Orator
– Artefact: Crown of Woe
– Incamate Bond

Battleline
20 x Witch Aelves (230)**
Pairs of Sacrificial Knives
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Witch Aelves (115)***
Sacrificial Knives and Blade Bucklers
10 x Witch Aelves (115)***
Sacrificial Knives and Blade Bucklers

Units
10 x Doomfire Warlocks (290)**
Spell1: Universal Spell Lore: Levitate
– Spell2: Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
– Reinforced x 1

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

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

Additional Enhancements
Spell

Total: 1990/2000
Reinforced Units: 2/4
Allies: 400/400
Wounds: 84
Drops: 8

Ethan: Congratulations to Luke Stone of Cinderfall gaming (check him out on YouTube) on his first GT victory. He achieved this with a DoK list which seems to be the new and improved iteration of Morathi and her pesky bow snakes, along with a Spinedog. This list presents you with lasting problems to which many armies don’t have an answer. Both Morathi and the Spinedog are fighting and murdering things for the first 2 battle rounds under ideal conditions, even more if you don’t have units to handle them and weather the storm. Backing this spine up, a high gladiatrix and 40 witch aelves sit as a mobile block ready to delete anything which makes it past the front lines. One block of 20 is in Bounty hunters, adding to their powers of deletion while the other two MSU units are in Expert Conquerors adding to this army’s prodigious scoring capabilities.

An interesting piece of tech for this list is the inclusion of the 10 Doomfire Warlocks, creating an additional hypermobile threat to assist either Morathi or the Spinedog or to create pressure in the parts of the field that they can’t cover. Add in a Purple Sun and the Doomfires running near your lines becomes rather ominous as you’re forced to deal with them or play hero roulette for the turn (We played this GT under old Purple Sun rules but the statement remains true!). The one critique I hold for the list is it puts a great deal of points into a limited number of models so anything with the capacity to go wide (a rarity in the current meta) or to pin it, rather than vice versa can present it with some difficult questions to answer. That aside, Luke performed admirably throughout the tournament, only losing in the fifth round and only dropping a single battle tactic over the course of the entire event!

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Allegiance: Sylvaneth
Glade: Gnarlroot
– Season of War: The Dwindling
– Mortal Realm: Ghyran
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Warsong Revenant (305)
General
– Command Trait: Spellsinger
– Lore of the Deepwood: The Dwellers Below
Treelord Ancient (360)
Lore of the Deepwood Treesong
Arch-Revenant (120)”
Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Lore of the Deepwood: Verdurous Harmony

UNITS
10 x Dryads (100)*
5x Tree-Revenants (110)*
5x Tree-Revenants (110)*
6x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Greatswords (500)*
3x Vanguard-Raptors with Longstrike Crossbows (240)*
Alles

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Horrorghast (40)
Spiteswarm Hive (40)
Vengeful Skullroot (60)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL: 1985/2000
WOUNDS: 93
ALLIES: 240/400
REINFORCED UNITS: 1/4
DROPS: 1

Ethan: This list is a masterpiece of tasteful design, whoever made it must be both a savant of the game and incredibly good looking to boot…

I’ve been informed that I should stick to writing the articles from here forward so, full disclosure, this is my list! This list runs Gnarlroot for the 3d6 casting once per turn, usually invested into the Warsong bomb to maximise Mortal Wound output. Combined with The Dwindling for re-rolls and the intrinsic +1 to cast of the Warsong Revenant and you have a considerable backline ranged threat active from turn 1. The TLA acts as an enabling piece for this, placing a single tree anywhere on the field and acting as a decent combat beat stick. Throw in a Vengeful Skullroot and there are very few support heroes surviving the first turn as the endless spell is cast from the summoned tree, right into the midst of the enemy army. Horrorghast provides the army a means of evening the wound differential Sylvaneth often suffers from, acting as a great anti-horde tool over a wide area in combination with the warsong bomb and creating great threat against reinforced elite units.

The only other spicy aspects of the list are the Kurnoth Swords as a 6-block, unusual in its difference from the usual scythe block found in Sylvaneth lists. Swords hold the unique advantage of being more effective after taking 5 wounds (even surpassing 6 scythes in damage output) and being significantly more damaging without supporting pieces, lessening the need to play a terrifying game of chicken with the Archrevenant and avoiding the antisynergy present in the allegiance abilities’ limitation of a single unit strike and fading per turn. In review, and especially against Nighthaunt (Sorry Steve) this worked as planned and provided a durable and dangerous mortal wound output into the broadest possible variety of units. The other tech piece is allied Longstrikes. We all know what Longstrikes do. I refuse to pay 230 points for mediocre shooting on a 15 wound chassis (Get in the bin, Kurnoth Bows). They help force battleshock tests and ensure if the opponent had any hope of using any of their heroes, it’s snuffed out. This list also went 4-1 (no 5-0s in the event!), dropping game 4 to a 10-Protector Hammer of Sigmar list.

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Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
Stormhost: Hallowed Knights (Scions of the Storm)
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Demonstration of Strength
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Gardus Steel Soul (150)*
Lord-Relictor (145)
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Celestial Blades
– Prayer: Translocation

UNITS
5 x Liberators (115)*
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons
5 x Liberators (115)*
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1 x Grandweapons
5x Liberators (115)*
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1 x Grandweapons
4 x Stormdrake Guard (680)*
Drakerider’s Warblade
4 x Stormdrake Guard (680)*
Drakerider’s Lance

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Holy Command: Call for Aid

TOTAL: 2000/2000
WOUNDS: 114
ALLIES: 0/400
REINFORCED UNITS: 2/4
DROPS: 1

Ethan: In third, this Hallowed Knights list from Kaine presents the opponent with two massive threats (1st and 3rd sharing a theme there) in the form of two blocks of 4 x Stormdrake Guard. Call to aid and MSU liberators provide battleline requirements and durable deck-chair sitters at a point premium while Gardus and the standard Lord-Relictor set-up provide durability and mobility in equal parts. Much like Luke’s List, Kaine’s list asks the opponent a key question of “Can you deal with 36 wounds of Mortal Wound outputting, 3+ armour save, 5+ ward save, flying cavalry counting as 5 each on objectives?”. If the answer is no, congratulations you’re not playing Big Stabbas. With the exception of the Spinedog (which I think Kaine managed to dodge in this GT) treating them like a sectioned-up protein bar, dragons haven’t lost any of the power they once enjoyed, even if they have lost automatic 3” charges the moment your opponent puts down their dice. This creates brilliant pressure all game long and a strong primary-scoring advantage which most armies will struggle to match.

Gardus is an interesting tech-piece here, adding to the Dragons’ and Liberators’ durability massively with the 5+ ward but obligating the use of the Hallowed Knights subfaction, which is often overlooked compared to other Stormcast offerings. The list does suffer when it comes across something which can either kill the dragons quickly or withstand the storm of damage they put out but with a lack of both present in this tournament Kaine was able to execute consistently with his two big-threat units to carry himself to a 4-1, only losing to Sylvaneth in round 2.

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Allegiance: Skaven
Grand Strategy: Arch-corruptors of the Mortal Realms
– Triumphs:

LEADERS
Thanquol on Boneripper (415)*
4 Warpfire Projectors
– Lore of Ruin: Death Frenzy
Warlock Bombardier (115)*
Artefact: Esoteric Warp Resonator
– Lore of Warpvolt Galvanism: More-more-more Warp Power!
Plague Priest (100)**
General
– Command Trait: High Priest
– Noxious Prayers: Rabid-rabid
Plague Priest (100)**
Noxious Prayers: Filth-int
Plague Priest (100)**
Universal Prayer Scripture: Guidance

UNITS
20 x Clanrats (100)**
Rusty Blade
– 2x Standard Bearers
– 2x Standard Bell Ringers
20 x Clanrats (100)**
Rusty Blade
– 2x Standard Bearers
– 2x Standard Bell Ringers
6 x Stormfiends (640)*
2x Windlaunchers
– 2x Rating Cannons
– 2x Doomflayer Gauntlets
20 x Plague Monks (180)*
Foetid Blades
– 2x Standard Bearers
– 2x Plague Harbingers

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Warp Lightning Vortex (80)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL: 2000/2000
WOUNDS: 130
REINFORCED UNITS: 2/4
DROPS: 2
ALLIES: 0/400

Ethan: Freddie Berryman: Our local protagonist and rat-man enthusiast was the favourite for many of our locals. A Skaven Savant, Freddy utilizes a wide variety of army-specific strategies in this list, with the Grand Strategy “Arch-Corruptors of the Mortal Realms” providing an alternative to many of the swingier options available in the current GHB. This only requires any three of Thanquol and the three Plague Priests to survive until the end of the game.

Freddy has gone wide with his list, investing for the full Pestilens package, including Great Plagues while dipping his toe into Masterclan and Skyre for perks for their respective units. Thanquol forms the backbone of the list with a massive +3 casting bonus baseline ensuring dominance in spellcasting while the 4 Warpfire Projectors, properly screened, create a strong deterrent for anyone thinking of quickly lifting a unit of Clanrats. Thanquol has the ability to issue the same command twice so, positioned properly alongside the Stormfiends, any army without the chaff requires to eat the unleash hell will have a miserable time cracking open the Skaven Castle.

Outside of this, the Plague Monks – buffed to the nines by the Plague Priests and Death Frenzy – are one of the punchiest units in the entire game. Kragnos? Archaon? 20 rats with little swords and more attacks than can be reliably attributed to the entire united states military. Were you previously against dice-rolling apps? You won’t be after spending 10 minutes watching your opponent obliterate your favourite unit through the sheer power of “eventually you will roll enough 1s to die”. Safe to say, if your opponent has a scary looking unit, you can point Plague Monks at it and assume its death is imminent.

One of the more interesting aspects of Freddie’s list is taking a compact Skyre package of Bombadier and 6 Stormfiends, allowing the projection of a powerful shooting threat to “encourage” opponents to approach the castle. Throw in Warp Lightning Vortex and Purple Sun and you’ve got a truly terrifying list.

Freddy finished Best in Chaos with a respectable 3-2, falling to both 4th and 5th place. Having played every Orruk army at the event I can only feel for his Clanrats, who must feel like they’ve been hit by a car or at a minimum, a stiff breeze.

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

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

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

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

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

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

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

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

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

Leaders

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

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

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

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

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

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

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

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for Armed Forces Day 5

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for Armed Forces Day 5 that took place in Illinois, USA on 30th and 31st July. It involved 34 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Stormcast Eternals
Army Type: Scions of the Storm
– Army Subfaction: Hallowed Knights
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADER
Gardus Steel Soul (150)
Lord-Relictor (145)
General
– Command Traits: High Priest
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Celestial Blades
– Prayers: Translocation

BATTLELINE
Liberators (115)
Liberator-Prime
– Grandweapon
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Sigmarite Shield
Liberators (115)
Liberator-Prime
– Grandweapon
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Sigmarite Shield
Liberators (115)
Liberator-Prime
– Grandweapon
– Heavens-wrought Weapon and Sigmarite Shield

OTHER
1 x Stormdrake Guard (680)
Stormdrake-Prime
– Drakerider’s Warblade
1 x Stormdrake Guard (680)
Stormdrake-Prime
– Drakerider’s Warblade

CORE BATTALIONS:
Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

Brett: Stormcast is an interesting faction playing a little more like Custodes than the Space Marines they are always accused of being. They have high moral and good saves making them hard to shift but they’re damage isn’t amazing. They don’t rely on amazing complicated synergies and casting certain spells the right way to unlock a combo. That also makes them a bit easier to know and counter so to get the best out of them you need a good general.

Alan’s gone 5/0 taking down some solid armies that play well into Stormcast. Unfortunately they were melee heavy which are maybe vulnerable to Stormdrakes. The army has 2 small heroes with 1 prayer, 1 cast and 2 denies, 3 small screening units and 2 massive hammers in the Stormdrakes. Stormdrakes in Bounty Hunters increases their damage (to Galletian Veterans) by 43%. Bounty Hunters has the biggest effect on Damage 1 weapons giving a 100% increase. Both the Relictor and Gardus are decent combat support charaters as well.

The Liberators are a screen and hold objectives, within Hallowed Knights they also fight on death. Not combat power houses but they have a 3+ save with a 5+ ward if within 12″ of Gardus. The Holy Command isn’t shown but was likely Call to Aid, which allows the return of a unit of Liberators. In a pinch The Lord Relictor can translocate a unit across the board, it has to be wholly within 9″ of him so the drakes will struggle. Translocation gets answered on 2+ (he gets +1 to prayers) and has a reroll so at some point you can expect him to move a unit. He could even respawn a unit of Liberators once they are killed next to him and then throw them to a lightly or unoccupied objective. Can be a really easy way to get a Battle Tactic.

The heart of this list is the 2 big mobile, 12″ move, hammers. Against armies with minimal shooting they are able to roam the board and not including shooting can put out 80 wounds a turn. Can they one shot Teclis – yes. Their shooting is swingy with each dragon having a 33% chance of doing nothing, D3 damage or D6 damage. A nice bonus but not something to rely on. It’s also good to punish small heroes or other units behind screens before hitting the screens. Scions of the Storm makes sense in Season 1 where the Stormkeep’s counts as 3 on objectives is neutered. If a list has a lot of shooting you can keep something back for later deployment or drop Gardus close to some Stormdrakes that are going to be in heavy combat.

Dropping Gardus from the sky ensures the drakes are within 12″ for his 5+ ward but also his ability to make Hallowed Knights fight again on death and his extra attack. 4 drakes will definitely destroy god models like Teclis in that scenario. Gardus also grants a reroll charges on top of the Stomdrake reroll charge on the turn they arrive. Pity we don’t have space for a Lord Imperatent to give a 7″ to the drakes. With 36 wounds they are very difficult to clear in a phase, once they are in they will tie up units for sometime. The drakes coherency rules and mobility give you a significant amount of board control and the ability to influence your opponent’s options.

Prime Hunters really hit Stormcast by putting a mark on their best units hitters (Fulminators, Stormdrake and Raptors). With Holy Command, Raptors aren’t that attractive, however the other units are. I wonder if we will see a resurgence in placings now, there are still a lot of Stormcast players.

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Army Faction: Lumineth Realm-lords
Subfaction: Zaitrec
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Scinari Cathallar (110)*
Artefacts of Power: Gift of Celennar
– Spells: Etheral Blessings, Overwhelming Heat, Total Eclipse
Archmage Teclis (740)*
General
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat
Alarith Stonemage (120)*
Spells: Crippling Vertigo, Overwhelming Heat, Voice of the Mountains

BATTLELINE
Vanari Bladelords (130)*
Bladelord Seneschal
Vanari Auralan Wardens (290)**
High Warden
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Protection of Hysh
Vanari Auralan Wardens (290)**
High Warden
– Spells: Etheral Blessings, Overwhelming Heat

OTHER
Vanari Dawnriders (140)*
Steedmaster
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Speed of Hysh

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Umbral Spellportal (70)
1 x Horrorghast (40)
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Brett: A Teclis led Lumineth army takes second on the back of a 4/1, losing to Stormcast in the 4th round. Could be a tag line from an early 3rd edition tournament. In any event Jonathan has taken the “alternative” path with a Warden heavy list to support Teclis and his band of mages. To round out this approach there are 3 Endless Spells, because that’s what Teclis is for, getting that Purple Sun into your face. Even when he casts 4 spells they are auto cast on a 10, they are all auto matic. That leaves one spell on a 10 to cast; Protection of Teclis (5+ ward) for everything within 18″. On subsequent rounds he’s free to cast anything including Speed of Hysh and Transporting Vortex in case mobility is a concern.

In the current magic/endless spell meta, or what seems to be a magic heavy meta, Teclis is a great choice. He can automatically dispel 1 endless spell and automatically unbind one as well. No Purple Sun for you. Umbral Spell portal increases the range for him to hit you with Storm of Searing Light and he isn’t bad in combat. He is a lot of points. Otherwise the list includes bodyguards for the Scinari and Dawnriders for taking remote action, board control and harassment. 14″ move and with Speed of Hysh (28″) make them a constant threat. Then there are the 2 big anvil units. The wardens are slow moving but counting for 60 on objectives makes them something you need to deal with. You want to whittle them down early preferably before they can cast Power of Hysh (MW on 5+)

+1 to cast from the Zaitrec Nation, Teclis granting 4+ wards against spells and a spell reflect like ability mean that spells are trivial to this army. Despite a potential threat from archers Jonathan defeated an Idoneth list with 4 units of archers (3 x Reavers and 1 x Sentinals for good measure). I wouldn’t want to be those Sentinals when Teclis catches them. The results show the effectiveness of 4 Stormdrakes vs units of 2, Jonathan easily beat a SCE army centred on units of 2 but lost to the bigger unit. I feel sorry for the Seraphon casting list without Kroak (2nd round), talk about bringing a knife to a gun fight. Great performance.

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Army Faction: Daughters of Khaine
Army Subfaction: Hagg Nar
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Morathi-Khaine (680)**
1 x The Shadow Queen (680)**
1 x High Gladiatrix (90)**
General
– Command Traits: Zealous Orator
– Artefacts: Crown of Woe

BATTLELINE
20 x Witch Aelves (230)*
Hag
– Death Pennant Bearer
– Hornblower
– Paired Sciansá
20 x Witch Aelves (230)*
Hag
– Death Pennant Bearer
– Hornblower
– Paired Sciansá
10 x Sisters of Slaughter (135)*
Handmaiden
– Hornblower
– Death Pennant Bearer
– Kruiplash and Bladed Buckler

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Bloodwrack Viper (80)

OTHER
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)
10 x Blood Stalkers (360)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Bounty Hunters
**Command Entourage – Strategists

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Brett: Daughters of Khaine have a new book and Witch Aelves are good again. A good run through the tournament taking the new hotness from Death (Nighthaunt) and the Tree loving Sylvaneth both fresh from their own recent books. AoS Coach just covered a list like this with Marcella Helu if you’d like a more in depth discussion. Also great to see the new Hero for DoK – the High Gladiatrix.

Before going into the army too far though I have to acknowledge that the tournament was allowing book Battle Traits and Grand Strategies. Bloodthirsty Zealots is very easy to accomplish (either fight or be destroyed) and the army itself is built to take advantage of at least 4 book BT. The Khinerai can easily accomplish 2 themselves with very little interaction. That’s all I’ll say about it.

Otherwise this is a very solid army. The Shadowqueen is able to tank a bit but really you want to go first to power up the Witch Aelves and unleash them. They are +1 to charge from in the first round, and +1 to wound and -1 rend if they are within 12″ of the Gladiatrix. Sisters of Slaughter outfitted to tank as well with an improved save and reflecting hits on 6s.

With all of Cheryl’s opponents being similarly combat based until the last round, the fights would have been brutal and resolved by who attacked first. As a low rend, 1 damage army they don’t give up much to Nighthaunt and each Witch Aelve has, at full strength, the ability to remove complete units. They are vulnerable to the 4 Drake block, you could play this destroying the troops and ignore Morathi.

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Army Faction: Legion of the First Prince
Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Sloppity Bilepiper (130)*
1 x Lord of Change (400)*
Staff of Tzeentch and Rod of Sorcery
– Spells: Flaming Weapon, The Master’s Command
1 x Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)**
Daemonic Axe and Malefic Talons
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
1 x Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (280)**
General
– Command Traits: Ruinous Aura
– Artefacts: Armour of the Pact

BATTLELINE
10 x Bloodletters (110)*
Bloodreaper
– Hornblower
– Gore-drenched Icon Bearer
20 x Plaguebearers (300)**
Icon Bearer
– Piper
– Plagueridden
5 x Flesh Hounds (105)**
Gore Hound
– Burning Roar

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Soulsnare Shackles (50)

OTHER
3 x Nurglings (105)*
3 x Nurglings (105)*
3 x Nurglings (105)*
6 x Furies (95)**

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Brett: Are you given to the dark side but not sure what faction suits you best? Do you love flexibility and never making a decision? If you said YES YES YES then Legion of the First Prince is for you. Taking the fallen(?) of the daemon worlds, Legions of the First Prince provides them a home. Mike has gone with the bigger daemons for punch with a few smaller daemons to hit objectives. But where is Belakor?

Unfortunately that means the army misses out on the rerolls for the battleline demons that Belakor allows, and the heals. But on the upside, beyond the power of the Greater Demons Mike was able to summon units from Khorne, Nurgle and Tzeentch depending on what he needed. The Plaguebearers are hard to move off objectives while the Flesh Hounds provide mobile threat. Some shooting from the Furies, stabby Bloodletters and the annoying Nurglings.

The results bear out that this approach can be effective. Along the way Mike beat armies that included 40 Sentinels and 30 Blood Sisters, elsewhere considered the scourge of daemons. Their nemesis appears to be red headed dwarfs who cut a swathe through them. An innovative list with a number of tricks from the Demon Prince from halving movement to spell eating (good in the Purple Sun meta). Good to see life in the Legion ahead of updated books.

Final Tournament Placings

AoS Meta Stats (w/e 10th July 2022)

Here are the AoS Meta Stats for all the Grand Tournaments that have taken place between Monday 4th July and Sunday 10th July 2022. These are all the GT’s that I can locate on Tabletop.to or BestCoastPairing, if you know of any others please send me a link and I’ll add them.

Once again, another quiet week, with only 3 Grand Tournaments.

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Grand Tournaments

Ranked from largest to smallest.

South Coast Series July – England/UK
40 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSlaves to DarknessHost of the Everchosen5-0-0
2ndNighthauntScarlet Doom4-0-1
3rdSylvanethHeartwood4-0-1
4thSylvanethGnarlroot4-0-1
5thSeraphonFangs of Sotek4-0-1
6thIdoneth DeepkinFuethan4-0-1
7thMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men4-0-1
8thBonesplitterzDrakkfoot3-1-1
9thNighthaunt Emerald Host3-0-2
10thDaughters of KhaineZainthar Kai3-0-2
South Coast Series July

Summer on the Coast AoS GT – Washington/USA
37 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stKharadron OverlordsBarak-Zilfin5-0-0
2ndDaughters of KhaineHagg Nar4-0-1
3rdBlades of KhorneGoretide4-0-1
4thHedonites of SlaaneshLurid Haze4-0-1
5thSlaves to DarknessHost of the Everchosen4-0-1
6thNighthaunt Scarlet Doom4-0-1
7thSeraphonThunder Lizard3-0-2
8thSons of BehematBreaker Tribe3-0-2
9thSylvanethHeartwood3-0-2
10thSylvanethGnarlroot3-0-2
Summer on the Coast AoS GT

Kingdom of Skrappa Spill – England/UK
28 PlayersGenerals Handbook: Pitched Battles 2022-23 Season 1

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stCities of SigmarHallowheart5-0-0
2ndDaughters of KhaineKhailebron4-0-1
3rdCities of SigmarHammerhal4-0-1
4thSkaven4-0-1
5thMaggotkin of Nurgle3-1-1
6thSeraphonThunder Lizard3-1-1
7thDaughters of KhaineKhailebron3-0-2
8thDaughters of KhaineHagg Nar3-0-2
9thNighthaunt 3-0-2
Kingdom of Skrappa Spill

Grand Alliance Stats

These stats reflect the last four weeks of GT’s that we’re aware of at Woehammer.

303 players (-182) took part in 12 GT’s (-4) over the last four weeks.

Grand AllianceWin RateArmies% Share of Armies5-0 Wins4+ Wins
Chaos56.4%6220.46%520
Order51.0%14949.17%421
Death43.8%5016.50%16
Destruction43.8%4213.86%03

Chaos continue to lead the way in the win rates, dropping only slightly from 56.7% last week to 56.4% this week. While Order pick up the most number of armies represented and most 4+. Chaos steal the crown this week for most 5-0’s.

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Faction Stats

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

FactionWin RateArmies% Share of Armies5-0 Wins0-5 Losses
Slaves to Darkness72.2%61.98%11
Beasts of Chaos63.1%134.29%20
Nighthaunt61.3%175.61%10
Blades of Khorne60.0%51.65%00
Sylvaneth58.5%134.29%00
Cities of Sigmar57.1%175.61%11
Seraphon56.3%247.92%21
Kharadron Overlords55.0%61.98%11
Big Waaagh!54.0%51.65%00
Maggotkin of Nurgle53.8%216.93%12
Bonesplitterz51.5%72.31%00
Lumineth Realm-Lords50.0%123.96%00
Daughters of Khaine50.0%175.61%01
Sons of Behemat50.0%82.64%00
Idoneth Deepkin47.8%185.94%00
Sons of Behemat48.5%214.33%01
Skaven46.7%61.98%10
Legion of the First Prince46.7%61.98%01
Stormcast Eternals45.6%268.58%03
Ogor Mawtribes44.8%61.98%01
Fyreslayers43.0%165.28%01
Flesh-eater Courts40.0%51.65%00
Soulblight Gravelords37.8%185.94%02
Gloomspite Gitz33.3%61.98%00
Ironjawz32.8%72.31%02
Ossiarch Bonereapers27.0%103.30%02

Slaves to Darkness and Blades of Khorne continue their run of good form in experienced hands. While the new battletomes of Nighthaunt and Sylvaneth can also be seen in the +55% area. Daughters of Khaine are smack in the middle with a perfect 50% win rate. While Skaven are beginning to climb.

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Subfactions

All factions listed below have been represented at tournaments by at least 5 players.

FactionSubfactionWin RateArmies% Share of Armies5-0 Wins0-5 Losses
Maggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men69.1%113.63%10
NighthauntScarlet Doom67.6%72.31%00
Beasts of ChaosNone61.4%72.31%10
Cities of SigmarLiving City57.1%72.31%00
SeraphonThunder Lizard55.7%216.93%21
Sons of BehematBreaker Tribe53.4%61.98%00
Stormcast EternalsHallowed Knights52.9%72.31%00
FyreslayersLofnir51.7%61.98%00
NighthauntEmerald Host48.3%61.98%00
Lumineth Realm-LordsZaitrec48.1%113.63%00
Daughters of KhaineZainthar Kai47.1%72.31%01
Legion of the First Prince46.7%61.98%01
Skaven46.7%61.98%10
Soulblight GravelordsVyrkos Dynasty43.3%61.98%00
Stormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar42.3%154.95%03
Soulblight GravelordsKastelai Dynasty38.6%72.31%01
FyreslayersGreyfyrd35.2%92.97%01
Ossiarch BonereapersPetrifex Elite27.5%82.64%01

Drowned Men continue to lead the way with a win rate of 69.1% despite Maggotkin overall only having a win rate of 53.8%. Nighthaunt and Scarlet Doom find themselves near the top now as predicted by Danny some weeks ago. Meanwhile at the bottom of the table Ossiarch Bonereapers/Petrifex Elite are the only subfaction below 30% win rate.

Interestingly Fyreslayers have Lofnir (6 PLayers) with a win rate of 51.7% and the more popular Greyfyrd (9 Players) at 35.2%, are people playing the wrong subfaction?

Next Week

I’ll have graphs. Because nothing says stats like some graphs…..

Top Three AoS Lists for Summer on the Coast AoS GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Summer on the Coast AoS GT that took place in Washington, USA on 9th and 10th July. It involved 37 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Top Three AoS Lists - 1st Place, Maggotkin of Nurgle

Allegiance: Kharadron Overlords
Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs (Literally!)
– Triumphs: Inspired

Kharadron Code
– Artycle: Master The Skies
– Amendment: Always Take What You Are Owed
– Footnote: There’s No Trading With Some People

Leaders
Aether-Khemist (90)*
General
– Command Trait: Collector
– Artefact: Spell in a Bottle
Aetheric Navigator (85)*
Arkanaut Admiral (125)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)

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

Units
1 x Grundstok Gunhauler (155)*
Main Gun: Drill Cannon
1 x Grundstok Gunhauler (155)*
Main Gun: Drill Cannon

Behemoths
Arkanaut Frigate (250)
Main Gun: Heavy Sky Cannon
Arkanaut Frigate (250)
Main Gun: Heavy Sky Cannon
Arkanaut Ironclad (490)*
Main Gun: Great Sky Cannon
– Great Endrinworks: Zonbarcorp ‘Dealbreaker’ Battle Ram

Endless Spells & Invocations
The Burning Head (20)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 112
Drops: 3

Brett: Great to see a top 3 with 2 of our weaker factions here and a larger event taken out by Kharadron Overlords (KO), a great counter meta move. 3 small heroes, 3 mandatory battleline (KO only has the one available) and 5 fast moving gunships hailing from Barak-Zilfin, this could be a 2nd edition list. Except it is very new list that is playing hard into the new season and the improved Endless Spells. One drop, can choose who is going first, and Spell in a Bottle guarantees that Purple sun is coming out when you want it to. That reduces saves by -1 one in the face of an army with a lot of ranged attacks most of which are Rend -1 or -2. That’s if it doesn’t eat something important. That immediately makes saves of 4 or 5 (or worse) likely on key units. For key armies like DoK that leaves them with no saves on almost all of their non hero units. The Burning Head and second wizard is pretty clever as well, casting value of 6 makes it easy to bring out dealing consistent mortal wounds. It also makes it hard to concentrate force or close with the KO boats, one of their biggest weaknesses. Does KO offer a way to mitigate DoK Blood Sister lists as happened here in Round 4? Either way a really amazing effort going 5/0 with KO.

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Army Faction: Daughters of Khaine
Army Subfaction: Hag Nar
– Grand Strategy: Bloodthirsty Zealots
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Hag Queen on Cauldron of Blood (270)*
Artefacts: Crown of Woe
– Prayers: Blessing of Khaine
1 x Melusai Ironscale (115)*
General
– Command Traits: Zealous Orator
1 x Bloodwrack Shrine (200)**
Spells: Miniature

BATTLELINE
10 x Blood Stalkers (360)**
15 x Blood Sisters (420)**
10 x Blood Sisters (280)**

INVOCATION
1 x Heart of Fury (45)

OTHER
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
5 x Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1975/2000)

Brett: Another solid showing for Daughters of Khaine (DoK) here with one of the alternate builds eschewing Morathi to put more units on the board. Only losing in the 4th round to the eventual winner we see some of the depth of the new book. However not having the Shadow Queen may have let the KO dominate a bit too much as they can stand off and shoot anything in this list. Lots of mobility with the Khinerai and a lot of board control, at least at the mid board, with the Blood Stalkers to screen the Blood Sisters. A good all round list that, with only a little bit of luck could be expected to go 4/1 or even 5/0 consistently as we are accustomed to.

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Top Three AoS Lists - 3rd place, Legion of the First Prince

Army Faction: Blades of Khorne
Army Subfaction: Goretide
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
Bloodsecrator (125)*
Artefacts: Banner of Rage
Bloodstoker (80)*
Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut (140)*
General
– Command Traits: Hew the Foe
– Artefacts: Thronebreaker’s Torc
Slaughterpriest (100)**
Bloodbathed Axe
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Prayers: Killing Frenzy
Slaughterpriest (100)**
Bloodbathed Axe
– Prayers: Bronzed Flesh
Slaughterpriest (100)**
Bloodbathed Axe
– Prayers: Blood Sacrifice

BATTLELINE
2 x Mighty Skullcrushers (495)***
Skullhunter
– 3 x Standard Bearer
– 3 x Hornblower
– Bloodglaive
1 x Mighty Skullcrushers (330)***
Skullhunter
– 2 x Standard Bearer
– 2 x Hornblower
– Bloodglaive
Mighty Skullcrushers (165)***
Skullhunter
– Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Bloodglaive
Bloodreavers (80)*
Chieftain
– Hornblower
– Icon Bearer
– Meatripper Axe
Bloodreavers (80)**
Chieftain
– Icon Bearer
– Hornblower
– Meatripper Axe

ENDLESS SPELL
Prismatic Palisade (40)

TERRAIN
Skull Altar (0)

OTHER
Wrathmongers (145)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Warlord
**Warlord
*** Bounty hunters

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)

Brett: The second major surprise with another 2nd edition book on the podium, here we see the return of Blades of Khorne. Not a common sight but possibly a sign of the impact of the new season as well with all of the Skullkrushers being in Bounty Hunters (+1 damage to Galletian Veteran units). This mobile list, it reads more like an Ironjawz list really, that avoids the issues with Greater Demons entirely (Blood thirsters are built to disappoint). 3 priests give a lot of spell denial attempts and Khorne has natural resistance helping a lot in the current Meta. However on top of that look at the buffs that all of these small heroes are handing out. Depending on placement the Skullkrushers have access to additional attack, rerolls, mortal wound output, +1 to save, +1 to hit rolls and reroll wound rolls of 1. The trick is staying near the Slaughterpriests with their very slow 4″ of movement. The Arcane Tome is interesting, Khorne have no access to spells but including the Arcane Tome gives access to Universal Spell Lore. It could also give an additional deny (I need to check the FAQ). At least it’s pretty clear what this list is going to try to do, the only question is whether it’s in round 1, 2 or 3 that they charge. I have to take points off for no Bloodletters though.

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14th Place, Blades of Khorne

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

LEADER
Sigvald (205)*
General
Bladebringer, Herald on Seeker Chariot (185)*
General
– Spells: Hysterical Frenzy
The Contorted Epitome (245)*
General
– Command Traits: Feverish Anticipation
– Artefacts: Oil of Exultation
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur

BATTLELINE
1 x Blissbarb Archers (280)*
High Tempter
1 x Blissbarb Archers (280)*
High Tempter
Blissbarb Archers (140)*
High Tempter

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*

ENDLESS SPELL
The Burning Head (20)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

TERRAIN
Fane of Slaanesh (0)

OTHER
Centigors (85)
Centigors (85)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Brett: Yet another 2nd edition book (albeit with recent improvements) and another list that only lost to the eventual winner. A very strong performance that focuses on the heroes doing the work. And the Purple Sun. And the Incarnate. The Blissbarb are a great unit but both expensive and short ranged making them a bit vulnerable here. The Centigors provide cheap screening and objective grabbers which you’d be happy to trade. Flaming weapon on the Contorted Epitome gives the option to apply 9 D2 attacks on a cast of 4. That’s on top of offering reroll run rolls with 12″ to improve mobility. Sigvald and the Herald aren’t slouches in combat either. Another tight list making maximum use of the recent White Dwarf glow up for the faction. A well deserved result for a clever list.

Final Tournament Placings

AoS Meta Stats (w/e 3rd July 2022)

Here are the AoS Meta Stats for all the Grand Tournaments that have taken place between Monday 27th June and Sunday 3rd July 2022. These are all the GT’s that I can locate on Tabletop.to or BestCoastPairing, if you know of any others please send me a link and I’ll add them.

Once again, another quiet week, with only 3 Grand Tournaments. Two of these were run using the new GHB, while the other was just a little event called the World tSports Champions…..

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Grand Tournaments

Ranked from largest to smallest.

From the Ashes – Scotland/UK
22 PlayersGenerals Handbook: Pitched Battles 2022-23 Season 1

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSkaven5-0-0
2ndNighthauntScarlet Doom4-0-1
3rdIdoneth DeepkinMor’Phann4-0-1
4thBonesplitterzDrakkfoot4-0-1
5thSeraphonThunder Lizard3-0-2
6thDaughters of Khaine Zainthar Kai3-0-2
7thSylvanethHeartwood3-0-2
8thBeasts of Chaos3-0-2
9thSoulblight GravelordsKastelai Dynasty3-0-2
10thSons of BehematBreaker Tribe2-1-2
From the Ashes 2022

World tSports Champions – England/UK
16 PlayersGenerals Handbook 2021-22

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stNighthauntGrieving Legion5-0-0
2ndIdoneth DeepkinIonrach3-0-2
3rdBeasts of ChaosAllherd4-0-1
4thIdoneth DeepkinFuethan3-0-2
5thSlaves to DarknessHost of the Everchosen4-0-1
6thMaggotkin of NurgleDrowned Men3-0-2
7thCities of SigmarHallowheart2-0-3
8thBonesplitterzDrakkfoot2-0-3
9thLegion of the First Prince 1-0-4
10thStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar2-0-3
World tSports Champions

Coliseum of Sigmar Carnage GT – Florida/USA
9 PlayersGenerals Handbook: Pitched Battles 2022-23 Season 1

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stLumineth Realm-LordsZaitrec3-0-1
2ndNighthauntEmerald Host4-0-1
3rdStormcast EternalsHallowed Knights3-1-1
4thLegion of the First Prince3-1-1
5thIdoneth DeepkinNautilar2-0-3
6thStormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar2-0-3
7thSlaves to DarknessHost of the Everchosen0-0-2
8thSons of BehematBreaker Tribe2-0-3
9thDaughters of Khaine Zainthar Kai0-0-4
Coliseum of Sigmar Carnage GT

Grand Alliance Stats

As promised last week, I’ve changed the stats to reflect the last four weeks of GT’s that we’re aware of at Woehammer. Also if you read all the way to the end of the article I have a little surprise for you!

485 players took part in 16 GT’s over the last four weeks.

Grand AllianceWin RateArmies% Share of Armies5-0 Wins4+ Wins
Chaos56.7%9419.38%627
Order50.7%21844.95%834
Death45.8%8216.91%211
Destruction45.0%9118.76%08

Chaos continue to lead the way in the win rates. While Order pick up the most number of armies represented, most 5-0’s and most 4+. When you compare army share to the number of battletomes each Grand Alliance possess you can see that Order are overrepresented, while Chaos are vastly under represented:

Grand AllianceBattletomesBattletome %Actual Rep %
Order937.50%44.95%
Chaos729.17%19.38%
Death416.67%16.91%
Destruction416.67%18.76%

What can we take away from this? Perhaps that Order factions are more appealing than Chaos? New players gravitate towards Order? The Chaos range needs updated miniatures? Or all of the above?

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Faction Stats

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

FactionWin RateArmies% Share of Armies5-0 Wins0-5 Losses
Beasts of Chaos67.1%142.89%20
Legion of the First Prince 61.5%132.68%00
Slaves to Darkness61.1%61.24%01
Seraphon59.7%306.19%52
Blades of Khorne56.7%61.24%00
Maggotkin of Nurgle56.6%357.22%32
Bonesplitterz55.4%102.06%00
Cities of Sigmar54.2%244.95%21
Daughters of Khaine52.8%224.54%02
Nighthaunt52.2%326.60%12
Idoneth Deepkin51.8%234.74%10
Flesh-eater Courts51.7%61.24%00
Lumineth Realm-Lords51.5%214.33%00
Kharadron Overlords51.4%71.44%01
Sylvaneth49.1%112.27%01
Sons of Behemat48.5%214.33%01
Soulblight Gravelords47.1%285.77%11
Stormcast Eternals47.1%6012.37%04
Ogor Mawtribes47.1%282.89%01
Ironjawz44.7%163.30%01
Kruleboyz44.3%112.27%01
Hedonites of Slaanesh44.3%71.44%00
Skaven43.0%91.86%10
Big Waaagh!41.3%81.65%00
Fyreslayers39.5%204.12%02
Gloomspite Gitz30.9%112.27%01
Ossiarch Bonereapers28.2%163.30%02
Factions in Bold are those with 3rd Edition Battletomes published before or during this time period

I’ve highlighted all those faction win rates in red which are outside of the parameters that players have stated would make the game roughly balanced (45-55%).

I’m looking at the bottom of the table as I’m writing this, and its hard not to overlook Fyreslayers, Gloomspite Gitz and Ossiarch Bonereapers with win rates of less than 40%! Gloomspite Gitz are getting their new book this year, so hopefully we’ll see that improve. Fyreslayers have been mugged by Games Workshop rules writers, and it just shows how awful that book is. I feel for long term Fyreslayers players…

At the top of the table Beasts of Chaos now currently lead the way with a win rate of 67.1%! They’ve gone from trash tier to S tier in the space of 3 months. Slaves to Darkness are a bit of an anomaly at the top there, and this is primarily driven by a few high level players who vastly our performed the faction this month, much like Anthony Trentanelli did a few weeks ago with Skaven. Maggotkin of Nurgle and Seraphon win rates have both dropped, but its too early to tell why, as the new rules for Seraphon only really came into effect last week.

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Subfaction Stats

FactionSubfactionWin RateArmies% Share of Armies5-0 Wins0-5 Losses
Beasts of ChaosNone70.0%51.03%10
Maggotkin of Nurgle Drowned Men68.0%204.12%20
Legion of the First Prince61.5%132.68%00
NighthauntScarlet Doom60.0%112.27%00
Beasts of ChaosGavespawn60.0%61.24%00
SeraphonThunder Lizard59.6%285.77%42
BonesplitterzDrakkfoot58.3%61.24%00
Cities of SigmarLiving City57.7%132.68%20
Ogor MawtribesBoulderhead56.0%51.03%00
Kharadron OverlordsBarak-Zilfin53.3%61.24%01
Idoneth DeepkinMor’Phann53.3%61.24%10
Lumineth Realm-LordsZaitrec52.9%153.09%00
Sons of BehematBreaker Tribe52.8%153.09%00
Idoneth DeepkinNautilar51.3%81.65%00
IronjawzIronsunz50.0%61.24%01
Daughters of KhaineHagg Nar50.0%71.44%01
Stormcast EternalsAstral Templars50.0%61.24%00
Daughters of KhaineZainthar Kai49.2%122.47%01
Stormcast EternalsHammers of Sigmar48.8%336.80%02
Soulblight GravelordsVyrkos Dynasty48.0%102.06%00
Soulblight GravelordsKastelai Dynasty45.5%112.27%01
Stormcast EternalsHallowed Knights44.7%153.09%01
KruleboyzBig Yellers43.4%81.65%01
Skaven43.0%91.86%10
FyreslayersLofnir42.9%71.44%01
Hedonites of SlaaneshLurid Haze42.0%51.03%00
IronjawzBloodtoofs41.7%102.06%00
NighthauntEmerald Host41.5%132.68%02
Big Waaagh!41.3%81.65%00
Maggotkin of NurgleBefouling Host40.0%71.44%11
FyreslayersGreyfyrd35.8%122.47%01
Ossiarch BonereapersPetrifex Elite28.8%153.09%02
Gloomspite Gitz25.0%81.65%01
Factions in Bold are those with 3rd Edition Battletomes published before or during this time period

Maggotkin of Nurgle are a bit of a strange faction. While you have one of the meta leading Subfactions inside the tome with Drowned Men (68.0%, at the bottom of the pack you have Befouling Host (40.0%). It’s not an irregularity either as 7 players have played that subfaction and one claimed 5 wins at an event and another 5 losses. This suggests to me that while Drowned Men is a simple list to play, Befouling Host is completely the opposite and requires good memory and skill from the pilot.

After almost a year of publication now, both Stormcast and Orruk Warclan battletomes are beginning to show a little lag behind the other updated factions (apart from Fyreslayers of course). As the first of the Battletomes perhaps this has played into their stats slightly as the rules writers learn from their mistakes (apart from Fyreslayers of course) when writing the newer tomes.

Scarlet Doom shows that its the faction of choice for a reason in the new Nighthaunt battletome (60.0%) however, its still early days for this battletome and the other factions could be more complicated to pick up and play. However 60.0% win rate for any subfaction is too high and so they may need a future nerf at some point.

Going forwards as the weeks go on, I’ll be keeping an eye out for Grinin’ Blades beginning to get some more play with their updated allegiance abilities after not being placed at all due to all the Kruleboyz players choosing Big Yellers – this will change. I expect to see them nearing the 50% mark and above. Likewise with Skaven, I expect them to begin climbing the rankings as their new rules come into effect.

THE SUPRISE

I said I had a surprise, and here it is!

Woehammer will be doing a player ranking system for the new General’s Handbook based on the Elo system used by Chess.

Who gets ranked?

Everyone who takes part in a two day event using the General’s Handbook: Pitched Battles Season 1 2022-23. Each week I’ll update the scores of the players as they happen and post them in a separate rankings post which will be published every Saturday.

All players will begin with a rating of 1,000 at the beginning of the season, player ratings will be carried over into season 2 and beyond in the future.

I’ve included the current rankings below (there’s only been two GT’s using the new Handbook) which includes everyone at present. However, I will limit this to the top 20 as more players are ranked. The full downloadable player rankings will be available on the site to download next weekend.

PlayerCountryRegionRating
John BScotlandEurope1,049.4
David JackScotlandEurope1,031.2
Leigh MartinScotlandEurope1,030.3
Zachary ShinnUSANorth America1,029.7
Nathan WatsonScotlandEurope1,029.4
Jonathon RobertsUSANorth America1,020.0
Daniel GomezUSANorth America1,019.2
Cara NewbyScotlandEurope1,010.6
Richard McQuarrieScotlandEurope1,010.3
Karl RohrUSANorth America1,010.0
Alastair MaxwellScotlandEurope1,010.0
Reece FraserScotlandEurope1,010.0
Jamie McHughScotlandEurope1,010.0
Ryan PothecaryScotlandEurope1,010.0
Ian (Yes, just Ian)ScotlandEurope1,009.7
Aaron Burns LeesScotlandEurope1,009.4
Allan GeorgeScotlandEurope1,000.3
Douglas KlemUSANorth America1,000.0
Frank KellyScotlandEurope999.1
Scott SempleScotlandEurope999.1
Alasdair RobertsonScotlandEurope990.0
Michael SmithUSANorth America989.4
James HobsonScotlandEurope988.3
Michael PetersonUSANorth America980.3
Lewis MitchellScotlandEurope971.2
Grant FraserScotlandEurope968.9
Andrew DowlingUSANorth America961.7
AoS Player Rankings on 3rd July 2022