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Top Three AoS Lists for Scottish Lasters

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Scottish Lasters that took place in Scotland on the 21st and 22nd of January. It involved 26 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5-game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

Leaders
Knight-Vexillor (120)*
General
– Meteoric Standard
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Spell: Celestial Blades
Knight-Incantor (120)*
Spell: Azyrite Halo
Lord-Commander Bastian Carthalos (300)*

Battleline
2 x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (240)*
2 x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (240)*
4 x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (440)*
Reinforced x 1
5 x Judicators with Skybolt Bows (200)*

Units
2 x Stormdrake Guard (340)*
Drakerider’s Lance

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Holy Command: Thunderbolt Volley

Total: 2000/ 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 96
Drops: 1

Another Stormcast with unusual choices, it’s good to see more diversity and a few different heroes. Knight Vexillor is being discussed in Discord a lot lately, but mostly for his teleport potential (Pendant of the Stormbringer). Here he’s been equipped with the Metoric Standard and also provides Celestial Blade support. The Standard gives a once a game Comets Call. Azurite Halo isn’t commonly seen, but on a 6 to save it inflicts a Mortal Wound (MW). Then there is Bastian, a great model with amazing abilities but slow movement. Otherwise, the list is very mobile with Drakes and Draconiths (12” and 10” movement, respectively). Tempestors are seeing a revival just now, short range, but they offer a lot of shots and are pretty tough to boot. Their mounts still have -2 rend 2 damage attacks. And the pairs of Fulminators and Storm Drakes for Mobil threat generation and scoring.

And there you have it, a lot of mobile small threats able to apply pressure centred on Bastian with a large hammer unit that can also perform as an anvil. Ranged MW for chip damage and multiple small units to charge, blunting the effectiveness of Unleash Hell. The icing on the cake is the Judicators, only 10 shots, but the ability to double shoot makes a sizeable difference. JJ scored well throughout and weathered everything thrown at home, proving again that mobility and flexibility are a winning combination.

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

LEADERS
Bloodwrack Medusa (140)*
General
– Command Trait: Zealous Orator
– Artefact: Shadow Stone
– Lore of Shadows: Mindrazor
Morathi-Khaine (350)*
The Shadow Queen (350)*

UNITS
10 x Witch Aelves (120)*
Sacrificial Knives and Blade Bucklers
10 x Witch Aelves (120)*
Sacrificial Knives and Blade Bucklers
15 x Blood Sisters (450)*
15 x Blood Sisters (450)*

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL: 1980/2000

It’s Morathi and the Stab Sneks in a Zainthar Kai ‘pins and needles’ configuration – guaranteed to stab you even on death! Double the stabs, double the fun.

In all seriousness, it’s at least interesting in the sense that it’s using new points, so we can see a slight squeeze on bonus units such as Khinerai. This list is still going to rip, and tear – 30 Blood Sisters just asks the rather rude question to each opponent of ‘do you prefer an unkillable giant snake or 13 ish MWs per activation’. The question is whether sheer glass-cannon power (the whole army is on a 5+ bar the Morathis) can make up for lesser board control in the meantime?

Losing to the movement and strike/fade shenanigans of Sylvaneth suggests no, to some extent. Beating down on Seraphon, OBR, and Soulblight makes sense – although it’s interesting that Alastair was able to get the win against KO, who are typically able to just utterly neuter the stab-threat with early shooting. My guess based on my own games is that he was able to use Shadow Queen – and potentially Morathi with Steed of Shadows to make her super fast and more importantly fly – to tag the big boats and shut down their game. Certain KO builds are less vulnerable to this but in general, when tagged by a flying unit they lose a lot of their abilities – being one drop, I’d love to have seen whether Alastair dared the KO to come close and used the Witch Aelves to screen best they can, or whether he took first to capitalise on the KO player not deploying quite far away enough.

Either way, gratz on the new points win against some touch matchups.

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Allegiance: Disciples of Tzeentch
– Change Coven: Eternal Conflaguration
– Grand Strategy: Master of Destiny
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Kairos Fateweaver (440)*
Curseling, Eye of Tzeentch (180)*
General
– Command Trait: Cult Demagogue
– Lore of Fate: Arcane Suggestion
– Lore of Fate: Shield of Fate
Fatemaster (140)*
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Fate: Glimpse of Future
– Universal Spell Lore: Levitate

Battleline
20 x Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (500)**
Reinforced x 1
10 x Pink Horrors of Tzeentch (250)**
10 x Kairic Acolytes (120)**
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened (180)*
Reinforced x 1

Endless Spells
Burning Sigil of Tzeentch (60)
Tome of Eyes (40)
Soulscream Bridge (80)

Core Battalions
*Warlord – Spell
**Expert Conquerors

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 83
Drops: 7

Craig’s list of 30 Pink Horrors and support is something I think we’re more likely to see in the new GHB without Bounty Hunters around to split those daemons fast enough to stay on top, but Craig gave them a final run-out with Expert Conquerors and was able to dodge Bounty Hunters in all but one of his matchups (that he still won!). What makes Pinks with Expert Conquerors such a challenge is that the situation on objectives just gets worse the first 20 wounds you do, with the unit going from counting as 60 on an objective to a maximum of 120! It is only at the point of the 81st wound, after killing the 21st Brimstone Horror, that the unit holds an objective less securely than when it started. So, do you bother early game? If you don’t, you might never get through it, but if you do, then you might not be scoring. This is exactly the dilemma that seems to have outfoxed all opponents until the ultimate winner, JJ, essentially passed the DPS check with Fulminators and Dragons at his disposal.

The support casters help buff that big unit up, with the Curseling knowing an extra spell via the Warlord battalion so it can cast Arcane Suggestion for -1 to hit and -1 to wound on the unit most likely to hit the Horrors and then Shield of Fate for a 5+ ward save on them too. The command trait Cult Demagogue is also there, making any cast on a double not only successful and worth two fate points instead of one, but also unable to be unbound. Low Destiny Dice are perfect for this roll, with double 2s or 3s getting the casting value 8 spell Arcane Suggestion off. Kairos will then give you a Destiny Dice back each hero phase and the Fatemaster, who also gives +1 to wound to all Disciples of Tzeentch units wholly within 9”, can cast Glimpse the Future to gain an additional Destiny Dice. Throw in Tome of Eyes for re-rolls, probably on the Curseling, and the key buffs the Pinks need to hang around are very likely to be in place.

Another cool little bit of tech that Craig has included is 6 Tzaangor Enlightened on foot. These hit as hard as their cavalry mounted beast-kin, but are half the price. Included in the list as well is the Soulscream Bridge, probably cast by Kairos, which can get these elites where they need to be, able to make a 9” charge with the Destiny Dice. While some sacrifices have to be made to get this combo off (no Cogs or Portal in the list), the Enlightened can be almost as mobile as the ones on disc for 100pts less – 100pts this army needs elsewhere.

All in all a fantastic result for Craig, spending 4/5 games on the top two tables and just slightly being edged out in the end.

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Allegiance: Fyreslayers
– Lodge: Greyfyrd
– Mortal Realm: Ulgu
– Grand Strategy: Master of the Forge
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Auric Flamekeeper (90)*
Auric Runefather on Magmadroth (360)*
General
– Command Trait: Blood of the Berzerker
– Artefact: Master Rune of Unbreakable Resolve
– Magmadroth Trait: Coal-heart Ancient
Auric Runemaster (130)*
Artefact: Volatile Brazier
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Battlesmith (150)**
Artefact: Nulsidian Icon
Auric Runesmiter on Magmadroth (330)**
Runic Iron
– Magmadroth Trait: Flame-scale Youngblood
– Prayer: Wrath of Vulcatrix

Battleline
10 x Hearthguard Berzerkers (300)**
Poleaxes
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Hearthguard Berzerkers (300)**
Broadaxes
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Bladed Slingshields (150)**
10 x Vulkite Berzerkers with Bladed Slingshields (150)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Zharrgron Flame-spitter (40)

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Mount Trait

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 128
Drops: 4

Many heroes make light work, at least with Fyreslayers. It is possibly one of the factions that will really take to Galletian Champions and the added mobility from Tunnel Master. Mobility is, of course, their biggest weakness, with most moving only 4″. Magmadroths help (16″), but Fyreslayers units remain pretty close for all of that overlapping buff goodness. Greyfyrd gives 2 extra artefacts, and each hero an extra wound. Sean’s answer to the mobility issue is to make the foot heroes hard as nails and let them buff +heal the infantry (Prayer: heal and 4+ Rally from the Battlesmith) and mitigate incoming spell damage resulting in a solid anvil that hits back. Then he has the Magmadroths tooled for war, the Runefather fights twice (once per battle), and has a 3+ ward (again once per battle). Funny if you trigger both on the same combat phase, normally Turn 2 or 3, to remove a big threat – hits once, weathers the incoming damage on the ward, and then destroys his target. The Magmadroth reduces incoming damage by 1. This is a tanky build.

The Runesmiter is more of a glass cannon, designed to charge, use Stomp as its monstorous rampage for extra damage, and can fight on its top row with a prayer (Wrath) The Berzerkers are nasty in combination with the Flamekeeper, especially the Poleaxe equipped unit. 2 Mortal Wounds on every 6, and they can be made to fight on death or give an extra attack. It’s a nasty combination to watch for. Really, you want to stay away and make them come to you to try to split up the heroes and the units. You really don’t want them to get into and hold the centre or a key objective because they’ll be very hard to move. With the Magmadroths to pin your screens and that hard centre, it can take serious work or magic/shooting to deal with a list like this. And your archers are likely to have to deal with MW from Zhaggron.

The second round draw is interesting, 2 very slow armies, one with range and the other with Cavalry – in the end, a high scoring draw, it makes me wonder how much fighting there was. The loss was to the winner, and we’ve covered that. That list has multiple units that would take down the elements in this list (Fulminators, Drakes).

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Fyreslayers – 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.

Fyreslayers

Region Comparison – Popularity

Fyreslayers saw their highest popularity in North America with 4.2% of players choosing the faction for tournament play, while at the opposite end of the world the uptake was only 2.4% in Oceania.

Region Comparison – Win Rates

Their highest win rates came in Europe with a massive 58.0%, while players in Scandinavia could only manage 30.0%.

Scandinavia was the location of the Blades of Khorne only 5-0 result piloted by Eirik Hilbom.

Subfaction Analysis

SubfactionPlayersWin Rate
Vostarg951.19%
Lofnir8749.42%
Greyfyrd4643.97%
Hermdar230.00%
None/Unknown1156.36%
Faction Total15548.11%

The go to faction of Lofnir (Because who doesn’t want to paint six Magmadroths?) managed a respectable 49.4%, while the 2nd most popular faction Greyfyrd could only manage 44.0%.

Top 10 Fyreslayers 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 Fyreslayers results only.

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Top Three AoS Lists for GT Bilbao

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for GT Bilbao that took place in Spain on 10th and 12th December. It involved 26 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
Great Nation: Ymetrica
– Grand Strategy: Alarith Afterschock
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Archmage Teclis and Celennar, Spirit of Hysh (700)
Alarith Stonemage (120)*
General
– Command Trait: Unyielding Toughness
– Artefact: Molten Talisman
– Lore of the High Peaks: Unbreakable Stoicism
Avalenor, the Stoneheart King (420)*

Battleline
5 x Alarith Stoneguard (120)*
Diamondpick Hammers
10 x Alarith Stoneguard (240)**
Diamondpick Hammers
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Alarith Stoneguard (240)**
Diamondpick Hammers
– Reinforced x 1

Units
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)*
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Rune of Petrification (40)

Faction Terrain
Shrine Luminor (0)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 110 / 400
Wounds: 97
Drops: 4

Ed: This is typical of the kind of lists we’ve been seeing since the new Lumineth Realmlords tome. It is tricky to run properly as Teclis has a whopping 18 spells to choose from and takes up so much of your points that what’s left really has no room to make mistakes. You need to know your rules inside and out – not a list for players who take 10 mins to read their warscrolls each round! However, the versatility of Teclis coupled with the hardiness and output of his Alarith entourage can accomplish a great deal even with so few models on the board.

Avalenor is a certified beatstick, especially with his pet stonemage in tow keeping him on top bracket for as long as possible. He and Teclis have the ability to dictate the course of the battle, while the Stoneguard will do most of the actual heavy lifting. Even as Galletian Veterans, Stoneguard are hardy anvils which gain a 4+ ward against mortal wounds while contesting an objective they control and the ability to ignore rend of -1 and -2! Plus in the Expert Conquerers battalion they count as 3 per model, meaning their hold over that objective and access to their ward are extra secure. They’re not too bad on the offensive either, though certainly the support from Avalenor and Teclis is crucial.

Then there are the Tree Revenants. A cheeky little unit that can pop up in unexpected places and secure objectives without much investment. It forces your opponent to play a little defensively and deploy their forces in less than ideal positions to prevent a catastrophic backdoor teleports. Even if they don’t steal an objective or assassinate a vulnerable unit, just having them on the board can be worth it for how it changes your opponent’s behaviour in your favour. I can’t speak highly enough of these guys as a list filler for any order faction who can ally them in.

It’s a brilliant list, clearly played excellently to have reached first place. But time is running out to make use of it! With a new GHB just around the corner, and Expert Conquerors/Bounty Hunters almost certainly about to disappear will similar builds continue to reach the top of the podium?

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Allegiance: Ogor Mawtribes
Mawtribe: Underguts
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Butcher (135)*
General
– Tenderiser
– Command Trait: Reluctant Rabble-rouser
– Artefact: Gruesome Trophy Rack
– Lore of Gutmagic: Blubbergrub Stench
Frostlord on Stonehorn (445)**
Mount Trait: Rockmane Elder

Battleline
4 x Leadbelchers (170)*
4 x Leadbelchers (170)*
4 x Leadbelchers (170)**

Units
20 x Gnoblars (100)**
20 x Gnoblars (100)**

Artillery
Ironblaster (170)
Ironblaster (170)
Ironblaster (170)*
Ironblaster (170)**

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 146
Drops: 4

Brett: The current Big Bad of AoS according to many threads, as always shooting is effective and controversial. The increase in range for the Leadbelchers (to 18″) means it’s a lot easier for them to stand still. Standing still now guarantees 2 shots (2D3 v 1D6), not a lot but it’s significantly more damage. Ironblasters long range shot moving to a guaranteed 4 damage at 30″ with -2 Rend and doubling the number of shots is a huge deal. Their Hail Shot (10 shots, Rend -1, D2) is effective in Unleash hell and both units are solid melee damage dealers as are their Leaders. Fittingly for Ogors they are tough (4+ save) multiwound (4W for Leadblechers and 9W for Ironblasters) models who also tank well. With multiple small units they also blunt the counter strike and limit carry over damage.

With two effective (and cheap) screens in the Gnoblars (who aren’t even GV) to keep opponents out of your hair, it’s a challenge to take apart. Only the event’s 1st place managed to do so in the 3rd round, a match up of the new tomes, with the Stoneguard coming out on top. Scoring 20 in 3 rounds it looks like Adrian might have tabled his opponents frequently, certainly a chance with this sort of shooting.

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

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

Battleline
20 x Namarti Reavers (340)*
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Namarti Reavers (170)*
2 x Akhelian Allopexes (330)**
– Razorshell Harpoon
– Reinforced x 1
2 x Akhelian Allopexes (330)**
– Razorshell Harpoon
– Reinforced x 1
2 x Akhelian Allopexes (330)**
– Razorshell Harpoon
– Reinforced x 1

Endless Spells & Invocations
The Burning Head (20)

Faction Terrain
Gloomtide Shipwreck (0)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 95
Drops: 4

Patrick: What a strange list, and yet here we are in the top 3. Fuethan opens up the ability to take Allopexes as Battleline as well as bringing in Bloodthirsty Shivers (which gain some bonus attacks if they are within a certain distance of one another). In Jordi’s Case, they have opted to take three squads of 2 without bringing any Shivers at all. Allopexes are already excellent “independent operator” units, and placing them in a Bounty Hunters battalion improves their ability to clear objectives, allowing for the slower Namarti to move in.

Speaking of Namarti, Jordi has brought 2 units, both fairly small. 30 Reavers spread across 2 units is decent if you’re pushing for a skirmish force, but the frailty of the Namarti will sting if anything focuses on them for very long. The Soulscryer’s ability to deep-strike will allow all of the Namarti to start the game off the board, which would allow for better early survival.

The final unit is an Eidolon general, bringing the Arcane Tome and Endless Sea Storm. The Eidolon innately has full re-rolls for casting, unbind, and dispelling, and Endless Sea Storm allows the ability to cast an additional spell for each successful casting attempt with a result greater than 7. The Eidolon has some solid warscroll spells, and with these upgrades he becomes a high-quality support hero that will do a lot to keep the Allopexes alive.

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Allegiance: Fyreslayers
Lodge: Greyfyrd
– Grand Strategy: Master of the Forge
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Auric Runesmiter (135)*
Runic Iron
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Auric Runeson (80)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Artefact: Axe of Grimnir
Battlesmith (150)*
Artefact: Nulsidian Icon
Auric Flamekeeper (90)**
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Universal Spell Lore: Ghost-mist
Auric Runefather on Magmadroth (360)**
General
– Command Trait: Blood of the Berzerker
– Artefact: Master Rune of Unbreakable Resolve
– Magmadroth Trait: Coal-heart Ancient
Auric Runemaster (125)**
Artefact: Volatile Brazier
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal

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

Endless Spells & Invocations
Molten Infernoth (40)
Runic Fyrewall (40)

Faction Terrain
Magmic Battleforge (0)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Artefact

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 112
Drops: 9

Brett: Straight forward enough, the foot heroes provide a 4+ ward (in Greyfyrd) and can use their prayer (heal) to get the Hearthguard close enough to charge. The triple reinforced Hearthguard averages 10 mortal wounds (MW) in addition to their normal damage. Both Hearthguard are Expert Conquerors to give some solid objective play for really elite army. This is a great way to play into the current meta and try to deal with long range shooting. The primary hammers have the option of rending or non rending weapons to manage armies like Nighthaunt and the Vulkites are a risk for melee army with their fight on death.

As always though there are trade offs, this is such a slow army that you might be better to not engage the central castle forcing them to come to your or spread. Either works giving you the chance to weaken them piecemeal. Score wise I think that lack of movement may have cost him dearly.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Raccoon Rumble

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for Raccoon Rumble that took place in Germany on 17th and 18th September. It involved a massive 120 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

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

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

Units
3 x Nurglings (105)*

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

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

Additional Enhancements
Spell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behemoths
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Units
Akhelian Allopexes (330)**
Razorshell Harpoon

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

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

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

Additional Enhancements
Spell

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

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

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

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

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

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

Endless Spells & Invocations
Runic Fyrewall (40)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Artefact

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

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

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

Final Tournament Placings (Top 32)

Top Three AoS Lists for the Salt Lake Open 2022

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Salt Lake Open 2022 that took place in the USA on 20th and 21st August. It involved 33 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Fyreslayers
Subfaction: Greyfyrd
– Grand Strategy: Masters of the Forge
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Auric Runefather (125)**
General
– Command Traits: Spirit of Grimnir
– Artefacts of Power: The Daemon Slayer
Battlesmith (150)**
Artefacts of Power: Nulsidian Icon
Auric Runeson (80)**
Ancestral War-axe
– Artefacts of Power: Axe of Grimnir
Auric Flamekeeper (90)****
Artefacts of Power: Draught of Magmalt Ale
Auric Runemaster (125)****
Artefacts of Power: Volatile Brazier
– Prayers: Heal
Auric Runesmiter (135)****
Forge Key
– Prayers: Prayer Of Ash

BATTLELINE
Hearthguard Berzerkers (320)*
Karl
– Berzerker Broadaxe
Hearthguard Berzerkers (320)*
Karl
– Flamestrike Poleaxe
Vulkite Berzerkers with Bladed Slingshields (160)***
Fyresteel War-pick and Bladed Slingshield
Vulkite Berzerkers with Fyresteel Handaxes (170)***

OTHER
Auric Hearthguard (250)**

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Molten Infernoth (40)

TERRAIN
1 x Magmic Battleforge (0)

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

TOTAL POINTS: 1965/2000

Ethan: Holy moly what a collection of lists this tournament presents! In the vein of Bill Souza this list uses many battalions in order to stack up bonus enhancements and abilities but that is where the comparison ends. Fyreslayers are uniquely suited to taking high drop lists in that they, unlike most armies, don’t care about taking first and can weather an enemy double turn thanks to their durability. This opens up a broad cadre of list building options with the sheer number of heroes present here not reasonable for those armies relying on Battle Regiment to have play.

Getting into the list itself, this Greyfyrd army runs a large contingent of cheap foot heroes, using a combination of the subfaction and battalions to outfit the heroes with a selection of the Fyreslayers’ rather stacked artefact list. Prayers are made more consistent, damage output is improved and items like the Nulsidian icon provide spell ignores in a meta still often visited by Nagash’s Favourite Sphere. At 1965 points this list will often get its triumph and the selection of inspired helps to ensure the large units of troops aren’t losing more than they need to to battleshock.
The hero selection here gives this lists an absolute keyring of tools ranging from forgekeys and latchkey grandaxes to the extra CP of the Runemaster and the deepstrike of the Runesmiter. Of particular note is the Flamekeeper, the hero released with the Fyreslayers’ recent FOMO box, which doesn’t often see play in the tournament scene. With such large units of foot troops, his abilities – which are activated at the start of the combat phase whenever 6 models have died near the Flamekeeper since the previous turn – are going off with alarming frequency to provide powerful effects such as:
– 6+ ward (meh)
– Fight on death (alright)
– Charge, including during the enemy turn (!!!!!!!)
– +1 damage (still !!! but less so)

The rest of the list is still exciting (when was the last time anyone saw Auric Hearthguard?) but less in-depth than the heroes. Auric hearthguard deepstrike with the runesmiter and shoot quite well while the remainder of the army racks up objective scoring with difficult to shift statlines and wound characteristics. Putting these in Expert Conquerors and Bounty Hunters is a nice bonus in a list that already has drops to high heaven and the list is capped off with the Molten Infernoth, which gives the list an easy way to achieve its Grand Strategy. The notable bonus of the infernoth over other options is that you aren’t obligated to move it meaning, as the game is coming to a close, you can elect to not attempt a move and thus eliminate the chance of rolling it off the board with hot dice.

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Army Faction: Stormcast Eternals
Army Type: Scions of the Storm
– Army Subfaction: Celestial Warbringers
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired
– Holy Command: Thunderbolt Volley

LEADER
1 x Lord-Relictor (145)*
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Thundershock
Prayers: Translocation
1 x Knight-Vexillor (120)*
Meteoric Standard
1 x Knight-Vexillor (120)*
Meteoric Standard
1 x Knight-Vexillor (120)**
Meteoric Standard
1 x Knight-Vexillor (120)**
Meteoric Standard
1 x Knight-Vexillor (120)**
Meteoric Standard

BATTLELINE
5 x Judicators with Skybolt Bows (200)**
Judicator-Prime
5 x Judicators with Skybolt Bows (200)**
Judicator-Prime
5 x Judicators with Skybolt Bows (200)**
Judicator-Prime

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Everblaze Comet (90)

OTHER
3 x Annihilators (200)*
Annihilator-Prime
3 x Annihilators (200)*
Annihilator-Prime
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (165)*
Stormstrike Axe and Tempestuous Spear

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

Ethan: I mentioned it in the Fyreslayers but my goodness we’re in funkytown. The subfaction here is largely irrelevant but useful for re-rolling a save?

Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to the fun bit. The completely normal general here is a translocating Lord-Relictor and that’s where our dose of normal ends. Five Knight Vexillors. Count ’em. Five. For those not in the know (and who would be?) the Knight-Vexillor is the little Stormcast bloke with a banner. His ability? Do d3 wounds to everything within 6″ of a point anywhere on the board. So that’s 5d3 Mortals, averaging around 8-10 mortals to everything in range. This is then topped off with the Everblaze Comet which does d3, or d6, Mortals within a large area at a 36″ range. What a combo. In a double battle-regiment this list comes in at 2-drop, being one of the few lists that is likely to take the first turn, hitting anything remotely resembling a castle like, well, a storm? (I’m so sorry).

The rest of the list backs up this combination with tools to turn this opening blow into a knockout with a stormstrike chariot thundering around the board (I’ve moved past shame) while the Annihilators and their 2+ save come crashing into the opponents lines and punch a hole while tying things up for the judicators to rain down a squall of shots (we’re still going).

The only loss for this list was against Gargants and honestly, that tracks, considering how the list functions. While the list does incredible damage spread across a huge number of units, it would struggle to deal the concentrated pain required to take down wound-dense Sons of Behemat. What a list. Noe Aquino should be absolutely thrilled with this exciting result.

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Army Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
Army Subfaction: Bloodgullet
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Huskard on Thundertusk (335)
General
– Command Traits: ‘Nice Drop of the Red Stuff!’
– Blood Vulture
– Artefacts: Skullshards of Dragaar
Prayers: Pulverising Hailstorm
1 x Frostlord on Stonehorn (430)*
Artefacts: Splatter-cleaver
– Mount Traits: Metalcruncher
1 x Hrothgorn (170)*
1 x Butcher (135)**
Tenderiser
– Spells: Ribcracker, Molten Entrails
1 x Frostlord on Stonehorn (430)**
1 x Slaughtermaster (140)**
Spells: Ribcracker, Greasy Deluge

BATTLELINE
3 x Icefall Yhetees (120)*
3 x Icefall Yhetees (120)*
3 x Icefall Yhetees (120)*

TERRAIN
1 x Great Mawpot (0)

OTHER
3 x Hrothgorn’s Mantrappers (170)*

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

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

Peter: I’m starting this with a caveat! None of us know anything about Ogors…. Mind you we still get some of the comments wrong on lists we do know about so….

We have three characters on Stonehorns or Thundertusks who have a threat distance of 24″ (average 19″). These boys are tough with 13 wounds each, a 3+ save AND a 5+ ward. The Frostlords on Stonehorns can kick out an average of 18 damage before saves if they get a charge in.

The Huskard has the Blood Vulture which allows him to cause a free mortal each turn on any enemy unit within 24″. On top of this he has a tasty missile weapon which on its top bracket will roll 12 dice and will cause mortal wounds on 6’s (if the unit is less than 10 models), 5+ if the target had 10+ models or 4+ if it has 20+ models. He also has a command ability which allows other Beastclaw Raider (those Stonehorns) units within 12″ to re-roll their charges.

Hrothgorn and the Mantrappers are a clever inclusion for objective capturing and battle tactics as they can be set up in reserve and bought on in a friendly turn anywhere on the board more than 9″ from the enemy.

The Yhetees, while not great at dishing out damage can run and charge if they’re with 16″ of a Thundertusk when they do so. They also have the annoying ability to pile in from 6″ away instead of the usual 3″.

Both the Butcher and Slaughtermaster know additional spells thanks to their Bloodgullet allegiance and both have Ribcracker which deducts 1 from a an enemy units save. Molten entrails allows a Ogor Monster to add 1 to the damage of their mounts attacks (great on the Stonehorns), while Greasy Deluge forces an enemy unit to deduct 1 from their attacks.

Sprinkle in things like the Splatter-Cleaver which allows you to heal nearby Ogor units D3 wounds if you were successful with any of that models attacks. And a Nice Drop of the Red Stuff which is a command ability that allows units within 12″ of the general an additional 3″ pile in (9″ pile in for Yhetees).

All of this adds up to a tough and hard hitting army

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Allegiance: Khorne
Slaughterhost: Baleful Lords (Host of Chaos)
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Bloodstoker (80)****
Artefact: Talisman of Burning Blood
Bloodstoker (80)****
Bloodsecrator (125)***
General
– Command Trait: Thirst for Carnage
– Artefact: Black Brass Crown
Skarbrand (380)***
Valkia the Bloody (135)***
Slaughterpriest (100)****
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Universal Spell Lore: Ghost-mist
– Prayer: Blood Sacrifice

Battleline
10 x Bloodreavers (80)**
Meatripper Axes
10 x Bloodreavers (80)**
Meatripper Axes
10 x Bloodreavers (80)**
Meatripper Axes

Units
5 x Wrathmongers (145)*
1 x Chaos Chariots (100)***
Greatblades
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
1 x Chaos Chariots (100)****
Greatblades
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne
4 x Khagra’s Ravagers (125)*
Spell1: Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
– Allies
9 x Untamed Beasts (70)***
Allies
9 x Untamed Beasts (70)****
Allies

Behemoths
Jabberslythe (150)

Endless Spells & Invocations
Hexgorger Skulls (50)
Prismatic Palisade (40)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Artefact

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 265 / 400
Wounds: 135
Drops: 16

Ethan: I’m going to coin this list the “Skarbrand launcher”. A multitude of battalions provide a slew of artefacts to this list, mitigated by the untamed beasts’ pregame move ensuring that objectives are contested from word go. The Baleful lords subfaction is usually utilised by “Oops, All Bloodthirsters” builds, however this list has eschewed such choices in favour of a hectic collection of units which all seem to be built around the uniting goal of “Skarbrand runs and charges at anything on the board”.

In the Heroes section, the arcane tome and ghost-mist, in combination with the prismatic palisade create powerful counterplay against shooting lists, ensuring the army’s lack of ranged options aren’t punished before it has a chance to walk up and beat you to a bloody pulp. The combination of Bloodsecrator, Wrathmongers and Valkia ensure that the Reavers punch above their very cheap cost and, with the benefit of additional attacks, the chaos chariots become a threat, aided by their incredible movement to be a scary prospect across the board. Bloodstokers double down on the theme handing out more movement bonuses to their willing whipees. The keyword for this list is mobility and it has it in spades. Castle build? This is the trebutchet, and the keystone boulder is a running and charging Skarbrand, enough to put fear into the heart of even the most seasoned Living Cities player.

Now, let’s talk about the Jabberslythe. I don’t quite get it? For 150 points, Sean knows something I don’t. It can make a high-output unit absolutely self destruct with self inflicted mortals or kill something that is killing it, Magmadroth style, but I’ll be real with y’all: I’m not sure what this does in the list. That said, it’s a very cool inclusion and provides a wonderful end point for a top 3 article discussing some of the most thrillingly different lists I’ve seen in the last few years. AoS is feeling spicy right now for the Johnnys of the world, with the GHB’s maturation proving that initial overreactions to Bounty Hunters were exactly that. Exciting times!

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the Salt City GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Salt City GT that took place in New York, USA on 23rd and 24th July. It involved 31 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: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Filthbringers
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Morbidex Twiceborn (320)
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)***
General
– Command Trait: Grandfather’s Blessing
– Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)***
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Malignance: Magnificent Buboes
Rot Coven Rotbringer Sorcerer (120)***
Artefact: Rustfang
– Lore of Malignance: Cloying Quagmire

Battleline
10 x Putrid Blightkings (500)*
Reinforced x 1
10 x Plaguebearers (150)**
10 x Plaguebearers (150)**

Units
3 x Nurglings (105)***
3 x Plague Drones (200)**

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

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

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 137
Drops: 9

Brett: The sorcerous arm of Nurgle comes out to play and dominates the field going five wins, with all five Battle Tactics and his Grand Strategy for a full 35 points in each round. Three wizards here to take full advantage of the Filthbringers ability. Standing in a group (3″ of each other) they have a +3 to casts, unbinds and dispelling rolls. No coincidence then that there are 3 Endless Spells in the army. Purple Sun is casting on a 5+ (67% chance). Gnashing Jaws and Swords deal direct Mortal Wounds (CV3 with the buff), but they are a bit spicier here because they have the Nurgle keyword if cast by a Rotbringer; applying disease points from their presence and if they do damage.

Morbidex is a little more unusual but gives solid combat punch to the army that might lack that (Rend -1, -2 and -3 on different weapons) while still naturally very tanky. 12 wounds, 3+ save and 5+ ward who heals half the wounds taken every round. That’s 54 damage at 0 rend to bring him down in a single round. And as the king of the Nurglings, he can return one unit of Nurglings per turn, the army has a swarm of them to keep him company.

The army plays into the Season 1 battalions but I don’t think the list correctly marks them, because Plague Drones are mounted (and not Galletian Veterans). Plaguebearers are in Eternal Conquerors so they count as 3 models each on objectives.

Blightkings in Bounty Hunters is a good move for such a big investment. The combination of Blightkings as the hammer with the Plague Drones and Endless Spells makes this a very mobile (for Nurgle) army. Alternatively park the Blightkings in the middle and dare your opponent to remove their 240 effective wounds. The Command Trait gives a little bit more control to the Cycle of Corruption and Arcane Tome gives an extra cast to a Rotbringer (4 total). There’s also the cheeky inclusion of Rustfang to scare off enemy heroes if they attack the Rotbringers.

Beyond the Endless Spells we also have Gift of Disease (spread disease points), Magnificent Buboes (debuff enemy hero) and Cloying Quagmire to slow an enemy and reduce the potential for charges.

A successful and innovative army that shows the depths of the Nurgle book. We haven’t even delved into the Cycle of Corruption and summoning (teleporting for fun) but the mixture of de-buffs, resilience, movement and multiple casts would make this both fun to play and difficult to play against.

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Allegiance: Fyreslayers
Lodge: Greyfyrd
– Mortal Realm: Aqshy
– Grand Strategy: Master of the Forge
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Auric Runefather on Magmadroth (360)**
General
– Command Trait: Blood of the Berzerker
– Artefact: Axe of Grimnir
– Magmadroth Trait: Coal-heart Ancient
Auric Runemaster (125)**
Artefact: Volatile Brazier
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Battlesmith (150)**
Artefact: Nulsidian Icon
Auric Runesmiter (135)**
Forge Key
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Universal Spell Lore: Ghost-mist
– Prayer: Prayer of Ash

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

Endless Spells & Invocations
Molten Infernoth (40)
Runic Fyrewall (40)

Core Battalions
*Expert Conquerors
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 112
Drops: 7

Brett: A great result with Fyreslayers 4/1 with 4 rounds of maximum scoring (separated from 3rd by two points). This army is based around the hidden power of Hearthguard, with two big blocks being powered up by their small heroes and particularly the influence of the Battlesmith and his 4+ rally on them. The Battlesmith can grant a 4+ ward as well with his artefact which is very good for the Vulkite. The list has a lot of artefacts but that is a result of the lodge (Greyfyrd) which gives an additional 2 and grants +1 wound to foot heroes; it’s the obvious choice for this army. The Command Entourage provided another artefact. This makes a tooled up Auric Runefather with a pet who is fighting twice in one turn and has Axe of Grimnir making his main attack -2 Rend and 4 damage. A mobile and threatening monster killer.

Two Priests with an Arcane Tome to increase the casts/denies to 3. Fyreslayers don’t have a spell lore so a generic spell is listed. The Runemaster has the Volatile Brazier to reroll an invocation (prayer). Prayer of Ash is a defensive spell that reduces incoming wound rolls by 1. Very useful to keep those big blocks of Hearthguard around. The Hearthguard have the Broadaxe, in my opinion the more consistent and better weapon although they are hampered by their 5+ save. Near any Fyreslayers hero they also have a 4+ save though. To top off the list there is a Runic Firewall to block paths and maybe grant wards and a Molten Infernoth for some chip MW.

Solid performance with the army only dropping the round to Luke whose Maggotkin are more mobile. With the exception of one army they are all pretty tough armies, some with a lot of shooting, typically an area of weakness for Fyreslayers. They are a slow moving army and avoiding those Hearthguard would be the best option for trying to defeat them, but that’s easier said than done with those large blocks.

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

Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Ironjawz
– Army Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
General
– Command Trait: Touched by the Waaagh!
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth Fist
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
– Spell: Bash ‘Em Ladz
1 x Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Get ‘Em Beat
1 x Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Get Fixin’ Beat

BATTLELINE
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Jagged Gore-Hackas
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Jagged Gore-Hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Jagged Gore-Hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Jagged Gore-Hackas

INVOCATIONS & ENDLESS SPELLS
Purple Sun of Hysh (70)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: (1970/2000)

Brett: What is there to say, Ironjawz are awesome, but this is a Mawcrusha and 18 piggies. There is no subtlety here – these are coming across the board as fast as they can. Both of the big blocks are in Bounty Hunters to boost their damage against GV. The inclusion of an Arcane Tome on the Mawcrusher is interesting, presumably for the Purple Sun. The Purple Sun and Bash ‘Em Ladz have the same casting value (8). Get the Sun out as soon as possible and then try and get the +1 to wounds from Bash em ladz?

First turn (or any turn really, but only one) that Mawcrusha can move 36″ with Fast ‘un and Mighty Destroyer’s. While Tyler would like you to go first and move closer, he really doesn’t need it on most AoS boards. At least one of the big Gore-grunta units will also have a 3D6 from Get ’em ladz. However this is a 3 drop army, we are seeing a lot of larger drops at the moment which might give Tyler an edge.

This is a massive alpha strke army that you want to avoid until you can wear them down. It’s important to remember not only Mighty Destroyers but Touched by the Waagh. The Megaboss can call his Waagh any time and then everything is rerolling their charges, a wall of charging Gore Gruntas. His only loss was to the eventual winner, those Blightkings being just the thing to weather a massive charge.

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Army Faction: Orruk Warclans
Army Type: Kruleboyz
– Army Subfaction: Big Yellers
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x One-eyed Grunnock (470)
1 x Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (315)*
General
– Command Traits: Supa Sneaky
– Artefacts: Vial of Manticore Venom
– Mount Traits: Weird ’Un
1 x Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105)*
Spells: Da Black Pit
1 x Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105)*
Spells: Levitate

BATTLELINE
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)*
Boltboy Boss
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)*
Boltboy Boss
10 x Gutrippaz (180)*
Gutrippa Banner Bearer
– Gutrippa Drummer
– Wicked Stikka
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)*
Boltboy Boss

OTHER
10 x Hobgrot Slittaz (80)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1975/2000)

Brett: For our extra list today we’ve chosen the 5th place, another Ork list, Kruleboyz going 4/1. Mass ork shooting with a Giant friend. And some Hobgrots. Again it’s a pretty straight forward list, you have the choice of either closing with the infantry and being shot. Or you can focus on the Giant (Sons of Behemat) so it can’t rampage, and be shot. It all fits in a Battle Regiment and is one drop.

Including Grunnock is interesting, a 35 wound stomping model will take a lot of focus for most armies. As a monster with a vicious stomp attack, the ability to ignore screens or engagement to an extent and mortal wounds (MW) on the charge it’s a lot to deal with. Keep it within 15″ of at least one Bolt Boyz unit and a Shaman and they’ll be able to pepper whatever is trying to deal with it with MW (on a 5+). The challenge is to use the bows without exposing them, Big Yellers helps by extending their range by 3″ (to 27″). This means Sentinels, Judicators or Raptors will still outrange them but a lot of armies only have 18″ on their archers. Even with the Hobgrots there don’t seem to be enough screens, and small units of Gutripperaz seem to melt quickly.

I’d be tempted to increase one of the Boltboyz to a 9 and drop one of the 6s. If you drop the grots you would have enough for another Gutrippaz unit. They won’t have poison unless they are within 12″ of the Sludgeraker but it feels more robust and still very damaging. That said this army as written went 4/1 so Jeff knows what he’s doing. The Sludgeraker is a great unit to anchor the lines against to make use of it’s Sludgeraker Venom and it’s attacks, you want to keep it healed up to maximise the number of 2 damage attacks. As included he allows a redeploy (Supa Sneaky), Manticore Venom is straight damage increase and Weird ‘un gives a 4+ ward against spells, with the buffed Endless Spells that’s a good idea.

Super solid performance and a good showing with Kruleboyz bringing their sneaky shenanigans – especially a big smelly mercenary (what do you pay a giant anyway?)

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 the South Coast Series July

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the South Coast Series July that took place in Bournemouth, UK on 9th and 10th July. It involved 40 players from the world over, 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: Slaves to Darkness
Damned Legion: Host of the Everchosen (Sixth Circle)
– Mortal Realm: Aqshy
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Archaon the Everchosen (860)**
Aura of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spell: Binding Damnation
Chaos Lord (120)**
General
– Reaperblade & Daemonbound Steel
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spell: Mask of Darkness
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)**
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spell: Mask of Darkness

Battleline
3 x Varanguard (280)*
Ensorcelled Weapon and Warpsteel Shield
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
3 x Varanguard (280)*
Ensorcelled Weapon and Warpsteel Shield
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
8 x Iron Golems (75)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

Units
9 x Untamed Beasts (70)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
9 x Untamed Beasts (70)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

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

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 88
Drops: 3

Brett: A return of a list that became common in AoS 2.0 with Archaon and Varanguard taking the tournament 5/0. Really demonstrates just how Archaon can dominate a lot of the board but don’t discount the Endless Spells either. With 3 wizards in the list (thanks to Arcane Tome) they are always going to be an option. Cogs offering rerolls for casters making Purple Sun, with it’s debuffs and wound potential more reliable, much more reliable.. Marking Archaon with Aura of Chaos – Tzeentch is a great way to increase his and the armies durability. So this list is all about durability and being hard to shift. Making the Varanguard Bounty Hunters improves one of their weaknesses (damage output) and is a solid move for removing MSU Galletian Veteran units. With both the Iron Golems (keep them stationary on a home objective in cover) and Untamed Beasts there are plenty of Galletian Veteran units in the army and 2 teleports (Mask of Darkness) to get them where they need to be. 6″ pregame move and the ability to run and charge make the Untamed Beasts unpredictable with a very long threat range. It would be great to see how the list plays into Nighthaunt. A very solid performance against some of the newer books we can only assume that Archaon wrecked face. 5/0 is an amazing performance with one of the older books and a range of characters that everyone knows well.

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

Leaders
Krulghast Cruciator (150)**
General
– Command Trait: Ruler of the Spirit Hosts
Awlrach the Drowner (175)**
Guardian of Souls (150)**
Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Spirit Torment (115)***
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Underworlds: Shademist
Spirit Torment (115)***

Battleline
30 x Bladegheist Revenants (525)*
Reinforced x 2
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
Reinforced x 1
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (175)***
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)**

Units
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (105)***

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

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 105
Drops: 4

Brett: What a horrifying list to face. Multiple small heroes including 3 that return models every turn and some of the best data sheets in the book (Bladegheist and Banshees). On top of that Krulghast is there to reduce the damage of incoming attacks. The big block of Bladegheist is nightmarish, on the charge they are putting out 90 attacks. This list is a strong 5/0 contender but I wonder about the battalions.

We more often see larger units of Bladegheist in Bounty Hunters but there are good reason to use Expert Conquerors. It would be very hard to take an objective off 30 Bladegheist backed by a Spirit Torment or Guardian and Banshees to steal spells. It would be interesting to see Awlach in action with this force offering a solid teleport ability throughout the game. The bigger blocks of Bladegheist would be a nasty threat even without their support heroes or after missing a charge. Taking down DoK confirms the horde meta is here. Notable that the list only lost to Sylvaneth.

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

Allegiance: Sylvaneth
Glade: Heartwood
– Season of War: The Reaping
– Mortal Realm: Ghyran
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Alarielle the Everqueen (840)*
Arch-Revenant (120)*
General
– Command Trait: Warsinger
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Deepwood: Treesong

Battleline
6 x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Greatbows (460)*
Reinforced x 1
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)*
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)*

Units
3 x Revenant Seekers (235)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Spiteswarm Hive (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1955 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 87
Drops: 1

Brett: Pregame move, teleports and movement buffs, all kinds of shenanigans are possible with this list including the endless spells. Crucially you need to get the best from (buffed) Alarielle and the Kurnoth (1300 pts – you have to) but with the ability to deploy aggressively, then redeploy, and the change away from one drop lists there are some real benefits to being Sylvaneth. The only loss (to Slaves to Darkness) would have been a very interesting with Archaon facing Alarielle in a titanic struggle. Varanguard are well matched to Kurnoth as well. Long range shooting is still a problem for a lot of lists notably Nighthaunt, Daughters of Kaine and Beasts. The Kurnoth bring some serious hurt, particularly with an Arch-Revenant giving +1 to wound rolls, and Alarielle only adds to the pain. The tree-revenants provide some screening and the ability later in the game to teleport away as well. Great performance with the new book and some familiar faces, it’s great to see a podium finish so soon after release.

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14th Place, Blades of Khorne

Army Faction: Fyreslayers
Subfaction: Greyfyrd
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Battlesmith (150)**
Artefacts of Power: Nulsidian Icon
Auric Runefather (125)**
General
– Command Traits: Blood of the Berzerker
– Artefacts of Power: Axe of Grimnir
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)**
Wyrmslayer Javelins
– Artefacts of Power: Master Rune of Unbreakable Resolve
– Mount Traits: Coal-heart Ancient

BATTLELINE
Hearthguard Berzerkers (480)*
Karl
– Berzerker Broadaxe
Vulkite Berzerkers with Bladed Slingshields (160)*
Hornblower of Grimnir
– Karl
– Fyresteel War-pick and Bladed Slingshield
Vulkite Berzerkers with Bladed Slingshields (160)*
Hornblower of Grimnir
– Fyresteel War-pick and Bladed Slingshield

OTHER
Gotrek Gurnisson (485)**
Grimwrath Berzerker (105)**
Artefacts of Power: Draught of Magmalt Ale

CORE BATTALIONS
*Expert Conquerors
**Warlord

TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000

Brett: Eschewing the more popular Magmadroth builds comes at cost but what a thematic list this is. A tide of marking norse dwarves with your favourite hero from the before times (Gotrek) ready to wreck pretty much everybody. And particularly rats, which for the most part don’t move too quickly so were vulnerable to what this list brings. 3/5 is great with an off meta list like this one. Fyreslayers are let down by their 4″ move and they still seem a little expensive per unit. The battle against Maggotkin would have been a stand out since both are slow moving but against a Great Unclean One or Glottkin I think this list is a little short of firepower.

The overall results show that points matter still with both 1 and 2 being the highest point scorers, next highest is 8th though. At least within this tournaments catchment there is a very healthy meta with 8 different factions in the top 10. Seraphon and Daughters of Khaine are unusually low with 2 Sylvaneth, with different subfactions, in the top 5. Interesting to watch the rest of the performances across the weekend to see if this is a prelude to the Wood Elves rising. Don’t picnic too close to the trees just in case?

Final Tournament Placings

Top 10 Tournament Players Based on Elo Ratings

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

AoS Meta Stats (w/e 26th June 2022)

Here are the AoS Meta Stats for all the Grand Tournaments that have taken place between Monday 20th June and Sunday 26th June 2022. These are all the GT’s that I can locate on Tabletop.to or BestCoastPairing, if you know of any others please send me a link and I’ll add them.

There were only 2 Grand Tournaments last week, a quiet week! But both have 32 players with a nice mix of factions.

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Grand Tournaments

Ranked from largest to smallest.

Giga-Con: Age of Sigmar Teams Event – Georgia/USA
32 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSeraphon Thunder Lizard5-0-0
2ndBeasts of Chaos4-1-0
3rdBeasts of Chaos4-0-1
4thOgor MawtribesBoulderhead4-0-1
5thLumineth Realm-Lords Zaitrec4-0-1
6thHedonites of Slaanesh Godseekers Host4-0-1
7thCities of SigmarLiving City 4-0-1
8thNighthaunt Scarlet Doom4-0-1
9thStormcast EternalsHallowed Knights3-1-1
10thBig Waaagh!3-1-1
Giga-Con: Age of Sigmar Teams Event

Ironweld Open GT – Massachusetts/USA
32 Players

PositionFactionSubfactionResult
1stSeraphonThunder Lizard 5-0-0
2ndSeraphon Thunder Lizard 4-0-1
3rdLegion of the First Prince4-0-1
4thSeraphonThunder Lizard 4-0-1
5thBonesplitterz Drakkfoot 3-1-1
6thLumineth Realm-Lords Zaitrec 3-1-1
7thDaughters of KhaineHagg Nar3-0-2
8thDaughters of KhaineZainthar Kai 3-0-2
9thStormcast EternalsHallowed Knights 3-0-2
10thSoulblight Gravelords Vyrkos Dynasty 3-0-2
Ironweld Open GT
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Grand Alliance Stats

64 players took part in 2 GT’s over the last week.

Grand AllianceWin RateArmies% Share of Armies5-0 Wins4+ Wins
Chaos55.6%914.1%04
Order53.7%3046.9%26
Death50.0%1015.6%01
Death39.3%1523.4%01

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
Seraphon 80.0%57.9%20
Lumineth Realm-Lords 60.0%57.9%00
Soulblight Gravelords 40.0%57.9%00

With very few tournaments this week there’s not enough data to draw reliable win rates from.

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Subfaction Stats

Next week, I’ll have built up four weeks worth of data and at this point I will transition the stats over four weeks rather than a single week. This will helpfully give us more reliable data. At some point I’ll go backwards as well to the start of AoS 3.