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Top Three AoS Lists for the Borderlands Bash

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This is the Top Three AoS lists for Borderlands 2k Bash that took place at Borderlands Comics and Games in Greenville, SC on November 19th. There were a total of 12 players competing in this three-round event.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
Army Subfaction: Underguts
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
Frostlord on Stonehorn (445)*
– Mount Trait: Rockmane Elder
Butcher (135)*
– General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Cleaver
– Spells: Molten Entrails
Slaughtermaster (135)*
– Artefacts of Power: Gruesome Trophy Rack
– Spells: Blubbergrub Stench

BATTLELINE
Ogor Gluttons (265)*
– Tribal Banner Bearer with Lookout Gnoblar
– Bellower
– Crusher
– Paired Ogor Clubs or Bluntblades
Leadbelchers (170)*
Leadbelchers (170)*

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

Terrain
Great Mawpot (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

Patrick: When the Ogor Mawtribes Battletome was released it was a fair assumption that some unit spamming/abuse would come out of the new book. Tobias made this assumption as well and decided to test the waters by dropping as many Ironblasters as he could on the table. “Ironblasters are awesome,” Tobias told me. “I’m not playing Ogors because I want to play greenish stunted gitz… So none of that in my list.” He is also taking advantage of the -1 to wound from Rockmane Elder, providing some extra beef on the Stonehorn.

His Ironblasters played well into all of his matchups, although with some minor difficulty into Idoneth Deepkin due to shooting restrictions that the army carries with it. His Ironblasters killed Bloab Rotspawn in the first round of his second match. Two units firing the long range shot were able to remove him from across the table, and went on to table his Nurgle opponent by the bottom of round 2. “They will be a meta pick. If I had a big event I’d run them, but they weren’t great fun.” It may be too early to say if the warscroll needs some adjustments, but I think at the very least we will see a points increase in the future.

Congratulations to Tobias on his win, and we hope to see more lists from him in the future (the upcoming Cherokee GT, perhaps?).

Army Faction: Soulblight Gravelords
Army Type: Kastelai Dynasty
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
Manfred Von Carstein (380)
Spells: Fading Vigour
Vengorian Lord (280)
– General
– Command Traits: Swift and Deadly
– Artefact: Fragment of the Keep
– Spells: Invigorating Aura, Amethystine Pinions
Belladamma Volga (200)
Spells: Vile Transference

BATTLELINE
10 x Blood Knights (390)*
– Kastellan
– Standard Bearer
10 x Blood Knights (390)*
– Kastellan
– Standard Bearer
5 x Blood Knights (195)*
– Kastellan
– Standard Bearer
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (80)**
– Skeleton Champion
– Standard Bearer
– Champion’s Mace or Halberd
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (80)**
– Skeleton Champion
– Standard Bearer
– Champion’s Mace or Halberd

CORE BATTALIONS
* Bounty Hunters
** Expert Conquerors

TOTAL POINTS: (1995 / 2000)

Patrick: “After narrowing down to Soulblight, I went back and forth between a horde of Zombies and Skeletons and a mixed armes list like we have ssen across the meta. However, I thought ‘I own 25 Blood Knights,’ why not run all of them.” And run them, he did, to great effect. The list sees Manfred and a Vengorian Lord bringing buffs and spellcasting to round out his list, as well as some Expert Conqueror Skeletons for objective maintenance. Manfred’s base size came in especially handy due to his unique command ability, providing +1 to hit and wound wholly within 12”. His base size and careful positioning meant that Stuart could have at least 2 units of 10 knights with 2+/2+, -1 rend, and 2-3 damage lances.

Belladomma works to provide a quality fighter to deal with chaff units. Her ability to turn salin models into Dire Wolves worked in Stuart’s favor to keep the board saturated with threats, and can be used to bait an opponent’s dispel attempt to make room for casting from Mannfred and the Vengorian Lord.

Army Type: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Army Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration

– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
Bloab Rotspawned (320)
– Spells: Gift of Disease
Orghotts Daemonspew (320)
Lord of Afflications (230)
– General
– Command Traits: Overpowering Stench
– Incubatch
– Dolorous Tocsin
– Artefacts of Power: The Splithorn Helm

BATTLELINE
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (250)*
– Dolorous Tocsin
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (250)*
– Dolorous Tocsin
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (250)*
– Dolorous Tocsin
10 x Plaguebearers (150)**
10 x Plaguebearers (150)**

ENDLESS SPELL
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

TERRAIN
1 x Feculent Gnarlmaw (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
* Bounty Hunters
** Expert Conquerors

TOTAL POINTS: (1980/2000)

Patrick: Jake’s Nurgle list was tooled to the event. “With Prize of Gallet on the list it was going to be incredibly hard to score if I went first.” This meant that he had to break away from his original list (which included no Galletian Veterans) and build in two units of Plaguebearers. They are cheaper than Blightkings, and in this instance would perform the same duty. That left three units of flies, one to deep strike with the Lord of Affliction and one to Drowned Men across the table and lock his opponent down.

Jake feels that some better deployment of Bloab could have kept him alive longer. Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws would have done a lot of work into Tobias’s chaff units, and he may have been able to get a better performance in the third round. “Mawtribes are gross now,” he told me, but he is happy with the list and his performance. “The list did what I expected it too. Flies and Jaws eat the grunts and you aim the Maggoth lords at their heroes.”

He made some final notes in our conversation as well. “Nurgle is fine, the thing that bothers me the most is the lists that are winning are the same archetype. I’d love to see a non-Drowned Men win rate. The issue is everything in that book just pushed it towards that load out. Better units, better artefacts into the best subfaction.” His next event will see the use of a Great Unclean One in more close-range battleplans, one of which will include a “no deep strike” rule.

Army Type: Seraphon
– Army Type: Coalesced
– Army Subfaction: Thunder Lizard
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance

– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
Skink Starpriest (130)**
– General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts of Power: Fusil of Conflagration
– Spells: Levitate

BATTLELINE
Skinks (75)*
– Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler
Skinks (75)*
– Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler
Skinks (75)*
– Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler

BEHEMOTH
Dread Saurian (545)**
Dread Saurian (545)**
Dread Saurian (545)**

CORE BATTALIONS
* Expert Conquerors
** Linebreaker

TOTAL POINTS: (1990/2000)

Patrick: This list is the perfect example of why I love one-day events. The fact that large prizes generally aren’t on the line means that people will be more willing to accommodate casual crowds and test off-meta lists. Jon’s list fits this perfectly.

“The idea…was to make a bad list” Jon told me during a discussion. The Greenville AoS community tends to be newer or more casual players than he normally plays. He didn’t want to create a list that would completely shut other players out. Jon told me “I like the idea of giant lizards stomping around, and this was the only time I would ever actually run them at an event.” Dread Saurians will certainly feel robust in a Thunder Lizard list, but overall they won’t accomplish very much. They’re an ideal unit for new players to feel good dumping wounds into without getting punched back too hard, but players also need to be sure to watch the Skinks, since it would be easy to focus on the big intimidating models while Jon’s battleline consistently scores VP. It’s a lesson in threat assessment and target priority for new players.

While Jon didn’t win the event, he certainly accomplished his goals. Hopefully we see more people approach play with this attitude in event in the future.

Note: Jon did not compete in the final round due to matchups. He was scheduled to face someone he plays multiple times a week, and he decided to give them a chance to play a different opponent (not to mention it is a pain to move three Dread Saurians around).

Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the Slambo GT

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This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Slambo Grand Tournament that took place in Texas, USA on 5th and 6th November. It involved 65 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 120
Drops: 11

Danny:It’s that man Grigar! Can he be stopped? Evidently not. Playing with ‘old’ points, he’s taken the HQ combo. Interestingly (a relative term when writing about Thunder Lizsts) he’s *tripled* down on Thunder Lizardy goodness with one laser Basti and two meat-shield variants. For 165, their tankiness and base size makes them excellent move blockers and objective grabbers – if they push out a few wounds and a road/stomp into the bargain, so much the better. Amusingly, they’ll only get better once Expert Conqs. dies off.

Lots of skinks make up the battleline, for obvious reasons that we’ve often covered.

So what did he beat and how? (Indulge my guesses) KO would have been dealt with by parking bastis on objectives, whose 1+ saves are generally good at coping with massed rend 1 firepower with little in the way of MWs. DoK I imagine would have straight up melted to Solar Engine firepower, Kroak’s MW output and Horrorghast – that’s a lot of attrition for their fragile frames to deal with even with a 4+ rally.
Fyreslayers may have presented a challenge with their ward saves, possible spell ignores and bodies-on-objectives plan – but skinks in Expert Conqs combined with a well-screened Kroak – and ‘Slayer’s lack of ranged threat – clearly put paid to their angry waddling. Hedonites, bless ’em – if they brought any daemons, the Solar Engine would have been damage three against their heaviest hitters. Lumineth would have depended on the list, but if anything can stand up to their magic it’s Kroak, and without their magic-synergy, the old-book often folds.

GG to GG once again. Now do us a favour and go 5-0 with like, an all-Terradon list!

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Army Faction: Sylvaneth
Subfaction: Heartwood
– Season: The Burgeoning
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Drycha Hamadreth (335)*
Spells: Regrowth, Verdant Blessing
Arch-Revenant (120)*
General
– Command Traits: Warsinger
– Artefacts of Power: Seed of Rebirth

BATTLELINE
Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Greatbows (230)*
Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Greatbows (230)*
Tree-Revenants (110)*
Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Scythes (500)**

OTHER
Gossamid Archers (220)*
Revenant Seekers (235)**
Seeker Banner Bearer
– Seeker Hornblower

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: 1980/2000

Ethan: Howdy, Ethan here for the Sylvaneth bit and wow is this Matt Robisch list a departure from the regular Sylvaneth structure we’ve seen in the 4-1+ crowd thus far. Heartwood is a relatively standard pick but the Season selection of the Burgeoning is the beginning of a picture showing a more durable, less mobile and less spell dependent Sylvaneth army. This is a list that requires enormous skill to play as it is elite, relatively fragile despite the defensive season and lacks many of the tools such as the Spiteswarm hive and a battlemage which allow for the single-unit Strike and Fade strategy regularly seen which plays like a scalpel, removing a unit a turn as magic support pushes for board control.

Warsinger and the Seed of Rebirth ensure that the Archrevenant has defensive tools to help it survive incidental MWs and shooting while Warsinger makes the large blocks of Kurnoth hunters sufficiently mobile at the same time as sending the gossamids and revenant seekers into overdrive. 6 bows create a sufficient shooting threat to force opponents to approach the sylvaneth force while Gossamid archers support this to threaten 5-wound heroes and to add tech to slow the advance of a variety of shooting lite armies. Looking at Matt’s MUs, he has admittedly had a relatively lucky run, coming up against 5 armies with little to no shooting with which to remove his gossamid archers. This allows for a greater deal of board control than you would expect into armies with the tools to remove them outside of their unleash and retreat charge phase mechanic.

Outside of this, the list is very much what you see on the tin, Drycha is an excellent damage threat in midrange with her shooting profile further disincentivising charges as 30 shots doing MWs on 6s is nothing to sniff at (average of 5 MWs for the mathematician savants in the audience). The Kurnoth hunters with scythes are supported by the Revenant seekers, bringing 1 back a turn and serving as an anvil with 30 wounds on a 3+ base, supplemented by a 6+ ward (and often a mystic shield, I’d hope). This list holds space well compared to most Sylvaneth lists and functions in the absence of spellcasters, demonstrating a different aspect of the Sylvaneth than we’ve seen thus far and perhaps heralding somewhat the direction many will take their Sylvaneth lists as the book starts to mature and players become more willing to experiment.

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Army Faction: Cities of Sigmar
Army Type: Hallowheart
– Grand Strategy: Mighty Beachhead
-‘ Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Celestial Hurricanum with Celestial Battlemage (290)
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Spells: Warding Brand, Ignite Weapons
1 x Bundo Whalebiter (490)***
1 x Lord-Castellant (155)***
Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Warding Brand Ignite Weapon
1 x Battlemage (100)***
Artefacts: Whitefire Tome
– Ghur
– Spells: Sear Wounds, Elemental Cyclone, Warding Brand, Crystal Aegis, Ignite Weapons, Roaming Wildfire

BATTLELINE
10 x Flagellants (80)*
Prophet
10 x Flagellants (80)**
Prophet
10 x Flagellants (80)**
Prophet

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Aethervoid Pendulum (40)

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

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

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Peter: I reached out to Tom who kindly agreed to give us a quick run down on the way his list works.

Tom Guan: The list does a lot of mortal wounds and good target selection between the dragon and hurricanum shooting, all the casting, and impact hit from the gargant. Let’s it deal with armor fairly well, with conquerer on the flagellants, it can steal objectives pretty well also. I felt like the list had a lot of different play available to it against everything and would play something similar in the future.

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Army Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
Army Subfaction: Underguts
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Butcher (135)**
Cleaver
– Artefacts: Gnoblar Blast Keg
– Spells: Blubbergrub Stench
1 x Hrothgorn (170)**
1 x Tyrant (150)**
General
– Command Traits: Mass of Scars
– Big Name: Fateseeker
– Artefacts: Gruesome Trophy Rack
1 x Blackpowder’s Buccaneers (105)***

BATTLELINE
8 x Leadbelchers (360)*
4 x Leadbelchers (180)*
4 x Leadbelchers (180)*

ARTILLERY
1 x Ironblaster (130)
1 x Ironblaster (130)***
1 x Ironblaster (130)***
1 x Ironblaster (130)***

TERRAIN
1 x Great Mawpot (0)

OTHER
20 x Gnoblars (100)
20 x Gnoblars (100)
3 x Hrothgorn’s Mantrappers (170)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Bounty Hunters
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Grand Battery

TOTAL POINTS: (2000/2000)

Declan: When Peter asked me to comment on an Ogor list for the top 3 series I was happy to oblige… but a little ‘Gut’-ted that they were outside the top 3 – however a 4-1 result is still special with Ogors, so congrats to Bryan on this one.

The US scene has already been a bit strange for Ogors with Ironblasters and Leadbelchers being a lot more common there than on this side of the pond. The approach here is to shoot the world, and then charge and do mortal wounds. However the real tech is in the spell:

Games Workshop via Wahapedia

A low casting value and a bubble make this a great spell when you remember that the Ironblasters have the Rhinox keyword – so they all benefit.

Games Workshop via Wahapedia

And what a benefit. Mortal wounds on a 4+ instead of a 6+ and this is based on the actual charge distance rolled, not what was moved. You also get to shoot with the Ironblasters first. I’ve never known why it hasn’t caught on elsewhere but it is an interesting list that will likely only get better in the new book, where the Ironblaster looks like a beast of a warscroll.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the PNW Masters

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This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the PNW Masters that took place in USA on 15th and 16th October . It involved 32 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

Army Faction: Seraphon
Army Type: Coalesced
Army Subfaction: Thunder Lizard
Grand Strategy: Continuous Expansion
Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Lord Kroak (430)*
1 x Engine of the Gods (265)**
General
– Command Traits: Prime Warbeast
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Beastmaster
– Spells: Hand of Glory
– Prayers: Curse
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur
1 x Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)*
Artefacts: Fusil of Conflagration
1 x Skink Priest (90)*
Prayers: Heal

BATTLELINE
5 x Saurus Guard (115)**
Saurus Guard Alpha
– Stardrake Icon Bearer
– Wardrummer
10 x Skinks (75)**
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler
10 x Skinks (75)**
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler

BEHEMOTH
1 x Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
1 x Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)**

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (90)
1 x Horrorghast (40)

TERRAIN
1 x Realmshaper Engine (0)

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

Total Points: 1970/2000
Units: 9
Drops: 5

Patrick: When I saw that a Seraphon list took first place I didn’t necessarily need to see the list in order to know what it contained.

Thunder Lizard? Check.
Kroak? Check.
Engine of the Gods? Check

The only item that breaks away from the “color by numbers” approach to making Seraphon lists right now is the addition of the Incarnate, where a second Bastiladon would normally go. Let’s be fair, though, the inclusion of an Incarnate doesn’t exactly put Stark at a disadvantage, or really challenge the standard approach to Seraphon list building.

This is not a critique on Stark, however. There is still a level of requisite talent needed to drive a list into a top slot, since reacting to the pace of a battle with Tactic selections is vital. These Seraphon lists don’t reflect poorly on their players, but the Battletome itself. Current Seraphon are an excellent case study in internal balance, and there is clearly an issue with the book, since your options are ThunderKroak or losing.

Congratulations to Stark on their win, and I look forward to seeing an updated Tome to see how these top-tier players shake up their successful lists.

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

Leaders
The Shadow Queen (340)
Morathi-Khaine (340)
Hag Queen on Cauldron of Blood (270)
General
– Bonded to Krondspine
– Command Trait: Zealous Orator
– Crown of Woe
– Prayer: Sacrament of Blood

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

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters

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

Danny: A last gasp of the ‘Morathi and the stab sneks with special guest, the Spinedog!’ list now that the Incarnate’s points were hiked by 80!

This list, as hinted at above, drops the more expensive bow snakes in favour of all out melee punch, going Zainthar-Kai to allow the 15 stabbers to fulfill the battleline requirement – on top of 2 cheap and cheerful Witch units – without paying the Melusai Ironscale Tax.

Of course, it allows that one big blob to fight on death, and given not much can do 30 wounds to a unit with a 6+++ and the +1 save aura from the Cauldron of Blood, the 4+ rally from ‘Zealous Orator’ is likely keeping them topped up well into the game, for some serious value and revenge kills. In the meantime, the Cauldron buffs the Witches with +1 to wound within 12″, putting them on 3x 3/3 natively, allowing for a good volume of attacks despite the lack of rend.

It’ll be interesting to see if the top players find ways to cut costs and retain the double whammy of two timed-invincible units from here on out – at 480, snek lovers will really feel the squeeze on bodies for board control.

Either way, congrats to Thomas and three cheers for the Spinedog nerf!

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Army Faction: Skaven
Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Thanquol (415)
2 x Warpfire Braziers
– 2 x Warpfire Projectors
Spells: Skitterleap
Warpgnaw Verminlord (275)
General
– Command Traits: Devious Adversary
– Artefacts of Power: Vial of Manticore Venom
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur
Warlock Engineer (105)**
Spells: Warp Lightning Shield

BATTLELINE
Clanrats (100)*
Clawleader
– Rusty Blade
– 2 x Clanrat Standard Bearer
– 2 x Clanrat Bell-ringer
Clanrats (100)*
Clawleader
– Rusty Blade
– 2 x Clanrat Standard Bearer
– 2 x Clanrat Bell-ringer
Clanrats (100)*
Clawleader
– Rusty Blade
– 2 x Clanrat Standard Bearer
– 2 x Clanrat Bell-ringer

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)

ARTILLERY
Warp Lightning Cannon (150)**
Warp Lightning Cannon (150)**
Warp Lightning Cannon (150)**

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Lauchon the Soulseeker (30)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Expert Conquerors
**Grand Battery

TOTAL POINTS: 1975/2000

Declan: Third place and the Third Krondspine… I mean I’m not saying it was a mistake to release it to competitive play… but it doesn’t look like the best decision ever made. In Matthias’ defense he has chosen to use Skaventide with 30 Clanrats and 3 Warp Lightning Cannons. You need to get through the Krondspine quickly because those Warp Lightning Cannons do a lot of damage.

It’s a little weird if you’ve never played it before, but effectively you want to roll low on your first roll to get mortal wounds… roll a 1 first up and that is 6 mortal wounds. But – wait – Matthias also has an Engineer and they make things more interesting.

There are two things that may not immediately clear here. The first is that the D3 mortal wounds on a 1 isn’t too bad. Average of 2 1s; means 4 wounds; and a Lightning Cannon has 8 so you can afford to do this. The second (and more important) is that one Engineer can trigger more than one Cannon in a turn. If Matthais deployed all three together it’s one hell of a mortal wound output. All at 24″ range – wow! I’ve played them with Kragnos before and he didn’t get too far.

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Army Faction: Soulblight Gravelords
Army Type: Vyrkos Dynasty
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Radukar the Beast (315)
Prince Vhordrai (455)
Spells: Amethystine Pinions, Invigorating Aura, Soulpike
Mannfred Von Carstein (380)*
Spells: Amethystine Pinions, Invigorating Aura, Overwhelming Dread
Necromancer (125)*
General
– Command Traits: Pack Alpha
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Decrepify, Fading Vigour, Invigorating Aura
Belladamma Volga (200)*
Spells: Amaranthine Orb, Invigorating Aura, Spirit Gale

BATTLELINE
Dire Wolves (135)*
Doom Wolf
Deadwalker Zombies (120)**
Deadwalker Zombies (120)**

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Horrorghast (40)
1 x Chronomantic Cogs (40)
1 x Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord – Magnificent
**Expert Conquerors

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

Brett: No Skeletons, no Ghouls and no Grave Guard, just Vampires and some strays that followed them in. Radukur and Belladamma are slow among the heroes (the Necromancer is very slow but no one expects him to move), with Prince Vhordrai and Mannfred mounted on dragons and both having spells to increase the mounts movement. A very high risk approach with very few units and limited board control. You are relying on your few, very mobile, but somewhat fragile units to remove threats. All good if they do but, if they fail to clear something there isn’t a lot else here to score or control the board.

A lot of Endless Spells as well giving rerolls, causing an extra model to flee combat and Ravenak’s MW bomb. It’s good to see something a little different and it must have been fun to face off against, who do you target?

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the Quest of Champions – Final

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This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Quest of Champions Final that took place in the UK on 22md and 23rd October. It involved 30 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

We have covered all of the previous four heats on Woehammer where players competed for a place in the finals. The system was devised by Dan from the Warrior Lodge in the UK and it makes for great competition each year. If you want to catch up on the games, the event was covered by Dice and Ducks on their YouTube channel.

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: Beasts of Chaos
Greatfray: Gavespawn
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Beastlord (95)*
Artefact: Mutating Gnarlblade
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Unravelling Aura
– Lore of Dark Storms: Sundering Blades
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)****
Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm
Great Bray-Shaman (100)****
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Savage Dominion

Battleline
6 x Dragon Ogors (250)***
3x Paired Ancient Weapons
– 3x Draconic War glaives
– Reinforced x 1
6 x Dragon Ogors (250)***
3x Paired Ancient Weapons
– 3x Draconic War glaives
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields
10 x Ungors (65)**
Mauls & Half-Shields

Units
5 x Centigors (85)*
5 x Centigors (85)****
20 x Bestigors (250)***
Reinforced x 1
1 x Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)*

Behemoths
Jabberslythe (150)*
Cygor (125)****

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters
****Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 194
Drops: 8

Danny: Freddie Leggett has a point to prove – and that point is ‘nerf Beasts’. The man even admitted himself after this event – his 3rd 5-0 with BoC in the self-proclaimed ‘Cygor meta’ – and far as we know, his wish is about to be granted… but in the meantime, you gotta take your hat off to the guy for running quite so rampant.

Beasts have a few things going for them. Not least of which is sheer numbers and efficiency. Dragon Ogors are just a brutally good hammer for their points – and in true 2nd edition fashion the Shaggoth allows them to re-roll 1s to hit, making their high volume of attacks uber reliable.

Ungors are fairly bad, but at 65 pts they’re one of the cheapest screens/battleline taxes going – they also make excellent Herdstone fodder, meaning a cheap way to rack up plenty of summoning points. Whereas Bestigors and Centigors fill out the niches of speed and slow good quality of attacks on a 4+ respectively.

The techy-cherry on top of this swarm is the two monsters, who each gain a unique monstrous action. The Cygor can try for an endless spell dispel – and if successful heal itself equal to the roll, making itself particularly tanky in this spell heavy meta. Whereas the Jabber can worsen the save of an enemy hero by 1 on a 2-5 or 2 on a 6 until the following combat phase – meaning even rend 1 weapons can utterly melt a priority target. Meanwhile the Mindstealer Sphiranx has a good chance of making something fight last.

It’s all tied together by the just all round great enhancements of Gavespawn. No one thing is particularly frightening on its own but the combined offensive weight and significant numbers of summoned models just tend to utterly overwhelm and establish massive board presence.

Good point, well made Freddie – time to put BoC out to pasture!

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Allegiance: Slaves to Darkness
Damned Legion: Host of the Everchosen (Sixth Circle)
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Archaon the Everchosen (860)*
Aura of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spell: Call to Glory
Chaos Lord (120)*
Reaperblade & Daemonbound Steel
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– 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
8 x Iron Golems (75)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
8 x Iron Golems (75)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

Units
1 x Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 96
Drops: 2

Danny: With leaks of the new tome flooding the interwebs and the current Tome languishing at the bottom of the win-rate pile, Toby Meadows drops this bombshell on us – a 2nd place Archaon list! To be fair, it’s not a huge deviation from pretty much the only viable Slaves build at the moment.

Archaon is a big, tanky-ass utility provider, who is himself supported by the two lords for more buffs than you can shake a stick at. His role is usually as a super hard to shift distraction carnifex who can roll smaller units, making him a tricky tactical proposition. Meanwhile, 2 squads of Tzeentch marked Varanguard – meaning they’re re-rolling 1s to save on a nat 3+, and doing +1 damage in the 6th circle – act as twin hammers. 3 squads of super-bargain Iron Golems work on the board and objective control game – they hit more like pillow golems, but they’re a super cheap source of wounds on a 4+ with a natural +1 if they didn’t move.

And that cheeky kitty shows up again for the fight last shenanigans!

Big kudos to Toby as this list, while strong, is definitely suffering from being behind the times overall and takes a great degree of tactical acumen to pilot well. Losing only to the insane volume of attacks and bodies of 1st place Freddie is a great achievement.

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Allegiance: Seraphon
Constellation: Thunder Lizard
– Grand Strategy: Continuous Expansion
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Slann Starmaster (265)**
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Engine of the Gods (265)****
Artefact: Incandescent Rectrices
– Mount Trait: Beastmaster
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Skink Starpriest (130)**
Artefact: Fusil of Conflaguration
– Spell: Hand of Glory
Skink Priest (90)**
Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal

Battleline
10 x Saurus Knights (220)*
Lances
– Reinforced x 1
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

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

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (90)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 100
Drops: 10

Danny: It’s Mike Stewart. It’s Seraphon. It’s double Bastiladons with a Purple Sun. And even that couldn’t beat Freddie. Ok i’ll throw you a bone if you’re not familiar with Seraphon lists – Slann provides magical domination, the Bastiladons can be buffed to re-roll 1s, have +1 to hit and do additional mortals on 6s. If the Engine manages to get Curse off on something (6s to hit do mws) and the Sun is nearby to make each shot rend 2 – and in Thunder Lizards, one of them can use a command ability to firre twice…it’s gonna burn. And Beasts still beat it.

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Allegiance: Flesh-eater Courts
Grand Court: Morgaunt
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Abhorrant Archregent (245)***
Artefact: The Dermal Robe
– Lore of Madness: Spectral Host
Abhorrant Ghoul King (165)***
Lore of Madness: Miasmal Shroud
Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist (445)**
Mount Trait: Gruesome Bite
– Lore of Madness: Blood Feast
Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Zombie Dragon (430)***
General
– Command Trait: Savage Chivalry
– Artefact: Decrepit Coronet
– Mount Trait: Razor-clawed
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Crypt Ghast Courtier (70)**
Crypt Ghast Courtier (70)**

Battleline
30 x Crypt Ghouls (255)*
Reinforced x 2
20 x Crypt Ghouls (170)*
Reinforced x 1
10 x Crypt Ghouls (85)***

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Command Entourage – Magnificent
***Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Mount Trait

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 109
Drops: 9

Danny: So, FEC aren’t eating good these days – so 6th place is a big achievement and sure to score highly on our Woehammer scoring system. This is really a ‘ghouls for days’ list – each of those ghoul squads can come back on a 4+ … as many times as you like! They’re underwhelming in general but with bounty hunters can still bring the weight of dice pain, and if you roll well can represent a fairly overwhelming amount of board control over the game. Backed up by the King on ‘Gheist and his well known spike damage potential, plus a slightly less royal zombie dragon, it’s a classic ‘swamp and chomp’ (yes I just coined that term) list that must have scored fantastically to end 6th with 3-1-1.

Well done to Tom, and please, James Workshop, for the love of all that’s unholy give this faction some new models and rules.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for Invasion AOS 2022

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This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Invasion AOS 22 Tournament that took place in Kristiansand, Norway, on the 17th and 18th September. It involved 44 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

Army Faction: Seraphon
Army Type: Starborne
– Army Subfaction: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**
Artefacts: Serpent God Dagger
1 x Slann Starmaster (265)**
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Stellar Tempest
1 x Skink Priest (90)**
Prayers: Heal
1 x Skink Starpriest (130)***
Spells: Hand of Glory

BATTLELINE
30 x Skinks (225)*
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter and Moonstone Club
5 x Saurus Guard (115)***
Saurus Guard Alpha
– Wardrummer
– Stardrake Icon Bearer
10 x Skinks (75)***
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter
– Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler
10 x Skinks (75)***
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter
– Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler

BEHEMOTH
1 x Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek (165)***

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
1 x Horrorghast (40)

OTHER
8 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*
8 x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)*

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

TOTAL POINTS: (1950/2000)

Comments: Fangs of Sotek continues it’s long run as a great list taking another 5/0 and 1st. This time there is no Kroak and only one Bastilidon but there are two terrifyingly large Salamander Hunting Packs. Otherwise it’s a fairly conventional list with one large (30) Skink unit and 2 x 10 skinks, 5 Saurus Guard (bodyguards), Astrolith, Starmaster, Starpriest and priest. 2 Endless Spells to take advantage of the strong spell casting – Horrorghast and Purple Sun. Noted elsewhere this works well as a combination with Fangs but increasing rend (for the Ark and Skinks) and making battleshock tests terrifying. Back to the Salamanders, each has 2 Salamanders with their 7 attacks, 4 ranged, all hitting/wounding on 3s with -2 rend and D3 damage, 6s do D3 mortal wounds. For each pack that’s an average of 8 damage + 3 MWs. But that could spike as high 21 MWs (extremely unlikely).

Again another list that really wants to make you come to them, the salamanders will stay behind Skinks where feasible to limit charges. Mostly avoid the 30 Skink block. For the most part Tom’s opponents had either limited shooting or limited range leaving them exposed to the Skinks/Salamanders. KO might have had the best of it but Skinks can be teleported or summoned aiding scoring and blocking ships. Good result.

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Allegiance: Skaven
Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Grey Seer (125)**
Universal Spell Lore: Levitate
Verminlord Deceiver (405)**
Artefact: Shadow Magnet Trinket
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Verminlord Warbringer (395)*
General
– Command Trait: Devious Adversary
– Artefact: Warpstone Charm
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Warlock Bombardier (115)**
Lore of Warpvolt Galvanism: More-more-more Warp Power!

Battleline
6 x Stormfiends (640)*
2x Windlaunchers
– 2x Ratling Cannons
– 2x Doomflayer Gauntlets
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Clanrats (100)*
Rusty Blade
– 1x Standard Bearers
– 1x Standard Bell Ringers
20 x Clanrats (100)*
Rusty Blade
– 1x Standard Bearers
– 1x Standard Bell Ringers

Units
1 x Warp-Grinder (65)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 115
Drops: 5

Comments: Skaven in 2nd place with a rational list, still has a Warlock for humor but staying safe with solid heroes and clanrat/stormfiend battle line. The only endless spell is Cogs, that leaves point to run 2 x Verminlords and a Grey Seer with the now standard battleline. No Gnawholes listed but I assume some were taken. The Warpgrinder works as a Gnawhole for a single unit that can be placed in reserve with the Warpgrinder and placed at the end of a movement phase. You place the extra unit within 13″ of the Warpgrinder and 9″ from the enemy. Stormfiends to the rear? Like most Skaven lists there is a lot going on, the Grey Seer brings a mini Purple Sun (MWs and -1 to hit rolls for 1 unit).

The Deceiver has his dreaded skitterleap for a teleport that leaves him 6″ from enemies and Warbringer can grant fight on death for 3 units. This is a great combo, you can be aggressive with both the Stormfiends and Deceiver while holding the centre with the Warbringer and granting the Clannrats fight on death. The Warpgrinder teleport, with clanrats also gives some exciting options for scoring. He’s won qgainst very stiff competition with the 3 hammers and his options. That includes beating both flavours of DoK and an Annihilator SCE list.

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Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
Lineage: Kastelai Dynasty
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Prince Vhordrai (455)
Lore of the Vampires: Amethystine Pinions
Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon (435)
General
– Deathlance
– Command Trait: A Craving for Massacre
– Artefact: Fragment of the Keep
– Mount Trait: Foetid Miasma
– Lore of the Vampires: Amethystine Pinions
Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night (380)**
Lore of the Deathmages: Decrepify

Battleline
5 x Blood Knights (195)*
5 x Blood Knights (195)*
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (80)**
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (80)**

Units
10 x Grave Guard (140)**
Great Wight Blades

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1960 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 100
Drops: 5

Comments: Really solid SBGGL effort, running 3rd after a 3rd round loss to Benjamin (2nd) and his evil Skaven. Who has the moral high ground between Chaos and Death? A selection of the best units in the codex with Blood Knights, Grave Guard, 3 really nasty Vampire Lords and a zombie dragon. 3 Behemoths, all dragons, are the primary hammers. The list doesn’t need to castle though – Mannfred works well with the Blood Knights with Vigour of Undeath (12″ aura of +1 to hit and wound). Prince Vhordrai works with the Vampire Lord giving the Vampire Lord the ability to fight in the hero phase. They massive movement (starts at 14″) so it’s hard to screen them out. All of the units gain a ward near a gravesite, try to fight them further than 12″ from gravesites if possible.

As always with SBGL controlling the gravesites becomes increasingly important. They can summon units back through them or use them to summon reserves. The 2 units of Skeletons and the Grave Guard can all be returned at half strength making it a bit like whack a mole trying to keep them down. I feel the 6″ charge from the Deceiver and the Warbringer’s fight on death for adjacent units would have been the keys to bluntening the impact of the dragons. It’s a remarkable list and 4/1 is a good result, in line with similar SBGL performances we’ve seen recently.

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Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
Greatfray: Gavespawn
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired,Inspired

Leaders
Great Bray-Shaman (100)**
General
– Command Trait: Unravelling Aura
– Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Vicious Stranglethorns
Great Bray-Shaman (100)**
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Wild Rampage
Tzaangor Shaman of Beasts of Chaos (135)**
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Tendrils of Atrophy
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)***
Artefact: Mutating Gnarlblade
– Lore of Dark Storms: Sundering Blades

Battleline
20 x Bestigors (250)*
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bestigors (250)*
Reinforced x 1
10 x Ungors (65)
Mauls & Half-Shields

Units
10 x Ungor Raiders (80)***
10 x Ungor Raiders (80)***
10 x Ungor Raiders (80)***
1 x Chaos Spawn (55)**

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies
– Bonded to Tzaangor Shaman
Cygor (125)

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Ravening Direflock (30)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Warlord
***Vanguard

Additional Enhancements
Triumph

Total: 1945 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 125
Drops: 13

Comments: A genuine horde list, makes me wonder why Expert Conquerors wasn’t one of the battalions. 87 models altogether with 4 small heros and a Krondspine. The spells are a mix of MWs and buffing spells (special mention to Wild Rampage – reroll melee wound rolls but -1 to your saves). Cogs and Ravening Direflock are the chosen endless spells, Cogs is interesting, most of the chosen spells have casts around 5 and 6 but this list is short on buffs for casting. Ravening Direflock prevents non BoC units within 12″ from using Rally or Inspiring Presence. That’s not bad for 50 points. I’m assuming that there is a Herdstone in the list but not shown.

This is a list that seeks to outlast it’s opponent,then clap back from Turn 3 onwards. Board wide they are -1 rend until Turn 3 when it becomes -2 rend. Bestigors from Turn 3 are -3 rend total. The play here then is to screen using the Ungors (both kinds) while the Bestigors stay close to the Herdstone for Rally on 4+ (starts at 12″ and increases 6″ per turn). The leaders can pray on the Ungor for additional Primordial Points that allowing summoning more units. Krondspine plays really well into this strategy – your opponent can’t ignore it and sometimes will concentrate early damage on Krondspine. That increases the number of other units that make it to Turn 3.

It worked really well here against armies that had smaller units with good saves. Against -3 rend even a 3+ save looks weak. Then there is the Skaven. Their hammer units would be removing 3 units from this list in a turn. The fight on death is really punishing as well, BoC have few wounds and poor saves so their increased rend most likely leads to their quicker death. Clever build and a deserving 4/1.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for Northern Invasion 2022

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This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Northern Invasion Grand Tournament that took place in Scotland on 1st and 2nd October. It involved 45 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.

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: Seraphon
Constellation: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord Kroak (430)*
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)
Artefact: Serpent God Dagger
Skink Starpriest (130)*
Spell: Hand of Glory
Slann Starmaster (265)*
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Artefact: Itxi Grubs
– Spell: Stellar Tempest

Battleline
30 x Skinks (225)**
Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
Reinforced x 2
10 x Skinks (75)**
Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
10 x Skinks (75)**
Meteoric Javelins Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
5 x Saurus Guard (115)*

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Horrorghast (40)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)
The Burning Head (20)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 96
Drops: 9

Comments: Fangs of Sotek with both Kroak and Krondspine headlining a lot of Skinks. No Bastilidons or Engine of the Gods, the only Behemoth is the Krondspine. No Purple Sun either but a pair of Mortal Wound endless spells with Ravenak’s and Burning Head combined with Horrorghast. The intention is pretty clear, send in the Horrorghast then follow up with Ravenak’s and maybe the Burning Head before Kroak rains MWs on you. This list is able to bring decent damage, especially from Kroak, Krondspine and the big unit of Skinks, which on top of the MWs and Horrorghast will cause battleshock issues. Countering that play is difficult, particularly with the summoning, but trying to stay back early may be the play. Kroak’s spells aren’t range limited and you need to avoid Unleash Hell from the 30 Skink block.

His opponents for the most part are reasonably slow and very exposed to Ravenak’s as a result. Combined with the Skink double shoot and Kroak turning off magic these were hard games for his opponents. It will be interesting to see what, if any, impact the new Tzeentch, Behemat and Lumineth tomes have on this type of list.

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Allegiance: Nighthaunt
Procession: Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: Fright or Flight
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Spirit Torment (115)***
Guardian of Souls (150)***
Artefact: Midnight Tome
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Spirit Torment (115)***
Krulghast Cruciator (150)***
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Underworlds: Shademist

Battleline
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
Reinforced x 1
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
Reinforced x 1
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)**
5 x Hexwraiths (160)*
10 x Bladegheist Revenants (175)**
10 x Chainrasps (110)**

Units
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (105)***

Endless Spells & Invocations Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

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

Total: 1975/2000
Reinforced Units: 2/4
Allies: 0/400
Wounds: 104
Drops: 11

Comments: Scarlet Doom continues to be the top choice in Nighthaunt and this list doesn’t deviate too much from the normal inclusions. 2 x Spirit Torments, Guardian and Krulghast with Spirit Hosts as bodyguards. Otherwise Bladegheist (the soul of a Scarlet Doom army), Hexwraiths for mobile pressure and scoring with some Chainrasps as either screens of for screens/objectives. Banshees to provide counter spell (endless spell anyway) and the Purple Sun. Stand outs are probably Master of Magic (great choice) and the use of both of the new battalions. Turn priority isn’t critical for Nighthaunt with their speed, ignore rend and ward saves, the potential double on 2/3 is very strong for them, they often lose models slowly and regrow them. Most lists would run a 20 and a 30 Bladegheist unit with this number (50) available).

2 large units of Bladegheist are going to delete a lot of threats, they can each be backed Spirit Torments for some returned models. The list isn’t tied to 1 big death ball, it can effectively operate on 2 fronts. Expert Conquerors is a great choice, the units are relatively cheap so they can be traded and MSU batteline may not destroy them in one turn. Spectral Lure (Guardian of Souls) has a 24″ range, it’s possible to return models from a decent distance. The only match up he lost to is Kharadon, their boats can escape combat and with their shooting it’s a very tough fight for Nighthaunt.

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Allegiance: Ironjawz
Warclan: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Heroic Stature
– Artefact: Armour of Gork
– Mount Trait: Smelly ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork

Battleline
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1
6 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (340)**
Jagged Gore-hackas
– Reinforced x 1
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
– 1x Gorkamorka Glyph Bearers

Behemoths
Rogue Idol (430)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 122
Drops: 8

Comments: A variation on the double Mawcrusha style with a Rogue Idol in place of the 2nd Mawcrusha. Warlord has been used to give the Shaman and extra spell and the MegaBoss on Mawcrusha is super tanky (Armour of Gork, Heroic Stature and Smelly ‘Un). Smelly ‘Un only applies if you haven’t charged, and that suggests how this list plays. The 2 x 6 Gore Grunta units and the Rogue idol are the aggressive elements, the Mawcrusha is going to be held back until it has to be committed. On the other hand the Rogue is going to charge as much as possible for that +1 to hit. If the Warchanter gives it the Get ’em beat it’s threat range is massive.

The list is the first of the 4/1s only struggling with Soulblight Gravelords. That’s expected because they operate in different ways, with SBGL getting stronger as time goes on and they can summon/return units while the Orruks lose strength particularly from Turn 3 onwards as units succumb. The secret to beating them is to out last them. Is it time for a new model for Ironjawz? If there was what should it be?

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Allegiance: Slaves to Darkness
Damned Legion: Knights of the Empty Throne
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Knights of the Empty Throne Varanguard x 6 (560)**
General
– Daemonforged Blade and Warpsteel Shield
– Command Trait: Inescapable Doom
– Artefact: Grasping Plate
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Knights of the Empty Throne Varanguard x 6 (560)*
Daemonforged Blade and Warpsteel Shield
– Artefact: Corrupted Nullstone
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spell: Mask of Darkness
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Spell: Mask of Darkness

Battleline
8 x Iron Golems (75)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
8 x Iron Golems (75)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
8 x Iron Golems (75)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
8 x Iron Golems (75)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch

Units
6 x Furies (95)**

Behemoths
Chaos Warshrine (215)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Prayer1: Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Chaos Warband – Unified

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 126
Drops: 4

Comments: In 4th and another 4/1 result it’s Knights of the Empty Throne with max Varanguard and Iron Golems. Everything has Mark of Tzeentch because it’s probably the best in the current spell meta. Combat heroes (6 Varanguard) and 2 casting heroes with a team of mortal screens (Iron Golems) and the warshrine. Mask of Darkness for teleporting madness. The Varanguard are going to be applying pressure and stamping out threats, they don’t do as much damage as Fulminators (average damage is 18 before saves + 3 MWs). Iron Golems are a very annoying screen/objective unit. With the 7 x 1 wound and a 3 wound model, there is a very good chance you want clear it 1 turn unless you commit. And the Warshrine can then heal it forcing you to fight a them in 2 turns.

Again the only loss was to a faction that directly counters this list, long range shooting with mortals being a great counter. The unit of Varanguard with the grasping plate is able to pile in 6″, remember that if you have ranged attacks because they don’t need to trigger Unleash Hell. That’s probably the biggest trick, otherwise this a straightforward list.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Notorious GT II

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This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Notorious GT II that took place in New Zealand on 8th and 9th October. It involved 38 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Disciples of Tzeentch
Subfaction: Pyrofane Cult
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak

LEADERS
Lord of Change (400)*
General
– Shrouded in Unnatural Flame
– Chainfire Amulet
– Lore of Change: Tzeentch’s Firestorm
Changecaster, Herald of Tzeentch (140)*
Lore of Change: Bolt of Tzeentch
Fatemaster (145)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Lore of Fate: Arcane Suggestion

BATTLELINE
10x Kairic Acolytes (120)**
7x Cursed Blade & Arcane Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives
10x Kairic Acolytes (120)**
7x Cursed Blade & Arcane Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives
10x Kairic Acolytes (120)***
– 7x Cursed Blade & Arcane Shield
– 3x Cursed Glaives

UNITS
6x Tzaangor Skyfires (360)***
Reinforced Once
10x Ungors (65)*
– Mauls & Half-Shields

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Umbral Spellportal (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors
***Bounty Hunters

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

TOTAL POINTS 2000/2000
Wounds: 89
Allies: 400/400
Reinforced Units: 1/4
Drops: 9

Comments: Lord of Change (LoC) along with a Krondspine makes a lot of sense in the current meta. The Krondspine provides melee threat to anchor the centre of the board, while the Lord of Change (and Skyfires) provide mortals wounds at range. Host Arcanum is becoming more common than Pyrofane Cult but Pyro buffs Kairic Acolytes, in particular their ranged attacks (+1 hit and one unit re-rolling their wound rolls). Split between Bounty Hunters and Expert Conquerors these mortals are putting in a lot of work. Umbral Spell Portal and Chronomatic Cogs are the usual endless spells, the portal is very effective at extending the Lord of Change’s reach. The Ungors can be used as the screening unit, and the Skyfires the third hammer. They probably benefit most from the Ungors as a screen in the early turns.

The LoC has the mandatory Trait and Artefact (soon to change with the new book), while Arcane Tome is on the Fatemaster to create the 3rd wizard. James was lucky (?) and faced off against most of the scarier factions, including Seraphon, Daughters and Bonnesplitterz, winning all of them. His last round was against 3rd and is a repeat of a match recently streamed from Nashcon with the same outcome.

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Army Faction: Seraphon
Subfaction: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: The Astromatrix
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Slann Starmaster (265)*
General
– Command Trait: Arcane Might
– Spell: Stellar Tempest
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)*
Artefact: Serpent God Dagger
Engine of the Gods (265)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Mount Trait: Starborne
– Spell: Bind Endless Spell
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Skunk Starpriest (130)**
Spell: Hand of Glory

BATTLELINE
30x Skinks (225)*
Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger & Star-Buckler
– Reinforced Twice
10x Skinks (75)**
Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger & Star-Buckler
10x Skinks (75)**
Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger & Star-Buckler
10x Skinks (75)**
Meteoric Javelin, Celestite Dagger & Star-Buckler

UNITS
2x Salamander Hunting Pack (280)**
Reinforced Once

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Revenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Battle Regiment

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

TOTAL POINTS 1990/2000
Wounds: 100
Allies: 400/400
Reinforced Units: 3/4
Drops: 5

Brett: Not a lot to say at this point with Fangs of Sotek and it’s continued success two General’s Handbook’s. This list drops Kroak for the more tame Starmaster and adds in both Krondspine and even more skinks. Do Seraphon really need a Krondspine? Maybe not, but he is a tremendous threat that needs to be dealt with and might get your opponent to leave the double reinforced Skink unit alone. With mulitiple screening 10 strong skink units, that can be teleported and summons guaranteeing a few Battle Tactics. Ravenaks would work well into most of his opponents with a maximum movement of 8″. It appears that he’s taken Warlord to get an extra artefact to take Arcane Tome on the Engine of the Gods and bind that to Krondspine. A good way to avoid it going wild.

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Army Faction: Ironjawz
Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADERS
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
General
– Command Trait: Hulking Brute
– Boss Choppa & Rip-tooth Fist
– Artefact: Destroyer
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Warchant: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
Warchant: Fixin’ Beat
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Madcap Shaman (80)*
Allies

BATTLELINE
6x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (340)**
Pig-Iron Choppas
– Reinforced Once
6x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (340)**
Pig-Iron Choppas
– Reinforced Once
3x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (170)**
Pig-Iron Choppas
3x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (170)**
Pig-Iron Choppas
5x Orruk Ardboys (85)***
5x Orruk Ardboys (85)***

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters
***Expert Conquerors

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

TOTAL POINTS: 1980/2000
Wounds: 144
Allies: 80/400
Reinforced Units: 2/4
Drops: 10

Brett: Another familiar list, taking advantage of the 3rd edition Battletome to take as many Gore Gruntas as possible. Mobile and hard hitting, why not? Unusual features here include the weapons on the Pigs (or their riders?Peter), all have the Pig Iron Choppas. This was common in 2nd edition for the extra attacks,t but in 3rd a combination of coherency and saves made the Gore Hacka’s extra rend the preferred choice. The Mad Cap Shaman has been included (I assume) for his warscroll spell (making one unit -1 to hit from range). On top of this we have a spell casting Warchanter. The last isn’t an uncommon solution (I mean I run it) but I wonder if the Mad Cap would have been better as a Fungoid Cave-Shaman for the CP. A solid list with lots of options, only defeated by the overall winner. 3 big threats moving a minimum of 9″ is a lot to deal with.

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Army Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
Subfaction: Bloodgullet
– Grand Strategy: Tame the Land
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Frostlord on Stonehorn (420)
General
– Command Trait: Nice Drop of the Red Stuff
– Artefact: Splatter-Cleaver
– Mount Trait: Metalcruncher
Huskard on Stonehorn (340)
Blood Vulture
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)

BATTLELINE
2x Mournfang Pack (160)*
Culling Clubs or Prey Hackers with Iron Fists
2x Mournfang Pack (160)*
Culling Clubs or Prey Hackers with Iron Fists
2x Mournfang Pack (160)*
Culling Clubs or Prey Hackers with Iron Fists

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS 1970/2000
Wounds: 79
Allies: 0/400
Reinforced Units: 0/4
Drops: 6

Brett: The other big boys (Ogors) who’ve seen a resurgence in recent times. This is an extremely mobile list with real potential to make the most of Kragnos’s The End of Empires qbiliry (it’s easy for these units to be wholly within 12″) and the 3D6 charge. An advantage of that longer charge is you can set up charges beyond redeploy range with a good chance of success. The Huskard synergises well with the Mournfang granting additional movement and as Ogors they naturally enjoy some of the benefits of Eternal Conquerors. Ogors have an extra 2″ movement if they are outside 3″ of an enemy when they begin their move and, if they are inside, they do mortal wounds (D3). That’s on top of impact hits.

The key is to stay away, well away, and kill Kragnos from range since they can charge from outside of 12″. Unfortunately the Frostlord and Huskard are only slightly kinder than Kragnos. The only army to do that well against them were Bonesplitterz. They are monster hunters and everything in this list is a monster. The Wurgog is always an issue for a combat army (needs to get within 12″) and the Big Stikka unit is a monster killer. Still ahead of the new book this is a strong performance.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Oslohammer

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This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Oslohammer that took place in Norway on 1st and 2nd October. It involved 22 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: Seraphon
Constellation: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord Kroak (430)*
Spell: Stellar Tempest
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)*
Artefact: Serpent God Dagger
Skink Priest (90)**
Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Skink Starpriest (130)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Spell: Hand of Glory

Battleline
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
10 x Skinks (75)**
Boltspitters Celestite Daggers & Star Bucklers
5 x Saurus Guard (115)*

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

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

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Battle Regiment
***Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 127
Drops: 7

Danny: Warhammer Community’s Metawatch had Seraphon in 7th place in terms of win-rate at the moment (Peter: I have my own thoughts on this, which I’ll go into in a future meta article), which may be lower than plenty expect – but they’re still clearly capable of taking down tournies. Interestingly, the route to 1st for Geir dodged all the armies placed above the plucky space-lizards – are Seraphon slowly becoming match up dependent? Something to keep an eye on…

Either way, Geir has brought the current darling, Fangs of Sotek, with the usual tidal wave of skinks including the signature 30 blob for mass buff application. He’s veered towards the elite side by taking Kroak – everything else here is standard. For the less versed in Seraphon, Salamanders are definitely back on the menu, especially in Starborne armies (of which Fangs of Sotek is a subfaction) – due to the ability to teleport one unit per turn – meaning the Sallies with their limited range (12″) can still threaten anything on the board in theory.

Congrats to Geir!

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Allegiance: Nighthaunt
Procession: Scarlet Doom
– Grand Strategy: Fright or Flight
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Guardian of Souls (150)*
Artefact: Midnight Tome
– Lore of the Underworlds: Seal of Shyish
Krulghast Cruciator (150)*
Spirit Torment (115)*
General
– Command Trait: Ruler of the Spirit Hosts

Battleline
30 x Bladegheist Revenants (525)**
Reinforced x 2
20 x Bladegheist Revenants (350)*
Reinforced x 1
5 x Hexwraiths (160)*
3 x Spirit Hosts (125)*

Units
10 x Dreadscythe Harridans (160)**
3 x Fell Bats (75)*
3 x Fell Bats (75)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (90)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 150 / 400
Wounds: 113
Drops: 3

Danny: Nighthaunt, with a tonne of Bladegheists in Scarlet Doom for charging into you and doing MWs. It just works. For reference, a unit of 30 on the charge should do 10 MWs *before making their attacks, of which they have a dumpster truck load.

Eirik has made a slight nod to flexibility by also taking some speedy Hexwraiths, whose double move (makes them 24″ but can’t charge) is just fantastic objective/battle tactic play, along with some allied Fell Bats for similar fast msu shenanigans/emergency, very cheap screens. Funnily enough, it’s not the first time we’ve seen them in a NH list – they’re seeing more play hanging out with the ghosts than they are in their native Soulblight!

Nighthaunt have definitely shaken out to be a continual force to be reckoned with, although it’s a slight shame that the Scarlet Doom Bladegheist spam has become such a dominant archetype, so quickly. The book is actually really well internally balanced, it’s just that this particular combo rises above the rest for pure efficiency, which is keeping the others down. Perhaps they’ll be in line for points increase to slightly curb their internal-dominance? Either way – have a plan (i.e…screens… and lots of cheap attacks…or big AoE MW spells) to deal with this list if you fancy rocking up to a tournament. And maybe bring some holy water, or a bible, or whatever it is ghosts don’t like. I wouldn’t know, I ain’t afraid of any ghosts (this is the correct grammar).

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

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

BATTLELINE
15 x Blood Stalkers (540)*
Reinforced x 2
9 x Khainite Shadowstalkers (150)*
9 x Khainite Shadowstalkers (150)*

UNITS
20 x Phoenix Guard (350)*
Reinforced x 1

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 92
Drops: 1

Danny: This week continues to be huge for DoK! And here we have a spicy variation – although to be fair, all the successful DoK lists recently seem to be finding a unique spin on things, which is a fantastic sign of depth to the book, despite their limited roster.

So, Morathi is in there, as are the contingent of bow sneks but… but….they’re screened by 20 Phoenix Guard. Who have a Ward of 4+. And can be rallied back on a 4+ due to the ‘friendly’ wording of Zealous Orator. This is just pure brutality. Meanwhile, thanks to going Temple Khailebron, Shadowstalkers are battleline and Lasse takes 2 units, in of itself a rarely seen doubling down. Shadowstalkers got a bit less interesting scroll wise with this book, but remain relatively durable (11 wounds on a 4+) and a low-level mixed range threat. Combined with the temple’s CA to teleport ANY unit, two Shadowstalkers make emergency screening, Barge through/Desecrate and general objective stealing trivial.

Love to see this, although the emphasis on pure objective play and only one hammer (outside of Morathi who is fully capable of whiffing/being tarpitted) explains the loss to Stormcast. I wonder if losing the battle reg in favour of making Shadowstalkers ECs and such would have helped? Either way, big up to Lasse for trying something new…and for the hilarious tech of Phoenix Guard!

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Allegiance: Skaven
Grand Strategy: No place for the weak
– Triumphs: indomitable

Leaders
Thanquol on Boneripper (415)
4 Warpfire Projectors
– Lore of Ruin: Death Frenzy
Verminlord Deceiver (405)
Artefact: Shadow Magnet Trinket
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Verminlord Warbringer (395)*
General
– Command Trait: Devious Adversary
– Artefact: Warpstone Charm
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon
Master Moulder (90)*
Grey Seer (125)*
Universal Spell Lore: Levitate

Battleline
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
4 x Rat Ogors (280)**
Reinforced x 1

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Lauchon the Soulseeker (30)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 114
Drops: 8

Danny: Skaven are doing well out of the gate, but are already quite quickly distilling down to a few competitive list archetypes. At the forefront of the newer type is ‘double verminlord’ – these guys offer a mad amount of mixed phase damage and utility – with the Deciever skewing utility and the Warbringer skewing pure savage face damage.

Clanrats provide the ever annoying/sacrificial screens who can regen themselves if they do hang on in there, and rat Ogors are a fast becoming popular pick for a durable objective bully.

Thanquol is the centre of a competitive debate at the moment, as he’s insanely OP into massed infantry but in certain match ups kinda just sits there unbinding your shit, which isn’t the best use of 415 points. However if you DO take him, you take the boat (Lauchon Soulseeker) – because for some, highly questionable reason (that may/should get answered by a boat nerf/change from eligibility being base size to wounds) Thanquol can be anywhere on the board he wants to be after surfing on it.

Either way, it’s a tasty list and we do like the double Verminlord – expect to see more of this soon, possibly while dropping Thanquol.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Game Knight GT

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This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Game Knight Grand Tournament that took place in London, Ontario, Canada on the 17th and 18th of September. It involved 22 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

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

LEADER
1 x Gatebreaker (525)*
General
– Command Traits: Monstrously Tough
– Artefacts: Enchanted Portcullis
1 x Warstomper (470)*
Artefacts: Amulet of Destiny
1 x Gatebreaker (525)**
Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
1 x Warstomper (470)**

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Bosses of the Stomp – Magnificent
**Bosses of the Stomp – Magnificent

TOTAL POINTS: (1990/2000)

Brett: Sons of Behemat continuing to benefit from the Season 1 GHB taking out an event this time. Lately we’ve seen a lot of 3 Gatebreaker, Krondspine lists in the podium, this time it’s a more traditional (?) 2 x Gatebreakers and 2 x Warstomper. From the top Breaker Tribe but no loathing shown, and no Mancrushers in the list, with 2 x Bosses of the Stomp for extra artefacts. Grand Strategy is Make the Land Tremble – a unit needs to make a run or charge move every round, very hard to stop. Gatebreaker general with Monstrously Tough (extra 5 wounds) and Enchanted Portcullis (6+ ward). The first Warstomper also has a 6+ ward (Amulet of Destiny) and lastly the other Gatebreaker has Arcane Tome with Flaming Weapon (+1 damage)A tanky build with 2 of the Gargants having more than 40 effective wounds thanks to traits and artefacts.

If you move the Portcullis to another gargant instead of the General there would have been 3 Gargants with more than 40 effective wounds. First round draw against Slaves, the slaves list was running the new Legionnaires and mostly had small units with Be’lakor. Warstompers are less efficient into smaller units with their Titanic Boulder clubs attacks reducing quickly (it caps at 10). The same is true of the Sylvaneth list he faced in round 2. He maxed all of his other rounds including the last against the only other player to max all of his rounds. That match up against Fangs of Sotek would have favoured the Sons with the wards helping against Mortal Wounds and the Warstompers having max attacks against the big Skink blocks. A great run and nice to see a little variation in an army with so few warscrolls.

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Army Faction: Seraphon
Army Type: Starborne
– Army Subfaction: Fangs of Sotek
– Grand Strategy: The Astromatrix
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Lord Kroak (430)*
General
1 x Skink Starpriest (130)*
Spells: Hand of Glory
1 x Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**
Artefacts: Serpent God Dagger
1 x Stegadon with Skink Chief (305)**
Skystreak Bow
– Artefacts: Cloak of Feathers
– Mount Traits: Celestial Destruction
1 x Skink Priest (90)**
Prayers: Curse

BATTLELINE
30 x Skinks (225)*
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter and Moonstone Club
30 x Skinks (225)*
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter and Moonstone Club
10 x Skinks (75)*
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter
– Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler
5 x Saurus Guard (115)*
Saurus Guard Alpha
– Stardrake Icon Bearer
– Wardrummer

BEHEMOTH
1 x Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)*

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

TOTAL POINTS: (1985/2000)

Brett: Seraphon have continued to be strong for a very long time, not least because of the number of builds they can use. I prefer Fangs of Sotek to Thunder Lizard, not that I play Seraphon, but I think it plays to the mission better. And allows you to stop your opponent playing the mission as well. Choosing a named character as General (Kroak) loses you a Command Trait so it’s not often seen. Still 6 casts and Kroak’s unlimited range +2 dispel/unbind magic is going to be in their favour. Saurus guard are acting as body guards, the Skink Chief, Starpriest and Priest are buffing Skinks and the Astrolith Bearer providing a 6+ ward to units within 12″. Lots of leaders but the core of this list is the 2 x 30 Skink units.

They can be teleported within 9″ (with a 16″ weapon), with more than 15 models they have an extra attack (Unleash Hell with 60 attacks before any other buffs). Before being teleported they will be granted +1 to hit (Skink Priest), +1 attack (Skink Chief – melee only), 6s do a mortal wound in addition with at least +1 to their save and likely 6+ ward. If they have their buffs that unit is potentially doing 25 mortal wounds in addition to any other damage. Skinks look inoffensive but in a large group with buffs they are anything but. Rounding out this potential is the Bastilidon with Solar Engine and the Starbourne summoning which makes Descrate Lands and Against the Odds really easy. They can also pick up Barge through Enemy Lines with a teleport and summon.

That is before the 3 wizards inflict Mortals – Kroak can inflict D3 MW on 3 units 4 times a turn (on a 2+). Your best bet is to go first and try to concentrate on removing as many skinks as possible. A bit easier since they are in the large 30 man units rather than say 2 x 20 with 3 x 10 Skink screens. Once they start getting their buffs they become a much bigger threat and even out ranging them isn’t a guarantee. They will potentially pick up a 15 strong unit of Blood Stalkers or Namarti Reavers following a teleport within 9″. Tanky Gargants seem to be a counter otherwise Michael scored maximum points in each of his 4 previous battles to finish with a great, almost perfect 4/1.

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Army Faction: Idoneth Deepkin
Army Subfaction: Mor’phann
– Grand Strategy: The Creeping Gloomtide
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x Akhelian King (250)*
General
– Command Traits: Unstoppable Fury
– Bladed Polearm and Falchion
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Mount Traits: Voidchill Darkness
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
1 x Isharann Soulrender (120)*
1 x Isharann Soulrender (120)*

BATTLELINE
30 x Namarti Reavers (510)*
Icon Bearer
30 x Namarti Thralls (390)*
Icon Bearer
3 x Akhelian Ishlaen Guard (195)*
Lochian Prince
– Standard Bearer
– Musician
3 x Akhelian Morrsarr Guard (195)*
Standard Bearer
– Lochian Prince
– Musician
3 x Akhelian Ishlaen Guard (195)*
Lochian Prince
– Standard Bearer
– Musician

TERRAIN
1 x Gloomtide Shipwreck (0)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1975/2000)

Brett: Straight forward Idoneth list anchored on Namarti with eels for extra mobility. Good to see the eels in a podium list. No real spell casting (1 cast/unbind from Arcane tome), as Morphann the Soulrenders can return and additional 3 models when using their Lurelight to return D3 models. That makes the Namarti much harder to clear particularly since the Gloomtide Shipwreck is garrionsable and give a 5+ ward within 6″. All of the Akehlian’s benefit on the charge with additional rend and damage (King and Morrsarr), and saves (Ishalean). The King is the only model with upgrades which include Unstoppable Fury (+2 attacks for each unit within 3″ in High Tide), Arcane Tome/Flaming Weapon (+1 damage) and Voidchill Darkness (-1 hit to enemy attackers).

The Shipwreck is probably central to this list, in combination with Tides of Death. In the first 2 tides the reavers (and thralls) are key units, wearing you down and stopping you getting to the King and Eels. Then in turn 3 and 4 the King and Eels can unleash and take advantage of run and charge/retreat and charge. 2 units of Eels can fit (no they can’t – they have mounts) in the Shipwreck with the Soulrenders to keep those Narmarti coming back. 30 models with a 5+ save and 6+ ward is hard to shift unless you have a lot of rend. His only loss was to Nighthaunt Scarlet Doom, another army that regrows and can retreat and charge in every round. And really important, they ignore rend, ultimately this army is a rend army. 4/1 is a strong performance, it’s great to see Idoneth on a the podium.

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Army Faction: Hedonites of Slaanesh
Army Type: Invaders
– Subfaction: The Lurid Haze
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Sigvald (205)**
General
The Contorted Epitome (245)**
General
– Command Traits: Feverish Anticipation
– Artefacts of Power: Oil of Exultation
– Spells: Hysterical Frenzy
Shardspeaker of Slaanesh (135)**
Artefacts of Power: The Rod of Misrule
Spells: Battle Rapture

BATTLELINE
Blissbarb Archers (420)***
High Tempter
Blissbarb Archers (140)***
High Tempter
Blissbarb Archers (140)***
High Tempter

OTHER
Symbaresh Twinsouls (260)*
Egopomp
Symbaresh Twinsouls (260)*
Egopomp
Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)*

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

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

TOTAL POINTS: 1970/2000

Brett: For our last list we have 4th, Mitch, who really really likes Blissbarb Archers. Fewer Leaders to increase the troops units but Sigvald and the Contorted Epitome are present with the less common Shardspeaker, it’s Twisted Mirror can give the Twinsouls +1 to wound or have the Epitome wounding on 3s. 3 casts/dispels from the Epitome and Shardspeaker. The Epitome gives rerolls to charges to one unit (Feverish Anticipation) and has an extra wound (Oil of Exultation). The Shardspeaker is carrying the Rod of Misrule (generate command points). The spells do Mortal Wounds (Hysterical Frenzy) and Battleshock modifications (Battle Rapture).

The double reinforced Blisbarb unit can move up to 12” and still shoot giving it a 30” threat range. The 2 unreinforced Blissbarbs are trading pieces and even screens. Expert Conquerors strengthens that role by giving the strong objective control. With the twinsouls supporting the Shardspeaker and Blissbarbs this list will generate a lot of depravity points either inflicting or taking wounds. So a Keeper of Secrets isn’t too far away. As we’ve seen a few times Scarlet Doom was his only loss but the list also scored a little lower than others, a symptom of its fragility perhaps.

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Top Three AoS Lists for Cryhammer

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Seraphon
Army Type: Coalesced
– Subfaction: Thunder Lizard
– Grand Strategy: Defend What’s Ours
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Lord Kroak (430)**
Saurus Astrolith Bearer (140)**
Artefacts of Power: Fusil of Conflagration
Skink Priest (90)**
Prayers: Heal
Skink Starseer (145)**
Spells: Hand of Glory
Engine of the Gods (265)***
General
– Command Traits: Prime Warbeast
– Artefacts of Power: Cloak of Feathers
– Mount Traits: Beastmaster
– Prayers: Curse

BATTLELINE
5x Saurus Guard (115)*
Stardrake Icon Bearer
– Wardrummer
– Saurus Guard Alpha
10x Skinks (75)*
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler
10x Skinks (75)*
Skink Alpha
– Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler

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

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

TERRAIN
1 x Realmshaper Engine (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Expert Conquerors
**Command Entourage – Magnificent – Artefact
***Linebreaker

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 105
Drops: 11

Brett: Starting off with a Seraphon, Thunder Lizard, and most of the big hitters from Seraphon. A spell heavy list (with Kroak), supported by an Astrolith Bearer, Engine of the Gods, Skink Priest and Starseer. This gives 5 casts and Kroak knows the entire Lore of Celestial Domination. The general (Engine of the Gods) has all of the mandatory traits and artefacts for Thunder Lizard (which gives +2 wounds to all of the beasts) granting +1 attack and a shooting attack (D3 MW on a 3-4 and D6 on a 5-6). The skinks are mostly here as screens but enjoy buffs from the Priests (including Engine of the Gods) improving their saves, hit rolls and potentially number of attacks).

The Bastildons are the combat arm of this list. With a Solar Engine and 2 x Ark of Sotek that are really only vulnerable to Mortal Wounds in their top bracket and many many attacks. Mortal Wounds on 6s and buffs from Kroak, the Priests and Starpriest just to make them harder to deal with. The list hasn’t changed much (if at all) since the Battletome dropped in 2nd edition. Skinks screen the bigger units as they more up, Saurus Guard as bodyguards for the wizards and ranged offence from wizards (minor) and the Solar Engine. Eventually the Arks will charge your line. All the while they are scoring points with their mobility and summoning.

It doesn’t sound like much but they stopped a Sons list in it’s tracks and took a host of dragons on (and won) so the output is there to.

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Allegiance: Stormcast Eternals
Stormhost: Hammers of Sigmar (Scions of the Storm)
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord-Castellant (155)*
Lord-Relictor (145)*
General
– Command Trait: High Priest
– Artefact: Mirrorshield
– Prayer: Translocation

Battleline
5 x Liberators (115)*
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
5 x Judicators with Boltstorm Crossbows (190)*
5 x Judicators with Boltstorm Crossbows (190)*

Units
4 x Stormdrake Guard (680)*
Drakerider’s Warblade
– Reinforced x 1
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (165)**
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (165)**
1 x Stormstrike Chariot (165)**

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Redemption Brotherhood

Additional Enhancements
Holy Command: Call for Aid

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 116
Drops: 2

Brett: Stormcast are always a chance to podium even if they aren’t the most powerful faction they do have some really strong options (Drakes). Their durability combines with medium output to make them a difficult opponent much of the time. Classic leader choices in the Lord Castellant and Relictor with the Relictor as the general. The Castellant’s lantern providing either a +1 to save or mortal wounds is why you take him (and his 8 wounds). The Relictor has High Priest (reroll chants), Mirrorshield to prevent ranged attacks and Translocation. He has a natural +1 to chants so doesn’t really need High Priest but if you want to make sure of a heal then it’s important. Translocate is useful to move a Galletian Veteran unit to somewhere unoccupied. Or some bowmen, 18″ range means they often need that little bit of help and they are GV in anycase.

The Judicator’s with Boltstorm are becoming very popular, they get 2 hits for every successful to hit roll. It’s very feasible to have more hits than your roll and they wound on a 3+. No rend though. Unusually Lukasz took Call for Aid to return the Liberators if they are destroyed not Thunderbolt Volley for double shooting. There is a very big hammer in the 4 drakes, their breath attacks are potentially devastating (if unreliable) and combined generate 39 rend 1 and 2 attacks. They are also 36 wounds with a 3+ save, hard to get rid of. Perhaps a bit unusual is the number of chariots, 3. There is a battle report from Measured Gamine with 5 though.

The Stormstrike Chariot is a bit of a sleeper, very fast with 12 wounds it does MW on a 4+ based on it’s charge roll. More of a blocker than a destroyer but if all 3 charge on average that’s 10 mortal wounds. The most damaging part of their attacks are the Gryphons towing the chariot, 6 attacks at rend 2. There’s no doubt this is a good list but Lukasz still played very well to take down Sons and KO armies before losing in the last round to the eventual winner. Since the chariots are a great counter to Bastildons I’d say the Skinks screened well.

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Allegiance: Sons of Behemat
– Tribe: Breaker Tribe (Fierce Loathing: Idiots with Flags)
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (525)*
General
– Command Trait: Monstrously Tough
– Artefact: Amulet of Destiny
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (525)*
Artefact: Vial of Manticore Venom
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (525)*

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies

Core Battalions
*Bosses of the Stomp – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 105
Drops: 4

Brett: Resurgent Sons on the podium again, following the now familiar 3 x Megas and an Incarnate. The Fierce Loathing is Idiots with Flags, not seen as often as Bossy Pants maybe but really good if you have a lot of elite (Stormcast etc) opponents. The General is Monstrously Tough (40 wounds not 35) and has the Amulet of Destiny for a 6+ ward. The extra artefact is Manticore Venom for +1 to wound rolls, frightening on the Gatebreaker’s Flail. The Krondspine provides some protection against Endless Spells with no casting, that alone is a reason for Sons to look favourably on it. It also lets you take 3 Gatebreakers instead of 2 with 2 Warstompers, a solid upgrade.

Losing only the mirror match, which probably came down to priorities, Jack stomped (pun intended) all of his opponents including the durable Nurgle on his way to 3rd.

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Army Faction: Sylvaneth
Subfaction: Heartwood
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty
– Season: Everdusk

LEADERS
Warsong Revenant (305)*
General
– Command Traits: Spellsinger
– Spells: Verdant Blessing, Verdurous Harmony Arch-Revenant (120)*
Spirit of Durthu (370)*
Artefacts of Power: Greenwood Gladius (Guardian Sword)

BATTLELINE
Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Scythes (500)*
Tree-Revenants (110)*
Glade Banner Bearer
– Waypipes
– Scion
– Protector Glaive
Dryads (100)*
Branch Nymph

OTHER
Gossamid Archers (220)*
Flitwing Scion
Revenant Seekers (235)*
Revenant Soulwarden
– Seeker Banner Bearer
– Seeker Hornblower

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Spiteswarm Hive (40)

TERRAIN
1 x Awakened Wyldwood (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Brett: Mix of the familiar and the new in this Sylvaneth list. The Leaders (Warsong and Arch Revenants with Spirit of Durthu) are among the most common. The Warsong is creating and using Wyldwoods as spell portals and can cause serious harm with her Swarm of Spites. Durthu has the Greenwood Gladius for additional attacks. The Arch-Revenant gives +1 to wound to the Kurnoth Hunters, great with the 3 rend Scythes. The less familiar elements are the new Gossamid Archers and the Revenant Seekers. Of course the Seekers will stay close to the Kurnoth to return slain models if necessary. The Gossamid Archers can retreat 12″ after they unleash Hell. With no rend that’s not as bad as it sounds (hitting on 4+) but 6s do D3 Mortal Wounds.

With only 2 casts this isn’t a heavy magic list and relies on the Kurnoth and Durthu for most of their threat on top of the Warsong’s mortal wound output. His 2 losses, against Kharadron Overlords and Sons of Behemat, are probably down to their ability to minimise or remove threats. Kharadron can avoid the Warsong’s Mortals in early turns and make the most of their shooting to remove the Kurnoth for example. Gossamid’s are also likely to struggle. Thrown boulders will remove the Gossamid’s pretty quickly (3 rend into a 5+ save) and the Kurnoth can’t remove a Gargant in a single team.

As we move deeper into the season we are still seeing a range of factions at the top, within those factions the are less and less surprises. We are seeing optimisation around the new books or new rules with older books and with more reps the strongest units stand out. That will stabilise even more heading into the new Season which should give GW plenty of opportunity to shake things up.

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