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Top Three AoS Lists for Northern Wastes GT

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

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAIN
1 x Gnawhole (0)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Spiteswarm Hive (40)

OTHER
6 x Spiterider Lancers (420)*

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

TOTAL POINTS: (1935/2000)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

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

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

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

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

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the G&T GT 2

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the G&T GT2 that took place in England, UK on 6th and 7th August It involved 14 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

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

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

Units
8 x Myrmourn Banshees (210)**
Reinforced x 1
2 x Chainghasts (95)**

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

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 102
Drops: 4

Brett: Are things beginning to settle following the GHB Season 1 introduction? At least in the smaller events the same sorts of armies seem to be placing consistently and a few key elements standout. Of course this is anecdotal and I haven’t done the statisical analysis. What I do know is that if you start with Krulghast, Spirit Torment, Bladegheist and Scarlet Doom and you have the core of a good army with decent potential. Dennis dialled that up a bit giving himself 2 mini castles or tactical groupings to pursue points with.

Most Scarlet Doom lists have a sincle Krulghast backed by a collection of Spirit Torments and Guardian of Souls for the heals, to return models and debuff spells. That tends to mean you need to play with a castle around a fully buffed hammer unit. Dennis dialled back the Spirit Torments to take 2 Krulghast for that sweet damage reduction. WIth 2 units of Spirit Hosts to provide bodyguard or wound offset you can run the 30 model and 20 model Bladegheist as independant action units. You’d have to choose which healing character went with each or try to keep them close together to maintain ranges/auras. My preference is propoably the Spirit Torment with the Chaingasts on the 20 model unit and Guardian with the 30. That way the Chaingasts additional attack for units within 12″ offsets the fewer models.

It’s also easier to keep the smaller unit wholly within 12″ for the buff. This way the 20 model unit has 80 attacks on the Charge to the larger units 90. I would probably have split the Myrmourn as well given the 2 Battle Regiments on top of Bounty Hunters (this is a 4 drop list). They need to be wholly within 12″ to eat a spell so maybe only one unit will have their “favours”. Shademist and Seal of Shyish are the usual choices (for now) and including the Chainghasts (or extra Banshees) precludes the Purple Sun. I wonder if Dennis is like me and hasn’t secured a model yet? Top result with a flexible army that deserved to win. He’s beaten a selection, including 2nd and 3rd, of the top factions at the moment on his way to the win.

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

Leaders
Warsong Revenant (305)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Lore of the Deepwood: Treesong
Arch-Revenant (120)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of the Deepwood: Verdurous Harmony
Battlemage (100)*
Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Allies

Battleline
6 x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Greatbows (460)*
Reinforced x 1
6 x Kurnoth Hunters with Kurnoth Scythes (500)*
Reinforced x 1
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)*
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)*

Units
3 x Revenant Seekers (235)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
Spiteswarm Hive (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 100 / 400
Wounds: 113
Drops: 1

Brett: Sylvaneth are an interesting army, they have an awesome God model that is a bit prone to dying and their best offensive unit is best used defensively (Kurnoth). But this army is a bit more aggressive than that by adding +2 to charges, handy if a unit is going to teleport away (or walk the rootbourne paths or something). Choosing big blocks of Kurnoth limits some of your options because they are so expensive but they are a very effective unit. You know your opponent is going to try to remove those Greatbows because their range and hardiness can control the board.

Bounty Hunters don’t receive ++1 damage into the Kurnoth either (5 wounds) but they are able to be healed/have a model returned by the Seekers. Tree Revenants do what they always do, provide mobile threat with their ability to quickly grab an untended objective and they are ok in combat, certainly against other battleline units. Seekers are an interesting unit that despite being life given heals if it kills something – normally that is left to the death or chaos “healers”. The Battlemage, Arcane Tome and Warsong add up to 4 casts/unbinds. Listed with only the single spell the Warsong can take 2 and has Master of Magic for a reroll once per turn. The Arch-Revenents spell creates an interesting circle with the Tree-Revenants and Seekers (particularly the Seekers).

Verdurous Harmony is particularly good for healing revenants (returns D3 models instead of 1). So the Seekers maintain say the Kurnoth Greatbows and the Arch Revenant keeps the Seekers topped up so the Seekers can attack and hopefully heal themselves. The Arch Revenant isn’t finished there simultaneously buffing itself and giving Kurnoth Hunters +1 to wound, wounding on 2s in other words. The Warsong Revenant is another strong caster but also a fighter if need be. She has a 4+ ward and +1 to cast near activated terrain or Wyldwoods. Heartwood allows you to designate 3 enemy units at the start of the match and receive +1 to hit rolls against them. The army performed very well overall losing only to Dennis. Did the 2 units of Bladegheist spread the forces of the woods?

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Allegiance: Tzeentch
Change Coven: Hosts Arcanum
– Grand Strategy: None Chosen
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Kairos Fateweaver (435)*
Lore of Change: Tzeentch’s Firestorm
Curseling, Eye of Tzeentch (180)*
General
– Command Trait: Spell Hunters
– Artefact: The Fanged Circlet
– Lore of Fate: Arcane Suggestion
Changecaster, Herald of Tzeentch (140)*
– Lore of Change: Treason of Tzeentch

Battleline
3 x Screamers of Tzeentch (100)*
3 x Screamers of Tzeentch (100)*
3 x Screamers of Tzeentch (100)*

Units
3 x Tzaangor Skyfires (190)*
3 x Tzaangor Skyfires (190)

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*
Allies

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

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1945 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 75
Drops: 2

Brett: Since the release of their battletome in AoS 2.0 Tzeetch has risen and fallen in both popularity and power but mostly floated near the top. This is an interesting army because it is a pure Tzeetch list without horrors. The ubiquitous Purple Sun and almost as popular Chronomatic Cogs which makes sense in a casting army. As a pure Tzeetch army, it’s a very elite army with only 19 models. One reason there are no horrors is Krondspine, helping an army that otherwise has limited combat.

The army is in Hosts Arcanum granting a auto unbind/dispell in the 1st, 3rd and 5th rounds. As a 2nd Ed book there are mandatory traits and artefacts. Since these give you a redeploy for up to 3 units and 6 Screamers once per battle there isn’t a lot to complain about. Otherwise we have Fateweaver with his 3 spells, ability to change dice rolls for casts, auto dispel an endless spell every round. Oracle of Eternity isn’t as powerful as it is when he is paired with Archeon and can guarantee a death for something important. The Changecaster and Curseling bring more spells and unbind shenanigans including stealing a spell off their opponents warscroll. You only get Faith Points (the summoning currency for Tzeetch) if you successfully cast a spell and it isn’t unbound. So expect 6 casts per round from them.

Screamers and Skyfires are ok but they don’t have a lot of attacks, this is an army that is mostly going to wait for you to come to it, use spells to weaken you (and bows) before engaging. The Skyfires do D3 damage on a hit with their bows, but it’s only 3 shots each time. Both do mortal wounds for 6s. Having Krondspine to either attract fire or just block something in conjunction with a casting castle. So long as they can stay back and have a chance for a few Tzeetch’s Firestorms or more summoning they are going to be difficult to handle.

Looking at the path through the event it was the alpha striking armies (Nighthaunt and Ironjawz) that caused issues. Nighthaunt in particular were in a good place to counter Tzeetch, their large blocks can easily absorb the hits from spells and heal back the lost units.

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Allegiance: Ironjawz
Warclan: Ironsunz
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)
Big Drogg Fort-Kicka (525)
Allies
Chad Longjohnson (480)
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha
General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Hulking Brute
– Artefact: Destroyer
– Mount Trait: Mean ‘Un

Battleline
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
1x Gorkamorka Banner Bearers

Core Battalions
*Expert Conquerors

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 525 / 400
Wounds: 101
Drops: 6

Brett: An Ironjawz list with a view to the future? Lower drops by choosing bigger models maybe? Either way this is an interesting idea which probably didn’t quite work out but worth a go, Kragnos, Mega Gargant and a Mawcrusha. 3 MSU Ardboy units at the rear. The Mega doesn’t benefit from Mighty Destroyers but they do receive Kragnos’s buff to charge range,

Hold the back line and slap anything that looks tasty, strong or important. The Mega Boss has all of the important things to give him a 36″ move and still hit unreasonably hard. I’d tend to use the Gargant/Kragnos to clear screens exposing the underbelly to the Mawcrusher. It looks like the army struggled into summoning armies mostly. That makes sense because as Ironjawz you lose steam after Turn 2 maybe 3 just when Tzeetch and Beasts start bring extra friends. Still a good performance and really awesome to see people testing the meta.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the South Coast Series July

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the South Coast Series July that took place in Bournemouth, UK on 9th and 10th July. It involved 40 players from the world over, vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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

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

Allegiance: Slaves to Darkness
Damned Legion: Host of the Everchosen (Sixth Circle)
– Mortal Realm: Aqshy
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs:

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

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

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

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

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment

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

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

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

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

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

Units
4 x Myrmourn Banshees (105)***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Units
3 x Revenant Seekers (235)*

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

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

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

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

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14th Place, Blades of Khorne

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

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

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

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

CORE BATTALIONS
*Expert Conquerors
**Warlord

TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000

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

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

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