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Faction Focus – Sylvaneth

Win Rate

With a win rate of 53.99%, currently Sylvaneth are in a very good position. The majority of players (27) at present favour Heartwood, but even with this high representation their win rate is still at a respectable 52.2%. Gnarlroot the second most popular subfaction sits at 58.9%, while the other factions representation is too small to make any meaningful translation of the data.

5 wins Results

DateTournamentName
31st July 2022Peace Through Dakka AoS GT Emma Mangels (USA)
24th July 2022The Salt City GTLuke Scannell (USA)
Players who achieved 5 wins at a GT

4 wins Results

DateTournamentName
10th July 2022South Coast Series JulySimon Weakley (GBR)
10th July 2022South Coast Series JulyMatthew Brooks (GBR)
24th July 2022BWG: Summer SlaughterOwen Jackson (USA)
24th July 2022BWG: Summer SlaughterBill Hennessey (USA)
24th July 2022Miniparadice Anniversary TournamentLukas Raczek (GER)
31st July 2022Armed Forces Day 5Joseph Triezenberg (USA)
31st July 2022Peace Through Dakka AoS GTAlex Hamilton (USA)
31st July 2022Boise Cup O AoS 2022Michael Corbett (USA)
31st July 2022Shropshire Slaughter: Telford OnslaughtLHW (GBR)
31st July 2022Shropshire Slaughter: Telford OnslaughtMathmallow (GBR)
Players who achieved 4 wins at a GT

Other Results

Playing with Harvestboon, Gnarlroot, Heartwood or Dreadwood should be able to see you through to three wins at a tournament. While playing Winterleaf or Oakenbrow should get you through to two wins.

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Alex Hamilton’s Results at Peace Through Dakka

Army Faction: Sylvaneth
Subfaction: Gnarlroot
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Alarielle the Everqueen (840)*
Warsong Revenant (305)*
General
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: The Dweller’s Below

BATTLELINE
Dryads (100)*
Tree Revenants (110)*
Tree Revenants (110)*

OTHER
Spiterider Lancers (420)*

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Spiteswarm Hive (40)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1995/2000

Brett: New book and a new look with Spiterider Lancers instead of Kurnoth to support Alarielle. Not a lot of bodies in this army, it is very heavily reliant on Alarielle and the Warsong Revenant. Unfortuately you can’t afford to commit Alarielle too early, she returns on a 6+ with you adding the round number so losing her before the 3rd round is a huge risk. 2 wizards with 7 casts in the list covering a broad range of spells and the ubiquitous Purple Sun as well. The Gnarlroot grove helps get Purple Sun out with it’s 3D6 and discard the lowest near an awakened wyldwood or overgrown feature.

The army is struggling for damage with the Spitelancers, even reinforced, only really offering 29 damage 1 attacks. You can boost that with Bounty Hunters but into a lot of things (Blightlords, Fulminators or Stormdrakes) your mileage may disappoint. They are very durable, if they kill a model they can heal all wounds at the end of their turn. That’s twice a round, chip damage isn’t enough to end them. Alarielle can summon additional units, it’s not clear which Alex took but they would be clutch. The movement tricks that Sylvaneth are known for here would play their part in making Battle Tactics happen. Throughout the event the army scored well. The list for the army is deceptive only showing a damage spell for the Warsong. However Alairelle knows the whole lore and will return models or heal every turn.

As always there are lots of synergies particularly in concert with the trees/terrain. I feel you really want to control priority with this army, mostly to go second Turn 1 and play for the double reasonably often. That allows your army to get closer to you so you can operate near the woods for fight and fade, get spells up for Mortal wounds. And preserve Alairelle. Getting the double is a huge advantage here because you can commit her to combat knowing that if you need to bring here back it’s on Turn 3 with a 50/50 chance. I think this play style of drawing you in, hurting you with small bites all the way and then really damaging attacks deep in the forest is thematic as anything. It suits a very good player though and takes practice so well done Alex.

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Performance Against Other Factions

Skaven, Maggotkin of Nurgle, Seraphon and Beasts of Chaos all appear to be having great success against Sylvaneth. Meanwhile at the other end of the table Sylvaneth perform well against Idoneth Deepkin, Ironjawz, Daughters of Khaine and Fyreslayers.

The Woehammer GT

Yes, the Woehammer Crew have had enough of writing about GT’s, now they’re holding their own!…. And then will write about it….

Faction Focus – Maggotkin of Nurgle

Win Rate

Maggotkin of Nurgle are still strong with a win rate of 54.28% and this is mainly driven by the success of the Drowned Men subfaction at 58.95%. Interestingly the 2nd most popular subfaction at present is Befouling Host, but their win rate is at an abysmal 21.6%! All the other factions have a win rate of over 50% but these are all low representation figures and should be taken with a pinch of salt.

5 wins Results

DateTournamentName
31st July 2022Peace Through Dakka AoS GT Emma Mangels (USA)
24th July 2022The Salt City GTLuke Scannell (USA)
Players who achieved 5 wins at a GT

4 wins Results

DateTournamentName
10th July 2022South Coast Series JulyMike Whitley (USA)
17th July 2022The ATC (American Team Championship)Tobias Kempf (USA)
17th July 2022The ATC (American Team Championship)Branden Voss (USA)
17th July 2022Midwest MakeupSam Wilder (USA)
17th July 2022Midwest Bash – Grand TournamentJeffrey Naumann (USA)
24th July 2022The Salt City GTRaymond Squires (USA)
24th July 2022Miniparadice Anniversary TournamentColin Klären (Ger)
24th July 2022Miniparadice Anniversary TournamentPatrick Lewe (Ger)
31st July 2022Shropshire Slaughter: Telford OnslaughtAaron Walters (GBR)
Players who achieved 4 wins at a GT

Other Results

Filthbringers and Drowned Men are the only subfactions at present who have achieved five wins at a tournament. Players going to tournaments with Munificent Wanderers, Droning Guard or Filthbringers can aim for three wins. While those playing with Blessed Sons, Drowned Men can aim for two wins. Befouling Host players should aim for more than one win.

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Emma Mangel’s results at Peace Through Dakka

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

Leaders
Bloab Rotspawned (300)*
Lore of Malignance: Magnificent Buboes
Festus the Leechlord (150)*
Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm

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

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 123
Drops: 1

Brett: An army we have been seeing a lot lately, Blightlords paired with a Lord of Afflictions. In this case teamed with casting heroes all wrapped in a Battle Regiment for a chance at first turn (EDIT or more importantly decide who goes first). Their resilience is the key here, with a pair having 16 wounds and taking (an average) of 36 -1 rend, 1 damage attacks to chew through. Because they aren’t Galletian Veterans Bounty Hunters don’t work so the basic attack infantry of a lot of armies aren’t going to kill a unit of 2 in a turn. And they’ll heal with the Festus potentially increasing that a bit further.

With the Drowned Men pregame move they can be within charge range very quickly for additional mortal wounds (MW). That’s without considering the larger unit of 4 or the Lord of Afflictions. He is more useful at the back to begin with so he can take Blightlords into the sky and redeploy them (EDIT not that anyone does). The Bloab is the better option in this army for pushing forward, his Daemon-Flies and Windspeaker Bells need to be close to the opponent to impact.

A couple of useful spells, Magnificant Buboes to debuff a hero and Gift of Disease for extra disease points. This means they also have dispells and their ward gives some protection from spell damage.

Are Blightlords becoming a defacto DPS check? I certainly think if you are going into a tournament you should be sure you can drop a unit of 2 easily. Looking at Emma’s run it looks like most of the armies would fail that test. That makes it much harder to play the game around objectives and achieving battle tactics because you need to commit real resources to dealing with them

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Performance Against Other Factions

At present Maggotkin of Nurgle struggle against the Daughters of Khaine and Ironjawz. While they themselves appear to be performing well against Stormcast Eternals, Sylvaneth and Fyreslayers.

Faction Focus – Slaves to Darkness

Win Rate

Slaves to Darkness currently sit with a win rating of 42.22%. The only competitive subfaction at present appears to be Hosts of the Everchosen with a win rate of 64.71%. Despoilers sit in 2nd with a win rate of 42.86% which is below the threshold we’ve set at Woehammer of 45%.

5 wins Results

DateTournamentName
10th July 2022South Coast Series JulyMax Soule (UK)
Players who achieved 5 wins at a GT

4 wins Results

DateTournamentName
10th July 2022Summer on the Coast GTChris Hall (USA)
Players who achieved 4 wins at a GT

Other Results

Players using Hosts of the Everchosen should aim for 3 wins, while Despoilers players should aim for 2 wins. Ravagers should aim to chalk at least one win up on the board, though this may be difficult. Hosts of the Everchosen are the only subfaction to achieve the full five wins at a weekend, while none of the other factions are yet to achieve even four wins.

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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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Performance Against Other Factions

Its a very small data set with such a small number of Slaves to Darkness players. At first glance however, they appear to perform well against the Stormcast Eternals.

Faction Focus – Daughters of Khaine

The below stats are still based on the new General’s Handbook with data up to the 24th July 2022.

Win Rate

The Daughters of Khaine appear to be in a healthy position at present which at first glance seems to be a nicely balanced book. With an overall win rate of 50.9% it’ll be interesting to see if this changes over the coming weeks. Zainthar Kai, Khailebron and Hagg Nar all seem to be competitive with win rates of just over 50%. Although not ideal 45.0% sees Draichi Ganeth just inside the balanced win rate zone (45-55%). Both Draichi Ganeth and Khailebron are based on small sample sizes however and these are likely to fluctuate.

5 wins Results

DateTournamentName
24th July 2022The Outlaw Open at LSOJosh Bennett (USA)
Players who achieved 5 wins at a GT

4 wins Results

DateTournamentName
10th July 2022Kingdom of Skrappa SpillBaz Norman Jr (England)
10th July 2022Summer on the Coast GTThomas Zhennan Guan (USA)
17th July 2022The ATC Age of Sigmar Team EventJosh Bennett (USA)
Players who achieved 4 wins at a GT

Other Results

Tournament results broken down by Subfaction

Players using Draichi Ganeth and Zainthar Kai should aim for 3 wins, while Khailebron and Hagg Nar should aim for 2 wins. Zainthar Kai are the only subfaction to achieve the full five wins at a weekend, while Draichi Ganeth are yet to achieve 4.

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Josh Bennett’s results from the Outlaw Open at LSO

Army Faction: Daughters of Khaine
Army Subfaction: Zainthar Kai
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
1 x The Shadow Queen (680)*
1 x Morathi-Khaine (680)*
1 x Bloodwrack Medusa (130)*
General
– Command Traits: Zealous Orator
– Artefacts: Shadow Stone
– Spells: Mindrazor

BATTLELINE
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
Paired Sciansá
10 x Witch Aelves (115)*
Paired Sciansá
15 x Blood Sisters (420)**

ENDLESS SPELL
1 x Chronomantic Cogs (40)

OTHER
1 x Gotrek Gurnisson (485)**

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: (1985/2000)

Brett: Morathi and Gotrek together feels wrong somehow, like shouldn’t Gotrek be after Morathi. Not in this army though, they’ve worked together to go 5/0 and take the event. Elves are fragile and die easily – not this army, that’s 1165 points of the nigh on impossible to kill. We saw a lot of Gotrek early in 3rd edition but he has faded as people have learnt to play around his slow movement. Including him here is a great idea because your opponent really wants to get at the Shadow Queen. You really need to be in combat with her to max your wounds against her. She only takes 3 a turn, so you need to be able to shoot or attack her in your turn and fight back in her players turn to get more than 3 wounds a round. Now you have to go through Gotrek.

Until you kill the Shadow Queen you can’t kill Morathi who is both casting spells and working as a blender in combat. A 3 cast wizard with a special command to make a unit shoot or fight in the hero phase (it’s eligible to fight again in the shooting or fight phases). She knows the full spell lore, includes a mortal wound and has 3 casts. All up the army has 4 casts and 4 unbinds available. The Bloodwrack Medusa has Zealous Orator for a boosted rally (models return on a 4+), Shadow Stone for +1 to cast and is casting Mindrazor (additional rend and +1 damage to a unit within 18). On the Blood Sisters that adds to 46 attacks on 3s with -2 rend and potentially 3 damage (into Galletian Veterans). The Medusa brings an interesting ability to advance the Blood Rites table for a single unit and her warscroll spell debuffs an opponents wounding rolls.

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Thomas Guan’s results from Summer on the Coast GT

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

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

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

INVOCATION
1 x Heart of Fury (45)

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

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1975/2000)

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

Performance Against Other Factions

How Daughters of Khaine perform against the other factions

At present Maggotkin of Nurgle and Soulblight Gravelords struggle against the Daughters of Khaine. While they themselves appear to be struggling against Seraphon and Fyreslayers.

Top 10 Players

Faction Focus – Kharadron Overlords

Win Rate

The Kharadron Overlords are another faction that appear to be in the midst of a resurgence. Barak-Zilfin, the most popular faction has a win rate of 61.4%, even the less popular Barak-Mhornar has a win rate of 53.3%. Barak-Urbaz and Barak-Thryng both have low rates, but also have a low player count. But is their count low because those factions are considered poor or have players not found the right synergies yet?

5 wins Results

DateTournamentName
10th July 2022Summer on the Coast GTJeremy Veysseire (USA)
24th July 2022BWG: Summer SlaughterCarl Ong (USA)
Players who achieved 5 wins at a GT

4 wins Results

DateTournamentName
24th July 2022BWG: Summer SlaughterJoe Shoemaker (USA)
24th July 2022The Outlaw Open at LSORandal Brasher (USA)
Players who achieved 4 wins at a GT

Other Results

Results Breakdown by Subfaction

The results breakdown show that perhaps Barak-Zilfin players can go into a tournament hoping to achieve 3-2, while Barak-Mhornar and Barak-Thryng players should aim for 2-3 results. Barak-Urbaz players should have a target of achieving at least one win at a tournament.

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Top Three AoS Lists - 1st Place, Maggotkin of Nurgle
Jeremy Veysseire’s results from Summer on the Coast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

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

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

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Carl Ong’s results from BWG: Summer Slaughter

Allegiance: Kharadron Overlords
Sky Port: Barak Zilfin
– Mortal Realm: Chamon
– Grand Strategy: Masters of the High Airs
– Triumphs: Inspired

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

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

Units
10 x Grundstok Thunderers (270)*
Reinforced x 1
1 x Grundstok Gunhauler (155)
Main Gun: Sky Cannon
– Great Endrinworks: Zonbarcorp ‘Debtsettler’ Spar Torpedo

Behemoths
Arkanaut Ironclad (490)
Main Gun: Great Sky Cannon
– Great Endrinworks: Zonbarcorp ‘Dealbreaker’ Battle Ram
Admiral’s Krondspine (400)
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur

Endless Spells & Invocations
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Expert Conquerors

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1955 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 94
Drops: 10

Brett: It’s been a while since Kharadron Overlords have climbed to the top of the tree. Coming off a recent buff from both the mid year points (only 2 units) and White Dwarf revision Carl is one of 3 to go 5/0 in the event. He does have both the Purple Sun and Krondspine and 2 wizards to bind them thanks to the Arcane Tome. I wonder if we will see anything about the Purple Sun and Krondspine before the next Battlescroll is due in September.The general, the Aether-Khemist is an obvious choice, one of 3 Khemist only artefacts guarantees an endless spell can be cast once per game. The Purple Sun has a casting value of 8 so if there is anyway to make it a sure thing take it.

Slow moving he also hands out a re-roll wound rolls of 1 to a unit within 12″ and reduces to-hit rolls within 3″ (himself and another character typically) unless garrisoned, so he has to be on foot. His own attacks are much riskier, 3D6 with rend -2 sound great but only 9″ range make it a risky proposition. Of course he can garrison a vessel. The Navigator is here for his dispel and reroll run and charges for vessels if they are visible to him. Lastly the Admiral, who was the most changed by White Dwarf here. He lost 3 of his 4 unique command abilities, keeping the ability to allow a unit to fire even if it had run (Master of the Skies). Flaming Weapon is an interesting choice, he has reroll hits and wounds against monsters and heroes.

He is a small beatstick with only 3 attacks, -2 rend, 2 damage. He can divert wounds to the Arkanaut Companies (Skyfarers). Otherwise 3 battle line Arkanauts with minimal upgrades, Thunderers for some punch. With limited capacity in the flying units I would garrison the Thunderers and forgo the hero buffs to minimise their exposure. All of the KO shooting units have quite short ranges, typically 18″ or less except for the boats. The addition of the Purple Sun to increase saving throws for adjacent units with the number of shots from even the Arkanauts is a great combo. The Krondspine is pure distraction and menace, it takes a lot to deal with but can’t easily be ignored. In melee he can delete weaker units and at least bracket most bigger heroes in a single turn.

His highest ranked opponent was 11th, so it’s not clear how much we can take from his matchups. Most of the armies this went against were a bit short on shooting with the exception of his 2nd opponent. 5/0 is no small accomplishment and the list is quite different with so few boats and mostly footsloggers who aren’t riding.

Performance Against Other Factions

How Kharadron Overlords perform against other factions

Kharadron Overlords appear to have good success against Stormcast Eternals with an 85.7% win rate against them. They appear to struggle against Nighthaunt (35.7%), Sons of Behemat (33.33%) and Ironjawz (16.7%).

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Faction Focus – Ironjawz

Win Rate

Bloodtoofs is currently the faction of choice within the Ironjawz. 22 players chose it in July and together managed a win rate of 55.7%. That’s slightly higher than the ideal bracket of 45-55%. Also just inside this bracket are the Ironsunz with 46.7%. With only three players choosing them it’s hard to judge whether this is an accurate representation or not. Also finding low representation are Da Choppas, also with three players. But this time their win rate is in the gutter with only 30%. But again, this should perhaps be taken with a grain of salt.

5 wins Results

None

4 wins Results

DateTournamentName
17th July 2022The ATC (American Team Championship) Age of Sigmar Team EventCody Saults (USA)
24th July 2022Salt City GT Age of SigmarTyler Bushey (USA)
Players who achieved 4 wins at a GT

Other Results

Results Breakdown by Subfaction

4 wins at an event is currently the best result, and that has only been achieved with Bloodtoofs. If playing with Bloodtoofs, you can consider a result of 3-2 to be your target for a good performance. If playing Ironsunz, set your sights a little lower with a 2-3. Da Choppas players are in a bad place so at present any result with more than one win is a good result.

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Top Three AoS Lists - 3rd place, Legion of the First Prince
Tyler Bushey’s Results from the Salt City Open GT

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

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

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

INVOCATIONS & ENDLESS SPELLS
Purple Sun of Hysh (70)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: (1970/2000)

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

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

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

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Performance Against Other Factions

Ironjawz have performed very well against old meta leaders Maggotkin of Nurgle, the focus on troops obviously giving Ironjawz some advantages here.

At present the Daughters of Khaine appear to be the bogey opponent for Ironjawz, only winning 41.7% of their matches against them.

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Faction Focus – Fyreslayers

Win Rate

Fyreslayers have had a dramatic improvement to their results since the new General’s Handbook was released. Before the release they could be found in the sub 40% win bracket, now they have a very healthy 53.5% win rate. This is led by Lofnir with a rate of 62.8%, but even Greyfyrd and Vostarg are nothing to be sniffed at either. Hermdar seems to be the overlooked faction here, with no players deciding to use that particular lodge’s abilities.

5 wins Results

None

4 wins Results

DateTournamentName
17th July 2022Southern Fried OpenKevin Lathers (USA)
24th July 2022BWG: Summer Slaughter Bill Souza (USA)
24th July 2022The Salt City GTGarth Scannell (USA)
Players who achieved 4 wins at a GT

Other Results

3-2 or 2-3 seems to be par for the course with Fyreslayers, but Greyfyrd and Lofnir do have a few players who have achieved 4 wins at a tournament weekend with them. As a tournament player a good achievement would be looking to achieve a 3-2 result.

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Kevin’s results from the Southern Fried Open

Allegiance: Fyreslayers
Lodge: Lofnir
– Grand Strategy: Masters of the Forge
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Auric Runemaster (125)*
General
– Command Trait: Master Priest
– Artefact: Volatile Brazier
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Heal
Auric Runesmiter (135)*
Runic Iron
– Prayer: Prayer of Ash
Battlesmith (150)
Artefact: Nulsidian Icon
Auric Runesmiter on Magmadroth (340)
Runic Iron
– Magmadroth Trait: Lava-tongue Adult
– Universal Prayer Scripture: Curse
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)**
Ancestral War-axe
– Magmadroth Trait: Coal-heart Ancient
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)**
Wyrmslayer Javelins
– Magmadroth Trait: Flame-scale Youngblood
Runelord (95)*
Allies

Battleline
15 x Auric Hearthguard (375)**
Reinforced x 2

Endless Spells & Invocations
Molten Infernoth (40)
Runic Fyrewall (40)
Zharrgron Flame-spitter (50)

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 95 / 400
Wounds: 105
Drops: 8

Brett: Really great to have a Fyreslayers list on the podium. It’s been a bit of a surprise that the new book didn’t lead to more podiums but for a range of reasons they seem to have been held back. Kevin has chosen the Magmadroth lodge (Lofnir) that makes Runeson on Magmadroth battleline. It also gives them an extra 2 wounds and up to 3 may have mount traits. No accident that this army has 3 Magmadroths all with mount traits. Magmadroths are the books strongest unit with 18W and 12″ movement giving Fyreslayers much needed mobility. I should mention that Kevin has been restrained, there are Fyreslayers armies with 5 Magmadroths.

That isn’t all though, the prayers, traits and artefacts all combine to make this a very hard to kill army. It’s a great army for frustrating high damage but fragile opponents (DoK). They want to lure you in and then hit back hard. Even the Runelord is a good inclusion bringing an

Looking at his journey through the competition it’s difficult to see a good counter to the magma lizards. The Incarnate would on the surface seem to be a solid choice but if you don’t feed it endless spells then it will struggle to level. Morathi would have been an obstacle but again she would struggle to clear the Hearthguard with Battlesmith support and the Magmadroths will clear the Blood Sisters quickly. We have 3 Priests and the Battlesmith to provide buffs (wards) and heals as well as denies. In Fyreslayers endless spells are actually invocations and summoned by the priests. The army has all 3 pumping out mortal wounds or making nearby units very tanky. All of the top armies went 4/1 and this army scored very well throughout.

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Garth’s results from the Salt City GT

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

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

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

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

Core Battalions
*Expert Conquerors
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

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

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

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

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

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Performance Against Other Factions

It looks like Fyreslayers armies love munching through Daughters of Khaine, Skaven and the expected lower tier factions. Meanwhile they struggle against Maggotkin of Nurgle and Sylvaneth.

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Faction Focus – Stormcast Eternals

This article is a pilot (so to speak), if there’s enough interest and people find this informative then I’ll continue this with other factions. Let me know what you think!

Win Rate

While the most popular subfaction inside the Stormcast Eternals appears to be the Hammers of Sigmar, Hallowed Knights have the (ever so slightly) higher win rate. Both of these subfactions are inside the ideal 45-55% win range, although I’m sure some SCE players would rather that be on the other side of the 50% mark.

While Celestial Vindicators do have a 60% win rate, that’s only been driven by two players in the last month (two 3-0-2 results) and so is to early to judge.

The same goes for the Astral Templars, Tempest Lords and Anvils of Heldenhammer. There’s not enough data to draw conclusions from this, only that perhaps the fact they’re not being chosen would suggest that players believe they’ll have a higher chance of winning with the other subfactions.

However, players do appear to be struggling to get the wins with Knights Excelsior even though it is one of the more popular factions.

5 wins Results

DateTournamentName
17th July 2022Midwest Bash Tyler Emerson (USA)

4 wins Results

DateTournamentName
17th July 2022Midwest Bash John Lindsey (USA)
17th July 2022Midwest Bash Zano Korellio (USA)
24th July 2022BWG: Summer SlaughterRyan Lavoie (USA)
24th July 2022BWG: Summer SlaughterDavid Klamm (USA)
24th July 2022Miniparadice Anniversary TournamentAndreas Hölter (Germany)
24th July 2022Miniparadice Anniversary TournamentBastian Gerstner (Germany)
Players who achieved 4 wins at a GT

Other Results

Only the Hammers of Sigmar have achieved five wins at tournament so far, while Celestial Vindicators, Knights Excelsior and Hallowed Knights have all also achieved 4 wins.

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

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

Leaders
Celestant-Prime, Hammer of Sigmar (325)*
Lord-Commander Bastian Carthalos (300)*
Knight-Relictor (140)*
General
– Command Trait: High Priest
– Prayer: Translocation
Lord-Castellant (155)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Celestial Blades

Battleline
10 x Judicators with Skybolt Bows (400)**
Reinforced x 1
5 x Liberators (115)**
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons
5 x Liberators (115)***
Heavens-wrought Weapon and Shield
– 1x Grandweapons

Units
10 x Protectors (450)***
– 4x Starsoul Maces
– Reinforced x 1

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

Additional Enhancements
Holy Command: Call for Aid
Holy Command: Unleash Thy Hatred

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 100
Drops: 8

Brett: A strong return to hero hammer, and after a year of experimenting it’s probably the best way to play Stormcast Eternals (SCE), with a very hero heavy list taking first. The list isn’t without it’s tricks however. Using a Knight Relictor vs a Lord Relictor, an uncommon choice, but when you are staying close to a particular unit – the judicators – the 6″ prayer range isn’t important. The model is more available and importantly saved the 5 points needed to make the list work. Bastian hits very hard (D4) and once per turn can inflict mortal wounds on a unit by rolling D6 against their wound characteristic, on a 6 inflicting a mortal wound. Into a Mega Gargant that’s an average of 6MW per turn. Anyone that plays 40k will recognise the Terminator block at the heart of the list, 10 Protectors. With half the models having Glaives they have +1 to save and can easily receive +1 to hit. As bounty hunters they receive a +1 to damage (D2 against Galletian Veterans). They are also inflicting 4D3 mortal wounds 80% of the time.

The Lord Castellan either stays with the Protectors (+1 to hit and +1 to Save) or the Liberators making the Liberators save on 2s with a 6+ ward near objectives. And Call for Aid means that there are 15 Liberators not 10 in this list. Even placing the judicators into Eternal Conquerors plays a roll, they will count as 30 models on objectives and attacking them exposes you to Unleash Hell. Usually they have the Relictor to translocate them to the rear, a real late game objective threat. The Celestant-Prime is a hero deleter, the trickiest part is whether to use him Turn 2 or 3. Usually in that turn Orrery will guarantee a successful charge. Without his shooting and arriving turn 3 that’s an average of 12wounds into the hero of his choice. Like Bastian he has a 4+ ward.

A very balanced list that deserves to go 5/0 it’s only real weakness is mobility. The combination of Scions and Steadfast March help a lot there as well. It was a very low scoring victory (65) indicating that board control and forcing the opponent off their game was a major part of the victory. In other words a very good general won using this list.

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Army Faction: Stormcast Eternals
Army Type: Scions of the Storm
– Army Subfaction: Hammers of Sigmar
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
Krondys (600)*
Spells: Thundershock
Lord-Relictor (145)*
General
– Command Traits: High Priest
– Artefacts: Mirrorshield
– Prayers: Translocation

BATTLELINE
1 x Dracothian Guard Tempestors (440)*
Judicators with Boltstorm Crossbows (190)*
Thunderbolt Crossbow
Dracothian Guard Desolators (220)**

ENDLESS SPELL
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

OTHER
Stormstrike Chariot (165)*
Stormstrike Axe and Tempestuous Spear
Stormstrike Chariot (165)**
Stormstrike Axe and Tempestuous Spear

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Brett: Another SCE list doing well, it’s only loss was to the eventual winner. In contrast to our first list this has brought some needed mobility. Interesting choices of Dracothian’s here; Tempestor’s (ranged) and Desolators (axe murderers). Tempestor’s will have an average of 4 hits from their 3 ranged attacks on top of their Dracothian’s breath attack. On top of that by using a unit of 2 for the Desolators they will almost always have an extra 2 attacks. Stormstrike Chariots are very mobile, hard to kill and their impact mortals make them dangerous to most opponents. Along with the Dracothian’s we have the Purple Sun and Krondys. The Purple sun is difficult to cast but Krondys gets a +3 to cast at his top profile making the Sun a CV of 5 and probably on the board from Turn 1. Importantly this list has 4 denies which is a big part of the current meta.

No Holy Command is included on the list but Thunderbolt Volley is likely, given the unreinforced unit of Judicators. All up a very different list to the winner with a lot of mobility but few units so a focus on killing your opponents. The lists he faced in this run up were interesting but ultimately until the last round very exposed to this combination of mobility and Mortal Wounds. Wound output into that Protector brisk wouldn’t have been enough. Well done on the 4/1 result.

Performance Against Other Factions

Stormcast success rates against other factions since the new GHB (Draws are considered 50% win and 50% loss)

Stormcast armies appear to have a great time against armies such as Cities of Sigmar, Hedonites of Slaanesh and Ironjawz. While they suffer against Disciples of Tzeentch, Kharadron Overlords and Slaves to Darkness.

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