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Top Three AoS Lists for Summer of Sigmar – Gamers Guild Grand Tournament

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Summer of Sigmar Grand Tournament that took place in Tempe, Arizona, USA on the 6th and 7th of August. It involved 16 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. This was their inagural event and they have a venue that can handle quite a few more. Lets hope we see it grow in coming years.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

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

BATTLELINE
Blood Sisters (420)**
Gorgai
Blood Sisters (140)**
– Gorgai
Blood Sisters (140)**
Gorgai
Blood Sisters (140)***
Gorgai
Blood Sisters (140)***
Gorgai

OTHER
Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
Shryke
Khinerai Heartrenders (95)*
Shryke

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters
***Expert Conquerors

TOTAL POINTS: 1980/2000

Brett: Another army eschewing the archers for the stabby queens reflecting the new battletome. 5 Blood Sister units including a double reinforced group of bounty hunter murder elves, fun. Rounding out the list the Bloodwrack Medusa is the General and Khinerai Heartrender for mobile threat. Ultimately this is a 6 drop list, a reasonable chance that they won’t decide first turn.

The high drops is a facet of having the Blood Sisters split between Bounty Hunters and Expert Conquerors. It’s not clear if the event allowed book traits (which the Khinerai play into really well) or just GHB however the list provides coverage for any outcome. Zainthar Kar is required to make the Blood Sisters battle line and the opportunity for 35 Blood Sisters. Mind Razor and Shadow Stone (+1 to casting) to try to get an additional -1 rend. Ignoring effects from Blood Rites (like +1 to wound) those 15 Blood sisters can expect 38 hits (exploding 6s) and 24 wounds – 48 into Galletian Veterans. With 2 wounds, 5+ save and 6+ (can be 5+) ward you have to devote real resources to shifting blood sisters. Zainthar Kar gives them fight on death, removing the large unit without shooting would be dicey.

Shadow Queen/Morathi are another hard nut, 3 spells across the 6 known to DoK. Those spells read like some of the best across multiple books including increased rend, rebuffs and a teleport. The Melisa only has one cast but 2 dispels. Enough to cause issues for a magic army. And it looks like that’s what’s happened with the army taking all flavours of elf and some star crossed lizards to take the event 5/0

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Army Faction: Slaves to Darkness
Army Type: Ravagers
– Grand Strategy: Take Whats Theirs – Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Chaos Lord (120)***
General
– Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Command Traits: Eternal Vendetta
– Reaperblade and Daemonbound Steel
– Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Whispers of Chaos
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)***
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Command Traits: Bolstered by Hate
– Spells: Mask of Darkness
Chaos Sorcerer Lord (135)***
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Artefacts of Power: Blasphemous Cuirass
– Spells: Mask of Darkness
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur

BATTLELINE
Untamed Beasts (70)
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
Chaos Knights (170)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Doom Knight
– Cursed Lance and Chaos Runeshield
Chaos Knights (170)*
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Doom Knight
– Cursed Lance and Chaos Runeshield
Chaos Warriors (400)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Aspiring Champion
– Chaos Hand Weapon and Chaos Runeshield
– 2 x Standard Bearer
– 2 x Hornblower
Chaos Warriors (400)**
Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
– Aspiring Champion
– Chaos Hand Weapon and Chaos Runeshield
– 2 x Standard Bearer
– 2 x Hornblower

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)

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

TOTAL POINTS: 2000/2000

Brett: Good to see a Slaves to Darkness army make the podium in a 2 day event particularly as Ravagers. No Archeon, Be’Lakor or even a manticore just Lords, Sorcerors and even a Chaos Warriors. Effective here with a 4/0/1 result, the only loss being to the winner.

Taking Tzeentch as the chaos mark increases resilience with reroll 1s on saves and a 5+ ward against spells. On a 20 strong block of Chaos Warriors (in Eternal Conquerers) that’s a real problem to shift. While in a unit > 10 they have a 3+ save and a 5+ ward (half ward – it’s only against Mortal Wounds) with the shields. That’s 120 effective wounds (Rend 0). Their weaknesses is movement at 5” unless Mask of Darkness is available on a Chaos Sorcerer and both do. They are helped on the run and charge by the Hornblower. The Knights are hammers, they want to charge using their 10″ mobility. They to have +1 to run and charge from the Hornblowers.

The Chaos Lord is a combat hero with reroll wound rolls (and reroll hits against Order) and has a MW spell in leui of a ranged weapon. Lastly there is Krondspine. He’s fast moving and capable of deleting things quickly. Bold move, he costs enough to limit your choices in either troops or heros, Tyler choose to take weaker heroes. Ravagers was a good choice allowing additional traits. After that this list is all about getting those blocks of Warriors onto objectives and keeping them there by using the Knights. Krondspine is about taking down a deathstar or important hero.

Looking his path through the event, the StD list would struggle to deal enough damage to the Warriors, as would most of the other lists. The mobility of the DoK army we just looked at combined with DoK book Battle Tactics (which you can’t interact with well) obviously caused the army to struggle but otherwise this is a really well thought out approach and well deserved result.

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

LEADERS
Warsong Revenant (305)**
General
– Command Traits: Spellsinger
– Spells: Verdant Blessing, Verdurous Harmony
Treelord Ancient (360)**
Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Treesong, Verdant Blessing

BATTLELINE
Tree-Revenants (110)**
Waypipes
– Glade Banner Bearer
– Scion
– Protector Glaive
Tree-Revenants (110)**
Glade Banner Bearer
– Waypipes
– Scion
– Protector Glaive
Dryads (100)**

OTHER
Revenant Seekers (235)*
Seeker Banner Bearer
– Seeker Hornblower
– Revenant Soulwarden
Spiterider Lancers (420)*
Spiterider Scion
– 2 x Spiterider Standard Bearer
– 2 x Spiterider Hornblower
Gossamid Archers (220)**
Flitwing Scion

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

CORE BATTALIONS
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1970/2000

Brett: An interesting variation of Sylvaneth and a brave move to take all of the new units. With, it has to be said, the Purple Sun. The mobility of Tree-Revenants with the 3 overgrown terrain pieces from the start of the battle, makes them one of if not the best unit in the army at the moment. They are amazing at securing Battle Tactics.

This army has all of the new Sylvaneth units from the Revenant Seekers to Spiterider Lancers and Gossamid Archers. I haven’t seen an army with all of them before and like most of us don’t have a lot of experience with them. The Seekers and Lancers provide a lot of mobility outside of teleports which is something Sylvaneth struggle with a bit. They offer some quality attacks, without buffs I worry about the amount of damage they do but it’s reasonable. The ability to return a model of the Seekers is great in this army – the Lancers and everything else have 5 wounds or less and can be returned. Return 2 Spiteriders in a game and you’ve almost recovered the cost.

The Gossamids are a frustrating unit, they are vunerable to shooting with only a 12″ range. They need to be hidden which doesn’t make sense given their anti combat role (retreat when charged). But they have a role where you teleport them to an objective (or near one) that has a thin force on it. You can even open an objective to a Tree Revenant by pulling a combat unit away. That’s not to forget the Treelord Ancient and Wargsong. With the Arcane Tome they have 4 spells, both are deicated to Awakended Wyldwoods (expect at least another per turn) and then buffing the impact of the woods. As Gnarlwood they also get improved casting near Wyldwoods. Another interesting army from this event.

One of the interesting impacts of this approach is its hard for an army like Ironjawz to identify an alpha strike target. Even if they get the Warsong it’s not going to put you on the back foot too much. Other than the winner’s evil Blood Sister’s list he was unbeaten through the event taking both combat and shooting armies.

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Army Faction: Legion of the First Prince
Grand Strategy: Show of Dominance
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Kairos Fateweaver (435)
Spells: The Master’s Command
Be’lakor (360)*
Spells: The Master’s Command
The Contorted Epitome (245)*
General
– Command Traits: Ruinous Aura
– Artefacts of Power: Fourfold Blade
– Spells: Flaming Weapon, The Master’s Command
– Bonding: Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur

BATTLELINE
Bloodletters (110)*
Plaguebearers (150)*
Plaguebearers (150)*

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*

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

CORE BATTALIONS
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1990/2000

Brett: I grabbed this one just because we aren’t seeing a lot of Legion of the First Prince armies right now. This is a very interesting take including some heavy hitters (Belakor and Fateweaver) with Krondspine rather than another Deamon Prince/Greater Deamon. I’m a fan of the Contorted Epitome, love to see it in the army. Mobile, lots of casting and so dangerous in combat.

Fateweaver brings a lot, 3 casts, auto dispell of 1 endless spell and the ability to change dice for casting, unbinding or dispell rolls. That’s before gift of change. Plaguebearers are a good choice for objectives, Bloodletters are cheap but fragile. If they charge or are teleported though they can mess up some archers. Belakor and the Krondspine don’t need an introduction nor does the Purple Sun. The Umbral Spellportal is an autotake in a Tzeetch army or if Fateweaver is in the army.

This, to me, is a really fun army. A few small troop units and 4 big, fun models with lots of abilities to toy with your opponent. He lost his last 3 rounds but I bet they were still fun. Hitting a Bastilidon with Belakor and Fateweaver sounds like fun to me, the same about putting an Epitome into small heroes from any factions.

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Age of Sigmar Player Ratings w/e 7th August 2022

The Age of Sigmar Player Ratings are calculated using the Elo System, most known for creating the Chess Rankings. Players begin with a rating of 1,000 then gain or lose points based on their opponents rating.

The ratings are awarded according to your opponents rating. Beating an opponent with a rating of 1,030 will give you more points than beating an opponent with a rating of 1,010.

Ratings will be given to players who attend a two day event with at least 8 players. Those players must be using 2,000 point armies.

Rankings Update

We talked about Thomas Guan last week, and we’re talking about him again this week. He’s the first player since we’ve started tracking the Elo ratings that has broken the 1,100 mark.

This places him halfway on the way to becoming a Class D player. Classes in Chess (and now AoS) are awarded based on your points:

RatingPlayer Class# of Players
2,500+Grand Master0
2,400-2,499Senior Master0
2,200-2,399National Master0
2,000-2,199Expert0
1,800-1,999Class A0
1,600-1,799Class B0
1,400-1,599Class C0
1,200-1,399Class D0
1,000-1,199Class E342
800-999Class F351
600-799Class G0
400-599Class H0
200-399Class I0
100-199Class J0
Elo Rankings

This Week’s Ratings

Worldwide
Canada
Germany
Italy
Poland
UK
USA

Formula

Here’s how the formula works for the maths geeks among you.

For those wanting to check my maths, the k factor we are using is 20.

Here’s my file:

Top Three AoS Lists for GT ŁÓDŹ 2

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the GT ŁÓDŹ 2 that took place in Poland on 6th and 7th August. It involved 70 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: Beasts of Chaos
Greatfray: Gavespawn
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)***
General
– Command Trait: Unravelling Aura
– Artefact: Mutating Gnarlblade
– Lore of Dark Storms: Sundering Blades
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)** + inkarnacja
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm
Doombull (110)***
Doombull (110)***

Battleline
9 x Dragon Ogors (375)*
2x Paired Ancient Weapons
– 6x Draconic War glaives
– Reinforced x 2
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

Other
1 x Chaos Spawn (55)**
1 x Chaos Spawn (55)**

Behemoth
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)**
Allies

Endless Spells
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

Core Battalions
*Bounty Hunters
**Battle Regiment
***Command Entourage – Magnificent
Artefact

Total: 1975 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 151
Drops: 7

Brett: The newly rejuvenated (Tome Celestial) Beasts of Chaos going 5 and 0 in a major again. Peter has anyone had a 5/0 Kruleboyz recently? (Nope – Peter) Dragon Ogres are one of the stronger units in the battletome, and need Dragon Ogre Shaggoths to make them battleline. Combining their wounds/number of attacks with the increasing Rend available from the Herdstone makes them a dangerous opponent for pretty much anything. With Gnashing Jaws and Krondspine there is a lot of board coverage for a low model count army. The Herdstone isn’t listed and he’s taken Sundering Blades (-1 rend for a unit) but surely you have to take the Herdstone (it’s no cost of course).

Gavespawn is an interesting Greatfray which makes having mulitple heroes a good idea (they return as a Chaos Spawn on a 2+) and a command ability for an extra attack. The mandatory command trait gives an additional unbind and the mandatory artefact (Mutating Gnarlblade) does damage to the bearer on a hit roll of 1. It also adds 2 damage, on a Shaggoth that’s a 5 damage weapon. Command Entourage is used here to gain an addtional artefact for Arcane Tome, giving the whole army 3 casts and 4 unbinds. Hailstorm halves an opposing units movement (including charges) to limit movement and charging sheningans. Combine the reduced movement with Gnashing Jaws you can easily see 10MW a turn out of Jaws if you aim at slow moving units (5″ and less)

The Shaggoth’s are very useful leaders with casting, healing (not spell dependent) and being reasonably tanky with decent attacks. The weapons mix on the Dragon Ogres is interesting, almost ensuring split firing? As one damage weapons they are a natural to be included in Bounty Hunters. The Chaos Spawn are a favourite unit of mine in Slaves or Beasts. 2D6 movement and 2D6 attacks mean that they are often underestimated but they are great at grabbing objectives and are surprising difficult to remove.

The Doombulls are another different choice in a Dragon Ogre army but they have a decent attack profile and 8 wounds with MW on 6s. Charge them in early with the hope they do some decent damage, your opponent is going to have to take them seriously and devote real resources to killing them. And they come back 83% of the time. Serious distraction for 2 or 3 rounds. Solid example of army building to take advantage of solid warscrolls and army abilities. A deserving winner with a strong and fun army.

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

Leaders
Be’Lakor, the Dark Master (360)
Allies
Bloab Rotspawned (300)*
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)**

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Terrain
Feculent Gnarlmaw

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 360 / 400
Wounds: 115
Drops: 4

Brett: An increasingly common army from Maggotkin, Lord of Affliction with Blightlords, as General so they are battleline twice (since Drowned Men lets them be battleline). Be’Lakor and Bloab to lend weight and casting to the army. This style of army has the advantage of avoiding Galletian Veterans to blunt Bounty Hunters with good mobility and very high resiliance. It forces your opponent to counter you and lets you spread or concentrate depending on the mission. Everythng except the Bloab can fly and he brings the flies.

Be’Lakor can work as an independent hammer but better is arguably better if supported by one or two of the smaller Blightlord units. That lets him control an entire flank and dare your opponent into an aggresive play to try to remove him. The Blightlords add mortals through disease points. Alternatively you can castle the lot and snipe objectives with the Blightlords. Be’Lakor can’t be too isolated since he represents half of the casts/unbinds of the army. Mariusz has taken advantage of the high bravery of chaos units to pick Bloodthirsty for a free charge reroll.

Bounty Hunters on 2 of the Blightlord units including the reinforced one, solid choice almost doubling their damage situationally. I’m expecting to see a move back to the lower drop battalions in coming weeks, it already looks like there is movement that way with so many armies avoiding Galletian Veterans. The army scored exceptionally well through the weekend coming second with only 3 vicotories (but no losses). The army had draws against a Maggotkin army with a Great Unclean One and large block of Plaguebringers, the other was a Bonesplitterz triple Wurgog/Big Stabba army. The damage output of this army might be a little low, particularly if Be’Lakor is destroied early and these armies play into that.

This is a very good army which plays into missions well. Taking it to second in a strong crowd is an amazing effort.

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Allegiance: Sylvaneth
Glade: Gnarlroot
– Mortal Realm: Ghyran
– The Dwindling
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Battlemage (100)*
Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Allies
Alarielle the Everqueen (840)**
All spells
Spirit of Durthu (370)*
Artefact: Greenwood Gladius (Guardian Sword)
Warsong Revenant (305)*
General
– Command Trait: Spellsinger
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Lore of the Deepwood: Treesong

UNITS
10 x Dryads (100)**
Branch Nymph
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)**
FCG
– Enchanted Blades
5 x Tree-Revenants (110)**
– FCG
– Enchanted Blades

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
Vengeful Skullroot (60)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Battle Regiment

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

TOTAL: 1995/2000

Brett: Hero hammer Sylvaneth with the those 3. You really don’t want a piece of any of them although I believe there is a thought that Durthu hasn’t benefitted from the new battletome. And there is a sneaky Battlemage of Ghur. This is a strong move giving you a decent chance of a 7″ charge for a teleporting unit. I’ll let you work out the details but it’s a great way to move some revenants into danger close quickly.

The power of the list is concentrated in the heros, and mostly Aliarelle, with the Tome they have 6 casts and unbinds available. Alarielle is almost half the army and the real trick to playing this army is knowing when to commit her. She is vunerable if she is focused by your opponent (and they can get to her) and while you can return her to the battle, that’s not reliable before Turn 3or even 4. Loose her on Turn 1 and it’s going to be very hard. On top of her spell casting though she has your highest quality attacks as well so when to throw her into combat is a mini game in itself.

Durthu offers early turn combat strength if you want and can help screen Aliarelle. The Greenwood Gladius awards D3 extra attacks, potentially near a Awakened Wood Durthu will have 7, 6 damage -2 rend attacks. He can also whiff terriably. The Warsong Revenant is also decent at combat, can use a mortal wound spell and buffs bravery of Tree Revenants or Dryads making her clutch at times. Surprisely survivable with a 4+ ward. Tree Revenants with the extra wound are a reasonable battleline unit but they melt to ranged attacks or mortal wounds. With only a 5+ save and bravery of 6 they really need support to shine.

A defensive army the new battletome makes them much more viable. The new terrain rules help their fire and fade shenanigans and make them much more flexible and mobile. Aliarelle is a high risk strategy which worked well here, his one loss was against a mobile Lumineth list with Teclis, otherwise a strong weekend.

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Army Type: Kruleboyz
Subfaction: Grinnin’ Blades
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Killaboss on Corpse-rippa Vulcha (240)*
Artefacts of Power: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
Snatchaboss on Sludgeraker Beast (315)*
General
– Command Traits: Egomaniak
– Artefacts of Power: Mork’s Eye Pebble
– Mount Traits: Fast ’Un
Swampcalla Shaman and Pot-grot (105)*
Spells: Nasty Hex
Murknob with Belcha-banna (95)*
Swampboss Skumdrekk (320)***

BATTLELINE
Hobgrot Slittaz (80)*
Scrap Totem Bearer
– Noise-maker
– Hobgrot Boss
Gutrippaz (180)**
Gutrippa Banner Bearer
– Gutrippa Hornblower
– Gutrippa Boss
– Wicked Stikka
Gutrippaz (180)**
Gutrippa Banner Bearer
– Gutrippa Hornblower
– Gutrippa Boss
– Wicked Stikka

OTHER
Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)***
Boltboy Boss
Man-skewer Boltboyz (120)***
Boltboy Boss
Man-skewer Boltboyz (120)***
– Boltboy Boss

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Bounty Hunters
***Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1995/2000

Brett: Peter chooses the focus list and Peter plays Kruleboyz. Surprise another Kruleboyz list. The army focuses on their best warscrolls, their heroes and the Boltboyz. Choosing Grinning Blades is a good move with this many Boltboyz, they aren’t battleline so aren’t Galletian Veterans. They don’t have good saves so the extra damage will clear them really quickly. Grinning Blades also means they aren’t visible more than 12″ away. As we’ve seen with Idoneth this is surprisely powerful, ranged units need to get within the threat range of the melee units.

Unfortunately both the battleline (Gutrippaz) and Boltboyz are really very soft with 5+ and 6+ saves. They melt under pressure, with only one Swampcalla it’s likely that only the reinforced Boltboyz had poison most of the time. Boltboyz need special mention – they do MW on 6s so you want to use Hasty Shot when you can. But you need to move (it can be 1″) and be within 12″ of the enemy. That means they are very exposed. Aimed shot is only available if they don’t move. If they are caught out of position or without screens they are very vunerable. And finally their small unit size (3) limits the effectiveness of Unleash Hell.

The heroes in this army are the major source of combat capability. They mix reasonable quality attacks with interesting wars roll abilities. From being able spam commands to mortal wounds from their slime to snatch and grab there are a lot of things to track. Unfortunately this increases their cost. The snatchaboss or swampboss have a decent chance of one shotting small heroes. Still 14 wounds with a 4+ may struggle in sustained combat. In the end they fail the dps check which is known as the Sons of Behemet. All of this adds to an underperforming faction, unfortunately they are among the lowest on current stats. Going 3/0/2 is a great performance in a 70 strong field.

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Top Three AoS Lists for the Steel City GT

This article is the debut article for Ethan Armstrong who has joined us from our Discord Server. Ethan will be joining our list doctors, a small team of players who will talk you through your lists and give suggestions on how you may be able to improve.

If you’re interested in having the list doctors look at your army list, then please send it to thewoehammer@gmail.com and we’ll be sure to include it in a future article.

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Steel City GT that took place in Pennsylvania, USA on 6th and 7th August. It involved 24 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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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: Fyreslayers
Lodge: Lofnir
– Grand Strategy: Master of the Forge
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Auric Runefather (125)**
General
– Command Trait: Spirit of Grimnir
Auric Runesmiter (135)**
Runic Iron
– Prayer: Prayer of Ash
Runelord (95)**
Allies

Battleline
10 x Hearthguard Berzerkers (320)***
Broadaxes
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Hearthguard Berzerkers (320)***
Broadaxes
– Reinforced x 1
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Artefact: Master Rune of Unbreakable Resolve
– Magmadroth Trait: Flame-scale Youngblood
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Artefact: Axe of Grimnir
– Magmadroth Trait: Coal-heart Ancient
Auric Runeson on Magmadroth (320)*
Ancestral War-axe
– Magmadroth Trait: Lava-tongue Adult

Endless Spells & Invocations
Runic Fyrewall (40)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 95 / 400
Wounds: 104
Drops: 8

Ethan: In a meta increasingly leaning towards magic dominance, recent tournaments have returned a suite of powerful results for a variety of armies running anti-magic tools. Bill Souza, in this vein, has expertly piloted his Lofnir Lodge to a 5-0 utilising a variety of tools tailored to meta-mancy. The inclusion of a Runelord as ally speaks to the prevalence of endless spells in the current game, with his +2 to dispel rolls and additional unbind giving the army tools to put a damper on the ability of purple sun (and other spells! They also exist!) to affect Bill’s hero and monster-reliant list. The easy scoring of Bill’s Grand Strategy (have an invocation on the field at the end of the game) solves a problem many armies struggle with under the new GHB neatly, taking advantage of the lack of banishment found across most armies to pick up a consistent source of VP to boot!

Bill has taken Lofnir into this tournament, unlocking Runesons on Magmadroths as battleline and allowing for inclusion of all three mount traits. Magmadroths provide a monster of a warscroll (pun intended) – taking hits well, providing huge amounts of output and being excellent carriers of the artefacts Bill has included (more on this later!). Looking at Bill’s path through the tournament, his army is well equipped to the challenges of both melee-focused enemies who struggle to displace his army off of objectives at the same time as preventing the magmadroths punching holes in their own lines. Trickier foes like the Lumineth are tempered at least in part by the Runelord and the sheer prevalence of powerful ward saves in Bill’s force.

An exceptionally clever layer of complexity in this list is the expert use of the new battalions Bill has used, using both his sub-faction and general selection to satisfy conditions of these battalion for the inclusion of powerful units in Expert Conquerors and Bounty Hunters. The selection of the Auric Runefather as the general, make the Auric Hearthguard battleline, allowing them to be Expert conquerers, counting as 3 models on objectives. On such a notoriously durable unit, so long as they remain close to their heroes to activate their 4+ ward, an opponent is forced to invest significant quantities of damage onto these units if they intend to displace them, losing primary points for every turn they fail to do so. Additionally, the Magmadroths becoming battleline allow them to be selected as bounty hunters, increasing their already incredible output further when paired up against Galletian Veterans. Having committed so heavily to the new battalions, it only makes sense to round things out with a Command Entourage, picking up an extra artefact in the process.

With a strong alternative to Battle-regiment focused lists and a suite of tools tailor made to handle current meta conditions Bill has proven the Ur-Gold fiends of the Fyreslayers have fight in them yet after many dismissed their most recent battletome. Things are looking up for the Dwarves!

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Army Faction: Blades of Khorne
Army Subfaction: Reapers of Vengeance
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Bloodsecrator (125)*
1 x Bloodthirster of Unfettered Fury (295)*
Artefacts: Skullshard Mantle
1 x Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)*
Hellforged Sword and Malefic Talons
1 x Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut (140)**
General
– Command Traits: Mage Eater
1 x Skarbrand (380)**

BATTLELINE
3 x Mighty Skullcrushers (165)*
Skullhunter
– Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Bloodglaive
3 x Mighty Skullcrushers (165)*
Hornblower
– Standard Bearer
– Skullhunter
– Bloodglaive
3 x Mighty Skullcrushers (165)*
Hornblower
– Standard Bearer
– Skullhunter
– Bloodglaive
3 x Mighty Skullcrushers (165)**
Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Skullhunter
– Bloodglaive
3 x Mighty Skullcrushers (165)**
Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Skullhunter
– Bloodglaive

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1975/2000)

Ethan: What year is it?!?! The inimitable Thomas Guan has flown in from the top rope with a Khorne list that looks like it’s straight out of their second edition glory days with a few notable tweaks to continue with the current trend of anti-magic tech. Everyone knows Khorne is good at dealing with magic due to their Blood Tithe dispel but the White Dwarf update to how the tithe is used opens up the ability for Khorne to really lay the smackdown on caster-heavy opponents. As if this weren’t powerful enough, Reapers of Khorne seems to be the premium Khorne sub-faction under the new GHB providing a suite of excellent command abilities, artefacts and traits to their heroes. In the old book style, these traits and artefacts are mandatory selections, though with abilities like a 2+ spell ignore and an additional unbind attempt (auto-unbinding and causing d6 mortal wounds on an 8!) I doubt you’ll find many among the bloodied hordes complaining.

This list includes a selection of the well-known Khorne combos and all-star units with the ever-powerful combination of a Pile-in Thirster and Skarbrand appearing. Usually in this combination Skarbrand is held back on the first turn to place him at his top bracket before being flung into combat with a 6” pile-in, no charge required. This combination is brutally doubled down on by the Reapers of Vengeance sub-faction command ability allowing Skarbrand to then fight again in the combat phase, again piling in 6” so long as they remain within range of the other Bloodthirster. A bloodsecrator acts as a buff-piece and powerful priest, allowing for additional attempts to dispel endless spells and a STD Daemon Prince gives Thomas the capacity to choose who he fights, and where. The combination of this Daemon Prince with the Pilethirster provides a lot of control for a list that, on the face of it just wants to smash you in the face but it’s only after looking at the remainder of the list that the flashbacks of a time when Khorne was the meta darling of the day begin. A Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut and five (count ‘em!) units of Mighty Skullcrushers round out the list, blasting mortal wounds into opponents on the charge and providing tanky bodies for objective taking with good movement to ensure the army is able to make contact with the enemy before its lack of ranged tools become an issue.

Thomas has done well with an off-meta pick, only falling to Fyreslayers in the final round. Sadly for Thomas, the Duardin possess (or maybe Dispossess?) many of the tools required to stare down this combat army and ask them if that’s all they’ve got? Also lacking in magic of their own, the durable, high-ward Fyreslayers waste many of the strengths of Thomas’s Subfaction, drawing them into a sit-down, drag out combat slog where the Skullcrusher’s charge effects will lack the punch they would otherwise provide. To go 4-1 with an off-meta pick is nevertheless an incredible achievement and show a level of list-building mastery that seems to be the joy of many an experienced player in the new GHB.

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Allegiance: Bonesplitterz
Warclan: Icebone
– Grand Strategy: Waaagh!
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)*
Wurrgog Prophet (150)*
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Lore of the Savage Beast: Glowy Green Tusks

Battleline
5 x Savage Boarboys (140)*
Chompas
5 x Savage Boarboys (140)*
Chompas
5 x Savage Boarboys (140)*
Chompas

Units
5 x Savage Boarboy Maniaks (145)*
4 x Savage Big Stabbas (160)*
Reinforced x 1

Behemoths
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*
Allies

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 101
Drops: 1

Ethan: Holy moley what a brutal list:

  • Kragnos
  • Wurrgog
  • Krondspine
  • Big Stabbas

Ben’s army asks you which problem you’d like to deal with first and like the multiple choice quiz from hell, you’re always wrong. With the number of threats this list presents you can only pity the opponents Ben stared down ( 😊 ) throughout his journey on this eternal quest to krump.

Continuing the trend of book-based Grand Strategies, Waaagh! Simply requires either a battleline unit or your general (Does Kragnos count?) to be wholly within enemy territory when the battle ends. Realistically, if this doesn’t naturally happen in the course of play in an Ork army, you may need to return to school to do some fingerpainting and commune with old mate Mork.

There’s not a huge amount to say about the list as a whole, Kragnos is a brutal combat monster, the Wurrgog’s usual trick of staring something off the table removes notable threats and, in combination with a bound Incarnate provides a wonderful problem for your opponent should you ever lose the staring match. Boarboyz fill out the battleline slot while a reinforced unit of big stabbas… well… they stab?

With so many points invested into the Incarnate and Kragnos, Ben does a good job of rounding out his army, ensuring that he has enough bodies to threaten various objectives and the speed to get there, only falling over (in much the same way as Thomas’s Khorne) to the sheer durability of Bill’s fyreslayers. With such a stable of experienced players I’d kill to be a fly on the wall throughout these games but don’t let the relatively heavy combat focus of these lists trick you into thinking the games look much as a toddler playing with dinosaurs (leave that to Seraphon players), without the tools such as shooting and casting that many armies enjoy mastery of both deployment and the movement phase would have been key to these players.

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Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Indomitable

LEADERS
Breaka-Boss on Mirebrute Troggoth (180)
Artefact: Mork’s Eye Pebble
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Gobsprakk, The Mouth of Mork (280)***
Lore of the Swamp: All
Orruk Warchanter (115)
Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)***
Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Wurrgog Prophet (150)***
General
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
– Lore of the Savage Beast: Gorkamorka’s War Cry

BATTLELINE
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)**
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)**
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*

OTHER UNITS
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Jagged Gore-hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)*
Jagged Gore-hackas
3 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (120)***

BEHEMOTH
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)
Allies
Bonded: Wurgog Prophet

ENDLESS SPELLS
Umbral Spellportal (70)

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

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 111
Drops: 12

Ethan: This tournament’s wildcard list, piloted by Ben Mulshine, utilises a variety of the tools we’ve mentioned throughout the other lists above, only losing once to Thomas’s Khorne in its path. Much like Bill, Ben (must resist!) has potted (sorry.) his units into the triple combination of Warlord, Expert Conquerers and Bounty Hunters, eschewing any hope of turn selection in favour of an extra artefact, CP, Count-as-three capturing and bonus damage against Galletian Veterans. ‘Ardboyz capture objectives while the suite of powerful heroes and the Gore-Gruntas team up with the Incarnate to grab the opponent’s neck and beat them down with pure combat efficiency.

The previously discussed combination of Wurrgog and Incarnate present a Russian Roulette-esque threat to the opponent where even playing the game is to lose it. The hero loadouts all work together to solve one of the lists major weaknesses with the Eye-pebble, Fast’un and the Great Green Hand of Mork getting in the opponents face quickly and mitigating the ability for shooting armies to punch holes in Ben’s units before they’re able to do that they do best, foightin’.

I’d love to ask Ben how he felt various aspects of the list performed, the battalions make deployment a challenge as, while Ben can deploy in reaction to his opponent, the risk of a double turn or being alpha struck himself create a schrodinger’s cat of a deployment, where Ben must be ready to react depending on whether his opponent decides to give him the turn or not. The list is finely tuned with tools for a variety of situations and draws on one of the biggest advantages Big Waaagh! provides by allowing an all-star cast of the Orruk Warclans various Warscrolls. Listbuilding is always a matter of refining however and I do wonder whether Ben feels he’d make any changes or stick with the current list after such a respectable result.

Incredible work to the players of all of today’s lists! The new GHB continues to deliver as a factional wunderkind with tournaments around the world giving a variety of factions their time in the sun. It only remains to be seen whether the current trend of anti-magic continues to dominate the magic-heavy lists going around currently or if upcoming tomes (LRL and Tzeentch, though still a ways off) can break through a meta which seems pre-designed to keep them under wraps.

Final Tournament Placings

Age of Sigmar Player Ratings w/e 31st July 2022

The Age of Sigmar Player Ratings are calculated using the Elo System, most known for creating the Chess Rankings. Players begin with a rating of 1,000 then gain or lose points based on their opponents rating.

The ratings are awarded according to your opponents rating. Beating an opponent with a rating of 1,030 will give you more points than beating an opponent with a rating of 1,010.

Ratings will be given to players who attend a two day event with at least 8 players. Those players must be using 2,000 point armies.

Rankings Update

This week we had an additional four GT’s and an additional 111 players joined the world rankings.

Last week, Josh Bennett led the way with a rating of 1,081.4 followed by Thomas Zhennan Guan with 1,065.9. further down and Jeremy Veysseire was sat in joint 5th with 1,050.0.

Why am I telling you about this? Well, this week both Thomas and Jeremy were involved in the same tournament. Would they cross swords? Would it decide a new world number 1? I think I’ve made the answer pretty obvious….

The Crunch

Round 5 of the Boise Cup in Texas, USA. Both Thomas Guan and Jeremy Veysseire having performed well in previous GT’s already this month find themselves with four wins a piece going into round 5. Thomas playing his Stormcast Eternals and Jeremy his Soulblight Gravelords. Both have high ratings at this point compared to the other players around then (Thomas: 1,099.2 and Jeremy: 1,084.5), both have a shot of taking the title and it all comes down to the last game.

Thomas was playing Stormcast Eternals as the Hammers of Sigmar and Jeremy the Soulblight Gravelords as the Legion of Blood. The Result?

This result let Jeremy climb to the top of the AoS Elo rankings after what was the first big name matchup we’ve seen under the new General’s Handbook. The result saw Jeremy take 10.4 points from Thomas and take the top spot.

I was lucky enough to be able to talk to Thomas about this match over twitter and he gave me his thoughts on the game.

I felt pretty good in that matchup playing sce into sbgl on silk nest, the army I chose is very mobile and capable of taking out any kind of target from long distance. The mission felt pretty good to me as well, since my list spreads out really well and can score the mission with aether wings and teleporting units.

The turning point of the game was when I committed both the Protectors and Fulminators to wipe out the Blood Knights. With thunder bolt volley, one unit of longstrikes and 3 Fulminators I was unable to kill Mannfred which led to a cascade of unfortunate events. He brought up the graveguard and was able to use the Purple Sun, Horrorghast, Neferata, Mannfred aura and +1 attack command he was able to wipe out both units.

Luckily I was mobile enough so I was able to put score him on primary but late game I fell behind on tactics and he eventually won.

Jeremy is a challenging opponent that plays to the limits of his list very well and can set up intricate plays at a quick pace. Very enjoyable to play against and hope to match up more in the future.”

This Week’s Ratings

Formula

Here’s how the formula works for the maths geeks among you.

For those wanting to check my maths, the k factor we are using is 20.

Here’s my file:

Top Three AoS Lists for the Shropshire Slaughter: Telford Onslaught AoS GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Shropshire Slaughter: Telford Onslaught AoS GT that took place in England, UK on 30th and 31st July. It involved 32 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Dominator
– Artefact: Blade of the Desecrator
– Lore of Dark Storms: Sundering Blades
Great Bray-Shaman (100)**
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Tendrils of Atrophy
Be’Lakor, the Dark Master (360)***
Allies

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

Units
1 x Cockatrice (95)*
1 x Cockatrice (95)*
1 x Cockatrice (95)**
1 x Cockatrice (95)**
1 x Cockatrice (95)**
1 x Cockatrice (95)**
1 x Cockatrice (95)**
1 x Cockatrice (95)***
1 x Cockatrice (95)***
1 x Cockatrice (95)***

Endless Spells & Invocations
Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Battle Regiment
***Battle Regiment

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 360 / 400
Wounds: 159
Drops: 3

Brett: Beast of Chaos fresh (?) from their Tome Celestial update in the new infantry meta, at least according to GW, with a full monster list. Imagine being at the table, first round, and your opponent starts unpacking this. Finally a chance for Yndrasta to shine. If you are SCE anyway. It happened to Dan in the last round.

With the Tome Celestial changes the Herdstone now provides a board wide -1 rend in turns 1 and 2 and then -2 from turn 3. The Cockatrice plays into this ability, it’s main attack has no rend but on the charge increases from 4 to 8 attacks. With 12″ move and fly they are hard to screen or stop from charging. As monsters themselves they aren’t subject to monstrous rampages (other than Titanic struggle) and aren’t Galletian Veterans. They also get access to Primal Roar – an extra summoning point and possibly 3. Potentially they could summon a Chimera a turn. Nice. Rally can return models on a 4+ (not 6+) within 12″ of the stone as well.

That lets you game the Bravery characteristic as well, you can render them virtually immune to battleshock and pull from the front removing them from combat. Rally them at the start of your turn and you have a very short charge to get them back into combat. The Dragon Ogors re-roll hit rolls of 1 within 12″ of the General as well. They are a little short on spell casting, Belakor doubles the number of spells/cast himself. There are few buffs to casting here so Geminids (casting on a 6) is a good choice putting out MW and stopping commands. Sundering Blades on the Shaggoth suggests he was kept forward most of the time (an additional Rend within 18″). Tendrils of Atrophy is more situational, the Bray-Shaman doesn’t want to get too close.

Lots of monsters to push up the board and, without Hunters in the Heartland available anymore, able to switch off commands at will. That makes taking damage both more likely and more risky. On top of that12″ movement with -1 Rend board wide, which near the Shaggoth was -2 and then -3, makes this very hard to contain. Structuring the army to fit into Battle Regiment battalion. A good example of a skew list taking advantage of the rules, well done on getting Beasts all the way to No 1.

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Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
Great Nation: Zaitrec
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Indomitable

Leaders
Sevireth, Lord of the Seventh Wind (345)*
Hurakan Spirit of the Wind (265)*
Scinari Loreseeker (170)*
General
– Command Trait: Fast Learner
– Artefact: Gift of Celennar
– Extra Spell: Total Eclipse
– Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light

Battleline
20 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (290)*
Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light
30 x Vanari Auralan Sentinels (510)*
Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
– Reinforced x 2

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Emerald Lifeswarm (60)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 96
Drops: 1

Brett: Big block of Sentinels, Wardens everywhere, Sevireth, Loreseeker and a Hurakan Spirit of the Wind. All of the favourites with Chronomatic Cogs and a Lifeswarm. The Lifeswarm making it much harder to remove those Sentinels.

I think most people know how this list works; Cogs is unusual but overall variations of this list have been around for a while. Battle regiment to try and go first (giving up the double), make sure you get Cogs out (for rerolls), apply Power of Hysh on the Sentinels and then use Lofted shot to fire 30″ ignoring terrain and line of sight. The plan is to get 5+’s for mortal wounds (around 12 per volley). Power of Hysh can be cast multiple times, here both the Sentinels and 20 man Wardens will probably cast it most turns. The two smaller Warden teams are screens that can also push out a bit to apply Lambent Light. That gives the Sentinels +1 to hit against one unit.

The Loreseeker, 20 man Warden and Sentinals are all hammers in this set up and very dangerous. Given his mobility the Loreseeker is a great choice for Lambent Light as well. The Sentinals extra spell is Speed of Hysh to double their movement if they are threatened or about to be out of range. It’s an effective list and played well into most of the armies until he met Dan. Dan’s army, they are team mates, is a counter to shooting lists. The Cockatrice are individual units so the wounds don’t carry across but you need the full 30 Sentinels to be sure of killing one with MW.

Since they fly it’s very hard to stop them reaching the Sentinels and from round 3 onwards they instakill Sentinels (rend -2 into a 5+ save). The Grand Strategy is an interesting choice, Lumineth aren’t the most interactive army and yet his GS requires him to have 2 units in the enemies territory. That said both Loremaster and Sevireth can easily accomplish that. With infantry and hordes more common will we see a Lumineth return?

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
– Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Lord of Afflictions (210)***
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
Harbinger of Decay (140)*
Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Festus the Leechlord (150)*
Lore of Malignance: Gift of Disease
Orghotts Daemonspew (300)*

Battleline
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)****
5 x Putrid Blightkings (250)****
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)**
2 x Pusgoyle Blightlords (220)**

Units
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (110)***
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (110)***

Endless Spells & Invocations
Geminids of Uhl-Gysh (40)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 123
Drops: 10

Brett: Interesting variation on the popular Blightking/Blightlord armies we’ve started to see a fair bit in Season 1. More heroes and a mix of castle and some mobility through the Blightlords and Lord of Affliction. Also interesting to see a return to the high number of drops as if they didn’t care about turn order.

Aaron has chosen to take limited spell casting but included Geminids for that MW and command prevention utility. The spells double down on the rolling castle by increasing how many disease points are handed out. The Lord of Afflictions will provide his normal redeploy/teleport like abilities to the Blightlord allowing them to fly with him. That maximises their usefulness in Bounty Hunters. Festus provides heals, mostly to the Blightkings. Orghotts and the Beasts are a threat in themselves able to control an area and deny it due to their attacks and disease production. The Harbinger is a very interesting inclusion, his two warscroll abilities farm CP and deny commands.

Interesting approach, this is still a list that is going to try to outlast you but includes a reasonable mobile punch. With all of the big boys on the table they are going to take some time to kill and apply disease points all of the time making them a tough opponent.

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Allegiance: Big Waaagh!
Grand Strategy: Tame the Land
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)
General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth fist
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Mean ‘Un
– Lore of the Weird: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Breaka-Boss on Mirebrute Troggoth (180)
Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
Orruk Warchanter (115)
Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)
Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Swampcalla Shaman with Pot-grot (105)
Lore of the Swamp: Nasty Hex
Wurrgog Prophet (150)
Artefact: Glowin’ Tattooz
Lore of the Savage Beast: Gorkamorka’s War Cry

Battleline
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)

Units
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)
Jagged Gore-hackas
3 x Orruk Gore-gruntas (170)
Jagged Gore-hackas
6 x Man-skewer Boltboyz (240)
Reinforced x 1

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact
Mount Trait

Total: 1980 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 127
Drops: 12

Brett: Alex has been talking about his Big Waagh lists for most of this year taking the best of Ironjawz and increasing their flexibility with Kruleboyz. Double warlord for mount traits. Does it work? Is it fun? I suggest you look up Alex in discord (AosCoach) to find out.

The Mawcrusha build is interesting, instead of the IJ approach of Destroyer and Fast ‘Un, Alex has built the Mawcrusha with Arcane Tome for the teleport. He’s then given his mount Mean ‘Un increase the damage done by stomp. The Break-Boss has Fast ‘Un to get it into the enemy quicker, in the end it’s only moving 10″ though without might destroys. Warchanters to hand out ++1 damage and increase the charge of the Gore-gruntas, the Shaman for poisons on the Boltboyz and finally the Wurrgog for his nasty stare. If you can pull it off it’s a very tough list to counter. Going with Tame the Land is a tough call to, you almost need to table your opponent to control all of the objectives outside your territory. It can also spread your army fairly wide.

Unfortunately I think people are beginning to have a good handle on Boltboyz. They need to move (it can be only 1″) to use Hasty Shot and even then with poison they only average 8MW or a dead Cockatrice. But if it was Stormdrakes or Fulminators then they would either not remove a model or only take one. And die the next turn. With only 24″(or 12″ on hasty) it’s hard to keep them out of trouble with out a lot of screens. I think that’s what the ‘ard boyz are doing, but that’s 345+ points tied up. Still it’s innovative army and has some solid punch. If the Wurggog goes off it will remove something important and provide space for the Breaka Boss/Mawcrusha to wreck face. Which is always fun.

Final Tournament Placings

The full tournament results can be found on tabletop.to

Top Three AoS Lists for Boise Cup O AoS GT

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Boise Cup O AoS GT that took place in Texas, USA on 30th and 31st July. It involved 52 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. A larger event with a good spread of lists in the Top 5. The tournament used the CORRECT scoring system which awards bonuses to the Battleplan scoring including for denying a Battle Tactic. Something for TOs to consider.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Army Faction: Soulblight Gravelords
Army Type: Legion of Blood
– Grand Strategy: Lust for Domination
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

LEADER
1 x Neferata (365)
Spells: Decrepify
1 x Vampire Lord (140)*
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Arcane
– Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Levitate, Invigorating Aura
1 x Mannfred Von Carstein (380)*
Spells: Fading Vigour

BATTLELINE
5 x Black Knights (100)*
5 x Black Knights (100)*
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (80)*

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

OTHER
10 x Blood Knights (390)**
Standard Bearer
– Kastellan
20 x Grave Guard (280)**
Standard Bearer
– Hornblower
– Seneschal
– Great Wight Blade

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

TOTAL POINTS: (1985/2000)

Brett: It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Soulblight in the spotlight it seems. Quickly checking the stats it’s still a popular faction at tournaments (right around the middle in entries) but is slowly dropping in performance against newer books. After spending a year around a 50% win rate it’s now dropped in the last month to a 38% win rate. This underlines how good a performance this is. While in the states the army is interesting for taking a less popular Sub-faction and an uncommon battle line.

What this army does bring though is three Flying Vampires wizards (thank you for that nightmare), a whole mess of spells and a murder of summonable (not sure that’s a word – Peter) units that will keep coming back. Six casts across the three heros and the current staple Cogs and Purple Sun. Cogs for rerolls before casting the Purple Sun for it’s typical debuff and potential to eat something important. Lets assume you drop it near two units everytime (10″ separation is required to prevent the sun touching two units) then over the course of a tournament it will eat something 8 times. With flying multi cast Vampire Wizards that could drop it in a home objective castle on turn 2. I’m not saying that did happen, but lets say it ate a Bastiladon or a Storm Drake. Or even Thanquol. That’s possible.

The list has a lot of mobile threats with the Knights combining with Manfred and Neferata to give a lot of options on positioning. The Vampire Lord is most likely going to stay close to the Summonable (Still not sure – Peter) units he can heal. Importantly for the Vampire Lords they all have heals if they kill something. Otherwise they work to weaken their enemy and reduce their bravery. Combining Horrorghast with the effects of the army is a nice touch, you can potentially lose a lot of 1 wound models in a turn that way. Their spells mostly reduce the combat effectiveness of their opponents and, like most Death armies there is a 6+ ward

The Grand Strategy is an interesting one, it’s book specific and requires you to control more gravesites than your opponent. They either need to disperse their forces to cover one or two of them and risk being attacked by summonable units (like the Black Knights) or cede the GS to you. You pick how many points there are and where they are. Nasty.

It’s good to see a different list from a faction that is struggling do so well, congratulations to Jeremy for taking it all the way to number 1.

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Army Faction: Lumineth Realm-lords
Subfaction: Zaitrec
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
Sevireth (345)**
Scinari Cathallar (110)***
General
– Command Traits: Fast Learner
– Artefacts of Power: Gift of Celennar
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Protection of Hysh, Total Eclipse
Scinari Loreseeker (170)***
Artefacts of Power: Blade of Leaping Gold
– Spells: Flaming Weapon, Lambent Light, Overwhelming Heat
The Light of Eltharion (220)***

BATTLELINE
Vanari Dawnriders (140)*
Steedmaster
– Standard Bearer
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Total Eclipse
Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)**
High Warden
– Spells: Lambent Light, Overwhelming Heat
Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)**
High Warden
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Speed of Hysh
Vanari Auralan Sentinels (510)**
High Sentinel
– Spells: Overwhelming Heat, Speed of Hysh

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

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Emerald Lifeswarm (60)

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

TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000

Brett: This tournament has been a bit of a blast from the past, Lumineth on the podium with a massive block of Sentinals and sporting Emerald Lifeswarm. So 2021. Still it’s hard to argue with 30 Archers that can shoot you even behind cover from across the map. That’s the heart of the list, a big block of archers with Wardens as screens. With Power of Hysh the 30 are still averaging 10 Mortal Wounds per turn. Unleash hell while they have Power of Hysh up is very painful. The Dawnriders in Bounty Hunters provide flexibility and threat across the board with much needed increased damage. No MSU is safe, particularly Galletian Veterans.

Severith is a unique threat piece with his extraordinary movement and fire and fade abilities. Exposing small heroes offers him opportunities, the Light and Cathallar are most likely going to remain near the shooting castle offering improved saves. increased bravery and spell protection. The Light of Eltharion is a good covering piece with his MW ranged attack and multiple attacks. The Scinari Loreseeker having Flaming Weapon (+1 damage) with Blade of Leaping Gold (+3 attacks) is very interesting combined with his Lone Agent ability. Drop him within 3″ of something important and apply 7 attacks hitting on 2s wounding on 3s with -1 rend and D3+1 damage.

Beaten into 2nd by one point this is a strong list harking back to the hey day of Lumineth. His opponents, apart from Nighthaunt, mostly had something big that would be a deserving target and without which the army would find it hard to recover. The final match up with Teclis would have been interesting, Dustin couldn’t have relied on his spells at all. The mobility of the Loreseeker, Seviarath and the Dawnriders would appear to be the difference. Loreseeker could do a lot of damage to a Sentinal block in one turn (and die).

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

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

BATTLELINE
22 x Blissbarb Archers (280)*
High Tempter
22 x Blissbarb Archers (280)*
High Tempter
11 x Blissbarb Archers (140)*
High Tempter

BEHEMOTH
1 x Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur (400)*

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

TERRAIN
1 x Fane of Slaanesh (0)

OTHER
5 x Centigors (85)*
5 x Centigors (85)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Brett: Archer meta? Krondspine, Purple Sun, 55 Blissbard and Sigvald, what a fun army. The Krondspine to threaten your heroes, block the board and eat endless spells. You don’t want to engage him but his movement makes him hard to ignore and you definitely don’t want to feed him. But if you do try to deal with him you give the opportunity for either the Epitome or Sigvald to wreck face. Sigvald is going to try to come from a board edge and the Epitome can move very quickly.

There aren’t a lot of buffs to their casting but the Epitome has reroll casts. That’s a big buff to getting the Sun out. Flaming Weapon with the Lurid Haze artefact and trait is good combo. 9 attacks at 2 damage particularly if it gets Overwhelming Acquiescence off. Sigvald will typically be entering from a board edge and using his charge to get into something important. Lots of damage, very small screens (Centigors) and a reason to get into your deployment. This is a fun army that is going to be very determined. It’s interesting that Matt’s only lose was to Lumineth.

That list was built around Teclis, so no Purple Sun and included a block of Sentials, the natural enemy of Blissbard. The Epitome and Sigvald would struggle with Teclis as well, this would have been a difficult army to engage. 3rd in a big tournament is a solid effort and reflects the value of Slaanehi lists.

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Army Faction: Flesh-eater Courts: feast day
Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
Abhorrant Archregent (245)**
General
– Command Traits: Dark Acolyte
– Artefacts of Power: The Dermal Robe
– Spells: Deranged Transformation
Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist (445)**
Artefacts of Power: The Grim Garland
– Mount Traits: Gruesome Bite
– Spells: Blood Feast
Varghulf Courtier (160)**

BATTLELINE
Crypt Ghouls (85)***
Crypt Ghouls (85)***
Crypt Ghouls (85)***

OTHER
Crypt Horrors (220)*
Crypt Horrors (220)*
Crypt Flayers (360)*

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

TERRAIN
1 x Charnel Throne (0)

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

TOTAL POINTS: 1975/2000
9 drops

Brett : An army that is currently among the lowest ranked in the current meta with some potential in this season 17th is a good result. Flesh Eater Courts work by applying overlapping buffs from their Nobles (or Heroes) to the Knights (Horrors and Flayers) and Serfs (Ghouls). That means, at least early on, you can expect a pretty big castle.

That makes a lovely target for some serious shooting if you have it. The army has 3 casts with the Archregent having +1 to cast, unbind or dispel from the Dermal Robe. The command trait appears to add a spell but they aren’t gaining the wizard trait (since it is a wizard) and he add Deranged Transformation to throw those Horrors further faster. The Ghoul King and his Terrorgheist have some “interesting” abilities but they are let down in the execution. Death Shriek is only really effective against Destruction armies or Cities but the other attacks inflict serious damage. The Gaping Maw/Gruesome bite combo is extremely nasty, reroll hit rolls, it has 3 attacks, where a 6 does 6 MW. Enough to one shot a Stormstrike Chariot. Twice. In the same game.

The Horrors have 3 attacks hitting on 4s that can be improved, doing 2 damage and 3 on wound rolls of 6. Flayers have 4 attacks only doing 1 damage but can redeploy quickly and does MW on 6s. The Archregent and Ghoul King can return models on top of their summoning which can make clearing the Horrors/Flayers more difficult. To stop the army you need to kill the heros or they will heal and summon. Unfortunately this army has effectively 6 screens to stop you doing that. You can play around the bigger units and pick up the screens through MW attrition and shooting. Like most death armies their strength is often in numbers and if you are patient you can deal with them.

Cody did very well taking the army to 17th dealing with Ironjawz, DoK and SCE all of who have strong play into this list, well done.

Final Tournament Placings

Top Three AoS Lists for the Miniparadice Anniversary Tournament

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Miniparadice Anniversary Tournament that took place in Germany on 23rd and 24th July. It involved 38 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

Allegiance: Tzeentch
Change Coven: Hosts Arcanum
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Krysothea – The Lady Of Arcana (400)*
Lord of Change
Staff of Tzeentch and Rod of Sorcery
– General
– Command Trait: Spell Hunters
– Artefact: Wellspring of Arcane Might
– Lore of Change: Tzeentch’s Firestorm
Kai & Ross – The Surfing Bird(s) (435)**
Kairos Fateweaver
Lore of Change: Bolt of Tzeentch
Birdie Mc Birdface (140)**
Changecaster, Herald of Tzeentch
Artefact: The Fanged Circlet
– Lore of Change: Unchecked Mutation
– Krondspine Bonded
Vilitch & Thomin (180)**
Curseling, Eye of Tzeentch
Lore of Fate: Shield of Fate

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

Behemoths
Changespine, Incarnate of Tzeentch (400)*
Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur
Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
Umbral Spellportal (70)
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
The Burning Head (20)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Command Entourage – Magnificent

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 400 / 400
Wounds: 65
Drops: 4

Peter: This army revolves around the quick Screamers of Tzeentch (16″) and buffing them with heroes while the Krondspine eats stuff and the casters chip away mortal wound damage via various spells.

This Hosts Arcanum army will allow you to move D3 of those Screamers of Tzeentch units 6″ before the battle even begins. Meaning that with their 16″ move they have the potential threat range of 34″ in the first turn alone. They’re ok in combat as well with 3 attacks each hitting on 4+ and wounding on 3+, no rend though and only 1 damage per attack. That puts their average damage output at 3 damage before any saves are made. They’re better against monsters as the damage changes to D3 and means that average damage output jumps up to 9 damage.

The Fanged Circlet, which has to be taken in a Hosts Arcanum list as the first Artefact isn’t exactly a burden to take when once per battle it will allow you to summon a unit of 6 Screamers of Tzeentch near the Changecaster.

But really the Krondspine is here to do all the smashing while the Screamers of Tzeentch cap off the objectives.

This is a strong magic list made stronger by the ability to auto unbind one spell in the 1st, 3rd and 5th rounds. If they don’t want you to get Purple Sun off then it’s unlikely you’ll manage it unless in rounds 2 or 4. On top of that the Lord of Change has the Wellspring of Arcane Might allowing it to re-roll it’s casting and unbind rolls. The Chronomantic Cogs will also give this ability to other casters as well.

This list has three spells for causing mortal wounds on the enemy, Tzeentch’s Firestorm (CV9) allows the player to target an enemy unit within 18″ and roll 9 dice with each 6 causing D3 mortal wounds. Unchecked Mutation (CV6) also with a range of 18″ can also cause D3 mortal wounds on a unit, if that successfully removed a model then it will cause an additional D3 mortal wounds on the same unit. Finally there’s Bolt of Tzeentch (CV7) also with a range of 18″ which automatically cause D6 mortal wounds on a target unit within range. But where you’re reading 18″ these can be extended to 36″ with the use of the Umbral Spellportal.

In summary this list is designed to dominate the hero phase unbinding enemy spells and doing a lot of mortal wound damage with its own.

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Filthbringers
– Grand Strategy: Blessed Desecration
– Triumphs: Inspired

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

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

Units
2 x Nurglings (105)**

Endless Spells & Invocations
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)
Shards of Valagharr (50)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)

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

Additional Enhancements
Spell

Total: 1985 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 142
Drops: 9

Peter: Another Rotbringer Coven list that leans heavily into magic – it even has the much discussed Purple Sun.

It’s no surprise that it perhaps drew with the other magic heavy Disciples of Tzeentch list that won the event as they would perhaps cancel each other out.

With offensive units (Pusgoyle Blightlords) and defensive units (Plaguebearers) this army is going to try and get all over the objectives as soon as it can. All the while the Nurgle magic and disease points will be taking their toll on the opponent

Brett: Moggotkin are popular in Germany it seems with 2 of the top 3 armies from the faction. They represent the 2 most popular sub-factions (Filthbringers and Drowned Men) which are either side of the magic/combat divide. Colin appears to like variety, the Blightlords aren’t battleline of course. Nurglings in Bounty Hunters is interesting but there isn’t room anywhere else for them. How embarrassing to be killed by a damage 2 Nurgling.

At it’s heart this is a castle type army that can sit on objectives while being hard to remove. Including the Blightlords give it some offensive punch, particularly as Bounty Hunters but they will almost be sniping since you don’t want them to be isolated and unsupported. The Endless Spells round out the offensive part of the list. Shards of Valagharr (CV5) and Gnashing Jaws (CV6) are both reasonably easy to cast. Shards is an interesting and unusual inclusion, removing fly and having movement makes it much easier for slow moving Blightkings to come to blows. You want that because every 6 is a disease point. It’s easy for the large unit 10 thing unit to max disease points every turn.

One last point, each of the Endless spells is also diseased since it was cast by a Rotbringer. All up this is a pretty tight army that should outlast most others. If you can avoid the Blightlords and remove the Rotbringers it should be easier to tackle. It’s not flashy but board control and consistent mortal wound output will win games as you can see here. Even the chosen spells lean into the toughness (debuffing your opponent) and increasing the application of disease points. Host Arcanum into this army would have been very interesting to watch. The Host Arcanum army featured big daemons for the most part that aren’t also the best at combat. Into an army with 5+ wards that can resist a lot of their magic forcing them to rely on combat. Where the HA will get mortal wounds (from disease points) that they can’t shrug.

Otherwise the army saw off all comers including Sons of Behemat, I can’t see the list but I’m guessing it had Manchrushers. It’s an interesting win since this isn’t a DPS army and Sons are a DPS check. Goes to show that playing the mission and not the player is the important part.

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Allegiance: Maggotkin of Nurgle
Subfaction: Drowned Men
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Lord of Afflictions (210)*
General
– Command Trait: Overpowering Stench
– Artefact: The Splithorn Helm
Be’Lakor, the Dark Master (360)*
Allies

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

Units
1 x Pusgoyle Blightlords – Single (110)*

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 360 / 400
Wounds: 125
Drops: 3

Peter: This is a time honoured list from the earlier General’s Handbook and one that was fairly common. Lots of Pusgoyle Blightlords with their 8″ movement plus the pre-game movement as well. The Lord of Afflictions gives options to drop two fly units with him from reserve. The whole list revolves around pinning you in your deployment zone and making your way through the really tough Nurgle units. Board control is its key.

Be’Lakor has been added to this list in place of a second Lord of Afflictions. He’s a beat stick himself, but can add to the pinning effect with his once per battle ability The Dark Master where on a 3+ in each phase the chosen unit cannot act.

A quick army (8″ move) with a tough hide means you’ll be hard pressed to steal the objectives away.

Brett: As Peter said this is a fairly common army that reaches back to before Season 1 kicked off. It plays well into the new harder Battle Tactics with it’s combination of resilience and movement. Drowned Men giving everything other than Belakor a 8″ pregame move is a big part of this. You can see how your opponent deploys and reacts. That also makes taking Bounty Hunters and a Battle Regiment more palatable, reducing the sting if you don’t finish deploying first.

The inclusion of Belakor brings 2 casts/unbinds to a list with little magic and is a combat monster with several powers to enhance his combat effectiveness, or longevity at least. The army is very combat focused, his high mobility with the Lord of Afflictions The Swarm Descends giving long range and threatening home objectives. The Blighlords can chew through screens efficiently giving the army a strong chance to deal with shooting. Through the event he only lost to the winner (in the final round) and took down several armies with access to solid shooting. The mobility and robustness of the army would have been an issue for both Idoneth and Stormcast.

Disease points make staying in combat for any length of time a loosing proposition. It gives a solid advantage against Ossiarch and Stormcast who have good saves but whose damage output might not be as high as the elves.

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Allegiance: Lumineth Realm-lords
Great Nation: Zaitrec
– Grand Strategy: Take What’s Theirs
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Vanari Lord Regent (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Fast Learner
– Extra Spell: Lambent Light
– Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
Hurakan Windmage (120)*
Extra Spell: Guiding Flurries
– Lore of the Winds: Transporting Vortex
Scinari Loreseeker (170)*
Artefact: Gift of Celennar
– Extra Spell: Lambent Light
– Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh

Battleline
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Lambent Light
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
10 x Vanari Auralan Wardens (145)*
Lore of Hysh: Speed of Hysh
30 x Vanari Auralan Sentinels (510)*
Lore of Hysh: Total Eclipse
– Reinforced x 2
30 x Vanari Auralan Sentinels (510)*
Lore of Hysh: Protection of Hysh
– Reinforced x 2

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 107
Drops: 1

Peter: Players often complain about Lumineth, but right now after the release of the new handbook, they’re not in a good place with a sub 45% win rate. That’s why I chose this list, Daniel’s done exceptionally well to claim four wins in the tournament.

Brett: I’d complain about this list as well – that’s 60 archers with 30″ range and potentially MW on 5+. This sort of list was common on the release of Lumineth and faded when no one would play them. An average 20 MW a shooting phase is enough to get anyone’s notice. Here Daniel has played into the small heroes to maximise troops so has 3 x 10 Wardens, arguably better than the Sentinels, for screening and generally being painful to deal with. If you charge into them they get extra rend and wound on a 3+. Assuming they don’t redeploy and leave you hanging for the next shooting phase.

Everything in this list is a wizard and everything has unbinds so your hero phase is likely to be “interesting”. Their spell lore is incredibly good at buffing and protecting the slightly soft Aelves, Speed of Hysh, doubling movement, Lambent Light, rerolls hit rolls with missile weapons, Protection of Hysh, 5+ ward. Guiding Flurries adds range and Transport Vortex, well that’s just a teleport. To paraphrase Terry Pratchett, you’d be mad to give an elf a chisel lest he carve his initials in your forehead with it. This lot would probably expect you to thank them.

The heroes are here mostly as buff characters but do offer some combat capacity if pushed (not the Windmage though). The army can easily divide into 2 shooting castles and dare you to engage. If need there is still the ability to teleport using vortex. This style of army was popular in the past but faded with the rise of DoK and Sons. And probably the painting of so many Sentinels. There are definite counters and because virtually the whole army is Galetian Veterans they are very susceptible to Bounty Hunter units. Good work from Daniel in piloting such an army and particularly in taking out 2 armies thought to offer good counters.

Final Tournament Placings

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Age of Sigmar Player Ratings w/e 24th July 2022

The Age of Sigmar Player Ratings are calculated using the Elo System, most known for creating the Chess Rankings. Players begin with a rating of 1,000 then gain or lose points based on their opponents rating.

The ratings are awarded according to your opponents rating. Beating an opponent with a rating of 1,030 will give you more points than beating an opponent with a rating of 1,010.

Ratings will be given to players who attend a two day event with at least 8 players. Those players must be using 2,000 point armies.

This Week’s Ratings

This wee we had an additional four GT’s with one of those involving 102 players!

The top three have all played at least nine games now with Josh Bennett and Thomas Guan winning every game they’ve played.

This week as an example I thought it may help to explain the rankings by looking at one players matches since I started this project.

The Ratings of Josh Bennett

Josh took part in two events in two weeks, the first was the ATC (American Team Championship) Age of Sigmar Team Event where he played four games. This was followed by the Outlaw Open at LSO.

Josh’s Rating (Pre-Game)Opponents NameOpponents Rating ResultJosh’s Rating Change
1,000.0Will Reyes989.4Win+9.7
1,009.7Stuart Gately990.0Win+9.4
1,019.1John Pawak1,000.0Win+9.5
1,028.6Eric Urbas970.6Win+8.3
1,036.9Vince Ptacek990.0Win+8.7
1,045.6Eugene Kahle1,010.0Win+9.0
1,054.6Matt Nguyen 1,020.0Win+9.0
1,063.6Adam Camenisch 1,030.0Win+9.0
1,072.6Dalton Kahle1,030.6Win+8.8
Josh Bennett’s Matches to Date

That gives Josh his final rating of 1,081.4.

Hopefully that explains clearly how the ratings work. Taking Josh’s example, if he’d have lost any of those later games, as his rating is a lot higher he would lose more points than he can be seen gaining. This is because his opponent would benefit from beating a high ranking player.

Formula

Here’s how the formula works for the maths geeks among you.

For those wanting to check my maths, the k factor we are using is 20.

Here’s my file:

Top Three AoS Lists for the Outlaw Open at LSO

This is the Top Three AoS Lists for the Outlaw Open at LSO that took place in Texas, USA on 23rd and 24th July. It involved 46 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament. A return to the correct order with a Daughters of Khaine (DoK) taking the event pushed hard by the Sons of Behemet. Ogor Mawtribes make a welcome showing at the top table as well, just underlining how open the meta is.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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. Mindrazor has a CV of ,8 hence the stone, but provides (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 lets a single unit advance the Blood Rites table for that phase and her warscroll spell lets you subtract 1 from wound rolls for 1 unit. Blood Rites is a Battle Trait for DoK that gives an army wide buff starting with add 1 to run rolls and ending with a 5+ ward. Advancing the table might let you surprise your opponent with getting something into combat or being more lethal. This is a combat army with next to no range attacks (the Shadow Queen has some). It doubles down on the combat with Gotrek, Reducing incoming attacks to 1 damage, 3+ ward, as long as something is within 3″ fighting again (and again). Unfortunately most of the buffs in the army are keyworded to the elf units and Gotrek isn’t sharing them.

Choosing Blood Sisters and Witch Aelves with no Heartenders or Blood Stalkers is interesting. This list is either going to come at you hard (first 2 Blood Rite abilities) or force you to come to them through some heavy damage dealers. Which way you take it would depend on your opponent, as a 3 drop army it will choose priority much of the time. In this event 2 armies had strong shooting, although SCE have fallen off with the change to holy command. Really though that strong combat, particularly with the ever popular Blood Sisters, is going to let you dictate battle around the objectives you choose. Good solid on meta army that without specific experience is hard to counter. Well done.

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Allegiance: Sons of Behemat
Tribe: Breaker Tribe (Fierce Loathing: Idiots with Flags)
– Grand Strategy: Stomping Order
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (525)*
General
– Command Trait: Monstrously Tough
– Artefact: Amulet of Destiny (Universal Artefact)
Gatebreaker Mega-Gargant (525)*
Warstomper Mega-Gargant (470)*
Warstomper Mega-Gargant (470)*

Core Battalions
*Bosses of the Stomp – Unified

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 140
Drops: 1

Brett: Did the Sons ever go away? Or did they just sleep for a little while. For a while they were taking less events but they are still a good army and difficult to play into. Using a faction Grand Strategy has attracted some attention lately with some of the Battle Traits and Grand Strategies being easier than the new Season 1 choices. Stomping Order means that they are going to run or charge every turn, it may be one of the less interactive ones. Bosses of the Stomp gives either one drop or an additional Enhancement. Christopher has chosen to go for a one drop, giving the opportunity of a 1st/2nd round double, very very frightening.

2 Gatebreakers, 2 Warstompers, no casting, the general has 40 wounds (up from 35) and a 6+ ward for that little extra something. The Fierce Loathing is a solid choice, any unit with a Totem or a Command Model gives up a +1 to hit. There are a lot of units with Command Models baked in particularly Stormcast but pretty much all of the troops with higher wound counts have the ability. A bit of extra work for players. Limited ranged attacks – Gatebreakers – and horrific melee. The Warstomper’s Titanic Boulderclub shouldn’t surprise anyone now with it’s attacks characteristic of however many models are within 3″, +4 for monsters and +* (for the warscroll table) to a maximum of 10.

His matchups for the most part were pretty favourable, although pulling KO twice must be pretty rare. The melee SCE list would suffer horrible clap back, interestingly those are shield Annihilators with much lower damage. The KO lists concentrate their shooting in Ironclads and use a “super hero” either the Incarnate or Gotrek. Gotrek is a bit slow to chase Gargants (but is effective into them since they struggle to kill him) and Sons are one army that can deal with the Incarnate quickly. The Kragnos/Ogor and Sons match up that ended in a draw would have been very interesting to watch live. Can Kragnos out stomp Gargants?

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Allegiance: Ogor Mawtribes
Mawtribe: Bloodgullet
– Grand Strategy: No Place for the Weak
– Triumphs:

Leaders
Frostlord on Stonehorn (430)*
General
– Command Trait: Nice Drop of the Red Stuff!
– Artefact: Splatter-cleaver
– Mount Trait: Metalcruncher
Butcher (135)*
Tenderiser
– Bloodgullet 2nd Spell: Ribcracker
– Lore of Gutmagic: Greasy Deluge
Butcher (135)*
Tenderiser
– Artefact: Bloodrock Talisman
– Bloodgullet 2nd Spell: Molten Entrails
– Universal Spell Lore: Levitate
Kragnos, The End of Empires (720)

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

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws (60)

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Bounty Hunters

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 81
Drops: 7

Brett: An army that does extra damage on the charge with Kragnos who grants an 18″ charge to units within 12″. What could go wrong with that? A very clever army that probably shows the struggle for Destruction at the moment. Really strong units but it’s difficult to survive, score and hit back however Jacob scored well during the weekend.

Bloodgullet grants an extra spell (and cast but not dispel) to the Butchers. Both of the chosen spells are offensive (very – these are Ogors) – Ribcraker taking 1 from a unit and Molten Entrails for +1 to damage for a unit. As we are seeing a lot of there are 2 Endless Spells, Chronomatic Cogs (rerolls) and Gnashing Jaws. Bloodrock Talisman adds +2 to the roll for an Endless Spell so we know who is most likely to cast the 2 Endless Spells. Levitate is a useful spell, letting you grant flying to a unit. Flying Kranos anyone? Certainly doable, meaning you could easily prevent early rounds shooting but you probably want to get him out early to buff charges.

The Frostlord brings the mandatory trait and artefact on top of his ward and ability to command a unit to reroll their charge. Everything does mortal wounds on the charge (except the Butchers of course) and the Mournfang can do (really occasionally) MW on 6s with their range attack for just a little more sting. Good quality attacks punish MSU hurting several of his opponents. Short range shooting is very vunerable to the long charges Kragnos brings. The Frostlord and even more Kragnos could hit the Incarnate hard enough to slow it’s growth (but are vunerable to it’s type of attacks). And of course there is no battleline infantry for Bounty Hunters to worry at. All up a very well rounded army for the current meta. Coming 3rd by 1 pt with Mawtribes, not one of the stronger factions, is a great achievement.

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Allegiance: Ossiarch Bonereapers
Legion: Petrifex Elite
– Grand Strategy: Unrelenting efficiency
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
Arkhan the Black, Mortarch of Sacrament (340)***
Mortisan Boneshaper (115)***
General
– Command Trait: Mighty Archaeossian
– Artefact: Godbone Armour
– Lore of Mortisans: Empower Nadirite Weapons
Mortisan Soulmason (115)***
Artefact: Gothizzar Cartouche
– Lore of Mortisans: Drain Vitality

Battleline
20 x Mortek Guard (280)*
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 1
20 x Mortek Guard (280)*
Nadirite Blade and Shield
– Reinforced x 1
10 x Mortek Guard (140)**
Nadirite Blade and Shield
10 x Mortek Guard (140)**
Nadirite Blade and Shield

Artillery
Mortek Crawler (215)
Mortek Crawler (215)

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (40)
Purple Sun of Shyish (70)
Bone-tithe Shrieker (50)

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

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 2000 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 106
Drops: 9

Brett: This is the first time I’ve seen the same unit in both Bounty Hunters and Expert Conquerors, do they get on or is the squabbling in the ranks? Petrifix Elite, which grants -1 rend to all units and lets you increase rend by 1 for a unit per phase (so it can have +1 rend in both yours and your opponents combat phases). A better Armour of Contempt for the 40k players. Like most older books this has mandatory items, an artefact and command trait. Both are very good – +2 wounds and melee weapon set to rend -3 so they aren’t a burden. Command Entourage was taken as the battalion for the leaders to access an additional artefact, Gothizzar Cartouche, +1 to wound rolls is the target does not have the DEATH keyword. Particularly good with the crawlers.

For non DEATH targets that means hitting and wounding on 2s doing 5 damage. Nice. The army has very strong magic as we are seeing a lot in Season 1, with all up 6 casts covering 2 Lore of Mortisans spells, 3 endless spells and 3 solid warscroll spells. Arkhan’s +2 to casts/dispells is clutch for getting Purple Sun out, the play being Chronomatic Cogs then Purple Sun so you have a reroll. Bone-tithe can be cast by anyone that is close enough to make sure one of the Mortek Guard units gets +1 to hit. Arkhan’s Curse of Years from his warscroll sounds nasty but on average is slightly better than Arcane Bolt. If it spikes though, it could be a lot worse.

You’d also want the Soulmason to cast his Soul-Guide most turns, re-roll 1s to hit on a larger block of Guard. That’s worth 6 hits (if they have Empower Weapon) from the average 6 x 1s you roll in 41 attacks. Hopefully you’ve gotten the idea of what this list is like, other than Arkhan everything is only moving 4″ or 5″. Move a block to the centre or better yet stay back and make the opponent walk through your Endless Spells, spells and Crawler fire causing chip damage. Then fall on them with your Bounty Hunters Mortek Guard. The worst case is you attacked them with Galetian Veteran’s into a unit with empowered weapons and soul-guide. That averages 23.5 hits at rend -1, 2 damage before saves.

While not extremely hard hitting elite armies will struggle to field enough units in later turns and Bonereapers can start to dictate. You have to close with them because you need to shut the catapults down but that opens you up to the spells. Looking at his path to 4/1 his one loss was to a Skaven list with decent shooting from Stormfiends and melee from Thanquol. While short range they are beyond the threat range of Guard (or just inside it) and Stormfield are pretty fighty as well. Otherwise a lot of bodies to kill that all move a bit faster so a good counter. Watching Morathi against this army would have been interesting, that was Jonathan’s highest scoring round.

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