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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.

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Top Three AoS Lists from Giga-Con: Age of Sigmar Teams Event

This if the Top Three AoS Lists for Giga-Con: Age of Sigmar Teams Event took place in Georgia, USA on 25th and 26th June. It involved 32 players vying to be crowned champion in a 5 game tournament.

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The Top Three AoS Lists

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

Army Faction: Seraphon
– Army Type: Coalesced
– Army Subfaction: Thunder Lizard
– Grand Strategy: Beast Master
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
Engine of the Gods (265)*
Artefacts: Fusil of Conflagration
– Prayers: Curse
Skink Priest (80)*
Prayers: Heal
Slann Starmaster (265)*
Spells: Celestial Equilibrium
Stegadon with Skink Chief (305)**
– General
– Command Traits: Prime Warbeast
– Skystreak Bow
– Artefacts: Cloak of Feathers
– Mount Traits: Beastmaster

BATTLELINE
Saurus Knights (110)**
Celestite Warspear and Powerful Jaws
Stegadon (265)**
Skystreak Bow
Stegadon (265)**
Skystreak Bow
Saurus Guard (115)**
Skinks (75)**
Boltspitter, Celestite Dagger and Star-buckler

BEHEMOTH
Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)

TERRAIN
Realmshaper Engine (0)

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Command Entourage
**Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Peter: Seraphon continue their dominant form in another event. This time though we see the inclusion of Saurus Knights, with a movement of 8″ and being able to re-roll charges these boys are great at getting up the table quickly, claiming objectives and getting in your opponents face. The Celestite Spear means they’ll be damage 2 on the turn they charged at 4+/3+ and two attacks each.

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Top Three AoS Lists - 2nd Place, Fyreslayers

Army Faction: Beasts of Chaos
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)
General
– Command Traits: Master of Magic
– Spells: Sundering Blades
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)
Spells: Flaming Weapon
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)
Artefacts of Power: Horn of the Tempest
– Spells: Hailstorm

BATTLELINE
Dragon Ogors (125)
Dragon Ogors (125)
Dragon Ogors (125)
Dragon Ogors (125)
Dragon Ogors (375)*
Dragon Ogors (250)*
Dragon Ogors (250)*

ENDLESS SPELLS & INVOCATIONS
1 x Wildfire Taurus (110)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Hunters of the Heartlands

TOTAL POINTS: 1950/2000

Peter: Dragon Ogors, lots of Dragon Ogors, 34 tonne precise! With three Shaggoths on the table they can do a fair bit of healing in the event of a tie in the priory roll. In the case of a tie Colin will get to roll a dice for each unit on the field, on a 4+ that unit heals D3 wounds (he can do this three times for each unit!)

This armies quick as well! With a move of 8″ across the board. The inclusion of the Horn of Power also means that any Dragon Ogors within 18″ can run AND charge. Along with that Sundering Blades can give a unit of Dragon Ogors an extra pip of rend on their weapons.

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

Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
Grand Strategy: Protect the Herdstone
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)*
General
– Command Trait: Adamantine Scales
– Artefact: Tanglehorn Familiars
– Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm
– Lore of Dark Storms: Sundering Blades
Great Bray-Shaman (100)*
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Tendrils of Atrophy
– Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Wild Rampage
Tzaangor Shaman of Beasts of Chaos (135)*
Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Wild Rampage
– Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Tendrils of Atrophy

Battleline
3 x Dragon Ogors (125)
3x Draconic War glaives
3 x Dragon Ogors (125)
3x Draconic War glaives
10 x Ungors (70)
Mauls & Half-Shields

Units
20 x Tzaangors of Beasts of Chaos (350)**
8x Savage Greatblade
– 12x Savage Blade & Arcanite Shield
Reinforced x 1
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)**
Reinforced x 1
6 x Tzaangor Enlightened on Disc of Beasts of Chaos (360)**
Reinforced x 1
1 x Cockatrice (95)
1 x Cockatrice (95)

Core Battalions
*Command Entourage – Magnificent
**Hunters of the Heartlands

Additional Enhancements
Spell

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 3 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 165
Drops: 11

Peter: Like Colin’s list, Rov’s also includes a number of Dragon Ogors and a Shaggoth to go with them. But alongside this Rov’s chosen to include some Ungors (mainly as screen and chaff I imagine), a fair amount of Tzaangors and two Cockatrice. The Cockatrice are great value at only 95 Points each, being able to cause D6 mortal wounds on a 4+ in combat and have a total of ten other attacks as wel if it manages to get a charge in. However, they will die to a stuff breeze.

Tzaangor Enlightened on Discs are a particular pain for an unwary opponent who can get caught out by their 16″ movement and the ability to re-roll hits and wounds if an enemy within 3″ has already attacked in the combat phase. I imagine that the Tzaangors on foot Will pin units in place. The opponent seeing 20 of them will likely focus their attacks (because why wouldn’t you when this unit can kick out up to 60 4+/4+ attacks) on these allowing the Tzaangors in Discs to buff their attacks and do a shed load of damage.

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14th Place, Blades of Khorne

Army Faction: Hedonites of Slaanesh
Army Type: Godseekers
– Grand Strategy: Predator’s Domain
– Triumphs: Inspired

LEADER
Sigvald (265)*
General
Synessa (260)*
Spells: All Slaanesh spells
The Contorted Epitome (255)*
Artefacts: Arcane Tome
– Spells: Flaming Weapon

BATTLELINE
Blissbarb Archers (170)*
Blissbarb Archers (170)*
Daemonettes (140)*
Daemonette Icon Bearer
– Daemonette Hornblower
– Allurer

ENDLESS SPELL
Chronomantic Cogs (45)
The Burning Head (20)

TERRAIN
Fane of Slaanesh (0)

OTHER
Blissbarb Seekers (220)
Blissbarb Seekers (220)*
Slickblade Seekers (230)*

CORE BATTALIONS:
*Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: (1995/2000)

Peter: 4 wins and a loss for a Hedonites list couldn’t be ignored really. Ok their wins are against some mid tier armies but for an army that has been ignored by GW for some time this is a fantastic result. The new updates will give them some love and it will be interesting to see where they place going forwards.

Blissbarb archers and seekers are great when you look at their ability to run and shoot in a turn. This pops their threat range all the way up to 30″ for Archers and 38″ for the Seekers!

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Top Three AoS Lists from Brewdog AOS GT – 25th February 2022

The Brewdog AOS GT was a five game event that took place in Aberdeen, Scotland on 25th Feb. It saw 34 players fight it out to be claimed champion.

Most Selected Faction/Subfaction

Win Rate

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The Top Three Lists

John B – Cities of Sigmar

John B won all five games beating Sons of Behemat/Taker Tribein Round 1, 3rd placed Mike Callaghan with his Ironjaws/Ironsuns in Round 2, 2nd placed Phil McGuinness with his Ironjaws/Bloodtoofs in Round 3, Bonesplitterz/Icebone in Round 4 and Maggotkin of Nurgle/Drowned Men in the last round.

Allegiance: Cities of Sigmar
Subfaction: Living City
Grand Strategy: Beast Master
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Freeguild General on Griffon
(290)*
– General
– Lance
– Command Trait: Ironoak Artisan
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Soaring Guardian
– Lore of Leaves: Lifesurge

Doralia ven Denst (115)*
Sorceress (95)*
– Lore of the Leaves: Ironoak Skin

Battleline
10 x Freeguild Crossbowmen (105)*
10 x Freeguild Crossbowmen (105)*
10 x Freeguild Crossbowmen (105)*

Units
4 x Stormdrake Guard
(680)*
– Drakerider’s Lance
– Reinforced x 1

4 x Dracothian Guard Fulminators (460)*
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1955 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 113
Drops: 1

Declan – Peter’s found me a non-Stormcast, non-Seraphon 5-0 list… however this is a Stormcast list in disguise with two of the best units from the book included – Stardrake Guard and Dracothian Fulminators. Mortal range shooting is currently very powerful and with over half the army being from a different book is it really Cities?!

The Freeguild Crossbowmen provide some shooting whilst holding objectives and providing bodies, and the Freeguild General on Griffon can help take out screens and charge with the Stormdrake and Fulminators — have your own screens present.

It’s a very powerful list but does need practice to win, and a little luck to go 5-0; Well done John B.

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Phil McGuinness – Ironjawz

Phil managed an impressive four wins and one loss, losing against John B and his Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 3. He beat Sylvaneth/Winterleaf in Round 1, Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 2, Beast of Chaos/Darkwalkers in Round 4 and Sons of Behemat/Taker Tribe in Round 5.

Allegiance: Ironjawz
– Subfaction: Bloodtoofs
– Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha
(480)*
– Boss Choppa and Rip-Tooth Fist
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un
– Artefact: Destroyer

Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Get ’em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Fixin’ Beat
Orruk Weirdnob Shaman (90)**
– Spell: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
– General
– Boss Choppa and Rip-Tooth Fist

– Command Trait: Mighty Waaagh! Leader
– Artefact: Arcane Tome

– Lore of the Weird: Bash ‘Em Ladz

Battleline
5x Orruk Brutes
(160)**
5x Orruk Brutes (160)**
6x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (160)**
– Reinforced: Once

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Battle Regiment

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1940 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 114
Drops: 5

Declan – With the rise of Stormcast the Ironjawz may have been forgotten, but this list is still hard as nails and smashes and bashes it’s way through tournaments.

The two Maw Krushas are insanely quick and with Hand of Gork from the Shaman it is possible to have them on a 3″ charge at the end of the hero phase (teleport 12.5″ away, Mighty Destroyers). The Warchanters increase the damage output of the Krushas significantly and the Brutes (whilst small units) provide some solid defense of objectives. They can’t be taken out without an active effort.

Good to see Ironjawz in the top 3 again. I’m sure more will get there soon.

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Mike Callaghan – Ironjawz

Like Phil, Mike won four games and lost only to eventual winner John B and his Cities of Sigmar/Living City list in Round 2. Along the way he beat the Flesh-eater Courts/Court of Delusion in Round 1, Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 3, Sons of Behemat/Taker Tribe in Round 4 and Lumineth Realm-Lords/Iliatha in Round 5.

– Army Faction: Ironjawz
– subfaction: Ironsunz
Grand Strategy: Hold the Line
– Triumph: Inspired

LEADERS
———-

Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
– General

– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth Fist
– Command Trait: Master of Magic
– Artefact: Arcane Tome
– Spell: Da Great Big Green Hand of Gork
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Get ‘Em Beat
Orruk Warchanter (115)*
– Warbeat: Fixin’ Beat
Megaboss on Maw-Krusha (480)*
– Boss Choppa and Rip-tooth Fist
– Artefact: Destroyer
– Mount Trait: Fast ‘Un

BATTLELINE
———-

10x Orruk Brutes (320)**
– Reinforced: Once
5 x Orruk Ardboys (85)*
5 x Orruk Brutes (160)**

UNITS
———-

3x Orruk Gore-Gruntas (150)*
3x Rippa’s Snarlfangs (70)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Warlord
**Hunters of the Heartlands

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact

Total: 1975 / 200
Reinforced Units: 1 / 4
Allies
: 0 / 400
Wounds
: 121
Drops:
9

Declan – … as if by magic, there’s a second one — like buses! Almost identifical in the character loadout, with the shaman being dropped, but the 2 Warchanters & 2 Maw Krushas being maintained. This allows for Phil to take Ironsunz which have a superb counter charge ability at the end of the opponent’s phase.

The 10 Brutes are a very damaging unit, especially when given the Warchanter Violent Fury buff (+1 damage) once the Maw Krushas are out of range or dead. With lots of Drops this army rarely has the choice to go first, but with 121 wounds and 2 Maw Krushas there’s not much in the game that will successfully alpha-strike it.

A final shout out for taking Rippas… Phil’s clearly a great strategist! Read here to find out why I think they’re one of the best units available to the Ironjawz.

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Wildcard – Cara Newby – Beasts of Chaos

Cara managed to get three wins and a draw during her weekend and finishing 7th. Beating Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 1, drawing against Blades of Khorne/Reapers of Vengeance in Round 2, beating Lumineth Realm-Lords/Zaitrec in Round 3, losing against 2nd placed Phil and his Ironjawz/Bloodtoofs in Round 4 before beating Lumineth Realm-Lords/Syar in the final round.

– Army Faction: Beasts of Chaos
– Subfaction: Darkwalkers
– Grand Strategy: Predator’s Domain
– Triumph: Indomitable

LEADERS
———-

Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)***
– Artefact: Tanglehorn Familiars
– Spell: Hailstorm
– Spell: Sundering Blades
Grashrak Fellhoof (150)***
– Spell: Savage Dominion

– Spell: Tendrils of Atrophy
Great Bray-Shaman (100)***
– Spell: Wild Rampage

– Spell: Tendrils of Atrophy
Great Bray-Shaman (100)****
– Artefact: Desolate Shard
– Spell: Wild Rampage

– Spell: Vicious Stranglethorns
Great Bray-Shaman (100)****
– Spell: Savage Dominion

– Spell: Vicious Stranglethorns
Doombull (115)****
– General

– Command Trait: Nomadic Leader

BATTLELINE
———-

6x Bullgors (260)**
– Reinforced: Once
30x Gors (225)**
– Two Gor-Blades
– Reinforced: Twice
20x Gors (150)**
– Two Gor-Blades
– Reinforced: Once
10x Ungor Raiders (90)***
5x Grashrak’s Despoilers (0)****

BEHEMOTHS
———-

Ghorgon (155)*
Jabberslythe (165)*

ENDLESS SPELLS
Doomblast Dirgehorn (45)
Wildfire Taurus (110)
Ravening Direflock (50)

CORE BATTALIONS
*Alpha-Beast Pack
**Hunters of the Heartlands
***Warlord
****Warlord

ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS
Artefact
Spell

Total: 1970 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 4 / 4
Allies
: 0 / 400
Wounds
: 151
Drops:
13

Declan – Beasts of Chaos are having a resurgence following the recent White Dwarf article and it is good it see. Cara has gone full magic (I won’t pretend to know what it all does), with an additional spell for 5 characters, giving loads of options for all occasions, as well as all 3 Endless spells for the Beasts.

This is backed up by two Monsters allowing easy access to Monstrous Takeover and bonus points for other battle tactics. They are cheap enough to throw away as well once they’ve picked up the additional points available.

And it’s rounded off by some horde Battleline and 6 Bullgors. What an army… and hopefully I’ll see some Beasts of Chaos on my travels soon.

The Final Tournament Placings

– Declan & Peter

Top Three AoS Lists from The Emerald City Open – 19th/20th February 2022

The Emerald City Open was a five game event over two days that took place in Pull-em-ups, WA on 19th and 20th Feb. It saw 46 players fight it out to be claimed champion.

Most Selected Faction/Subfaction

No suprise that Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar lead the way again in the number of armies.

Win Rate

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The Top Three Lists

These were the top three lists from the Emerald City Open tournament.

Mat Beasley – Legion of the First Prince

Matt won all five games beating Slaves to Darkness/Ravagers in Round 1, Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in Round 2, Daughters of Khaine/Khailebron in Round 3, Soulblight Gravelords/Kastelai Dynasty in Round 4 and Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in the last round.

Allegiance: Legion of the First Prince
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
Grand Strategy: Beast Master
Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
———-

Be’Lakor, the Dark Master (360)**
– Lore of Ruinous Sorcery: The Master’s Command

Kairos Fateweaver (435)*
– Lore of Ruinous Sorcery: The Master’s Command

Bloodthirster of Insensate Rage (280)
– General
– Command Trait: Ruinous Aura
– Artefact: Armour of the Pact

Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince (210)**
– Sword
– Mark of Chaos: Khorne

The Contorted Epitome (255)**
– Artefact: Fourfold Blade
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Battleline
———-

10 x Bloodletters (115)**
5 x Flesh Hounds (105)*
5 x Flesh Hounds (105)*

Endless Spells & Invocations
———-

Emerald Lifeswarm (60)
Umbral Spellportal (70)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment
**Warlord

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 87
Drops: 6

Declan – Matt is running an army that has been popular in the UK since AOS3 dropped back in September – in Magic the Gathering it would be called a ‘control’ deck.

Be’Lakor can cause a unit to miss entire phases once a game (which can mean two turns), Kairos can change a dice roll once a game, and the Khorne Daemon Prince halves charges.

This allows Matt to complete almost impossible Battle Tactics or – more usefully – stop an opponent succeeding in one. In games where winning by 1 point is a win this is a great ability.

However this army is not ‘pick up and play’ and needs practice, practice, practice to get right – as such a great result for Matt.

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Mason Knox – Seraphon

Mason managed an impressive four wins over the weekend, losing only to Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in Round 4. He beat Stormcast Eternals/Hammers of Sigmar in Round 1, Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 2, Lumineth Realm-Lords/Alumnia in Round 3 and Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 5.

Army Faction: Seraphon
– Army Type: Coalesced
– Subfaction: Thunder Lizard
Grand Strategy: Beast Master
– Triumph: Bloodthirsty

LEADERS
———-

Engine of the Gods (265)*
– Artefacts of Power: Fusil of Conflagration
– Prayers: Heal
– Mount Trait: BeastMaster

Skink Priest (80)*
– Prayers: Guidance

Slann Starmaster (265)*
– General
– Command Traits: Arcane Might
– Spells: Stellar Tempest


BATTLELINE
———-

5 x Saurus Guard (115)*
1 x Stegadon (265)*
1 x Stegadon (265)*

BEHEMOTH
———-

1 x Bastiladon with Solar Engine (250)*

OTHER
———-
10 x Chameleon Skinks (230)*
10 x Chameleon Skinks (230)*

TERRAIN
———-

1 x Realmshaper Engine (0)

CORE BATTALIONS
– *Battle Regiment

TOTAL POINTS: 1965/2000

Declan – The Seraphon army has been tearing up the tournament scene recently and that is because it has a toolbox of options and so can pivot into any meta and any changes to the meta. Mason has taken a few of the usual suspects – Bastiladon with Solar Engine, Stegadons and Engine of the Gods – and has added his own unique twist with 2 x 10 Chameleon Skinks.

I don’t remember seeing so many before and they add their shooting to that of the longer range monsters… and the shooting meta is strong at the moment.

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Alexander Gonzalez – Soulblight Gravelords

Alexander also won four of his five games, losing only in Round 4 against Cities of Sigmar/Living City. Along the way he beat the Ossiarch Bonereapers/Mortis Praetorians in Round 1, Beast of Chaos/Allherd in Round 2, Soulblight Gravelords/Vyrkos Dynasty in Round 3 and Soulblight Gravelords/Kastelai Dynasty in Round 5.

Allegiance: Soulblight Gravelords
– Lineage: Vyrkos Dynasty
– Grand Strategy: Predator’s Domain
– Triumphs: Bloodthirsty

Leaders
———-

Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon (435)
– General
– Deathlance
– Command Trait: Pack Alpha
– Artefact: Arcane Tome (Universal Artefact)
– Mount Trait: Foetid Miasma
– Universal Spell Lore: Flaming Weapon

Radukar the Beast (315)**
Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night (380)
– Lore of the Deathmages: Fading Vigour

Battleline
———-

10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (85)**
10 x Deathrattle Skeletons (85)**
10 x Dire Wolves (135)**

Units
———-

20 x Grave Guard (280)*
– Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1

20 x Grave Guard (280)*
– Great Wight Blades
– Reinforced x 1

Core Battalions
*Hunters of the Heartlands
**Battle Regiment

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 2 / 4
Allies: 0 / 400
Wounds: 118
Drops: 5

Declan – 40 Grave Guard! Wow! I’ve fought 20 of them before and they can kill a Mega Gargant over a couple of rounds of combat. Backed up by Mannfred and a Zombie Dragon, this army can get where it needs to get to.

The really secret tech (may not be secret) is Mannfred’s command ability:

From: Wahapedia

Considering most armies pay 1 command point for a one phase +1 to hit this is amazing value for a command ability. Sure it’s a relatively small range but with the smaller boards and Mannfred’s ability to run away from combat this is almost impossible to stop. Then it’s Grave Guard for the win!

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Wildcard – Brian Cox – Beast of Chaos

Brian won 4 games with Beasts of Chaos and finished the event in 7th. He lost second game against eventually 3rd place finisher Alex and his Soulblight Gravelords/Vyrkos Dynasty list. He won against Beasts of Chaos in Round 1, Legion of the First Prince in Round 3, Cities of Sigmar/Living City in Round 4 (which included 40 crossbows, 4x Stormdrake Guard and 4x Fulminators) and Daughters of Khaine/Khailebron in the last round. Truly a great achievement.

Allegiance: Beasts of Chaos
– Greatfray: Allherd
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: Prized Sorcery
– Triumphs: Inspired

Leaders
———-

Doombull (115)*
– General
– Command Trait: Dominator
– Artefact: Blade of the Desecrator

Dragon Ogor Shaggoth (155)*
– Artefact: Tanglehorn Familiars
– Lore of Dark Storms: Hailstorm

Grashrak Fellhoof (150)*
– Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Savage Dominion

Tzaangor Shaman of Beasts of Chaos (135)***
– Lore of the Twisted Wilds: Tendrils of Atrophy

Battleline
———-

3 x Bullgors (130)**
– Great Axes

3 x Bullgors (130)**
– Great Axes

3 x Bullgors (130)**
– Great Axes

3 x Bullgors (130)***
– Great Axes

3 x Bullgors (130)***
– Great Axes

Units
———-

3 x Tzaangor Enlightened of Beasts of Chaos (95)***
3 x Tzaangor Enlightened of Beasts of Chaos (95)
3 x Tzaangor Enlightened of Beasts of Chaos (95)
3 x Tzaangor Enlightened of Beasts of Chaos (95)
10 x Ungor Raiders (90)
10 x Ungor Raiders (90)
10 x Ungor Raiders (90)
1 x Mindstealer Sphiranx (95)
– Allies

Endless Spells & Invocations
———-

Doomblast Dirgehorn (45)

Core Battalions
*Warlord
**Hunters of the Heartlands
***Vanguard

Additional Enhancements
Artefact

Total: 1995 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 95 / 400
Wounds: 165
Drops: 17

Declan – Another great choice from Peter. 17 drops is immense and really brings a clear example of MSU (multiple small units).

The ally – Mindstealer Sphinx – at 95 points is a bargain of a Monster in the Realm of Ghur allowing Brian to pick up the Monsterous Takeover battle tactic, and his large number of units probably gave him good control over the board.

I’ve not played BoC in the AOS3 because they aren’t doing well or present in the Meta much. Hopefully this will encourage a resurgance – and the game will be better for it! Congratulations to Brian for doing really well with a lower tier army!

The Final Tournament Placings

– Declan & Peter