Last weekend, the 21st and 22nd of Marts, we had the danish WTC qualifiers in Roskiled. Like last year I went with my team Attack With Spell!. The tournament was a blast, and it was great hanging out with most of the danish meta from Copenhagen. Like the real WTC we had to submit our lists before the tournament, so I decided to go with two lists I was relatively familiar with:
Both lists are pretty standard except the blackbanes in the lich2 list. I chose the Armory objective for the Denny list because of the ability to sac pawn to a grunt within 4″. It seems like a nice option, as the list often has 15ish mechanithralls on the table in my turn 3. I thought about taking the Arcane Wonder objective for the lich, but ended up taking Bunker for impervious flesh. I’m not really sure about this decision, but it’s not bad though.
Round 1 – Attack With Spell! vs TEAM AROS SUPER DUPER TOP ELITES OF DOOM
I got paired against my good friend Simon and his Menoth. I chose to play my body and soul list, as I don’t really like to play the lich against his pSeverius list, and I’m pretty sure that’s the list he’s going to pick. We actually had the exact same matchup the week before, which made the whole game kinda funny 🙂 His list:
I won the roll and decided to go first, as pSev has quite a few upkeeps that he likes to get out. I put pursuit on his arcnode, curse of shadows on his vessel and marked for death on rhoven. Nightmare prey his errants. I run all my stuff like I typically do. My jacks in the middle, drudges spread out in the middel, overlords on both flanks close to the drudges and a siren on both flanks. Simon walks his stuff and starts to fire and throws out an ashes to ashes as well as some buffs. He decided not to put up defenders ward on the errants though, but placed them all b2b in a long line to make hellmouth harder. As I realize there’s no defenders ward on the errants I decide that I have to do something about that. They are tough from Rhupert, but all in all I get around 5 or so. This game is quickly turning into a grind and I’m slowly losing. I try to get DJ into melee with his vessel in my turn three. The vessel is protected by a semi circle of errants, and after using a lot of time thinking about how to kill two of them to make room for DJ to charge, I find a way to get NM in there. After killing the first errant I realize that I totally forgot about self sacrifice, which makes it impossible for me to get DJ where I want him. I abandon the plan and try to kill some errants instead. Things are not going my way, and in the end my jacks are killed and my objective destroyed. I clock out grinding and Simon wins 2 – 0 on deathclock. His list is tailored to beat infantry heavy lists so it’s no surprise that I lost. I clearly need more practice against Menoth anti infantry lists 🙂
Round 2 – Attack With Spell! vs HOLD BIZZ
Scenario: Fire Support
In this round I got paired against Benjamin, a fellow Cryx player. He had eAsphyxious and eSkarre, so I was pretty sure he would pick his eAsphyxious list, which he did:
I always find it interesting playing against Cryx, even though it’s kinda boring playing Cryx vs Cryx. It’s a chance to learn something and see your faction from another perspective. Benjamin is a great player in my opinion, so I was actually looking forward to, most likely, getting my ass kicked 🙂
I’ve always though of eDenny being good against Cryx, so I decided to pick her. But since body and soul contains much more living models than the typical Cryx list, it might not have been the best pick, due to excarnate. I did think about this before the game, but since my other list had living models as well (a full unit of blood witches) I didn’t think it would matter much. My plan was to try to do as much hellmouth as possible to RFP a lot of his feat models. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but in retrospect, I’m not so sure. Another problem was that he had withershadow combine, meaning I couldn’t put out my upkeeps unless I was willing to take 3D3 damage on Denny for no reason at all, due to Admonias unbinding, so I didn’t 🙂
I’m not sure, but I think I won the roll and went first. I ran my stuff up like always, with the jacks in the middle with drudges, and a unit of overlords and a siren on both sides. Over to him, and he ran all his stuff. He hid his caster and his biles behind 3 clouds and his objective. There was a forest close by on the left flank, where he hid Tartarus and his bane knights. My memory is a bit blank from all those games, but I think I just kinda went forward in my turn 2, without anything in range for charges or sprays.
In his turn 2 the purge hit 🙂 He runs/charges the blood witches and the hag to deny tough on my drudges, puts up puppet master on his caster, moves the arc node forward, moves his caster forward and casts an excarnate on a drudge and kills him. He puts up the soul reaper template as well. Then he moves up two biles and purges my stuff, killing a lot. Tartarus moves forward with the knights. Can’t remember if he charged anything, but he might have, as I remember him doing a thresher on a couple of dudes and making some knights at some point during the game. Wrathe charges a siren and kills her, engaging some drudges and some overlords.
Things are starting to look bad. I feat and try to go for a hellmouth on tartarus, but he’s just outside 5″. I kill a little bit and turn over the turn. Unfortunately for me BLT was just out of the feat (I’m such an idiot :D), meaning he is free to charge DJ along with his bane knight friends. They wreck DJ and as the lich pops his feat, Nightmare is also wrecked. The lich teleports to his flag to dominate camping a lot of focus. At this point the game is lost, so the only thing I can do is to go for an assassination with the models I have left. I come up with a plan. I use wraith walker, charge the lich and try to port him with dark banishment, turning his back to my army. At the landing spot there’s a nightwretch with two focus that’s going to headbutt him and two necrosurgeons ready for creating 3 mechanithralls each that are going to charge him, auto hitting with pow 15 combo strikes. The plan fails as I don’t break his armor on the charge attack or the attack I bought after charging 🙂 It was a very plesent game, even though I sucked big time 🙂
Round 3 – Attack With Spell! vs DEM FRA GRILLEN
I can’t remember how the roll went, but I end up being paired against one of the local players from the Aarhus meta, named Søren Jacobsen, who is also a Cryx player. Yay another Cryx on Cryx game 😀 Søren had a standard Goreshade2 Heresy of Shadows tier 2 list and a Denny1 gunline with Boomhowlers and Nysshunters. I was pretty sure he would pick his gore2 list to be able to remove my upkeeps from Body And Soul with Hex blast, which was exactly what he did. His list:
I had already thought about this matchup a bit before the tournament, as I know on of my weaknesses is figuring out where I want my upkeeps from Body And Soul to go, as well as prey from Nightmare. As I knew he had to cast Hex Blast on his own stuff to remove my upkeeps, I might as well use that to my advantage. I put pursuit on his kraken, Curse of Shadows on his bane knights and Marked For Death on BLT, forcing him to use some focus and/or his skarlock to get rid of the upkeeps. Nightmare preyed his kraken as I needed some hitting power to get rid of it.
I won the roll and decided to let him start, as his army is pretty slow and as it might give me an advantage on the scenario. He had to at least get rid of Pursuit before moving the kraken, so he shot him in the back removing it. Then Goreshade shot Curse of Shadows of the knights, killing one of them. He put Occultation on his bane knights and ran all his stuff.
So I’m up. I move my dudes up and try to keep my jacks out of charge range of his kraken and his troops. I fill both zones with my dudes, ready to counter attack when his guys enter, and bait a couple of charges. I keep Denny back out of harms way at least 21″ from his kraken. Over to Søren. He removes the last upkeep on BLT (I was really looking forward to this one, as a pow 13 could actually kill him on double 6 :D) and rolled a 9 on damage, giving him 5 boxes. A nice start ^^ Then he charged some of my stuff and moved the kraken forward doing some random shots. The big gun unfortunately killed ragman, as I was dumb enough to position him too close to a drudge. He moves some more guys into the zones.
On my next turn I do two classical Hellmouths. I run two drudges with ghostwalk from the skarlock into a nice bunch of his dudes while not being engaged. DJ does one killing a couple of thralls, and Denny does the other killing 4 or 5 thralls including the officer with a boost. I do a lot of sprays and maybe a couple of drudge charges and turn it over. DJ is now about ½” too close to the kraken, so he gets a charge from a couple of thralls and the kraken and is wrecked, and he kills some more stuff.
Then it’s me. I give Nightmare 3 focus, the skarlock cast Curse of Shadows on his kraken. Nightmare goes to town on his kraken almost destroying it. Denny cast ghostwalk on my mechanithralls and one of the surgeons makes the more that charge his kraken and wreck it. I spray and kill some more and try to jam him out of the zones, scoring 1 CP.
The battle goes on a couple of rounds before I get Denny into a zone to feat and dominate. I was stupid enough to put her behind a house for some reason, which doesn’t really make any sense, as his kraken ignores LOS with phantom hunter 😀 I guess it just felt more safe that way 😀 In the end he can’t really do anything but feat to put dudes into my zone to contest, but it’s not enough. With a shitload of sprays and attacks they are quickly murdered. I don’t remember all the details, but in the end there’s nothing he can do to keep me from winning 5 – 0 on scenario.
It was a really bad matchup for him. His other list might have been better, even though it didn’t have any upkeep removal, but I’m not sure.
Round 4 – Attack With Spell! vs AROS NOMADS ELITE
My next opponent was also from the Aarhus meta and also named Søren 🙂 A good friend whom I’ve played quite often and also one of the best players in Denmark imo. His list is quite ranged combined with a lot of great spells and a really offensive feat that can be used to kill a lot of stuff or assassination. Besides this theres also the two MHA’s who everyone hates 🙂
I had played Body And Soul in all of the games up untill now, so I decided to go with the lich. I think both lists are ok against his, but seeing the two MHA’s made med pick the lich, since hellbound ment no charges from 14″ away. I lost the roll and had to be the second player, so I decided on the side that gave me the most defensive position. As this is a killbox scenario I was looking for a place to be safe while supporting the rest of the army.
He ran and put up polarity shield on his pheonix, I ran and put up some clouds and hellbound. I pushed on really offensively to try and get his feat out of the way, and as his list had a lot of focus on ranged attacks, I had to do something to get close. He feats and shoots a lot of my stuff. I think I popped the mini feat on the blood witches to try and minimize the casualties there. Over to Søren. He pops the feat and starts killing all my stuff. I can’t remember how much of my stuff he killed, but I still had some knights, a couple of witches some black banes and bane thralls. I also had some biles, so I set up an excarnate purge on one of his sentinels that he used to jam. I put out the soul reaper and do a purge killing like 5 or 6 dudes, giving me 3 souls.
I’m still in the game and I’m up on time, but somehow things start to go down hill from here. The pheonix is giving me problems so I move up Admonia to try and disbind polarity shield. Unfortunately she is killed before this happens. My knights don’t really have the punch to take it down when they have to walk in and swing which is a big problem.
The game goes on a bit, and I pop my feat trying to remove what I can. The pheonix still refuse to die even though I get a thrall from the feat on it to apply dark shroud. In the end I end up using too much time and lose on death clock. It’s actually a shame, as I think I could have won the game on death clock if I had played a bit faster and smarter. But what the heck, I learned something, and playing Søren is always a pleasure 🙂
Round 5 – Attack With Spell! vs MARTINS VENNER
I got paired up against another Retribution player for the final round. A very nice guy just getting into the danish tournament scene. He had Rahn and Issyria, and judging by the amount of shooting in the Issyria list, I was pretty sure he would pick that, and he did. I picked the lich, as I wasn’t too keen on playing Denny2 with all the magical guns and arcane assassin, and the extra damage dice against jacks on MHSF. Besides, the lich has a feat that’s excellent for wrecking a colossal and hellbound for not getting charged by a MHA. His list:
Before getting the game on my opponent told me that this was his first time playing against Cryx, so I offered him a quick run down of what all my stuff was about, so he knew a bit more what was going on. I felt kinda bad for the guy, not having seen what a lich2 list can do with excarnate, biles, the feat, banes, and the list goes on 🙂
I’ve played Issyria a couple of times, and I’ve hadn’t had much difficulties against her. She has a nice feat for ignoring stealth and getting some extra accuracy and damage out, but besides ignoring stealth, the rest of her feat isn’t as bad for my list unless he can get to my caster.
I lost the roll and chose a side with a hill, giving him a side with a house right in the middle just in from of his deployment zone. I figured that would be kind of annoying for him having a colossal in his list. He ran all his stuff up having the large unit of MHSF on my left flank and the smaller one on the right, hyperion in the middle right beside the house and a MHA on either flank I think.
Then it’s me. I run everything forward pretty aggressively to get in his face and get him to feat. I have knights on the left flank in a forest across from the full unit of MHSF with BLT close by, and my thralls on my right with blackbanes arround a hill, giving some of them elevation. I put up hellbound and two clouds in front of the lich and place him forward out of harms way on the hill with biles hiding with him behind the clouds. The blood witches pop the mini feat, forcing some decisions as he can’t have magical weapons on both units.
Over to my opponent, and just like I figured, he popped his feat. Everything shoot and a lot of my stuff died like expected. Then it’s me and I know just what I’m supposed to do. I walk the node forward, i put puppet master on the lich and walk him forward and excarnate an unlucky MHSF dude. I put out the soul reaper template and teleport back after placing a bile at max distance forward. I walk the biles forward and do a nice purge getting Aianne, Holt, an arcanist, all three SFA as well as three dudes from the MHSF unit. They all die in wondrous acidic puke! On the other flank whats left of the witches charge forward killing as much as possible and even getting a couple of kills with death strike. BLT goes forward cursing the MHSF on my left flank, and the 5ish knights left charge into the MHSF as well killing even more. The three remaining blackbanes, with blackbane himself still alive (something that not often happens) run into the remaining MHSF with eiryss on the right flank to engang and threaten them with free strikes. I block the hyperion with my helldiver to ensure some control of where it’s standing the next turn.
Things are starting to look bad for him with most of his units killed or tied up and only his caster, Issyen and the hyperion left. He gets some shots of with the hyperion and kills a couple of models with Issyen, but nothing much.
My next turn is going to be my feat turn. I kill of most of what’s left on both flanks and charge his hyperion with the blood hag dispelling Inviolable Resolve. Then I run in a machine wraith to engage his colossal, to target instead of the hyperion as I remembered that Issyria has arcane vortex. A nice trick that I unfortunately found out was errata’ed after the tournament. I wouldn’t have meant a world of difference though, as I had plenty of hitting power to take his colossal down. I score two points and pass the turn.
There’s isn’t really anything he can do at this point, having only 2 or 3 models left on the table, one of them being his caster who doesn’t have any attacks. He contests one of the flags getting me to three points, and I clear the flag getting the last two points that I need.
This was a bit of a walk over, but I tried to help the guy learn something about Cryx and gave him advice on some moves during the game. I figured we would get a much better game if he got a bit of help and a couple of take backs. It was a very relaxed game and I’d like to think that I was a nice and friendly opponent 🙂 It’s always nice to see new people at the tournaments, especially in such as small meta as the danish. I find it important to give new players a nice experience playing this game if I can 🙂