Posted in Warhammer Underworlds

Warhammer Fest 2019

Warhammer Fest 2019 is coming soon, and I cannot wait to get my teeth into a Grand Clash again! Get your tickets today! After January’s dismal efforts with a Thorns of the Briar Queen deck that I pulled off the internet and didn’t practice with, I don’t feel like I did myself any favours! Back in the project draw for you spooky ghosts!

Last year at Warhammer Fest 2018 I was running my Aggressive Skaven and placed a modest 14th, but there were Katophrane Relics aplenty and I got stonewalled by them. It was the best of times. It was the blurst of times.

In case you weren’t following the competitive scene back then the final was between two Katophrane Relic Stallcast factions that both won a game, and drew a third – they were entirely matched on everything – wins, losses, glory diff…so they rolled off to decide who won the event. Congrats to Max Barton…

What to take to Warhammer Fest 2019?

But who is going to win this year? Well, there are plenty of people going and assuming that nothing changes before then i.e. no new warbands are released, it’s difficult to see how the meta lies.

  • Mollog’s Mob – a generally strong choice, and the faction does reasonably well given the Grand Clash format.
  • Farstriders – a great meta-call given the popularity of Gitz & Thorns BUT they seriously struggle into Mollog.
  • Cursebreakers – these seem like the best all-rounder and a clear head above the rest, so will probably be the choice I fall on.
  • Magore’s Fiends – or the ever present and competing Magore’s Fiends could sway me. I’ve not won Shadeglass with them yet…

I guess we’ll see what takes my fancy on the day! Hopefully I’ll see you there too! Let me know in the comments if you’re planning to attend!

Posted in Event Review, Warhammer Underworlds, Zarbag's Gitz

Zarbag’s Gitz: The Littlest Boiz That Could

Hey there readers, it’s Bryce back with a quick tournament report/deck list since I won glass this weekend and Giblin didn’t. I’ve been running Gobbos for a few weeks now, as anyone who’s been following our #Lunchspire reports knows, and doing alright with them. Consistently won against Godsworn Hunt, and generally lost against Garrek’s Reavers, largely since my rolls for board placement turned hard once Giblin switched over to Reavers and controlling board placement is pretty huge for the littlest boiz.

I’m gonna give my deck list first, then a quick tourney report, then general thoughts on Gobbos.

Restricted Cards: Superior Tactician, Change of Tactics, Defensive Strike, Escalation, Ready for Action

Zarbag’s Gitz: Objectives

Change of Tactics, What Armour, Martyred, Defensive Strike, Obliterated: Score immediately cards are always super important. Martyred cause it’s a rare turn where a gobbo doesn’t die, the rest cause they’re just easy to score. Obliterated cause Snirk is both your most reliable damage dealer, and the most interesting model mechanically in the entire game.

Escalation, Solid Gains, Master of War, Shining Example, Keep Them Guessing: Easy passives which you can score off your other score immediatelies, or in the case of Escalation, pretty much any time you like. Keep Them Guessing gets a special mention cause of the Scurry FAQ, so for some reason, it’s very possible to satisfy three conditions (Charge, Scurry, Move) in a single activation. Really weird ruling, but hey, I’ll take it.

Supremacy: You have so many gitz plus Scurry, this is a relatively easy card to score without taking more objective cards to double down. I don’t like doubling up in case you lose three objectives and you can only reliably get 3 models on them one turn, usually. Grots tend to die quite a lot.

Superior Tactician: Worst card in the game, garbage, useless piece of trash. I used to have Mad Scurry, but for about 6 games drew it last on turn 2 or on 3 when too many boiz were dead to score it. Then switched it out for Superior (switching out Fired Up for Shining Example for the restricted slot) and over 9 games since that change I drew Superior in my opening hand 7 times. One of the other times it was the very last card in my deck and I never got to it. Objectively a good card, in terms of my drawing patterns for the last two weeks, complete trash.

Zarbag’s Gitz: Gambits

Abasoth’s Withering: -1 wound means more reliable Snirk killing, or really anyone, without risking triggering My Turn or other damage effects. Brilliant card, auto include for any warband with a Level 2 wizard from the off.

 Transfixing Stare: *Puts on high pitched Snirk voice* NO MY CHILD. DO NOT FLEE FROM MY SCATTER BASED LOVE.

Ready For Action: Best ploy in the game.

Quick Advance, Sidestep, Sneaky Step, Centre of Attention: Sneaky goblinz wants to sneak around. Good for setting up Scurries, pushing Snirk next to enemy models, pushing onto objectives if you get knocked off them, and pretty much anything.

Hidden Paths: Snirk placement or moves to get someone onto an enemy objective.

Last Chance, Rebound: Goblins tend to die a lot. These cards mean that they die a little less. They’re also pretty massive negative play experiences for your opponent (particularly Rebound) but hey, they’re good and apparently no one else hates them as much as Giblin and I do, so….

Zarbag’s Gitz: Upgrades

Great Fortitude: Sometimes this stops a Goblin dying in one hit. Sometimes it doesn’t.

Tome of Offerings: *Puts on high pitched Snirk voice* GIVE ME YOUR SWEET GLORY MY CHILD. (Also definitely needs to be restricted, like when do you ever not take this? Compared to Hero’s Mantle or Formless Key this is so, so, ridiculously good.)

Mutating Maul: Helps score What Armour? Also occasionally lets an arrow boy kill a thing.

Bag of Tricks: Hunt for whatever card you need to score an objective, just great.

Great Strength: Lets Drizgit, a Squig, or Zarbag hit for 3. Sometimes that’s all you need, esp with Abasoth’s Withering.

Faneway Crystal: Move onto objectives that your opponent has the indecency to hide on the opposite side of the board.

Formless Key, Dazzling Key, Shadowed Key, Fractured Key: What is this, early 2018? Keys seem okay. Sometimes you get a tonne of glory, sometimes you get nowt. I didn’t really have any other upgrades I desperately wanted, so eh, these seem to work fine, sorta.

General Playstyle

Goblins are the most mechanically interesting warband in the entire game. They have Snirk and Scurry, two mechanics which are enormously fun to play. However, flipside, they’re also fiddly as hell, and if you misposition, you get punished harder than if you misposition with Stormcast. I don’t believe I’ve ever taken an optimal activation while playing Goblins. I’ve had great activations, but the trick is there’s always a better activation if you think hard enough. They’re just…whew. And interesting as hell because of it.

The Penitent’s Throne

I play this list generally to huddle in my board. Set up Snirk somewhere he’s not in danger turn 1, and where you can Scurry him forward and inspire. Archers go in places where they might die, Zarbag goes somewhere in the middle. Drizgit can flex around wherever he needs to go. If you lose play then take the Penitent’s Throne which has good spacing and options. If you win placement, the new board with three lethal hexes because it lets you force engagement and only give up one git early, which you can even run backwards if you really want. You end up providing your opponent with a lovely choice of attacking Snirk or running into some lethal hexes.

That said, I don’t think Goblins really have a great board for them if you lose. All of the options kiiiiinda suck against aggro cause oh boy they’re a coming for you tiny skulls. You kind of have to hope you draw Last Chance/Rebound early and use Scurry to pull back as much as you can. Flipside, it’s possible to build a much more aggro focused deck with Gloryseeker and maybe Shadeglass dagger if you have the restricted spot, and go for more kills over the more passive play in this deck.

The new one with three lethal hexes

I also realised, over the course of the event, that my deck is built for playing against aggro. It’s a downside of our Lunchspire games that, unconsciously, you tech and get used to playing against the thing we play 5 games a week against. Since Giblin’s been on Reavers, I’ve been expecting people to come in and fight me hard. Playing against a more passive Eyes deck was a bit of an eye-opener (haha).

In general, use your push cards to set up Scurries. Sit yourself on your safe objectives on turn 1, get Snirk next to an activated enemy model, start twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom. Use your Squigs as body blockers or supporting models for your actual Goblins, since Squigs can’t hold objectives, so they’re actually kinda useless in regards of getting Supremacy or keys at the end of the game. It’s okay if Squigs die, basically. Yes, if someone kills Drizgit they turn into hyper accurate murderballs, but they’re less important than your actual gobbos.

Remember to use Rebound where it’ll kill an enemy model (or save someone on an objective at the end of a turn), and save Last Chance for a model you actually care about like Snirk or Zarbag. Ideally on turn 2 you should have at least one three model Scurry set up, and you can usually get four if you position good.

Final point, get used to dying. Gobbos die. A lot. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, the bell tolls for Dibz. Weep not over his tiny broken form, but twirl Snirk merrily into his attacker.

Incidentally, Snirk is simultaneously the most fun and most frustrating model in the entirety of Shadespire. Sometimes he just rolls supports. Sometimes he rolls hammer crit sword and smashes someone from 3 HP in one activation. Be flexible and ideally give yourself a couple of activations to score Obliterated, he’s just not reliable enough to do it in one unless they’re on 1 HP. You got about an 80% chance of rolling at least one hammer on 4 dice though, so point hammers towards them, utter a brief prayer to the Bad Moon and RNJesus, and spin to win.

Tournament Report

Went down to Goblin Gaming, a pretty new store in Norwich. It’s a lovely place, only about a half hour drive from Manchester, and with parking onsite, which I definitely appreciated. Unfortunately there only ended up being 4 of us, an Eyes of the Nine player, a Cursebreaker player, and a Skaven player.

We all played each other, I won’t go too much into the game against the Skaven player, since he was an extremely new player who’d only really started the game very recently. Tried to give a few tips and stuff, so those games were more learning experiences than actual competitive tournament games.

First round otherwise was against Eyes of the Nine!

I won board roll off and got 2 objectives, choosing to set up with a pretty aggressive deployment, four hexes in two twos were up against his board edge, while Zarbag and a couple of arrow boys sat back a bit. I drew Defensive Strike, Escalation, and Superior Tactician on my opening hand. ‘Urgh’ I thought, but at least I’ll get Defensive Strike and then maybe Escalation depending on if he puts an upgrade out. Well, no. He didn’t come in on anyone, and by the time I realised I really needed to be pushing forward with Snirk, Snirk chose the perfect moment to roll a whole bunch of supports and achieve nothing. Ended turn 1 scoring no glory, which I don’t think I’ve done in *purses lips, says tremulously* eighty four years.

Whoops. To top it off, Uninspired K’charik rudely charged Snirk and killed him at the top of two, which at the very least scored me Martyred. Cold comfort, I know. I actually managed to turn my brain on at this point, and killed the Horrors to score Defensive Strike, and like that, we were cooking with charcoal. On the final turn, due to being garbage (and also the Eyes player having Supremacy, Bind the City, and Our Only Way out and getting three objectives), I was pretty heavily down on glory, but I had Keep Them Guessing, Supremacy, and Solid Gains in hand, as well as the formless Key and one other key. Prog Da Netter charged, knocked Narvia/Turosh off an objective, then Ready for Actioned on the objective. Had to eat a charge from the newly respawned Horror, but thankfully it whiffed entirely, so I scored 9 glory on the last turn to take me to a 15-11 win. Why be good when you can be lucky? (and terrible).

The second game I actually managed to get it together. Won board again, but planned better and Snirk managed to roll some dice. Scored Obliterated this time, and managed to get inspired much earlier. Still got my keys out and got a bunch of glory for them, and ended up winning slightly more comfortably 16-9.

These set of two games really highlighted how much practice against a single opponent can actually hamper your play, by setting expectations based on how that person plays and how they tend to build their decks. Lord help if you they play a hard skew list and you end up running into something different that you really need to work around properly.

The next round was against Cursebreakers. Spellboiz. The warband I won the last Grand Clash with (like to drop that one in occasionally just to keep it fresh in people’s minds). I think Cursebreakers are still the best warband in the game. They have such a variable, flexible playstyle, some of the best in faction cards in the game, excellent attack profiles, and Stormcast defensive stats, which is basically playing the game on easy mode. They’re only gonna get better the more spells come out.

Anyway, up against them next. I lost the roll (3 objectives yay) and he started Empowering and coming at me. Managed to lose a Goblin to score Martyred early, and then Snirk stuck next to Stormsire like glue, twirling majestically and smashing the old beardy guy’s head in to score Defensive Strike. Sorry Stormdalf.

Saw a lot of my push cards come up aces in this game, since without Stormsire his threat ranges were actually a bit limited, and so dodging my boiz back out the way of vengeful retaliation was really good. Also I was playing the board with three lethal hexes next to each other, so he had the unenviable choice at one point of coming in on a goblin, but taking two damage to do so, which I am A-Okay with. Managed to score almost all of my objective deck (Superior Tactician was the bottom card, what a good choice I made bringing it!) and control how and where he could attack me.

Won this one 17-12. He got some kills on gobbos (and scored some passives, cause Cursebreakers eh) but my keys and objective play pulled me out.

Second game was much the same, (Superior Tactician in my opening hand, yay) but he came in much more aggressively on turn 1 with everyone. Ammis got pushed around a lot by my boiz, and Centre of Attention, and I ended up getting a 5 glory kill on her with Tome of Offerings, Obliterated, and Defensive Strike which was just wonderful.  

Ended up winning this one 18-9, I think.

So I went undefeated over the three games, and won the glass! I’m probably done with Goblins now, but I gotta admit, I’ve a lingering appreciation for them. The most mechanically interesting and complex warband in the game, punishing if you make mistakes, but putting the puzzle together is enormously satisfying (and effective) if you get it right.

They’re my fifth warband to win glass, and this week I’m trying out Steelheart’s Champions, which I haven’t played since the first time I got the core set. Unfortunately, I’m already struggling with the lack of mechanical complexity. Honestly Steelheart, your troops are good, but it’s not exactly interesting to play. IDK. I’m certainly appreciating my Stormcast privilege again, and also getting to dictate engagement, but gooooood I’m already bored of every activation being draw card or charge, haha.

Alright, well, I’ve prolly rambled enough for someone who won a wee local event with Goblins. Catch ye’s later, and remember: Snirk’s acoming for you.

Posted in Godsworn Hunt, Warhammer Underworlds

Battle for Salvation Podcast

Hey Trophy Hunters! I’ve just finished recording with the Battle for Salvation Podcast! Give it a listen and let me know what your experiences with the Godsworn Hunt have been! I’m keen to hear of any Spellcasting builds or Objective builds!

Go give these chaps a listen, subscribe to their podcast, and follow them on Facebook! They’re knowledgeable and provide plenty of content for you to enjoy!

Posted in Garrek's Reavers, Warhammer Underworlds

Garrek’s Reavers: Khorne Sees Me!

Hey Trophy Hunters! After winning Shadeglass with the Godsworn Hunt, I’ve moved on to Garrek’s Reavers! Why am I punishing myself you ask? Well, I want to try and get some Shadeglass with the “weaker” warbands whilst I have the time before the Kharadon Overlord and Sylvaneth warbands take over my life! I believe that warbands like: Mollog, Magore, Farstrider, Thorns etc are strong enough that they’ll still be relevant when the new cards are released but I’ve found a deck that works NOW for the Reavers and feel this is their moment!

Garrek's Reavers - Targor faces down Gobbaluk!
“Let’s see if there is a skull inside that bouncy…thing”

If you’ve been following along on our #Lunchspire adventures on Facebook you’ll know that I’ve been playing Garrek’s Reavers a whole bunch (and not doing too poorly with them either!) In my quest to claim Shadeglass with all the available warbands, this particular bunch have been that high on my lists of priorities. After the original BAR List came out I was rather harsh on them, placing them in the bottom tier of warbands.

Garrek's Reavers - Arnulf faces down Progg da Netter
“FIGHT ME COWARD!”

Since then, there have been multiple releases and BAR 2.0. Which I believe has brought them up into the middle of the pack! This rise through the ranks can be attributed to the restriction of Sudden Growth & Deathly Fortitude, therefore increasing their killing potential due to less 6 Health tanks roaming around!

Garrek's Reavers - Saek Charges Drizgit!
Saek readying himself to claim another skull!

Garrek’s Reavers’ Deck List

The deck I’ve used for Garrek’s Reavers is essentially a copy-cat of my Godsworn Hunt deck (I think I was the first player to win Shadeglass with that warband?). Essentially it boils down to consistently scoring around about 15-17 Glory whilst preventing your opponent from doing the same by putting a bloody big axe through their skull.

Garrek's Reavers Deck List by Katophrane Relic

Objectives

Cover Ground, Change of Tactics, Blood for the Blood God, Martyred: Score Immediately cards that do not rely on dice to succeed and require minimal interaction. My favourites.

Advancing Strike, No Remorse:
Score Immediately cards that do rely on dice to succeed. Why No Remorse? Because Mollog has some squishy friends that I’d like to introduce to my axe, and there are plenty of two wound fighters out there!

Solid Gains, Master of War, Victory after Victory, Superior Tactician: Force multipliers that gel seamlessly with the score immediately build.

Escalation, It Begins: Easy to score and naturally happen throughout the course of a game.

Gambits

Haymaker, Blood Offering, Fuelled by Fury: Give me crits of give me death! Accuracy boosts are always welcome in a faction that relies on relatively small dice pools.

Ready for Action, Hidden Paths, Spoils of Battle, Spectral Wings: The bones of any aggressive deck build. I love all of these, and they tend to help score Objectives too!

Last Chance, Forceful Denial, Lethal Strike: Tech pieces to help deal with Mollog and high tempo aggressive warbands.

Upgrades

Potion of Rage, Tome of Offerings, Light Armour, Shadeglass Darts, Great Strength, Gloryseeker, Challenge Seeker: Aggression is part of the gameplan and these tools enable to warband to effectively put out the pain.

Great Speed, Faneway Crystal: Gotta cover ground and reach the opposition if you wanna kill them!

Bag of Tricks: Enables some of the combo play or to find a Speed Boost if the opposition is cowering away from you.

Deck Playstyle

Given the Gambits and Upgrades you’d be forgiven for mistaking this as an aggressive warband. Much like the Godsworn Hunt deck this is not an overly aggressive build as only two Objectives award killing. However, due to the in-faction cards this is definitely MORE aggressive than Godsworn Hunt.

Garrek's Reavers Playstyle
You’re forgiven for believing this is how Garrek’s Reavers must play…

There is a tool for every job, make sure you pick the right fighter to score whichever Objective you’re attempting to score. At times you may even be better off simply holding back, drawing a card, and waiting to increase your accuracy to ensure the Attack lands. Just like the Godsworn Hunt – your defence is essentially non-existent so don’t throw life away cheaply.

Board Selection

Ahh the ever growing collection of boards…which ones did I find most useful? Well, firstly five fighters gives you a lot to think about. For a general overview on getting better at board placement check out the Battlecast’s Board Placement 101 Video.

When you win the roll off (2 Objectives)

My favoured board against warbands I think I’ll be more aggressive than was The Ruptured Seal. Which board is that? I hear you think. Well it’s the one you probably never really see…

Garrek's Reavers Board Choice - The Ruptured Seal
Ka-pow!

The lethal hexes get placed at the back of the board and allow you a great place to put your two objectives – right next to lethal hexes! It also gives five starting hexes nice and close to your opponent to ensure you can score Blood for the Blood God in Turn 1!

If I’m against a more aggressive warband than myself then I’ll probably want somewhere to hide out and score some reliable objectives whilst Arnulf & Targor get beaten up.

When you Lose the Roll Off (3 Objectives)

This is a bit trickier as you MAY get longboarded so you need a good all round board, enter please Arcane Nexus! Providing you with a place to hide from early aggression AND a good number of starting hexes near the short sides! This also works well if you think you may be against an aggressor as you can sit back and let Arnulf & Targor get butchered BUT the opponent will likely be near one of those lethal hexes for you to take advantage off!

How did the Deck Perform?

It was alright. It came second at a small local event (5 players) and over three rounds played Mollog’s Mob, Magore’s Fiends, and Eyes of the Nine. The deck worked perfectly against Mollog and the Eyes and was pipped out by Magore’s Fiends (though Richard was rolling crits for days with the Shadeglass Darts). I’ll be sticking with these loons and have made considerable changes to their deck in an attempt to lean into the blood for the blood god mentality.

Stay in the loop on Lunchspire as Bryce picks up a new warband, and I decide if my new deck is better than this one or not!

Second place aka First Loser!
Posted in Event Review, Godsworn Hunt, Warhammer Underworlds

Godsworn Hunt Event Review

Hey Trophy Hunters! Learn about the Deck & Tech used for the Godsworn Hunt in this article. I’ll be making the assumption that you have read the article when talking here, so be warned!

Waking up extra early my lovely girlfriend Emma, whom I love to bits and hope she somehow reads this to show my appreciation, drove me to get dropped off at a McDonalds where the Store Owner, Jonny, picked me up for the event. I’m learning to drive now so none of this has to keep happening!

There were eight players in total at the event with a nice variety of warbands on display; Mollog’s Mob, Magore’s Fiends, Zarbag’s Gitz (x2), Thorns of the Briar Queen, Steelheart’s Champions, Stormsire’s Cursebreakers, and my own Godsworn Hunt. Game one was drawn…

Zarbag's Gitz Icon

Round 1 – Godsworn Hunt vs Zarbag’s Gitz – Martin

GREAT! Gitz. Bryce just spent the week beating my with Gitz. I was 0-5 against this warband. The fanatic is just so damn effective at mopping up the Godsworn Hunt AND it subverts Rebound & Last Chance. Martin is a canny player and I was not expecting an easy match up, especially given my track record against the Gitz.

Game 1

These games are a little fuzzy in my memory but essentially Martin was playing a Passive-Hold Objective style deck, with Tomes for flavour! This caught me a little off guard, as I was expecting heavy Keys. However Game 1 ended up being super close, and had I not remembered to reveal my Oath I would have lost. The score was 19-18 in favour of the Darkoath.

Game 2

Game 2 went terribly. I had to ditch Oath of Conquest, Escalation, and Victory after Victory from my opening hand. 7 Glory from my deck gone before the game had even begun. It was a whitewash, Rebound happened early on killing Thredda and it was just over. Despite my best efforts Martin won 8-15.

Game 3

Serious time. This would be me out of the running if I lost here. Knowing that the tomes were in play I waited patiently scoring what I could until the first two tomes went out. Then I struck at Zarbag to remove those effective two glory points and let all hell break loose. The fanatic seemed to love this however, and ended up killing EVERY. SINGLE. MODEL. except Ollo. Ollo on his own scored me Oath of Conquest, Fired Up, What Armour?, and Victory after Victory. Martin hadn’t found his Tomes and the game ended 16-13 in favour of the Godsworn Hunt. We’d broke the curse of the bad moon and it felt great. What next?

Round 2 – Godsworn Hunt vs Mollog’s Mob – Adam

FFFFFFFFFUUUUU….

Great. I’d hoped to avoid the troll. I think I can out manoeuvre it but damn I didn’t feel confident! Adam was a lovely chap who’d travelled down with a bunch of friends from Stoke (I think it was Stoke) and was very honest that he’d been playing a defensive style Cursebreaker Deck and wanted a change of pace so brought the troll.

Game 1

I got so damn lucky! I’m more than happy to admit it. I think you need a bit of fortune to beat the troll, especially when it’s in competent hands like Adam’s.

Turn 1 saw Grawl run over two lethal hexes to deny any early Objective card kills for Mollog and to score me Martyred whilst the rest hung back out of initial Charge range. This allowed me to equip Bag of Tricks to Shond, inspiring him and later digging for Spectral Wings to score Cover Ground with Jagathra as she ran past the Troll and threw her Javelin in it’s back.

The Troll then went on to miss every attack it made in Turn One. I’d feel bad but I’ve been there so many times with Skritch that I know it doesn’t happen often enough to worry about it. Going into Turn 2 I made Mollog go first as I had a cunning plan. He charged and killed Grundann who dodged it with Last Chance, but was struck down by a Ready for Action attack.

My retort was to equip Thredda with Great Strength and play Lethal Strike. I had no time to dig for accuracy buffs so just believed in the heart of the dice…and it paid off. Upon rolling two dice one was a glorious GLORIOUS critical success. Mollog rolled his defence dice. Shield. Down went the troll. Everyone runs in and murders the squigs. The game ended 15-6 in favour of the Godsworn Hunt.

Game 2

It’s a bit of a blur, but Adam definitely drew Inspiration Strikes again, and Mollog did not miss (as much) this time, AND got to deploy the board in the hallway formation. I remember scoring Change of Tactics with Jagathra in turn one and bagging a kill with the Javelin against the Bat Squig, drawing into Cover Ground and applying Great Speed to Grundann who scored it whilst Charging into Mollog. Mollog killed them both to my memory. Before the turn was up I blew Hidden Paths early to throw Thredda into the back line and surprisingly killed Stalagsquig. The plan here was to split my force so Adam would have to choose between pushing on into my fighters or return to try and score Victorious Duel.

Turn Two saw Mollog run back and kill Thredda. I played Spectral Wings and upgraded Ollo to charge & score What Armour? Mollog pushed forward popping Potion of Grace to keep his Charge action available, whilst I threw an Inspired Grawl to the troll as bait to lead him away from being in Charge range of Shond in Turn 3, as I had plans to score Oath of Conquest with Faneway Crystal. Mollog missed the little pupper thanks to the double dodge charactersistic!! The bait paid off. Oh and somwehere along the way the Spiteshroom died – I can’t remember who claimed that one…it MIGHT have been Ollo before Mollog whomped him.

Turn 3

The final turn! I allowed Mollog to go first as I wanted to score Martyerd early and have the final activation to ensure that Shenanigans happened and that Mollog would not be able to influence my final position. Mollog swung and killed Grawl, I scored Martyred but Shond was well out of harms way so I drew a card. I had three cards left and I knew faneway was in there so I had time to find it and Move into Mollog’s territory. Did you spot my mistake? I forgot to reveal Oath of Conquest at the start of my first Activation!! FFFFUUUUUU this was a super tight game and that 1 glory could make or break it!! ARREGH!!! I felt like such an idiot especially after doing it the game before and thinking in the second end phase “Jamie! Do NOT forget to reveal that card!”. Don’t be like me. Reveal your Oaths!

Anyway, Adam had my plan pretty much figured out so moved to threaten as many Objective Hexes in his half as possible! Fortunately I’d been super aggressive with my objective hex placement knowing how important these Faneway moves are and had placed four hexes in his territory – meaning that Mollog could not cover ALL the Faneway Hexes. I drew Faneway Crystal on my next activation. Adam ditched an objective. I ditched No Remorse and drew Victory after Victory (boom!). Adam ditched another objective. I played Faneway Crystal and moved onto a safe objective hex.

The final end phase saw Adam score some passive glory putting him on a mighty 12 Glory! Whilst I scored Fired Up, Oath of Conquest and Victory after Victory, taking me to a grand total of 12 Glory. BUT I was on an objective whilst Mollog was not! So won it on tiebreakers. Had I not been a bad player and forgot to reveal Oath of Conquest I would have won 13-12 and not been in such predicament!

Round 3 – Godsworn Hunt vs Stormsire’s Cursebreakers – Steve

Well, well, well. Looky here. Yet another top tier warband for the Godsworn Hunt to overcome. Joyous. No easy Path to Glory here. As I learnt from the Godsworn Hunt’s previous outing Stormcast are difficult to deal with, and with the options for 2 and 3DMG attacks easily accessible these Spellcast can score Measured Strike very easily.

Turn 1 saw Steve Empower Rastus who was promptly hit was a Javelin from Jagathra for 2DMG and pushback onto an edge hex to keep him out of range to attack, scoring me Change of Tactics. However, this resulted in a Shardgale and Hidden Paths to get adjacent to Jagthra and Thredda. Rastus then attacked Jagthra killing her and scoring What Armour? Then Rastus upgraded with Tome of Offerings and used Ready for Action to hit Thredda scoring 2 Glory and Measured Strike, then Rastus was equipped with Sudden Growth. WHAT. A. STARTING. HAND!! 5 Glory scored! I fortunately scored Martyred to put me on 2 glory.

I then drew a card in an attempt to find an accuracy buff for Grundann to go and finish off Rastus but failed to find one. Steve drew a card. I equipped Grawl with a freshly drawn Bag of Tricks and searched my deck for Potion of Rage ready for next turn and equipped it to Grundann. Steve then cast Empower with Ammis but failed then cast Sphere of Ghur with Stormsire to Inspire him. At the end of turn one Steve scored just Magical Supremacy in the end phase putting him on 6 Glory whilst I scored Escalation, Fired Up and Victory after Victory to put me on 7 Glory. BOOM! The look on Steve’s face was priceless seeing the snowball of events. I equipped Shond with Tome of Offerings in the end phase having a plan in mind to deal with Ammis.

Turn 2 & 3

Turn 2 I went first charging in with Shond and dealing two damage to Ammis and scoring What Armour? Then equipping him with Path to Glory and using Ready for Action to finish her off scoring Advancing Strike. MMM 4 Glory. Steve upgraded Rastus with Shadeglass Darts and Lightening Whip. And killed poor Grawl. Grundann then charged in and killed Rastus whilst Stormsire returned the favour to Shond.

Going in to Turn 3 I had Grundann and Ollo left to get into Cursebreaker Terriroty – this time I remembered to reveal my oath! Stormsire was away from the action but went first and moved forward to threaten as much of his own board with fulmination as possible. We drew cards at each other until my final turn when I used Hidden Paths to put Ollo in and decided to put him on an objective incase of a draw….where he was promptly killed by Lethal Ward scoring Strong Start. During my turn I ran Grundann into Steve’s Territory and safely scored Oath of Conquest. The game ended 17-13 to me. Just one more win to go until Shadeglass was claimed.

Game 2

I’ll be entirely honest. I do not remember the blow by blow of this match as I was pretty fried by this point. I do remember however that I got extremely lucky (again) as in the final turn I revealed my oath and only had Grundann again but Stormsire missed a 3 Smash Attack Action to kill him before I ran into Steve’s Territory to score Oath of Conquest. The game eneded 16-9 in my favour and the Godsworn Hunt claimed the Shadeglass!

Godsworn-Hunt-Trophy
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Gosdworn Hunt: Deck & Tech

Hey Trophy Hunters! The Godsworn Hunt have claimed their piece of Shadeglass! It was an unexpected victory at Rebel Base Gaming coming up against some fantastic players, and extremely strong warbands! We’ll get to the blow by blow in a later article but now we celebrate!

Mmmm. Joyous.

Calling the Hunt! Oaths to be Met!

The first thing you need to understand when playing the Godsworn Hunt is that until you Inspire and get some juicy upgrades they are just a bit pants. I’ll give a quick summary of how important or relevant the fighters are:

Theddra: In this build she is not important. There are no ‘Leader’ cards and as such she can be used as the first wave of fighters to go in with her reasonably accurate two Smash and two damage. Later on she makes a good assassin when she gets an upgrade or two to fly in and take out a key piece.

Grawl: It scores Martyred. Sometimes finds shiny things on the ground (Bag of Tricks).

Grundann: As Tom Bond from Steel City Underworlds quite aptly put it “It’s Saek but for the Godsworn Hunt” – I mirror these feelings but also found Grundann to be a perfect target to score Cover Ground with Great Speed.

Inspire your Fighters as soon as possible!

Shond: My man. Shond always got work done for me. As soon as he gets an accuracy Upgrade or Gambit played he can go to town on anyone. Cleave gives him good accuracy for taking on the armoured tanks of Nightvault.

Jagthra: Bae. The Javelin is the perfect way to open proceedings and score Change of Tactics. As soon as the Javelin is gone she can just stand there until she has to get into the opponent’s territory for Oath of Conquest.

Ollo: My favourite fighter. Ollo would consistently be my sole remaining warrior and with his Inspired card giving him Cleave and 1DMG he was perfect for scoring my objectives early in the turn whilst keeping Martyred relevant. Change of Tactics & What Armour? are his for scoring! With double dodge when Inspired he becomes a bit of a nuisance to shift.

The Riddle of Steel!
(Godsworn Hunt – The Deck)

Building the Godsworn Hunt deck was no easy task. It went through numerous iterations and then BAR 2.0 hit and threw most of that tinkering to the wind. When the warband finally hit the table it was against Bryce’s Gitz in our games of #Lunchspire – the results were 5 losses over the week. The Gitz are a tough match up as they hit double dodge very quickly, and every Darkoath is in one shot range of Snirk. The deck I settled on is:

There are a tonne of Score Immediately cards that facilitate scoring Victory after Victory or Escalation in Turn One. The only ‘end phase’ objective that I struggle to score is Ploymaster as four of the Gambits are specific reactions, but I’m honestly not sure what I’d drop for it. Answers on a postcard please. EDIT: Opening Gambit is what I’d take.

The Gambits are about increasing accuracy, not dying, and allowing objectives to be scored. As they should be. Lethal Strike is present due to the high number of dice being rolled giving you the best chance to get a crit – combo it with Gloryseeker or Great Strength and even Mollog is in danger of being taken out in a single attack!

Phwoar!

Finally the upgrades all go towards increasing the dice pools, and scoring objectives as I described in an earlier deck. With Sudden Growth/Deathly Fortitude on the restricted list I dropped ALL of my health upgrades, yes Path to Glory has a wound but I care more about the extra dice! The Tome of Offerings was a last minute choice as I felt that so long as it scored me at least one glory the upgrade was worthwhile. I originally had the Shadeglass Dagger and no Fired Up. I’m glad I made the change.

Crush Your Enemies
(Godsworn Hunt – The Tech)

The deck looks super aggro right? Well..not really. Only two objectives hinge on killing a model – Advancing Strike and No Remorse. The rest of the Score Immediately cards just require you to meet a certain condition and facilitate Victory after Victory, Master of War, Fired Up, and Escalation.

I focused heavily on accuracy upgrades and cards, this gives the deck the look and feel of an aggro deck however this isn’t the case…generally. Once you’ve committed someone you need to assume they’re done for. They’ll only get that one chance to score you the objective, so ensuring that you maximise your chance of success is crucial! But once you get those objectives scored the game gets easier as you can start loading your upgrades onto the next missile to fly in and score you glory.

Godsworn Hunt Charge

If I were looking to improve the deck then I’d find a replacement for Ploymaster. It was a constant outlier and didn’t gel with my overall plan as it wasn’t effected by upgrades or objective cards being scored. I’m not sure what I’d change it for but maybe something like Plant a Standard would work. I dunno. I’m not sure. EDIT: Opening Gambit is what I’d take.

Finally, Oath of Conquest was an excellent end game card in lieu of Superior Tactician, jumping two fighters into the opponent’s territory on the final activation of turn three via Hidden Paths & Faneway Crystal almost guarantees you’ll score this…just don’t forget to reveal it like I did. Twice. Against Mollog.

Activation 2. Turn 3. Forgot to reveal Oath of Conquest…

See Them Driven Before You
(Godsworn Hunt – The Boards)

Board choice for this warband is extremely difficult to talk about succinctly, but I’ll give it a go. There is no single board that is good for this warband. If you win or lose the roll you need to be aware of:

  1. Your Opponent’s overall gameplan and how you’ll disrupt it.
  2. How you’ll keep Shond and Ollo away from harm but still relevant until you’ve scored What Armour?
  3. Where you’ll deploy Jagathra to go on Guard and Charge in Turn One if you draw Change of Tactics.
  4. How will you get the fighters at the rear into your opponent’s territory for Oath of Conquest? You’ll need to deploy someone on an edge hex, and aggressively place Objective Hexes in your opponent’s territory to open up Faneway options.
  5. How will you prevent someone from simply rolling into your and destroying your fragile fighters? Blocked hexes work for delaying and lethal hexes are a deterrent that you can use.

These were my main considerations when choosing a board and orientating. This could honestly be an article unto itself, which I have neither the time nor inclination to provide. You’ll need to simply get reps in with the warband and figure this one out for yourself.

Hear the Lamentation of the Women
(Godsworn Hunt – Top 5 Tips)

  1. Identify which Score Immediately card is easiest for you to score and go for it. You need to get that Glory early to start Inspiring your Fighters. Run Grawl into lethal hexes to score Martyred if you have to!
  2. Choose which Fighter to Inspire first carefully! In this deck their are no fighter specific upgrades, but if you need something dead then upgrade Grundann or Thredda, need to score What Armour? Shond or Ollo are your top picks.
  3. Make sure the Upgrade is relevant. Giving Grundann Great Speed allows him to score Cover Ground. Giving Ollo Challenge Seekers gives the best chance of the effect proc. Do you increase your chance of scoring an objective by equipping this upgrade?
  4. Treat everything like they don’t have defence dice and you cannot stop an attack. Only let loose your warriors when they’re geared for it, this will take some time and a knowledge of their capabilities but once you’ve charged assume they’re dead and you won’t be disappointed.
  5. Keep Hidden Paths and Faneway until the end, if possible, as you’ll need them to get your stragglers into your opponent’s territory.
  6. BONUS TIP! Reveal your oath!
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Call of the Godsworn Hunt!

Hey Trophy Hunters! I’ve recently become enamoured with the Godsworn Hunt! Their playstyle and inspiration mechanic is quite unique and OH MY GOD I love the Oaths! They’re a very cool bit of design space and I just want more of them in my life!! In my games of #Lunchspire I’ve been testing these barbarians, against fellow Grand Clash Winner Bryce, and their results have been…fine. They’re not setting the world on fire like Mollog but I’m enjoying the challenge of getting these guys and gals working!

Slaves to Darkness!

Much like way back when this blog started and I was determined to win with Skaven, I think I’m going to be ‘maining’ the Godsworn Hunt for a while (unless Kharadon Overlords or Sylvaneth are just too tempting). So I’ll be writing up my journey, my decks, my Win:Loss ratio and just generally how I feel about them!

For a while I’ve felt a bit lost in Warhammer Underworlds, as I’ve been flittering from warband to warband in search of something that makes me WANT to play the game. I had that in leaps and bounds with Skaven but after winning multiple glass trophies and a Grand Clash there didn’t seem anything left to do with them, so I tried Sepulchral Guard and have a pretty good deck with them ready to roll out at a moment’s notice, but I wasn’t exactly enjoying myself. However, now I’m chomping at the bit to play every single day!

Godsworn Hunt | The Deck

This is the current iteration of the deck. So far, I’ve found it wanting. Six Score Immediately objectives feel like too many, especially when they revolve so heavily around killing models in a certain way!

Objectives

No Remorse, A Worthy Deed, Advancing Strike: These are my ‘kill’ cards and help get the Upgrades out required to Inspire the hunters!

Change of Tactics and Martyred: Change of Tactics is the perfect objective for this warband. Long range attacks let you make the charge from safety and gets some Glory to begin inspiring! Martyred is a headache; the warband is made of paper, but wants to be aggressive HOWEVER this does allow an upgrade to go out if it comes off in Turn One!

What Armour?: Once Ollo or Shond are Inspired they get Cleave printed on their Character Card and can score this Objective pretty handily. Without Spoils of Battle, Change of Tactics, or Martyred in Turn One, this can be a bit of a dead draw. But seriously boosts Glory later on!

Victory after Victory, Master of War: Force multipliers that theoretically are easy to score considering the number of Score Immediately cards.

Ploymaster, Keep Chopping: Easy to score cards that cannot easily be interrupted by the opponent. Keep Chopping works nicely with the Godsworn Hunt thanks to their two ranged attacks and generally fast speed!!

Oath of Conquest: The grand daddy of end game glory! Now that Superior Tactician has hit the Restricted list the Godsworn Hunt have a nice replacement in Oath of Conquest. It’s easy to score and as long as you remember to reveal it you’ll score three glory just for walking into the opponent’s territory!

Gambits

Hidden Paths, Distraction: Controlling the board state is important, and with Extreme Flank suffering from a severe case of BANHAMMER! Where I would previously have had Sidestep, Distraction takes it’s place to disrupt the opponent and stop them scoring Glory.

Fuelled by Fury, Haymaker, Lethal Strike, Ready for Action: The more dice you roll the more likely your attacks are to hit! All these gambits provide an accuracy or damage buff! Lethal Strike is a bit of a nice piece but can combo with Fuelled by Fury beautifully for Jagathra to make a charge and skewer a Stormcast Eternal on the end of her Javelin.

Last Chance, Rebound, Forceful Denial: urgh, I think I stepped in something….ewww dice roll gambits. I don’t like that these cards are becoming regular occurrences in my decks but with the effective loss of:

  • Deathly Fortitude
  • Sudden Growth
  • Tethered Spirit
  • Soul Trap

I NEED to keep my fighters alive! Last Chance does that perfectly, Rebound…well I hate this card with a fiery passion but it can just win you a game by rolling a 5+ so why not? And Forceful Denial can be used to stop important gambits like Ready for Action, Rebound, Last Chance, Spoils of Battle etc.

Spoils of Battle: AKA Inspiration Strikes for Godsworn Hunt! The value of this card in turn one is just immense, as has been stated before. But for the Darkoath it’s a force multiplier that unlocks the opportunity for multiple objectives to be scored!

Upgrades

Awakened Weapon, Potion of Rage, Challenge Seeker,Path to Glory: Accuracy buffs. This faction adores them!

Great Fortitude, Path to Glory: Health buffs. This faction needs them to keep key fighters alive.

Great Strength, Gloryseeker, Nullstone Spear: Damage Buffs! Guess what…everyone needs them! I would probably look to swap out the Nullstone Spear for the Shadeglass Spear in future as the bearer of these weapons tends to die soon after their charge!

Faneway Crystal, Bag of Tricks: Bag of Tricks lets Grawl inspire early and be useful rather than a liability! Faneway Crystal is amazing for ensuring that Oath of Conquest is scored and for some janky Javelin charges!

Godsworn Hunt at an Event

So, I’ve played four games at a tournament with these glamrock wannabees. Sadly it was a best of one format so their performance wasn’t great, and my notes from the day show just how skewed their deck draw was.

Game 1 vs Defensive Steelhearts: Lost 4 – 14. Drew 5 Upgrades in the opening hand. Mulligan. A successful Rebound from Severin prevented Thredda scoring No Remorse (1) and A Worthy Deed (1), which would have drawn into Alone in the Darkness (2) and Escalation (2) and scored Victory after Victory (2) plus the glory from the kill (1) for a total of 8 glory, instead Thredda died for an effective -9 Glory swing.

Game 2 vs Mid-range Cursebreakers: Won 7-5. Drew 4 Upgrades and Last Chance. Mulligan. No notes on this game except that it was against the sculptor of the Godsworn Hunt, and that he could not roll spell dice successfully! We played again and I was promptly beaten 21-4 as Sergi’s dice GOT HOT!

Game 3 vs Zarbag’s Gitz: Lost 12-13. Drew 4 Upgrades. Mulliganed into 5 Upgrades – wanted to cry that my deck was forcing me to play with all my Inspire cards and no realistic way to equip them. Snirk was a homing fanatic and just could not do anything wrong, I think he took out three models in total before spinning off into a position to deny Alone in the Darkness. A turn one rebound prevented No Remorse and killed Jagathra. It was a sad sad day.

Game 4 vs Aggressive Steelhearts: Lost 12-13. Drew 3 Upgrades. Kept it because there were probably 5 Upgrades waiting to be drawn. After being bulwarked of my turn one aggression and the stormcast killing everything they turned their hand too I had written the game off. Thanks to spectacular luck Shond went on a rampage and killed Obryn whilst Grundann obliterated Severin. Sadly Brightshield glared at Grundann in the final turn, transfixing him to the spot and preventing Oath of Conquest! Curses!!

Future Events

I’ll be running these Glamrock Gods at the Event this weekend at Rebel Base Gaming! I’ll keep you up to date with how the event goes and what changes have been made on our Facebook Page!