Posted in Thundrik’s Profiteers, Warhammer Underworlds

In the Dojo: UK Games EXPO

Hey Trophy Hunters! With the UK Grand Clash Season well and truly upon us, UK Grand Clash Winner, Bryce and I have been hammering out games ‘in the dojo’ in preparation for competing for the Grandest Glass available. We both believe that with the current BAR List in action (as of 28.05.19) that the Cursebreakers are the most competitive faction in the game.

Last time at the Warhammer Fest Grand Clash I used the Cursebreakers to great effect, losing only to the Champion (and tumbling down the rankings) resulting in a (presumed) 8th place finish out of around 92. We never got the final standings for this event – which sucks – but I got swag for Top 8 so I’m assuming 8th!

This time around I fancy something different and have been enjoying Thundrik’s Profiteers in our games of Lunchspire! Now, this time I’ve not been posting as frequently on the Facebook page as a few competitors at Warhammer Fest had pretty much figured out my playstyle through the mini reports, and I wanted an edge this time. As of May 20th my deck list was:

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This gave me a good amount of Glory – 18 and the majority of it could be scored with minimal interaction with the opponent. Which is great for consistency. I’d be relying on a multi-tap to kill a four health fighter outright unless I was able to utilise Trap and Toxic Gasses (and lethal hexes). I was pretty happy with it for a first pass at the deck.

Week 1 – The Trees…They Move…

For reference it is 28th May whilst I writing this: I spent last week playing against Ylthari’s Guardians – due to a combination of days off, working from home and just being generally too busy Bryce and I only managed to get a few games in. The takeaway I got however was that Drakskewer was a great assassin once inspired and I should be using him more; with an effective threat range of 6 hexes and ignoring everything in his way allows him to hunt leaders and vulnerable fighters. This was my deck during that week.

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My Objective deck felt quite confused as I kind of wanted to play keep back, but also wanted to commit. I was Passive Aggressive. But the aggressive objectives felt hard to accomplish. I decided to make some pretty important Objective changes:

  • Headshot (Out) – Cover Ground (In)
  • Death from Afar (Out) – Martyred (In)
  • Solid Gains (Out) – Combination Strike (In)

These changes increased my total glory to 18 and took my Objective deck more into my own control and away from dice, and I didn’t need to kill a single enemy fighter to score every single Objective. So long as Thundrik or Dead Eye Lund could score me What Armour? I’d be set. The change from Solid Gains to Combination Strike is on that I ummed and aaahhed on for a while but as more of the Score Immediately cards were now in my control (god bless lethal hexes) I felt confident in being able to score it, and with 6 score Immediately cards there is a good chance they’d come off!

The Gambits were pretty set. I am on the fence about Trap. It’s nice to have but I could get Illusory Fighter for more positional play and to play keep away from Mollog.

The Upgrades saw the most changes, as the deck became far more passive in it’s build:

  • Tome of Offerings (Out) – Potion of Grace (In)
  • Potion of Constitution (Out) – Warding Scroll (In)
  • Duellist’s Speed (Out) – Bag of Tricks (In)
  • Fighter’s Ferocity (Out) – Hero’s Mantle (In)

As I wasn’t killing fighters too frequently I swapped out Tome of Offerings as it was not helping me score my Objectives. I put in Potion of Grace as it can combo with Ready for Action and Seek the Sky Vessel to aid scoring Longstrider. Potion of Constitution wasn’t helping versus the magical chip damage that Ylthari or Curesbreakers hand out so I elected to go with Warding Scroll in an attempt to scupper their plans. As I wasn’t making Attack Actions frequently Duellist’s Speed wasn’t doing anything useful, the swap to Bag of Tricks gives Ironhail the ability to search for Ploys to score Objectives. Finally, with my lack of aggression I dropped Fighter’s Ferocity and included Hero’s Mantle as an end game glory boost. The new deck looked like this and I’m hoping to start playing it tomorrow.

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25th May Okay! Ready for two more games of Lunchspire before the Clash. After sleeping on the heavy changes I decided to drop Trap and include Illusory Fighter. I didn’t see the value in keeping Trap as I wasn’t trying to kill anyone and it was just a nice to have whilst Illusory Fighter will help score more objectives and deny take outs to my opponent.

Today I played versus Mollog & it was a super tight 19-19 draw!! Illusory Fighter felt better than Trap as I was able to keep Bjorgen somewhat safe. Mollog still turned him into jelly with the last swing of the game but the troggoth spent a lot of time lumping around the board to do it.

26 May & 27th May – I’ve been struck down by illness and have avoided playing anything as I just need to get better for the clash. Oh dear. I’m not expecting great things as my head is terribly foggy and I’m not sleeping great – I guess you’ll already know how I did assuming the results are published. Hopefully I’ll do myself proud and finish in a respectable place.

Posted in Top Tips, Warhammer Underworlds

End of Season Tier Ranking

Now, before we get into this let me preface it by saying that EVERY WARBAND CAN WIN ANY GIVEN GAME! However it is an undeniable fact that the warbands are not equal, and some have a far easier time on the competitive scene. I also enjoy tier lists as a topic of discussion so be sure to drop a comment below if you agree or disagree.

This tier ranking is based on the two factors listed below:

  1. Personal Experience – I have won a Grand Clash, won multiple Store Events, play against a fellow Grand Clash winner almost daily, and have consumed so much content that I have a deep understanding of the game. My personal experience was my initial groundwork for ranking the warbands.
  2. Best Coast Pairings – Upon initially writing the tier list I then reviewed it against the Best Coast Pairings data analysed by Wigglehammer; specifically the win percentage and games played. However, due to the recent influx of cards, and two new factions, I have had to weigh in more on my personal experience as the win rates mentioned in this article do not include the latest cards.

The win percentage on the whole for Warhammer Underworlds is incredibly tight and all bar Eyes of the Nine and Ironskull’s Boyz fall between 40-60%, which is damned good for a game with 16 factions, and further presses the point that ANY FACTION CAN WIN GAMES.

I will be revisiting this list after the two upcoming UK Grand Clashes, the final Banned and Restricted list is published, and maybe if we get to see the Dreadfane warbands too! Then we’ll get a well rounded view of the end of Season Two.

S Rank

Stormsire’s Cursebreakers: This warband exists in a league of its own. With the full array of Gambit Spells available to them Stormsire’s Cursebreakers are the ultimate flex warband, able to be built to play aggressively. defensively, or relatively uniquely as a Magic heavy build. With on-card Magic Spells and some of the most powerful in-faction cards this warband stands head and shoulders above the rest. (55% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing).

Mollog's Mob

A Rank

Mollog’s Mob: This gigantic Mushroom has caused major ripples in the game. You cannot build your deck without this lumbering guffant in mind. He will steamroll you if you don’t have the tools to defeat him. An unapologetic aggro build that goes all-in on Mollog is the definitive way to play this warband. (55% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing).

Magore’s Fiends: A solid choice. They do what they do well and will kill you if you let them. With a strong aggro game, and a decent mid-range deck they can go on the defensive and score passively if they need to. With lots of in-faction damage reduction they can outlast all but the hardest hitting fighters. (47% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).

Thorns of the Briar Queen: These spooky bois can play a variety of styles; aggro with the Queen of Thorns is a strong front runner which is complimented by their in-faction objectives and strong Gambits. However they most recently claimed a Grand Clash win with a Hold Objective playstyle thanks to their efficiency in movement and flexible build style. They are also one of the only warbands that can run the dreaded Katophrane Relics effectively despite the two Glory cost. (49% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).

Zarbag’s Gitz: The greenskin horde! This may be a surprise for some players to see them so highly rated but they score Glory extremely consistently, and an aggressive Snirk Sourtounge can rip through fighters at an alarming rate. Their Katophrane Tome end-game is strong as is their ability to play with the Keys to rack up their end game Glory.. (51% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).

B Rank

Thundrik’s Profiteers: The latest Duardin expedition to the Mirrored City brings a lot of powerful ranged firepower that gives them a truly unique play experience. With generally low health pools, until Promoted, the Profiteers can struggle into a high tempo aggro warband. I’m expecting these to be a popular choice at upcoming events. (No recorded data).

Ylthari’s Guardians: The first ever Aelves to grace Shadespire! With their strong in-faction Objectives, Gambits and Gambit Ppells they are a force to be reckoned with, however with their difficult Inspire condition they struggle to get all their warband at peak performance. (No recorded data).

Sanson’s Farstriders: The Farstriders have climbed highly in my estimation. They can play a very aggressive playstyle utilising their Gambits to do unavoidable damage and with the neutral objectives focussing on ranged attacks released with the final wave their deck building has become far easier. They miss out on A Rank as Mollog still has a field day against them and they don’t really have an answer for him bar a few corner case Gambits and combos. (41% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).

Artwork from Warhammer Underworlds Online

C Rank

Godsworn Hunt: I wanted to put these higher in the ranking as I’ve piloted them to good success, but generally they are on the slightly weaker side due to their base stats and deck management can be difficult with them as Upgrades tend to have to go on certain fighters to score certain objectives. (49% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).

Steelheart’s Champions: The original boys (and girl) in blue have had a popular resurgence of late, but their main playstyle (Control/Defensive) seems to be being written out of the game, and whilst their Aggressive playstyle is decent there are simply far superior choices. (49% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).

Eyes of the Nine: No longer are these worshippers of Tzeentch condemned to the bottom rank! Their Librarian Blue Horror build is a decent (if predictable) end game, and with the full array of spells Vortemis can earn his keep. However, their let down is that Vortemis’ difficult Inspire Condition and a meagre single Dodge dice on his uninspired side doesn’t get you very far nowadays! (39% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).

Garrek’s Reavers: Having played with this faction extensively since Mollog was released they definitely have the ability to win games. With slightly outdated cards in-faction they struggle to keep up with the newer releases. This has been compounded by the most recent banned and restricted list hurting their ability to keep their fighters alive and relevant with both Sudden Growth and Deathly Fortitude being restricted. (46% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).

Spiteclaw’s Swarm: Skritch Spiteclaw himself is a force to be reckoned with. This faction gained a lot with the latest releases… however you know how everyone is equipping themselves with the tools to stop Mollog? Well, they also work on Skritch and if you’ve leant too heavily into aggro then you’ll be punished far and wide. If you’ve gone hold objective…there are warbands that do it better. Skritch is an unfortunate casualty of the Mollog meta. (43% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).

Sepulchral Guard: The Sepulchral Guard have a soft spot in my heart. They didn’t overly benefit from the most recent set of releases as they don’t typically deal well with ranged fighters, and there are now a plethora of ranged warbands in the game. Losing Extreme Flank to the banned list, Tome of Offerings existing, and the Warden being potentially the most vulnerable leader in the game yet also the linchpin of the warband leaves them in an odd spot competitively. (41% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).

D Rank

Ironskull’s Boyz: Awful in-faction objectives, all but one upgrade is character locked, ploys are sub-par. Hakka and Basha are just bad fighters. Bonekutta is fine but feels like he should have Cleave printed on his card – just look at the size of that axe!! Gurzag needs to do most of the killing but you know that whole Mollog meta thing I mentioned earlier? Well it hurts Gurzag just as much. (36% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).

The Chosen Axes: The controversial one! There always has to be one! These chaps have fallen from grace. They seriously struggle against ranged warbands knocking them off objectives and we now have a LOT of ranged warbands. Grimnir’s still an absolute unit when Inspired..but the anti-Mollog tech is popular and it stops our naked loon too. (41% win rate on Wigglehammer at time of writing ).