Is there a 4th list archetype?

Featured in the last No Quarter was a write up about the 3 main archetypes of list building or play-style: Attrition, Assassination, and everyone’s favorite, Control. After going over the tenants of these types PP asked the reader if they thought there was a fourth type. Well that got me to thinking, is there a fourth way that I’ve seen people approach the game or even how I may have built lists in the past and I think tonight really solidified that the answer is yes. I’ll explain and let you be the judge. Continue reading

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Warbeasts/jacks in Mark III

Mark III has been a whirlwind so far and I don’t know what other player’s experiences have been but I have seen a slew of lists featuring very heavy battle groups. I think everyone expected more jacks with the new power up rule but I’ve also come up against and played quite a few beast heavy lists. I don’t know how much of this is people still holding on to old mentalities, especially with Skorne or Legion, or if the new edition boosts them as well as it does jacks. It seems like Skorne and Legion took a huge hit to their ability to run lots of beasts with the changes to the condition rule and Trolls didn’t really gain anything new to help. There was a decrease in fury and threshold stats almost across the board. I would love to hear player’s theories on this phenomenon or if maybe what I’ve been seeing is an outlier to the true new meta. For now I’m going to focus on some of the jacks/beasts that have stood out to me for better or worse.

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New Author!

Folks, I am pleased to welcome a new author to Sustained Attack.  Jester is joining us, and will be blogging about Warmachine, Hordes, or whatever else is on his mind.  So please give him a huge welcome, as he settles in.

There will be some more activity around here, and I am really excited to see the blog growing and getting fresh content again.  I have some ideas for posts of my own that should be coming soon.

Leave of Absence

Hey all.

Some of you probably noticed that I haven’t been at the shop much.  I just wanted to let you know I have hit a little burnout, and I am going to be taking a leave of absence as a Press Ganger.  Andrew is going to handle most of the events, so make sure you are sending questions his way.

I hope everyone else is enjoying the game, and I hope to see you soon.

Colby

My Thoughts on the Armies: Cryx

Cryx

There’s a reason they’re know as “The Nightmare Empire”, they can be an absolute nightmare to face at times. They just do a lot of things well. They can go with the glass cannon approach and hit like a ton of bricks. They can bring masses of infantry that can bolster themselves through respawn mechanics and wear you down through attrition. Several casters can shut down your army through debuff spells and feats. They have some of the most powerful casters in the game with some amazing feats. Their weaknesses would probably be low armor and a less than dominant ranged game. They won’t be going toe to toe with a Khadoran jack and trading blows(unless they are able to stack some of their crazy good debuffs) and they probably won’t beat you with a gun line. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have any good ranged options because they do, just that they probably won’t center an army around that strategy.

Some people feel that Cryx has a few too many abilities and their casters are broken. I agree that they have some very good ones but they are all beatable. They just might give their army a little more room for error than some other factions. I like to call them the “Tryx” faction because outside of Legion, I don’t think any other faction has more ways to ignore game rules.

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Priorities – Life vs. Gaming

This is not a typical post of mine.  It is pretty serious, and is about an event that occurred to me the previous weekend.  So, if you don’t want to read something serious that is only tangentially (at best) related to gaming, please don’t click through.  Out of respect for those who would rather not read something like this in their “fun” readings, I have put all the details below the fold.

Trigger Warning

This story has a story and discussion about miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, hospitals, and the emotions surrounding all of this.  There may also be some black humor around some of it, and I am sure there is some blue language as well (aka “swears”).  If any of this is a trigger for you, please don’t keep reading – your health (mental and physical) is super important.  Don’t worry – I will get back to posts about gaming stuff any day now, I swear!

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Personal Kudos

We are lucky to have a great meta with a lot of terrific players, but I want to personally point out Seth.  I have played Seth many times, often in key games (he was my opponent in the Bodger Bowl finale last time).  Last night I played him again, in the divisional game for our division, with the winner moving on to the conference championship.  Seth and I effectively had a rematch from week four of the regular season this year; I was again running Epic Severius, and he again brought epic Doomshaper.

And although I prevailed this game, it really reminded me how tenacious and talented a player Seth is.  He always makes the games grueling and hard.  At the end of our week 4 game, I had 2 minutes on my death clock and he assassinated me as time expired on his.  Last night Severius got revenge, but I know any game with Seth will test all my abilities, and I really wanted to point that out to everyone.  Great game Seth, and thanks for all the challenges you have thrown my way.