Constance1 vs. Vladimir3 – Polish Team Championship – Round 1

Hello everyone!

The day of Polish Team Championship, finally! Last year, together with my team, we managed to get to the finals, and this year the plan was to achieve nothing less than that.

As last year, Tomasz Tutaj agreed to form a team together. Since Mateusz is on a pause from playing Warmachine (I still hope you will return man 😛 I know you’re reading it) we had to find a third player. Fortunately, our friend – Andrzej – who stopped playing the game long time ago decided to come back and agreed to join the party ; ) Andrzej was one of the top polish players back then,  so we knew he was going to perform well with a right list.

Apart from standard Team tournament rules, the event had an interesting twist – it was divided into two separate tournaments. After playing first 3 rounds the first day the table was to be cut in half – bottom 8 teams were going to play another 3 rounds among each other and top 8 were going to play in a separate tournament of 3 more rounds. This way we were going to play 6 rounds (4 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday) with only 16 teams – something most people love – the more games the merrier.

We had to submit our lists the weekend before the event, when I was still in Oslo, so I decided not to change anything and sent the very same list I played on ConQuest.

Tomasz decided to take Durst1 / Vladimir3 and Andrzej took Ossrum1 / Shae1.

Our lists

Let’s get to describing the first round! I was paired against a player (or a judge I should rather say hehe) that some part of you might know. I played against Szymon “Simon” Ratka – an international judge and Qualigeeks owner, and most importantly, a cool person and a good friend of mine.

He brought Cyrenia1 and Vladimir3. I decided to take Constance1, as I knew that Vlad3 list can rush my Siege list pretty quick, and Cyrenia’s feat can pose some issues on Siege’s feat turn. I was feeling more confident with Constance this time. Szymon brought Vladimir3.

Szymon’s Vladimir3 list:

Protectorate of Menoth
[Theme] Warriors of the Old Faith

[Vladimir 3] Vladimir Tzepesci, Great Prince of
Umbrey [+27]
– Judicator [35]
Champion of the Order of the Wall [8]
Champion of the Order of the Wall [8]
Fenris [8]
Hand of Silence [7]
Hermit of Henge Hold [0(5)]
High Paladin Dartan Vilmon [0(6)]
Man-O-War Drakhun [9]
Menite Archon [8]
Menite Archon [8]
Yuri the Axe [0(5)]
Choir of Menoth (min) [4]
Initiates of the Wall [7]

My Constance1 list:

Cygnar
[Theme] Flame in the Darkness

[Blaize 1] Constance Blaize, Knight of the Prophet
[+29]
– Blockader [33]
Grand Master Gabriel Throne [7]
Morrowan Archon [8]
Morrowan Archon [8]
Ragman [0(4)]
Thamarite Archon [8]
Alexia Ciannor & the Risen [10]
– Morrowan Battle Priest (1) [0(2)]
Precursor Knights (min) [8]
– Morrowan Battle Priest (3) [0(6)]
– Precursor Knight Officer & Standard [4]
Precursor Knights (max) [14]
– Morrowan Battle Priest (2) [0(4)]
– Precursor Knight Officer & Standard [4]

We played Spread the Net.

Deployment

Sadly, I lost the roll and went second.

Szymon deployed Judicator, the piece of his list I was most afraid of, on the left side. Both Menite Archons were deployed on the flanks, Vladimir in the middle and cavalry solos all around.

I deployed Blockader centrally, Morrowan Archons and Precursors on the flanks and Thamarite Archon together with Alexia1 in the middle.

Deployment

Round 1 Turn 1

Vlad cast Infernal Machine on Judicator and Hand of Fate on one of the solos and everything rushed forward.

Round 1 Turn 1

Round 1 Turn 2

It took me some time to decide what to do, and at the end I decided to rush forward while spreading my forces and trying to avoid getting killed with all the blasts flying around. Gabriel gave Tough to the unit on the left side. Constance cast Crusader’s Call and I cannot remember why : P

Round 1 Turn 2

Round 2 Turn 1

Szymon opened fire on the left flank and fried a good portion of my infantry there. The other side remained intact. That triggered Vengeance on the left unit, but most of Szymon’s models stayed out of my charging range, nevertheless. Vilmon stayed B2B with the flag in case I forgot to contest it next turn.

Round 2 Turn 1

Round 2 Turn 2

I sent my infantry forward. Some of theam reached as far as Judicator. The other side I only ran forward and tried to layer knights in other to be able to retaliate next turn. I kept Archons close to spread the DEF bonus bubble farther. I managed to deal some damage to Judicator, but honestly, I wasn’t impressed, I was hoping for more. I wasn’t able to contest the enemy rectangular zone, neither score a point in mine. Szymon scored a point in his zone, and I scored a point on my flag, 1:1.

Round 2 Turn 2

Round 3 Turn 1

Szymon decided to shift his forces slightly toward the left side and reorganize his forces. He managed to free his colossal. Menite Archon took cover behind the forest, the other protected the rectangular zone from being contested. Most of my infantry on the left side was gone, but I had considerable forces on the other side. Szymon scored a point on his flag, without a surprise there, 1:3.

Round 3 Turn 1

Round 3 Turn 2

I felt that that was the right moment to send Blockader in. Ragman walked up to spread the bubble. Constance used her Feat and cast Crusader’s Call and my colossal charged in. He killed a Champion and that was about it? Quite sad, isn’t it? Precursors killed Initiates a Drakhun and positioned behind Blockader to fight what was to come for him. Sadly, I think I forgot to move my Morrowan Archon on the right to stab Vilmon. I suppose there wouldn’t be a better moment to do this than on Constance’s feat turn : ( We both scored a point in our rectangular zones, 2:4.

Round 3 Turn 2

Round 4 Turn 1

Letting Szymon score a point in his turn was a grave mistake. He noticed that the only thing he has to do was to contest my zone and score 3 points he was almost granted in the first place. One contesting knight was killed on the left side and Menite Archon captured that flag. Rectangular zone was already scored. Hand of Silence killed the other contesting knight, so Vilmon was able to score a point on the flag. And at the end Yuri the Axe contested my rectangular zone, Szymon scored 3 more points, 2:7.

At the end we were laughing that I was sitting quiet and not reminding Szymon to put Yuri in the zone : D but come on, I would remind you about that in the end… of course I would ; ) Thank you Szymon for a great game!

Round 4 Turn 1

Afterthoughts

Ayyy, that was unfortunate, not to try to kill Vilmon. Vladimir3 and Judicator is a kind of a match up that I would never feel comfortable with Constance I believe. The list is so fast and hit so hard! Being able to be the first player would help for sure, or choosing the other side maybe?

The point is exposing enough models to encourage the opponent to engage but being able at the same time to retaliate with what is left. I haven’t mastered this ability yet : P

I lost my game, but fortunately both of my teammates won their games and we took the victory, yay!

Cheers,
Piotr

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