Game #16 Thagrosh2 vs. Jaga-Jaga1 – Unleash Fire

Hello everyone!

Another game versus Konrad and his Minions, Jaga-Jaga this time. Konrad wanted to check how his second list would work against something I could drop against minions and I wanted to see how including Throne would improve my performence against shooting lists. We played Standoff.

Konrad’s Jaga-Jaga1 list:

Minion Army – 75 / 75 points
[Theme] The Blindwater Congregation

[Jaga-Jaga 1] Jaga-Jaga, the Death Charmer [+27]
– Blackhide Wrastler [16]
– Bull Snapper [0(5)]
– Bull Snapper [0(5)]
– Bull Snapper [0(5)]
– Gatorman Soul Slave [5]
Croak Hunter [3]
Croak Hunter [3]
Thrullg [5]
Boil Master & Spirit Cauldron [5]
Croak Raiders (min) [10]
Croak Raiders (max) [16]
Gatorman Bokor & Bog Trog Swamp Shamblers [10]
Gatorman Bokor & Bog Trog Swamp Shamblers [10]
Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew [2]
Sacral Vault [17]

There were couple of proxes involved – one Bokor and shamblers unit was proxied with Cryx models. As you can see, this list has strong shooting potential supported by three lights and a heavy beast. I was really curious how frogs will do, too. I still remember how awful they were back in the day.

I played my Thagrosh2 list:

Legion Army – 75 / 75 points
[Theme] Oracles of Annihilation

[Thagrosh 2] Thagrosh, the Messiah [+25]
– Angelius [17]
– Angelius [17]
– Naga Nightlurker [8]
– Seraph [14]
– Typhon [20]
Blighted Nyss Shepherd [1]
Blighted Nyss Sorceress & Hellion [0(6)]
Blighted Nyss Sorceress & Hellion [0(6)]
The Forsaken [0(4)]
Ice Witches [7]
Throne of Everblight [16]

We played Invasion.

Deployment

Konrad won the starting roll and decided to go first. I chose the bottom side of the board, as I could stay with Thagrosh2 fairly far up the table still being safe in the trench.

Konrad deployed his battle engine on the right, bokor units on the flanks, Jaga-Jaga in the middle. Bigger of the frog units deployed on the left flank, second unit alongside with Thrullg on the right.

I deployed my Hellions and Angelii on the flanks, Thagrosh with the rest of the battlegroup in the middle with an intention of moving Typhon toward the trench and Throne closer to the right flank.

Deployment

Round 1

Konrad rushed forward and prepared himself for the ranged alpha strike. Grave wind cast on Wrastler, Battle Host on Jaga-Jaga. The pot fueled Bokor with corpses.

In my turn I advanced as far as I could in order not to get shot at with all Konrad had. Crucial models stayed out of the ranges, Throne bravely exposed himself to fire frogs. I managed to kill Thrullg what ment no upkeep removal for Minions anymore, little success.

Round 1

Round 2

Konrad decided to unleash fire onto my Throne and tried to kill it with all he had. Fortunately, my battle engine, although severely damaged, survived with handful of boxes left. It was close, but not much more than I expected. Instead of pushing forward with his models, Konrad decided to move back and give me more space in order to be able to retaliate in the next turn with essential models that were kept safe.

As usual, second round is my feat round. I decided to clean as many models as possible and try not to overcommit. It was temting to push my second Angelius into Konrad’s army, but with lesson learned from previous games I decided to keep him out of the fight for another turn, at least to move back with feat movement in case I couldn’t avoid temtation to charge in. Thagrosh Slip Streamed Typhon, cast Manifest Destiny and feat. I made space with Seraph and Helion on the left flank clearing models that were blocking my charge lanes. After Slip Streaming my right Angelius he charged in and with overtake killed already damaged Bull Snapper and Bokor. Throne charged in and wreaked havoc on the right flank killing and spraying everything to death. That was his moment to shine. The right flank was basically already taken. On the left flank Typhon moved in and sprayed 3 times. My biggest mistake was not to use his animus. Well, next time when I will have a choice to boost vs. a meaningless shambler or to keep Typhon alive, I will definitely chose the latter. With feat movement I repositioned my Angelius and killed last frog solo. Typhon, Seraph and left Angelius moved back. I believe that last frog in the zone was contesting.

Round 2

Round 3

Konrad still couldn’t believe that I killed that many models. He decided to act quick and kill Typhon (without his animus…) and my battle engine. After being shot at, thanks to Hyper Aggresive I moved Typhon into melee with enemy models, so I would benefit from being in melee. Konrad managed to land Bokor’s ability and made Typhon stationary. He got rid of him fairly easily. Angelius died to shooting I believe. Wrestler charged the Throne and finished him without even sweating. In the retrospection we discussed whether it was a good movement and if Konrad should kill the battle engine with shooting and leave Wrastler for later. No points scored.

Round 3 Turn 1

In my turn I had to get rid of Wrastler and start scoring points. I was hesitating whether I should charge in with Seraph or try to shoot at the beast. I was afraid that, as always, I will roll one shot and that would be it, fortunately I managed to kill both the objective and the Wrastler while still keeping enough fury on Thag to keep him safe. Due to Death Rage, I couldn’t change Wrastler into a cloud, as this effect is prior to mine. Konrad dealt damage to Thagrosh and I poped out Harrier. Unfortunately, one frog survived in the zone. I managed to clear the left zone but with no unit inside I scored no points.

Round 3 Turn 2

Round 4

We both were running low on time. Konrad made sure that my last Angelius would bite dirt and send him back to… my A-Case. He moved back with his Sacral Vault, since he didn’t want to lose him too easily. Jaga-Jaga moved over the wall, still safe from my charge, though.

I finaly managed to clear the right circular zone, kill the objective clearing this way the midde rectangular zone. In the left side I finally killed second Bokor. That gave me a significant scenario lead, I scored 3 points.

Round 4

Round 5

Konrad moved his battle engine into the rectangular zone in order to contest it. Jaga-Jaga killed left Helion. Last Shambler contested my right circular zone. No points for Minions.

In my turn I cleared right zone, moved Naga back to get stealth in the concealment and prepare to run Ice Witches to contest the left zone in the next round. 4 points in Legion’s favour. As you can see I didn’t have too much time left.

Round 5

Round 6

Konrad wasn’t able to clear any of the zones but managed to contest the right circular and the middle, rectangular zone with his battle engine.

In my turn I only leached fury and run with Ice Witches to contest the left zone.

Round 6

Round 7

Konrad couldn’t do much, I had to roll for fire and for damage in 3 seconds on the clock. Fortunately I managed to do that and we shook hands.

Afterthoughts

This game came really close on time. I did some unnecessary attacks, what could have costed me the game in the end. My second turn was devastating, as usually Thagtosh’s feat turn is. After the game we agreed with Konrad that ha gave up too many models that turn. Although, I managed to keep one of my Angelii safe during my feat turn and avoid the temptation of charging him into the middle of Konrad’s army, I still made a mistake and decided not to cast Typhon’s animus, what costed me 20 points of raw power. Konrad admitted after the game that in case I used my animus he would kill Typhon with Wratler.

I was really satisfied with my Thagrosh2 list and I really couldn’t wait to test it in the tournament environment.

The next game I played, being the last one before the tournament was Anamag vs. Skarre1. Interesting game to see, as I didn’t expect that match up to be that hard.

Cheers!
Piotr

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