Game #19 Anamag vs. Anamag – CHAMPIONS TOURNAMENT ROUND 2

Hello everyone!

The time to describe my second game from Champions Tournament in Poznań has finally come. In the second round I was to face another Legion and what’s worse – another Anamag, since my opponent had only 1 list, Anamag in PT.

Although we both decided to play Anamag, Łukasz has brought a totally different set up. In fact, he borrowed this list from his friend espiecially for this tournament. Anamag in PT is really strong in Champions format, so I wasn’t very surprised to see Łukasz playing Legion this time. We never played together and I was really curious how would it go. 

My Anamag list:

Legion Army – 75 / 75 points
[Theme] Primal Terrors

[Anamag 1] Anamag the Doom Feaster [+27]
– Blightbringer [32]
– Harrier [3]
– Ammok the Truthbearer [4]
Spell Martyr [1]
Spell Martyr [1]
Blighted Ogrun Warmongers (min) [8]
– Gorag Rotteneye [0(6)]
Blighted Ogrun Warmongers (max) [13]
Blighted Ogrun Warmongers (max) [13]
Blighted Ogrun Warspears (max) [15]
– Warspear Chieftain [5]
Blighted Rotwings (min) [7]
Hellmouth [0(6)]
Hellmouth [0(6)]

I felt fairly confident in this match up thanks to Warspears, to my surprise 😛 Łukasz has brought double Chosen list, against which Warspears might turn out to be really usefull. That slight difference in damage output instead of simple survivability might be crucial. 

Łukasz’s Anamag list:

Legion Army – 75 / 75 points
[Theme] Primal Terrors

[Anamag 1] Anamag the Doom Feaster [+27]
– Blightbringer [32]
– Golab [17]
– Ammok the Truthbearer [4]
Gremlin Swarm [3]
Spell Martyr [1]
Warmonger War Chief [5]
Chosen of Everblight (max) [20]
Chosen of Everblight (max) [20]
Hellmouth [0(6)]
Hellmouth [0(6)]

Deployment

Łukasz won the roll and decided to be the first player. I chose the side opposite to the building blocking access to the left circular zone. Łukasz deployed his forces in a way that strongly indicated the direction of his attack. I decided to take the challange and faced his forces with mine, opposite to his line. On the left flank I placed the small unit of Warmangers and Birds. To our great astonishment, we put all of the 4 hellmouth units in the circular zones facing eachother, who would have guessed 😛

Deployment

Round 1

Łukasz advanced cautiously with the central Chosen unit fairly far up the table. The right unit positioned on the edge of the circular zone. The key to win Anamag mirror match up is to force the enemy to make suboptimal exchanges and killing high value models with those that we are prone to sacrifice. It’s important to create layers over layers of ogruns in order to have a strategical depth. The first layer is supposed to stop the enemy and take the punch while the second layer can retaliate. If possible, jam the opponent’s second layer and see him wasting time. That’s the general idea and the simplest way to put it how Anamag works in void. In reality, well…

In my turn, I decided not to give Blightbringer’s ARM buff, but instead I took -2DEF and no tough. BB shot the central Chosen unit. I believe I got rid of the ARM bonus with Hex Blast too. Then, Warspears took advantage of their pray bonus, assaulted the cavalry and killed one of the Chosen and hurt the other one failing to kill him. I moved couple of Rotwings up the table hoping to block charge lanes of Chosen.

Round 1

Round 2

Fortunately, blocking the charge lane with Rotwings worked, since one of the Chosen missed his impact attack and failed the charge. The rest of the unit couldn’t do much. Golab charged in, killed couple of Warmongers on the left and sprinted back to the trench. Łukasz managed to get rid of my right Hellmouth. He kept killing my tentacles in the left zone. The rightmost Chosen unit stayed far back.

In my turn I decided to take advantage of the favourable situation in the middle of the board and wrecked all but one Chosen there. Warspears failed to do so, obviously. Fortunately, the birds were there to help. I killed the leftmost Hellmouth. On the other flank the situation wasn’t that satisfactory. Who would have guessed that Ogruns would fail to cripple any of previously harmed Golab, leaving him on handful of boxes with all aspects functioning. Nevertheless, I felt pretty confident in that moment but you never know what can happen. Unfortunately, living Golab was an issue. I didn’t expect what was to come.

Round 2

Round 3

Łukasz decided to go for the Caster Kill and he had all time he wanted to measure it carefully. To be honest, I didn’t see that coming, and yes, the plan in order to succeed required a lot of luck. First of all he had to kill the ogrun so he could push Anamag forward with Gallows, or two. He missed the BB’s shot but managed to kill the unharmed Warspear with a boosted POW 8 lol. Later on he managed to clear the path for my Anamag, missed her with first Gallows and hit her with second, dragging her forward. Fortunately, it has to be another Ogrun killing an enemy model to trigger the free spell. We had to call the jugde to measure it carefully, since a rough terrain and blocking models were involved. Finally we have found a clean path. After all that, it came out that Łukasz was missing not more than 1mm (for those not familiar with metric system, it’s… nothing, really) to charge my Anamag with Golab. I could take a deep breath now, Łukasz conceeded as his Anamag was in the middle of the board with no fury to save her.

Round 3

Afterthoughts

Wow, that was a really intense ending of the game that I thought should go in my favour pretty easily due to list advantage. I didn’t see the angle and Łukasz, although he is not a Legion player, saw it and did his best to execute everything perfectly. He decided to take the bet, since I gained a significant attrition lead. The thing I learned from that game – Anamag is much more than only boring waves of Ogruns pushing forward.

As it comes to rating the match up, taking a favourable side on a specific table can be decisive. In this set up I was pretty sure from the start that the left side is mine due to the building position. Additionally, taking the first punch instead of punching the other one, is more beneficial. It’s good to have some shooting against Anamag too, but to be honest I would still prefer to have one unit of Chosen. Creating the strategical depth, making favourable exchanges and not overcommiting is the key to win an Anamag mirror match in my opinion. 

I would love to hear what’s your experience in this type of games. What’s your approach? Is going second always better? Please, let me know in the comments below 😉

There are more Legion games from this tournament to be described, so stay tunned.

Cheers!
Piotr 

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