Game #22 Anamag vs. Anamag – a short recap

Hello everyone!

In the last round of Champions tournament I drew a Legion player again. That weekend I played against 3 out of 4 Legion players (I was the 5th). Although I enjoyed this tournament and had a lot of fun I cannot call myself lucky πŸ˜› playing 3 mirror matches is no fun. At least, the last game I was about to play with Whydak, a cool guy from southern Poland. That was to be our second game and I was really eager to play a rematch, but all in all I felt low, as I played versus Legion and Circle Orboros only. I had high hopes for the Champions format, but it turned out to be quite monotonous. Let’s get back to the game.

Whydak, as all of Legion players present at the tournament, took Anamag and a second irrelevant list. We took our lists and we played Anamag mirror match. Neither of us was surprised.

Whydak’s list:

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

[Anamag 1] Anamag the Doom Feaster [+27]
– Blightbringer [32]
– Harrier [3]
– Ammok the Truthbearer [4]
Feralgeist [2]
Spell Martyr [1]
Spell Martyr [1]
Blighted Ogrun Warmongers (max) [13]
– Gorag Rotteneye [0(6)]
Blighted Ogrun Warmongers (max) [13]
Blighted Ogrun Warmongers (max) [13]
Chosen of Everblight (max) [20]
Hellmouth [0(6)]
Hellmouth [0(6)]

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)]

As you can see our lists were slightly different. We both had Harrier in our lists which I find very important scenario wise. We both had 3 units of Warmongers with a slight variation on my side – one of the units consisted of 3 Warmongers.Β  Whydak had Feralgeist, which could give him a potentially important advantage in contesting scenario pieces. Instead of Feralgeist and additional 2 grunts in a Warmonger unit I had a small Rotwings unit which could put me even on contesting a scenario or deal damage whare I had to have job done. Ihad Warspears with UA instead of Chosen what could turn out to be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on the situation. That definitely was to be a positioning mistakes game. In principle mirror matches are challenging, especially when lists are that similar.

The game has been already described by Whydak here. For those who are not familiar with Whydak’s blog, he is writing for WarRoomPL – a polish Warmachine&Hordes blog, podcast and YouTube chanel. If you want to read even more Legion battle reports (and not only), go there and check yourself πŸ˜‰

Since Whydak’s battle report is detailed enough, I will focus only on my afterthoughts and conclusions I drew from that game. Please find a reference photo below.

Deployment

Obviously my models are those on the other side, still totally unpainted. Photos were taken from Whydak’s side.

Afterthoughts

All in all it was a very interesting game. As interesting as Anamag vs. Anamag game can be, that’s for sure! There were couple of factors that affected the final outcome of the game and I will try to describe the reasons why the game went that way.

Unfortunately, I chose to be the first player. I believe it was a bad call, since the second player can field Hellmouths further and is scoring first too. Choosing to go first I gave up on the advantageous spot for the Hellmouth. With 6 models with flight and Hellmouths in favourable positions I would be able to contest the zones effectively and start scoring first. After the previous Anamag mirror match, I was convinced that while playing Ogruns it is better to receive an alpha strike, than charge all in. That prooved to be true, but sadly Whydak didn’t fall for the trap and didn’t want to commit too many models in one charge, while at the same time he was keeping the correct distances in order to retaliate next round. Several lines of Ogruns are tough to penetrate, hence keeping them in reserve is very important.

Painted models roll better. After the Whydak’s feat turn I had to kill as many models as I could in order to change the tides of the game. My feat turn wasn’t the decisive one as it came out later. Whydak managed to kill enough of my Ogruns so in my feat turn I couldn’t get enough job done. My charging Ogruns with full buffs were unable to either hit πŸ™ or kill enemy Chosen. My feat turn was really bad in terms of rolling dice. I should paint my models indeed πŸ˜‰

I still could have won, as Whydak made a mistake in his very last turn. He left Anamag without fury and outside of cover. Unfortunately, with his last charge he decided to kill my Ammok, just because he had nothing else to charge at. Otherwise, Anamag would charge his Blight Bringer and cast fully boosted Hex Blast. Then, Ammok would charge and hopefully kill enemy Tentacle this way enabling Anamag to cast another fully boosted Hex Bolt. From 0% of winning chances that would put me in a 30% chance situation. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

In general, if the other Anamag has 2 units of Chosen it is much easier to play against it. In a mirror match up it is better to have more bodies, since Anamag’s spells and feat can deal with Chosen. Warspears against double cavalry are better too. Against a more balanced list like Whydak’s it is more tricky. The terrain, the starting roll and positioning is substantial and the result cannot be decided on the list basis.

Personally, I prefer to have a minimal unit of Rotwings in the list. They can contest, they can block charge lanes (as it turned out in 2nd round of the Champions tournament) and it is easier to sacrifice them than Ogruns. In particular situation they can hit very hard too.

This game thought me a lot and I am definitely grateful for that, thank’s Whydak πŸ˜‰ I’m looking forward for our next game!

Am I satisfied with the result? Absolutely not and I need to improve my lists.

Short evaluation of Champions formatΒ 

To be honest, as much as I enjoyed being there and taking part in the tournament, I didn’t enjoy the format itself. The format being limited in principle, makes the lists in general really predictable and monotonous. All Legion players had Anamag. Would it be different on a normal tournament? Well, it’s tough to tell, butΒ  we didn’t really have a choice that time. Additionally, I faced only Circle Orboros and Legion, maybe that’s why I’m so salty about it πŸ˜›

Warmachine & Hordes, in order to be playable and affordable for the newcomers, would probably need to turn to this kind of limited format in the future, as it can be currently seen in most of card games. Is the current version of the format the way? What is your experience with the format? Taking 4 worst locks from a faction would be funnier though and would definitely increase the creativity.

Cheers!
Piotr

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