Game #3 – Orboros not so broken – Morv1 vs Lich1

Hello again, it’s been some time since last post, but I will work to make it more consistently updated in future. I’ve got some backlog of games to be described, starting from early November. After initial games with Morv1, I’ve changed approach significantly shaping list in the way I have more combinations available on table:

My List:

Circle Army – 75 / 75 points
[Theme] The Devourer’s Host

[Morvahna 1] Morvahna the Autumnblade [+28]
– Brennos the Elderhorn [15]
– Gnarlhorn Satyr [12]
Bloodweaver Night Witch [4]
Lord of the Feast [0(6)]
Swamp Gobber Chef [1]
Tharn Ravager Shaman [4]
Tharn Ravager Shaman [4]
Tharn Wolf Rider Champion [0(7)]
Tharn Wolf Rider Champion [0(7)]
Boil Master & Spirit Cauldron [5]
Death Wolves [9]
Tharn Bloodtrackers (min) [9]
– Nuala the Huntress [4]
Tharn Ravagers (min) [10]
– Tharn Ravager Chieftain [5]
Tharn Ravagers (max) [15]
– Tharn Ravager Chieftain [5]

Opponent’s List:

Cryx Army – 74 / 75 points
[Theme] Scourge of the Broken Coast

[Asphyxious 1] Iron Lich Asphyxious [+28]
– Corruptor [14]
– Nightwretch [7]
– Nightwretch [7]
– Satyxis Blood Priestess [0(4)]
Axiara Wraithblade [0(6)]
Satyxis Raider Captain [4]
Satyxis Raider Captain [4]
Severa Blacktide [0(6)]
Satyxis Blood Witches (min) [8]
– Satyxis Blood Hag [4]
Satyxis Gunslingers [7]
Satyxis Gunslingers [7]
Satyxis Raiders (max) [16]
– Satyxis Raider Sea Witch [4]
Satyxis Raiders (max) [16]
– Satyxis Raider Sea Witch [4]

Pre Game thoughts
I was playing some games Lich1 on satyxis so I rather was fully aware what to expect from the list, and I felt quite comfortable in this matchup. It’s like nothing there is survivable enough , I am not heavily outthreated, and all of those enemy models will supply my harvest mechanic very well. All of those was convincing me to have strong attrition game win, then look for the scenario.

I was player starting the game. As building in the middle would sooner/later split army in half, I’ve decided to have my medium tharns on the right of the building, and rest of the army more to the left. Opponent was put army in balanced way splitting elements he could equally.

Round 1
There is no secret in this turn – I’ve just aggressively run forward taking much space, my rival did the same, with some attempt to put breath of corruption on my models.

Round 2
What happened there is: on my turn I did clear a lot of models left side with usage of LotF that could teleport to heavy warjack, and also I’ve cleared quite heavily raiders with help of Woldrider champion and trackers. On the right side I’ve intentionally “baited” (or rather I took calculated risk) and cleared some satyxis with help of mortality, shaman’s lightning and charges, which allowed me to kill 5-6 models. But as the result I was sure I will receive ambush at this side. So I’ve tried to position models predicting this.

My rival, reacted as he could by clearing lotf, champion and some trackers, on the right he cleared most of things in the zone. But this turn resulted in quite nice positioning for morvahna’s feat turn and retaliation. Turn ended with 1:1 score.

Round 3
During this turn I just triggered everything I could, I’ve killed most of models on the right, all on the left, I took objective. After this cryx player had only Severa, one or two slingers, satyxis captain, arcnode, caster, and heavy warjack in position meaning pretty much nothing. I have jammed him, and counted that 5 fury’s on Morvahna is good enough. Turn finished with 3:1 scenario score for Orboros.

My rival decided that only way to win is assassination attempt, which in order to happen required clearing approximately 4 tharns and one champion that was in the middle of zone after clearing the objective. He managed to do so, and in order to make assassination my opponent required to took some fury’s from me with Spectral Leech and then finish me with hellfire’s. I didn’t see it as very realistic option but to my surprise he did hit boosted spectral leech, rolled 6 – so I left on 2 fury’s, then hit me on 8 with another one spectral leech and took rest of fury’s. Feat put also some dmg to morvahna. But then it was time of interesting decision either one fully boosted hellfire, or two attempts without boost to dmg. One boosted to hit another not boosted at all. I am not sure what my opponent has chosen, potentially the second option, and first boosted hellfire did hit and put another bunch of dmg, but the last hellfire missed. After this attempt he did concede.

Post game thoughts:
– It was actually huge attrition win for morvahna. Satyxis with lich don’t have any extra plan how to survive or slow me down.
– It’s crucial to keep morvahna safe, potentially I should play her even more conservatively keeping her few inches more to the back/left. Still the odds were not the highest one, but those are the chances that shouldn’t be offered to your opponent
– I like shape of this list, enough solos for most of scenarios, very mobile army, with a lots of different vectors threatening enemies

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