Game #31 Thagrosh1 vs. High Reclaimer1

Hello everyone!

I have drawn Protectorate again, fortunately without Kreoss. This time I didn’t hesitate to take Thag1.

My Thagrosh1 list:

Legion Army – 75 / 75 points
[Theme] Children of the Dragon

[Thagrosh 1] Thagrosh, Prophet of Everblight [+28]
– Azrael [21]
– Typhon [20]
– Zuriel [18]
Blighted Nyss Shepherd [1]
Blighted Nyss Shepherd [1]
Craelix, Fang of Everblight [0(6)]
Spell Martyr [1]
Spell Martyr [1]
Blighted Nyss Hex Hunters (max) [15]
– Bayal, Hound of Everblight [0(6)]
Blighted Nyss Raptors (max) [18]
Ice Witches [7]

I played only once with this list before the tournament and that’s why I didn’t feel too comfortable with it. I was sure it had game versus HR + Judicator, though 😉

Andrzej’s High Reclaimer1 list:

Protectorate Army – 75 / 75 points
[Theme] Exemplar Interdiction

[High Reclaimer 1] The High Reclaimer [+32]
– Judicator [34]
High Exemplar Gravus [8]
Scrutator Potentate Severius [0(6)]
– Dervish [7]
Wrack [1]
Choir of Menoth (min) [4]
Exemplar Errants (min) [10]
– Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard [0(4)]
Exemplar Vengers (min) [12]
Knights Exemplar [9]
– Knights Exemplar Officer [0(4)]
Knights Exemplar [9]
– Knights Exemplar Officer [4]
Visgoth Juviah Rhoven & Honor Guard [9]

We played Mirrage.

Deployment and Round 1 Turn 1

I won the roll and decided to go first. Andrzej took the other side of the board in order to avoid burning forests and rough terrain all over my side. I deployed Raptors on the right flank and Hex Hunters on the left. I placed Azrael alongside with Typhon and Thag in the middle and Zuriel on the left flank.

Andrzej placed his Judicator in front of Raptors so his infantry would be considerably safe. Vengers were placed next to the collossal. Gravus, Errants and Knights were placed on the opposite flank. Visgoth, High Reclaimer and Sevy0 were placed in the middle.

Sadly, I forgot to take a photo of our deployment.

In my first turn I ran forward, stayed outside of threat ranges, put Draconic Blessing on Raptors and Fog of War on Thag.

Round 1 Turn 1

Round 1 Turn 2

Andrzej’s Vengers ran forward and one of them managed to engage my Raptor. Some blasts drifted from Judicator but nothing really happened. On the other flank infantry ran forward and the second line was outside of my threat ranges. I had to figure out how to engage there.

Round 1 Turn 2

Round 2

Since I was the first player I effectively won’t be able to score this round, at least Andrzej wouldn’t let me to 😛 I charged with Hex Hunters, because I couldn’t target errants with magic spells and knights were too far. Killing any Errant and getting that free spell was difficult, because that was Andrzej who decided which Errant would die. Nevertheless, I managed to kill couple of Errants and Knights, couple of Errants were shadow binded, good enough. My Raptors dealt with two Vengers. Azrael moved in, hit Dervish twice, damaging him seriously and slamming him into a Knight. That wasn’t the best deal I could get for my feat next round though 😛 Thagrosh stayed safe behind the forest and Zuriel stayed behind the wall. Next time I would need to make sure to be closer to my front lines in order to threaten the enemy next round.

As predicted, Andrzej massacred Azrael with Judicator’s rockets and charging Knights. On the left flank Errants and Knights contested my zone, but majority of them stayed outside of my threat ranges in order to be able to counter attack in the following round. One Venger that stayed alive ran behind the collossal, Andrzej wanted his cav back. Gravus took the flag and Andrzej scored second point in his own circular zone, 0:2.

Round 2

Round 3

Typhon moved in, sprayed the objective and three knights to death. Zuriel, Craelix and last remaining Hex Hunters left only a couple of Knights alive. Raptors continued to shoot at infantry. I feated back Azrael and put him into the burning forest again. I controlled 2 flags, my zone and killing the objective gave me 4 points, 4:2.

Andrzej had to keep up on gaining scenario points. Unfortunately, he couldn’t kill my objective with his knights. Judicator and Infantry succeeded at removing Typhon. Andrzej feated back couple of models, including 2 Vengers that I killed not without an effort. Andrzej scored top left flag and his circular zone, 4:4

Round 3

Round 4 Turn 1

In my turn, Zuriel accompanied by Craelix killed remaining infantry on the left flank and, what was more important, Gravus too. This time I didn’t forget about Quick Work rule on Zuriel. Azrael managed to kill Venger and sadly failed in killing Dervish, the same that he was throwing spears at couple of turns before. Ice witches helped a bit in clearing my zone. Raptors with impact attacks and charges cleared bottom right flag, where I just could stand still with Shepherd to pull off another point. In total I scored 2 more points, 6:4 in my favour. Take note that we were already really low on time.

Round 4 Turn 1

Round 4 Turn 2

Andrzej finished off my objective but decided to shoot his rockets at Azrael and missing, calculating drifting AOEs and additional AOEs consumed considerable part of time he had left. A Venger charged Azrael. By killing my objective and controlling his circular zone Andrzej went up to 6 points and we had a tie, 6:6.

Round 4 Turn 2

Round 5

In my round I managed to finish off Dervish with Thag’s spell and Ice witches. Azrael, after passing the threshold, got a free strike and managed to shoot down one Venger and slammed the other away from the flag. Spell Martyr ran to the bottom right flag to score. Zuriel ran to the circular zone to contest. Craelix ran to the top left flag and I scored 3 points, 9:6.

Andrzej had only 56 seconds left. He managed to finish off Azrael. Judicator run to contest my zone and both flags. High Reclaimer run to the bottom right flag. Choir managed to contest top left flag. Andrzej scored one point, 9:7.

Round 6

I flipped the clock and we finished. I won 9 to 8, what a game!

Round 6

Afterthoughts

For a long time I haven’t played such an intense ending! Thanks Andrzej for that game, it was amazing. Even now, after almost a month it is still on my mind. I fell in love with Thagrosh1, it can play a totally different game from what I was used to. Such a nice refresher to boring Primal Terrors 😛 I was satisfied with how I played that game, I maybe could have avoided losing a beast that early.

Attrition wise, that was Andrzej who had the upper hand. Normally, I wouldn’t be able to deal with Judicator at this point. Fortunately, scenario advantage and time was on my side.

I deffinitely prefer to play versus a single Judicator than two of them 😛

That was the second round of the Wrocław Masters Tournament. We played another one that day, stay tunned.

Cheers!
Piotr

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