Game #33 Thagrosh1 vs. Zaadesh2

Hello everyone!

In the 4th round of Wrocล‚aw Masters I was to play against Kamil and his Skorne army. I was sure it would be a difficult game, since I didn’t really have a good answer to double Animatraxes. I knew for sure that they can just wreck Ogruns like they were paper-armoured. In my second list, I didn’t have any threat extenders but I trusted that somehow my range damage output would allow me to soften BE up and then finish them off with whatever I had left. I could return one warbeast to play what always is quite helpful. I regreted that I didn’t have any obstacles besided 2 walls on both flanks. A building in the middle would help me a lot. I decided to take Thag1 and Kamil took Zaadesh2.

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]

Kamil’s Zaadesh2 list:

Skorne Army – 75 / 75 points
[Theme] Imperial Warhost

[Zaadesh 2] Lord Tyrant Zaadesh [+28]
– Agonizer [0(6)]
– Agonizer [0(6)]
– Basilisk Krea [0(7)]
– Cyclops Savage [7]
– Cyclops Savage [7]
– Cyclops Savage [7]
– Rhinodon [12]
– Rhinodon [12]
– Titan Gladiator [15]
Feralgeist [2]
Paingiver Beast Handlers (max) [7]
Siege Animantarax [17]
Siege Animantarax [17]

We played Standoff.

Stream is set up, we’re ready to go… we played in an adjacent part to the shop, a sewing shop apparently ๐Ÿ˜›

Deployment

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photo after deployment phase. Since our game has been recorded I will just use a screenshot from our game on WarRoomPL channel. I lost the roll off and Kamil elected to be the first player. Not the best situation, since his two animatraxes can play an aggresive turn 1.

Kamil deployed his BE on the flanks with warbeasts between them. Zaadesh2 in the middle.

I deployed Raptors on my right flank, Azrael behind the burning forest with an intention to hide him there, Typhon and Thag on the left side of said forest, and Hex Hunters with Zuriel on the left.

Round 1

Kamil ran everything forward carefully measuring my threat ranges, since he didn’t want to suffer any unnecessary damage in first round and that was a good idea.

In mu turn I decided to ran up my beasts to places where I could threaten his BE next turn. I don’t have any threat extenders so I didn’t expect to have charge ranges to Animatraxes without sacrificing anything or putting my models at risk. What I didn’t expect, though, was that Kamil would be able to remove 2 of my warbeasts. I should have put them a bit closer to my board edge.

Round 1

Round 2

Kamil couldn’t ignore opportunity to gain such overwhelming opportunity that I have presented him. Well, he executed it perfectly and couple of minutes later I was short of 2 beasts. Both of my character nephlims are quite survivable if it comes to melee attacks, but in fact POW 20 is no joke.

In this situation, I could only buy time and hope that Kamil would commit a mistake. I tried to kill the Agonizer with my Raptors first, but it (?) survived on couple of boxes. I managed to Shadow Bind both of the BE, but to be honest it didn’t matter that much anymore. Counter charges can be pain in the ass and that forced me to move Typhon into the forest and try to deal as much damage to the BE as possible. I was far from killing it as far as I was to his warbeasts. I feated back Azrael. This didn’t look good. Kamil scored 1 point.

Round 2

Round 3

In his turn, Kamil continued to shred my army apart. On the right flank Rhinodon killed 2 Raptors. On the other side he also cleared my Hex Hunters leaving none alive and scored another 2 points by controling his rectangular zone and killing my objective. 0:3.

I had all time I needed to figure out how can I kill Zaadesh as that was my only option. I needed to find a way to shoot at his warlock. Killing Animatrax was one of the options, the other was to find an angle to slam Cyclope against Zaadesh and shoot at Zaadesh again, then somehow finish him off with my spells. That wasn’t the case and we shook hands. Kamil scored another 2 points and won on scenario.

Round 3

Afterthoughts

Well, without a doubt that wasn’t the best match up and definitely not the best game I have ever played ๐Ÿ˜› to be fair I am happy that it has been recorded, so I can see how many mistakes I have commited and hopefuly learn how to avoid them in the future. Keeping my beasts safe long enough was the key and I have put them in danger. That’s a fine example of how to basicaly lose your game in turn 1.
But to be honest, going second against those battle engines with such high armour is not the best way to start your game, or your day too ๐Ÿ˜› Playing passively on this scenario wouldn’t be a good idea neither.

When I decided to find a caster kill angle it was already too late. Maybe next time ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hoped that at least the others were having fun ๐Ÿ˜‰ but not all of them seemed to be amused.

Expect the battle report of the last round of that tournament soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers!
Piotr

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