Siege1 vs. Morghoul2 – First 2020 tournament – Round 1

Hello everyone!

I would like to continue describing my games starting with my first tournament in 2020. It was a rather small local tournament but with a strong line up, as usual in Warsaw. I wanted to test the lists I was planning to take to Oslo next weekend. I didn’t have time to play Warmachine during the Christmas break so I would take any opportunity I had.

Finally, after some time of intense discussions with my fellow Cygnar friends, I decided to take Constance in FitD and a slightly modified Siege1 HM list with the newest releases (they were the newest to me at lest haha).

In the very first round I faced Pawel – my teammate from WTC 2019. He obviously took Exalted theme, this time with Morghoul, to my surprise. I obviously couldn’t risk taking infantry-based list against him, so I decided to take Siege1 and see where that would take me.

Pawel’s Morghoul2 list:

Skorne
[Theme] The Exalted

[Morghoul 2] Lord Assassin Morghoul [+29]
– Agonizer [6]
– Archidon [10]
– Basilisk Krea [7]
– Cyclops Brute [8]
Abidan the Keeper [0(5)]
Ancestral Guardian [0(5)]
Ancestral Guardian [5]
Extoller Novitiate [2]
Extoller Novitiate [2]
Hakaar the Destroyer [0(6)]
Void Archon [8]
Void Archon [8]
Immortals (max) [13]
– Extoller Advocate [3]
Immortals (max) [13]
– Extoller Advocate [3]
Supreme Guardian [16]

My Siege1 list:

Cygnar
[Theme] Heavy Metal

[Brisbane 1] Major Markus “Siege” Brisbane [+28]
– Charger [9]
– Charger [9]
– Triumph [18]
– Squire [0(5)]
Journeyman Lieutenant Allister Caine [0(5)]
– Ace [10]
Thamarite Archon [8]
Alexia Ciannor & the Risen [10]
Field Mechaniks (min) [3]
Storm Strider [18]
Storm Strider [18]
Savio Montero Acosta [0(6)]

We played Bunkers.

Deployment

I won the roll and decided to go second. Usually, Zaal2 doesn’t like to go 1st, so following this way of thinking I decided to pick a better table side.

Pawel deployed his warlock in the middle with Supreme Gentleman on his side. Both units of Immortals were deployed around the central pieces. Void Archons took each flank. Remaining models were deployed fairly centrally.

I deployed as usual, no surprise there. Both engines were put on the flanks with all the rest in the middle. Acosta took the right flank, together with Ace.

Round 1 Turn 1

Pawel didn’t waste time and ran everything forward outside of my threat ranges. Both Void Archons were preparing to move into action within next 2 rounds. The army advanced forward slowly but surely to hit rock hard sooner or later.

Round 1 Turn 1

Round 1 Turn 2

The first turn usually looks the same each game with Siege1. Everything ran forward, Caine0 cast FFE on Siege. Alexia created a Thrall. Oh, Siege also cast Explosivo on Charger.

Round 1 Turn 2

Round 2 Turn 1

Pawel advanced cautiously forward and tried to layer his defence lines, so it wouldn’t be too easy for me to break them. He also took advantage of the forest and hid a significant part of his forces behind it. Void Archon on the right continued flanking maneuvers, the other satyed safely hidden behind the building. I also lost the Thrall.

Round 2 Turn 1

Round 2 Turn 2

That was my turn to shine. Normally, against Zaal2 I wouldn’t be able to do too much and would have to play conservatively. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case, it was Morghoul2 that I was facing. I decided to go all in and kill as many statues as I could. I needed to plan it properly, though. First, Squire moved forward. Then, Siege walked up (I finally didn’t jam him with my own jacks) and used his feat. He killed some Immortals (and damaged Krea I think). I managed to rfp Abidan with my Thamarite Archon. Later on, as I wanted to maximize the damage on the SG I charged it with Acosta and… he died to a defensive strike, uups. Triumph, Storm Striders and a Charger took care of Supreme Guardian and models all around him. I even charged his battle engine with mine, to get more electro leaps. I also managed to kill Krea before killing the statue. Charger on the left failed… well, he killed those Immortals, but they passed tough, ouch. Ace repositioned slightly, as I didn’t want to lose him to Pawel’s retaliation. We both scored 1 point, 1:1. I was really happy with where the game was going. I managed to kill the biggest threat and kill enough Immortals to feel safe, at least this turn.

Round 2 Turn 2

Round 3 Turn 1

After suffering that many casualties, Pawel decided to take advantage of the scenario and turn the tides of the game by scoring points and forcing me to unfavorable exchanges. Killing Storm Strider wasn’t too difficult with all the models he had on the other flank. Also, I lost my Charger on the left flank and the flag remained uncontested. One of the Immortals contested my zone, the rest remained hidden behind the forest. I believe the other Charger was contesting the flag in the middle, so Pawel scored 3 points, 1:4.

Round 3 Turn 1

Round 3 Turn 2

I had to focus on clearing my zone and the tw flags that were contested by few models. With some lucky rolls I managed to almost one-shot the Void Archon on the left and rolled the exact number of electro leaps to kill all the immortals. I easily removed Hakaar and Squire ran to score the flag. I finished the Archon and a Thrall scored a point there. Ace hit and pushed the other Void Archon away from the flag (and left him on only handful of boxes), this way I didn’t have to commit any models to contest, as there was no solo to score a point this turn. A Mechanic ran forward to contest Pawel’s rectangular zone and I scored 3 points, 4:4.

Round 4 Turn 1

As Pawel was running low on models he decided to push hard instead. He easily cleared his zone. Later, Immortals managed to kill both Squire and Charger. To my surprise, Archidon managed to kill Triumph and that hurt a lot. Fortunately, Pawel didn’t have enough models to contest my flag and didn’t want to risk putting Morghoul on the flag. Pawel scored 2 points and I scored 1, 5:6.

Round 4 Turn 1

Round 4 Turn 2

I had a tough nut to crack. Although I was winning on attrition last round, I felt like I was letting the game slip through my fingers. I was also running low on clock and I had to speed up a little bit. Combined efforts of Siege, Alexia, Ace, Caine0 and Storm Strider resulted in clearing my zone. I also contested the middle flag with another mechanic. Sadly, one of the Immortals passed its tough check, and Ancestral Guardian survived on some boxes. With that many models I should be fine, even if the game would last till round 7. I scored 2 points; Pawel scored 1.

Round 4 Turn 2

Round 5 Turn 1

In all that haste I slightly mispositioned Siege and gave my opponent a chance to go for the assassination. Pawel, obviously, with nothing more to lose decided to go for it. First, Morghoul after placing 2″ sideways thanks to apparition, charged into the zone and found LoS to my caster and lowered his stats with Mortality. Then, Siege received one charging Immortal and Ancestral Guardian on his face. One spike and two regular hits later my caster was dead, what a pity. It was a great game! In the end, I forgot to take the last photo, sorry.

Afterthoughts

It was one of those games that I know I could win, and I know exactly where the mistakes were made almost immediately the moment I made them. I had the impression the game was slipping through my fingers, but instead of thinking about that I should have focused on how to prevent that from happening. I was winning attrition wise and I should have known better than to leave my caster in the open like that, as killing Siege was the only win condition at that point for Pawel.

Pawel flawlessly used the forest to his advantage to protect his models from my battle engines.

I am aware that perhaps it wasn’t the most competitive list I played against, but I finally realized that (outside Zaal2 feat turn obviously) it is possible to compete with Exalted theme force and that nothing is unbeatable. Lesson learned, hopefully ;p

Cheers,
Piotr

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