Stryker2 vs. Krueger2 – All in

Hello everyone!

How are you doing guys? Have you started playing wmh already after the lockdown? Here, in Warsaw, the restrictions are getting less and less harsh, but I haven’t managed to play a single warmachine game (live) since late february!

I have prepared a rather short battle report with a decisive alpha strike – what Stryker likes the best! It was our second game played that evening, it was getting late and the time pressure was there.

I faced Piotr and his Circle army. He decided to bring a Krueger2 list with Zaptos, filled with few other bests and some infantry.

Piotr’s Krueger2 list:

Circle
[Theme] The Wild Hunt

[Krueger 2] Krueger the Stormlord [+27]
– Feral Warpwolf [16]
– Shadowhorn Satyr [12]
– Storm Raptor [34]
– Warpwolf Stalker [17]
– Druid Wilder [0(4)]
Gallows Grove [2]
Gallows Grove [2]
Lord of the Feast [0(6)]
Swamp Gobber Bellows Crew [2]
Wolves of Orboros (min) [7]
– Wolves of Orboros Chieftain & Standard [0(4)]
Well of Orboros [10]

My Stryker2 list:

Cygnar
[Theme] Flame in the Darkness

[Stryker 2] Lord Commander Stryker [+28]
– Gallant [17]
– Talon [7]
– Toro [13]
Alexia, Mistress of the Witchfire [7]
Grand Master Gabriel Throne [7]
Morrowan Archon [8]
Savio Montero Acosta [0(6)]
Thamarite Archon [8]
Precursor Knights (max) [14]
– Morrowan Battle Priest (3) [0(6)]
– Precursor Knight Officer & Standard [4]
Precursor Knights (max) [14]
– Morrowan Battle Priest (3) [0(6)]
– Precursor Knight Officer & Standard [4]

Alexia2 was proxied by a black base (I was in the middle of the process of changing it to a cool skull base).

We played Recon II.

Deployment

Piotr went first and I got to pick a side.

Piotr deployed his gargantuan on the right flank, other beasts with Krueger2 in the middle and Gobbers on the left. The well was also deployed on the left side, together with two Gallows Groves.

I deployed one of the PK units and Toro on the left, the other big unit in the middle. Stryker was placed next to a Morrowan and Thamarite Archon on the right, close to Gallant. Gabriel was deployed in the middle, behind the knights. Btw, having a warcaster immune to all gargantuan’s ranged attacks feels great 😉

Deployment

Round 1 Turn 1

The well put a Tharn Shaman into play. Everything else ran towards the middle of the board. LotF took an excellent position in the trench. Krueger took position behind the birb.

Round 1 Turn 1

Round 1 Turn 2

Everything ran forward. I put some of PKs in enemy range to bait proccing Vengeance on those units. Stryker cast Deceleration and moved a little bit forward with Velocity. Gallant stood in front of my caster. Gabriel gave tough to the leftmost unit.

Round 1 Turn 2

Round 2 Turn 1

Piotr decided to go for his feat that turn. Krueger stepped in front of his army and use his with (with additional 2″ thanks to the Well it is a quite significant area covered). He pushed everything away and gave -2″ SPD to my front lines. Later, Zaptos shot at a couple of my PKs, Tharn Shaman did the same. I passed few of the tough rolls, however proccing Vengeance was what mattered to me the most. The rest of Circle army repositioned and awaited the next round…

Round 2 Turn 1

Round 2 Turn 2

Well, as I mentioned earlier we didn’t have enough time to play a 2h long game, so after swiftly examining the situation on the battle field I decided to go all in. PKs moved 3″ forward first with the Vengeance movement. Gallant ran forward. Stryker used his feat and cast Velocity to move over the objective. He cast Positive Charge on Gallant and charged Krueger dealing some damage. Later, both PK units charged Krueger/ran and I dealt some more damage forcing Piotr to use the last fury to transfer damage. Morrowan Archon also ran forward. I blinded Krueger with the first attack, finishing him was simply a matter of hitting one more attack out of a dozen (including boosted Stryker and boosted Gallant). That was a quick one.

Round 2 Turn 2

Afterthoughts

I love how Stryker2 list can shorten the distance between the armies. Even with the SPD debuff by Krueger’s feat, my army was able to get within melee range with almost any model on the opposite side of the board. Feating and running forward sometimes may be the solution, especially when I can get good value out of PKs attacks (effectively +3 MAT and +4 POW and Blessed). Stryker2 presents a great threat himself, the list is more flexible and can adjust to enemy playstyle easier than Constance. I feel much more comfortable playing the redhead guy instead. Heck, I could have even Rebuked Storm Raptor to prevent him from using his Pulse Special attack!

Normally, in the tournament setting, I’m not sure if I would go for this risky plan or play the longer game instead. Since we had some time left (I didn’t expect this game to end that early) we could reposition Krueger slightly and play a round more. I’m not going to describe it as precise, but it generally came down to doing the same I did to Krueger, but doing it to the Storm Raptor. I ran everything forward and basically took the whole battle group off the table. Keeping the right distance between the infantry and Storm Raptor is crucial here.

The next game I played against Zaal2 and wooooa, how great it was to test the Stryker2 list against him!

Cheers,
Piotr

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