This time we went to a tournament in Poznań! I forgot how exhausting going both ways by train can be! Am I too old for this?? Anyways, I was excited to play some MK4 games in the city I studied in! Here we go, the first round. I was paired against Dawid and his Mercenaries.
Dawid’s Magnus2 list:
My Kraye1 list:
Unfortunately, I lost the starting roll, and against Magnus it is never a good omen, right? Dawid deployed his battle group closer to the left side, one warjacks was deployed on the right. However there were some proxies on Dawid’s side, the only warjacks were Toros, so it was easy to tell what those proxies stood for hahah
I deployed more or less centrally, with infantry advance deployed closer to the left.
Round 1 Turn 1
Dawid ran forward, just outside my threat ranges. Magnus cast Escort and Bullet Dodger on himself.
Round 1 Turn 2
Some time has passed by since I played against Magnus2 and I already managed to forget what is the biggest trap while playing against such list. Well, I advanced too cautiously and didn’t gain enough space, what resulted in my army being pinned down in the following turns. But first things first. One Trenchers unit took position on the left flank, right outside of enemy threat ranges. Centurion trampled forward, used Polarity Field and repositioned forward. Ironclad with Admonition on did the same. Cyclone stayed a little back. Trecher Cannon went to the right and opened fire twice to the closest Toro in the trench dealing some damage. It is way more difficult to predict range threat ranges in this edition and it requires a little practice for sure.
Round 2 Turn 1
Dawid didn’t hesitate, as he spotted the opportunity right away! The Arcanist stayed on his flag, Iron head moved one Jack a little forward. Magnus walked up and used his feat. Dawid chose his side and my left side as the table edges I couldn’t get any closer to. He also cast Obliteration and killed 4 Trenchers with it, ouch! All warjacks ran forward to block potential Los to his warcaster.
Round 2 Turn 2
Dawid’s Turn exposed how bad my previous play was 😛 I didn’t have much to do, I had to accept that and try to overcome the problem. I had to get at least one Jack gone. Jeremiah cast Pin Cushion on one of the Toros in the right most zone. Combined efforts of Jeremiah’s Radcliffe Carabine, Cannon crew and Cyclone were Just enough to grant me that. Centurion withdrew from the circular zone and used his Polarity Field. I left one Trenchers in the circular zone to contest it next turn, but in a hindsight I should have moved him around the building and keep him alive for another turn of contesting. We both scored one point on Our flags, 1:1.
Round 3 Turn 1
Dawid continued his initial plan and pushed further. He easily killed the contesting trencher granting him a point for the circular zone. I also lost a dog on my flag, Toro smshed him with a single punch. The right most Toro charged my Ironclad, but I couldn’t use my Admonition move, as the Arcanist hit him with a Hex Blast, ouch. Luckily, Ironclad survive and I kept the zone contested. Dawid was so far ahead that killing single infantry models with Toros wasn’t an issue. He deliberately targeted my scenario capabilities with his warjacks to ensure I won’t be able to come back from it. Mercenaries scored 2 more points, 1:3.
Round 3 Turn 2
If I wanted to get back from it, I needed to score points! I saw an opportunity in scoring my own flag and rectangular zone. Unfortunately, contesting the enemy flag was out of the question. Sadly, Cyclone and Centurion failed to kill another Toro, so I couldn’t score a point there. I repaired Ironclad with a command card. Ironclad and the Cannon left the Jack on a couple of hp so I had to finish it with charging Jeremiah. My caster also feated to gain one Focus point to be able to deny damage, just in case. This way I scored one point only and contested the circular zone with repositioned Centurion. As I said earlier, the enemy flag was uncontested and Dawid scored a point too. It was 2:4.
Round 4 Turn 1
In order to win, Dawid had to kill my Centurion and contest the rectangular zone. No front arcs meant that the left most Toro could charge Centurion. Magnus finished him with his amor-piercing Foecleaver! The Arcanist contested the zone and Reinholdt scored his flag, that granted 2 points to Dawid and gave him 4 points advantage required! Well played!
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As you can see, playing too cautiously while being second against Magnus is not a good idea! At least don’t let him catch all your important models in his feat, otherwise you’d be crushed on scenario.
Aparat from that I was happy how the list worked. Pin Cushion is an amazing addition to Jeremiah! Unfortunately, he lost a lot of his mobility, by reducing his warjacks threat ranges. I definitely felt that during the game.
In the next round of the tournament I faced Minions!