A hoy hoy, it’s been a long time since I actually played a game! I got in one game this week with Scaverous against a Menoth player using pSevvy. My list was:
Lord Exhumator Scaverous (*5pts)
* Nightwretch (4pts)
* Deathjack (12pts)
* Skarlock Thrall (2pts)
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Bane Thrall Officer & Standard (3pts)
Bile Thralls (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
The Withershadow Combine (5pts)
Aiakos, Scourge of Meredius (3pts)
Bane Lord Tartarus (4pts)
Darragh Wrathe (4pts)
General Gerlak Slaughterborn (3pts)
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts)
It was a brand new list and I thought I’d try out a little bit of the “MSU” style that has been popular lately.
Scaverous and I have a love-hate relationship. First off, I love the model. It’s one of the main reasons I chose Cryx as my first army, and I had bought Scaverous and put him together before I had any clue what he did. I also love the concept of Scaverous as a caster. He has a broad toolbox of spells that includes telekinesis, one of my favorite spells in the game.
On the other hand, I hate how difficult it has been for me to play Scaverous. In 7-8 tries I’ve never won a game with him, and honestly never even felt like I was close. People describe Scaverous as a Rube Goldberg machine, and it has never felt like I got that machine to work. Because he’s not super popular there isn’t a huge database of Scaverous lists out there for casual players like myself to netdeck from. That’s kind of a stupid reason to hate a caster, but for beginner/intermediate players like myself who want to play good armies with a chance of winning, sometimes it’s hard to come up with lists that work. Anyways I’ll save some of my bitching for the end of the report, haha.
I went into the store knowing I was going to play my Scaverous list. When I told my opponent I was playing Cryx he said “cool, I’m going to use my anti-Cryx list.” Greaaaaat. As a Cryx player I’m used to playing against everyone’s anti-Cryx list, but every once in a while it’s nice to throw my random list down against someone who’s doing the same thing. Oh well, can’t blame people for wanting to try out their anti-Cryx tech. His list looked something like this (taken from memory so it could be off):
Grand Scrutator Severius (*6pts)
* Blessing of Vengeance (7pts)
* Judicator (18pts)
* Hierophant (2pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 3 Grunts) (2pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Exemplar Bastions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8pts)
Exemplar Bastion Seneschal (3pts)
* Reckoner (8pts)
So lots of multi-wound models that are tough to kill and a few jacks. Never played against multiple units of Bastions before, and never played against the Judicator. We roll up a scenario and it’s Fire Support. I win the roll and decide to go first. Here’s my deployment:
With Deathjack eventually getting placed over on the right side. Basic idea was throw the Banes up the middle and then use the heavy hitters to control the right side of the board. He set up a unit of Bastions and each side of the Judicator.
I run up and so does he. He tries to drift some Judicator AOEs onto my units but fails. Here we are after one:
I mostly just run up and try to spread my unit of Banes out to avoid all the blasts/Ashes to Ashes. My idea for the Deathjack is to charge up and put Icy Grip on the right unit of Bastions. Unfortunately I have the rules wrong (pretty rusty here) and forget that a failed charge means you can’t cast a spell. What I could have done was set up a Bane Thrall in range for the Deathjack to charge, then cast the spell after the successful charge. Oh well, next time. This means my Deathjack is just hanging in the wind out there. After my turn two:
His turn two he cast Ashes to Ashes on one of the Banes and rolled a 4, forcing tough checks on all 5 Banes of which I passed one. He jammed a Bastion into the Deathjack and assaulted Wrathe with the Reckoner, knocking him off his horse. Everything else just jammed up. I think he might have scored a control point?Didn’t take a pic of this one.
The Reckoner is in a prime spot for me to Dark Industry, so I spend basically my entire turn setting that up. I begin by purging on the left unit of Bastions, doing a few damage but forgetting to put Corrosion on any of the models (oops). I feat with Scaverous and TK the Reckoner and turn his back towards the Withershadow Combine. I get a Bane Thrall on the Reckoner and put some damage into him, then clear Darragh and Slaughterborne out of the way so the WSC can all charge in. The WSC all charge the Reckoner’s back arc needing anything but double 1s to hit. I roll double 1s twice in a row and miss on the first two charge attacks. Brutal. There’s like less than a 1% chance of that happening, but that’s why you roll the dice. The reckoner survives with 7 or 8 boxes. Deathjack then activates, kills a Bastion, TKs another bastion, and then needing 5s to hit misses a boosted attack and a regular attack. I begin to fantasize about melting my dice down into a frisbee and hurling it off my balcony. He scores another control point on my turn. Here it is after my turn three:
He casts Ashes to Ashes, rolls a 6, and kills all 7 models he hits. Wow, his Ashes to Ashes rolls were really good this game. He gets some hits on the Deathjack, charging in with the Bastion Seneschal, and kills the Withershadow with the still-standing Reckoner. My force is decimated but he doesn’t score a control point because he moved off the flag.
I’ve checked out mentally at this point in the game and just want it to end. I’d concede right away but figure that would be rude so I’ll play it out another turn or two. There’s no way for me to get close to his caster, so my Deathjack gets loaded up with focus and inches up towards the Bastion and Reckoner. He claims this results in his Seneschal getting a defensive strike, which is wrong because the Deathjack started his movement inside the Seneschal’s melee range (See: http://privateerpressforums.com/showthread.php?10866-Defensive-strike-and-models-already-engaging). Being a lawyer by trade you’d think I’d really get off on arguing about what the phrase “advance into” means but at this point I’m too frazzled to care and I let him take it. He spikes the damage roll with a 17 and cripples my Deathjack’s left arm. If it had actually mattered I would have argued more and brought someone over to rule on it, but in a friendly game that I already was going to lose it seemed pointless. I finish my turn and concede, having lost the will to go on (he would have won easily on Scenario the next turn). He played a very good game and really got me good.
Another disappointing Scaverous game; I just cannot figure this guy out. My models were clustered up too much on the right side and I wasn’t getting meaningful activations with Gerlak or Aiakos. The Bastions were a great answer to my army, since even though I got off a couple nice purges with the Biles, he was able to spread the damage around so it didn’t actually kill anything. In the end I only killed a couple Bastions, despite landing some pretty big hits. Even if Gerlak had managed to charge in he would not have done much since the Bastions would have spread the damage around to keep him from bouncing around. I had a couple tactical blunders, like failing to get Icy Grip on the Bastions, and in the end I didn’t manage to push up far enough to contest the flags. Even if my WSC had scrapped the Reckoner I think he could have won on scenario. His anti-Cryx list did what it was supposed to do, but I think I would have had a much better chance with an eGaspy list or a pSkarre list. Scaverous doesn’t seem powerful enough to “Cryx harder” when playing an anti-Cryx list, at least not with the list I brought. If this had been a two-list format I would never have risked dropping Scaverous (though I’m not sure why I would have brought Scaverous in the first place).
The takeaway for me is that I need to deploy my threats more spread out. The WSC, Gerlak, Aiakos, Wrathe, Deathjack, and my caster were all on one side, and all I had on the other side were a unit of Biles. He was able to push up on that side and start controlling the flag very early on. The turn I charged the Reckoner with my WSC I basically just had to move Gerlak and Wrathe out of the way since everything was so bunched up.
So Scaverous is going back on the shelf for a while, haha! It seems like every couple months I forget how terrible I am with him and I bring him out for a night only to get beat up on. Anyways even though the game itself kind of sucked it felt good to get a game in. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next time 🙂