Got my first game in of the Journeyman league and had great time. My opponent was Justin, who was playing the following list:
Faction: Retribution of Scyrah
Kaelyssa, Night’s Whisper (*7pts)
* Discordia (10pts)
* Phoenix (10pts)
* Sylys Wyshnalyrr, the Seeker (2pts)
Dawnguard Sentinels (Leader and 9 Grunts) (9pts)
* Dawnguard Sentinel Officer & Standard (2pts)
Houseguard Halberdiers (Leader and 9 Grunts) (7pts)
* Houseguard Halberdiers Officer & Standard (2pts)
Mage Hunter Infiltrators (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Eiryss, Mage Hunter Commander (3pts)
Houseguard Thane (2pts)
The scenario was Close Quarters, which is one I generally like as a Cryx player because it forces casters to get up into the mix. As a spoiler, that’s what ended up losing me the match this time though, haha.
I won the roll to go first and deployed as follows:
It’s pretty difficult to see because of the white background (and my phone’s general inability to take quality photos), but my Bane Thralls are down in the middle with Skarre and the Necrosurgeon on the right side. There’s a Pistol Wraith on each side, the Deathjack is front left, the Leviathan is back right, and the Nightwretch is back left. His Sentinels are top right, Halberdiers dead center, Phoenix on the right side and Discordia on the left side, Kaelyssa was somewhat centrally located.
This picture was taken before he placed his AD infiltrators, which he placed in the green blob (forest) in the upper left-hand corner. In hindsight I wish I had thought more about where I wanted my stuff deployed. I had my Nightwretch and Deathjack on the same side, which meant that I had to get up close and personal if I wanted to tag anything on the right side. Hindsight being 20/20, I wish I had switched the placement of the Leviathan and Deathjack.
Round one was pretty boring. We both ran up towards the middle. I put a few Raiders in a place where I thought they’d stop his Halberdiers and Sentinels from charging through my line and I passed the turn. He shuffled up and feated, which was probably a good decision. Prior to him declaring the feat I had been eyeing the Phoenix as a potential Feedback/Backlash spam target for a quick and cheesy assassination. The feat prevented me from charging anything and definitely gave him another turn to set up his approach. At the end of Round One it looked something like this:
Because essentially everything in his army couldn’t be charged and had stealth I didn’t have much to do here. I upkept Admonition on the Deathjack and Death Ward on the Bane Thralls by cutting, and then walked up and feated on the Deathjack, the Nightwretch, the foremost Raider, Skarre, and his Phoenix. Unfortunately I moved Skarre the full 7 inches without thinking that I wouldn’t be able to get the Necrosurgeon up there to heal. Well, there’s 5 damage I’ll never get back. Here’s a shot after my turn:
He moved up and charged the Raiders with his Halberdiers and Sentinels. Discordia sprayed a Bane Thrall killing one and knocking another down. The Phoenix, unable to do anything, just shuffled up. At the end of the turn I had lost a couple Raiders and a Bane Thrall, and things were looking pretty good. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture after the end of his turn.
At this point I thought I saw a potential Deathjack delivery, but I had opted not to take an Admonition move last turn that would have made it a much more certain endeavour. There was a potential path over the Halberdiers to Kaelysa that would have involved Perdition and Trample, but after measuring my control area I don’t think I could have made it. I decided to play it safe and not go for it.
I assigned 3 to the Leviathan and 1 to Deathjack and then ran Skarre into B2B with my own flag and caster a boosted Black Spot on the Sentinels. This left me sitting on zero focus, ouch. The Leviathan killed 5 or 6 Sentinels, the Pistol Wraith killed another 2, and the Raider Captain killed another 1 or 2. It was awesome to see the unit get thinned out like that — definitely a big fan of Black Spot. I moved my Stitch Thralls in front of Skarre thinking they’d block LOS to any assassination attempt (hint: I was wrong). Deathjack and a Bane Thrall killed Discordia and I passed the turn. Mission accomplished regarding Deathjack: he was actually able to get some work done. I scored a control point and here’s what it looked like after my turn:
On his turn he walked up Phoenix and combusted, then walked up Kaelyssa and cast Phantom Hunter on herself. Kaelyssa proceeded to shoot Skarre off the table with focus spare, and I lost on the bottom of turn 3. Here is Kaelyssa staring me down:
Skarre is definitely not the durable caster I’m used to. Despite the small base I simply didn’t account for Kaelyssa’s ability to ignore LOS. Even if she didn’t have the spell I think she could have shot a Stitch Thrall off the table easily and then either shot Skarre twice or spell assassinated her. If I play Justin again I think I will either have to keep Skarre far away from Kaelyssa or camp more focus. I will need to be more careful with my caster. One thing that would help, for sure, would be to spread my arc nodes out. I got zero use out of my Nightwretch because I put the Deathjack on the same side in my deployment, doh.
Definitely enjoyed playing Skarre. It was fun to play a caster who wants to assign focus and sling some spells. I’m used to Terminus who just sort of charges up the field camping all his focus. Getting to shoot stuff was also fun, since I normally play very melee-heavy armies. Next time: be more careful with my caster and make sure the Necrosurgeon can stay in range to heal after the feat. Anyways definitely a good night starting out the league, looking forward to more games!