lørdag 28. juli 2012

List planning for Danish Masters 2012 in Århus

I met Stephan Garmark, a very friendly guy from Denmark, at the ETC. He asked me if I wanted to come to the Danish Masters in Århus, and it looks like I might be able to make the trip. The Danish are a great bunch, and I really hope I can get a spot in the tournament and travel down.

For details about the tournament, see the Danish Masters tournament rules thread.

I have not played in any Masters before, so this is going to be exiting! I will unfortunately not have time to field two fully painted tournament quality Trollbloods list for this tournament, and neither will I have much practice time, so I will have to fall back on a version of my ETC 2012 Nemo2 list for one of the lists. The other list will have to shore up some of that list's major weaknesses. To recap, some of those weaknesses are:
  • Colossals, which can power attack to weapon lock my jacks. 
  • Other list can alpha strike to successfully crack my heavy armor.
  • Upkeep removal.
  • Mass disruption or other jack shutdown.
There is a theme - lists that can shut down my three heavy jacks before I can hit hard and start attritioning will give me major headaches.

So, I will have to build a list which can deal with those things, and preferably with a Warcaster that I am already comfortable with playing, since I will have little time to practice. Enter my second favourite caster, Caine2. I will try out a list like this:

Captain Allister Caine (Caine2) (+5)
- Ol' Rowdy (9)
- Squire (2)

Eyriss, Angel of Retribution (Eyriss2) (3)
Gorman Di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2)
Journeyman Warcaster (3)
Ragman / Rhupert / Arlan (2)
Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator (1)
Stormsmith Stormcaller (1)

Alexia Ciannor & The Risen (5)
Arcane Tempest Gun Mages + Gun Mage Officer (8)
- Hunter (6)
Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team (4)
Lady Aiyana & Master Holt (4)
Rangers (5)

For Colossals, it has upkeep stripping and ARM debuffs, which should allow all the ranged units to shoot the Colossals to pieces. It has all the basic stuff needed for the Caine2 assassination run (10 shots, +2 to hit, ARM debuffs, upkeep removal, and focus stripping).The list might have some problems in scenario play, since there is only Rowdy with Arcane Shield that can take a punch, and Alexia is not that great a tarpit without having some other melee infantry. But, that is what the I would have liked a better tarpit than Rowdy + Alexia, like perhaps max Boomhowlers, but I don't have them yet. I guess it will have to, but with eleven Kriel Warriors to finish I just don't feel like starting painting another ten trolls. :D.

Any tips on how to make the list better are appreciated!

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