This week I played a 50 Pt battle against Kassem’s Skorne force.
Max MHSF + UA
Max Sentinels + UA
Max Invictors + UA
Kassem brought 2 casters he had never played before and ended up going with a Zaal list:
Max Praetorian Swordsmen + UA
Hakaar the Destroyer
Kovas (Starts game in play due to tier benefit)
This was a pretty scary list that I could see some obvious synergy but I didn’t know what to expect from it on the table.
We were playing the Scenario Balance of Power (12 x 6 inch zone in middle of table and 2 flags that take away opponents control points)
Kassem won the die roll and chose 1st player. I’m ok with this because I really wanted to pick the side of the board with less terrain because it would serious get in the way of my Hyperion.
Kassem deployed Zaal near the middle of the board with the Krea to his right and the Cyclops to his left. The Swords me were in front and to his right. 1 unit of mortals were infront and to his left. The other Immortal unit was on his left flank. Between the 2 groups were the Reptile hound, Marketh and the Kovas.
The Ancestral Guardians and Hakaar were AD’d spread out across the board. I pre-deployed Hyperion in the open space near the friendly flag.
Issyria and the Arcanist went beside him and to her left were the Sentinels with the Invictors behind them. The MHSF deployed in front of them all with an Assassin on each far flank. I’m still proxying Issyria with Aiyanna for now because of a pre-order mishap with a local retailer.Here is the Board and we are ready to go. Skorne Turn 1
Everything more or less ran up the board.
-Swordsmen spread out between the 2 houses
-Immortals and Solos moved up behind them
-Krea moved up behind Immortal and gave DEF/ARM buff
-Cyclops and Zaal moved up behind them put Inviolable Resolve on Immortals
Let me preface this by saying I’m not good at this game. With that said we can continue with the battle report.
-My left assassin goes first to get out of Hyperion’s way. She charges the leftmost Ancestral Guardian. She flubs her damage roll and does 2 points.
-Hyperion runs up with Arcanist focus to get into shootig range.
-Issyria moves up and feats and fires a Sparkleburst shot into the Ancestral Guardian surrounded by Reptile hounds. I was hoping for a crit which would have removed 3 of them from the board. Sadly no crit but I did 7 damage to the AG and decent damage to each of the hounds. She also puts IR on Hyperion and admonition in herself.
-The Strikeforce moves up and all fire on Hakaar. Why you ask? I’m not sure. I was a bit fixated on the synergy between him and the Ancestral Guardians. I probably would have been a lot better off if I’d taken out the Swordsmen this turn instead
So that was a pretty shitty feat turn for Issyria. Especially because her play style kinda revolves around getting ahead in attrition with the feat then desperately trying to stay ahead before your opponent can kill all your shit. I think its pretty obvious it would have been better if I’d waited another turn. The Strikeforce probably would have been able to take out about half of the Swordsmen without the feat. Too much discussion. More Battle Report!
-Kassem’s Swordsmen charge in on my strikeforce. They have trouble hitting the DEF14 and kill about 4 of them but it ties up most of them.
-He runs a reptile hound into melee with Hyperion
– 2 other reptile hounds charge in under last stand. With LS and Fank they’re rolling 5D6 to damage. Which sounds awesome but with Hyperion at ARM21 that dice minus 13 which means he barely scratches the paint.
-The rest of his stuff moves up behind puts out buffs, etc.
At the end of his turn his reptile hounds that were Last Standed both are removed from play.
-My sentinels move up and clear off as many MHSF as they can by killing an Ancestral Guardian and some swordsmen.
-Strikeforce go and take out a bunch more swordsmen.
-Issyria goes uses AA to have Hyperion attack an engaging Reptile hound. but misses.
-Hyperion moves up and boosts to hit on some Immortals (there were 4 under the template) boosting to fish for crit aaaaaaannnnnd…… no crit. Kills 2 of them anyway.
-Invictors move up and kill some more swordsmen.
This turn it starts to get pretty bloody.
-The Kovas moves up into a juicly little region surrounded by 6 Senitnels 1 MHSF and 2 Invictors. 1 thressher attack and everything except for the 2 Invictors is dead.
-The swordsmen clean up the rest of the Strikeforce and sentinels.
-His Immortals on the other side charge Hyperion under Last Stand. I was pretty afraid of losing him this turn but they didn’t do too bad. Not even taking out all of his left side. and of course after his turn ends they are all gone.
-Hyperion moves up and fires a Sparklebust shot into a juicy clump of immortals and swordsmen. Again I fail to crit with my boosted shot but I still manage to kill 2 swordsmen and an Immortal. Thresher cannons take out Marketh and another Immortal and swordsman.
-Invictors move up around the Kovas and try to finish him off in melee. They leave it with 1 box. The other Invictors finish off the swordsmen.
-The Kovas kills all the invictors engaging him
-The Reptile hounds take a chunk out of hyperion.
-The Immortals charge in a and kill some invictors
-Zaal charges Hype as well doing pretty serious damage.
-The AG and Krea also charge in and eventually Hyperion falls. Retribution Turn 4
Victory to Skorne!
Thoughts on the battle:
-I have read lots of battle reports with Issyria and the overwhelming majority of them are losses. There is a lot of hype surrounding how strong she is for Retribution but so far it seems like it has yet to really pan out. Maybe it will just take more time for us to get a handle on her playstyle.
-I need to learn how to use her feat more effectively. Its really important to get so far up on attrition that your opponent can’t come back and so far I have not had a game with her that I was able to be nearly that successful.
-I had really bad target priority in this game and used my feat and a 10pt activation to remove one 4pt solo from the board.
Please leave any other thoughts, tips on using Issyria, or belittling my poor tactical skills in the comments!