This past weekend I went to a great event at Millenium Games in Rochester, NY. Had a great time fielding my Legion in a pretty strong competitive forum–34 players over five rounds made for a really vibrant field. If nothing else, I got to play games against five players I’ve never faced before, which let me see all sorts of stuff I’ve never seen on the tabletop. But first, as always, painting progress.
I finished up a Ravagore for my Lylyth2 list, in the nick of time to convince myself that I don’t really want to play Lylyth2. When CID happens and Ravagores come down in price, I may return to her. But for now he’ll be a great shelf centerpiece model at least!
Now a quick breakdown of my World Ender Qualifier games. I lost my first two, but one the next three. Ending 3-2 felt pretty good overall to me given that it was a competitive field, my Lylyth2 list had some clear holes in ability, and I’m still newer at playing Legion. The pictures are not always so pretty to look at, as I’m still hardly painted on my lists. But I’m making progress!
First up, Paul (from somewhere in NY) and his Old Witch 3 infantry swarm. This was a rough one, as Old Witch 3 brings a lot of assassination threat and 50 infantry models. I tried to clear and simply couldn’t manage all their numbers, and had to play for an ill-advised assassination before my left flank totally collapsed. Was a good game, and exactly why I need a better infantry clearing list (I knew that Lylyth2 simply couldn’t get it done either.
Second, Piotr from Rochester and his Caine1 Gravediggers list. Friendly guy, and good to play someone from the area where the event was held. This match was lopsided all the way. I didn’t have the tools nor the luck to really leverage. I managed to hang in the game for a while thanks to Lylyth’s stealth and gradual clearing, but it was never going to be something I could press for victory due to attrition of my force.
Third round was Luke from Syracuse and his Madrak1 Storm of the North list. This was a fun game as there was a lot of missing done by both sides, so for a while we both really felt like we were in it. I got a clock advantage, and started to press on the side where Madrak1 was standing, which leveraged a win for me on scenario eventually. Heck of a grind, and a really friendly opponent.
Fourth round I faced Adam from Buffalo’s Strakov2 Legion of Steel list. In the course of chatting, I found out he’s running a team event I’m headed to in March, so it was good to put a name with a face. This was another slugfest, but one that I was able to do a little better at surviving than some others I’ve played. Admonition saved Fyanna2’s life near the end, which left me in a position to score the last points I needed to win. Was an enjoyable match–probably my favorite from the weekend as I felt like we both played well for the most part.
Finally, I faced Chris and his Kaya3 list (at that point I was a little out of it, having started on the road at 4am to get to the tourney… missed where Chris hailed from). Another game, another Iron Kingdoms farmhouse or barn smack-dab in the middle of things. That made 4 of the 5 rounds I played with some manner of building in the middle. This was another “I never play Circle, let’s see how we do” learning experience, and I got very lucky multiple times to manage the win. There were about three turns where his force had some tricky play that just didn’t quite work out every time–either my Bloodseer’s armor was a bit too much, or Fyanna2 was just a bit too slippery, or something. Was a good game, and a very nice guy to end a tournament playing.
I played a few prep games before heading to the tourney as well, all practicing my two lists (Lylyth2 in Primal Terrors and Fyanna2 in Children of the Dragon).
(Clockwise from top left) Lylyth2 managed to squeeze out a win against Chris’ Naaresh list despite not having any tools to deal with his armor and anti-shooting. Kallus2 came up short in my first fielding of him, unable to finish off Sorscha1 on an assassination attempt and paying for it. Vayl1 versus Larry’s Jaga-Jaga was just a little too clunky to get the job done, even when I had a shot at stopping her. And finally, Lylyth2 managed to get an assassination in on Ryan’s Gaspy2 thanks to range and Pin Cushion.
All-in-all a great set of games. I’m getting more and more comfortable with my Fyanna2 list. Now the challenge will be taking it into all sorts of opponents to see what it can handle and what it cannot. And I’m going to assemble the pieces I need to complete the other list that I hope will be a better pairing.
365 Points Challenge Progress (2018):
Battles (Privateer Press):
Overall Totals 2018: 31 (Win/Loss 17/14); 2017: 120 (Win/Loss 86/34): 2016: 123 (Win/Loss: 74/49); 2015: 43 (Win/Loss: 29/14)
Legion of Everblight:
12 Wins (Denny1, Scaverous x2, Issyria, Wanderer, Skarre1, Sloan, Naaresh, Gaspy2, Madrak1, Strakov2, Kaya3) / 7 Losses (Denny1, Krueger2, Dreamer, Sorscha1, Jaga-Jaga, Old Witch3, Caine1)
Protectorate of Menoth:
4 Wins (Gaspy2, Helynna, Vlad2, Sorscha1) / 0 Losses
Convergence of Cyriss:
1 Win (Haley3) / 7 Losses (Heretic, Rask, Kaelyssa, Xerxis, Siege2, Testament, Bradigus)