Tales from the crypt #3: list pairing and more battreps

I have decided! My list pairing will be Edenny and 3Shade.

The edenny list is my trusted list I have used before and I love it’s simple yet effective (it’s  eDenny how could it not be effective right? 😀 )

My second list will be The 3shade list I have tried out last week. Personally I wanted to use either 3shade or Morty and 3shade feels more well rounded compared to Morty.

for those who haven’t seen my batrep posts these are the lists:

System: Warmachine
Faction: Cryx
Casters: 1/1
Points: 50/50
Wraith Witch Deneghra (*6pts)
* Nightwretch (4pts)
* Deathjack (12pts)
* Skarlock Thrall (2pts)
Bane Knights (Leader and 9 Grunts) (10pts)
Bane Knights (Leader and 9 Grunts) (10pts)
Bane Knights (Leader and 9 Grunts) (10pts)
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts)
Machine Wraith (1pts)
Ogrun Bokur (3pts)
Warwitch Siren (2pts)

System: Warmachine
Faction: Cryx
Casters: 1/1
Points: 50/50
Goreshade, Lord of Ruin (*5pts)
* Defiler (5pts)
* Skarlock Thrall (2pts)
Blackbane’s Ghost Raiders (Leader and 9 Grunts) (9pts)
Soulhunters (Leader and 4 Grunts) (9pts)
Aiakos, Scourge of Meredius (3pts)
* Kraken (19pts)
Darragh Wrathe (4pts)
Necrotech & 1 Scrap Thrall (1pts)
Necrotech & 1 Scrap Thrall (1pts)
Ragman (2pts)

 

While both lists have their weakness, they also have potential on attrition, scenario and assassination. 3Shade obviously doesn’t have a great time facing spell / cold immune models and the blackbanes aren’t going to last long when there’s to much magical shooting all around.

I got in 3 games this week. All 3 were played using 3shade because he has some depth to him and I feel I need to dig some more in order to get to a better understanding.

I was able to get off a ranged assassination, and it felt good, however at the same time other people around the table saw a way to make a melee assassination happen and I didn’t see it. So while the basics for 3shade are seeping in, there’s always some other ways I still don’t pick up on automatically. This ofc all leads to “practice more”.

I’m also not 100% decided on which objective I’m taking with Gshade. On the one hand Arcane wonder is good in the scenarios where the objective is close to the advance deployment line, because getting within 4″ is simple and doesn’t involve getting up the field. ont the other hand Bunker has the advantage of taking the ranged destruction of the objective of the table, which has some use in the scenarios where the objective is further up.

Then of there’s The valor objective which feels interesting because you can get cover from it, the feerless part is of no use in Cryx ofc if you don’t have living  models in your list or they have fearless.

So that’s a thing up for debate, I’m leaning towards bunker at this point, but nothing is set in stone. For 3shade, because for eDenny is’t Arcane wonder all the way.

Another aspect I still need some time to get around is “how to play 3shade when there is no assassination avilable”, A good example of that would be my last game last night vs Pvayl. I was reading the spell list, looking at the table and feeling pretty ok, then I saw the little cold immune logo and that made a few very solid options go away.

It was a pVayl tier list, and the pVayl player got to go first, so he was halfway up the table, I only had 8″ of targetting range on anything (tier bonus) and on top of that most of my models would just get charged and destroyed if I moved more than 4-5″ out of my deployment zone. Even my Kraken as there ware 2 Scythyans just waiting for it to get within 11″ and moving 4″ out of deployment would make that happen.

I got some good tips from more experienced players regarding my play in that game, better use of soul hunters to treat the heavies, some better placement options with the blackbanes to screen the kraken etc. Lucky for me this tier list doesn’t really come up in tournaments, but man it’s a good counter.

Speaking of, another game I played was vs a Tier 4 Zaal list, pretty much the same, magic weapons everywhere, models immune to blast and no soul collection… So a not so easy job to get trough. In hindsight I should have just parked the kraken and used it to remove at least 4 models each turn.

My goals for next week is to try and “not assassinate” and go for alternative plays, or at least look for them. I’m not going  to pass up a sure assassination thats right in front of me ofc, but I’m curious to see how my play will evolve towards non-ideal match-ups.

More to come soon, painting update will be posted tonight.