I arrived at the club and asked who wanted payback today, since that has been one of the most interesting things about starting Circle. I’ve lost to Kriegler who (as far as I can remember) has never won against my Cryx. I’ve lost to Lars who’s in the same position, and if I lost the game last night to Husum it would be a third player to have beaten me with Circle while having lost all games against my Cryx (though Husum has been extremely close several times where I’ve pulled some crazy stunts or dice in the last seconds of the games). Husum didn’t feel the need for revenge but since he kindly agreed to hand my transsexual buttocks anyway (I keep calling the female models “him”, so it’s been decided that all my models are either males or trannies) it was game on.
General Adept Nemo
Arcane Tempest Gun Mages (Leader and 5 Grunts)
– Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Officer
Captain Arlan Strangewayes
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator
That’s a really scary list and a lot like I would have made it. Normally when I see eNemo lists I think “that could have been done better” but not this time. Husum is always good for some interesting games, and the last time we met in a tournament the game went five or six rounds with every turn ending with the other guy going “how the hell am I getting out of this one“, and both of us failing more than one assassination run. I was pretty sure I was going to lose this one going up against a great player with a great list, but soldier on boy!
Mohsar the Desertwalker
– Shadowhorn Satyr
– Shadowhorn Satyr
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters (Cylena and 9 Grunts)
Farrow Bone Grinders (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Farrow Bone Grinders (Leader and 3 Grunts)
Wolves of Orboros (Leader and 5 Grunts)
– Wolf of Orboros Officer & Standard
Looking back it seems I played the game with 4 points less than I should. Reinforcements was full Wolfriders for me and a Firefly and some Stormblades for him. I won the roll and elected to go first since letting eNemo get all his upkeeps up seemed like a bad idea. In retrospect this gave him the initiative but with the lists being as they were I think going second would have been equally bad.
The Gnarlhorn is standing in for my second Shadowhorn which just arrived. Terrain wasn’t really on my side either but it was an interesting alternative to the standard woods/buildings/linear obstacles we usually play on.
I just ran up and put up Pillars to shield the Wolves from his ranged fire. Megalith put Mirage on the Wolves and Mohsar put up Sunhammer since there were so many Jacks on the table. In his turn he advances and Eiryss shoots Mirage of the Wolves despite them being in cover.Thunderhead gets failsafe, Ironclad at the center gets Polarity shield (really missing those upkeep removal options) and he spreads out.
My turn I have to seize that initiative so I send in the reinforcements after Eiryss. Their prey is the Ironclad on that flank so it’s 10+ to hit but I get in two of them and they have luck so they can reroll, but the best I manage is a nine so she lives (urgh, albeit fair that I missed I could have used that kill). Mohsar goes all in and puts four Pillars up draining himself dry on FURY, I pop my feat which again has no effect on anything, Megalith pops Undergrowth and puts a stop to the two heavies and I line up the Shadowhorns to threaten a kill if he advances even slightly. Nyss moves up to threaten free strikes on Thunderhead and the infantry try shielding Mohsar. I know his two chargers are really dangerous, but I would need to camp at least three FURY to survive them if he manages to make a hole anyway.
Gun Mages Thunderbolt my heavies out of the way. Eiryss shoots Undergrowth of Megalith (man I could have used that kill), Arlan makes the Thunderhead immune to free strikes and with Energizer he comes in range of Mohsar and the electrical inferno kills him. Had this been a tournament game I wouldn’t have lost there since my opponent mistakenly though he could advance the other models with energizer after shooting with eNemo, but if I had killed Eiryss it wouldn’t have worked either because the Thunderhead wouldn’t have had the range to pulse because of Undergrowth, and Mohsars infantry shield would have held. As always I feel like my games with Circle are decided by a single dice roll and I don’t like it, not one bit.
It always takes me a couple of minutes to get over losing (not that I rage or smash things, I just need to run things through in my head to see what I could have done differently), but I had a good talk with the guys since we had quite a few spectators and they had some interesting input. Søren from the club said to me “it’s because you started out with the really hard Warlocks, and you’d be losing if you began playing Cryx with Coven as well” but I don’t think that really illustrates why I’m having trouble.
I did play some Coven when I began with Cryx, and I did lose some games, but I never felt like they were decided by one roll of the dice. When I had my few games with Coven I won about half of them, and when I lost it was because I made several serious mistakes, but every game with Circle feels like even the slightest mistake takes me out of the game, and even one poor roll of the dice does the same, and that’s not good for someone who wins by designing lists that can’t lose.
Roar and I talked about Kromac as well, since he has a Circle project running and read some of the same things I did. He’d also come to the conclusion that Kromac might be the Warlock for me, and that sometimes you just have to accept that everybody has a way they play that works for them.
I’ve been thinking along the same lines but I have a hard time accepting that I can be one of the best players in Denmark, go up against some of the best players internationally and at least stand a chance or even win, but when I switch to a different faction… clusterfuck failure on a catastrophic level.
Still, I made a deal with myself and I think I can paint up a cookie cutter Skillt based Kromac list in time for the Danish Masters, so we’ll see how that goes (though even that list has some really bad match-ups as detailed here by Skillt).