I need a little break from all the Hordes hogwash. I originally set out on this project to become a better player and to get away from Cryx for a while, and I do feel I’ve grown a lot as a player, though certainly not in the areas I was expecting to.
I’ve also gotten my behind kicked more in the last six months than I’ve ever had in any game system my entire life, and more than a few people have enjoyed paying me back in full, so there’s more than one upside to the whole thing.
Now I’ve actually enjoyed my games with Legion despite losing a third of them, something that most certainly cannot be said about my games with Circle Orboros.
Running beast heavy for six months has given me a much firmer ‘feel’ for the capacity of beast heavy lists, and (more importantly) how to dismantle them, but I keep looking at Cryx and seeing something I simply cannot see in any other faction (except maybe Khador in some setups).
- Raw power: Yesterday a guy on the Legion forum claimed that ‘buffs > debuffs‘ and I almost shat myself. While it’s true that buffs do not require rolls to hit and often have the same effect, especially when you’re hitting an individual target or using unit, a debuff is for e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e. Buff spells are usually model/unit restricted, which means that people tend to take full units with all the bells and whistles (and specific ones at that), restricting their flexibility greatly and giving Cryx debuffs some juicy targets in the process.
- Water Theory: Hordes lists simply cannot adhere to Water Theory because of how the Fury system works. Water Theory requires generalist model/units and most Hordes options are specialized to the extreme. I find Hordes lists to be very much all or nothing, and I really don’t like it much. It’s workable with Legion due to the sheer power level of their options making it succeed more often than not, but I don’t like being dependent on stats like that.
- The puzzle: This is a bit less concrete. It ties in with the whole debuff issue, but as a debuff faction Cryx has so many options that can be made to work with each other. In a talk with a friend a couple of days ago I realized that almost every Cryx support model/unit can multi-task, and several of them are just as good on offense as they are at support. This combines well with the debuff theme, and you can decide what part a Cryx solo will play on a round to round basis. This ability to redefine your list and plan every round is a huge asset that Hordes have trouble emulating, and they mostly just pick a plan and muscle it through.
Then we add the fact that February will have several major tournaments that require fully painted lists, and that I don’t have a chance in hell of painting that many models in time, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Cryxmas!
Bile Thralls (Leader and 5 Grunts)
Black Ogrun Boarding Party (Leader and 4 Grunts)
Croe’s Cutthroats (Croe and 9 Grunts)
The Withershadow Combine
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan
I’m moving a bit away from my classic pDeneghra list, but Black Ogrun Boarding Party didn’t really have a place in the old setup. I faced a player at the ETC who used Bile Thralls with pDeneghra, and though he messed it up the core concept is really impressive.
Croe’s Cutthroats should probably be Nyss Hunters, but it ties in well with the rest of the list and AD will give me a bit more room to deploy. Bushwhack will also give me less dead models when it’s time for the Bile Thralls to enter play.
I’m clearly missing Dougal MacNail and Pistol Wraiths but the options I have of getting them in there removes key elements of the list (or the BOBP/Bile Thralls). I’m considering switching Dougal in for a Warwitch Siren but I’ll see how it plays out first.
I also need to find a second caster even though Terminus has been my man for a long time… because he’s been my man for a long time. It could be Mortenebra, but there’s a lot of painting missing there as well.