Tournament report (YARR!!!)

This weekend I participated in a 24 man tournament in Aarhus. I brought a pDeneghra list I’ve wanted to run, since Sepher from Muse on Minis planted the idea of using the Sea Dog Crew with pDeneghra. As a backup I threw together what I had painted with eDeneghra, fully intending to leave that list in the bag the entire weekend.

Warwitch Deneghra
– Deathripper
– Deathripper
Croe’s Cutthroats (Croe and 9 Grunts)
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters (Cylena and 9 Grunts)
Sea Dog Crew (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Mr. Walls Sea Dog Crew Quartermaster
The Withershadow Combine
Bosun Grogspar
Gorman di Wulfe
Lord Rockbottom
Dougal MacNaile
Skarlock Thrall
Warwitch Siren

Wraith Witch Deneghra
– Deathripper
– Deathripper
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Bane Thrall Officer & Standard
Blackbane’s Ghost Raiders (Leader and 9 Grunts)
Soulhunters (Leader and 4 Grunts)
The Withershadow Combine
Bane Lord Tartarus
Darragh Wrathe
Gorman di Wulfe
Skarlock Thrall
Warwitch Siren

I got in a couple of practice games with pDeneghra last week, though the list did end up slightly different because I swapped in Gorman for Killingsworth. The tournament was non-CR and running SR 2013 scenarios.

The scene was set, and I turned up Saturday about noon for the first game. There had been a  Hardcore tournament running in which I didn’t participate, and the Warhammer 40.000 tournament was going strong, so there were quite a few people all things considering.

Lunch was the very first thing we did, and it was not really up to standard for Danish tournaments, but neither was is bad enough to be a problem. There was unlimited supplies of coffee and enough food to make up for the quality, and it was time to play.

In the first round D.L who frequents the site had asked for a grudge match, so we lined up for a game of pDeneghra Vs. pSkarre. I was extremely stressed out during every game, so there’s very limited photographs and I can’t remember details, but here goes.

Game 1: pDeneghra Vs. pSkarre

Pirate Queen Skarre
– Ripjaw
– Ripjaw
– Kraken
Mechanithralls (Leader and 5 Grunts)
Necrosurgeon & 3 Stitch Thralls
Satyxis Blood Witches (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Satyxis Blood Hag
Captain Rengrave
General Gerlak Slaughterborn
Necrotech & 1 Scrap Thrall
Pistol Wraith
Pistol Wraith
Skarlock Thrall

I won the roll and elected to go first since I wanted some control over where he could go and what he could shoot with the Kraken. He deployed as expected and since it was Incursion it was a scenario we both knew.

I was so far ahead in fire power that it wasn’t even a contest. I had to make sure Gerlack didn’t make it to my lines, and I had to make sure I forced him to feat on my terms, so I just ran like hell because he didn’t really have shot at handling that many ranged attacks.

I cleaned out almost everything he had except I didn’t touch the Kraken, and then pSkarre got herself pop’n’dropped and shot to bits by Croe’s Cutthroats. I grabbed two control points and advanced to game two. This  was mostly due D.L not having the tools to handle such a brutal gun line.

Game 2: pDeneghra Vs. eHaley

Away with you eHaley, shoo! This pDeneghra list does not like Cygnar, and though eHaley isn’t the worst of them, it was going to be uphill for sure. His list was something like this.

Major Victoria Haley
– Thorn
– Stormwall
Arcane Tempest Gun Mages (Leader and 5 Grunts)
– Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Officer
Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team
Stormblade Infantry (Leader and 5 Grunts)
– Stormblade Infantry Officer & Standard
– 3 Stormblade Infantry Storm Gunner
Captain Arlan Strangewayes
Stormsmith Stormcaller
Squire

Owie owie! Again I got to go first, and again I decided on pushing as hard as I could, in order to put him on defensive and let me dictate the game. The idea was okay but it didn’t go exactly as planned.

It was a bloodbath on both sides, but a few key mistakes saved my ass. The turn I expected him to feat he put down his covering fire templates and jokingly said ‘never saw that coming did you‘ and I completely agreed. Then I asked him about the logic behind that decision when he was going to feat anyway, and watched the facedesk in slow motion while giggling.

With 3-5 Sea Dogs more than expected I got in some solid shooting even with Haleys feat up, and while I took a massive beating I was still in the game. The following round I took even more beatings, but then my opponent forgot to put down the covering fire templates (probably still stuck hating himself for actually doing it the turn before), and I got to giggle again as Payday Pirates rampaged through his lines with Withering up, because I had not counter-feated him the round before.

I was running very low on troops at this point, but so was he and the massed Pirates + Withering-induced problems caused him to time out in the end. I’m not sure how the game would have ended if we’d had more time, but I think I would have lost. My opponent then massacred every other opponent and ended up taking second, so I was very satisfied with the result.

Game 3: pDeneghra Vs. Vlad3

This game was not entirely fair. First of all I actually wanted my opponent to win, because it was Jonesy who usually plays piss poor tier lists and does horribly, but he had gone 2-0 against some very strong players, and every time he won Hjelmen and I had to drink. I was more than a little tipsy after his two wins, but melee lists vs. gun-line pDeneghra is a doomed endeavor.

Vladimir Tzepesci, Great Prince of Umbrey
– Drago
Gun Carriage
Doom Reavers (Leader and 5 Grunts)
Iron Fang Uhlans (Leader and 2 Grunts)
Kayazy Assassins (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Kayazy Assassin Underboss
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
Fenris
Gorman di Wulfe
Man-o-war Drakhun (without dismount)
War dog

Jonesy ended up going 3-2 so the list worked, but it just didn’t work against me. I got to go first so I moved up, lost a model to the Gun Carriage drifting, and then it was feat turn. I caught everyone but Vlad, the Assassins, and some support, and then blew everything else to hell.

The Pirates feated and charged the Doom Reavers or ran in to block lanes (I gave them tough), but the one Pirate who made it to the Kayazy sealed the deal with terror as they broke and ran. At that point it was hopeless for Jonesy but the man is not a quitter.

Jonesy took a long shot assassination attempt at Deneghra, but trying to hit DEF 18 behind the obstruction and breaking ARM 22 as well (Parasited Rockbottom with the Skarlock on round one) was simply not in the cards after having to pop Dash in order to reach a point from which he could sidestep on his feat round, and then it was game over. He sprinted away but Croe’s, Pirates, and a Deathripper was to much for him to handle in the end.

Game 4: eDeneghra Vs. pCain

Oh shit! I was going up against Kris who had brought a Tier4 eHaley list, and that thing was going to annihilate my pDeneghra force. His pCain list would eat my eDeneghra list, so I was screwed unless I got pDeneghra Vs. pCain or eDeneghra vs. eHaley, but both of those games were winnable for Kris so I just rolled randomly for my list. Kris seeing that, did exactly the same, and we ended up with this match which I fully expected to lose.

Lieutenant Allister Caine
– Ol’ Rowdy
– Stormclad
Arcane Tempest Gun Mages (Leader and 5 Grunts)
– Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Officer
Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team
Lady Aiyana & Master Holt
Stormblade Infantry (Leader and 5 Grunts)
– Stormblade Infantry Officer & Standard
– 2 Stormblade Infantry Storm Gunner
Captain Arlan Strangewayes
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
Ogrun Bokur
Stormsmith Stormcaller
Squire

Yeah… Kris asked if I had a plan and I answered ‘Yes, I’m going to run at you‘, and so I did. I was so absurdly out gunned, and his list completely negated every defensive mechanism I had. I won the first turn and I ran everything up to just outside his threat range. I knew he was going to shuffle for a round outside my reach, and then feat + annihilate me. I ran up and didn’t feat because I could see no reason to, as he already had a toe in his zone and would be shooting me anyway.

Kris had clumped up his Gun Mages, and I sacrificed a node to Hellmouth them. I mistakingly thought it was an AoE 4 and I got two more Gun Mages than I should have. Kris was very sporting about it and we reinstated the two models when we found out, but they had missed a round or two of shooting that could very well have made a difference in late game, but there’s no way to know.

Then I charged/ran in the Soul Hunters to give him something to deal with. That’s when I realized that pCain does not have gun fighter so if I had used my feat I would have prevented him from feating, or at least prevented him from planting himself in the middle of my list before doing it. That little ‘oversight’ cost me 15 models as 9/10 Ghost Raiders vanished and six Bane Thralls followed them.

Then he teleported back to safety and I was crying softly, mourning my Ghost Raiders. Then miraculously Old Rowdy moved away from the zone, leaving only the Stormclad to hold it, and I had been collecting Control Points, so one round of dominating his zone would mean a win. I began seeing another underhanded win coming my way! He could have blocked me by running a model into my zone, or moving the Stormclad another 0.75″ away from Deneghra, but he didn’t.

Instead of trying to kill anything I used Death Rider to get in range to teleport the Stormclad out of the zone with eDeneghra, and it worked. The alternative would have been to turn Rowdy into a Seether which I considered, but this way I had that as a backup plan, while the other way around would have left me blocking lanes if it failed. This was an epic game, and I was pretty psyched to win it, but the final game would put this to shame.

Game 5: pDeneghra Vs. Old Witch

This was a rematch. In the first game I played with the pDeneghra Pirate list Paul destroyed me with his Old Witch list, and I wanted payback! This was NOT a bright idea in retrospect, but dammit if I would leave that stain on pDeneghra forever!

Zevanna Agha, the Old Witch of Khador
– Spriggan
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters (Cylena and 9 Grunts)
– Koldun Kapitan Valachev
Greylord Ternion (Leader and 2 Grunts)
Iron Fang Pikemen (Leader and 9 Grunts)
– Black Dragon Officer & Standard
Winter Guard Rifle Corps (Leader and 9 Grunts)
Eiryss, Angel of Retribution
Kell Bailoch
Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich
Sylys Wyshnalyrr, the Seeker

That list is a nightmare! He has a million in DEF against shooting, Prowl/Stealth with his caster, high enough ARM to block POW 10 even with Withering up, and I was completely and utterly raped all over again. Scrappy ate 9/10 Cutthroats due to a mistake in distance calculation, and because I thought he had to buy more attacks with Focus (only played against her twice before).

Here I have 19 models left… after his round was over I had 10 and one of them was broken after getting out of coherency, Grogspar was on his second tough roll. I was doomed, but then he activated his Grey Lords and the first one sprayed. I thought to myself ‘I wonder if he’s sure the other one is in range to cloud up the Witch‘ and then he sprayed with number two as well. Number three was out of range and I almost had a heart attack, because I had a shot at winning this!

It was a classic case of ‘winners syndrome‘ where he forgot the first rule of Warmachine: KEEP THAT #¤@£$&% CASTER SAFE! The Skarlock with Ghost Walk made sure the pirates could disengage, while pDeneghra with her barbs walked up and Scourged the Spriggan and the Old Witch. If she had been Stealth I couldn’t have shot her later, but without it… a Scourge + Venom and three Money Shot Pirates finished her.

I’ve never ever been so happy to win a game before, and not because I won the tournament but because it was so god damn close I couldn’t believe it. If he had remembered that cloud I would have lost without a doubt, and my legs were all wobbly for a good five minutes. I can’t exactly say that my list had any form of vindication against his Old Witch list, but a win is a win, and since the price was 1st place… It was also a Danish Masters qualifier for 2013, so that’s out of the way as well.

Last but not least… PIRATES ARE OP!!! Sea Dog Crew is the new black. Those guys can do everything, and while it’s a pricey investment (14 points including UA, Rockbottom, and Walls) it was worth it in every single game this weekend.

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19 Responses »

  1. Grats on the win! I’ve been having some luck winning with my similar pDenny/croes/nyss/kraken list, but I believe I’m going to have to try it with Sea Dogs now.

    • If nothing else it’s good for a laugh. Grogspar got his hook into Thorn and threw him to the WSC, though sadly I had no spare Bonejack to build out of him!

      The phrase ‘27 damage, you’re kidding me right!?‘ was pretty satisfying as well, when Walls rolled 11 on damage with Money Shot and Withering up, and then I said ‘he has two shots you know‘ :D

  2. the “before” and “after” pics of cain’s feat are epic :)

    Very much looking forward to the rematch !

    /K

  3. Did you end up regretting the Gorman Doc swap at all?

    • Nope, not at all. Gorman saved me once, did well in every game, or drew a bazillion AoE attacks because everyone wants him dead. Gorman is offensive, defensive, and utility in one package, and he does it all well.

  4. Yay! Battle-Reps ! :)

    mm tea time

  5. This list is pretty similar to the one in your pDene 2 article in which you seemed very dissatisfied. Can I safely assume MacNeille changed everything or was it more than that?

    • Nyss Hunters and Dougal makes all the difference.

      With Dougal both Croe’s and Sea Dogs were easily in range of their targets, instead of just being out of range, and with Nyss Hunters an opponent cannot simply ‘run to engage’, because pDeneghra + Nyss Hunter charge means absolutely everything dies.

      I see your reach heavy ran to engage my lines… how do they feel about a handful of 4d6+14 attacks?

  6. Incidentally, I would love to see this list run up against a Harbinger player and take a photo of the look on his or her face as they realize what is happening.

  7. Was a very good and entertaining weekend :-) I didn’t do too well in the tournament, but I had a blast, and got a lot of stuff for my little squirrel book ;-) at least my terminus list worked quite ok…

  8. I read it as well. He only uses a single unit and has raiders and mc Thralls in it if I remember correctly. I don’t know what his plan is exactly but mine is generally just trying to get 20 BKs into the face of the opponent :-) maybe ill get wiser at some point, but I really don’t think the list is that bad, and with more practice, I might even learn to play it ;-) if not, I’ll just have to find something else to do with 20 knights :-)

  9. You can give ´em to me :P My PSkarre list would like to try out 30 bane knights :D

  10. What would you think about bringing the press gangers in the list as well? Just going pirate all over dah place xD Especially if you bring Killingsworth back, makes your army really hard to remove. And if you were running this list paired with Terminus you wouldn’t be able to bring the combine so you would have some open points anyways.

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