Today I began testing my lists against their worst match-ups, but knowing that you’re on the tracks voluntarily doesn’t make the train hit any less painful. Krueger2 is the only match-up I’m certain belongs in the auto-loss category of my WTC notes, so we tried it out first.
I’m still suffering the emotional trauma of last years test phase, because even though I know I’m supposed to lose it starts to wear on you after losing 14 games straight, and only winning games you were supposed to win because the other team mates are on a similar test-losing streak. This morning I got on the tracks with a Deneghra2 Vs. Krueger2 match, and these were my thoughts before the game.
- I’ve got a gun line that can’t actually shoot him, because my guns depend on debuffs I can’t apply, and because Krueger2 has Stormwall.
I could apply those debuffs if I shot the druid leader, but I can’t shoot him without the debuffs. I could use spells to kill the leader, hellmouthing my own scraps, but double woldstalkers will most likely wipe them out before he commits anything of value to the front, and the druid leader will be behind the others and covered by clouds I cannot circumvent.
- I’ve got heavies with short threat ranges in melee, and he’s got a control feat that will reduce them to a crawling pace.
I can’t stay back because he’ll push me and win on scenario, and I can’t advance because then he’ll kill two heavies with teleportation + druids + TK + heavies, and use his feat to prevent retaliation of any meaningful kind. I could try running my screen at him full force, and at least make the Druids kill them instead, but with low stats the double Woldstalkers will most likely just wipe them out.
It was like trying to solve a four piece puzzle, where all four pieces had to be the first piece or they wouldn’t fit. I’m not sure I can accurately convey horrible this game was, but the number of lost models on each side should do the job for me…
- Cryx models destroyed: 22 / 24
- Circle models destroyed: 0 / 32
After Krueger2 spent his last turns worth of Fury healing his beasts, a grand total of 1 damage remained to prove they had actually been in a fight. Never before have I been so utterly annihilated, and Krueger2 most definitively belongs in the auto-loss category.
My much beloved Skarre1 list won’t fare much better against Krueger2 either, since he has the spells and magical guns to annihilate my Incorporeal models, while his feat gives him time to position and destroy my cavalry elements when they have to enter his range to prevent a scenario loss.
Now I have to go find a Haley1 game… sheesh.