Screw you internet wisdom, I don’t need you. I’ve tried a whole bunch of Goreshade3 builds with abysmal results, no scratch that… horrible fucking travesty covers the experience more accurately. I’ve only won games against opponents I could probably beat while rolling a single die on every roll anyway, but having found a list I thoroughly enjoy with Deneghra3 it must be time for me to crack the Goreshade3 code… right? … RIGHT!!?
I probably need him to cover the Bradigus match-up so we’ll need some Banes, but it’s okay since it’s been forever since I used them. My Bane Knights aren’t even painted, but maybe it’s time for that to happen since it’s going on five years now.
- Bane Thralls (max) + UA
- Bane Knights (max)
- Saxon Orrik
So that’s a pretty standard core I guess, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever actually had both Knights and Thralls on the table at once. I’ve tried the whole Mockery of Life on cavalry models shtick, but mine just get gunned down anyway, so fuck ’em I’ll bring some Ghost Raiders instead. Arc Node is pretty important so I’m thinking Defiler since the Ripjaw has gotten some table time recently, a Siren to run it, and a Skarlock for some added spells since the WSC are busy with Deneghra3.
- Warwitch Siren
The ‘super solo’ package probably deserves to be there for other match-ups, so Darragh Wrathe + Madelyn enter the stage. This list is actually quite stealth-heavy now that I look at it, unless Goreshade needs the Occultation himself, but at least against Bradigus that shouldn’t be relevant. I’ve wanted to try out Aiakos with Goreshade3 for a while, so let’s plop him in there for some sweet Stationary drag-action!
- Darragh Wrathe
- Madelyn Corbeau
That leaves me with four points to spend, but the list is looking pretty heavy on support. I might up the Ghost Raiders to a maximum unit which would give me a bit more flexibility, but also leave me with a 1 point option. I should really remove Aiakos, but he’s such a fun model and he needs more table time as a super solo.
Goreshade, Lord of Ruin– DefilerBane Knights (Leader and 9 Grunts)Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts)– Bane Thrall Officer & StandardBlackbane’s Ghost Raiders (Leader and 9 Grunts)Aiakos, Scourge of MerediusBane Lord TartarusDarragh WratheMachine WraithMadelyn CorbeauSaxon Orrik
These lists might not be ‘fuck it!’ worthy, but I think they’re a good compromise between having fun and wanting to win. I’m pretty sure I won’t make it to the podium, but I should be able to stay away from rock bottom this time!