Crucible Final Table Battle Report – Menoth versus Khador

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Here is the battle report from the final table of Crucible 2 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

This game took place after two SR tournaments where the top 8 of each tournament qualified for the Masters tournament on Sunday. Of those 16 players the 2 undefeated going to the top table were Adam Stewart with Khador, and Brian White with Menoth.

Just a quick disclaimer, this game is from a third perspective, so I cannot speak for decisions made. I am also going on memory, so I will get the overall events of the turn, but I will not have good specifics.

First off the lists:

Brian White’s Menoth

List 1:

Harbinger
-Devout
Avatar
Min Choir
Daughters
Knights Exemplar
Max Vengers
Nicia
Vilmon
Paladin
Covenant
Vassal
Anastasia
Saxon

List 2:

Feora2
-Vanquisher
-Reckoner
-Judicator (bonded)
Max Choir
Max Flameguard + UA
Vassal
Vassal
Mechanics
Wracks
Reclaimer
Eiryss2

List 3:

Severius2
-Blessing (bonded)
-Reckoner
-Reckoner
Min Choir
Daughters
Max Zealots
Roven
Vassal
Vassal
Reclaimer
Wracks
Kell
Gorman
Eiryss1

Adam Stewart’s Khador

List 1:

Sorcha2
-Conquest (bonded)
-Sylys
Joe
Eiryss2
Min Battle Mechanics
Max Assassins + UA
Widowmakers
Max Winterguard Infantry + UA + 2 Rockets
Aiyanna and Holt

List 2:

Butcher1
– War Dog
– Conquest
Gorman
Saxon
Harlan Versh
Min Mechs
Doom Reavers + UA
Max Iron Fang Pikemen + Black Dragon UA
Max Assassins + UA

List 3:

Sorcha1
-Behemoth
-War Dog
Eiryss1
Kell
Reinholt
Doom Reavers
Great Bears
Max Assassins + UA
Widowmakers
Max Iron Fang Pikemen + Black Dragon UA

The tournament was a masters format and each player had to use each list once. Adam was in the position that he played every list already (defeating the previous days winner to play at the top table). Brian was locked into Sevy2.

First the table, this game was played on a cool looking custom table themed towards the event:

Both players set up, Adam won the roll to go first:

Adam ran forward with Sorcha Boundless charging conquest and putting Iron Flesh on herself. The Winterguard spread around the conquest with the Assassins making a play on the left side.

Brian runs forward and gets into position.

Adam moves up, throws some shots into Brian’s army. Conquest takes a shot at Blessing, but Brian negates the damage. The Assassins run to engage.

Brian says that he doesn’t feel comfortable with the attrition game and decides to go after Sorcha. After his army clears up some charge lanes, Sevy casts awareness and  both fully loaded (Reclaimer fed the other one) Reckoners assault Sorcha. Each needing a 12 to hit (due to Iron Flesh still on Sorcha, and to Adam’s gratefulness, both miss.  Also, Gorman black oiled Conquest. Brian was also smart to use judicous use of Enliven, which put Adam in a bad place, with his ability to constantly threaten that assassination. During this turn, I believe Sevy did pop his feat, and assassins got to run into Creeping Barage, for Menoth, which is also how Gorman got unengaged from the assassin that was tying him up.

With Conquest not being able to advance, Adam threw as much damage on Brian’s army as possible, thankfully Gorman was a casualty. Adam did run Eiryss2 within range of one of the Reckoners to mess with his focus allocation. He also tried to jam the Reckoners a little to prevent them from threatening Conquest.

Brian retaliates a little killing a some of Adam’s army. He threw Visgoth and the Honor Guard in there to prevent Conquest from moving forward. Sorry for the blurry picture.

With a single honor guard standing between the two reckoners and Conquest’s fist, Adam allocates 4 to the Conquest. Sorcha pops feat and cycles Iron Flesh back to her self. Multiple winterguard with boosted attacks and a hitting Joe failed to kill Conquest.  Two attacks at the honor guard in the way was the only thing Adam could spare, and with double damage dice decided that that honor guard should live. Conquest went and dice also decided that the Reckoner it could engage would live (he missed an attack). He did throw an attack at the Honor guard and plasted him.

Brian worked some more at attritioning the army. Eiryss1 was able to get a bead on Sorcha and shoot her with the focus removing bolt. The heavily injured Reckoner moves to block Conquest from the less damage one. More liberal use of enliven was applied to the infected area.

Adam had no focus, but Sylys was able to keep Iron Flesh on Sorcha. Adam did the best he could, further attritioning his army. Conquest was able to finish off the hurt Reckoner, and threw an attack on the less hurt one triggering enliven.

Brian feeling in a bad position, decides to go all in to finish the game. At this point Sorcha had taken some damage, so he felt it was possible. Brian’s Sevy1 charged Conquest (even commenting having Sevy there stationary was game over for him) boosted a Hex Blast on Sorcha, hit, and caused some damage while knocking off Iron Flesh. The Reckoner stand stills aims, and puts Sorcha in the dirt.

Speaking as an outsider, the game literally came down to a Honor guard that didn’t die at the right time. Had Adam been able to secure 2 Reckoners on that feat turn, it would have easily been over. And if the Hex Blast or the Reckoner shot in the last turn not connected, it most certainly would have been.

Both players played fantastic games, no glaring mistakes that I saw.

Congrats to Brian on his win, winning Crucible secured him a spot at Warmachine Weekend and a 35 point fully painted army.

Author: Mahu

I am Mahu, a player out of the Orlando, FL area. I have been playing Warmachine since the 2010 field test. I am one of the co-founders of the Enter the Crucible podcast.

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