Klaw Plays Trolls Pt 10: The Dojo of Doom

However psyched as I am about the ADR roster for the first half of 2016, there is still something to be said about the current roster. Especially since our good friend Doomshaper decided to go all prophet on us.

Doomshaper3

 

With this guy on the roster, the current popular pair of Runes of War and Evolutionary Elementalism could become even more problematic. It can turn into EE with 20 points of extra obnoxious, coupled with Runes with Fire Eaters.

 

Doomshaper3
* Mulg
* Earthborn
* Mauler
* Axer
Max Krielstone + UA
2x Fire Eaters
Janissa

 

It’s quite uncanny how well that fits. On we go, this is ADR, so we got an extra 20 points to toy with. I like the ability to set the Fire Eaters on fire early in the game, so in comes the Pyre Troll. The most logical swap option seems the Mauler, replacing one damage buff for another. This leaves us another four points to play with. What nice things do we have for four points … let’s see. How about two Fennblade Kithkars? They can clear a jam, and possibly attack twice a turn with their Righteous Vengeance. Or … what about Braylen? Some spot removal is always nice, and for the extra point, we can add Swamp Gobbers. Or … why not some utility, with a unit of Runeshapers1?

Or … simply all of the above.

 

Doomshaper3
* Mulg
* Earthborn
* Mauler
* Axer
Max Krielstone + UA
2x Fire Eaters
Janissa

Specialists:
* Pyre Troll
Runeshapers
Braylen
2x Fennblade Kithkar
Swamp Gobbers

 

I assume you all know how to count, so you can see that there are only 17 points of specialists listed. Well … that’s because the last three points will always be a Dhunian Knot. Let’s not kid ourselves.

Of course, many of this is just personal taste. I see the use of Lanyssa Ryssyl, for example, allowing you more flexibility in the choice of objective, and even longer threat ranges on Mulg. Whelps could be interesting, Braylen could become a Totem Hunter2, and there is certainly a case to be made for a Runebearer3.

In case you’re wondering why I haven’t talked about his tier list, well … the best bonus comes in at Tier 3, where you can get a +1 on the starting roll. The downside: Janissa can’t be in that list. The question you should ask yourself is – will you surrender the added safety layer of Janissa and the Earthborn animus, for a +1 on your starting roll? I think the main battleplan of Doomshaper3 is to force your opponent into wasting resources trying to kill your heavies. If your warlock isn’t very hard to assassinate, that could turn out to be a shit plan4.

That being said, don’t play EE. Every time you do, God kills a kitten. True story.

 

Klaw

 


(1) If only to make people feel comfortable. I mean, when was the last time you went without Runeshapers in your miniatures bag, right?
(2) Or until the Dhunian Knot hits, you could have both. Kinda the theme of this post, really.
(3) Have you noticed the CMD stat on Doomshaper3? It could get interesting to cast Mulg’s animus with him, a bit like Grissel2.
(4) When going in tier, go all out like this:

Doomshaper3
*2x Glacier King
*Troll Axer
2x Fire Eaters
Full Krielstone + UA
Whelps

Balls, meet wall. You read it here first!

Author: Klaw

I have a Twitter account @Klawspeaks. I mainly use it for trash talk. That is for the lack of serious discussion about, for example, this article.

Share This Post On