Playing the Best: A Mayhem Cup Experience

Another trip to the worst state ever, but a chance to see some of the greatest Players and People in warmachine/Hordes. Mayhem Cup was a two day event, at Mayhem Collectibles in Des Moines Iowa. We drove down on friday afternoon, got to hang out, play some board games. get food, go see avengers with like 15 warmachine players, and just hang out and have fun.


Saturday at Noon the dice would roll, the battles would begin and The CUP would be on the line. Keith (sepher32) and I talked a lot about what to play for the cup, what to bring for reinforcements and whose feet were giving off that terrible odor. I think we eventually just blamed Rydiafan and moved on to other topics. I remained stalwart in my lists, but I kinda made up reinforcements and hoped they’d work for me, I haven’t been testing a lot reinforcement scenarios. I knew the stormclad with Haley, but I would have run full long-gunners as the Caine reinforcement if I had it to do over again 😀


Generated using Forward Kommander: These are the lists I played at the Mayhem cup.


System: Warmachine
Faction: Cygnar
Casters: 1/1
Points: 50/50
Major Victoria Haley (*5pts)
* Thorn (8pts)
* Centurion (9pts)
* Squire (2pts)
Arcane Tempest Gun Mages (Leader and 5 Grunts) (6pts)
* Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Officer (2pts)
Greygore Boomhowler & Co. (Boomhowler and 9 Grunts) (9pts)
Horgenhold Forge Guard (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
Anastasia di Bray (2pts)
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts)
Journeyman Warcaster (3pts)
Ragman (2pts)
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (2pts)
[Reinforcements – Stormclad]


System: Warmachine
Faction: Cygnar
Casters: 1/1
Points: 50/50
Lieutenant Allister Caine (*6pts)
* Ol’ Rowdy (9pts)
* Sylys Wyshnalyrr, the Seeker (2pts)
Arcane Tempest Gun Mages (Leader and 5 Grunts) (6pts)
* Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Officer (2pts)
* * Hunter (6pts)
* * Hunter (6pts)
Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team (4pts)
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters (Cylena and 9 Grunts) (10pts)
Lady Aiyana & Master Holt (4pts)
Eiryss, Mage Hunter of Ios (3pts)
Journeyman Warcaster (3pts)
Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator (1pts)
[Reinforcements – Full Precursors+UA]


Round 1 – Wess (Tower Games) Playing Menoth


I don’t remember his 2nd caster, but both his lists had a lot of infantry, and the Scenario was outflank outfight outlast. This is a good scenario for Caine because guns are much better at clearing large zones than infantry, so it is difficult for people to score points, without a ‘Jack heavy list opposing me, this was an easy choice to play Caine. He chose Harbinger


I won the roll to go first. Put out snipe and blur, and shoved forward. He moved forward feated and purified my spells, then Errants shot at Nyss killing a couple.


Arcane Shielded Rowdy and inched him into the zone with his back to a way, knowing he was going to take a couple hits from Horgenhold Forgeguard, and I didn’t want to get crit/slammed out of the zone. hunters took the battle engine to ~half then dead-eyed nyss and gunmages put some shots into errants killing about half the unit, and forcing a couple martyrs.


I didn’t bring my reinforcements on, because they couldn’t move under Harby’s feat. His reinforcements come in and his reckoner gets hymn of battle and assaults to get within 5”s of eiryss and manages to blow her up. Forgeguard beat up rowdy a bit, but nothing major (only 2 got in). A couple more nyss fall to the remaining Errants.


I bring in my pre-cursers, and they run. Caine moves up and feats+Thunderstikes clearing the left hand zone, then Teleports to saftey, hunters finish off the engine, Feat, rowdy, gunmages/13th kill about half the forgeguard, precursers run to get in the way, preventing any good charges on rowdy. Score a point.


Gunmages continue pushing things out of the zone for 2 more turns and I win on scenario 3-0.


Round 2 – Andy Welton – Madison – Cryx.


He has eLich and Terminus. Scenario – Restoration.


He didn’t want to play terminus against Caine, and I didn’t want to play Caine in restoration, so Haley vs Gaspy ensued. Battle of the titans!
Andy goes first and jams his models down my throat.


I fight to get some boomies in the zone, and shoot down some cryxians, I kill a pistol wraith and a couple banes with a time-bomb, and get AS up in hopes of not getting too smashed by purge/excarnate.


We fight back and forth for a couple turns, but my superior number of tough models is starting to wear him down. Then I’m forced to commit my forgeguard all in to kill a bone chicken and the rest of the banes, they get purged to death, and his feat kills centurion and the restoration marker, he comes just short of clearing the zone. the next turn if finish off the rest of his models, and move towards the objective. It’s Gaspy vs Haley, Jr, Thorn, and Gunamges. I manage to TK and Thunderbolt Gaspy far, far, away and score a point, then dice down is called. I win on tie breakers 1-0 control points. This was a truly epic game.


Round 3 – Richard Johnson – Madrak2


He was locked into Madrak2, this is one of those games that is just really really good for me. I played Caine and just shot all of his models before they could engage me. Divide and conquer can create that situation, and I honestly don’t really like that aspect of the format. win by attrition, he attempted to overtake his way to Caine, but came up a few inches short.


So I end day one at 3-0 and go get dinner. I opted not to play in the 20 point softcore, because I really don’t like smaller point games of Warmachine, they feel very rock/paper/scissors to me.


Day 2.


Round 4 – Josh Russel – Cryx


My first thought was “I’m too tired to play someone this good” and if you watch the video it showed. It was close quarters, he chose Terminus, I chose Caine knowing that I couldn’t win that scenario against Terminus, and I didn’t want to get forced to kill-box myself.


He wins the roll for first turn, I proceed to get very sad.


He runs at me, also bad for me.


I shoot him, he runs forward more.


I move out of my killbox, edging on a hill, and slam terminus with Thunderstrike (only 2”s) I feat and kill or knock down almost his entire army. Realizing that he can probably get me, I shove models in the area around Caine so he doesn’t have a place to end his movement. He gets up on the hill and misses his spray on a naked Caine, then camps the rest. Nyss fail their Abomination check.


Next turn Aiyana lands kiss, and I clear a charge lane for ‘Rowdy who gets it done on his last attack, Terminus fails his tough check and I squeek out a win by the skin of my teeth. Normally the goal is not to play against terminus in kilbox, scary.


Round 5 – Brian Giese(carnage4u) I was really hoping to dodge my Meta-Mate until the finals, but the fates weren’t on board with that.
Playing bunkers


This is about as good as scenario’s come in Haley’s favor. Haley vs Zaal


I won the roll to go first (thanks to Anastasia) I ran Boomhowlers into my defensive zone, and ran the rest of my army towards the other zone.
He runs up, puts out a couple upkeeps, and trys to get models close to the zone.


My reinforcement comes in. I get Thorn over there and with TK+TA Stormclad killed 6-7 models on his lonesome. It turns out electro-leap is pretty good. Horgenhold run towards the zone, with gunmages near the center of the board being able to threaten everything, and they shoot some stuff, clearing the zone.


Brian uses Push, Last Stand and Rage of Ancestors to melt my centurion. Molik and reinforcements kill some boomies. The forest hinders him, and stops him from killing stormclad.


then I clear the zone, score, and use Time Shift he got a couple models in the zone, but I was able to clear them and score again. This is one of the reasons to play Haley as a Jam list. Free wins.


Round 6 – Danny Cryx.


Sacrifice. Our lists were amusing. Caine can’t really beat his Skarre list, and Denny can’t beat Caine, and Skarre can’t beat Haley. The culmination of this tournament pretty much had to be a duel between sisters. You can see this one on Muse on Mini’s the video should be up Soon”TM”


This is pretty much a knock-down-drag-out fight between mercs and pirates.


I cast deadeye and shoot pirates, and I feat early in hopes of preventing any of my trolls becoming pirates. This does work out. I think I played poorly in my desire to kill doc and I should have just tried to kill more of his pirates and slowly win the attrition war.


I keep circling away from his bone chicken with Haley, but it still gets FAR too close. we have to get out the calculators to figure out how far scourge drifts as he was just over 4”s away. It traveled 1.535”s missing Vicky by .035”s CLOSE CALL.


I follow that up by stealing scourge and Spell assassinating Gloria.


Danny is an excellent player, and a great guy. he did a lot of work at the event and played well all weekend. It was an excellent final match. I have little doubt that he’ll earn his WMW invitation and I look forward to seeing him there!


I’d like to throw out a big thank you to Mayhem Comics, “Phatasian”, Danny, Ryan, Crump and everyone else who helped make this a great and fun event.

Author: benrislove

My Name is Ben, on the forums I'm known as Rolling_Thunder. I'm a former competitive TCG and Warhammer player. I picked up warmachine a couple months before MKII Hordes was released. I play Cygnar, Menoth, Legion, and Retribution.

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