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Dark Guidance Meta Benders 1: Karchev Mad Dog spam

Posted by on 10:12 pm

Such Boxes, Much Counter Charge, Very Jury Rig, Wow! Welcome to this series of Dark Guidance battle reports specifically covering meta-benders: filthy, degenerate, problem lists prowling around the dark corners of convention halls, hungry for blood and are out to get You and Your Family. Today we will be covering Karchev and his Mad Dog(e) spam. The following is a video battle report between Josh running Caine 2 and Chris running Karchev. We provide snap shots of the game, then shit talk afterwards about why this list is a problem and general strategies to beat it. We used the following lists. Cygnar Army – 74 / 75 points (Caine 2) Captain Allister Caine [+27] – Firefly [8] – Dynamo [18] – Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator [4] Storm Lances (min) [12] Storm Lances (min) [12] Gun Mage Captain Adept [5] Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord [4] Captain Sam MacHorne & the Devil Dogs (max) [18] – Captain Jonas Murdoch [4] Major Katherine Laddermore [8] Lanyssa Ryssyl, Nyss Sorceress [3] Ragman [4] And in the Scum corner. Khador Army – 75 / 75 points (Karchev 1) Karchev the Terrible [+30] – Mad Dog [7] – Mad Dog [7] – Mad Dog [7] – Mad Dog [7] – Mad Dog [7] – Mad Dog [7] – Mad Dog [7] – Mad Dog [7] – Mad Dog [7] – Juggernaut [12] – Kodiak [13] – Kodiak [13] Gobber Tinker [2] Gobber Tinker [2] In brief, since our analysis got cut a bit short due to Josh’s size requiring too much space on his phone (he’s very tall you see), Mad Doge spam is a type of list where you take Karchev with X number of Mad Doges where X is a big number. The commonly quoted number is 14 but in truth you can take as many as 15 and as few as 8, adding or dropping support as the Khador player sees fit. In addition to the Mad Doges you can also put in “real” warjacks, typically Juggernauts, Kodiaks or Ruin, so that you have models that do Work on turns that aren’t Karchev’s feat turn (and wreck some serious face on Feat turn as well). You don’t want to dilute the mix too much, keeping a double digit total warjack count is generally recommended since by that point the amount of metal on the table goes from “tolerable” too “waaaaay too much” This particular list has 3 real jacks: 1 Juggernaut and 2 Kodiaks. The Juggernaut is pretty common, being a rock solid heavy destroyer and all-round power house. The Kodiaks are only POW 16 on their fists but exist to give the list some much-needed Pathfinder and to provide clouds for Karchev to hide behind, primarily from Eyriss 1 or 3. They can also very reliably proc’ Chain Attack Grab & Smash on feat turn, since all their punches are boosted. Finally Vent Steam is a powerful ability now , providing some flexible infantry-clearing power that can dig deep into formations with a successful trigger of Road to War. Delivering these three jacks, and Karchev, is a carpet of Mad Doges. The key ability that makes the list actually work is Jury Rig. Mad Doges are some of the most pathetic models in the game in terms of damage output and...

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L2 Wargame: Warmachine Podcast Episode 50, The Gang Visits Water Pump #3

Posted by on 9:36 pm

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Klaw Plays Trolls Pt 12: Still Ending the World

Posted by on 9:55 am

This article started out as a reply to the following topic on the PP forums. I know, it’s the forums, they’re a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, but every once in a while, some of the great voices leave a bit of their wisdom. Or so I tell myself. The main discussion point is whether Madrak2 is to be seen as the top 5% in Trolls. Going into the WTC, the general population of Troll players seemed to think so. Now, a measly 39% win rate later, I think we can conclude that the hype isn’t to be believed1.     My guess is that Madrak2 was omnipresent at the WTC, because he was the easiest entry point (someone in the thread mentioned this). As a WTC player, you only had three months to come up with two good lists that covered the meta. This is difficult for the following reasons: You have no idea what the meta looks like. Even more so because a developing meta changes every two weeks. Lists that were problematic in July, could have completely disappeared by August. You need to learn how the new game plays and what your new faction does. In Mk2 I played Grissel1, Grissel1 and then some more Grissel1, with some other warlocks on the side. None of these warlocks play the same now. All your friends are in the same position, so don’t expect much help there. These three factors meant that Madrak2 was such an attractive choice. One simply doesn’t have the time to grind 50 games against a variety of opponents2, and … the first tests were very promising. I mean, I only played against opponents who never met him. Surf up, kill stuff. Easy. What I did learn about Madrak2 in the three months before list deadline, is that he doesn’t handle heavy ARM well. I tried to alleviate this by adding Mulg and Hutchuck to the mix, which did help a lot, but that still wasn’t enough (against Vyros2 for example, but more on that later). The reason why I never tried the troop spam option is that in my preliminary tests, my infantry just got shot off the table. Let’s just say I never connected those dots.   Going through the WTC lists, I realized I had made a big mistake in my list building. I didn’t have a list that could handle Vyros2, Amon or Karchev, despite the rest of these factions being relatively good matchups for Madrak2, on average. I also didn’t have a list for Wurmwood, but … whatever. It was an acceptable hole in my pairing3. Anyway. I’m not sure the Madrak2 troop spam list would have been the better option. It does counter ARM spam, but … as soon as your opponent brings, say, 20 semi-accurate shots, I think your list crumbles fast. Going back to the three problem matchups listed above, you would get pushed into a list chicken situation. Ret typically brings a more shooting focused second list (like Ossyan), Menoth has the High Reclaimer, and Khador has … whatever they damn well please (Vlad1, Vlad2, Sorscha1, Irusk2) to make it a rough game. Sure, a list chicken is a step up from an autoloss, but still not something I’d be happy about.  ...

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L2 Wargame: Warmachine Podcast Episode 49, The Gang Killed Spence

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Join Brandon, Jeremey,  Karl, and Max as we talk about the Epic versions of the Warmachine Junior...

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Countercharge ep6 Baldur2

Posted by on 7:13 pm

Countercharge is a Warmachine/Hordes dojo & battle report podcast. The format of the shows will be two parts. Part one, we will explore a warcaster or warlock and build lists. Then in part two we will actually play those lists and see how well our ideas are on the table. The goal of the podcast is to provide more than just “theory-machine”. We are based out of Iowa City, Iowa and you can find pictures of our games on www.midwestwargaming.com Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:37:46 — 89.5MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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L2 Wargame: Warmachine Podcast Episode 48, The name of the sniper, the troll, and the fucking tree.

Posted by on 11:28 am

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Join Brandon, Spence, Jeremey,  Karl, and Max as we talk about the big...

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L2 Wargame: Warmachine Podcast Episode 47, Rocky Mountain Rumble

Posted by on 2:26 pm

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Join Brandon, Jake, Jeremey, and Karl, in our 3rd mobile podcast, as they talk about the first day of the Rocky Mountain...

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L2 Wargame: Warmachine Episode 45, I Can See For Miles

Posted by on 10:55 am

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Brandon, Spence, Jeremey, and Max talk about MuseOn COn (MONCon) and the new edition (Mk 3) of...

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TDH60M – Ep. 52 – Trevy The Great Vs. Cygnar

Posted by on 10:21 am

This week we have a very special guest in Trevy the Great, to tell us all about the amazing Cygnar, and some super awesome things to make your opponents cry. Also we discuss the new Errata talk and test out mettle in the Lightning Round. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:18:39 — 180.0MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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TDH60M – Ep. 51 – Bubba Vs. 10 Maddogs

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This week The King of the North himself joins us less than a week after WTC to talk about his experience at the WTC, Canada’s strong 3rd place finish and Mad Dogs, Mad Dogs and more Mad Dogs. Also tune in for the latest news and of course the always entertaining Lightning Round.   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:06:53 — 153.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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