The final round saw me up against Andy Garrad, the captain of last years England Team Roses and a confirmed captain for a team this year. He had recently picked up Circle and was running double devourers host with Kruger2 and Iona. His Kruger list looked real rough for Morvhanna due to windstorm shutting down riders guns, sheltering hand to make my raptor useless, a raptor of his own to shred my Tharn and Rebuke to take a unit of ravagers out of the game. I decided to try and play Kaya and see what i could do, Andy dropped Kruger.
Wolf Rider Champion
Ravager White Mane
Brighid & Caul
I won the roll off and took first turn. I deployed my wolves centrally and birds on the flanks. Andy put his bird on the left, Pack central and ravagers on the right the twins slightly to the right and node on the left. Weavers ambushed and the twins preyed the right hand Razorwing.
My Turn 1
I cast fog of war and everything move up cautiously. (Overly so) Lord of the feast sits behind a building.
Andy’s Turn 1
Andy moves up with everything. Kruger arcs a lightning storm at the bird hitting it and doing alright damage, he boosts on lord of the feast doing 3 to him. The Raptor gets guidance and blows a bird off the table with ease.
My Turn 2
In the list selection proccess i totally glossed over the fact that he has a mist speaker. This means i am forced to engage or he will just kill a bird every turn for nothing. To that end i port a stone to be a spray target, i then spray hitting Caul and the white mane. I fully boost them both killing the white mane and doing some chip damage to Caul, i then repo him forwards. My wayfarer on the right takes a random spray at Brighid just incase and nails the hard 10 to hit and kills her. (What a lad) My razorwing charges his node and kills it. Everything else puts up dodge and moves up. Kaya feats and i hope i have enough left after his next turn to retaliate.
Andy’s Turn 2
Kruger feats this turn, pushing my razorwing back into range of his ambushing weavers, 3 of them charge it and turn it into paste. The raptor pulses and then reloads into my pureblood. Caul charges it and finishes it off, the pack push up and shoot the objective down and the ravagers position to get stuck in next turn.
Andy Scores his zone and the right circle!
3 – 0 to Andy
My Turn 3
Despite still having a fair few pieces left i know i’m not winning at this point. My stalker can’t get to the raptor and my griffons just die to plasma nimbus if they try and while that is on the board i lose a minimum of 1 beast a turn for nothing. Being at -2 speed i do what work i can, my razorwing tramples and kills a ravager, fluffing damage on the second. My feral kills the contesting ravage. My stalker bezerks and kills Caul and two bloodpack before sprinting away and then two griffons go in and kill a further 2.
I score my zone!
3 – 1
Andy’s Turn 3
Andy was just on mop up duty. His ravagers trivially killed the razorwing, his weavers did the same to the scarsfel in the left zone. The Raptor killed one griffon and the rider champ killed another. Finally to get more VPs Kruger advanced and shot my stalker off the board with skyfire.
Final Score: 6 – 1
Fucking rough… In hindsight, despite the counters his list has into Morv she would have probably still been a better drop. This was just a slaughter. It was the first game in a long time where i felt helpless, not saying i played it perfectly (I have no clue how i’d play that optimally) But yeah. That was a rough one and i feel like i didn’t have a list that could really play into it. Andy did tell me after the game that it is his Circle drop and i can confirm, it certainly works!
Ended the event 3 – 2 and landed 6/36 which considering the field i’m very happy with. Kaya lost both of her games and i didn’t really enjoy her games too much so i know who needs replacing. Operation: Find a pair for Morvhanna is a go!