Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier

Let’s beat Brad! A tournament battle report of Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier. – I just played at a small but pretty well-staffed 17 players holiday’s tournament. Won the first 2 games with B3 vs. Maelok, then S2 vs. Skarre2. …

Then came Brad in its T4 incarnation with 8 Watchers and 1 Guardian – and led by a WTC player on top.

Although I made serveral mistakes and should especially have IFed the BDP instead of Nyss at least during one round, I learned one thing in particular: I really felt pretty underpowered with S2! Amazing! Never felt this way with her.

My plan for Sorscha was to flank Brad hard on both sides of the table, remove the assassination threat (aka Shifting Stones) first and go for attrition and scenario afterwards.

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Deployment

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Deployment

Sorscha2, Forward Kommander Sorscha (*6pts)
* Berserker (6pts – bonded, eat this!)
* Sylys Wyshnalyrr, the Seeker (2pts)
Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator (1pts)
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2pts)
Great Bears of Gallowswood (5pts)
Yuri the Axe (3pts)
Iron Fang Kovnik (2pts)
Iron Fang Pikemen (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Black Dragon Officer & Standard (2pts)
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters (Cylena and 9 Grunts) (10pts)
* Koldun Kapitan Valachev (2pts)
Widowmakers (Leader and 3 Grunts) (4pts)
Alexia Ciannor & the Risen (Alexia and 9 Risen Grunts) (5pts)
Lady Aiyana & Master Holt (4pts)

Bradigus, Thorle the Runecarver (*6pts)
* Woldguardian (9pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldwatcher (0pts)
Sentry Stone (Leader and 3 Manikins) (3pts)
Sentry Stone (Leader and 3 Manikins) (3pts)
Shifting Stones (2pts)
Shifting Stones (2pts)
Shifting Stones (2pts)

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Sorscha’s Round 1

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Sorscha's Round 1

Ran everything up: Widowmakers and Yuri on the left flank, Nyss on the right. Sorscha IFed the Nyss. Advanced only moderately in the center. A Great Bear boxed a Pikeman to give Alexia a corpse.

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Brad’s Round 1

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Brad's Round 1

The following Bradigus commentary is from Robby the kid, the Brad player:

He spreaded his army wide and ran up with his stuff. Luckily a little too far with the Widowmakers and the Nyss.

So I took the chance and went for some boosted fertilizer shots and on top got 2 Widowmaker with the Mannikins. Good start so far.

The rest of my army just stoneformed into the middle.

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Sorscha’s Round 2

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Sorscha's Round 2

Oh boy, I didn’t expect to lose 2 Widowmakers to Mannikin sprays and another one (on the hill) to a Watcher shot. Even more amazing: losing two IFed Nyss to Watcher shots.

Stupid mistake: Forgot to add the Risen grunt!? And I would have had such a nice open charge lane to get to a stone. #&%$§? Even worse: I kept the corpse token. Don’t ask why: tournament stress. ;)

Anyway, upkeeped IF for free, moved up the Nyss on the right flank, shot Mannikins and combined at a stone (shield guarded). Used Zephyr to advance even more.

Yuri charged one of the stones, threshered and did some damage to a Watcher. Core goal for him achieved. Way to expensive at this point, but: it works!

Started shifting towards the right flank (GB, A&H, Alexia1, Berserker) and moved S2 to safety in the lower right corner (thankfully no Kill Box).

BDP mini feated and jammed a bit including a Thrall Warrior from round 1 – feared a feat-charge.

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Brad’s Round 2

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Brad's Round 2

Time to kill Yuri!

I was expecting Sorscha to feat in the next round. So I tried to minimize the incoming damage.

I killed the stuff that jammed me on my right flank and aimed on the left to get more of the Nyss.

I didn’t feel comfortable with Brad in the zone. I lost too many Warlocks in an eSorscha feat turn.

So hopefully he feats now, so I can easily sit back and score him to death.

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Sorscha’s Round 3

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Sorscha's Round 3

If only I had removed a 2nd stone last turn… I could have started dominating my zone at this point. #&%$§?

Was really wondering why Brad didn’t start scoring this round? There wasn’t too much threat with Sorscha that far away.

Even “light” jamming is really a bad idea: 4 forests and the new Risen and Thrall (we both noticed it this time) couldn’t get to a stone.

Even worse: Those new Mannikins on the right flank didn’t allow the Nyss to charge the stones – what’s been their goal. I should have moved up Holt more aggressively. So, still no safety for Sorscha.

An even stronger shift to the right flank and the Berserker started advertising himself more strongly: “Hello! Eat me!

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Brad’s Round 3

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Brad's Round 3

Damm! I said you should feat now….

Ok, so now I should start scoring anyway, otherwise he could score first which would pressure me, and I like to pressure my opponents :)

So I killed as much stuff on my right flank as possible, decided to trade the Guardian for his Berserker and failed on my left flank (left 2 watchers outside of Bradigus Control with no Shiftingstone in 1″).

So Brad sits on 3 Fury with Flesh of Clay, and 2 shield guards. Feeling comforable :)

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Sorscha’s Round 4

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Sorscha's Round 4

And the Guardian ate the Berserker, easily, … while the Watchers ate close to the rest of my Pikes: With DEF 13, ARM 14 they just died. IF would have been really important at this point, but even with the Khadoran arc node Sorscha was too far away. And for sure, Brad started scoring: 0:1 now.

Anyway, the Great Bears and Alexia cleard my zone … and Sorscha had to take the risk for a 1:1. Brad should have been able to get to Sorscha, but why should he?

My left flank was a total mess now and I knew I couldn’t do much scenario wise anymore. My last hope was to keep Brad back because S2 still had her feat.

Aiyana harmed one of the Wolds in the upper right forest … but the Nyss just didn’t get anywhere. They still didn’t even get a charge on one of the other stones.

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Brad’s Round 4

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Brad's Round 4

He scored, so 1:1 now. I took 3 minutes at the start of my turn to calculate the casterkill.

I could have a +4-5 Brad beating up Sorschas delightful body, but in the worst case I’m only hitting on sixes and have dice -4 for damage.

Not good enough!

So I went for more Scenario Points, killed everything on my right flank, got two Great Bears with a +5 Watcher and got 10 damage on the Objective. 2:1

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Sorscha’s Round 5

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Sorscha's Round 5

With just one GB and Alexia without Risens I had to feat to remove the Watcher in the left corner of my zone. And Brad was too far away to go for him anyway.

I finally managed to remove another stone. But well, Brad couldn’t get to Sorscha at this point. At least the Watchers couldn’t either. 2:2 on scenario now.

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Brad’s Round 5

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Brad's Round 5

Now you waited to long for your feat!

I killed the Objective and scored another point in the zone: 4:2 now.

And game over. He has to ran everything into my zone but he could only reach the zone with the Gobber.

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Sorscha’s Round 6

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Sorscha's Round 6

Well, game over. At 2:4 and no options left, I just tried everything to clear the zone again. More for doing something at all. And I ran the lovely SPD 7 Gobber (yes, really, short legs but fast ;) into the other zone to contest.

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus’ Tier: Brad’s Round 6

Sorscha2 vs. Bradigus' Tier: Brad's Round 6

A rift with boosted blast damage kills the Gobber. 5:2

Learnings

  • IF is a thing against Bradigus and I should probably have deployed the Nyss on my left flank to contest Brad’s zone and move everything else towards the right flank.
  • Hard flanking and pulling Brad’s army apart does work as an overall strategy. But I’ll need more punch on both flanks. Need to rethink Manhunters…
  • Alexia1 is pretty helpful even against RFPing Brad thanks to her sheer DMG output (not to mention anything else Circle), but well, you really shouldn’t forget to add your hard worked Risen. ;)
  • Even “light” jamming is not helpful: It mostly helps Brad building Synergy and will result in lots of new forests on top.
  • DMG output is crucial against Brad: I’m not sure if Sorscha2(‘s feat) is enough, even when running GB and BDP. Both Irusks and Butcher1 should have an easier game attrition-wise.

Tournament-wise I won the last game against another WTC player, but well, he’s been locked into Kreoss3’s Tier that definitely didn’t have too many chances against B3. He on top overlooked Madelyn … and got assassinated on turn 2. I’d have preferred a “real game” here. On the other hand: don’t lock yourself…

About Kriegsspiele

Kriegsspiele (wargames) talks about tabletop wargaming: Warmachine and Hordes in particular; http://Kriegsspiele.me

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