I played in my first Warmachine/Hordes steamroller tournament yesterday at my local game store. I went 2W-1L and managed to bring home the silver coin for 2nd place.
We played with the new SR2013 scenarios which I really like. I didn’t score any scenario wins but grabbing some Capture Points is what let me get 2nd place even though I got knocked out in the 2nd round.
I played with the much maligned eGrissel.
Dire Troll Bomber
Full Unit of Champions
I think most folks would say it is a non-optimal list, and they would probably be right, but I own limited models, so I do what I can. I also brought a similar pMadrak but I didn’t end up using it.
My first match was a mirror match vs. Grim Angus. He had full burrowers, full Nyss hunters, an Earthborn and a Mauler. My champions did a lot of damage to the Mauler, and managed eat the brunt of the burrower assault. Late game, my Impaler critically slammed (his) Janissa into Grim Angus and my Axer finished him.
Next game I lost. It was against eKrueger, Megalith, a Woldwarden, Shifting Stones with the attachment, a pair of Gallows’ Groves, and Bloodtrackers with Nuala. I think he had a Woldwyrd too. Early on we traded some blows, me killing his groves with some boosted blast damage and he killed my Trollkin Hero and hurt my Bomber with the Bloodtrackers. Stormwall ( the spell) really gimped my range game. The game ended when Krueger hopped over a structure and rolled triple 6’s on a telekinesis roll to pull Grissel from behind her wall. Then Megalith got teleported behind her and even with her feat up, he put Grissel into the dirt. eKrueger is the one caster I have played against more the once and have never beaten.
Next game was a Retribution matchup and I knew I had a good chance of seeing the Hyperion. I was right. My opponent brought Dawnlord Vyros, a unit of Invictors, the Hyperion, Aspis, a Mage Hunter Assassin, Narn, and some Arcanists. I had some fantasies about doing damage to Hyperion with my champions but that quickly evaporated when Vyros cast Inviolable Resolve on him and I learned how many boxes he had. Hyperion started munching through Champions while the Assassin got a charge off on Grissel but missed. Grissel splattered the Assassin. My beasts and remaining champions started hacking into the Invictors to clear a path to Vyros. Combined arms kill my Axer and the last champions, but Grissel puts a boosted quake shot into Vyros knocking him down, and the Bomber is able to seal the deal.
All in all, I had a great time and I am enjoying eGrissel. She is quite a dark horse, but she has some serious assassination potential and solid defensive stats.