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  1. CJPT

    London GT hype

    I got lucky: I got annihilated in my first two games. Lots of room to move in the bottom tables!
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    London GT hype

    I definitely think they overbooked for 40K - 400 players, or something like that? Finding space and terrain for ~200 tables is going to mean cutting corners. By comparison AoS had 66 players, 30-40 decent-looking tables, and - occasionally - room to move your elbows. I had a really good time.
  3. Thanks for the help, everyone! Really helpful. I think I'm going to go with a Changehost, but include all of of the models and paintjobs that I really like rather than fully min-maxing it.
  4. Hi everyone - this is an open question from someone pretty new to the tournament scene. Generally speaking I'm very much a narrative player and a painter, so I've never played Age of Sigmar particularly competitively. I picked my army - Tzeentch daemons - because I love how they look, and it was Silver Tower that got me back into the hobby after a long absence. Then the Battletome and new range came along, and it felt like the stars had aligned. Since then Tzeentch has obviously gone on to be a big force at the top of the competitive game, although that's very much not my area of expertise - I've got Flamers and Burning Chariots instead of Skyfires. However, I've found that I don't enjoy the reception that my Tzeentch army has sometimes received when I go to events (and I've only done a handful.) There's a (reasonable) assumption that I'm playing the strongest possible stuff, and usually a few heavy sighs when I explain Destiny Dice and spells and so on. I play Warhammer to have fun, and I don't like feeling like I'm ruining someone else's fun just by showing up. Important point of clarity: I don't think Tzeentch is inherently a negative play experience, and I think all players bear some responsibility for giving their opponents the benefit of the doubt. But it's left me unsure about the right approach to take to tournaments, and with LondonGT coming up I want to figure it out. I'm torn between: Adapting what I've got into something competitive - probably a Changehost, given how many daemons I have, but it wouldn't just be comprised of horrors. Aim for the upper tables and players who know what to expect from that kind of army. Do the opposite and run something fun and fluffy - probably a generic Chaos army with a mix of Tzeentch, Khorne and unaligned stuff. Roll around the bottom tables delivering (relatively) wholesome experiences. I genuinely don't know. Ultimately it's a decision I'll need to make for myself - and soon - but I'd be interested to hear from anybody who also worries about these kinds of things.
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    Let's chat: Katophrane decks

    I think it's an interesting fix. It turns the sixth relic into a 'win more' condition rather than a 'win regardless of the gamestate' one, a bit like Annihilation. Something that might turn a close match but that you can't rely on to win you every game. I'll need to play with it to see how it feels, but I don't think it makes relics irrelevant - and it hurts passive Stormcast decks more than other archetypes.
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    Let's chat: Katophrane decks

    Beta rule update! https://www.warhammer-community.com/2018/05/15/may-14th-warhammer-underworlds-beta-rules-announcedgw-homepage-post-2/ Relics now cost 2 glory to play, and GW will be running this beta rule at future events that they run (perhaps including the LondonGT Grand Clash this week?)
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    Let's chat: Katophrane decks

    Totally agree, but possibly easier said than done when LGSes are going to be looking at the attendance/tone of these events to determine the game's viability. Sounds like things have taken off reasonably well near you, but Shadespire still feels a little shaky in my area. Enthusiasm took a big hit early when passive Steelheart objective decks where a thing (even though they could be countered) - Katophrane Stormcast threaten a similar situation, but worse. My background is in competitive X-Wing, and I found that a limited top-tier meta eventually filtered down to and soured local events, rather than local events diversifying to accommodate different player types. Over the years I saw a marked transition from new players showing up with lists they were excited about to new players showing up with power lists they'd found online. That makes total sense - if you're new to a scene you probably don't know what the tone of the event or community is, and you might be afraid of embarrassing yourself by showing up with something 'bad'. I think a game needs to reach a certain size - like Magic - to sustain different competitive ecosystems like the ones you describe. The fact that X-Wing was/is pretty huge and didn't get to that point is a concern, to me, that it isn't something we can realistically expect from Shadespire.
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    Let's chat: Katophrane decks

    Wanted to respond to this point in particular because it's an area where I've frequently seen quite a big difference between miniatures games and TCGs. While it's absolutely fair to say 'I've spent money and time to get here, I want to win', I've encountered just as many - if not more - players who think 'I've spent time and money to get here, I want to have the best games possible'. Even people who would consider themselves competitive. Asking competitive players to moderate their use of 'tier 0' meta decks is a slippery slope, but it's a slippery slope that the game is already on - because no two competitive players are the same. Everybody values something slightly different, whether that's deck building or fundamental mechanics, and catering to different types of competitor is vital for the health of the game whether or not specific mirror matches are interesting. If Katophrane decks reign until Shadespire 2 comes out, you'll lose everybody except the deck builders (and even then, they're not going to be actually doing much deck building.) These high skill floor power lists are really bad for new competitive players, too. They'll either be put off by them, which is bad for the scene, or adopt them as the only way to win, which is worse.
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    Age of Sigmar: Second Edition

    So the Idoneth icons thing has just been FAQ'd. I agree that it's fair for players to go with rules as written, but I feel like GW are setting a pretty firm precedent of FAQing instances where you can get an advantage by loading up on command characters or special weapons. Which isn't to say that people shouldn't try to take advantage of it while they can, but I feel like the average lifespan of these ambiguities is getting shorter and shorter, and so it's not really worth spending time/money on them.
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    Age of Sigmar: Second Edition

    I've got my fingers crossed that we're going to see Darkoath as a faction, and both that mounted guy and a few of the frontline warriors seem like they could be indicators of that? After all: Lord-Ordinator -> Sacrosanct Chamber Knight of Shrouds -> Nighthaunt update Cave-Shaman -> rumoured gobbo release Warqueen -> NEW UNDIVIDED CHAOS MORTALS PLEASE
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    Let's chat Disciples of Tzeentch

    Slightly different sort of question, but I imagine it's something a lot of people here have dealt with: how do you safely transport a fully assembled Lord of Change? I don't have a car, so taking mine to events makes me really nervous. The one time I tried to carve out space for it in a Crusade case I ended up with a couple of (fixable) breakages. The wingspan is so broad that I don't trust it to fit in most of the available KR/Feldherr pluckfoam solutions. My best bet is probably a large magnetised box, but I have no idea how to transport that safely on public transport. If anyone's solved this problem for themselves, I'd really love to hear about it.
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    Malign Portents - A Tale of ??? Warlords

    Prizes for the prize god! Certificates for the certificate throne!
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    The Rumour Thread

    As a counterpoint to this: Shadespire is much cheaper than its peers. If you think of it as occupying the same sort of space as X-Wing, Netrunner, or Magic, then it's an incredibly good deal. X-Wing also bundles cards with models, and you often need multiple copies of particular cards to run a competitive squad. That means buying multiple copies of models you don't necessarily want. Contrast with Shadespire, where the 'no more than 1 copy of a card in your deck' rule means that there's no pressure to ever buy an expansion twice. If you buy the core set and every Shadespire expansion, you have access to the full game for, as you say, €185. Doing the same with X-Wing costs five times more than that, easily. I should stress: I love X-Wing! But I was staggered by how much more generous Shadespire is. And it should go without saying that collectible card games are basically an infinite money sink. With the regards to the comparison to Warhammer - yes, getting fully into Shadespire means spending approximately the same as you'd spend on a 2000 point AoS army. The difference is that with Shadespire you can run every faction in their game to their fullest potential. A better comparison would be the cost of Shadespire and every expansion vs. the cost of building a 2000 point army for every faction in AoS.
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    Malign Portents - A Tale of ??? Warlords

    After a bit of a sprint I'm... done! Here's my kitbashed Slaughterpriest (completing the Bloodbound SC! box) and Chaos Lord on Manticore (a monster for the final month of the muster.) ...and here's the entire force!
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    The Rumour Thread

    I think this might be a hint to the identity of the Celestant-Prime. All we know is that the Prime contains the soul of an ancient king, and I always had a feeling it might not turn out to be somebody obvious (i.e, Karl Franz.) If Tyrion granted Sigmar the soul of an ancient elven king - Finubar, maybe - then he might be pretty pissed off that Sigmar chose to turn him into a weapon. This would fit with the line that follows this, too:
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