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Notorious Hammer Tournament

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AIdenNicol444

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Notorious Hammer

 

 

 

Just got home from the Notorious Hammer event in Johnsonville, Wellington and I’m here to let everyone know how it went. The tournament went overall exceptionally well, big props to Shaun from Notorious AOS (https://notoriousaos.podbean.com/) for T.O’ing the event and running a tight ship. Once again, the New Zealand Warhammer scene is better for your efforts. Everyone had a great time and there was a great field present for 2 days of great games.

 

 

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Game 1: Shaun T – Daughters of Khaine

Scenario: Focal Points

Outcome: Major Defeat 720 Kill Points

Wow. Set up my army with a Clanrat screen 40 long and 4 lines deep to brunt the massive Witch Aelf assault and Shaun just wasn’t having it. Smoothly punching through my lines and delivering a powerful follow up punch making use of the army’s ability to pile in effectively, and supporting his front line with the Cauldron of Blood and Morathi herself, Shaun schooled me hard on playing an all melee army. This tips the balance towards Shaun in our ongoing tug of war for supremacy, and I’ll absolutely be gunning for him next tournament.

 

 

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Game 2: Shaun B – Stormcast Eternals

Scenario: Better Part of Valor

Outcome: Major Victory 2000 Kill Points

Shaun (Big Shaun for Notorious listeners) opened with the same strategy he used to wipe the floor with me at Call to Arms 2 months ago. Deploying his Sequitors and Evocators along the line ready to charge in after absolutely smacking the hell out of me with an Everblaze Comet, Shaun lined my head up on the block from the start of the game. Unfortunately, his comet failed to cast and his alpha-strike play was unable to clear me off the objectives due to burning a command point to pass battleshock (cheers battalion people said not to take). This prevent Shaun burning my objectives on turn 1, and I retaliated with a lethal counter-surge with Plague Monks that saw Shaun pushed backward and eventually cleared away.

 

 

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Game 3: Regan – Stormcast Eternals

Scenario: Shifting Objectives

Outcome: Major Victory 2000 Kill Points

The Realmscape rules here saw units unable to fly banned from run moves, forcing myself and Regan to aggressively footslog towards the objectives shooting each other nasty glares. Regan arrived first, scoring an early lead and building a wall out of Anvils of the Heldenhammer, but my counter-offensive benefitted from some choice dice rolls and superior mobility with the Clanrats retreating and charging around their slower, more powerful opponents. With the points under lock, I turned my focus to exterminating the lethal Anvils before they could use their formidable command ability in conjunction with their Evocators to send me packing.

 

 

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Game 4: Cameron – Seraphon

Scenario: Starstrike

Outcome: Major Victory 2000 Kill Points

Cameron and his 3 Engines of the Gods opened the game by summoning 60 Skinks to the table to shore up his middle position while I spread my army out without committing to any one side. This proved to be a wise move, with the centre and enemy objectives being in the left board side and my own on the far right (appropriate). My Clanrats on the right retreated immediately to secure the home point while the rest of my army slammed into his endless ranks of Skinks and set about punching through them. With a gap formed, the Verminlord darted through and artfully brought the Astrolith Bearer and an Engine to the ground, while blocking the summoning range of the other engines and the Slann. With all objectives tightly in my grip and staring down the barrel of a slow and steady death at the hands of pestilence, my opponent conceded to save time.

 

 

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Game 5: Lee – Sylvaneth

Scenario: Total Conquest

Outcome: Major Defeat 1450 Kill Points

Match of the century at the top table, with the winner set to win the whole tournament, nothing about this match was carefree. Me and Lee are actually neighbours and play each other more regularly than any other opponents, so this was set to be a great game. Lee artfully matched my playstyle of massive aggression followed by retreats and more aggression with his defensive, never committing to any one area till late-game style. The points were neck to neck with the leader changing each battle round, each of us making counter-moves we’ve practised against one another a dozen times to throw the other back and upset their plans. Highlights were Lee committing allied Idoneth eels on a suicide mission to kill a lone Plague Priest who was actually a core component of my left flank strategy (Lee never throws units away, so he knew he could set this up without me expecting it) and the would-be assassination of the outlaw Verminlord Corruptor by the Treelord Ancient into that scene from Avengers where Captain America tears a log in half. Lee won with a clever last-minute commitment to my crippled left flank and took the game, a well-earned victory.

 

 

Final Placings

 

1st Place: Lee W – Sylvaneth

2nd Place: Shaun T – Daughters of Khaine

3rd Place: Matt B – Legion of Blood

Best Sports – Regan

Best Painted – Sloane D

 

 

Everyone had a great time and there were no dramas or last-minute point corrections. I ended up 4th, almost clinching the title of first Pestilens player in the world to podium at a registered event, and learned a lot on how to improve my play. Looking forward to the next events of the year, and to the upcoming Notorious AOS GT coming next year. If it’s as good as this event, it’ll be one I can’t afford to miss.

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Great write up, Aiden. Can't wait to have a rat-off with you some day.

I think Reagan won best sports, Seth C was a runner up.

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Thanks for you’re report,

it was asome.

in my ratlike heart, you are the true Winner of the tournament.

Just wondering how many plague monks you used.

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1 hour ago, Skreech Verminking said:

Thanks for you’re report,

it was asome.

in my ratlike heart, you are the true Winner of the tournament.

Just wondering how many plague monks you used.

90, arranged in 3 groups of 30 which were supported by two allied blocks of 40 clanrats. With Tzeentch meta finally over I feel safer taking the large numbers again.

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On 10/9/2018 at 9:38 AM, AIdenNicol444 said:

90, arranged in 3 groups of 30 which were supported by two allied blocks of 40 clanrats. With Tzeentch meta finally over I feel safer taking the large numbers again.

Let me introduce you to my Wurrgog someday. ?

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