So I got my first series of games with the new battletome. I'd like to share my experience with you. Please note that the atmosphere was quite casual and friendly rather than being competitive.
Game 1 vs Khornite Beastmen
The game was tilted in the very early stage for two reasons. First, my opponent brought a lot of bulgores that acted as a great DP source for me. I actually summoned two keepers and an unit of three fiends while my opponent managed to summon the single blood thirster. Second, in this mission only heroes and casters could secure an objective. My opponent's list had only a few heroes and no casters. He fought to the last with an honor, but his army was tabled out in turn 3.
Game 2 vs Flesh Eater Courts
The army was something like 'endless ghouls'. The main force of my opponent was a unit of 40 ghouls with many bonuses (rerolling hits of 1, rerolling wounds, reviving, etc). This unit charged to 30 daemonettes in the early turn 2, which continued to the end of game. His dragon charged my Shalaxi, but locus'd, and then killed - he later said it was the biggest mistake in this game. Meanwhile, my keeper flied over the ghoul mobs (thanks to the thermalrider cloak) and then sniped at the ghoul king in the backyard. At the end of turn 3, he lost most units, except for the ghoul mob. However, that ghoul mob kept scoring with more numbers of models than mine. We tied 9:9 at the moment, and decided to cease the game as it was too late. I think the game would have been easier if I had sniped at his heroes earlier (I didn't know the FEC mechanism at that time).
All in all, I'm glad HoS finally became strong. I and my opponents all agreed that the locus of diversion was the biggest threat. The opponents hesitated to charge my units as they were afraid of being locus'd. Shalaxi was a real monster against enemy heroes as I expected first. I'm also very satisfied with the contorted epitome, espeically with its second opportunity of giving locus. I completely forgot to use the retreat-and-charge ability for all these games Unless, both games would have been much easier.
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