Played a 3 round tournament this past Saturday. I'll first post the list I used then the opponents I faced and how I did.
Storm Host: Hammers of Sigmar
-General: Lord Arcanum on Gryph Charger (God Forge Blade/ We will not fail/ Azerite Halo)
Lord Ordinator (Hammer of Might)
Lord Relictor (Translocation)
1x10 Sequitors (Cleansing Phalanx)
1x5 Sequitors (Cleansing Phalanx)
2x5 Evocators (Cleansing Phalanx)
Battalion: Cleansing Phalanx
This was my very first tournament and I just have to say, the community around my area is really awesome. The comradery was awesome, everyone always shared their list and how it worked, and the environment was such a great one to be apart of, not too mention the few pitchers of beer we all shared. I ended up getting 2 wins and 1 loss for this event, unfortionately I don't know what my total standing was at the end as the TO did not update the final round of BCP.... but I imagine I was around 9-12 out of 20 players as I was placed 11/12 after my second game which was a loss for me.
GAME 1: This first game was a gimme. We played Total Conquest. I played against another stormcast player who was also running a cleansing phalanx list, however; he decided to run alongside his LAoGC a Celestant on Drac. He took minimum sequitor units and 2 minimum evocators while also using the 3 ballista + ordinator. The Strangest part was he ran a unit of prosecutors. He had been playing the game the same length that I have been, about 6 months, but it was clear he still needed to learn some strategy. I deepstriked my ballistas, wiped his ordinator and 2 units of evos within 2 turns while my unit of 10 sequitors destroyed his Celes on Drac within 2 turns and stole his objective, gaining me 3 objectives. With most of his units either gone or down to a couple models he called game and I took my first Tournament Victory
GAME 2: This game was sooo difficult and not the first time I have played against this player. The Battle Plan was Starstrike, a very interesting battle plan I feel is made to end by the bottom of 3rd round, which it did in my case. I played against a Legion of Nagash list with Nagash, Archon, and another small wizard. he ran 2 units of wolves, a unit of grimghast reapers and some skeletons. Having played this player before, I knew he was a spell heavy army so I did my best to set up my heroes as far to the edge of my board as possible to keep out of range. He took 1st turn and...well...still managed to wipe all 4 of my heroes with spells alone.... The modifier he gets to spells is awesome and he dropped a spell mirror making his range incredible after using CP to even further the spells to reach certain heroes... With my heroes gone and no objective placed, he had moved his army almost with perfect sync, covering 9" from anywhere vital that I could drop my ballistas to sweep out of his nagash. He even moved units up enough so I was forced a total 20" away, not allowing the quad shot!! By my turn, I moved most of my units to hide on parts of the board until objectives dropped while my big block of sequitors and ballistas did work on his huge unit of grimghast. By second round and another incredible round of spells and rolling incredibly high casts, it was my turn to call it game by the bottom of the second round... This player is incredibly intelligent and a very cunning strategist while being a humble, awesome dude, the beers made up for the bruises lol. We discussed how I should try to formulate around his list and I think I might need to swap out a hero for an incantor to at least get one auto unbind and have 3 other wizards to help unbind (Don't forget, your evos can unbind until you only have 1 model). Also, It seems I should try to deepstrike my battalion with possibly a gavriel to attempt to bomb rush either archon or nagash, but again, he is incredibly cunning when moving his army around.
GAME 3: Definitely my favorite game of the tournament! The Battle Plan was Total Commitment (boo) and my opponent was running Ironjaws with a boss on mawcrusha, a unit of pigs, a lot of ardboys and a couple other heroes. As with all other opponents, this player was incredibly nice in letting me know how his list ran and what I should focus on. I had also told him it was my first time (if you know what I mean) playing against orcs at all. Holy Shitake Mushrooms does that army move and crush! He took first turn and damn this game literally came down to rolls. He quickly destroyed my unit fof 10 sequitors after failing so many re-roll saves, however; I got super lucky on my 5+ roll to bring them back and with that I placed them right on top of his objective with his pigs nearby. This gave me the lead and I quickly annihilated his mawcrusher in my 1st turn with my ballistas. This matched lasted till the top of the 4th round of us just kicking each others asses and with me holding 3 objectives the majority of the game, I took home the win! His smash and bash can be brutal but his small units of ardboys cant stand up to a unit of evos. One great memory I will never forget was his 10 ardboys hitting on a unit of 5 sequitors, 3 still stood so on my turn i was able to land the translocation and flanked my evocators behind his orcs. making my charge, I decimated that unit. He also failed his last few important charges during turn 4 which meant the game for him.
Overall, as my first tournament, this was an incredible experience and and amazing group of people to have met. With part of the ceiling collapsing on 1 player, the beers shared along fellow gamers (and a few jello shots), and the support everyone brought to each other in the comradery and strategy talking, my love for this game has only deepened! B tier army or not, I absolutely still love stormcast. After those games I started designing other lists based of feedback while there and I have to say, it's awesome to play an army with such versatility.