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    AoS 2 - Sylvaneth Discussion

    Thanks for the summary, @IndigoGirls. Outside of Gnarlroot, what I'd consider the most competitive builds usually don't include the Ancient. Given that Silent Communion seems like it has failed 80% of the time over my hundreds of games in the last few years, I'm reluctant to view that ability as an argument in favor of the Ancient, but others mileage may vary. All else equal, I think one drops are still the most competitive for us, although as discussed w/ Vince and Tom, I think a lot of folks will build Dreadwood lists the wrong way, relying too much on alphastrike hammering -- a surefire way to drop one or two games in a 5-game tournament. As more folks play Dreadwood (and other alphastrike builds), more players will understand how to defend against it. Personally, after playing Gnarlroot since 2016, I'd like to get more experience with 5-7 drops (e.g. with Free Spirits battalion), as well as 10+ drops (with no battalion), and see how well Sylvaneth can do at tournaments without relying on one drops. Of course, non-one-drop builds need enough screens to defend vs the plethora of alphastrike-capable armies, or in general vs all the builds that hit hard when they come in (e.g., Stormcast, Idoneth Daughters of Khaine, et al.). In that regard, Dryads remain a mainstay, along with Eternal Guard, which at 70 points for x10 are the closest-equivalent option we have to Skinks, and we saw the value in GHB17 (and now in GHB18) of a couple units of 10 Skinks. In terms of Sylvaneth units: Buying: Alarielle Drycha Spirit of Durthu Branchwraith Kurnoth Swords Spite-Revenants (saving extra points in a battleline slot can make a difference in list building + Whispers in the Dark is excellent) Selling: Treelord Ancient (outside of Gnarlroot) Treelord Branchwych (outside of Gnarlroot and Ironbark) Kurnoth Bows (can see a case for x3, especially in an Alarielle list where you can summon another x3) Holding: Dryads Tree-Revenants Kurnoth Scythes (still prefer 2x3 over 1x6 for greater board presence / optionality)
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    AoS 2 - Sylvaneth Discussion

    Had an in-depth look at Sylvaneth in AoS2 on Warhammer Weekly this week. We discuss: What units went up or down in value Battalions (w/ a breakdown of Dreadwood) Stand-out allies Counters Check it out:
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    BLACKOUT - Results, Feedback & Lists

    Congrats @Chris Tomlin on what sounds like another phenomenal Blackout! It's fantastic to follow along, as always, and especially appreciate this thread with all the feedback. So cool to see Ben take it as well with all the named Nighthaunt characters.
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    AoS 2 - Sylvaneth Discussion

    Yeah I'd highly recommend at least x3 Swords. Just fair warning: Once you play with x3, you're going to want at least x3 more.
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    AoS 2 - Sylvaneth Discussion

    Don't have numbers. Personal sense is 6 combat Kurnoth were a better buy than Durthu in GHB17, and are an even better buy now. Taking Ghyrstrike would help, although that's an item slot, a precious resource, and a -1 to hit debuff (or worse) is relatively easy to come by in the game now. Six Kurnoth Swords (2x3, or maybe 1x6 in Dreadwood for Ambush), in particular, will be amazing vs the majority of units I expect we'll see on the table. Part of the consideration, as with anything, is list-dependent. E.g., with Alarielle, 2x3 Kurnoth give you two targets for Soul Amphorae, but Durthu gives you a bodyguard for Alarielle to help keep her alive e.g. vs alphastrikes or ranged mortal wounds. Overall, though, as long as ranged mortal wound output isn't way over the top in the AoS2 meta, I think Durthu will be quite playable, and man would it be fun to give him Ghyrstrike and put him in situations where he has a real chance to shine.
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    AoS 2 - Sylvaneth Discussion

    Yeah, a # of the elements you laid out will be part of the baseline for Dreadwood, when the opportunity exists to do an effective alphastrike. I think one of the challenges with your particular list is it needs more punch. A common pre-GHB18 choice for Dreadwood had been Ambushing 6 Scythes. That's still a pretty good option, although you'll also see lists bumping that # to 9 now. A Spirit of Durthu with Ghyrstrike will likely be another common route. In terms of a command trait, I've been using Warsinger for a long while instead of Gnarled Warrior because of the significance of +1 to charge, turning our 9+ charges via teleporting into 8+ charges, and of course with Cogs on, that'll be 6+ charges with a command point to RR the charge if needed. The Celestant Prime is another interesting prospect, because of the unique options he provides, e.g.: As another source of long-range D3 mortal wounds with an area of effect up to 6". As a reliable piece in an alphastrike. He'll have 3 attacks base in the new Stormcast Battletome (2" reach, 3's and 2's, -3 rend, 3 damage). Also, you'll now be able to use his Orrery ability to change both dice in a charge roll (I think that's right, based on my memory of WH Live over the weekend), so he can auto-charge at 12". As a reliable piece in a betastrike, i.e., you keep him in the Celestial Realm round 1, and then you crash him into something important in round 2 (e.g., as a second-wave attack or a counter-strike), giving him 5 attacks + his Sceptre's mortal wound output. Taking the Prime turns Dreadwood into a 2 drop, but I suspect 2-drop will still out-deploy maybe 8-9 out of 10 opponents in GHB18. Re: Emerald Lifeswarm...that's a tough one. It definitely has potential. Other choices, though, may give better mileage in more settings. Highly recommend experimenting with a range of endless spells, especially the Pendulum, Geminids, Palisade, Shackles, and Swords. And Cogs + Warsinger is probably going to be standard in a lot of tree lists.
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    Can Age of Sigmar 2 be a competitive game?

    "Can AoS2 be a competitive game?" Yep. At the end of AoS1, it was in a reasonably strong place in the global tournament scene. The number of different, competitively viable lists was pretty sizable in the ecosystem. A number of problems did exist, and the space of tier 2 competitive lists certainly could've been larger, but on the whole, things were positive. AoS2 added a number of new elements and changed quite a few existing ones. It's going to have kinks for a while, but I'm pretty confident the direction of the company and the quality of the AoS community will result, with some patience, in an even stronger overall ecosystem than AoS1, in terms of the space of competitively viable lists.
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    Descent of the Kharadrong Raiders: A New Flight

    This is phenomenal. Kudos my friend. Especially love the endrin-powered Luminark.
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    Let's Chat Sylvaneth

    I've tested Drycha + Loremaster a little and it's quite potent. The re-rolls to hit and wound, especially when she's Enraged (12 attacks), makes her very scary against most things. Here's one Gnarlroot list for ref. Thanks for all the posts sharing your experiences. Look forward to hearing how no-Drycha goes.
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    Let's Chat Sylvaneth

    Here's how I ruled it personally in the Wellsian Wars Player's Pack, attached, but others might house rule/play it differently.
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    Ep 32: Honest Wargaming w/ Rob Symes

    Rob Symes joins the show to talk about his next project (5:43), the value of candor, and his time at Games Workshop working on Warhammer Live and engaging the community (59:49). Show Notes: 1) Rob on Twitter: http://twitter.com/sixdiceskills 2) Renegade Open, Nov 18-19: http://renegadeopen.com 3) First Blood, Nov 18-19: http://firstbloodgt.blogspot.com 4) Combat Phase Podcast: http://combatphase.com 5) Scruby & Wells: http://scrubyandwells.com 6) S&W on Twitter: http://twitter.com/scrubyandwells 7) Gamemat.eu (10% off code: SW2017): http://gamemat.eu
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    Let's Chat Sylvaneth

    I believe @Liam had: Treelord Ancient (Regrowth + Gnarled Warrior? + Oaken Armour?) Branchwych (Verdant Blessing) Branchwych (Verdant Blessing) 30 Dryads 30 Dryads 5 Tree-Revenants 3 Kurnoth Scythes 3 Kurnoth Scythes 3 Kurnoth Bows 5 Sisters of the Thorn The only ally in there = Sisters of the Thorn.
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    Let's Chat Sylvaneth

    Hi, You can't use Tanglethorn Thicket in a turn in which you charged. In any other instance, you can use Tanglethorn Thicket in the combat phase, either your combat phase or your opponent's. However, you must announce you're going to use Tanglethorn Thicket at the start the charge phase -- again either your charge phase or your opponent's, depending on who has the turn. Hope that helps.
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    Destruction showing at Facehammer GT - Debrief

    Hey @Chris Tomlin sorry man didn't intend at all to sound dismissive of the result, it was brilliant. I'm tempted to just delete the posts and wish I never would've raised the topic of soft scores. Anyway, sorry.
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    Destruction showing at Facehammer GT - Debrief

    And yeah I didn't look at this in detail, but more just looked at Chris's fantastic result with Ironjawz and noticed the extra +10 on painting and +10 on sports gave him a jump from 155 -- the range for 13th to 18th place -- to 175, tying for 3rd but losing the tie-breaker to Nicky. So the comment about "soft scores were a contributing factor" was a result of seeing the difference between him finishing tied for 3rd with Ironjawz and finishing 4th vs tied for 12th where he would've finished 15th (I believe...). So my brain saw that and immediately thought "Well that seems like a notable difference." I'll freely admit that kind of reaction to a single example doesn't/shouldn't have much bearing on the topic of soft scores at tournaments. Anyway, would love to discuss all of this in depth with you some time.
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