It plays pretty much as it reads. Acolytes were also used as bubblewrap or screen depending on scenario and opponent.
I did alright.
Game 1. A lovely north Irish gentleman who’s name escapes me. played a 9 scythehunter, allarielle dreadwood. he charged in the hunters in my tzaangors, killed about 10 I think. My round they struck in the hero phase and I mortal wound spelled allarie of the table and then poured everything else into the hunters. Won the priority roll after and we pretty much called it at that point.
game 2. Daren Watson’s 4 engine slann list. He summoned like 9 rippers and charged tzaangors. I knew it was hopeless but nevertheless top guy and still great game
game 3 . Byrons Mixed order with 2 birds and allarielle. Made a big big mistake with my tzaangors. Had a whole in his skink screen and could’ve charged his unbuffed birds an allarielle. Realized my mistake when I was piling in. It cost me the game.
game 4. Paul Whitehead’s seraphon. Kroak, 2 engines and a 12 ripper drop bomb. He took first turn and dropped on my tzaangors and slaughtered them all. Curseling effectively shut down kroak. My turn I killed the rippers and most of his skinks. Got the double and could hunt down the rest of his army. Got to say that although all my games wore good this was the tightest and the one I enjoyed the most .
game 5. Gutbuster Irishman. This was probably the most mismatched game. We both knew he got thrown under the bus and took one for the team as there was no reasonable chance of his army beating mine. We made the most of it and had a laugh.
- the balewind was underused. I think I used it only once. I kept the cursling and the LoC together at the spellportal instead.
-Pre-tournament we had no thoughts on dropping The LoC. With the portal he is very, very destructive still, without a spellportal maybe not auto-include but he won me two of the games almost singlehandedly.
-I see summoning more as a bonus rather than something I count on happening. Over the course of five games I summoned a total of 20 blue horrors and a herald.
-skyfires are not that good. 3 could possibly be used to snipe or at least threat characters but they need the shaman close by and that adds up to 400 points. Not worth it. If the mortal wound would trigger on a unmodified 6 I’d consider them again.
- enlightened on the other hand feels amazing. Could see myself run a unit of 9 in tandem with 30 tzaangors.. on the other hand 9 enlightened is the same price as 30 tzaangors..
- coven was great. I mostly took it for the extra artifact, command point and to reduce my drops. The pile in and attack rarely got used as they’re so good that they almost wipe out everything before it comes into play.