On this episode, Wolfe is absent due to a misplaced laptop, but fear not young blightlings Cutter is here to drop some knowledge on Anamag and Vayl2. We get into a bunch of games played over the past week, then are joined midway through the show by Swampmist who tells us about his upcoming team tournament (Legion, Skorne, Skorne?!) Right at the end we speculate on what the new faction will be at Lock & Load. Be sure to catch all the excitement at https://www.twitch.tv/privateerpress The keynote starts at 12:00pm Eastern time.
Check the rest of the post, as Cutter elucidates on his list pair for all of us at the bottom!
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List discussed on the podcast:
[Anamag 1] Anamag the Doom Feaster [+27] – Azrael  – Golab  – Zuriel  Blighted Nyss Shepherd  Blighted Nyss Warlord [0(5)] Bog Trog Mist Speaker  Spell Martyr  Blighted Nyss Raptors (max)  Blighted Nyss Swordsmen (max)  – Blighted Nyss Swordsman Abbot & Champion [0(6)] Ice Witches  [Vayl 2] Vayl, Consul of Everblight [+28] – Angelius  – Naga Nightlurker  – Nephilim Bloodseer  – Ravagore  – Scythean  – Seraph  Blighted Nyss Shepherd  Blighted Nyss Sorceress & Hellion [0(6)] The Forsaken [0(4)] The Forsaken [0(4)] Ice Witches  Throne of Everblight 
[Absylonia 1] Absylonia, Terror of Everblight [+31] – Angelius  – Carnivean  – Carnivean  – Naga Nightlurker  – Proteus  – Seraph  Blighted Nyss Shepherd  Blighted Nyss Shepherd  Blighted Nyss Sorceress & Hellion [0(6)] Spell Martyr  The Forsaken [0(4)] The Forsaken [0(4)] Ice Witches  Swamp Gobbers Bellows Crew  [Anamag 1] Anamag the Doom Feaster [+27] – Blightbringer  – Ammok the Truthbearer  Gremlin Swarm  Spell Martyr  Blighted Ogrun Rotwings (max)  Blighted Ogrun Warspears (max)  – Warspear Chieftan [0(5)] Blighted Ogrun Warspears (max)  – Warspear Chieftan [0(5)] Chosen of Everblight (max)  Hellmouth [0(6)]
This is the same list I’ve been running into everything I can find. The idea here is to skew resilience and hitting power, while shoring up some of the shortcomings of similar lists with berserk to remove infantry, and using the Afflictor to offer fury, control zones, and create solos (when it doesn’t roll triple ones). It’s a skew, and answers to it will be more effective than with a more balanced list, so be mindful of what you’re dropping a skew into, as well as how it can affect the pairing process in multi-list environments.[Vayl 2] Vayl, Consul of Everblight [+28] – Angelius  – Carnivean  – Naga Nightlurker  – Nephilim Bolt Thrower  – Seraph  Blighted Nyss Sorceress & Hellion [0(6)] Bog Trog Mist Speaker  The Forsaken [0(4)] Farrow Valkyries  Ice Witches  Throne of Everblight 
I’ve wanted to really dig into Vayl2 for a while, and I think this game was a fair intro into how I envision its play. What this list does is load up on options, with the ability to orient the list around
specific goals – and then you strike at those goals like a bullet. Sometimes this involves throwing models away to get an opponent to break formation, overextend, or commit key pieces that are obstructing win conditions, and that’s what creates an opening to strike at the fleshy bits underneath. I often put occultation on the S&H and park it in very inconvenient places and say no shooting – Slipstream it 2, walk 8, repo 3 and you’ve just moved your stealth no shooting zone 13″; other times you occultate the throne as with my Scaverous game to avoid its nullification, and sometimes Vayl, herself (especially against assassins, or towards late game). Occultation goes where it’s needed, as does apparition, and because there’s little overlap with the tools in this sort of list you need to really consider what you need to succeed in any given matchup.
If they are playing cagey, and they have important solos, Vayl2 can usually get to them, or maybe a well-placed spine burst from the throne, and that might disrupt their strategy or resources enough to start weakening their position on the table, affording new paths to victory. After a few matches played well, opponents will live in perpetual fear of anything on the table being removed at any time, causing them to play cautiously, and then you’re on to the next stage of your play with leveraging the list’s psychological control elements. 🙂
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