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AoS Second Edition

Discussion in 'General Hobby/Tabletop Chat' started by Lord Agragax of Lunaxoatl, May 12, 2018.

  1. Lord Agragax of Lunaxoatl
    Skink Chief

    Lord Agragax of Lunaxoatl Well-Known Member

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    This is true in that at least we’re not being swamped with yet more of them every year like we are with Sigmarines...
     
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    No worry of that happening. I don't think they are that big on GW's radar. It will probably be a while until they receive an update of any real significance. SCE on the other hand... :rolleyes:
     
  3. Canas
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    Looking at the list, and the available options, it just feels as if the only reason the grimghast are there and not say the bladegheist is due to them being cost efficient bodies with decent stats, but not due to them filling a particular niche or having a particular synergy or ability that other options would lack, in fact the other options often have advantages that they don't (such as the frightfull touch or the Bladegheists extra attacks). The only thing in that list that the grimghast take greater advantage of, to some degree, than some of the other options is the knight of shrouds' command ability, but it requiring CP it's not like he can abuse that more than 1 or 2 times during a game which limits that strategy.

    I'm not saying it's a "bad" list, he won with it so it obviously works. It just feels as if they're very replaceable which makes it, to me, an unfun list to play against. It feels like a list where you just have a random collection of decently strong stuff which creates massive target saturation but doesn't follow any particular strategy beyond that thus leaving your opponent in a situation where pretty much regardless of what he attacks you won't really care unless he wipes out your entire army in one go. It's basicly what bugs me about the SCE as well.

    Does that make it clearer what I mean?
     
  4. Xasto
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    Not really, as in one post you'll argue that this is not a reliable tactic but in another you'll say that whatever unit gets killed, the list is still going to kill you, which is pretty much reliability in itself. Your train of thoughts is very hard to follow, but maybe it's just me.

    IMO the Grimghast Reapers are the perfect unit for this kind of list, given all that was previously said.
     
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    I never said the list wasn't reliable, unless I managed to somehow completly misphrase something.
     
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    This is the part
     
  7. Canas
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    Right, I didn't mean the list was unreliable, I meant the list wasn't Reliant on the grimghast as it appears like they could essentially be replaced by most other nighthaunt stuff and the strategy would be basicly the exact same as well as the results not differing terribly much as you'd trade in some minor advantages and disadvantages for some other minor advantages and disadvantages, none of which makes or breaks the list.
     
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    Razordon

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    That is not how I understood it so I guess that was my fault. But I still disagree with them being easily replaceable!
     
  9. Canas
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    Sure, it's merely how it feels to me. It might be entirely possible that in practise none of the others can truly pull it off as they're simply not cost efficient. Though regardless it makes it feel like a cheap and unfun lists to play again, which in fairness is not too surprising for a tournament winning list given that those aim to win as easily as possible and not to make the game fun for your opponent :p
     
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    I agree with this - I prefer seeing thematic armies that really do justice to the faction they represent, and simply spamming the same unit in hordes and using all the named characters at once to give brutal combos isn’t what I like to see. In fact if I were ever to host a tournament I would reward the armies that were most fun to play against and looked the most thematic just as much as the army that wins outright, if not more so. Ben’s army would get points for the pretty spectacular scenery that came with it but the fact that he has resorted to using inflexible hordes and all the named characters just to give him the best in-game combos would lose him points in my view.

    However, it is ironic that he is primarily a Sigmarine player yet he’s best at playing the game with non-Stormcast armies... ;)
     
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    I mean, what's the difference between what he is doing with the Grimghast Reapers and what anyone else would do with, say, big blocks of 40 saurus or 30 Vulkite Berserkers? That's pretty much what battleline units are for, being okay on their own and becoming great with synergy.

    The named Characters aren't even part of the ''combo'', so I don't see how it's bad to take all 3. Also let's not pretend that players entering tournaments do it only for fun and games. There's also the want to win. Penalizing a player for bringing an optimised list because you subjectively don't like playing against it would be a very bad way of hosting an event. There is as much thought put into writing lists that there is into presentation of the army itself, and players at the very top are masters at doing both. I, for one, love both Matched play and Open/Narrative play, but I'm glad they're separated the way they are.
     
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    The difference is that those 40 saurus tend to come in armies where those 40 saurus have explicit synergy with other parts of the army that other seraphon options do not and use strategies that you would not with other options. You wouldn't be able to swap it with say 40 skinks and play the same. The nighthaunt don't have particular synergies, or disadvantages, that only work with in this case the grimghast, you could swap them out for something else and play the exact same. It might not be as effective if you'd swap em out, but there's nothing stopping you from doing it and playing with the exact same tactic. While for example swapping saurus warriors for skinks requires a completly different playstyle.


    The game should encourage thematic armies, but it shouldn't punish optimisation. Optimised list should be thematic. It leads to far more interesting games as, when done right, it results in vastly different playstyles and tactics which is interesting to play, play against and spectate. The game also does encourage thematic armies by providing us with bonusses through battalions & logical synergy between units as well as the natural synergy that exist between certain types of units (e.g. a slow support hero probably isn't going to work well in a hyper-mobile army). Also it is far healthier for the balance of the game to reward thematic play as thematic play has a natural logic to it, making it easier to balance mechanics. If an army is no longer thematic and is just a random collection of powerfull stuff the natural logic of what it should be good and bad at dissapears which tends to make balancing a mess.
     
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    I'm all for rewarding, just not for penalizing.
     
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    Depends on what the penatly is for, but yes in general penalizing certain choices would be indicative of bad design anyway.
     

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