Chaos Spoilers From Against the Great Enemy

The 5th War Pack in the Deathworld cycle, Against The Enemy, should be hitting store shelves pretty soon. As the final pack in the cycle will contain the Chaos warlord Vha’shaelhur, Against The Enemy will be the last pack in the cycle with non-signature cards from the Chaos faction. Fantasy Flight Games was kind enough to give us an early preview of the three Chaos cards in the pack and they offer a little something for ever flavor of Chaos!

The first card is the Purveyor of Hubris, a 4 cost army unit.

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The four cost army unit slot is in an interesting place right now when the game’s focus is on elite units. This cycle has seen a huge shift towards cards that empower Elite units, making them easier to get into play, protect them while in play and punish non-elite units. A four cost army unit must have some pretty good stats and abilities to be played instead of an elite unit. Maybe it’s just his sweet whispers but, I think the Purveyor of Hubris stats and abilities are good enough to warrant a place in a deck. The 2 command, 3 ATK and 4 HP are on par for a four cost unit and the ability, even though it can’t lock down a planet single-handedly, the purveyor can definitely help keep some support units away from the battle. Also if it happens to be at a non first planet, it is very unlikely to have your opponent try and take command away from it due to the cost penalty. Definitely might see some play depending on the meta and how prominent the elite decks are. One interesting trait about Purveyor of Hubris is that like Slaanesh’s Temptation we’ve seen at least two Slaanesh cards now which are designed to tax an opponent’s unit deployment. While Slaanesh might be the prince of desire, he’s all about denial: because we all know that we want what we can’t have. In this case it’s little units, those sexy little things…

 

The second unit from the pack is the Sickening Hellbrute, an Elite Nurgle unit with a beefy health stat and a novel ability that really amps up the pain and suffering.

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Although Sickening Hellbrute has a pretty low ATK stat, the fact it has Brutal will mean it can definitely dish out what it can take. The interesting part of this unit is its ability, which affects both players and is a forced reaction. Having every unit take an extra damage when it’s attacked at a battle is definitely going to benefit players who are ready to do the math, with both players subject to the Hellbrute’s ability when their unit is declared as a defender. One consideration would be playing it with Zarathur, High Sorcerer who would deal 2 damage when a unit is declared as a defender. This would also mean Zarathur taking an extra damage when he is attacked making it easier to assassinate that tricky wizard, something which is already a problem for Zarathur players. This unit might also be decent in a Necron deck as Necrons have the cards to mitigate some of the extra damage, plus they are able to take the Techmarine Aspirant can allow the unit to take advantage of the Brutal trait much faster. Some synergies for this card include the new Disciple of Excess to keep him put, and because the Sickening Hellbrute has the Nurgle trait his planet can be a target of Fetid Haze which can makes him even more fearsome against fewer, or already damaged units.

 

The final card, Cloud of Flies is an attachment with a pretty simple damage dealing ability that can only be granted to army units with the Nurgle trait.

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Similar to the Hellbrute, this card ability affects both players forcing them to assign 2 indirect damage among their units; similar to Fetid Haze, the cloud can only target non-nurgle units, so this ability generally favors Chaos players. Cloud of Flies seems like an especially terrifying ability if more than one copy enters play at a single planet, since it triggers every round. Two of these on a planet can easily lead to eight or six indirect damage over two turns if their #blessed units remain in play.

However, this card might have some drawbacks: even if you play mostly Nurgle units or run big health units that can easily brush off the damage,  so this card may not offer a lot of value. Like a lot of Nurgle cards this is going to reward players who are doing the math, or you play all Nurgle units and you come out two damage ahead. In both cases I think there are too many things to take into consideration to make this worth the costs when there are so many other better chaos attachments to play.

The Tactical Squad would like thank FFG for allowing us to share these early spoilers with the community. Feel free to comment and let us know what you think of these cards and whether they will find their way into your decks.

 

The Lore Librarium: Death Worlds

In the 40k universe, the average human lives a pretty harsh life. Between the constant threats from alien races and the fact that most worlds are harsh, industrial crypts that are over populated, death is always lurking in the shadows. However, on some planets the dangers are closer to home; literally right outside the front door. On these planets the natural environment is so dangerous that human settlement on a planet-wide scale is almost impossible. These are known in the Imperium as Death Worlds.

Death_WorldMost death worlds fall into two categories. The first being where the majority of the landscape is covered in carnivorous plants and animals that are large enough to prey on humans. The second are wastelands made up of volcanic landscapes, toxic atmospheres, terrible ion storms or, in some cases, a combination of all three. It is noted by Imperial Scholars that many of the deadly creatures found on these death worlds have similar traits to creatures found in Tyranid swarms. Based on these observations, there are many in the Imperium that believe these planets were once “harvested” by the Tyranids.  The creatures are what is left behind once the greater hive fleet has moved on. Being separated from the Hive Mind, these creatures revert to a feral state.

maxresdefaultBecause of the above dangers, human settlement on a planet-wide scale is rarely attempted and most of these planets are left alone. However, some of these planets have significant value to the Imperium, either through strategic placement or valuable resources. In these cases, humans do try to carve out an harsh existence on those worlds. The humans who live in these settlements must be particularly hardy  to survive.  Their lives are a a series of regimented tasks, with each individual being a cog in a machine designed to keep the entire group going. No effort or action is wasted and each individual recognizes that duty to the group is greater than individual need.

These traits tend to mean the humans from these settlements make great additions to the combat forces of the Astra Militarium and are some of the fiercest fighters. Catachan Warriors and the soldiers that make up the Death Korps Of Kreig are two prominent examples. In their minds, the humans on theses planets sacrifice for the betterment of all of the Imperium. Their sense of duty and sacrifice is fundamental to part they play in keeping the great machine of the Imperium working.

I hope you have enjoyed this article from the Lore Librarium. In the next installment we will again delve deeper into some of the lore found in the Unforgiven warpack.

The Lore Librarium – History Of The Necrons

The 40k universe is full of interesting stories, legendary characters and expansive, exotic locations. These stories are one of the reasons I enjoy games set in the 40k universe and one of reasons the Conquest LCG drew my eye. It has been just over a week since Legions of Death hit the store shelves and the new deluxe expansion  introduces the Necrons as the last race to join the battle in the Traxis sector. I have always wanted to shed some light on the lore of Warhammer 40k and I think this new race is the perfect focus for the 1st edition of our Lore Librarium. So let’s look into how the Necrons became the cold, relentless force of enslavement that we all know and love … errr … I mean fear.

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Legions of Death Spoilers

Legions of Death is expected to be at your gaming store by the end of May. As the community eagerly wait for the soulless Necrons the Tactical Squad is happy to share two Necron cards from the latest upcoming deluxe expansion.

The first spoiler is a four cost army unit.

Immortal Legion

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This card has similarities to the Lone Wolf with slightly better stats at an increased cost and a slightly less limiting ability. These boosts do come with a negative though, as the action is limited by the enslavement dial. Due to that I think this unit works better in a deck that is all Necron units or has very few enslaved units as you will want to keep your enslavement dial on your opponent’s faction. However, if you are able to keep your enslavement dial matching your opponent’s faction you will be able to threaten their warlord no matter where they go. The fact that Space Marines are able to negate a lot of damage makes the Lone Wolf a dangerous unit for any opposing warlord to go against even if it won’t get a swing in during the first battle round. Similarly, he Immortal Legion with its 1 extra health and attack along with the Necron ability to heal damage makes this unit a dangerous risk for any warlord that thinks they can win a battle on their own.

 

The second spoiled card is a 2 cost support that definitely is a nice fit with Immortal Legion.

 

Master Program

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This support has a pretty decent cost but it does require another Drone card to be sacrificed. Presently, we have seen a few cards with the Drone trait and the number and play-ability of these cards will influence how often this card gets played. However, if you are able to get this out and a Drone card out without too much of a resource hit, the ability of this support cannot be understated. The ability means that an attack against a Necron unit that doesn’t kill that unit is pretty much negated. This can make Necrons units with higher health that much harder to destroy, let alone readying that unit. Triggering this after all enemy units have attacked can change the tide of a battle. Even, just having this out with a Drone card on the table should make an opponent think twice about sending their warlord to a battle on its own.

Both of these cards seem like they will be able to fit nicely into decks commanded by any of the 3 Necrons warlords we have seen although with The Immortal Legion the deck might want to keep to mostly Necrons units. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the cards in the expansion will work with these and the other cards that have been spoiled. The battlefields of Warhammer 40,000: Conquest are going to be a wash of grey and green in the weeks to come and expect things to be very different once these soulless entities hit the table.  Again The Tactical Squad would like to thank Fantasy Flight Games for allowing us to share these cards with you the community.

Let us know your opinion on these cards or the Necron faction in general, we always love to hear your comments and feedback. From the rest of The Tactical Squad I want to thank you for listening and supporting us. Until next time.

Jon Yeo

Wrath Of The Crusaders – Eldar Spoilers

We are now over half-way through the Planetfall Cycle and with most of the factions getting new warlords or interesting cards, it feels like the Eldar have flown under the radar. As we approach the end of the cycle we are starting to see how the Eldar cards in this cycle fit in with their upcoming warlord as well as bringing some interesting updates to the both Eldorath Starbane and Baharroth. The Tactical Squad is happy to share three previously unrevealed Eldar cards from the upcoming War Pack, so let’s jump right in. (more…)

Tau Spoilers From Deadly Salvage

Boundless Hate arrived on the shelves of your friendly local gaming store just a couple of weeks ago. As we all start altering our decks or throwing together all new ones with the two included warlords, the next War Pack Deadly Salvage is already on the horizon. Fantasy Flight Games was kind enough to provide The Tactical Squad with some spoilers from that very pack. We thought we would try a different format for this spoiler article, so let’s sit in as Alex and Jon discuss the three Tau cards from Deadly Salvage.

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New Years Conquest Resolution Contest

Happy New Years Listeners!

Traditionally, at the beginning of a new year people make a promise to do an act of self improvement or do something nice. Here at the Tactical Squad we are always trying to better ourselves as Conquest players, so each of us have decided to make a Conquest specific resolutions for the New Year.

Alex: Be a less salty player, which involves losing games with dignity and being able to better appreciate an opponent’s deck and play.

Jon: Start recording stats for all his Conquest games, as well as writing down his thoughts after each game.

Liz: To make top 4 in Conquest at Nationals or Worlds.

Mark: Diversify his warlord selection and the styles of decks that he builds.

Travis: Produce more Conquest commentary videos on the Tactical Squad YouTube channel.

So those are our resolutions. We’d like to hear what Conquest related New Years resolutions that you, our loyal listeners, have made for 2016. To encourage your self improvement a bit, everyone who submits their resolution will be entered into a draw for an alt art Straken or a full set of alt art Khorne Berserkers.

You can submit your entry by either emailing us at thetacsquad@gmail.com or leaving a comment on this post before January 31, 2016.

Hope your 2016 is getting off to a great start and we look forward to hearing from you!

Ork Spoilers from Boundless Hate

FFG left us a nice holiday gift under the tree – some spoilers for the upcoming Boundless Hate War Pack!  So, as a belated holiday gift for all of you, we are happy to have the opportunity to pass these spoilers on to you. So don’t delay, rip off the wrapping paper and jump right in.

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This card is a decent four costs unit that provides a nice ability to the Ork side of the faction wheel. Comparing this against the Tau’s Fire Warrior Elite, for an extra resource this unit gains one extra ATK and an extra command icon, which is a decent gain. The ability allows Ork units with Brutal to avoid receiving a fatal blow for a bit longer, providing them an opportunity to get those stronger swings in. Throw in a Kustom Field Generator and this unit becomes a real pain for your opponent. Attachments such as Rune-Encrusted Armor and Hostile Environment Gear are also great options for this unit. For Orks, Chaos and AM the 4 cost unit slot is already pretty crowded, but being able to keep certain units alive through an extra opponent attack or for another round should not be overlooked.

Ramshackle Trukk

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The Ramshackle Trukk is the newest Ork Elite unit. As an Elite unit it hits really hard with 7 ATK, however the low health of 3 is offset by the Goes Fasta! specialization. Most likely, regardless of whether you or your opponent has initiative, this unit is going to get its attack in before dying. Getting more than one battle out of this unit might be hard to do, since there is a good chance it will have taken some damage and will have dropped back to 3 health before it gets a chance to go back up to 7 health or even get back into a battle. Due to that, this card should be reserved more for decisive battles or closing out the game. One might consider using this instead of a Goff Nob or more interestingly if one can build a specialized vehicle deck that uses Dozer Blade. The 2 command icons are nice, but seems like a waste on this card.

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The Rok Bombardment uses the new mechanic where card effects are based on planet symbols, however in this case, the effect is only a bonus, the main effect is still valid on any planet no matter the symbols. Orks have many ways to make use of the Brutal mechanic and this card plays right into that as the effect boosts those Brutal units’ attack the next time they attack. The effect will be more valuable in units with higher health or if there are ways to keep certain units alive longer, like using the new Front Line ‘Ard Boys. The 2 shields are also always nice, however right now Orks are spoiled with 2 shield events, all of which are pretty good. Dakka, Dakka, Dakka! is most likely to be the card swapped out for this with both cards deal one damage to units. Rok Bombardment usage is more situational but doesn’t have the negative of exhausting your warlord. Overall, a very interesting card that might require some experimentation.

Overall, these are some great cards. They all provide some new and interesting mechanics to the Ork faction side of the wheel and I personally look forward to getting them into my decks. I, and the rest of the Tactical Squad, would like to thank Fantasy Flight Games for giving us the opportunity to share these spoilers with you.

The Great Devourer Spoiler – Venomthrope Polluter

The Tyranids will soon become a playable faction in Warhammer 40,000: Conquest, baring their unrelenting hunger down on planets within the Traxis sector. As we get closer to the release of The Great Devourer deluxe expansion Fantasy Flight Games has been previewing more cards from the set. We already know that this release will contain two Tyranid warlords and five synapse units. Of those five synapse units, we have seen full spoilers for two (Savage Warrior Prime and Gravid Tervigon) as well as an obscured card (Stalking Lictor) from the fan for the preview article for Ol’ One Eye.

The Tactical Squad is happy to be able to spoil the fourth Synapse unit from this expansion.

Venomthrope Polluter

Compared to the two spoiled Synapse creatures, the Polluter doesn’t allow you to be as aggressive in fighting battles or to quickly overwhelm your opponents with swarms of Termagant tokens. venomthrope-polluterIt does, however, allow you a certain amount of mobility in terms of getting certain units to where you need them for future battles, or moving a unit back to an earlier planet if you have to commit your warlord to a later planet. This is especially advantageous with units who have the Hive Mind specialization. Moving a unit with Hive Mind turn the tables in an important command struggle or give your units abilities which can change the tide of a battle. The Venomthrope Polluter will require a bit more finesse and planning ahead to get the best use of its ability, but I think a player who decides to put in the effort to think a few turns ahead may reap the reward and surprise their opponents.

The Tactical Squad thanks Fantasy Flight Games for letting us share this Tyranid spoiler with the Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG community.