Calibrating the Matrix 3: CoC vs. Ret/Menoth

Another day, another set of metallic butt whuppings!

Managed to get two games in against opponents at my LGS (Mox Boarding House) on a gorgeous table that looked like it had glowing blue crystals poking out of the ground . . . a prime site to realign the ley lines for the Maiden’s arrival 😀

I played what has quickly become my standard Lucant list:

Father Lucant, Divinity Architect (*5pts)
* Corollary (3pts)
* Inverter (8pts)
* Prime Axiom (19pts)
Transinfinite Emergence Projector & Permutation Servitors (9pts)
Obstructors (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6pts)
Optifex Directive (Leader and 2 Grunts) (2pts)
Optifex Directive (Leader and 2 Grunts) (2pts)
Enigma Foundry (3pts)
Enigma Foundry (3pts)
Objective: 
Arcane Wonder

 

Game 1: Versus Aaron’s Retribution (Vyros2 Theme Force)

All the Griffons! With a side of Imperatus. The scenario was Incursion. Aaron and I have played this matchup five or six times before, and he was always on the bad end of Lucant. The recursion brick of Obstructors irritates the hell out of him (he once sacrificed Imperatus to kill my safety Obstructor just to make sure they couldn’t come back) and the Axiom likes dragging in Griffons (even with Shield Guard on his Aspis there’s always one or two they just can’t protect). It must be my manly sexiness that keeps bringing him back, or perhaps it’s the fact he’s becoming a great player and gets closer and closer to beating me each time. Nah. It’s the sexy of the steel.

Highlights of this game included the TEP obliterating a couple of Griffons, and my oh-so-brilliant idea that, with three Griffons engaged, that I’d get greedy and try to harpoon an Aspis in as well. So two boosted harpoon shots later, I finally realize that not only have I wasted two Focus that could have been spent on smashing Griffons, I’ve also wasted my two initial attacks. I fail to kill even a single light jack. Lesson 1: Don’t get greedy. Kill what’s in front of you, even if you think you’ll be left with Focus unspent. Still, the battle was going in my favor, and I thought I could dominate a flag. But Lucant was only on four Focus, and Imperatus was still wandering around unmolested, with Bird’s Eye seeing through the forest between us. So I ask my opponent: “Does Imperatus have Pathfinder?” He answers truthfully that he does not, but neither of us remember that Vyros2 has Easy Rider (Pathfinder on demand for his jacks) . . . until the next turn. D’oh! He apologizes profusely for accidentally misleading me, but here’s the thing: in a tournament, he would have still answered 100% truthfully. I didn’t ask if he had a way to get Pathfinder on Imperatus, I asked if the jack itself had it. Lesson 2: When sticking your caster’s butt out in the breeze, be absolutely sure to word your questions carefully. For that matter: Lesson 3: Don’t risk your caster unnecessarily, even if it is Lucant. I had the chance to put Lucant behind my Axiom, but I got greedy and tried to go for a domination on the flag when I didn’t need to. I knew I was taking a chance, and didn’t recast Watcher to keep my Focus load up. That alone should have told me that I knew I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

Imperatus came in, but due to the Focus strain on Vyros2 my opponent had let Synergy drop to give a full load to Imperatus. This cost him, as Lucant survived with 5 health boxes left. If he’d instead put 2 Focus on and upkept Synergy, he could have used his other jacks to build the bonus, and been able to kill Lucant trivially. On my turn, the Optifex get him nearly full health again, and I get the hell out of town, camping full Focus to make sure I don’t take extra damage from the resultant free strikes. Inverter knocks Imperatus down, and then the Axiom moves over and finishes the job. After that it was an easy matter to control the other two flags, and bam: scenario win. Victory for the Convergence!

“You’d almost think he didn’t like this matchup.”

 

Game 2: Versus Andrew’s Protectorate of Menoth (Kreoss2 Theme Force)

Scenario was Fire Support. Andrew was really looking forward to playing against me, and after I saw what his army was, I knew why 😛  I’d faced Kreoss2 before, but that was an army full of medium based models where I easily weathered the feat. This version was mean as hell, with thirty-odd dudes ADing, and another squad advance moving. His objective was artillery-boosting, and hey, he had artillery. Sad times all around. Especially when he got first turn, and ran most of his army past the halfway point Turn 1. The name of the game is JAM.

As an aside, I really, really need to get that Axis T4 list done.

Anyway, back to the battle!

I popped my feat to endure his feat, and it worked fairly well. TEP put huge swathes of death through his lines, and almost survived the Kreoss2 feat turn. He managed to juuuust kill it with the last attack. But I was killing his army pretty damn well. There was only one problem:

Scenario.

Even with running my first turn, I simply could not make distance to get close enough to contest either flag. I was pretty much locked into place after that. In retrospect, there was a single chance I had, which was to throw the Inverter at his caster on the last turn . . . maybe. It may have been out of range. Either way, well . . . yeah, Lesson 4: Lucant is not the list to drop against Kreoss2 theme. There wasn’t a whole hell of a lot to learn from this game; I popped feat at the right time, positioned my caster correctly, it was just one of those uphill fights. Perhaps the lesson is: Lesson 5: When you’re going to lose if nothing else changes, try the 20% assassination. You never know if it’ll work. Loss for Convergence 🙁

“Andrew expressing his love of going first with Kreoss2 theme.”

 

Final Score:

1 Win, 1 Loss

 

Lessons Learned:

So what have we learned today? Well, other than the fact my opponents are either flipping me off or really excited to jam me, the list is:

Lesson 1: Don’t get greedy. Kill what’s in front of you, even if you think you’ll be left with Focus unspent.

Lesson 2: When sticking your caster’s butt out in the breeze, be absolutely sure to word your questions carefully.

Lesson 3: Don’t risk your caster unnecessarily, even if it is Lucant.

Lesson 4: Lucant is not the list to drop against Kreoss2 theme.

Lesson 5: When you’re going to lose if nothing else changes, try the 20% assassination. You never know if it’ll work.

 

 

That’s it for this edition of ‘Watching MK getting his shiny metal butt schooled.’

 

Until next time, learn from my mistakes, my Brothers From Another Motherboard!

 

–MK

 

GEARTEETH HCO Signature

 

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