After crawling on the floor for a while (Nurgle took his toll on me) I was able to eventually play against Andrej again.
Last time he crushed me with Magore’s – this time he was set to let even more blood flow by throwing Garrek and his rascals into the ring.
Since we both work full-time and fill our off time with diaper shot put we had just enough time to squeeze in one match.
Turn 1: I lost the first roll and had to place the first board. We both own the new lethal hexes boards, but did not dare to place them. I knew Andrej would try to get someone killed as quickly as possible, so my rats went to the backline. I had Supremacy on my hand as well as Alone in the Darkness, but was unable to score either of them. At least none of my guys hit the fan and we ended this turn 0:0. Strange thing: We both tried to score Alone in the Dark and were unable to pull it off!
Turn 2: Dropped Alone in the Darkness and another objective to obtain Our Only Way Out and Change of Tactics. Good hand, but I first had to aggressively get rid of these Khorne crooks. So turn 2 pleased Khorne more than I wished for. Andrej made kebab out of my lurking skaven during his first activation. My first activation on the other hand featured the glorious Scritch, a Time Trap and two dying Reavers. Unfortunately somehow this was also Andrej’s plan. Beside having all of his hoodlums inspired he was able to score multiple objectives end of turn 2 (and in turn 3). He further killed my other two baby-rats leaving me lonely with Krrrk and Scritch. Unable to score Supremacy and Our Only Way Out I used two activations to 1) position Krrrk on an objective and 2) to draw a card. I could have scored Change of Tactics which would have been much better, but missed that chance… One or two glory points down the gutter.
Anyhow, turn 3: Everything was well planned and prepared. I decided to let Andrej begin as I held Quick Thinker and was sure he would charge Krrrk with Garrek (which he did). As I had Great Concussion on hand as well, I moved Krrrk next to a new objective (right side of the board; right side of the objective). And that was when my downfall began. I placed the moved-marker on Krrrk’s card. And forgot about it.
Andrej was unable to charge any of my skaven, so I could easily follow my plan. First activation: revive the hungering skaven right beside the same objective Krrrk was waiting next to, but on the left side (see picture below for reference). Second activation: Scritch charged Garrek and sneaked next to my second objective… Still believing I was going to move Krrrk soon I placed Scritch on the left side of the objective (which was also on the left board-side). Yes… the left side. The wrong side. For no reason. Third activation: That was when I realised what a gigantic moron I am. Nothing I could do to score my objectives now. Since both Krrrk and Scritch already moved.
I lost this match by five (5) glory points. Exactly the amount I lost by not scoring my two objectives.
Lessons learned: Place tokens where you actually see them! Mine will be found next to the miniatures as off now. If you are able to score objectives immediately do it! Not only did I waste one glory point by not changing my tactics, but I also missed the chance of drawing a new objective card.
Cards from the Leader pack: I really tried to like them, but let’s face it. 90% of these cards are not usable in a competitive environment. Even those which are cool are strictly situational which means they might end up blocking your hand in most other situations.
The cool cards: Shining Example is one of the easiest objective cards in game and easily the best card from the Leader pack. Spoiler alert: I scored this one in the upcoming match again – a no brainer for most warbands. Quick Advance is my second choice. Inspire two skaven and move them one hex each? Hell yeah! Also interesting for other warbands without the inspiring magic stuff. That’s it for me. I saw Shining Example on Andrej’s side as well.
You ask if it is worth buying the pack? I can’t live without my Shining Example any longer. Therefore I do not regret the purchase. But basically I paid more than 10 bucks for two cards. Who knows? Perhaps some cards will celebrate a comeback with future releases…
I’ll get some sleep now and will be back with another battle-report soonish. Cheerio!
Reavers on picture painted by Andrej.