Once again I ended up in the Circle mirror. It came down to ether giving me a 50% shot at winning against a Menoth pairing and my teammate a 5% chance against Circle, or giving us both 50% shots at winning our matchups ish.
Ah well. He had Kaya 2 and Wurmwood, and I knew he was dropping Kaya 2 and I didn't feel like playing Kaya 3 since he basically outthreats my list and can do it twice.
- Woldwyrd x3
Shifting Stone x2
Sentry Stone x2
Bokur and Shamblers
Sentry Stone x2
We were playing Take and Hold, and I lost the roll off (darn) going second (darn).
This was going to be another rough matchup - Shadowpack shuts down half my list.
Bad Circle turn 1:
Everything moves up pretty much to max distance. Shadowpack on Kaya and Forced Evolution on Loki.
Circle turn 1:
I can get two Sentry Sprays on the left side Sentry Stone, so I go for it.
They roll fairly well and leave it on 1. Cassius runs up, and I put a boosted damage Stranglehold into it, killing it. Wild Growth goes up, and
Bone Grinders murder eachother, and stuff moves up.
Bad Circle turn 2:
My opponent retaliates by having his Pureblood spray my Stone to death. Everything moves up very cagily with Shadowpack up.
Circle turn 2:
I see a way to get Loki this turn, and I am just greedy enough to go for it. What I SHOULD have done is simply Strangleheld Ghetorix and Loki and moved up a little more.
Instead, I go for broke.
Hellmouth pulls Loki forward and does massive damage to him.
I walk my Pureblood up, warp Spell Ward, Wraithbane my Wyrd and spray Loki and....miss.
The Wyrd moves up and shoots, connecting and doing damaging, missing, and then hitting and...leaving Loki on 1.
My Loki moves up, chucks his hook at the bad Loki and kills him before casting Evasive.
I flood the area around Loki with dudes in an effort to keep him safe, kill his other Sentry Stone unit with my Woldwyrd, and call it good.
Bad Circle turn 3:
Stones port Laris up, Kaya activates, Feats, and Dogpiles my Wyrd.
Laris activates, does nothing, and goes back.
Ghetorix charges in, kills the Wyrd, mostly kills my Pureblood, and gets ported back.
The Pureblood warps Strength and misses my Woldwyrd a bunch, leaving it on ten.
My opponent can just barely get his Argus into Doppler Bark range of Loki, but he has to roll a hard 8 to hit my Wyrd and then a 10 on his damage roll to kill the Wyrd to clear the Ferals way.
He hits both, Barks, and gets back.
The Feral doesn't roll any double 1s, and Loki dies.
Circle turn 3:
The game is effectively over now, but it's time to try stupid things.
I flood him with models, try to kill a Shifting Stone, and put Wurmwood on the Flag, scoring 1.
Bad Circle turn 4:
I've been really stupid and not checked my landing spots. He can get Ghetorix onto my Pureblood with a Stone port.
His Pureblood tramples up, clearing a path.
Ghetorix goes up and murders my Pureblood and the Bokur.
I score another point.
Circle turn 4:
I finish off Laris, Stranglehold the Pureblood and fail to damage Ghetorix with a Stranglehold there.
I flood the landing spaces in the forest with Shifting Stones and score again. Unfortunately, I play too cautiously with Cassius here, and that will cost me the game.
Bad Circle turn 5:
The Pureblood frenzies into Ghetorix, doing 10 damage somehow.
Ghetorix kills Shifting Stones and contests.
His Shifting Stone contests.
Circle turn 5:
Here I discover my mistake. If Cassius had been 4 inches farther left, he would have been able to run base to base with the flag on the other side. This would have let me run my Shamblers away from his Argus, port a Shifting Stone 3 inches from the Argus, Dark Path Wurmwood to the enemy flag and Hellmouth his Argus out, getting my last two points.
Sadly none of this happens and I prepare for death. I do send Cassius way the heck off to the side in case I live through this turn.
Bad Circle turn 6:
The Pureblood with Primal ends Wurmwood.
Sadly, Defeat for the Druids
The dice gods giveth and taketh away. I won't belabor this point, but if my opponent had missed his Argus charge, I probably win. If my Woldwyrd had rolled a 9 on his last attack, I probably win again since Loki wouldn't be that close.
Lots of missed opportunities here on my part, but a well played game by my opponent.
Sadly, my team was relying on me to win, so we went 2-3 and lost this round.
Overall ATC experience post and such coming in the next day or two.
Thanks for reading!