Game #37 Thyra vs Calaban (WTC 2017 Belgium game #1)

A few words before the game :

Our first opponent was Finland Mannerheim.
Take a look how we evaluated our chances :

Our Cygnar played vs Mercenaries/Thexus – 65% to win.
Our Grymkin played vs Convergence/Axis – 35% to win.
Our Cryx played vs Protectorate/Testament – 50% to win.
Our Circle played vs Cygnar/Haley2 – 55% to win.
I played vs Minions/Calaban – 50% to win.

We should win this round 3-2.
Let’s see!

Lists of my opponent :

Before choosing a list, I was sure that Pauli would not choose Rask.
I prepared for the match Thyra vs Calaban.
I rate this match at 50% win chance, because Calaban has a few anti-infantry tricks and good CK options.

My list :

Protectorate Army – 75 / 75 points
[Theme] Guardians of the Temple

(Thyra 1) Thyra, Flame of Sorrow [+29]
– Blood of Martyrs [16]
– Dervish [7]
– Sanctifier [14]
Nicia, Tear of Vengeance [0(5)]
Pyrrhus, Flameguard Hero [0(5)]
Vassal Mechanik [1]
Wrack [1]
Choir of Menoth (min) [4]
Daughters of the Flame [10]
Daughters of the Flame [10]
Flame Bringers (max) [17]
Flame Bringers (max) [17]
Temple Flameguard (min) [7]
– Temple Flameguard Officer & Standard [0(4)]

Pauli won the roll and he decided to go first.

Deployment :

Round 1:

Totem Hunter prey on Nicia.
Whole army just ran forward.

Thyra cast Silence of Death on left horses, Occultation on right horses.
My models ran forward, but out of enemy ranges.
BoM ran and hide behind the forest.

Round 2:

Minions just came to the zones to block my scoring in next turn.

After measuring a few things, I am able to destroy BE and Blind Walker this turn.
Thyra FEAT.
Choir said Battle.
BoM after apparition and place from FEAT, came to BE and destroyed it.
Flamebringers with Silence of Death should easily kill Blind Walker.
Instead of this, girls dealt only 5-6 dmg to him…
Terrible rolls on my side 🙁
If everything went according to plan, it would be very easy to play this game.
Daughters from ambush killed one Posse on the left and engaged rest of them.

Round 3:

Ironback and Totem Hunter killed 3-4 Flamebringers.
Totem Hunter sprinted back to the forest.
Calaban cast Parasite on BoM and Blind Walker destroyed him.

I started to clear zones.
I had a big advantage on the right side.
Minions starts to dominate on left side of the table and the middle.

2-0 on the scenario.

Round 4:

Calaban FEAT.
He cast a lot of Bone Shakers and killed some horses.

I killed Ironback and almost whole Posse unit on the right.
I also took care of Bokor and company.

Round 5 and 6:

A lot of combinations with contesting, scoring and killing important models.

Round 7:

There are literally a few models on both sides.
The game will not end on deatchclock.
It will end by counting CP at the end of 7th round.
In this case, it is very good to have the final turn.

Pauli has a slight advantage on the scenario.
To win this game, I have to kill wounded Ironback in the middle zone and clear few models in the right zone.
Thyra started.
She killed all models in the zone.
She also cast Silence of Death on Pyrrhus – the one and only possible Ironback killer.
Pyrrhus charged at Ironback, hits all his attacks and killed him !
Temple Guards stayed in the right zone.
Thyra teleport to the middle zone, to score a final point.

I won the game by scenario 7-6.

End of the game :

MVP?
Pyrrhus for sure!
He killed a lot of Posse.
No one could hit him, even with rerolls (set defense).
Once, he pushed Ironback outside the zone, allowing Temple Guards scoring.
At a critical moment, he just killed a wounded heavy beast, giving me a victory.

The rest of my team also won their games :

5-0 to Poland Knights!

Much better than we expected.

A few words after game :

  • This paring is better for Thyra than I thought.
    Recalling this match, I would give myself 60% to win.
  • The game lasted so long and it did not go through my mind, by terrible rolls in the first rounds 🙁
  • At the end of the game, each of us has 5 models on the table!
    It was very exhausting game.
  • Pauli, it was a pleasure to play with you.
    I hope we will have a chance to play once again 🙂

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