GW released a bombshell of new FAQs on friday, covering errata for the core book and lengthy FAQs for each faction. And as always, we’ve got you covered with the rundown of what’s changed and what it means for your games. In this series of Hot Take articles, we’ll be covering the changes and our initial reactions to them but for more detailed analysis, check back over the next two weeks as we dive deeper into how these changes affect the game and its factions.
Glorious day to you, fellow gentlefolk, and what a fine day in the kingdoms it is! Pray tell, hast thou heard the news from the town scrier? Why, it seems as if our beloved, fantastical kingdom has received some new clarifications on local regulations. My, I do hope to discuss this with our wonderful king when we attend the feast this evening!
…Alright alright enough of that. Sorry. There’s really not a lot to talk about for Flesh Eater Courts so forgive the D Tier Renfair dialogue. Let’s take a look at what the FAQ holds.
- Muster ability is clarified to be 6 dice PER Courtier. FEC is an army that relies heavily on the ability of their heroes to summon back-up. This clarification makes it more clear of how the ability works, but this is fairly unchanged so it really just helps against pesky TOs or rules lawyers.
- Ruler of All He Surveys Clarification. This, again, was fairly easy to parse from rules as written and how FEC have played in the past, but the FAQ making it clearer that ANY number of Archregents and Ghoul Kings can use Ruler of All He Surveys, that means a lot of units are going to suddenly hit the field for free.
- Royal Family updated. This Warscroll Battalion may be attractive, based on how you can afford it. The Battallion is now 1 Abhorrant Archregent OR 1 Abhorrant Ghoul King on a Terrorgheist OR a Zombie Dragon AND 2-6 unmounted Ghoul Kings. If you summoned nothing but Serf keyword units, by the way, and took a maximum number of units for this battalion, you’d be putting 80 Ghouls out on the field, for free, on your first turn. Just food for thought here.
- Flesh Eater Courts are getting dated. There really aren’t any BAD changes here, but the age of the range and the tome remains. This entire FAQ is mostly about how Summon abilities for FEC work and in relation to the Throne terrain. This is not a huge shift from how the army worked in 2nd Ed., and generally means the strengths and weaknesses of FEC are mostly the same.
- FEC models. But we love them all the same.
This FAQ is pretty sparse in terms of any big updates or shifts to the FEC army. You’re likely still going to want to run a lot of Heroes to use their summoning abilities, the Throne is a must take in the army, and you’ll likely want to make space for the Chalice if you can. The points changes in the GHB mean you may need to be a little more economical with what your army looks like out of the gate, but otherwise this seems to be a holding pattern until FEC get either a Tome and/or range refresh at some point in 3.0.
Until then, be sure to put on your finest royal livery and join in the merriment with your fellow beautiful lords and ladies of the realm! …Ok I’m done I swear.
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