Competitive Innovations in the Mortal Realms – Timberrrrrr

Greetings Sigmarite and welcome to CI, with this week being refreshingly light with just one tournament to look at. That said, one of the armies featured has rocketed up into competitive relevance with their new book, and has been a mainstay in showdowns since they became Matched play legal. Soulblight Gravelords throw a very interesting spanner in the works for many armies, and have seemed to really depressed the effectiveness of other combat army all-stars like Fyreslayers and Gloomspite Gitz. Their combination of redeploying units with Legion of Blood as well as high mobility also means they have respectable game against KO, which is something to monitor going forward. Anyway, let’s crack on.

Woehammer AoS GT

32-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in England GB on May 13 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Matchup & Mission –

Ash Coleman – Oakenbrow:
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Allegiance: Sylvaneth
– Glade: Oakenbrow
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Grand Strategy: The Day is Ours!
– Triumphs: Inspired

Spirit of Durthu (350)
– Artefact: Greenwood Gladius
Warsong Revenant (300)*
– General
– Command Trait: Spellsinger
– Lore of the Deepwood: Treesong
– Aspect of the Champion: Fuelled by Ghurish Rage
Treelord Ancient (330)*
– Lore of the Deepwood: Regrowth
Battlemage (100)*
– Mortal Realm: Ghur
– Allies

Treelord (230)*
Treelord (230)*
Treelord (230)*

5 x Skaeth’s Wild Hunt (110)*
– Spell1: Lore of the Deepwood: Regrowth

Endless Spells & Invocations
Chronomantic Cogs (70)
Spiteswarm Hive (40)

Core Battalions
*Battle Regiment

Total: 1990 / 2000
Reinforced Units: 0 / 4
Allies: 100 / 400
Wounds: 87
Drops: 2


Christian Moore – Legion of Blood:
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– Army Faction: Soulblight Gravelords
– Army Type: Legion of Blood
– Grand Strategy: Lust for Domination
Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon (440)
– General
– Command Traits: Doomed Minions
– Deathlance
– Artefacts of Power: Cloak of Mists and Shadows
– Spells: Flaming Weapon
Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon (440)
– Deathlance
– Spells: Spirit Gale
Neferata (390)*
– Spells: Prison of Grief
Deathrattle Skeletons (85)*
Deathrattle Skeletons (85)*
Deathrattle Skeletons (85)*
Blood Knights (460)*
– Kastellan
– Templar Lance
– 2 x Standard Bearer
*Battle Regiment
TOTAL POINTS: 1985/2000
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Like me turning up to a vegetarian restaraunt, Neferata and her pals must have been very disappointed when they turned up to what they thought was a buffet and turns out it’s just a bunch of oversized wooden furniture. That said, things aren’t all bad here, as sneakily those Skeletons represent a cheeky edge in that unlike Ash, Christian actually has some objective grabbers that he’s happy to keep entirely out of combat and not feel like wasted potential – especially notable when there are no Tree Revenants here for cheeky steals.

Treelords are great into many armies at the moment thanks to their high durability, mobility (with trees + charge bonuses) and ability to hand out strikes-last to skew combat scenarios in their favour. That said, the ents will have had their hands full in this matchup thanks to Cloak of Mist and Shadows and Dark Mist giving Christian access to two high save, ethereal units that can be thrown into combat with relative impunity for one simple reason – weight of dice.

To be specific, the counter to high save units is typically either weight of dice (if low rend), or high quality, high rend attacks to punch straight through. When the second option is taken off the table you’re left with the former, and unfortunately for all the good aspects that Treelords bring to the table, number of dice is not one of them.


Legion of Blood Victory – 26 – 24

Christian Moore – Legion of Blood – 1st Place

Prince Vhordrai
Prince Vhordrai. Credit: chimp

The List

See Showdown


Giant Monsters go Rrrroaaarrr


There’s something just beautifully nostalgic about Soulblight lists at the moment – for all the talk of efficiently stacking synergies on low cost, high value units that many armies opt for, Soulblight has rewound the clock back to the days of the old world and can put armies down on the table where it’s very clear where the power is concentrated – the heroes.

This is herohammer at it’s best, with nearly two thirds of Christian’s army devoted to the leaders section in just three units. The army wants to hit you very hard with quality, high save units, with very specific buffs like access to ethereal or debuffs like shutting off wards via a heroic action that give them some play into the typical answers that combat focused herohammer lists get addressed with.

The Best of the Rest

There were 4 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • Position – Player Name – Faction:
  • 2nd – Daniel Scott – Oakenbrow: See showdown
  • 3rd – Ash Coleman – Oakenbrow: The same list as Daniel’s, which makes this list a surprising contender with a combined W/L record of 8-2
  • 4th – Owen Jackson – Kharadron Overlords: One of Britain’s lovelist men still finding success playing one of Sigmar’s most toxic lists – Thunderer spam!
  • 5th – Baz Norman Jr – Lumineth Realm-lords: It’s Teclis and 40 Arrow chuckers, but what’s interesting here is Baz has deviated from the expected and gone for a 5 drop list that utilises Sharpshooters, likely a shift to have better game against KO lists that have themselves gone high drop (so 1 drop is less valuable)

Wrap Up

Things will ramp up this weekend with one of the UK’s biggest and most entertaining events, Mancunian Carnage. I’ll be in attendance competing for a podium spot, but more importantly it’ll be our first really big event in a while that’s using all of the exciting new books (bar Seraphon) so it should give us a really good sense of the metagame when we look at the top table standings once the dust has settled. Until next time!