In the Loser’s Bracket:
Battle 5 @ Invasion
Brutes (Jacob): Horn Skulled Brutes x 3 2/3, Goblin Cutters x3, Shurrak = 585
Gladiatrons (Damon): Gladiatrons x3, Blastatrons x3, Hoplitron x2, Major X17 = 590
Dad put all of his order markers the Hoplitrons for the first three rounds to see what they and Mr. X17 could do. The do good! X-17 planted at the edge of the road a little in front of the Brutes start zone, killing a few Goblins and Brutes along the way. X-17 would remain there for the rest of the battle tying down the foe despite being attacked scores and scores of times. The Hoplitrons controlled the other side of the road, killing a few Goblins and Brutes along the way. Jacob was forced to send out Shurrak early. The big red head mashed the two Hoplitrons but eventually was taken out by nice Blastatron rolls and terrible defensive rolls. The rest of the match took a while – moving Glads, moving Blasts, attacks of 2, 3 and an occasional 4. But Jacob could never get his Brutes to challenge.
Final Score: Gladiatrons win with 325 points remaining with 1 life left on X-17 and numerous Glads and Blasts camping out here and there. X-17 is really awesome against an all melee opponent . . . The Brutes are done while the Gladiatrons will get another chance.
Battle 6 @ Invasion
Hounds (Jacob taking Damon’s army): Marrden Hounds x3, Marrden Nagrubs, Su-Bak-Na, Kee-Mo-Shi = 590
Granites (Damon): Granite Guardians x3, Torver, Stenvar, Warden 816 = 590
Jacob surprised Dad by sending out Su-Bak-Na and the Nagrubs at the outset. The big dragon managed to take out a full squad of Granites before he and his little snacks fell, not earning his points worth. Enter the Hounds. Marro Plague didn’t work all that well (a few times, Jacob missed the +1 bonus Su-Bak-Na would have provided) . . . except against Torver when they were a perfect 4/4 in plague attempts for 4 wounds. Oh, and Torver can’t throw the large Hounds. Kee-Mo-Shee followed in to attack Torver with a 20-roll to mind shackle the poor giant . . . but then Jacob had to roll for Toxic Skin. You guessed it. Another 20. Torver died without helping the Hounds. Stenvar was taken out with two Hound attacks of 2 skulls and 3 skulls, against which the poor giant whiffed both defenses. The Hounds defense of 5 dice and superb rolling by Jacob kept the Hounds in the battle, eventually taking out all of the Guardians. It came down to a full-life Warden against two Hounds. On the last OM of the round, Dad was able to climb up and Eviseraxe one Hound with a 5/5 skull roll. Dad won initiative on the next round and Eviseraxed the last Hound with a 4/5 skull roll. Go Warden!
Final Score: Granites win with 90 points left with only Warden 416 left on the battlefield. The Hounds were sent back to Utgar with their tails between their legs. Granites move on.
Custom’s Note: This was pretty close. After two battles in the tournament, I feel pretty good about leaving Torver’s powers where they are at. Stenvar hasn’t done much, but he has been unlikely. I’m leaning toward good-to-go as of now.
And in the Winner’s Bracket:
Battle 7 @ Draguar
Ashra (Damon): Warriors of Ashra x3, Sonlen, Kyrllin, Myrddin, Theracus = 580
Omnicron (Jacob): Omegacron, Gammacron, Omnicron Snipers x2, Omnicron Repulsers x3 = 580
Prior to the battle, Dad explained to Jacob that Gammacron could be moved with Omegacrons power. Mistake by Dad. Gammacron darted to the Teleportation belt glyph, moved up to engage Ashra and take out four of them with his Energy Expulsion power, he then used the glyph to get up close and personal with Theracus, Sonlen, and Kyrllin, all of which he managed another wound on. Plus, he provided a +1 attack for the Snipers for a few attacks before falling. Gammacron did well. Now, all this took place over many rounds but I won’t bore you with too many details to what else occurred. Myrddin did take out 2 Repulsors and a Sniper in one Call of Lightning attack. Jacob had to move Omegacron quite a bit to see targets hidden behind glacier and rock outcrops. Kyrllin last for some time, but the Snipers and three attack dice earning doubles for each skull was too much.
Final Score: Omnicron keep on rolling with 353 points remaining. Team Ashra drops to the loser’s bracket.
Customs Notes: Kyrllin was good but got overwhelmed by big Sniper attacks. Gammacron earned MVP with his efforts – he didn’t kill a ton, but he tied down the Ashra and he was perfect in taking them out by ignoring the 1-shield defense with his Expulsion power, and he boosted the Snipers to 3 dice on enough attacks to take out Sonlen and Theracus. Jacob and I agreed that G-cron is a great design.
Battle 8 @ Steaming Bridge
Anubians (Jacob): Anubian Wolves x4, Anubian Alpha x3, Khosumet, Marcu Esenwein = 590
Dreadguls (Jacob): Dreadgul Raiders x 3 1/3, Jotun, Valguard, Guilty McCreech = 582
Jacob sent out Jotun as his bonder with the Dreadguls, hoping to wild-swing the pack of wolves. Dad decided to aim his attacks at the Dreadguls in the hope to limit bonding later in the battle. He would try to slow down Jotun and peck away, but only unleash the Fury with a pack of massive attackers. Jotun did kill a bunch, including one full squad of Anubians in one wild swing of 3 skulls. But the wolves bid their time, wiped the Dreadguls from the map. And then, toward the end of the mid-game, with +8 Fury, an Alpha charged Valguard in his startzone and rolled 7/11 skulls! The 7-life Valguard whiffed and died in one clawed-embrace. It was now end-game. Dad then went after Guilty with the same Alpha. Guilty died and Jacob lost 2 OMs. That last Alpha high-tailed it back to the bridge and took out Jotun with a 4/11 skull roll to take the last wound and full life off of Jotun for victory.
Final Score: Wolves win with 185 points left in the form of 1 Alpha, 1 Anubian, Khosumet, and Marcu. The Anubians will take on Omnicron in the last of the unbeaten. The Dreadguls drop to the loser bracket.
Customs Note: The Alphas proved strong once again in the closest battle I’ve played with them yet, and they still won by 185 points. The Omnicron should prove to be a different foe.
The Next Round is set. We each have three armies left, but will have to cross-over for two of the battles.
Omnicron (Jacob) v. Anubian Wolves (Jacob) @ Invasion . . . Jacob hasn’t decided which one he wants.
Ashra (Dad) v. Dreadguls (Jacob) @ Silence and Solitude
Granites (Dad) v. Gladiatrons (Jacob taking Dad’s army) @ Draguar