Borka2 vs Magnus2

Eff this broke as eff caster, Magnus2

After a 3 hour drive to play in a Steamroller, I got my teeth kicked in by Magnus the Warlord.  I will admit; the drive was not bad.  The company and conversation was pleasant and fun.  The game venue was loud (due to the number of Warmachine players and 40k players in the same room), but the terrain looked nice, and the community is pretty awesome.

But seriously, playing into Magnus2 sucks.  Let’s take a look at how this game played out, and how hard I got steamrolled.



War Room Army

Trollblood – Borka double riders

Theme: Storm of the North
3 / 3 Free Cards 75 / 75 Army 37 / 40 Specialist


Borka, Vengeance of the Rimeshaws – WB: +27
– Trollkin Runebearer – PC: 0
– Rök – PC: 19 (Battlegroup Points Used: 19)
– Earthborn Dire Troll – PC: 14 (Battlegroup Points Used: 8)


Horthol, Long Rider Hero – PC: 8
– Horthol, Long Rider Hero (Continued)
Fell Caller Hero – PC: 0
Fell Caller Hero – PC: 0

Trollkin Long Riders – Leader & 4 Grunts: 20
Trollkin Long Riders – Leader & 4 Grunts: 20
Krielstone Bearer & Stone Scribes – Leader & 5 Grunts: 9
– Northkin Elder – PC: 3
Northkin Raiders – Leader & 5 Grunts: 9

Storm Troll – PC: 9
Troll Bouncer – PC: 9
Storm Troll – PC: 9
Valka Curseborn, Chieftain of the North – PC: 6
Troll Whelps – 5 Whelps: 4


THEME: Storm of the North

GENERATED : 01/13/2018 23:35:02
BUILD ID : 2059.17-12-30

This is the list I’ve been running and winning with for a while now.  It does pretty well against infantry,  ranged, and can even knock warjacks around.  And longriders can take down some seriously big targets.  So what went wrong?

The merc list


A couple warjacks

A unit. Any unit. It doesn’t matter.


Even Aiyana and Holt didn’t matter.

The Game

I had to shift right a bit more than usual.  The pillar on the left kind of forced that.  I felt like I was in a good position.  Off screen some iridians were preying the painted long riders on the left.  I figured the raiders might be able to bomb them out.

I feated quickly, having felt the “I’m Magnus, so I get two turns” feat.  Maybe I should have waited.

He feats next, moves, and clears some dudes.  And Borka’s army can’t move forward or to the right.  I have stuff seriously blocked in.  Maybe if I had spread the long riders out, or hung Borka back, things would have gone better.  But he would have been up in control points.

Anyway, he clears a long rider, and now that his feat is done, I try to kill things or knock them down with countercharge, but would you believe it? I couldn’t score an impact attack due to some good positioning.  Too bad, because I might have been able to knock some stuff down.


Anyway, Magnus gets in for the kill, as he would have anyway without Borka moving.  And his bazillion armor piercing POW 13 attacks can pretty much kill anything.

He said I did about as well as possible.  Borka either had to stay tight and then lose scenario or get up in there and probably get killed.



Magnus2 sucks.

Sucks about as bad as Haley2 did.

If anyone knows a solution, comment on Facebook in the Trollblood page, because I don’ have an answer.