Road to Texicon ’17

Texicon is the largest Warmachine event I’ve attended.  It boasts a standard Steamroller, an escalation tournament with three rounds, and a master’s event for those who qualify from one of the others.

Escalation

The way I understand the web site, it looks like the Escalation games will be limited to three rounds with the same caster and list each round, with more models being added between rounds.  Multiple Trollblood warlocks work at 35, 50 and 75 points.  I’ve played a few, and feel like the best match for me is Borka, Vengeance of the Rimeshaws.

War Room Army

Trollblood – Escalation Bearka

Theme: The Power of Dhunia

2 / 2 Free Cards 35 / 35 Army

Borka, Vengeance of the Rimeshaws – WB: +29

– Rök – PC: 21 (Battlegroup Points Used: 21)

– Pyre Troll – PC: 9 (Battlegroup Points Used: 8)

– Earthborn Dire Troll – PC: 15

– Dire Troll Mauler – PC: 15

Northkin Shaman – PC: 0

Northkin Shaman – PC: 0

Troll Whelps – 5 Whelps: 4

The main problem with this army is that on a large table, I will have difficulty scoring.

With the Mauler, Ron and the Earthborn, I have a lot of heavy damage.  The northkin will help keep my guys alive until they get to the enemy’s lines.

Trollblood – Escalation Bearka 50

Borka, Vengeance of the Rimeshaws – WB: +29

– Rök – PC: 21 (Battlegroup Points Used: 21)

– Pyre Troll – PC: 9 (Battlegroup Points Used: 8)

– Earthborn Dire Troll – PC: 15

– Dire Troll Mauler – PC: 15

Dire Troll Bomber – PC: 19

Northkin Shaman – PC: 0

Northkin Shaman – PC: 0

Troll Whelps – 5 Whelps: 0

How do you add in a 19 point warbeast when you only have a 15 point difference between rounds? Add the Bomber, then make the whelps free!

War Room Army

Trollblood – Escalation Bearka 75

Theme: The Power of Dhunia

4 / 4 Free Cards 75 / 75 Army

Borka, Vengeance of the Rimeshaws – WB: +29

– Rök – PC: 21 (Battlegroup Points Used: 21)

– Dire Troll Mauler – PC: 15 (Battlegroup Points Used: 8)

– Dire Troll Bomber – PC: 19

– Dire Troll Blitzer – PC: 16

– Earthborn Dire Troll – PC: 15

– Pyre Troll – PC: 9

– Troll Bouncer – PC: 9

Troll Whelps – 5 Whelps: 0

Troll Whelps – 5 Whelps: 0

Northkin Shaman – PC: 0

Northkin Shaman – PC: 0

So I have to balance going in for a kill and preventing a score.  Seems like my best bet is to push in as fast as I can, using the Earthborn and Blitzer as ablative armor for Borka, Rok and the Mauler.  We shall see.