Insider 07-12-2016

When asked what blighted goodness I had been working on for the new editions, I was more than happy to share my most recent work-in-progress. With a brand new warlock—Kryssa, Conviction of Everblight—I had set out to try a few things I would not normally bring with my go-to ’caster, Absylonia, Daughter of Everblight.

Like many Legion of Everblight players, I like to play beast-heavy with nearly any ’caster I use. Kryssa, however, has the potential for a very different approach! While she can easily run beast-heavy, I knew right away I wanted to try a combined-forces approach with her instead. This would allow me to use a different playstyle and would make for some great games learning not only my new list but the new edition rules as well.

My list, in all of its glory:

Kryssa, Conviction of Everblight +31
Angelius 17
Angelius 17
Raek 8
The Forsaken 4
Spell Martyr 1
Spell Martyr 1
Blighted Nyss Shepherd 1
Blighted Nyss Shepherd 1
Blighted Nyss Swordsmen 15
Blighted Nyss Swordsmen Abbott and Champion 6
Blighted Ogrun Warspears 15
Warspear Chieftain 5
Hellmouth 6
Blackfrost Shard 9

There are two things that I picked to exploit with Kryssa, Conviction of Everblight. The first is her spell Howling Flames, and the second is her feat, Rage of the Dragon. My list was designed specifically with these abilities in mind.

Howling Flames costs 3 fury and is a 10˝ spray attack that hits at POW 12 and lights everything it hits on fire. I do love setting troops and ’casters aflame, making Howling Flames one of my favorite spells in the game—it really brings that draconic feel to my Legion of Everblight forces. As a former legionnaire, Kryssa is only SPD 5, so I need a way to be really effective with this spell. To help her out, I have brought two Spell Martyrs in my list. These one-point, single-use arc nodes are the perfect delivery system for my Howling Flames spell. Any infantry sticking close together is in for a big surprise when they are suddenly lit up from as far as 30˝ away!

My next step in designing my Kryssa list was to spend the +31 warbeast points I had available. I bounced around several different versions of which beasts would be most beneficial before finally settling on the three beasts.

I also picked a Raek and two Angelius for my beasts in this list. The Raek is a great choice: it has Extended Control and can really minimize my concerns over a 12˝ control range. The Angelius are my scalpels, each with the ability to have a P+S 17 Armor Piercing attack on feat turn. I am confident they can get the work done, especially with AP being more destructive against small-based models now!

The big change in my list comes in the form of infantry. I really love Blighted Nyss Swordsmen with Kryssa. They make a great target for Ashen Veil and, like everything in this list, benefit greatly on feat turn. My second infantry unit is Warspears and a Warspear Chieftain. This unit really maximizes feat turn due to the Assault ability, allowing a P+S 16 thrown spear on the charge and then a P+S 16 melee attack. If anything survives these melee attacks on feat turn, they will still find themselves on fire!

I technically have two more units that are fun additions and round out my list. The Blackfrost Shard are a nice addition, bringing a variety of abilities that includes increased damage, lowered defense, and stealth. They are also all Weapon Masters! And finally, my last unit is one of my favorite new releases, Hellmouth. Nothing makes you look faster than a tentacle dragging a target towards yourself and wrecking it, all while staying out of your opponents reach.