Battle Report 162: The Dreamer (Menagerie) vs. Absylonia 2 Shredder Spam (Oracles)

As with any scientific experiment, the journey to a Grymkin counter to Absylonia 2 starts with a Hypothesis, which is then tested, had data collected, and then revised. 

My previous hypothesis, that the Wanderer in Bump in the Night is viable into Absylonia 2, has not been proving true, so when Cory Burns of WTC fame suggested a Dreamer build that he had struggled with at the WTC this last year, I was all ears. 

New Hypothesis: Four Cage Ragers and two Skin and Moans coupled with Enfeeble is too much for Absylonia 2 to chew through. 

My regular legion opponent and I rolled up Recon II as our Scenario, and I chose the Desolation and Sacrifice Arcana. He had a very strange Abby list. 

Absylonia 2
- Proteus
- Naga Nightlurker
- Blight Wasps
- Blight Wasps
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder
- Shredder

Sorceress and Hellion
Forsaken
Forsaken
Shepherd
Shepherd

The Dreamer
- Cage Rager
- Cage Rager
- Cage Rager (Dozer and Smigg)
- Cage Rager (Malifaux Ice Golem)
- Skin and Moans
- Skin and Moans
- Crabbit (free)
- Crabbit (free)

Death Knell

Karianna Rose
Gremlin Swarm (free)
Gremlin Swarm (free)
Gremlin Swarm (free)

 

 

 

 

I won the roll off and opted to go first. 

Also, check out the sweet 3d Terrain!

 
 

Grymkin turn 1:

The Gremlin Swarms all Apparated and then everything ran. The Dreamer put Apparition on the left Skin and Moans. The plan there was to use him to kill Proteus who I (theoretically) could outthreat with Abyssal Gate, and then use my ARM 21 Cage Ragers to weather the Shredder Storm. 

 
 

Legion turn 1:

My opponent moves up cautiously, really bunching up his Shredders on the left side and threatening my right hand flank with the Blight Wasps. 

 
 

Grymkin turn 2:

I move up my Cage Ragers such that he needs to either feat or trigger Alpha Hunter to get to them with anything but Proteus. 

I then put an Abyssal Gate down so that he has to feat in order to get his Shredders there without casting their animus each and every time. 

I take my flag with a Gremlin Swarm and hang out. 

 
 

Legion turn 2:

My opponent runs a Spell Martyr up to the left and advances Abby up so that the Spell Martyr is in Control Range. I trigger Desolation and make a forest on top of her, which blocks Line of Sight to most of my army. 

He chucks a Hex Bolt at my Gremlin Swarm and I Arcane Vortex it. 

Abby repositions backwards after choosing not to feat now that her Shredders cannot charge anything. 

Proteus does come in though, and he pulls my Cage Rager out of Death Knell range and kills it. 

My opponent scores his flag.

 
 

Score: 0 - 1
Advantage Legion

Grymkin turn 3:

Time to kill...the World?

Dreamer upkeeps Mirage but drops Artifice. She actually goes first, moving up and Abyssal Gating Proteus around so that I can ignore his Unyielding bonus. The Dozer Cage Rager gets Wraithbane from the far right Cage Rager (who kills a pair of Blight Wasps) and charges in, killing Proteus neatly. 

The other left hand Cage Rager and Skin and Moans charge in and kill 8 Shredders between them and contest. 

The Death Knell runs way away from the Dreamer so that nothing can charge her or get to her period. 

My second Skin and Moans charges and kills the Sorceress, spawning a large Phantasm that runs around and pushes the Blight Wasps away from the zone. 

 
 

Score: 0 - 1
Advantage Legion

Legion turn 3:

Dice go a bit nuts here. His two Forsaken do 48 damage to my two heavies, and Abby kills the Skin and Moans, triggering Sacrifice and healing the other Cage Rager to full. She proceeds to buy tail attacks at dice off seven with no boosts and leave it on half health before repositioning away. 

His Shredders walk up or charge up and kill off both of my left side Cage Ragers. 

On the right, his full unit of Wasps charge the Skin and Moans and kill it on initials without any crits. 

He passes the turn and scores nothing since I'm still contesting everywhere. 

 
 

Score: 0 - 1
Advantage Legion

Grymkin turn 4:

I decide that I need to move the Dreamer away from Abby, but I can't get out of range of her tail attack. The Cage Rager tramples up, the Dreamer moves back and arcs Enfeeble at Abby, missing the first but getting the second one. 

The landing zone in front of her is blocked off by Gremlin Swarm and Karianna respectively, and the Death Knell comes in to jam the Shredders. 

 
 

Score: 0 - 1
Advantage Legion

Legion turn 4:

If my opponent can kill a Crabbit, a Gremlin Swarm, and my Cage Rager, he can win the game on Scenario this turn. 

He kills the Crabbit on the left with a pair of Shredders that he pulled Fury off of. The Gremlin Swarm dies to the Naga, and he charges my Cage Rager with his unit of bugs and a Shredder, leaving it on about 20 health. 

Abby charges in to do her thing, but now she's base PS 10 and 12 thanks to Enfeeble and needs 5s to hit. She leaves him quite alive and repositions back, taking a free strike that forces her to transfer. 

At some point in here my opponent clocks, but we continue.

My opponent scores two points. 

 
 

Score: 0 - 3
Advantage Legion

Grymkin turn 5:

The Dreamer moves up and shoots Abby, missing the first and reloading to tag her with the second. She heals the Cage Rager for four. 

Karianna moves up and Ancillary attacks him to kill a Blight Wasp for one less free strike. 

He tramples up (pathfinder from the objective) and smacks Absylonia thrice at dice +1 to kill her off, auto hitting thanks to stationary from the Dreamer's gun. 

 
 

Victory for the Grymkin!

Post-Game Thought:

Well this Abby list is...nothing like most other Abby lists. I think into the four heavy version, this Dreamer list has a lot of game, since ARM 21 heavies is a little too much for Neraphs to handle once the Scythean/Proteus go down. 

I definitely want to test this some more, it might be time to break out Vassal soon.