Just a quick post to cover off my recent outing to the Good Games Melbourne Warhammer Underworlds tournament in early May. I hadn’t played any Underworlds for almost six months so was excited to get in multiple games on the one day, and decided I needed to take the Godsworn Hunt as I love the aesthetic of that warband. Some research ahead of time told me the Godsworn Hunt were not great, but after looking through some write-ups I settled on a deck that seemed pretty easy to play and focused in on getting fighters with multiple upgrades.
Change of Tactics
Oath of Denial
No More Tricks
Glory or Damnation
Master of War
Spoils of Battle
Fuelled By Fury
Ready For Action
Touch of Death
Potion Of Rage
Path To Glory
Tome of Offerings
There was nine players in attendance, which seemed pretty good, and, surprisingly, an excellent spread of warbands. There were two Curebreakers, then one each of Thorns of the Briar Queen, Farstriders, Zarbag’s Gitz, Steelhearts Champions, Spiteclaw’s Swarm and Thundrik’s Profiteers in addition to my Godsworn.
I played Patrick’s Farstriders in round one, and they took me apart fairly convincingly. My inexperience both with this warband and the game generally really showed throughout my games, and although I scored through my objective deck fairly well I realised I didn’t have any high scoring objectives, like Supremacy, so it was an uphill battle trying to get ahead with no catch-up available. This round I lost two games, the first 8-16 and the second 11-20.
Next up I played Alex who was running Spiteclaw’s Swarm. In the first game everything came together for me, with Change of Tactics and Martyred in my opening hand I quickly got some glory scored and then snowballed from there. A win in the first game 13-9.
The second game I was more prepared for the Skaven’s tricks, but I kept my opening power card hand which included four upgrades which in hindsight was a mistake. Despite this, I was able to play whack-a-mole with the smaller Skaven and avoid Skritch, which let me pull out a 14-9 win.
I came up against Michael who was playing thorns of the Briar Queen, which I’d had some experience with having played a couple of games with Thorns and Cursebreakers when Nightvault first came out. I got out to an early lead in both games and thought I was doing quite well, but my lack of higher scoring cards and an excellent use of Transfixing Gaze in each game saw me undone. Very close games, though, with the first 14-15 and the second 11-15 in Michael’s favour.
I was running out of energy and focus by this time as it’s been a while since I’ve gamed for four hours straight. I drew Leigh who was running Thundrik’s Profiteers, so was immediately on the back foot as I didn’t have the slightest idea what they did having only recently come out. There were some obscene dice rolls going both ways across the two games, like it taking three attacks on Gruul to kill him, or Thundrik and Shond swinging at each other for a couple of activations before either managed to land a blow, which made it quite fun. Leigh did take me apart in pretty quick fashion though, with a strong objective deck and clear idea of how to go about it best. I lost 16-9 first game and 15-6 in the second.
I had a great time throwing down Underworlds for the first time in ages, and learnt a lot over the day both about the Godsworn and where the game itself is at. Playtesting a deck ahead of time and against multiple opponents is a necessity to do any well, and some weaknesses of my deck builds were highlighted almost immediately. I’m looking forward to playing some more Underworlds, when I make some time and can find an opponent and trying to refine the Godsworn Hunt to make them a little more competitive.