Friday, May 4, 2012

Stealing Topics

So Mr White Rabbit put up a reall interesting topic, Favorite Master to Play in Malifaux. And I gotta say I love this idea and am now stealing it. But Im gonna go in reverse order so its different in some manner.

Bottom of the Barrel
I don't really care for these Masters much at all

Pandora - For Pandora its deeper then that. I straight up Hate her. I got her to paint up for a paint contest, and I actually got rid of the crew after what I think was like 3-4 games. She is amazing and usually wins, but I never felt like my opponent had a good time facing her and I never really enjoyed it either. Also she is my least favorite to play against.

Sonia Criid - I'll admit I've played only a couple times. In those games I have been unimpressed by, yeah all of her.

Perdita - I played her a lot back before book 3 came out. I liked her for a while, and then felt every game was 1 dimensional. She wasn't fun to play as or against so I kicked her aside and haven't played her since. I did paint her crew up in a cool blue and khaki look though.

Lucius - Poor guild guys don't get a lot of love from me. I played him a few times and even in a tournament. I like him but felt his crew was lacking. Probably because hes a henchmen and has limited options. Either way he's guild and they are lame.

Raspy - For a while she was one of my top favorite masters. But the more I play her the more she frustrates me. Now I wouldn't mind selling her off. She can put out some impressive damage but she, like perdita, is too 1 dimensional. Its a shame becasue fluff wise I liked her a lot (up until book 3 and she went psycho anyways)

Middle of the Road
I like these guys well enough

Colette - This is purely a style thing. Astheically she is one of my favorite crews. And I basically never lose with her. But I always feel like the games are more like solitare then a competative 1v1 game. I do my thing and avoid my opponent and lock up my points... end of story. Makes her a little bland to play as.

Zorida - My limited experiences with her have been a blast. Including getting blasted by papa loco. But i digress. I really enjoyed using the Hag and I have been tempted to pick her up for myself on multiple ocasions. But she is ugly and her tits hang out in a bad way.

Von Schill - I think hes kind of that middle of the road guy. I almost always take him with the Vicks, but as a leader I've always felt like he was lacking. Still he is a blast to play with. His Vicki friendliness may be bumping him higher then he deserves.

Ramos - He is too similar to my ressers in my mind to stand out. I like him well enough, but not more then any of the resser guys, or my outcasts. Originally I had him higher, but things changed.

Upper Middle Class
These guys I really enjoy, but just aren't my top set

Keris - Punk Rock chick who likes fire. Whats not to like? well limited crew abilities is a big thing. I feel like she is strong enough win, but her crew holds her back.

Marcus - I really liked when no one thought he could win games. It made it all the more fun to play him. I still think hes amazing and Actually writing this makes me want to play with him... he may get bumped over Ramos and Kaeris.

Leviticus - A year ago he would have made my top 3 easily. Now I'm less enamored with him. I still like him since he's in the top half of my masters. But he's not as cool in my mind as he once was.

McMourning - The lowest rated Resser! He is like my neglected child. Rarely making it out of the case. I still like him more then any guild, archanist, or neverborn master. But hes definetly the bottom of the Resser set. Not really sure why, maybe its becasue a lot of other players use him so I want to do different stuff.

I'll be honest this is tough

#5 Molly - Ah my lovely Molly. I want to play her so much its wierd. Its also wierd that I win games with her becasue she is bad. All the limited crew stuff I talked about with Lucius, Schill, and Keris is even worse for Molly. Regardless I just like her. If she had a legit crew she could vie for my top Master choice. Im not sure why I like her so much, I just do.

#4 Kirai - I LOVE Kirai. Ok Absolutely love this chick. Her crew is blindingly awesome. She can do anything she wants in game. Hit, survive, move quicly, grab objectives. The only reason I dont have her even higher is that she can be a chore to play from time to time. But 9/10 times I just love having her on the table.

#3 Vickis - Ah the twins who aren't actually twins. These ladies have shot up my list of favorites since I got them at Nova Open last year. They are fun, deadly, and a bit easy to play, which is nice. Plus games are mega quick. Either I wipe out my opponent, or... no thats basically it =P

#2 Seamus - Seamus was the reason I started playing Malifaux, so I like seeing him up here. He is also a common appearance on the tables too. His Big Gun and Hat are the part of the reason I love the look and themes of this game so much. Also His avatar made him competative which is nice since he really didn't used to be. Seamus will always hold a spot atop this list for me. Hell 6 months ago when his Avatar was still shiny and new he would likely have been #1 easily. speaking of shiny new avatars!

#1 Nicodem - So yeah I used the avatar pic for a reason. Its new and playing with it really reminded how much I love playing the old guy. I think part of the reason I take offense to people calling him weak is I know what he can really do. And when combined with his avatar I really think his power potential is otherwordly. So big props to the Old Guy. I think he's guaranteed to see some more table time in near future.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Avatar Nicodem part 2

Ok so 1 game under my belt Im ready to declare myself a master of Avatar Nicodem! Well maybe not yet, but I at least really loved playing him. I'll start with the basics, what changed:

What he lost: Bolster Undead, Reanimator, Living, Arise, The Fog

What he gains: A lot of Speed, Free Mindless Zombie summons, a double summon, terrifying, Undead, and a Mindless zombie buff spell. Also he gets better in melee. Not enough to care about, but it does happen.

The loss of reanimator is negated by the fact that he auto summons 2 guys with each cast now.
The loss of Arise is negated by Mass Grave which spurts out free zombies each turn.
Living is a weakness so thats totally a gain

So the big things that are not replaced are Bolster and The Fog. Which are both good abilities, but the gains are so monumental that I see no reason not to attach the avatar.

In my game last night Regular Nicodem had nearly settled things when I manifested, but the increased speed was amazing to help me track down Colette and keep her Paralyzed. Combined with his mass Grave to keep him rich in Zombies to speed him up turn after turn and The ability to turn 2 of those chumps onto Punk Zombies meant A-Nico was running the board. I need to pick up another 1-2 blisters of Mindless Zombies after that game. Or find a cheaper suitable proxy for them (more likely, they are expensive)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Avatar Nico

So today Im going to be getting A-Nico on the table for the first time. I kind of want to do a before and after thing with him. So at the moment my initial thoughts are that he is strong enough to attach in almost any mission set. He doesn't really deviate from what I usually do with Nico so manifesting him and getting free zombies seems strong to me.

Strongest Abilites: Funny enough these dont change, Riggor Mortis, Decay, and Zombie Fodder are all really strong and keep Nico in games. His summon is different, but I think it wont make that much of a difference. Gotta test it out though. ----------------------------------- Weakness: He relys on Mindless Zombies. Without them he is easy to kill and pretty slow. Im not really sure what they are beyond that though

So I'll have to find some way to keep them on their feet with him. Im facing Colette tonight, so interactions will be limited. By my goal is keep Cassy paralyzed as long as possible and then kill everything else a lot. I'll post up again tomorrow to talk about my post game thoughts and probably a battle report.