Friday, 24 December 2010

Army Lists: Cryx

Generally seen as the strongest faction in the game, Cryx has both powerful Warcasters and brutal infantry capable of ripping apart Jacks in a round with ease. Their Warjacks and solos are also excellent and they can really play any type of game and compete. On occassion they can struggle with Menoth and Orboros as they deny magic and they can also struggle with Legion (fantastic ranged options and Eyeless Sight) but a good Cryx player can still deal with most things in a two list event.
The most important thing when playing Cryx is to remember that mostly it's not about buffing your models but debuffing your opponents. There are buffing spells/abilities (Spectral Steel, Curse, Dark Guidance etc) and they are top quality but knocking down your opponent's ARM and ability to attack and defend is still a huge part of Cryx. In many cases this is simply denial such as Stealth and Incorporeal that causes the opponent problems and it can extend so much further than that. In most cases this would be enough to win but the further advantage of Cryx is that they can assassinate with so many models and from so many vectors.

Combined Arms List (thanks to Dule Kosanovic for this)

Warwitch Deneghra +5
- Nightwretch 4
- Nightwretch 4
- Ripjaw 5
- Reaper 7
Skarlock Thrall 2
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters (Cylena and 9 Grunts) 10
Mechanithralls (Leader and 9 Grunts) 5
- 3 Brute Thrall 3
- Necrosurgeon & 3 Stitch Thralls 2
The Withershadow Combine 5
Bloat Thrall 2
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist 2
Warwitch Siren 2
Warwitch Siren 2

One of the huge advantages of playing Cryx is that even a combined arms list is a tremendously strong tournament list. Every model supports every other model. Denny offers so much board control and the threat of her feat makes any player and any list quake. On top of everything else she also has a great knockdown spell that doesn't need to hit the primary target - simply the model near that target. Because of this one warcaster every non-Cryx tournament list now features eEiryss or a Thrullg simply to take away the parasite/crippling grasp spells. Without them Denny simply can take out any unit/model on the board and almost guarentee victory. The arc nodes are there to open up asassination potential and deliver Denny's nasty spells from afar so she remains safe. The Ripjaw whilst expensive for a Cryxian arc node has shown to be suprisingly effective. An armour-piercing charge on a debuffed target can really hurt medium and large based targets.
The Reaper is there as the heavy hitter (not that one is needed when parasite/feat brings a heavies armour down so much) and with the Drag capability it can draw a heavy to it and set up the charge for the Withshadow Combine so they can use Dark Industries to create a Seether (for example) from the destroyed heavy. The reroll ability and anti-upkeep spells make the Withershadow Combine a very powerful utility unit on top on the Dark Industries.
Under her feat or Crippling Grasp or with Parasite Mechanithralls are killing Medium and Heavy Infantry on the charge and 3 of them can threaten Heavy Jacks. That's how good Denny is - she makes three 1/2 point models able to kill a 12 point warjack in a single round! The Brute thralls are there to support the Mechanithralls in case of a very hard target and also to block charge lanes from trampling models. The second unit (Nyss Hunters) are also great as they require no baby sitting and simply feed off the debuffs that Denny throws out. Good ranged threat, pathfinder and weaponmaster make them great for all situations. The Bloat Thrall is also another model with a lot of threat. The 5" AoE is great for crowd control and also an opposing warcaster under Parasite and Denny's feat is at -5 ARM. A Bloat Thrall shot can really finish them off (especially if they're knocked down from Scourge).
The final important addition to this list are the Warwitch Sirens. They get round a lot of the problems caused by Menoth (by saying "no, my reaper can shoot you") and give those extra focus to the Bonejacks so they can run and without removing any focus from Denny. The list is very very solid, grind the opponent down and watch for the opportunity to go for the kill. Synergy at its finest.

Tournament List (Tier 3 List)

Goreshade the Cursed +5
- Ripjaw 5
- Ripjaw 5
- Stalker 4
- Reaper 7
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts) 8
- Bane Thrall Officer & Standard
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts) 8
- Bane Thrall Officer & Standard 3
The Withershadow Combine 5
Bane Lord Tartarus 4
Pistol Wraith 3
3 Scrap Thrall 1
3 Scrap Thrall 1
3 Scrap Thrall 1

There are many great Cryx Tournament lists; eDenny and the scenerio list of doom. The Terminus mechanithrall spam, Skarre/eSkarre and of course eAsphyxious. The list above is actually not a classic one but it is certainly very powerful. It again offers denial (29 models have stealth and Goreshade has a spell to give another model/unit Stealth too). The strength lies in the elite cadre of the Bane Thralls. Every time they kill a living model another Bane Thrall appears. Given that Bane Thralls are the best infantry unit in the game this is huge. As the wave of Banes move forward Tarturus curses their targets and they then get +2" movement and +2 on attack rolls. They hit on an equivalent of MAT 8 and POW 13 and do 4d6 Damage on the charge. If the opponent gets the charge on them then the second wave hits and replace their fallen comrades. If the opponent eventually manages to chew through the 24 self replacing Thralls then Goreshade simply feats and brings another 9 back from the Scrap Thralls hanging around at the back. The list is potentially endless. The Reaper/WSC do the same shennigans as in the Denny list and eGoreshade can debuff ARM by 2 and have it so his infantry charges through the opponents front line and hits the models behind. If these are softer (choir, Greylords, Gun Mages) then the creation of Bane Thralls is almost a certainty.
Given some of the powerhouse lists that appear in tournaments such as the winterguard and Exemplar Errant Deathstars and the Doom Reaver spam - this list is great as it loves them. It can be made more powerful in a non-tier form (Bile Thralls with stealth!!!) and if the opponent plays Jack heavy to minimise the threat of the elite cadre bonus they will more than likely be overwhelmed by the numbers facing them and they must also find that a pair of Ripjaws can do a lot of damage to jacks when properly motivated.

3 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed the post. I would love to try some of those lists out one day. Also can you post an eGaspy post?

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  2. Richard will be busy this week, but as soon as he returns, I will ask him to cover eGaspy. Glad you liked the article!!

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  3. This post gave me some really great ideas for my cryx list. I will have to try out the reaper + withershadow combine combo. What are you thought on using malice instead of a reaper?

    ~Logix

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