With McMourning he plays very differently as Guild compared to his traditional Resurrectionist mode, so we will look at him separately as Guild McMourning has more manipulative abilities whilst Resurrectionist McMourning is a summoner and more efficient poison manipulator.
McMourning on his base card is all about melee damage and dishing out poison, aswell as being fairly durable with Hard to Wound and healing up to 5 wounds per activation with his ‘Organ Donor’ ability. His Evidence Tampering upgrade is really useful, turning enemy scheme markers friendly can be game winning, the access to a 6″ melee (0) action in ‘Scalpel Slinging’ is just the icing on the cake.
Moonlighting gives him access to Guild Lawyers and Guild Guard, giving some good ranged potential for a resser crew. This also gives him access to his summoning mechanisms, firstly just an Aura where if a model dies from Poison then ‘Road Kill Scholar’ gives you a Canine Remains. He also gets a trigger to Expunge, where if you kill a model with this action you use the ‘Abra Cadaver’ trigger to get a Flesh Construct.
His On the Clock ability gives him access to Nurses and McMourning, Nurses in particular help a guild crew, they make a nice one-two combination with an Executioner as she can buff his melee damage. The also enable him to pass out Precise, this is great for long range models like Nino Ortega or basic models like Guild Guard who often have a low damage spread.
In M2E Nicodem is still the master of summoning, he is built rules wise to enable him to efficiently summon a lot of models should he be able to, it is now harder to summon the big beasties, but it is now easier to summon the cheaper minions, so you can tailor what you summon to what cards you have in hand and the corpse counters available.
All his abilities and upgrades make his summoning more efficient, easier or better. Firstly his base abilities Death’s Whip and Corpse Conductor means models summoned are not Slow and they also get positives to Melee and Casting actions, combine this with the Undead Crowning ability from his Nectotic King upgrade to give positives to damage flips means you can really get the most from all of your models.
His summoning comes from his Reanimator ability, this has a casting based on the cost of the model you want to summon, menaing its easy to summon something cheap but something more complex will take a great deal of effort and cards, he has an ability to make this easier though called Embrace Death, he can discard any number of Corpse Counters within 6″ when he activates giving him +1Ca for each, so if you have a bad hand you can use this to make any all important summoning easier.
Thanks for reading – more Malifaux soon.