Age of Sigmar: How to Play Soulblight Gravelords – Avengorii
Today we look at how to play Avengorii, the Soulblight Gravelords faction. Never send a warrior to do a monster’s job.
Do you really like vampires but hate how they mostly look like Lord Voldemort found L’oreal? Do you love the Flesh Eater Court’s ability to bring massive undead monsters to the table but also want to keep your friends? Ever wish there was a better way to capture the raw terror of Shyishian monsters? Well, thanks to a bit of meddling on the part of Tzeentch, now you can get everything you want with almost no downside! Enter the Avengorii, the half-dragon, half-warrior, all awesome new addition to Nagash’s Soulblight Legions.
Who are the Avengorii?
Under the command of Lauka Vai, an ancient Ghurish warrior-queen fused to the body of a grotesque drake, the Avengorii Legion are an army of undead monsters. Massive zombified dragons and skeletal Terrorgheists shamble alongside twisted bestial vampires, warriors who have fully succumbed to their own monstrous nature in exchange for power. Before Nagash unleashed his great spell, they were powerful mages like the Necrarchs of old, but this attunement with Death magic is what led them to become the twisted creatures they are today. On the rare occasion that their legions sally forth from the deep caves of Shyish that they call home, it is at the head of a terrifying army, visiting their own self-loathing on those unfortunate enough to be in their path.
Why Play Avengorii?
The Avengorii can take Vampire Dragons and Terrorgheists as battleline, making them one of the deadliest bloodlines in the book. With 3.0 having a heavy monster focus, Avengorii can really shine in many Grand Strategies and scenarios that prioritize the Monster keyword. Plus, the Avengorii Lord is an incredible-looking model.
- Your monstrous battleline will be hard to take down.
- Access to a series of mutations to make your monsters even more threatening.
- Your primary heroes are some of the strongest in the book.
- You will suffer from low model count.
- You are, while hard to kill, very easy to bog down.
- Your monsters don’t have the Summonable keyword, so you’ll miss out on a lot of Soulblight synergies.
Your bloodline depends on how you play and what rules you worry about, but these are the basic rules you need to know for this army.
- The Unquiet Dead – You get to pick two points on the battlefield to resurrect or deploy Summonable units from. Good for chafe but unfortunately not helpful for your big guys.
- Locus of Shyish – If a Wizard casts from one of the book lores with a 9+, the spell is activated twice. More spellcasting is never bad.
- Deathless Minions – Soulblight units wholly within 12″ of a friendly Hero or gravesite have a 6+ shrug. Oh, you thought your massive battleline was hard to kill before?
- Reanimated Horrors – Deadwalker and Deathrattle units mess with enemy Bravery. Most of your army won’t have this keyword, so it won’t come into play often.
- Endless Legions – You can recycle slain enemy units into half-strength Deathrattle or Deadwalker units that you lost earlier in the game. See above.
- Deathly Invocation – Your heroes all heal nearby Summonable units innately. See above above.
In addition, Avengorii armies have the following army rules:
- Cursed Abominations – Gives your monsters access to some nasty upgrades, like running and charging or buffing nearby spellcasting.
- Monstrous Might – Anything that isn’t a monster suffers -1 to wound your monsters in close combat. Yet another thing keeping your big guys in the game.
- Unstoppable Nightmares – In the combat phase, you can pick 1 monster and use their top damage table row. Each monster can do this once per battle, and it’s a great way to give a beleaguered monster the extra punch it needs to finish off an enemy.
5 Key Units
In an Avengorii army, these are five units you’ll always want to consider.
Lauka Vai – The Mother of Nightmares and queen of the monsters, this beast will absolutely dominate the tabletop and make sure your monsters can too. Besides, it wouldn’t be fair not to let her lead her own legion.
Vengorian Lord – Lauka technically covers this need, but these guys are different enough to earn their own entry. Their command ability lets monsters heal whenever they wipe out a unit, which is a great way to keep them going. Don’t leave him at home.
Deadwalker Zombies – A good chafe unit to balance your big guys. Great screens to set up devastating charges.
Terrorgheist – Your first big monster and battleline in an Avengorii list. These big bats can smash just about anything you point them at but should focus on taking out enemy infantry.
Zombie Dragon – The other big battleline, and the one you want hunting enemy big guys. For extra potency, put a Vampire Lord on the back.
Sample Army (1000 pts)
Army: Soulblight Gravelords (Avengorii)
Leader: Lauka Vai. General.
Battleline: 20 Deadwalker Zombies
Battleline: Zombie Dragon
How to Play Avengorii
Slam into your enemy with titanic force and keep the momentum as long as you can. Try not to get bogged down in combat.
~They did the Monster Mash