LEGION OF EVERBLIGHT

Author: Karl Jones

Hello, my name is Karl. I am going to be writing the articles for both the factions I played extensively in MK2, Khador and Legion. And now, Dargons!

Legion in MK2 was defined by fast, hard hitting lists and gunlines that were almost completely made up of battlegroup models. They were the fastest faction in MK2, especially after the Circle Shifting Stone nerf, and had a host of tools to create 1 for 0 trades. They were also full of some of the game’s best assassin casters with threat ranges that covered almost the whole board. They took from their enemies everything, and gave them nothing! This was supposedly balanced by the fact that they were extremely fragile and expensive and if you could ever get a hold of them, they would lose to almost everything in a straight up fight. It created a high skill cap faction that was extremely rewarding to play well, but could lead to the dreaded negative play experience for an opponent that just watched Vayl 1 kill 30 points of models and ended her turn with everything out of reach of meaningful reprisal.

So how are they looking in MK3? Very different. The first things to notice are the changes to the Blighted Nyss Shepherd’s Condition rule. This model was a staple of MK2, and allowed Legion armies to force their beasts to full almost every turn and still be able to clear the fury they needed to. This let allowed Legion armies to play their signature beast-heavy style. Now, the Shepherd is limited to only clearing 1 fury off a warbeast a turn, instead of its whole stack. The second biggest change is the changes to the Carnivean chassis. The 3 non-flyer heavies for Legion had their speed reduced to 5, while not really receiving any buff in return and staying at roughly the same point cost. Couple these changes with the faction also losing Tenacity, and the once staple dragon-heavy lists are now a thing of the past.

So what is a blighted player to do in the brave new MK3 world? Something we never thought it would come to. Play infantry. Legion’s infantry were almost completely untouched, and most even got a buff. While they rarely saw the table in MK2, they were very competitive with other factions options. So now in MK3, I predict Legion of Everblight will have to rely more on our infantry options than we did in the past.

 


 

Lylyth 1

  • Lylyth1
    • Succubus
    • Ravagore
    • Ravagore
    • Naga Nightlurker
    • Nephilim Bolt Thrower
  • The Forsaken
  • Shepherd x2
  • Blighted Nyss Archers + UA
  • Blackfrost Shard
  • Min Nyss Raptors

The worst of the Lylyths by far in MK2, Lylyth 1 is looking great in the new edition. Her cards remained mostly unchanged except that she picked up Prowl. Her bow remained ROF 2, which now means she doesn’t have to spend one of her precious fury buying her second shot. She kept Blood Lure and Witch Mark on her bow but they became one of 3 shot types she has to choose from now. Inflict Pain is her third shot type. Her feat remained the same and she traded Bad Blood for Pursuit, which is an absolute upgrade. Where she really shines though is the new tools she has access too. First and foremost, the Nephilim Bolt Thrower, which traded its Glider animus for Far Strike. This model is a must-take for her. Being able to increase her boostable RAT 7 shots to range 16, and follow that up with automatically hitting one of her amazing spells is a fantastic ability. Juggernauts getting you down? Apply Parasite from 16 inches away. Being able to pick a model on turn 1 and apply Pursuit to it is very strong indeed. The Succubus picked up the Greylord spell Blizzard that she can use to always have her Prowl ability triggered. These are some great abilities, but how does she put them to use on the table?

This list has enough ranged punch to easily shoot down a Khador heavy a turn while they close, then between weapon master Raptors and abusing Pursuit, can close the game out in melee. And if she sees an opening, her feat can boost her guns to an incredible level of accuracy for assassination runs. One thing to note about the Ravagore: it sure does suck to leave a heavy crippled but alive with all the mechanics out there now, right? Well, enjoy the look on your opponent’s face while their mechanics are only inches away but can’t walk through the scather template to fix the busted Movement system on their warjack. Fair and Balanced.

 

 

Lylyth 3

  • Lylyth 3
    • Nephilim Bolt Thrower
    • Angelius
    • Angelius
    • Typhon
    • Naga Nightlurker
  • Wrongeye and Snapjaw
  • Forsaken x2
  • Shepherd x2

Lylyth 3 remains mostly unchanged except her feat, which took a pretty big nerf. Instead of it making her army’s ranged attacks apply Death Chill, they now apply Stationary. Which is shakeable. It is now mostly useful for an assassination run instead of the powerful control effect it had before. She also lost access to Predator’s Instinct, which let her really get work out of Frost Hammer. Without the boosted attack rolls, it goes back to being a dead spell. And that’s not a good look for a caster who only has 3 spells on her card. Having access to Far Strike is nice, and her gun lost strafe to simply become ROF 3, but on the whole she seems to have gotten worse, and she wasn’t very popular before. So why does she make the list? Three words: Sloan, Kreoss, Morvahna. These casters, and others like them, are going to become a dominant force in the meta with lists defined by extremely heavy ranged skews. With Legion losing Tenacity and Shadowpack, Windwall is now the only mass defense we have against these heavy battlegroup gunlines. And it’s not perfect. If these lists can start teching in a lot of magic attacks, that could be pretty bad for our girl. On top of that, having a caster that has non-removable immunity to both knockdown and Stationary will be very important, especially into Kreoss. Battle Driven, which is just Escort renamed, lets her close the distance with these lists very well also.

This list is fast and has a small footprint that can easily hide in Windwall. Wrong Eye and Snapjaw retained Submerge so they are also a powerful tool against gunlines, and let her spread her force out a little. Wrongeye also picked up another trick which Legion can make very good use of: Star Crossed. An Angelius hiding in his control area with that spell up just sounds dirty. This list may be more fury than she can handle at times, so be careful with your boosts

 


 

Blightbringer

  • Rhyas 1
    • Blightbringer
    • Nephilim Protector
  • Warspears + UA
  • Warspears + UA
  • Swordsmen

So for the third power “caster” in my list is the newest Legion gargantuan, the Blightbringer. It brings a number of very powerful infantry buffs to the table which several casters can leverage to great effect. No one caster really stands out as the definitive Blightbringer caster however, and are kind of interchangeable. They each bring their own flavor to the list and make it powerful in different ways, but the gargantuan is really running the show. I’ve shown my personal favorite here, Rhyas 1, but almost this exact list can be taken with Kallus, Thagrosh 1, or the new battlebox caster, Kryssa.

This particular list emphasizes speed over other Blightbringer lists and can utilize Rhyas’ powerful feat to get hard hitting models in places your opponent did not expect them to be able to reach. The Nephilim Protector lets Rhyas stand in more aggressive positions with Shield Guard and Guard Dog, and she can use its animus, which grants her Retaliatory Strike, on top of her natural Riposte to punish anything that tries to attack her in melee.

Absylonia 2

  • Absylonia 2
    • Carnivean x2
    • Proteus
    • Blight Wasps x2
    • Seraph
    • Naga Nightlurker
  • Forsaken x2
  • Spell Martyr x2
  • Shepherd

Absylonia 2’s playstyle will remain largely unchanged in MK3. She is almost exactly the same caster, except that she traded Teleport for Reposition (5”) and picked up a nuke spell which lets her trigger Conferred Rage (now called Alpha Hunters) at range. Great buffs for her, and the new battlegroup heavy meta is exactly what she wants to see. Her character beast, Proteus, also received several powerful buffs and will definitely be seeing the table with her. All great news for one of Legion’s top MK2 casters.

Basically her old MK2 build except trades her Scytheans in for Carniveans. Get used to that. The Carnivean now outclasses the Scythean in almost every meaningful way, and for only 1 point more.

 


 

Absylonia 1

  • Abby 1
    • Archangel
    • Typhon
  • Wrongeye and Snapjaw
  • Forsaken
  • Shepherd x2
  • Deathstalker x2
  • Spell Martyr x2
  • Blackfrost Shard

Abby 1 received a number of great buffs and looks to be very strong going into the new, battlegroup dominated meta. Her best spell, Blight Field, changed to become offensive instead of placed and got a new name, but importantly, still denies models within its AoE the ability to force or spend focus. This is an incredibly powerful ability she will be able to use to protect her own models as she demolishes her opponent’s army. She also traded Playing God in for Wild Aggression, which is just a better buff and great for Legion’s mostly MAT 6 beasts.

She synergizes very well with the new Archangel, who also got some great buffs. Her feat now simply heals her battlegroup to full and does not require Abby to take any damage. It punishes you if you come in and fail to kill either of her high value beasts, and with access to Forced Evolution and Star Crossed, failing to kill them is a very real possibility.

Bethayne and Belphagore

Last on my list, and maybe least indeed, is Everblight’s dynamic duo. Bethayne is probably the most completely redesigned caster in the faction. She definitely received a large boost in MK3, but she is the caster I am most conflicted about.

  • Bethayne
    • Belphagore
    • Afflictor x2
    • Raek x2
  • Spell Martyr x2
  • Nyss Warlord x2
  • Grotesque Assassin
  • Shepherd x2
  • Swordsmen x2
  • Hellmouth x2
  • Spawning Vessel

First, the caster. Her stats remained almost exactly the same except that she picked up a point of armor. So she is no longer the lowest armor caster in the game at 12, she is all the way up to a 13! The back of her card still only contains flesh meld, which is effectively the same. Her spell list is where the changes really start to look pretty good though. Her old list was Blood Thorn, Ashen Veil, Carnivore, Gallows, and Eruption of Spines. Some decent utility there, but overall not a great list. That has all changed. Her new list is this: Blood Thorn, Cloak of Ash (Ashen Veil), Disintegration, Invocation of Blood, and Venom. Disintegration is a cost 3 range 10 POW 13 spell that gives a model hit -2 ARM for 1 round and removes a model killed by it from play. A great spell to help Legion deal with its lower POW, but Invocation of Blood is a money maker. Cost 2, and says if Bethayne is flesh melded with Belphagore, she gains +2 SPD, STR, DEF, and ARM. If she is not, she immediately makes a full advance towards Belphagore. Great utility, and allows her to be a fairly good late game bully inside her power armor. Now her feat, which is probably the most different thing about her. Instead of boosting magic attack and damage rolls, it now grants Flank (friendly Faction warbeast) to all warrior models currently in her control area. Including herself, even inside Belphagor. It’s a great feat that really encourages a list balanced between infantry and warbeasts.

But now, the bad news. Belphagor lost a point armor, lost a point of STR, and lost his cold and electricity immunities. Also, Bethayne only has 20 warbeast points, which means Belphagor costs her around 9-10 points, which is very expensive for a model that will probably not be functioning as an independent warbeast for most of the game. Even with her new great feat and spell list, I’m not sure she can overcome those drawbacks.


 So a lot of new faces here, and some conspicuously absent ones too. Overall I think that Legion is quite a bit different going into MK3 and probably will not be in as dominant a position in the faction rankings anymore but are still well equipped to give a good showing in the competitive scene. If you guys have any different lists for the casters shown here, or if you think a different caster belongs up here instead, I would love to hear about it! Thanks for reading!