Kommandant Sorscha Kratikoff
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| Kommandant Sorscha Kratikoff |
Having risen to the rank of kommandant at an unprecedented age, Sorscha Kratikoff has been tasked with commanding the full might of Khador’s new Man-O-War division. Sorscha began her new assignment spending several months undergoing the rigorous training to control Man-O-War armor, a unique hybrid of warcaster armor and Man-O-War armor specially designed to fit her frame. In combat, Kommandant Sorscha is the avalanche in the storm. Her command of winter magic allows Sorscha’s Man-O-War to perform flanking and ambush maneuvers never-before-seen with these steam-powered soldiers. Sorscha goes where the fighting is thickest, laying waste to man and machine.
- 1 Basic Info
- 2 Thoughts on Sorscha3
- 3 List Building Advice
- 4 Other
Feat: Dead of Winter
Place d3+3 3˝ AOE cloud effects anywhere completely in Sorscha’s control range. These AOEs remain in play for one round. A model without Immunity: Cold suffers 1 point of cold damage for each Dead of Winter AOE it enters or ends its activation within.
- Immunity: Cold
- Field Marshal [Flank Man-o-War] - Warbeasts/warjacks in this model's battlegroup gain Flank Man-o-War. (Flank [ Man-o-War ] - When a model with Flank makes a melee attack against an enemy model in the melee range of a friendly Man-o-War model, the model with Flank gains +2 to attack rolls and gains an additional damage die.)
- Irregulars [ Medium-Based Man-O-War ] - Medium-based Man-O-War models can be included in any army that also contains this model.
- Repairable - This model can be targeted with Repair special actions as if it were a construct model.
- Storm's Embrace - While in this model's command range, friendly Faction models gain concealment.
| Iron Flesh
|Target friendly Faction warrior model/unit gains +2 ARM and Blast Resistance. Models are not affected while out of formation.|
| Stoke the Fires
|Target friendly Faction warjack gains +2 SPD and Countercharge. Stoke the Fires lasts for one round.
| Wind Rush
|The spellcaster can immediately make a full advance and gains +2 DEF for one round. Wind Rush can be cast only once per activation.|
| Winter's Wrath
|Winter’s Wrath causes cold damage. Models hit becomes stationary for one round unless they have Immunity: Cold.|
- Armored Korps
Flame in the Darkness
- Jaws of the Wolf
- Legion of Steel
Warriors of the Old Faith
- Winter Guard Kommand. In this theme the caster gains Sacrificial Pawn [Winter Guard trooper model].
- Wolves of Winter
No changes since 2021.10
Thoughts on Sorscha3
Sorscha3 in a Nutshell
Wearing custom Man-o-War armor, the third incarnation of the Khadoran ice queen is a midfield ability-based Man-o-War support warcaster with strong emphases on melee attrition combat and abusing stationary. Spells like Wind Rush and abilities like Storm's Embrace are thematically very 'Sorscha', while abilities such as her Field Marshal reinforce her place as a fantastic warcaster in the Armored Corps. Her toolkit is geared towards running a force balanced between melee-centric warjacks and Man-o-War and while not being useless in other archetypes she really shines when played where she belongs.
Sorscha's abilities, feat and spells are particularly suited towards supporting a melee-centric Man-o-War force that can spike melee damage on key targets after closing the distance under her protection. She has the same issue as her previous incarnations where her focus is spread very thin, but this incarnation suffers the least from it--comparatively speaking--because Flank and Storm's Embrace are free, passive abilities. Her activations are typically split between providing support to her army via her toolkit and getting mixed in melee herself so it's more like you're switching between "modes" every turn rather than needing to do everything at once. Having only one upkeep spell and one other spell she'll be using each typical turn leaves her slightly more focus to allocate to her 'jacks (either directly or via Stoke the Fires) than before.
Dead of Winter is an impressively flexible feat that can be used in a number of ways. A minimum of four 3" cloud effects lets you consistently screen your advancing force to break LoS for charges and ranged attacks. Offensively, you can also use it to deny a large portion of the board to enemy single-HP models (ie most of them) and even force entire units back by stacking one cloud on top and another in their forward path which puts them in a position where they both can't hold position or advance without taking the damage. The situation becomes even more dire when the board features choke points. Dead of Winter gives Sorscha a tangible scenario edge in a lot of match-ups which is something she and her typically slow force appreciates.
- Iron Flesh: Iron Flesh is an evergreen Khador spell and Sorscha has a lot of good potential targets for it. You should cast it on a unit to gain maximum value and incidentally both Demo Corps and Shocktroopers go crazy for it.
- Stoke the Fires: To use this spell reliably you need to have Sorscha relatively close to the action (where she belongs) and you're going to want to use this spell because it's a game changer. The SPD bonus is a big deal--especially for such a cheap and spammable spell--but the Countercharge especially puts the opponent in some impossible catch-22 situations if you position things right. Denying large parts of the board with Flank-enabled heavy warjacks can be very tough to beat indeed.
- Wind Rush: Wind Rush is back and a great fit for Sorscha because she can use it to reliably set up Flank or tee something up with the now-guaranteed Freeze on Frostfang. Between this, her Storm's Embrace ability and a War Dog she can have a DEF that's not very high by Sorscha standards but is still very difficult to touch, especially for someone in steam-powered armor.
- Winter's Wrath: Offensive spells are tricky on a 6-focus warcaster but this one gives her another way to reliably Freeze your targets, often catching them in the large AOE even when it misses.
Drawbacks & Downsides
- Like all Man-o-War infantry, her base SPD and DEF are comparatively low.
- She doesn't have a way to help her army traverse rough terrain.
- Models with Massive or Immunity:Cold are unaffected by a lot of Sorscha's cold-based tricks.
- Sorscha cannot benefit from the Man-o-War Kovnik's Desperate Pace because it can only target Man-o-War units.
- Sorscha is very niche this time around and probably won't see a lot of play outside of Armored Corps forces. Even in Armored Corps, she doesn't seem primed to be the top tier caster, as while her warjacks benefit from being with Man-o-Wars, she doesn't really address many of the fundamental weaknesses of the theme. A shame cause her model is awesome.
Tricks & Tips
- Our frosty Kommandant is a Man-o-War model and benefits from most of their synergies.
- Stationary models do not make free strikes so you can Freeze something and then have your forces move past them safely in search of better targets.
- Storm's Embrace works in her command range, not in her CTRL area.
List Building Advice
Kommandant Kratikoff is all about getting up close and personal for heavy bouts of melee attrition combat. Her Storm's Embrace ability, feat and Iron Flesh spell protect her advancing forces from incoming fire as they close the gap to throw down in hand-to-hand combat. Upon arrival, she leverages her terrifying Flank ability and Stoke the Fires spell to charge into battle and do impressive amounts of damage with her warjacks. The trick is to set up your warjacks alongside your infantry so if your opponent comes close to your Man-o-War you can countercharge and hit them under the effects of Flank. Then, if your opponent spends their time placing things in an inconvenient way you simply elect to nót Countercharge at all and instead save it for another enemy activation. you can dictate enemy movement and chew up their turn timer with very little investment on your part because you already benefited from the spell's +2SPD anyway. Once close enough she herself can abuse Winter's Wrath and a combination of Wind Rush and Frostfang's Freeze to reach out and freeze key targets to set them up for destruction at the hands of a now-autohitting warjack or Man-o-War Demolition Corps whose Shatter will disintegrate almost anything in a turn.
Sorscha does best with a melee force balanced between her battlegroup warjacks and elite Man-o-War infantry. You want enough warjacks to abuse Flank and Stoke the Fires and enough warriors to enable Flank, exploit Iron Flesh and her Freeze effects and provide a screen for Sorscha to Wind Rush behind.
- Kommandant Arconovich: All Man-o-War models can benefit from his Tactician ability, and that includes Sorscha. Charging through a Shocktrooper frontline and then Wind Rushing back never gets old. He's also an obvious way to grant Pathfinder where Sorscha can't.
- Man-o-War Demolition Corps: The Corps is almost an auto-include for Sorscha because of how much stronger they become when they can reliably activate their Shatter ability. Sorscha likes melee Man-o-War, the Corps likes Iron Flesh and things being stationary. It's a match made in Urcaen.
- Man-o-War Shocktroopers: If you're worried about getting your forces into combat alive there's no better screening unit for them and Sorscha's Medium base.
- Bulkhead - A Immovable Object Shield Guard for 5 points and not much else. It's up to you if you see that as worth it.
- Man-O-War Kovnik - You want at least one for your Shock Troopers, so they can get into a forward position quickly and screen, but at just 3 points taking another one for another MoW unit is not a bad idea.
- Greylord Forge Seer - There is two obvious synergies here: Forge Seers can hand out Freezer to her, which is a dubious buff at best, or hand out focus to her jacks, which sounds good, until you realise other factions get that ability for a much lower price tag. They are not the best at setting up Flank either and using them as jack marshals cuts into the points you want to spwnd on battlegroup models and other Men-O-War. It's best to skip this one.
- Greylord Adjunct: While Sorscha isn't exactly a spell-centric type of warcaster, this novice makes her significantly more focus-efficient and expands her reach by quite a bit for Stoke the Fires and Winter's Wrath. Arcane Assist for Iron Flesh and especially Guidance for the otherwise slightly clunky Winter's Wrath are great fits as well. Noteworthy is is also the fact that Guidance means you can hand out Stoke the fires while ignoring your own models for LOS, which makes positioning a more relaxed matter.
- War Dog: Kommandant Sorscha is one of the few Khador warcasters that can do fine without a War Dog because of her easy access to stationary effects and Countercharge on her warjacks. Stationary models do not make free strikes, diminishing the need for Parry from Guard Dog because Sorscha can simply tap something and Wind Rush away safely a lot of the time. This doesn't mean that the War Dog isn't an excellent pick for her (it is), it just means you have slightly more freedom to consider other Attached models for her.
- Battle Mechaniks: All Man-o-War models have the Repairable rule, and these guys can repair them! The officer can also provide a safe space from blast damage, which matters more in non-AK themes since MoW usually don't care about blast damage.
Sorscha was designed with Men-O-War in mind so playing her in the Man-O-War theme is the natural conclusion to that. In Armored Korps she enjoys better repairs, Advance Move on MoW units and Tankers and the whole suite of MoW models.
- Shocktroopers with Advance Move and Shield Wall get across the battlefield extremely quickly for SPD 4 infantry.
- Man-O-War Strike Tanker - A Armour Piercing, Grievous Wounds, gun on top of a large based solo with Bulldoze is excellent value for 5 points, so one or two of these is definitely going to end up as your requisition choices.
- Man-O-War Suppression Tanker - These tankers focus more on infantry clearing and denial with sprays and Covering Fire templates, which can help you not getting jammed up.
- The chariots are good contenders for the worst battle engines in the game.
- Behemoth - Flank is probably total overkill on Big B, but that is exactly what makes it so hilarious! Supplemental shooting from the bombards and Armour Piercing fists ensure he will always have something to do every turn. His main strike against him is that fact that she prefers to run at least three jacks to get value out of her Field Marshal, which gets pricey with him at 20 points.
In this theme she trades access to Advance Move on her troops, Tankers and better repairs for Pathfinder for her Battlegroup, an extra forest, and some much better skirmish models than the Chariots will ever be. This might be a good trade simply because Sorscha cares about her Battlegroup quite a lot and this allows her to steer away from Kodiaks.
- Behemoth is here, too, and he gains Pathfinder
- Kossite Woodsmen - With Ambush or Advance Deployment they are a great flanking unit and scare enemies away from the table edges and spreading out, which MoW love and Sorscha espcially for her feat.
- Ol' Grim - he camps flags while incorporeal like a champ and gets to take two magical shots a turn.
- Widowmaker Marksman - Grants Grim Swift Hunter is is a great solo himself
- Yuri2 Ambushes with the Kossites an brings further ranged power.
- Yuri1 - Buffs Kossites and can contest far away flags.
This theme lets you combine the freeze-y wizards with the hammer-guys that love smashing ice sculptures. It also features the highest concentration of caster independent damage buffs, which is great for Sorscha who has none, for her troops anyway. The theme is also chalck full of sources of magical damage, which means incorporeal doesn't ruin your day as much as in other themes.
- Koldun Lord - Damage buff, check. Puppet Master for Winter's Wrath, check. Protection from shooting, check. Grants Prowl to other Greylords so has natural synergy with Storm's Embrace, check. Absolutely essential!
- Greylord Outriders a great flanking unit for your otherwise slow army. they are also an okay target for Iron Flesh, making them ARM 17 and ARM 21 against blasts, so they can shrug of even high powered ones.
- Greylord Ternion - Ice Cage lets you set up stationary for your Demo Corps.
- Doomreaver Swordsmen - They form a nice skirmish screen for your MoW and don't need much caster input.
Sac Pawn lets Sorscha be potentially more aggressive and Winter Guard form a nice scrimish screen or shooting contingent, so your MoW can be the second line. That's it with the synergies though.
- Madelyn Corbeau: Madelyn has a few nifty tricks up her sleeve to help protect Sorscha against enemy warriors that come too close for comfort. Intrigue isn't going to do as much for your melee-centric army but Parlay and Seduction work wonders for a warcaster that prefers to get up close and personal on a regular basis.
- Colbie Sterling/Gobber Tinker/Raluk Moorclaw: These three are Mechanikally Adept, meaning they can Repair Khador models.
- Ogrun Bokur: The Bokur likes Clients that stay close to the action and having a Shield Guard nearby is great insurance against shooty armies.
- Orin Midwinter: Ideal to clear jamming, light models, as well as providing protection from spells.
- Saxon Orrik: Can give her army crucial Pathfinder because she can't.
- Ragman - Death Field spread through a web of 2" medium based infantry covers a large area and fixes the fact that Sorscha doesn't actually make her MoW hit any harder than they already do. This also stacks with Flank, incidentally.
For her battlegroup Sorscha prefers about 2-4 efficient, Melee-focused 'jacks, ideally with multiple initial melee attacks to wring every last bit of value from Flank. Flank also means that you can take jacks with lower damage and they will still put out excellent levels of damage. Especially beneficial warjacks for her include:
- Beast-09 is her pet warjack that she can take in any theme. He is extremely dangerous and works very well with Sorscha. Between Shield Guard from its Bond and Countercharge from Stoke the Fires it's a perfect bodyguard warjack for Sorscha and combining Flank and Murderous on a warjack with a P+S 19 Thresher vaporizes even the most tough and nimble of warriors. Its Immunity: Cold keeps it safe from Sorscha's feat but also lets you safely cast Winter's Wrath near it without risk of Freezing your own warjack. Even the 2" reach on its Ice Breaker is excellent for reaching over your Man-o-War infantry for 6" Countercharge attacks at odd angles.
- Berserker/Mad Dog/Rager: Each of the archaic warjacks work wonders with Sorscha because you can bring a lot of them for few points, they love being buffed by Flank or auto-hitting stationary targets and they all have at least two initial attacks. While Shield Guard from a Rager can be very nice (and it can have three initial melee attacks thanks to Point Blank), the Berserker is probably the best pick for her on average (although you can just field both).
- Devastator: The Devastator is a great warjack that pairs well with a unit under the effects of Iron Flesh for blast immunity and especially appreciates the SPD boost and Countercharge from Stoke the Fires for a longer Trample or pre-Rain of Death charge distance and opportunity to strike first before taking melee damage in its opened form respectively.
- Kodiak: The Kodiak is an impressive warjack for its points and is incredibly efficient due to its three potential initial attacks. It requires very little support and is very flexible, circumventing Sorscha's dearth of a Pathfinder-bestowing spell or ability. Finally, Flank lets it transcend its uninspiring P+S 16 to patch over its only real remaining drawback.
- Marauder]: The Marauder already has Siege Weapon, combine it with Flank and it will melt a huge base faster than you can blink.
Starting a 25 point Brawl list
In 2020.10 Phillip Melvin, one of the LOS authors, put together this list for the Brawlmachine format. It was then updated for the 2021.10 errata. He even wrote about it's playstyle and expanding it beyond 25 points, which you can read here.
- Man-O-War Demolition Corps (Max unit): [12 pts]
- Command Attachment: [4 pts]
- Kommandant Atanas Arconovich & Standard: [5 pts]
For more Brawlmachine list ideas, see Category: Brawl List
- Released in the Armored Corps expansion (2018.05)
Video Battle Reports
- 2019.06 Feat Fetish, vs Deneghra1
- 2018.11 Arcane Assist 75 points vs Siege1
- See also Category: Video Battle Reports for more casters with videos.
Other Khador Models
|* The "Damage Type: Magical" is not inherited by "secondary" damage from a weapon. That is, stuff like arcs (Electro Leap) or hazards (Scather). (Infernal Ruling)