Kommander Sorscha

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Khador Logo.jpg Kommander Sorscha

Khador Warcaster

Kommander Sorscha Kratikoff wages unending war against the enemies of Khador. After the untimely death of her father, she lied about her age and joined the Winter Guard, rarely leaving the battlefield since. As cold and stoic and the frigid northland from which she hails, Sorcha is the embodiment of the Khadoran Empire, both in terms of fighting prowess and unshakable resolve.

Basic Info

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Understanding
the Statblock

Abilities

  • Warcaster - All warcasters come with a stack of standard special rules - most notably being awesome. (Click the link for a full rundown.)
  • Immunity: Cold

Weapons

Spells

COST RNG AOE POW DUR OFF


Boundless Charge

2 6 - - Turn -
During its activation, target friendly Faction model can charge without spending focus or being forced and gains +2" movement and Pathfinder when it charges. Boundless Charge lasts for one turn.
Fog of War

3 SELF Control - Upkeep -
Models gain concealment while in the spellcaster's control range.
Freezing Grip

3 8 - - (★) Yes
Target model/unit becomes stationary for one round unless it has Immunity: Cold.
Razor Wind

2 10 - 12 - Yes
This spell has zero special effects.
Tempest

4 8 4 12 (★) Yes
Models hit by Tempest become knocked down and suffer a POW 12 damage roll.
Wind Rush

2 SELF - - Round -
Sorscha can immediately make a full advance and gains +2 DEF for one round. Wind Rush can be cast only once per activation.

Feat: Icy Gaze

Enemy models without Immunity: Cold currently in Sorcha's control range and LOS become stationary for one round.

Theme Forces

Thoughts on Sorscha1

Classic Sculpt

Sorscha1 in a Nutshell

Sorscha is a control/assassin caster. She is highly mobile and hard to hit. With Freezing grip, and Tempest she is able to control enemy models/units allowing for the rest of your army to dispatch them.

Sorscha's crazy assassination threat also dictates where your opponent moves, and what they move. Her ability to threaten a caster from a non-linear 19" is quite scary. Even veteran players can make mistakes allowing for an assassination opportunity.

Feat thoughts

Her feat is used to freeze the bulk of the enemies army in place, so you can clobber/shoot them all to death. If you also manage to freeze the opposing caster, all the better. The only tricky part is that, unlike most feats in the game, it is based on her LOS.

Spell thoughts

  • Boundless Charge is great for moving a Warjack or Solo into charge range, or if needed, Sorscha herself.
  • Fog of War is great for delivering melee brawlers like Doom Reavers.
  • Freezing Grip is one of Sorscha's signature spells. Move forward, cast this on the most dangerous target, and use Wind Rush to fall back to safety. Alternatively, you can now freeze 2 units if you've already spent your feat, or if you want to save it for something else.
  • Razor Wind is essentially a magic version of Sorscha's hand cannon. You're unlikely to use it, but it's there if you do.
  • Tempest is more expensive than Freezing grip, but affects units with cold immunity, shoring up one of Sorscha's potential weaknesses. She can still Wind Rush after as well.
  • Wind Rush is Sorscha's other signature spell, with a whole host of uses. It'll get her out of trouble, help out with an assassination run, and generally helps anytime you want her to be a bit more mobile or have a bit more defense. You're probably going to be casting this every single turn.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • She lacks a damage buff.
  • She's nimble, but very fragile; boosted blast rolls and knockdown effects can be deadly for her.
  • Remember that enemies in Sorcha's CTRL range also receive concealment from Fog of War.
  • She's focus-starved.
  • Freezing Grip and her Feat are useless against enemies that are immune to cold.

Tricks & Tips

  • Under Guidance Sorscha will ignore the concealment bonus she will give the enemy via Fog of War. If your force consists mainly of melee brawlers, you can keep it up the entire game without repercussions.
  • With Eiryss, Mage Hunter of Ios ability Disruptor Bolt and feat you can completely disable a warjack for entire opponent turn, because a disrupted warjack cannot shake the stationary in the maintenance phase.
    • You can also combine the feat with precision strike and sniper. Cut out a warjacks cortex or a warbeasts spirit and then they can't activate.

List Building Advice

Strategy

Sorschas strategy is simple enough. Protect your troops with FoW on the advance, recieve Guidance, freeze everything and then unleash hell upon the enemy. Thus you either win through attrition because everything got shattered into pieces or you straight up assassinate the unfortunate enemy caster. It put this into practice you will need lots of hard hitting bodies, which will either be the resident weapon masters that are Doom Reavers or Winter Guard Rocketeers with Brutal Damage on their guns (so effectively weapon masters), with some help from jacks sprinkled in. Note this makes Sorscha a very good counter to lists that rely on lots of tough dudes like The Devourer's Host. Making live hell for Tharn seems to quickly become her competitive nieche at the point of this writing.

Her assassination run is tempting, but choose your engagement wisely. If you need to use both Wind Rush and Boundless charge, you'll have only 2 focus left to help with damage, giving you little room for error. Your target should be stationary before you hit them, so you don't have to waste focus trying to hit, as well as crit. Also be aware of how much armor the target has, and if they have any camped focus to prevent damage, which could screw you up if you roll poorly. If you happen to be up against one of the few warcasters that are immune to cold, then you probably just want to avoid making an assassination run to begin with. Alternatively, let her set up a warjack to do the assassination. Assigning 2 focus and Boundless charge to almost any Khador Warjack will enable it to do far more damage to target than spending the same amount of focus to get Sorscha there, especially if Sorscha also pops her feat. This also makes it less likely that in the event of a failed assassination that Sorscha will get killed. Kovnik Malakov can assist here as Redline + Boundless Charge = 4 extra inches on your unsuspecting opponent. Be on the lookout for enemy feats and spells which prevent / punish spell casting, or make them harder (like Lamentation) - in such cases, you better forget about your assassination run.

Theme Thoughts

    Wolves of Winter    

  • Doom Reaver Swordsmen - Freeze the enemy in place, then clobber them to death with about 30 Doomies. It doesn't get much simpler, yet more effective that this. They also really like the FoW buff, going from DEF 13 to DEF 15 against shooting, which is reasonable.
  • Koldun Lord - An in-theme damage buff is great since Sorscha has none herself. Puppet Master also ups the odd of hitting Freezing Grip.
  • Ruin - Provides spell hate and other than that acts as a focus efficient beat stick, which is always great to have, especially if you can cast Boundless Charge on it.

    Winter Guard Kommand    

  • The weapon attachments for the Winter Guard Infantry and Rifle Corps are the important part here. After Sorscha freezes everything, shoot it all to pieces with Brutal Damage!
  • Same goes for the Mortar Crew. POW 16 direct hits will really hurt.
  • A Boundless Charge'd Gun Carriage is just fun!

    Support Models - Various themes    

  • Greylord Adjunct - The most important model in any Sorscha list. Not only is extra range on freezing grip and a free FoW nice, but Guidance is where it's at. The importance of Eyeless sight for her LoS based feat can not be overstated, since enemies will hardly be able to hide from her frosty gaze, thus rendering potentially the entire enemy army stationary.
  • Malakov1 works great with Sorscha. She has no battlegroup spells so you're not losing anything by having a warjack outside the caster's battlegroup. Additionally, she is usually focus starved so he can help her bring jacks along without paying the focus bill. Last, Redline improves STR and SPD but not MAT, but if Sorscha freezes a model you can focus your Malakov controlled jack on buying additional attacks instead of boosting attack rolls.
  • Greylord Forge Seer - He ups her focus efficiency and she is a valid Winter's Wind target.

    Mercenaries    

  • The usual damage buffs: Ragman, Aiyana & Holt, Gorman, Hutchuck. Special mention to the latter two as they will have no trouble hitting their AOEs on frozen targets.
  • Eiryss1 - A costly investment, but the combination of Disruptor Bolt and stationary can be very much worth it.
  • Alexia2 - Another huge investment, but she brings spell hate and Weapons Master Thralls for scenario purposes, or to simply whack enemy popsicles hard.
  • Saxon Orrik - As usual, he brings crucial Pathfinder. You can't boundless charge your entire army after all.
  • Hermit of Henge Hold - Sorscha likes all of his buffs and debuffs. Telementry makes her Freezing Grips M.A. 8, so she will hit most things pretty reliably. A damage buff is always solid to a caster without one herself and Mad Visions allows her to be more aggressive and threaten assassinations.

Battlegroup

Beast-09 is her pet warjack that she can take in any theme.
  • Beast-09 is her character warjack, that she can take in any theme. He hits hard and protects her from shooting, which is all good for a caster like her.
  • Marauders can be a huge help to Sorscha since huge bases are immune to stationary.
  • Juggernaut - Apply axe to face has never been easier when said face is frozen solid.
  • Victor - Your enemy will be cold. Warm them up by dropping some incindiary pie plates on their heads!

Other

Trivia

Video Battle Reports

Other Khador models

Khador Logo.jpg       Khador Index       (Edit)
Battlegroup & Similar
Warcasters

Butcher1 - Butcher2 - Butcher3 - Harkevich - Irusk1 - Irusk2 - Karchev - Kozlov - Malakov2 - Old Witch1 - Old Witch2 - Sorscha1 - Sorscha2 - Sorscha3 - Strakhov1 - Strakhov2 - Vlad1 - Vlad2 - Vlad3 - Zerkova1 - Zerkova2

Warcaster attachments

Khador: War Dog - Greylord Adjunct
Mercenary: Madelyn Corbeau - Reinholdt - Wyshnalyrr

Other Warjack Controllers

"Junior" Warcasters: Malakov1 - Sorscha0
'Jack Marshals: Man-o-War Kovnik - Greylord Forge Seer

Heavy Warjacks Berserker - Decimator - Demolisher - Destroyer - Devastator - Grolar - Juggernaut - Kodiak - Mad Dog - Marauder - Rager - Spriggan
Beast-09 - Behemoth - Black Ivan - Drago - Ruin - Torch
Colossal Conquest - Victor
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units Assault Kommandos - Battle Mechaniks - Black Dragons - Doom Reaver Swordsmen - Greylord Outriders - Greylord Ternion - Iron Fang Pikemen - Iron Fang Uhlans - Kayazy Assassins - Kayazy Eliminators - Kossite Woodsmen - MOW Bombardiers - MOW Demolition Corps - MOW Shocktroopers - Widowmaker Scouts - WG Field Gun - WG Infantry - WG Mortar Crew - WG Rifle Corps
Great Bears of the Gallowswood - MOW Atanas & Standard
Ranking Officer CA : Koldun Kapitan Valachev
Solos

Greylord Adjunct - Greylord Forge Seer - Iron Fang Kovnik - Koldun Lord - MOW Drakhun - MOW Kovnik - MOW Strike Tanker - MOW Suppresion Tanker - Manhunter - War Dog - Widowmaker Marksman - WG Artillery Kapitan
Fenris - Jozef - Malakov1 - Markov - Sofya - Sorscha0 - Yuri

Battle Engines Gun Carriage - Man-o-War Siege Chariot - Man-o-War Assault Chariot
Theme Forces
Armored Korps - Flame in the Darkness - Jaws of the Wolf - Legion of Steel - Warriors of the Old Faith - Winter Guard Kommand - Wolves of Winter
Mercenaries
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Khador Mercenary
This index was last updated: 2019.08

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Feat : Icy Gaze

  • Remember, you need LOS.
  • Remember, stationary only prevents what it says it does. Refer the recap on stationary for what models can/can't do.
  • Abilities that say they cannot be used if the model is stationary (such as Shield Guard) cannot be used while a warjack is inert, either. Refer "Warcaster Destruction", page 59 of the core rulebook.


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Rules Clarification:  : Magical Damage      (Edit)
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* 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)
  • All spells have "Damage Type: Magical" (refer errata).
    • This is inherited by "immediate" secondary damage (such as Eruption of Spines). (Infernal Ruling)
    • and might be inherited by "lingering" secondary damage (see below).
  • If a spell leaves a template in play that does damage to models that walk around in it, then:
    • if it is not described as a hazard it will do magical damage to models that walk around in it. (Example: Razor Wall)
    • if it is a hazard then it will not do magical damage to models that walk around in it. Instead, it does whatever damage type is specified by the spell description. (Example: Breath of Corruption).
    • (Infernal Ruling)
  • If a weapon/spell includes Magic Damage and another kind of elemental damage it will still damage Incorporeal models. Incorporeal models are not affected by the rule "if an attack does multiple types of damage and a model is immune to at least one it is immune to the entire attack."
    The phrase "immune to non-magical damage" should be interpreted as "immune to damage that doesn't include Damage Type: Magical" (not interpreted as "has immunity to Corrosion and Electricity and Cold and etc.")
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Rules Clarification : Freeze     (Edit)

  • Remember Stationary only prevents what it says it does. Refer the page on Stationary for a refresher.

Rules Clarification : Shatter - None yet. (Edit)


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Rules Clarification:  : Warcaster      (Edit)
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  • General
    • Damage from a feat is neither an attack nor Damage Type: Magical (unless the feat says it is).
    • FOCUS (uppercase) is the stat printed on the warcaster's card. Focus (lowercase) refers to focus points a model currently has.
    • Your CTRL area is double your FOCUS stat, not double your focus points. (Infernal Ruling)
    • Casting spells or using feats is an anytime ability with the added restriction that you can't use them on the same turn you run even before you run.
      • See also the clarifications on Any Time abilities (below).
    • Some warcasters are also Battle Engines and thus follow all the Battle Engine special rules.
      • There is no particular interaction between the Battle Engine rules and the Warcaster rules.
    • Work out all damage modifiers (such as Decapitation doubling the damage that exceeds ARM) before reducing it with the Power Field. (Infernal Ruling)


  • Restrictions on "Any Time" abilities     (Edit)         [Show/Hide]
    • "Any Time" abilities can be used at any time during a model/unit's activation, except:
    1. Before any compulsory forfeiture of movement/action. See step 2 of the activation sequence, appendix A.
    2. After the model with the "Any Time" ability has had their activation end "prematurely". By this I mean you resolved something which includes the phrase "its activation ends". Examples include:
      • Running, failing a charge, or failing a slam.
      • Abilities that include "then its activation ends" (such as Reposition and Teleport).
    3. In between declaring your charge target and making your charge movement. (Infernal Ruling)
    4. In between completing your charge movement and determining whether it was a successful charge. (Infernal Ruling)
    5. When you're in the middle of moving. (Note: Impact Attacks count as being in the middle of movement).
    6. When you're in the middle of an attack. Which also includes effects that occur "after the attack is resolved".
      (Although the attack is "resolved" at Step 11, in terms of using an "Any Time" ability the attack is not "finished" until after Step 14. Refer to the first paragraph of Apdx A.)
    7. Your opponent interrupted your activation to trigger one of their own abilities (such as Countercharge).
    8. Units: See below.

    • In general you can use "Any Time" abilities while you're knocked down or stationary (except Spells and Feats which specify you can't).
    • If you have a gun with a random ROF, you can use an "Any Time" ability inbetween rolling the number of shots and actually making the first attack. (Infernal Ruling)

    Units with "Any Time" abilities
    • You cannot use an "Any Time" ability before issuing/receiving orders. See step 1 and 2 of the activation sequence, appendix A.
    • A model in a unit can't use an "Any Time" ability if they run, fail a charge, or use an ability like Reposition.
      Because doing one of those things makes that specific model's activation to end (even if the unit's activation is still ongoing) and you can't use abilities on models that are not active.
    • So, for example:
      • You cannot use a minifeat after the Officer runs. (Infernal Ruling)
      • You cannot use a minifeat after anyone in the unit has begun a Reposition move. (Infernal Ruling)
  • Warcaster/Warlock Cavalry ( Edit )
    • Warcasters/Warlocks can't cast spells or use their feat while resolving Impact Attacks. Because Impact Attacks occur during movement - you can use spells or feat before moving, or after moving, but not during movement.
      • Exception: If your Impact target(s) include your charge target, then your movement has ended (refer rulebook, last paragraph of 'Impact Attacks') and thus you're fine to use "any time" abilities before starting the Impact attacks.


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Rules Clarification : Warcaster Unitor Warlock Unit     (Edit)
This summary is specific to Warcaster/Warlock units. You may also want to check the Warcaster and Warlock pages respectively, for the "regular" rules clarifications.

  • All models in the unit count as part of the battlegroup. So, for instance, Butcher3's argus can be moved via his Energizer spell.
  • Warcaster units can have attachments. They can even attach units (such as the WSC). (Infernal Ruling)
  • The non-caster models are trooper models but are (normally) not Grunt models. Therefore they're not eligible for stuff like Revive.
  • Press Forward Order vs Casting Spells
    • If you're giving an order, it must be done first, before casting any spells or using your feat.
    • If you issue the Press Forward order and your caster does not have LOS to any enemy models, then they cannot declare a charge and instead must run, so therefore can't cast spells. But between the fact that models declare charges one at a time, and spells being an Any Time ability, it actually becomes a bit convoluted. The scenarios are essentially:
      • (A) "issue Press Forward order ► I want to cast a spell ► can I declare a charge ► if no, I must run & I can't cast spells."
      • (B) "issue Press Forward order ► I want to cast a spell ► can I declare a charge ► if yes, I can cast it. ► After casting the spell, do I still have a valid charge target ► if yes, rinse and repeat."
      • (C) "issue Press Forward order ► I want to cast a spell ► can I declare a charge ► if yes, I can cast it. ► After casting the spell, do I still have a valid charge target ► if no, I must now forfeit both my Normal Movement and Combat Action."
    • Refer to (Infernal Ruling) and (Infernal Ruling). However note that as of 29th May 2019 it is getting reviewed (Infernal Checking)
    • Note that, in the above scenarios, the "I want to cast a spell" step is a Any Time ability. So although you may not be able to declare a charge right "now", you could for instance move one of the troopers in the unit to open up LOS.
    • Unfortunately if you have no valid charge targets you cannot cast a spell, even if resolving the spell would give you a valid charge target (such as Energizer or Mage Sight).
  • Steamroller 2018
    • The non-caster models can contest scenario zones & flags.
    • The caster model cannot contest.
    • The caster model can control zones and flags by itself, but:
      • to control a zone, the entire unit remaining in play needs to be in formation.
      • to control a flag, the entire unit remaining in play must be within 4" of the flag.
  • Units Buying Attacks (Edit)
    • If you make attacks with model [A], then start making attacks with model [B], you cannot 'go back' and buy more attacks with [A]. Because:
    • A model can only buy additional attacks during its Combat Action.
    • A model in a unit must complete its Combat Action before the next model starts theirs (with some exceptions, like CMA).
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Rules Clarification : Unit of Warcastersor Warlocks     (Edit)

  • Even though they're warcasters, if they're out of formation they suffer the normal penalties (can't make attacks, actions, spells, etc).
  • They can't upkeep each other's spells.
  • They can only dominate one SteamRoller scenario element at a time.
  • Each warlock/warcaster can have different upkeeps on them if those upkeeps are "target SELF" or "target model". If you cast an upkeep that is "target model/unit", that is the only upkeep any of them can have.
  • Units Buying Attacks (Edit)
    • If you make attacks with model [A], then start making attacks with model [B], you cannot 'go back' and buy more attacks with [A]. Because:
    • A model can only buy additional attacks during its Combat Action.
    • A model in a unit must complete its Combat Action before the next model starts theirs (with some exceptions, like CMA).
  • The Legion Twins
    • Rhyas cannot dominate a zone while out of formation.
    • Rhyas can use the feat while out of formation.
  • Haley3
    • Only Haley Prime is an 'actual' warcaster model, and as such she is the only one that can dominate a scenario element.
    • The echoes can Control/Contest scenarios like a normal unit.
    • Haley Prime can dominate an element even if the echoes are out of formation.

Rules Clarification : Cold - None yet. (Edit)


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Rules Clarification : Boundless Charge     (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Fog of War     (Edit)

  • All players will gain concealment from Fog of War. It lacks the "friendly models gain ..." part that would normally limit it.
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Rules Clarification : Freezing Grip     (Edit)

  • When you hit a model in a unit, the entire unit becomes stationary.
  • If models are added to a unit after it is frozen (for example via Excarnate) then those models immediately become stationary; because the effect is applied to the unit not to the models. (Closed thread)
    • Since Freezing Grip is applied to the unit for one round, then those new models will "unfreeze" at the same time as the rest of the unit.
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Rules Clarification : Razor Wind     (Edit)

  • The text description has no in-game effect. It's just for flavour.
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Rules Clarification : Tempest     (Edit)

  • Not blast damage (Edit)
    • Due to the way it is worded, this spell/weapon does full POW to all models in the AOE. It is not blast damage and it is not halved.
    • For the same reason, it doesn't do "two damage rolls to the model directly hit". (Infernal Ruling)
  • Knockdown (Edit) - Remember, knockdown only prevents what it says it does. Refer to the Knockdown page for a recap of what a model can/can't do.

Rules Clarification : Wind Rush - None yet. (Edit)