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- This article is part of Warmachine University's Learning to Play the Game (LPG) series, which is "Intermediate Training" aimed at new players who are still learning the core rules.
Most of Convergence works lile a normal Faction. The part that is different are their warjacks known as "Vectors". They are like warjacks in most respects (having damage grids, spend focus to buy/boost, can make poer attacks, etc) but differ in three ways:
- How they get focus (Induction)
- Their MAT/RAT
- Getting a Field Marshal benefit
Vectors do not have a Cortex and do not get a free focus via Power Up.
Instead whenever a Vector spends a focus, they can immediately "induct" it to another Vector within 6" that is in the same battlegroup. This can be extended to 9" if there is an Algorithmic Dispersion Optifex solo nearby.
So the Convergence player ends up filling one warjack with focus at one end of their battleline, then chaining that same focus through every warjack towards the other end of their battleline.
To get the focus on a warjack to begin with, the Convergence player either has to allocate it from their warcaster or use the Corollary support warjack.
Lastly, because they don't have a Cortex, they are immune to stuff which targets the Cortex (such as Shock Field and Dark Dominion). They have an Induction Node instead and if that gets crippled it works as you'd expect: You lose all current focus and can't gain any more until it is repaired.
Vectors do not have a stat for MAT or RAT. Instead they use the current MAT or RAT value of their controller.
- If a Vector gets hit by a debuff that makes it "suffer -2 RAT" then it doesn't care.
- If a Vector gets hit by a debuff that makes it "suffer -2 to ranged attack rolls" then it does care.
- If a Vector's controller gets hit by a debuff that makes it "suffer -2 RAT" then all the Vectors get debuffed.
In the Warroom app, if you build a Convergence army, it will auto-substitute the controller's MAT/RAT when you look at the Vector's card.
Technically this isn't a rule on the Vectors nor a Faction-unique rule, but almost every Convergence warcaster has a Field Marshal ability which gives all their Vectors an extra ability. What that ability is changes from caster to caster.
Between this and their variable MAT/RAT scores, Vectors can behave quite differently depending on who is controlling them.
From the 2020.02 version of the core rules:
The Convergence of Cyriss does not use warjacks in the traditional sense. Their machines, called vectors, are built using arcane science fused with applied physics and mathematics. Each completed vector is an act of worship to Cyriss, the Maiden of Gears as well as an irrefutable triumph of engineering. The smooth lines and artisanal attention to detail contrast with the pure brutality that the science of kinematics can inflict on enemies of the Clockwork Goddess.
In addition to the standard warjack rules (p. 66) Convergence warjacks have the following rules.
Instead of a cortex, Convergence warjacks have an interface node. The (I) boxes of a Convergence warjack’s damage grid represent this interface node.
This model can gain focus. This model can have no more than 3 focus points at any time. Unless otherwise stated, this model can spend focus only during its activation. This model cannot gain or spend focus while its Interface Node system is crippled.
Because an interface node is not a cortex, Convergence warjacks are immune to effects that cause a warjack to suffer damage directly to its cortex (such as Cortex Damage and Shock Field) or that require a warjack to have a functional cortex (such as Domination).
Convergence warjacks do not have MAT or RAT values. Instead, their MAT and RAT are equal to the current MAT and RAT of their controlling warcaster. For example, a Convergence warjack under the control of a warcaster with MAT 6 and RAT 4 would have MAT 6 and RAT 4. Vectors do not directly benefit from MAT/RAT bonuses or suffer from MAT/RAT penalties, but any MAT/RAT alterations to a warcaster controlling one or more vectors will be passed along to those vectors.
Note that spells and abilities that affect attack rolls will still affect vectors normally.
- EXAMPLE: The Conservator heavy warjack’s Hand of Vengeance special rule grants it +2 on melee attack and melee damage rolls. Its MAT will remain equal to the MAT of the warcaster controlling it, but it will gain +2 on its melee attack rolls from Hand of Vengeance.
Though Convergence warjacks can be allocated focus normally, they do not power up and do not automatically gain a focus point for being in their controlling warcaster’s control range during the Control Phase.
When a warjack with an Interface Node spends a focus point during its activation, you can give a focus point to another warjack with an Interface Node if the two are in the same battlegroup and are within 6” of one another. Note that a warjack with an Interface Node still can have no more than 3 focus points at a time.
Interface Node and Induction
MAT & RAT
Some MAT/RAT examples
Vectors in non-Convergence factions