Sovereign Tristan Durant
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Stepping out of the shadows and after his time learning his craft, Tristan Durant has been promoted to the forefront of the fight against the heathen. His insight and undertsanding of the enemy has made him a valued commander both by the leadership of the faith and those who follow him for the glory of Menoth.
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- Veritas - 2" reach, P+S 12 melee weapon.
- Warcaster - All warcasters come with a stack of standard special rules - most notably being awesome. (Click the link for a full rundown.)
- True Sight - This model ignores cloud effects when determining LOS. This model also ignores Stealth.
- Field Marshal [True Sight] - Warbeasts/warjacks in this model's battlegroup gain True Sight.
Feat : Prayers of War
Each warjack currently in his CTRL range and in his battlegroup gain 1 focus. Also, Tristan gains 1 focus per battlegroup warjack currently in his CTRL range, up to his maximum allowed.
Chasten - Cost 2, 8" range, POW 12
- If the spell damages a model, enemy upkeeps & animi on it expire.
Cleansing Fire - Cost 3, 8" range, 3" AOE, POW 14
Hand of the Creator - Cost 3
- Every friendly Faction model in Tristan's CTRL range heals 1d3. Can only be cast once per activation.
Inviolable Resolve - Cost 2, 6" range, Upkeep
- Friendly Faction model/unit gains +2 ARM and they cannot be moved by a push or slam. Doesn't work while out of formation.
Manifest Destiny - Cost 3, Target SELF
- While in the caster's control range, models in its battlegroup roll an extra die on all melee attack and melee damage rolls, then discard the lowest. Manifest Destiny lasts for one turn.
Thoughts on Sovereign Tristan Durant
Sovereign Tristan Durant in a nutshell
Tristan is an odd caster with quite a deep toolbox:
- He has an excellent spell for his battlegroup (Manifest Destiny), and a feat tied to it.
- He has tools to play the war of attrition with multi-wound models (Inviolable Resolve and Hand of the Creator).
- He has de-buffing abilities (Field-Marshal:True Sight plus Chasten).
The problem is that he can't have it all at once in a regular, 75 pts game. Balancing between a large battlegroup and the rest of your army will be the greatest challenge when playing him.
His field marshal ability is also a bit iffy. It gives you edge against lists which rely on cloud walls to stop charges (Trencher smoke with Haley3 or with the Llaelese Resistance, Jarl, The King of Nothing, etc). Theoretically it also helps you out against stealthy lists - however, reliable shooting jacks in the Protectorate's arsenal are extremely limited. On the flip side, it allows you spell arcing with no regard to Stealth or clouds, as both you and your arc nodes ignore Stealth.
In general, Durant2 is a somewhat fragile caster, who likes to hang back, and support his force from the backfield by arcing spells forth, and loading up his battlegroup on a crucial turn.
Maximising his feat and spells
Durant's feat allows him to fully fuel his warjacks for one turn (assuming he has no upkeeps or doesn't want to cast Manifest Destiny). This will generally allow you to get the maximum output out of your workhorse warjacks. Don't try to allocate fully to all your warjacks - try to maximize the extra resources you've been given. Having Focus aids like Wracks and Vassals can help get peak efficiency out of your battlegroup.
Additionally, the extra Focus gained from the feat can allow him to get a spell assassination in, although it's probably not worth it due to low odds against everyone but the squishiest of warcasters/warlocks. You can also use some of the extra Focus to camp and protect him better.
- Chasten - Cheap enough to be cast multiple times on feat turn and the benefit of removing enemy upkeeps. It may be worthwhile keeping an Arc Node around to keep the threat deep into the enemy lines.
- Cleansing Fire - Typical caster ranged AOE spell with reasonable POW and possibly setting things on fire.
- Hand of the Creator - Mass healing is always useful. Be careful though, this is best used to keep a damaged battlegroup active and hitting hard by repairing crippled systems. It can also help keep solos and medium based infantry alive, but it's main use is likely to be keeping key, but badly wounded, 'jacks in the fight.
- Inviolable Resolve - Useful buff spell to make any infantry screen more durable, or simply make an already tough 'jack even tougher to remove, for example the Templar gets to levels of ARM that make it hard to remove while still hitting hard - enough to make Khadoran clamjacks weep in jealousy.
- Manifest Destiny - This is Tristan's go-to spell. It just makes his battlegroup hit more often, and hit harder. It is hard to imagine playing him without this spell active.
Typical Army & Strategy
Durant's strategy is to push up the field with his warjacks and keeping them functional with Hand of the Creator. Once his battlegroup is in position, he'll feat, cast Manifest Destiny, and hopefully land a crippling blow on the opponent. He's mainly a backline warcaster due to his stats and mediocre combat ability. If worst comes to worst he can go into melee (Manifest Destiny works on him as well) and not be a total limp noodle, but he's certainly no Kreoss2 or Thyra when it comes to combat.
Tristan will want to be taking more 'jacks than usual for a typical Protectorate caster, to maximise his spells and feat. Seven is the ideal for trying to 'live the dream' on his feat turn. But more typically will be 4-6 'jacks and likely a mix of heavies and lights and suitable support and a little bit of infantry to help cover what the 'jacks can't. The warjacks in his battlegroup too are likely to primarily be melee orientated, but probably the best builds are those taking a variety of 'jacks. Some of the favoured choices are:
- Templar - With its shield and a good target for Inviolable Resolve this 'jack will be difficult to remove and likely to be around to keep hitting after some suitable healing from Hand of the Creator. As a Shield Guard it can help keep Tristan alive, as he marginally on the weaker side in terms of survivability.
- Guardian - Tristan will like an arc node, but he doesn't rely on one, so this heavy has good melee range and hits hard as well as providing Tristan with a way to cast Chasten deep into the enemy.
- Reckoner - While only having one initial melee attack, it is a powerful one and the Reckoner's gun is always useful in closing with the enemy, it rounds out a battlegroup of diversity well, and can help mark a high DEF/stealth target via its Flare.
- Castigator - Two open fists are always useful for board control and the combustion ability can assist in clearing out infantry, which Tristan definitely needs.
- Vanquisher - Similarly the Vanquisher provides some infantry clearing and a second ranged option, while still being able to close with the enemy and hit hard.
- Crusader - As a cheap beatstick it will likely often see service for a caster who wants a larger battlegroup and is getting pushed for points. It is solid and cheap and if your enemy is spending resources on removing it, it is resources not being spent removing more specialised elements of your army.
- Dervish - A very effective light 'jack, and with parry it is a very good target for a Vassal of Menoth's Enliven ability, able to walk away without free strikes after being hit. Its sidestepping ability means it can get deeper to annoy the enemy or do well in clearing infantry. At its good price/performance ratio it is always worth considering.
- Repenter - A perennial solid light 'jack. The spray adds some extra ranged options and infantry clearing, i.e. increases the diversity of his battlegroup, and another 'jack to approach that magic number of seven for a relatively inexpensive price. While Tristan prefers melee orientated warjacks, thischeap ranged options to deal with infantry on the approach. In melee the Repenter brings a Chain weapon to also get past infantry cowering behinds shields/shieldwalls.
- Revenger - If you can't afford a Guardian for an Arc Node, then a Revenger may be worth considering for that flexibility that Tristan thrives on.
There is a temptation to take Exemplar Cinerators or better yet Exemplar Bastions who can be healed via the Exemplar Bastion Seneschal and the hand of the Creator to stay alive. This can work, but it is an expensive option and with only 5 hit boxes these days, it's not necessarily a good option. Flame Bringers are surprisingly robust and may work well - if they already have not run out of his CTRL range and so can be healed via his spell and keep on much longer than the enemy would like.
It is likely Tristan will not have a lot of infantry with him, but a unit that can increase its armour and jam up the enemy heavies can help give him options, and so Temple Flameguard are definitely worth considering.
It almost goes without saying that you will not be leaving home with Tristan without a Choir of Menoth and most likely two min units. Additionally, given two of his important spells are not cheap, a Hierophant or a Wrack or two may help alleviate his focus burden. A Vassal of Menoth or two also aid in focus distribution to the 'jacks and as mentioned above help Dervishes become really tricksy things to pin down.
Drawbacks & Downsides
- No movement buff for his army - speed bumps, SPD de-buffs and rough terrain patches can be a real pain in the back.
- Expensive spells, plus a bias toward a large(r) battlegroup can leave you focus strapped, and vulnerable to tricks that increase casting COST (Arcane Suppression, Lamentation, etc).
- A FOCUS-related feat is pretty vulnerable to counter-feats and abilities, which mess with FOCUS and allocation:
- Sevvy1's feat can greatly decrease the effectiveness of yours, dropping you to FOCUS 5, while simultaneously stopping spell casting and arcing (but not buying extra attacks, or allocating)
- Garryth shuts down spellcasting and focus spending altogether
- Disruption won't allow jacks to gain FOCUS from whatever source
- Morghul1's feat will stop your jacks spending their accumulated FOCUS.
- An in-between caster with contested position on every side:
Tricks & Tips
- If you happen to play against Reznik1, remember that your jacks under his feat can still collect focus both from power-up and Prayers of War, as none of them are allocations.
- Originally released 2016.06
- He's a "graduated" Junior, released back in MK 2 as a solo with other named Junior Warcasters.
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