Sturgis the Corrupted
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| Sturgis the Corrupted |
Having pledged his immortal soul in service to the Dragonfather, Dalin Sturgis is as corrupt as he was once honorable. Death has done nothing to curb the depraved power of this once great Cygnaran warcaster, who now bends his formidable fighting prowess against those he used to call brother and friend.
- 1 Basic Info
- 2 Thoughts on Sturgis the Corrupted
- 3 List Building Advice
- 4 Other
Feat - Dead on Arrival
- Enemy non-warcaster, non-warlock models in Sturgis' control range are pushed 3" directly towards Sturgis in the order you choose.
- Then enemy models within 3" of Sturgis suffer a POW 12 magical damage roll. These damage rolls are simultaneous.
- For each model destroyed by Dead on Arrival, you can allocate 1 focus point to a warjack in Sturgis' battlegroup in his control range.
- Chain Attack: Dark Shroud - If this model hits the same target with both of its initial melee attacks, after resolving the attacks this model gains Dark Shroud for one turn. (Dark Shroud - While in this model's melee range, enemy models suffer -2 ARM.)
- Relentless Charge - While advancing as part of a charge, this model gains Pathfinder.
- Reversal - When a model misses this model with a charge or a power attack, the attacking model becomes knocked down.
- Snap Strike - This model can make one additional attack with each melee weapon for each focus/fury point spent to make additional attacks.
- Handcannon - 12" range, POW 12 ranged attack
- Blade (Left) - 2" reach, P+S 13 melee weapon.
- Damage Type: Magical
- Soul Taker: Soul Thief - This model can gain soul tokens. When this model destroys a living enemy model with an attack with this weapon, this model gains the destroyed model's soul token. When this model replenishes its focus durning your next Control Phase, replace each soul token on it with 1 focus point.
- Blade (Right) - 2" reach, P+S 13 melee weapon.
| Blood Rain
|Blood rain causes corrosion damage. Models hit suffer the Corrosion continuous effect.|
|When Convection destroys a living enemy model, you can give 1 focus point to a warjack in the spellcaster's balttlegroup that is in its control range.|
|Target friendly Faction model/unit gains Stealth. Models are not affected while out of formation.|
|Target model/unit suffers -3 ARM and the spellcaster gains +1 ARM.|
|Place the spellcaster anywhere completely within 6" of its current location, then its activation ends.|
Thoughts on Sturgis the Corrupted
Sturgis2 in a Nutshell
Sturgis the Corrupted is one of the few casters who have swapped factions between incarnations, and has the additional weird distinction of being super similar to his other incarnation yet significantly different. His spells in particular are an odd case of inversion; electricity swapped out for corrosion, an ARM buff swapped for an ARM debuff, and ranged support swapped for ranged denial. In terms of raw stats, he has gained +1 ARM but suffered -1 DEF.
Sturgis is a parasite caster so he is often compared to Iron Lich Asphyxious, Bane Witch Agathia, and Lich Lord Asphyxious. And if that is all you compare, then Sturgis will be found wanting. What he does bring to the table, however, is a combination of infantry buffing (via Occultation), threat extension (feat), and personal infantry destruction (via his sheer number of attacks).
Sturgis is a bit of a guerrilla caster. He is able to charge into a group of enemies, dice them up and teleport to safety. Thanks to Relentless Charge, he can happily sit behind a wall during the opponent's turn. Ideally he wants to be in melee killing at least 3-5 infantry every turn, otherwise he just isn't impacting the game enough (and you may as well be using one of the other Parasite casters mentioned above).
Sturgis's feat has multiple uses, including infantry removal, threat extension and scenario play. How you use it is situational.
Against enemy jamming infantry it is often useful get Sturgis stuck in, feat early, clear the jam with Sturgis himself (keep soul trappers nearby) which often leaves Sturgis with 10+ focus turn 3.
Against enemy gunlines or units with longer threat ranges than you, it is often better to get Sturgis to just advance forwards and use his feat to pull the enemy closer before teleporting back to safety. This effectively increases your own unit's threat range and grants you the alpha strike. For instance, Satyxis Blood Witches can normally only charge models 9.5" away, but add the feat and they get a threat range of 12.5". Similarily, Satyxis Raiders's effective threat range increases to 15" or they can simply run and engage enemies that started 18" (actually you can stretch that to 19" if Sturgis can get further upfield by charging and then he pulls even the furtherest enemy models closer to the Raiders).
In scenario play the ability to pull 3" can put units out of zones or contesting range, giving you an extra turn of scoring if you're smart. On the other hand, it can be easy to mess up and pull the enemy into scenario zones.
Sturgis's spell list is support oriented. Convection is a focus efficient way to get rid of pesky solos. Occultation makes it possible for Sturgis to deliver squishier units like Bane Warriors or Bile Thralls. Parasite makes it easier for Sturgis's army to eliminate high arm models. Sturgis has a relatively low focus for a Cryx caster so he often needs to boost on his spells. For this reason he benefits from a Satyxis captain, Warwitch Siren or Pistol Wraith who can provide a degree of MAT/RAT fixing for Sturgis and his army. Teleport gives Sturgis the ability to hit and run, but often one or two arc nodes will give Sturgis the ability to spread occultation, parasite and convection more easily.
Drawbacks & Downsides
Sturgis is relatively squishy for a Cryx caster, especially in killbox scenarios. It's important to have ways to hide him, this means that Madelyn Corbeau, Inflictors and Ogrun Bokurs are important in Sturgis's lists.
Sturgis does not provide any sort of def debuff or ability to cope with terrain to his army. This means that Saxon Orrik or units with native ghostly (eg. Banes) are important in Sturgis lists.
Sturgis' low FOC means that he's inaccurate, especially when you're targeting units in melee. It's often better to charge a target already in melee, apply parasite in melee and then teleport to safety.
Likewise Sturgis' Dark Shroud only triggers after both of his initials hit the same target. Knockdown, shadowbind or puppetmaster rerolls mitigates the potential of a bad roll preventing you from killing a heavy.
Tips & Tricks
- Sturgis threshes infantry with his good MAT and the sheer number of attacks he can put out every turn.
- Death Strike can sometimes allow him to kill support solos even if he can't reach them.
- Soul Eater can fuel his abilities.
- Use a Desecrator to put down Scather templates, before pushing the enemy in with the feat.
- Sturgis can often get use out of his hand cannon, arcing parasite and dropping a boosted hand cannon shot onto hard target before teleporting to safety.
List Building Advice
Sturgis2's normal win condition revolves around completely disrupting the enemy on his feat turn. Either to pull them in so you get the alpha strike and can attrition your way to victory, or to open up a charge lane to the enemy warcaster for an assassination.
Sturgis provides an ARM debuff via parasite, stealth via occultation and threat extension via his feat so Sturgis has a lot of flexibility in his army builds.
That said Sturgis does not provide a def debuff nor does he have any way of giving his units ghostly or pathfinder.
Satyxis are naturally accurate but weak, so suit Sturgis well. The Raiders can also get Pathfinder, but you may want Saxon too.
- Barathrum is a good standard choice. Feedback, Countercharge, Drag Below and Dig In all fit Sturgis' hit and run playstyle.
- Satyxis Raiders form the core of a def skew list with Sturgis. He gives them 15" threat and p+s 14 with parasite.
- Satyxis Blood Witches are useful for stealth skew. Sturgis makes them outthreat most guns (12.5" threat) and Blood Hags help Sturgis with upkeeps, especially banishing ward and arcane shield.
- Satyxis Captains provide highly accurate MAT and RAT fixing via autoknockdown and reposition allows them to open a lane for Sturgis. Sturgis' huge volume of attacks (2 pow 16 and 6 pow 18 attacks via dark shroud) will slaughter most things.
- Deathjack can cast Blood Rain more efficiently than Sturgis can. He can also fire two convections in a pinch, although DJ's lack of control range means that DJ can't reallocate focus.
- The Withershadow Combine has a better magical attack stat than Sturgis so if you want to take advantage of convection or blood rain and upkeep occultation or parasite for free. Puppet master rerolls are especially important with Sturgis because he needs to hit with both of his initials to trigger dark shroud and at FOC 6 he will miss the occasional parasite.
- Warwitch Sirens give Sturgis more focus for his jacks and provide a form of MAT fixing via Shadow bind. Venom sprays also help during Sturgis' feat and seduction can walk gullible targets into Sturgis' charge range for further threat extension.
- Bile Thralls can use Purge to clear infantry after the feat jams them together.
- Pistol Wraiths are useful for the same reason. Deathchillled targets are easy picking for Sturgis and his jacks.
- Bane Riders, Bane Knights and Bane Warriors are also great with Sturgis in different ways. All banes work well with occultation, but Riders give you durability, Knights give you threat range and angles while Warriors give you support via Dark Shroud and higher damage potential.
- Madelyn Corbeau can keep Sturgis safe with parlay and seduction is often quite useful for charge lanes
- Saxon Orrik's reconnaissance ability is especially important with Sturgis because Sturgis does not have Ghost Walk.
- Stack Wrong Eye's Star Crossed ability with Sturgis's Reversal ability. Go hog wild, and push Sturgis right to the front of your army and dare your opponent to charge him. Just try not to get knocked down.
- Defilers and Nightwretches provide good arc nodes for Sturgis. Sprays and AOEs can maximize the clumping that happens during Sturgis' feat turn.
- Inflictors can protect Sturgis
- Helldivers come close to being useful with Sturgis. Dig in protects them from shooting and the extra focus from feat turns allows them to hit above their weight. Drag Below is useful for the same reasons as Barathrum.
- Desecrators can be useful with Sturgis, as you can place Scathers in front of the enemy lines then push the enemy into them on his feat turn.
- Released as part of the 2013 Kickstarter project for Warmachine: Tactics. Backers got a limited-edition sculpt.
- The non-limited edition version of the sculpt is available through PP's online store, under the "PP Exclusives" section.
- Sturgis' non-epic form is Cygnar warcaster Commander Dalin Sturgis
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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)