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Cardiology: Grievous Riposte

Decision: Should You Play Grievous Riposte?
Author's Note: Today's article is inspired by Daniel Greve who asked me to do an analysis of this card on the Warhammer Underworlds Community page on Facebook.  Thanks Daniel!
TL; DR: Probably not.

While it could be useful in decks that stack defensive bonuses, it's likely that even those decks will find better uses for their ploy slots.
Factor: Basic Requirements There are three essential things that have to happen in order for you to be able to use Grievous Riposte (beyond drawing the card itself, which I rarely consider, as it is a requirement for using any card):
 The attack targeting you must be Range 1 The attack must fail The defense roll must include at least one critical  We will examine each of these separately, then look at the odds of actually being able to score it.  
Factor: Attack Range
Let's start by looking at the number of Range 1 attacks.  As mentioned in the FAQ, to be considered a Range 1 attack, the attac…
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Cardiology: Peerless Fighter

Decision: Should You Play Peerless Fighter?
Author's Note: This article was partially inspired by a single stray thought in an upcoming episode of the "What the Hex?" Podcast on which I was graciously allowed to appear.  Check it out here!
TL;DR: No.  But if you're going to, you potato, at least try to throw in some other cards to make it work.
Factor: Exclusions The first, and quite unbreakable, requirement of scoring Peerless Fighter is that you have to be rolling at least two dice.  Therefore, there are a few base attacks in the game that cannot trigger Peerless on their own:
Scavenged Flail (Uninspired Hungering Skaven)Gorefist (Uninspired Zharkus and Ghartok)Nighthaunt Blade (Uninspired Chainrasp - Anne Boleyn Version)Nighthaunt Axe (Uninspired Chainrasp - Spartacus/Phillipe Bourbon Versions)Ball and Chain (Uninspired Snirk)Rock Maw (Uninspired Stalagsquig) If your army is heavy on these attacks - I'm looking at you, Queen of the Briar Thorns - it's probab…

Hex and the City: The Herbaceous Checkerboard

Decision: Should you play the New Board "The Herbaceous Checkerboard"? TL;DR The warbands likely to get the most use out of this board are ones that have a small number of models and easy-to-score passive/defensive objectives; ie. the Sigmarite warbands.  Small aggro warbands like Orcs and Magore's may also benefit from using this board.  Other warbands likely have better options.
Prelude Today, we'll be taking a look at one of the two new boards being released for Shadespire - The Herbaceous Checkerboard (the other board - the one with the blue - is called The Lachrymose Tetrahedron).  For the purposes of referring to the board, we'll be using the above orientation as the default, and referring to specific edges and directions using a NESW system based on this orientation.
Factor: Edge Hexes
Right out of the box, we get to look at what is probably the most attractive feature of this board.  While having 4 starting-edge hexes is not particularly impressive, t…

Hex and the City: The Lachrymose Tetrahedron

Decision: Should you play the New Board "The Lachrymose Tetrahedron"? TL;DR: Sigmarite warbands and Zarbag's Gitz may have something to gain from using this board.  Most other warbands already have an option that works better for them.
Prelude Today, we'll be taking a look at one of the two new boards being released for Shadespire - The Lachrymose Tetrahedron (the other board - the one with the orange tint - is called the Herbaceous Checkerboard).  For the purposes of referring to the board, we'll be using the above orientation as the default, and referring to specific edges and directions using a NESW system based on this orientation.

Factor: Edge Hexes While having starting hexes that are also edge hexes has lost some value due to Extreme Flank being placed on the SBAR list, we should likely still consider the number of starting-edge hexes when determining which board to play.  In the long-board/hallway setup, The Lachrymose Tetrahedron will reward you with 3 s…

Cardiology: Obliterated

Decision: Should You Play Obliterated? TL;DR:  If you're playing goblins, you should probably play this.  Snirk is a powerhouse.
Factor:2-Glory, Score-Immediately Having a 2-glory, score-immediately objective in the early game is particularly important for Gitz players, as the little green guys become significantly more beefy when they inspire.  This kind of objective combos well with Miraculous Escape, Cover Ground, and other similar objectives that score 1 glory for almost no effort.  

As of this writing, there are only 17 objectives that are score-immediately for 2 glory.  Of those, 4 are not available to Gitz players (and why would you be considering Obliterated otherwise?).  Malicious Kill is the other Gitz-specific objective that meets these criteria, and may well be a good option to play with as well.  However, we tend to avoid objectives that require your opponent to do something specific in order to score them.

Of the remaining 11 options, Great Slayer and Victorious Duel…