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Special: Four-Times Charge Aggro

Special: Four-Times Charge Aggro TL;DR:  Aggro is dead - long live aggro!

Introduction: Simpler Times When our playgroup participated in our first Grand Clash at Gencon 2018, we had no idea what to expect - after all, we'd only been playing the game about a month.  Aggro was king at the time;Great Concussion had effectively killed hold objective, and Michael Carlin's defensive style hadn't gained popularity yet.  Tim Casey - the eventual winner of the event - was playing aggro Magore, built on one simple principle: always charge.

We were feeling nostalgic for the days of charging with every activation today and got to thinking about ways in which we could quantify the various warbands' ability to bring the aggro game.  So we're going to try something new with this article: we're going to make up some math.  Hopefully, in the end, we'll have something that somewhat accurately stratifies the existing warbands by aggro viability.

For clarity sake: just like at …

Cardiology: Soothing Companion

Decision: Should You Play Soothing Companion? TL;DR: Most decks won't benefit from including Soothing Companion.  However, a few niche roles may see some real use from this card.  If you're playing Katophrane Tomes out of Mollog's Mob, Ylthari's Guardians, Thorns of the Briar Queen, Zarbag's Gitz, or any of the resurrect/summon warbands, it may be worth trying.  It won't blow your hair back like Upper Hand/Ready for Action, but you could find that it's subtle utility makes it well worth including.
Factor: The Changing Meta
Let's be honest, when the Grymwatch was released, we all pretty much dismissed Soothing Companion.  And who could blame us, with gems like Larval Lance, Survival Instincts, and Trophy Belt in the same pack?  But recent tournament results may have changed things a bit.

Of the top four decks at the Southern California Open, 3 played Supremacy or a Supremacy-equivalent objective (In the Name of the King, for example).  Similar results can…

Cardiology: Survival Instincts

Decision: Should You Play Survival Instincts? Tl;DR: Gitz and Thorns should definitely be considering this one.  Rats, Eyes, Guardians, Grymwatch, and Wild Hunt may also think about picking it up to keep important 2-dodge models alive.

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Factor: The Guard Let's start out by taking a look at what you actually gain from upgrading your fighter with Survival Instincts.  First and foremost, you're gaining an increased chance to successfully defend against your opponent's attacks.  Just how much you gain is largely dependent on where you start from.  The table below summarizes what you gain from upgrading with Instincts against various attacks. 

1 Dodge2 Dodge3 Dodge1 Block2 Block1 Sword6%6%5%3%3%2 Sword7%9%8%3%3%3 Sword7%10%10%4%5%4 Sword7%10%11%4%5%