At GenCon I picked up a copy of the Retribution of Scyrah army book and Kaelyssa, Night’s Whisper to play with potential color schemes. At first I was tossing around the idea of starting up a Retribution force – the playstyle looked interesting and it had the “shiny new hawtness” going for it. Then I realized something… I’m already getting a new faction.
Privateer Press has already stated that when Warmachine MkII is released, the Hordes MkII Field Test will begin. At GenCon they confirmed that the Hordes MkII Field Test will be essentially “tournament legal” and that MkII will be the supported format. And that’s when I get my new faction.
All of the doomsaying aside, most people are expecting some fairly significant change to the Legion of Everblight come MkII. If Terminus is any indication, wings are expected to no longer evade free strikes; a major blunting of the Legion’s maneuverability. Other models – like the Seraph, Incubi, and Raptors – have a reputation as being overpowered or open to abuse and are expected to be rebalanced.
I’m not going to whine about the changes. I’m fully ready to adapt to and embrace the new play-style, but that’s ultimately my point – the Legion is expected to play differently. The magnitude of this change is still up in the air, but in all honestly I’m excited about it. I get to take the models I really like and the army whose fluff I dig, and experience them from a new perspective. In addition, it will hopefully mean hearing less whining about facing the Legion as well, which will make playing them an all-around better experience.
Once I started looking at Legion MkII in this way I realized there wasn’t a need to go looking for the new hawtness, the new hawtness is coming to me in just a few months. The Retribution is still interesting, but the temptation isn’t as strong as it was before. Maybe at the end of 2010 when all of MkII has been released and we’ve played with the final version of the MkII rules I’ll revisit the idea of expanding to a new faction but for now I’m ready for some MkII Blightning.