So GenCon 2016 is over and the first US Guild Ball Championships where held. The event was won by Jordan Nach with the Mortician’s Guild.
In second was Brian White (Morticians), third Alex Botts (Morticians) and fourth Patrick Van Valzah (Morticians)…
The final was between Jordan and Brian and was a complete mirror match with both taking Obulus, Dirge, Silence, Ghast, Rage and Avarisse & Greede. There tournament added Cosset, Casket and Mist (I’m surprised Mist wasn’t in the final).
The ‘meta’ game in the US certainly seems different from what I’ve experienced in the UK, but I don’t know whether it’s a case of Mortician’s being better or better players using Mortician’s. Control archetypes are always difficult to play against and in the hands of a good player that’s just exacerbated.
There were some interesting spoilers and titbits that came out of GenCon:
A Guild Ball Starter Set will be released in November with two full 6- player teams. The figures will be one piece plastic to make initial set up easy. Nothing confirmed as to who the two Guild would be but some possibilities:
- Butcher’s and Fishermen
- Seen as the two archetypal guilds (Beating vs Footballing) and the basis of the current demo set
- It’ s been said before that some of the models are in need of a resculpt as they are on the small side of the scale compared ot teh Season 2 models and the show exclusive Flint. Would seem like a good time to do this
- The Union
- A flexible team that could go a number of ways. Would also be attractive for existing players.
- A fairly straightforward play style that would lend themselves to an introduction. they haven’t really been touched on that much in the fluff yet either.
I would say that the Mortician’s, Alchemist’s, Engineers and Hunter’s are unlikely due to there playstyles as are the Farmer’s and the as yet unnamed team for Season 3 as the starter set seem due around SteamCon in November but Season 3 isn’t due until April 2017.
We also don’t know if they will be pure guild or include Union choices (assuming that Union aren’t one of them).
A new player type will be added, the Rookies. These will be a seventh player on the pitch with a powerlevel similar to Mascots. The suggestion was they attach to a ‘mentor’ and give them a specific buff (presumably if in close proximity as he mentioned following them around).
There will be two new Guilds in Season 3 (available at Salute 2017). One we know (The Farmer’s Guild), the other we don’t.
Tater was released at GenCon and we have also seen the first sight of another Farmer. He appears to be some sort of scarecrow with a a skeletal face.
An existing Guild will be getting a new Captain in Season 3, which I woudl assume would be the Hunter’s to add parity.
We have seem the first images of Veteran Katalyst and he looks huge!
Russ Charles (Steamforged’s go-to sculptor) was also at GenCon doing what he does and this was one thing on show?
Looks a lot like Brick to me so whether he is getting the Veteran treatment or whether it’s an indication that Mason’s are in the Starter Set is unknown.
An interview with Mat and Rich from Beasts of War: