Last weekend I played in a quite large tournament with players from all over Poland. I played a final game on table 1 against eHaley's new theme, list as follows:
2x Storm strider
I have played a slightly altered version of skillt's Kromac list:
Stones + UA
My other list was pKrueger, I figured that as his models were mostly high ARM and/or immune to electricity Kromac would be better choice.
I got stomped hard... It has been a long time since I felt so helpless during a game. In short, it went on like this:
Scenario was Incoming.
He started, advance-moving Strider got temporal acceleration, and shot a Stone from non-stealth unit, Gallows grove, and a Stone keeper. The rest advanced. My turn, I put on all upkeeps (IR on Ghetorix, WA on Stalker) and kept Kromac far backfield, rest run spread out as much as possible.
Second turn - more shooting, Striders destroy objective, a stone from another unit, he also made a mistake of shooting Ghetorix, which used hyper aggressive to walk in melee with a Strider. Haley feated, cast Deceleration and kept 3 focus. I check Kromac's control, and he's 1" short from trying spell assassination - I drop all upkeeps as they won't do any good. Ghetorix destroys Strider, Feral walks in melee with second one. Stones shift forward trying to block lanes for Stormwall. 2 Reeves take a shot at Haley but miss. Kromac casts IR on himself, Bestial, walks forward and feats to beast out and get more fury for transfers in case Haley tries to go for CK.
Turn 3. Strider and Thorn finish off Ghetorix with shooting (Strider takes a free strike from Feral, I realized too late that I was giving him a power token...), Stormwall tramples through Stones and kills a Stalker at full health in two lucky hits. B13 kill some reeves. Without a Stalker I have no way of dealing with a Stormwall. Feral destroys second Strider, Gorax tries to charge Stormwall but is 0.5" short. As the game is already lost, I decide I'd at least try to kill Haley's personal toy, Kromac jumps and wrecks Thorn.
Stormwall kills Kromac.
During the game I was painfully aware that none of my lists were ready to handle this, and I kept thinking what would be a good tournament Circle list that could fight this army?
I have no problems facing 'regular' eHaley lists. The problem with this one is that it has much more heavy shooting (7 RNG 14 POW 15 easily boostable shots - that's enough to kill a heavy each turn), the models are hard to kill, and Haley's feat gives them another turn of shooting which is all the time they need to destroy enough of ARM-cracking threats.
I can see that this list would struggle if heavy warbeasts had stealth, which made me think of eKaya... but with all her bad matchups I can only see her as a liability in a 2-list format.