Ok, I have faced Circle a couple of time before and not found them to be anything really special (except for those damn druids...FIFA must have been involved in getting them pushed through). Last night I faced eKaya and WOW! Second turn she was just outside my deployment area smiting a knocked down eDenny who thought the pole-dancer was back! Luckily (because I wasn't expecting an assassination run before my second turn even started and I had most of my army between the two of us) I had full focus and eKaya left my poor barbie with a couple of damage boxes. A bit of tense rolling later and the Seether barely managed to squish the tree hugger on my second turn. Of course I still had to pop eDenny's feat and get rid of the damn dog so I could drop her defense from 18 to a 13.
But, things I learned:
1)eKaya tier 4 list at 50pts is very very hard to play against. The actual threat range against a slamming+buffed Gnarlhorn Satyr is more like 16" with his follow-up. And it is amazingly easy for Circle to drop huge sprays/aoes to clear out chaff to get that slam lined up to knock down your caster and then pop in eKaya after running the dog in for the assassination. Wow.
2)has there been any discusion about what we are going to do about pKrueger. His feat is great!!! Drop 3 Aoes in his 14" control for pow 10 boostable hits. Not blast damage of course and they don't have to target something so they will get multiple hits. This can clean out our Satyxis solos/UAs, WSC, Skarlock, Siren etc without a problem. Any suggestions on what to do (I don't expect them to drop the blast on our casters unless we are using Coven...in which case they are dead on average boosted rolls, so as close to an auto loose as we can get with Coven).
3)Has anyone faced pKrueger with Megalith as well? Megie can cast a three point spell for one fury using the 7 fury stat of baldy....but force to boost the attack roll and damage. So baldy's Chain Lightning just received a huge boost.
Anyway, I think we are all going to have to look at Circle and their shenanigans a lot more seriously as one of the next contenders (didn't someone playing Circle win the English Warmahordes tourney?). If anyone has any practical solutions to fight Circle please share...it was easy in the other eKaya thread to say "just do this" but in practice it isn't as easy.