Since the MkII rules went official, I've noticed a considerable shift towards gunline style armies. Have any of you guys noticed the same, or is it just my local meta?
I have to admit that I do feel a little bit bitter towards this (local?) phenomenon. When I signed up for this game it was to get away from boring stand offish games that revolved around who had the biggest/most guns. I wanted a game where close combat and clever manoeuvres won the day, a game where victory favored the aggressor instead of the "smart" guy who camped in his deployment zone all game.
I'm starting to feel that Warmachine MkII, at least locally, isn't that game anymore.
The loss of screening was huge. There's just no other way to put it.
Yes, everyone is affected by it - but I kinda feel that the guy with 20+ guns in his army has the biggest benefit here. 20+ guns means not Cryx, at least not mine.
Certain key shooting units were either made more viable do to lowered cost, or increased efficency. ATGM:s are a good example of the former, and winterguard rocketeers a good example of the latter.
Looking at the releases to come, a majority of them have ranged weapons; Sloan, Firefly, Cygnar Heavy, Khador heavy, Corruptor, Trencher commandos, scattergunners, di la Rovissi, Harlan and Bull.
With Cryx shooting fairly marginal (Pistol wraiths, bloat and the occasional jack), our 'node costs jacked up, more magical ranged weapons and (slightly) more viable ways to ignore stealth I'm feeling kind of left behind.
For the last 20-25 games I've only been able to play with a fairly small selection of my Cryx army, because I know that I'll be facing massive gunlines (mainly Cygnar, with a touch of Khador) and a lot of my models will simply not be very competetive against that kind of opposition.
Its starting to get rather tedious and less fun.
Anyways in short; does the future of Warmachine hold a smoking gun?
Disclaimer: I've really tried not to rant. I'm sorry if I come off like that anyways. I'm just really concerned, and would like to know if I'm the only one with these issues/questions/fears.