Carrying on from my looks at Axis and Aurora, I thought it would be good to look at Mr Battlebox himself Syntherion (and a surprise at the end)
Overview Word(s) = Swiss Army Knife
Overall pretty average stats for a warcaster with OK Speed, DEF is pretty low (but again tempered) with decent ARM and Average Focus stat.
With how the Vectors share their casters MAT AND RAT what will we expect with Syntherion Vectors? Well simple pretty average stats, although with the amount of shooting around for Vectors I would have liked a higher RAT. Generally you will need to boost against a lot of things.
Weapons – Static Bolt & Workshop Array
He actually hits pretty hard in combat with 2 attacks at a decent P&S. While his electrical range weapon is mediocre it can still do the job with a boost.
As with a lot of the CoC he is a Clockwork vessel and also Repairable which is handy with so many chances to repair in the faction. He also has Resourceful which helps a LOT with all his upkeeps he has which means more focus for Vectors.
His Field Marshall ability is Auto-Repair which allows you to remove D3 points of damage every turn. Pretty good as this works across the whole battlegroup even Syntherion himself! BUt remember it happens after allocation so you can’t get your induction node (cortex) working before it happens.
Convection – A decent way of removing those pesky solos from the game as you have the range and POW to generally pull it off. With the added bonus as you get a focus back to give to a vector. Generally that is the only reason you would use it (higher POW and magical compared to normal shooting).
Hot Shot – Hands out boosted range attack damage rolls which on the right vector is just pain nasty and enhances the feel of focus efficiency from Syntherion.
Magnetic Hold – Syntherion’s signature spell it costs a fair amount but when it is reducing both the DEF and speed of the a target you cant say no. On top of granting a movement boost to anyone charging the target as well, means even the slow vectors can have a decent threat range. This spell is the reason you want some arc nodes around.
Reconstruct – A great spell that allows a disabled vector to come back with 1 box in each system. What makes this spell nice is it keeps you vectors running or at the least mean the enemy needs to spend at least one more attack to deal with the repaired vector. Interestingly I believe this is allowed to work on Huge bases, so Prime Axion is going to be even happier..
Syngery – A great spell to have for a warcaster who is very much based around his battlegroup. When you can very easily take 4+ vectors in a Syntherion list when including him as well you could be looking at some decent bonuses if you can time it right for your charges. A cumulative bonus to both melee rolls and damage rolls means even the little jacks can be hitting like heavies.
Feat – Technological Superiority
A 2 part feat in which the battle group can charge for free and they are also granted Weapon Platform. The charging for free is nice on its own as it makes you even more focus efficient which takes some doing in CoC anyway! What Weapon Platform grants is the use of both initial range and melee attacks in same activation. Expect to see a lot of combined arms jacks for this reason with Syntherion, it makes Prime Axion brutal with him due to the nature of huge bases and the drag from the range attack.
I really like Syntherion, yes he suffers from the problem that all high upkeep casters do as he needs them to run however when not running into bad matchups with really brings the heavy metal to CoC.
His tier list is also pretty good, I would imagine that we wont see many non-tier lists with him, very much in the same vein as a certain Cryx caster he may OR may not have ties to CoC.
In fact I did play around with a possible list at 35 points and surprisingly I managed to get all the way to tier 4 without trying and it looks like a decent list that I may and try to collect 😀 especially as it uses the battlebox as well..
- Prime Axion
- Optifex Directive
- Algorithmic Dispersion Optifex.
Not too bad a couple of targets reconstruct and hotshot. Plus a lot of synergy feeding going on if I could get everyone in combat on the same turn, then Syntherion would be doing straight damage to a Khador jack which is pretty nasty..
I am surprised as the next guy but for once with one of these posts here is my painted Syntherion :O