Theme Forces Revisited: The Wild Hunt

Well, it looks like it’s my turn!

We’ve been talking a lot about the changes coming to theme forces with the release of Oblivion—not just because that’s what the community wants but frankly because that’s what we want to talk about—and I am no different. I’ve been playing a lot of Circle Orboros since it received a dynamic update last year, and my favorite warlock far and away has been Kaya the Wildheart.

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Synergy warcasters and warlocks (and now infernal masters), and Kaya has just the right blend of tools and nuance to make every game I play with her both fun and challenging.

I’ve been playing Kaya with a large battlegroup in the Call of the Wild theme, and taking advice from prominent members of the Circle Orboros community, I have included a whole dogpile of Winter Argus. The ability to cast their animus for free as a theme benefit gives a list that is traditionally about hitting as hard as possible a surprising amount of control.

With the upcoming changes in Oblivion, I might have been the first person to be shocked to learn that my favorite list is losing its theme: Call of the Wild is going away! What is a devoted blackclad to do with this news? Turn to the loving embrace of Iona the Unseen and her Devourer’s Host?

No, for all is not lost.

While Call of the Wild might be gone, its spirit lives on in The Wild Hunt. The two themes have been combined in a manner such that the feel of both remains intact. Here’s how The Wild Hunt looks now:

After seeing that I could play my list basically unchanged I relaxed a bit, but then I got to thinking: How can I make this better?

The most obvious decision is to take advantage of the theme benefit allowing a unit of Wolves of Orboros to ambush. Even a minimum unit of ambushing Wolf Sworn with the use of their command attachment’s mini-feat will put the hurt on any models that stray too close to the board edges. This will encourage my opponent to bunch up in the middle of the board, which plays right into Kaya’s hands. And of course, I can’t have a list with Wolf Sworn in it without including the Man, the Myth, the Legend: Wolf Lord Morraig.

So with all that said, here’s how my Call of the Wild list evolved into a list for The Wild Hunt:

Circle Orboros Army – 75/75 points
[Theme] The Wild Hunt

Kaya the Wildheart [+27]
– Warpwolf Stalker [17]
– Feral Warpwolf [16]
– Shadowhorn Satyr [12]
– Winter Argus [8]
– Winter Argus [8]
– Winter Argus [8]
– Winter Argus [8]
Wolf Lord Morraig [8]
Lord of the Feast [Free]
Blackclad Wayfarer [Free]
Blackclad Wayfarer [Free]
Wolves of Orboros (min.) [7]
– Wolves of Orboros Chieftain & Standard [4]
Shifting Stones [3]
Shifting Stones [3]

Not only am I excited to get this list on the table, soon Wolf with No Name will be releasing for Riot Quest, and he’ll be taking the Lord of the Feast’s spot in this list.

I just need to get my hands on that model…