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I'm thinking of picking up Warmachine/Hordes again (I played it in MK1, but haven't touched it in years), and I'm trying to decide between 5 armies/builds, more or less based on their looks:
Circle of Orboros (mostly the wolf/satyr based units)
Legion of Everblight (Warbeast focused)
Minions (love the 'Gator' and 'Turtle' themed Warbeasts)
Talion Mercenaries (pirate themed)
Grundback Mercenaries (lots of light warjacks)
What, if any of these armies are good enough to compete with? They don't have to be 'competitive', but I don't want to get thrashed every game either.
They all look good on paper to me, but I don't really understand the metagame yet.
"Any job worth doing, is worth doing with a powerklaw."
While I can't address every army/build as I'm new, I can say that Legion has gotten pretty disgusting and circle of orboros is just plain fun. Teleporting wolves around can work really well
The witch stands before you now, Burning in demon light, Condemned to serve the black, It cares now for your cries, You fall before it now, Grovel with your last breath, Your god can't save your soul, GAZE INTO THE FACE OF DEATH! Armies: Lizardmen/Cryx