September 10, 2015

LVO 2016 February 5th-7th: Warmachine

In 2016, the Las Vegas Open (LVO) will take place the weekend of February 5th-7th at Bally's Hotel and Casino. This event is still in it's infancy, but has become a staple event for the West Coast. The event mainly started out being for Warhammer 40K, but each year has added more and more events. This year they have even added an X-Wing Tournament on Friday/Sunday and Magic The Gathering on Friday night. Tickets for the event officially went on sale August 28th and the Warhammer 40K Championships has already sold out. 286 players.

LVO also offers Warmachine and Hordes events over the 3 day weekend. Here is the list of the Warmachine/Hordes events for 2016:


  • Open Play all day: starting 10 am
  • 8 Man Scrambles: available starting 10 am.

Iron Guantlet
  • Check In: 10:00 am, Start 11:00 am
  • Playing till we have 4 undefeated. Cutting at that point and those 8 play the Guantlet round.
  • After this cut there will be a break and the team tournament will start.

Warmahordes Team Tournament:
  • Check In: 5:00 pm, Start 5:30 pm (estimated start time)
  • End ~1am
  • Formant:
  • 50 points
  • 2nd List Optional, No duplicate casters on teams.
  • 3 Man Teams (WTC Style pairings)
  • We can help make teams for people that are looking for a team at the event.


  • Open Play all day: starting 9 am
  • 8 Man Scrambles: available starting 10 am.

Warmahordes Masters Qualifier Tournament heat 1 (Players are randomly assigned to heats):
  • Check in : 8:00 am, Start 9:00 am
  • End: ~7:30pm
  • 64 Players cap
  • 50 points
  • 2nd List Optional, D&C 1, ADR
  • 5 rounds
  • Top 8 qualify for Sunday Masters

Warmahordes Masters Qualifier Tournament heat 2 (Players are randomly assigned to heats):
  • Check in : 8:00 am, Start 9:00 am
  • End: ~7:30pm
  • 64 Players cap
  • 50 points
  • 2nd List Optional, D&C 1, ADR
  • 5 rounds
  • Top 8 qualify for Sunday Masters

Spell Draft Tournament:
  • Check in : 8:00 pm. Start 8:30pm (or after end of 50 point Tournament)
  • End ~1am
  • 35 points
  • 1 List


  • Open Play all day: starting 9 am
  • 8 Man Scrambles: available starting 10 am.

Warmahordes Masters Finials
  • Top 16 players qualified previously
  • Check in : 9:30 am, Start 10:00 am
  • End~ 6pm
  • 50 points
  • 4 rounds
  • WMW Qualifier* (We had one last year and should have one again this year.)

Warmahordes 35 point Who’s the Boss? Tournament:
  • Check in : 10:00 am, Start 10:30 am
  • End~4:30pm
  • 35 points, one list. Make a list without a warcaster/warlock assuming +5 jack/beast points
  • Who’s the Boss point scoring, Death clock timing.

Closing ceremonies and prizes 6:30-7:00 (at the end of Masters)
First, you must purchase a Convention Badge to partake in any event. You then need to purchase a ticket for which day you would like to play in. For $75.00 you can also purchase a 3 day Warmachine/Hordes pass.

Earlier this year I had thought about attending LVO 2016 for Warhammer 40K (seeing how I missed on it this year, also at the last minute was not able to attend Kingdom-Con). But now with my renewed interest in Warmachine/Hordes, I decided that for 2016 that my son and I will be attending to play in these events.

Part of the reason for attending this event is that I own a timeshare in Las Vegas so I will not need to spend the $400-$500 on a hotel room. The drive is not too far (5 hours / 1 tank of gas). So the real cost for us will be the actual tickets and food for the weekend.

We had thought about just signing up for 1 day (Saturday's 'Masters Qualifier Tournament') and just do open gaming on Friday and Sunday. But we elected to purchase the 3 day pass instead. We are planning on just open play or possible get in on one of the 8 man scrambles on Friday, the Masters Qualifier Tournament on Saturday and on Sunday we will be playing in the Who's the Boss Tournament. The evening events also look to be fun, but I also want to enjoy my time in Las Vegas and just relax in the evenings.

For me, this weekend will be about just having a good time. I have not been a 'tournament' player for years, win or lose, I dont care. Let's just throw down some dice and I hope to learn from old my mistakes.

With saying that, let's move onto the list I am thinking about playing in the Master's Qualifier Tournament. In this event, your 2nd list is optional, but if you do decide to bring one, you must play it in at least 1 game. Seeing how I am just getting back into Warmachine, I'll stick to just bringing 1 list and learn from that.

I of course will be playing with my Khador Faction. I have a tendancy to always play my Butcher 1 Warcaster, but I think for this event I will be going with a Sorscha 2 Gunline list. I really like the feeling of this list and the Conquest Warjack will be bonded to Sorscha.

Sorcha 2 [Effigy of Valor]{Conquest Bonded}
Forward Kommander Sorscha - WJ: +6
- Sylys Wyshnalyrr, The Seeker
- Conquest - PC: 19

Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich - PC: 2
Gobber Tinker - PC: 1

Winter Guard Infantry - Leader & 9 Grunts: 6
- Winter Guard Officer & Standard - Winter Guard Officer & Standard 2
- 3 1 Rocketeer's: 3
Great Bears of Gallowswood - Volkov, Kolsk, Yarovich: 5
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters - Cylena & 9 Grunts: 10
- Koldun Kapitan Valachev - Valachev 2
Lady Aiyana & Master Holt - Lady Aiyanna & Master Holt: 4

I am sure when Steamroller 2016 gets released, the 'objectives' will be different and I will need to look for a replacement for 'Effigy of Valor'. For now this will be list.
Like I said I am going to have fun. I have never played with a Colossal before, so let's go for it.

Unfortunately I do not own many of the models for this list, so today I had to put together an order with Discount Games Inc. This will be my first time ordering with them and they offer 30% off MSRP for Warmachine/Hordes. We'll see how good there service is.

With having to about 90% of this list, that means I have a lot of painting to do. The next 5 months will be a very busy time getting these all painted. I am going to have to sit down and put together a painting schedule/timeline to get this all accomplished. The good news is that I paint fast when I have an event to attend.

So tonight we will start working on our 'painting queue'.


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