Recently I received a question about how I use Misaki in game and my general experiences with making her work. I started writing a reply to the question and realized there was probably more in my reply to write up than I originally thought. Further, there might be other folk who were interested in what I have experienced and who would enjoy reading some of my thoughts. To that end, I transformed the original answer into this blog post.
So all of that has been background so far, but what was the question and what are my experiences? The question had a couple aspects, focusing on how a pure Ten Thunders crew worked competitively with some focus on Misaki led crews specifically. Following that was some additional question around my experience with Shang, as I have mentioned that I do not include him in the bulk of my recent crews. Aside from that, I was asked for any general advice I had on Ten Thunders with Misaki as the specific crew leader.
Overall, I really like Misaki for "Kill" strategies, so thats when I pull her from the case in place of Jakob or Mei Feng. I feel like she excels in these types of strategies, where I prefer Jakob for non-kill strategies. As a quick list, the "Kill Strategies" in Malifaux are:
- Contain Power
- Escape and Survive
- Turf War
Misaki +7 Stones, Yamaziko, Torekage, 10T Brother, 2x RoninThat crew has a good model count for a 30ss Malifaux game, and a fair amount of maneuverability. It only has a single heavy hitting model in Misaki, but the back-up support models can dish out a fair amount of damage on their own.
That answers what I tend to use in my crews, what I use the crew for, and why I don't use Shang much. The only remaining part of the question comes to additional advice I have about using Misaki or about Ten Thunders in general. I am going to hold off for now on Ten Thunders advice other than to make one recommendation. Overall, I am loving Ten Thunders and recommend that anyone enjoying even 2 of the Masters in the Ten Thunders pick them all up. Even though I think Mei Feng is possibly the weakest of the 10T Masters, I think she is a tremendous amount of fun.