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Warhammer 40,000 Warpforge - Introduction to Warlords

Warhammer 40,000 Warpforge - Introduction to Warlords

By now you should be familiar with Warhammer 40,000 Warpforge, the new card battler set in the grimdark future of the 41st millennium developed by Everguild. But, while we’ve gone over the factions, and the mechanics and even given it a solid four-star review, we still need to go over your most important card of all..the Warlord.

What is a warlord?

As we’ve explained before, your Warlord is your central card, and the source of a win or loss for you in-game. Your Warlord is automatically played to the field at the start of the game, and your core objective is to destroy your opponent’s warlord while preserving your own. However, while they have the typical values (Health, Ranged and Melee attack) that you would see on other cards, we should explain some key aspects of these cards, so let’s go with the first you’ll get to play with in-game…

Example card: Uriel Ventris

As you can see, Ventris has all the values associated with the typical unit cards in Warpforge. However, he lacks an energy cost - since he’s played automatically at the start of each game - and also has a value called Talent. A talent is a unique value applied to Warlords and certain high-cost cards. In this case, Ventris’ talent is “Master of the Fleet” which deals another card called, well, Master of the Fleet, into his hand at the start of each turn.

This card is a Stratagem and also has the value Ephemeral, which means that it will be discarded at the end of each turn. This means you can’t simply wait and build up a hand composed entirely of this card and play them all at once. But you will have at least one in your hand on each turn.

Basic tactics

As we state in our faction guide, the Ultramarines focus on ranged damage. This is a core part of Uriel Ventris’ playstyle, especially against factions with low-tier but numerous cards, such as the Orks or Tyranids as it allows him to deal continuous damage from turn two onwards.

So, Ventris is best paired with either his standard starter deck, 4th Company, or with other ranged units that can deal damage quickly, such as Reivers.

Other Warlords

Generally, other warlords follow suit with Uriel as they generate cards which are played and support their playstyle. Ghazghkull for example is an Ork warlord who generates the Greatest Warboss card, which provides plus-one melee and ranged attack to his troops, which is a vital boost for the numbers-heavy Ork playstyle.

By exploring the game for yourself, you’ll find that each warlord, from Aeldari to Necron has subtly different talents that can provide new and exciting ways of playing. By working to your faction’s advantage in different ways you can start getting wins in the fast-paced card battles of Warhammer 40,000 Warpforge.

Iwan Morris
Iwan Morris
Iwan is a Cardiff-based freelance writer, who only occasionally refers to himself in the third person.