Because I am being actively discouraged to win I spent some time deciding where I will spend the 4 points for my army. Obvious choices were Arcanists, eEyriss, Magisters, Mage Hunter Assassins or even Ghost Snipers.
So far I had found the high armor stuff a real pain to deal with and figured a pair of Ghost Snipers would go a long way to softening the heavy stuff up before I engage.
This theory I think is quite sound, however...
I dont care about winning. Apparently. So I took Nayl, because... because thug life. Oh and Sylys Wyshnalyr, because he actually is good.
Now despite having this massive noob crushing power piece I still managed to lose. Thankfully despite Nayl not because of him.
Even when he had some super legitimate useful plays...
My opponent didnt read his card properly, activated in the wrong order and wasted 5 focus that Nayl removed when he died.
RESULT: Still lost cause 1. The griffon on the right spent 3 turns molesting the light jack, like a pedo on the Tokyo subway, (with full focus investment) rather than killing it. 2. The Manticore also spent 3 turns with full focus investment trying to kill the heavy jack.
This time my opponent did read the card, so his responce was to ignore him.
To which Butcher continued to ignore him.
Kae ended up killing Butcher with about 9 shots over 3 turns.
Nayl did nothing but kill the wardog with a free strike (2 point over costed model for a 1 point under costed model) not really but something like that, and failed to hurt Butcher with a couple of free strikes.
So my record stands as follows
Exulon Thexis: win
Stage 2Exulon Thexus: loss