Hello, all! I'm new to Circle (but not Hordes), and I just picked up the starter box (and managed to lose my first game!). I'm curious where to go from here. My local meta tops out at about 25 points, so I want to build up to that and see what I can do. What units/solos/warbeasts do you all recommend? Should I swap casters?
Tanith is a great caster don't swap her unless your dealing with lots of silly gunlines.
I would say grab Loki Taniths character Heavy, a Blackclad and a gallows grove. That's a 25 point list with the BB that plays pretty well with her style.
Loki is a fantastic warbeast all around and you will use him with more than just Tanith blackclad Wayfarer and gallows groves are also widely used faction solos for threat extension and contesting/scoring (blackclads can control flags and clear them pretty well)
Once you move up from 25 I'd start looking at Reeves with the UA thier synergy with affliction is pretty hard to ignore. And 2 units of sentry stone and manikins. Good casters to pair with her are Baldur 1 and 2. Wurmwood, and possibly EKrueger depending on how heavy gunlines are in your meta. I personally think Baldur 2 is the best pair as he normally plays well into the matchups Tanith doesn't like.
Welcome to the way. As a new player to Circle I highly recommend the tactica above.
Like Mac said; Tanith is a solid caster and does well at both lower and higher point games. That being said Circle warlocks really determine what kind of game you play. Tanith has a distinct style (mostly debuff) and for that reason you may enjoy another caster.
Loki is a new warbeast for us but is widely accepted as a good addition with some very factiony style. He is, like many of our warbeasts, expensive though. Other excellent choices are any of our other warpwolves, woldwyrds, and Megalith. Many of our warbeasts do bring something so useful to the table that it can make up for otherwise lackluster stats. Often it's the animus like the wild argus or gorax. Other times it's an ability like the woldwardens goemancy or moonhound argus' marktarget.
The blackclad wayfarer and gallows groves are both very good solos and reasonably costed. The druid wilder (an attachment) is also decent.
The reeves of Oroboros are very good on Tanith but still useful with other warlocks too, especially with a max unit and the unit attachment. I probably wouldn't field them in a 25 point list though. The shifting stones and sentry stone with mannikins are both very popular (and cheap) units that give you a wide range of tactical options. Most of our other units favour certain warlocks/playstyles. Be wary of the ones that use corpse tokens. Also, be aware that Circle has access to a lot of minion solos and units.
Circle, as you may have heard, is a difficult faction to master. We have a lot of tricks and domino effects but also many ways that things can go wrong. Things are rarely straight forward or obviously good. Don't get disheartened. Have fun.