I'm gearing up to try Vlad3 in Warriors of the Old Faith. No one in my small gaming group plays PoM, so I have zero experience with them, and I'm not sure which of their 'jacks I should take. Browsing their stats, I'm leaning toward either a Sanctifier (for its soul tech and anti-Incorporeal) or a Guardian (Arc Node, high damage 2" weapon, and the flags look kewl). Are there others I should consider? Any synergies I'm missing? Any advice is appreciated.
Infernal Machine is great on it, as is hand of fate. You get to play with the second best colossal in the game, there's not much else to ask for. I have seen some lists who also included a single dervish in the BG, i presume as a scoring piece in scenarios that punish single warjack lists. Also enliven from Vassals is great with parry, and you generally want double vassals in your list so Vlad can be greedy with his focus.
Also i dont think arcnodes are something vlad wants. You generally cast your two upkeeps turn 1 and upkeep them. His nuke you will never reasonably cast and the rest of his spells are RNG SELF.
It's not amazing but neither is the Dervish really; both are mostly just fire and forget pieces under IM. The Purifier plays nicelt with the Menite Archons you are probably bringing but yeah, as a cheap cruise missile.
Purely from a brainstorming perspective: The Vigilant may be decent as well; it can give cover to things that are in need of it and under feat you can shove a relatively hard to kill model into a zone or near a flag.
A beserker only needs 1 focus to charge. With the choir, he has two initials that hit at power 18 each. With infernal machine and Vlad3's feat he can side step AND he has berserk and would be perfect for taking out the heaps of archons around. If he's going to die from a counter attack anyway, then you may want to commit him and give him the focus. Heck I think even the explosion damage role is boosted by the choir. But really assuming you don't allocate any focus to him (just as you don't allocate any focus to a dervish) I don't see what's the problem. I've played him with Vlad3 (with a judicator) and with Jakes 2 (Flames) to great success as a low resource heavy you toss in harms way for trading. I would never want a purifier or a dervish in its stead for this role. If the opponent ignores him and allows him to survive to the late game, you have a pwr18 heavy that can get work done. Of course, he's not the kind of jack you just toss into any list, but Vlad3 wotof makes a lot of sense IMO.
The crusader is also a great discount jack and a better comparisson than a dervish, but sometimes you just don't have 2 points.
I am also curious about sprint and the berserker: can you sprint and then blow up? Because that would be good with the infernal machine speed boost, and the choir damage boost.