An Interview with Emanuel Class of Removed From Play


One of the best things about WarmaHordes is the community.  Yes the game is great on so many aspects but the community far surpasses anything you could imagine.  One day after listening to the Removed from Play podcast Episode 2 from Hand Cannon Online where Emanuel Class talks about pSkarre (my personal favorite) on the show I reached out to him on Facebook.  I was just wanting to give him some quick feedback on how I enjoyed the episode.  After a few hours of chatting we ended up talking about doing an interview for Mangled Metal Tactics!  I was super stoked.  Not only did I get to chat with someone about a game that we both enjoy but get to ask some of those questions that friends at your LGS might ask.

Here is what we went with…and I agree about Haley…

Get to know basics

  1. What was your gateway drug into gaming?


Hmmm checkers? Chess? Monopoly? Haha I’ve been gaming as long as I’ve been able to understand the rules. I graduated games as I got older.


  1. At what age?


When I was 10 my school bus would drop me off in front of a local game store. I spent most of my time after school there learning blood bowl, 40 k, etc…


  1. Who introduced you to WarmaHordes?


A press ganger pulled me into a demo while waiting for someone to show up to practice Magic the Gathering for an Open in 2009


  1. How did you get into Podcasting with Omnus?


We started writing articles together way back in the day. Then one day we both ended up as guest’s hosts on the Trollblood Scrum podcast to discuss Legion. We realized we had good synergy and then moved onto creating RFP


  1. What future podcasting ventures do you have on the horizon, whether a solo project or group?


RFP U or RFP University is my current project. It is my local gamers getting together to record games and then post them to YouTube with a mystery science theater style commentary overlaid to the video. Entertaining and educational.


  1. How are you able to get in any games in with Work/Family/Commitments as well as paint?


I only sleep about 4 hours a night which leaves me 20 hours to be productive a day. That’s 28 hours a week I grind more than the average person. Aside from that everything is scheduled in advance with my team. We know what, when and where we are playing a week in advance.


  1. The person you want to play against…


I love playing the Privateer Press Employees. My games vs Michael Plummer and Will Hungerford are some of the most fun I’ve ever had. PP employees always try to make time for people at cons even when they are super busy.


The one you hate playing against?


Nit Picky players who seek to be argumentative about everything, Sore losers, Rage quitters, Grudge players, irrational players.


  1. Advice for new/old players in WarmaHordes?


New players: Have fun don’t worry about winning. Just try to learn.

Old Players: Study. Knowledge is the power to make educated decisions.


  1. Which is more satisfying, playing in a high level tourney or judging one?


Playing all day. I like to watch games ring side. I don’t want to judge them if I don’t have to. Not that there is anything wrong with it. But I want to play!


  1. Just how many factions have you jumped into and which do you feel drawn to the most?


I have played every faction but CoC and Minions. I feel most drawn to the Warmachine factions but Cryx and Menoth are my home factions.


The good stuff

  1. Favorite TV show?


This may be too tough to answer. To make it simple I’ll go with what’s current. Favorite TV show being aired, Agents of Shield.


  1. Bacon or Sausage…which is the meat of the gods?


Both? Bacon wrapped Sausage? I’d have to give the edge to bacon. It’s a food and a condiment.

  1. Booth Babes…Pro or Con?


Pro. My wife is a cosplayer. She wants to be there as much as players want to come meet her at the booth. Plus who doesn’t want more women at Cons?


  1. Nightwretch or Deathripper?


Both? Verity is the spice of life. If I only get to choose one I’d say Nightwretch. Guns in Cryx can be harder to come by then melee. It also doesn’t encourage you to get your Arc Node engaged


  1. Sorcha/Haley/Denny…Marry/Fuck/Kill??? And Why?


Oh my, this is quite a question. Marry Denny, make love to Sorcha, Kill Haley?


  1. Calandra/Vayl/Morvahna…Marry/Fuck/Kill??? And Why?


…this one may be even more awkward. Marry Morvahna, Make love to Vayl, Kill Calandra because EE.


  1. Fury, Focus, Induction…what is the more powerful mechanic?


Fair and balanced all the way across. My personal preference. Focus.


  1. ADR…long term tournament variation or fad?


I like specialist, I like the idea of ADR, I don’t like that it throws a balance issue into the game that did not exist. If one faction gets a particularly powerful ADR and a different faction gets a particularly bad ADR. The latter is at a distinct disadvantage to the former with no balancing factor.


  1. Divide and conquer…a must or a bust?


Neither. I think it’s great to encourage players to consider two list pairings and match ups more. However I don’t like the idea of being list locked in the finals because you saw all of X arch types and none of Z arch types so you are forced to play into a bad match up you wouldn’t otherwise play.


  1. People use War Room during games…How about dice apps on phones as well?


War Room is great I love it. However I have broken away from using it for games. As far as dice apps go. I’d say no way. People already have a problem with “fishy” dice. It would only get worse as we start accusing people of rigged dice apps.



The serious stuff

  1. Current Casters you are playing and there lists?


I play a little of everything but I like to mix and match depending on the day. I will give you my top 5. Skarre 1, Lich 2, Denny 1, Denny 2, Shade 2 with shade 3 coming in a very close 6th behind shade 2. My lists are subject to change and change often. These will likely all change to some degree before I play them next based on who I pair them with. Some lists undergo drastic change based on their pairing.


Pirate Queen Skarre – WJ: +6
–    Skarlock Thrall
–    Helldiver – PC: 3
–    Helldiver – PC: 3

Darragh Wrathe – PC: 4
General Gerlak Slaughterborn – PC: 3

Bane Knights – Leader & 9 Grunts: 10
Bane Knights – Leader & 9 Grunts: 10
Bane Knights – Leader & 9 Grunts: 10
Soulhunters – Leader & 4 Grunts: 9
Necrosurgeon & Stitch Thralls – Necrosurgeon & 3 Grunts: 2


Lich Lord Asphyxious – WJ: +6

– Skarlock Thrall

– Helldiver – PC: 3

 – Nightwretch – PC: 4

 Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist – PC: 2

Orin Midwinter, Rogue Inquisitor – PC: 2

Bane Lord Tartarus – PC: 4

The Withershadow Combine – Malevolus, Admonia, & Tremulus: 5

Bile Thralls – Leader & 5 Grunts: 5

Satyxis Blood Witches – Leader & 9 Grunts: 6

– Satyxis Blood Hag – Satyxis Blood Hag 2

Bane Knights – Leader & 9 Grunts: 10

Bane Thralls – Leader & 9 Grunts: 8

– Bane Thrall Officer & Standard – Bane Thrall Officer & Standard 3


Warwitch Deneghra – WJ: +5
–    Skarlock Thrall
–    Defiler – PC: 5
–    Nightwretch – PC: 4

Warwitch Siren – PC: 2
Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist – PC: 2
Master Gunner Dougal MacNaile – PC: 2

Greygore Boomhowler & Co. – Boomhowler and 9 Grunts: 9
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters – Cylena & 9 Grunts: 10
Devils Shadow Mutaneers: 4
Satyxis Blood Witches – Leader & 9 Grunts: 6
–    Satyxis Blood Hag – Satyxis Blood Hag 2
Mechanithralls – Leader & 5 Grunts: 3
Necrosurgeon & Stitch Thralls – Necrosurgeon & 3 Grunts: 2
Necrosurgeon & Stitch Thralls – Necrosurgeon & 3 Grunts: 2


Goreshade the Cursed – WJ: +5
–    Skarlock Thrall
–    Kraken – PC: 19

Bane Lord Tartarus – PC: 4
Necrotech – PC: 1
–    Scrap Thrall
Scrap Thralls – PC: 1
Scrap Thralls – PC: 1

Bane Riders – Leader & 4 Grunts: 11
Bane Thralls – Leader & 9 Grunts: 8
–    Bane Thrall Officer & Standard – Bane Thrall Officer & Standard 0
Bane Thralls – Leader & 5 Grunts: 5
–    Bane Thrall Officer & Standard – Bane Thrall Officer & Standard 3

THEME: Heresy of Shadows – Tier 2


Wraith Witch Deneghra – WJ: +6
–    Nightmare – PC: 10
–    Nightwretch – PC: 4

Gorman di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist – PC: 2
Warwitch Siren – PC: 2
Orin Midwinter, Rogue Inquisitor – PC: 2

Blackbane’s Ghost Raiders – Blackbane and 9 Ghost Raiders: 9
Satyxis Blood Witches – Leader & 9 Grunts: 6
–    Satyxis Blood Hag – Satyxis Blood Hag 2
Satyxis Raiders – Leader & 9 Grunts: 8
–    Satyxis Raider Sea Witch – Satyxis Raider Sea Witch 2
Greygore Boomhowler & Co. – Boomhowler and 9 Grunts: 9


  1. What match ups do you look for in each opposing list to drop against?


 Hmm this is another tough question most of the time I look at 3 factors when I am looking at my opponents lists.

Stats: do they have a particular stat I can abuse. If an opposing list or pair has lots of a specific stat like ARM, DEF, etc I can target that. If they are missing things like MAT or RAT fixers, I can target that.

Tools: what tools do I have that overcome their lists? What tools do they have to overcome mine?

Likely Drop: I have played so much, from so many different factions, I can guess what my opponent should drop with a 9/10 accuracy ratio.

What’s that one favorite list (no matter the faction) you have had the most success with…whether in enjoyment of playing or # of victories had and why? Another Tough Question. I would say I really enjoy my Harbinger and Lich 2 lists that I’ve taken to Cons. My lich 2 lists is the list I played exclusively during the team tournament at the 2015 LVO


Lich Lord Asphyxious – WJ: +6

  • Defiler
  • Helldiver

Bane Lord Tartarus – PC: 4

Bane Knights – Leader & 9 Grunts: 10

Bane Thralls – Leader & 9 Grunts: 6
–    Bane Thrall Officer & Standard:  3

Satyxis Blood Witches – Leader & 9 Grunts: 6
–    Satyxis Blood Hag – Satyxis Blood Hag 2

Satyxis Raiders – Leader & 9 Grunts: 8
Bile Thralls – Leader & 5 Grunts: 5


I also really like my Harbinger list I took to Templecon 2014


The Harbinger of Menoth – WJ: +5
–    Hierophant
–    Reckoner – PC: 8
–    Reckoner – PC: 8

Avatar of Menoth – PC: 11

Vassal of Menoth – PC: 2
The Covenant of Menoth – PC: 2
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord – PC: 2

Choir of Menoth – Leader & 3 Grunts: 2
Exemplar Errants – Leader and 9 Grunts: 8
–    Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard – Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard 2
Holy Zealots – Leader and 9 Grunts: 6
–    Monolith Bearer – Monolith Bearer 2


  1. If you only had 2 casters to play ever…who would they be and why?


Lich 2, Denny 2. You could play them forever and never find the bottom of their tool bag they are both dynamic and complex.


  1. Most overpowered faction and how do you handle them?


Circle, Aim to dismantle specific tools. Plan to out play. Practice, practice, practice.


  1. Most overpowered model in the game as a whole and why?


I don’t know there is any one model that is particularly “OP” per say but the Storm Wall, Galleon, and Earth breaker come to mind in regards to single models with high power levels.


  1. Do you feel that an Mk 3 will happen next or a Mk 2.5?


I think either is fine. I’d be more partial to Mk 2.5 as I think MK 3 with major changes to the game would likely take steam out of the competitive scene for a while.


  1. How do you feel that video streaming/recording of games has truly impacted the game?


I think it has done wonders for the game. It educates and connects players from all over. There was a time when you could go online and watch someone from various places in the world playing chess. I’d like to be there one day.


  1. Will there be true Pro WarmaHordes players in the near future?


Depends on your definition of Pro. If you mean people getting paid to exclusively play Warmachine. Maybe?  But not likely. If you mean players that dedicate 40+ hours a week to the game and its media and go to cons specifically to prove they are the best and win a title. Then I’d say those people already exist. Tell me how many top end players can you name?


  1. What is the next goal for you as a player in the competitive scene?


Win a WMW masters qualifier.

I would like to thank Emanuel for taking a few moments out of his busy schedule to chat with a guy like me about a game like this.  Community…Friends…Competition…nothing is better when you can BS someone and it transcends what we deal with in our normal everyday lives.  Now I just need to work on only sleeping for 4 hours a day…


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