I had a scheduled league match against John and his Norse. I'd never played Norse before, and John's team seemed to be rather simple - Linemen with Block and a Yhetee.
The teams set up, with the Raiders receiving.
The Raiders started strong, knocking down a number of Black Orcs.
The Corviks front line stands up, looking to cover the Raider's Big Guy.
The scrum shifted around. The Orcs seemed bewildered by the Norse, constantly falling on their faces.
Worried about the Yhetee's claws, the Corviks seemed to overmark the beast. But the Raiders fought back while moving the ball up the pitch.
Still on the defensive, the Corviks continued to target the Yhetee.
The Raider's ball carrying hound shifted away, looking for an open lane.
But the quick-footed Orc Thrower dodged past some Norse defenders to get in the way.
Of course, the Raiders responsed by brushing aside the Thrower, moving the ball closer to the end zone.
Desperate to stop the Radiers' advance, two Blitzers broke away to try and bust the Norse Lineman and grab the ball. Unfortunately, they only managed to push the hound back a square.
Using local numerical superiority, the Raiders blasted the Corviks' defense apart, and ran the ball in for a point.
The teams reset, with the Raiders kicking.
But the Raiders got a Perfect Defence, shifting their lines and leaving the Black Orcs high and dry in the middle of the line of scrimmage.
The Raiders managed to take out a Lineorc, pushing into the Orc line.
The Coviks made a mad dash for the end zone, sending out a lone Blitzer.
But the Blitzer was knocked down, and the ball was send flying.
Knowing that they weren't going to get the ball again, the Corviks used the remaining Lineorc to foul the Yhetee, managing to cause a casualty and removing the Big Guy from the game.
With the first half over, the teams reset with the Raiders kicking. Thanks to their deep bench, the Raiders had a full team on the field, while the Corviks were down a player. A rock from the crowd stunned the Orc Blitzer on the line of scrimmage.
The Corviks pushed into the Raiders half of the pitch, as the Thrower and covering players moved for the ball.
But the Raiders striked back, knocking out a Black Orc.
Having been beaten up for a better part of the match, the Corviks pulled back to form an extended cage, hoping to grind up the pitch.
The Raiders shifted their positions to cover the possible approaches of the Orcs' cage.
The cage went up to the side of the pitch.
The Raiders continued to shift, while knocking out another Orc Blitzer.
Now the Corviks were in trouble. Outnumbered and outgunned, they were forced into moving forward, hoping to get as close to the end zone as possible.
The Raiders busted the cage open, but were unwilling to go after the ball carrier just yet.
The cage reformed, with the Orcs hoping a bad dice roll from the Raider might come up at some point.
But the cage was deformed again as the Raiders continued their attack.
Desperate to get some movement, the Orc Thrower tried getting the ball to the Orc Blitzer on the other side of the pitch. But interference from the covering Norse Lineman resulted in a dropped ball.
Not eager to retrieve the ball, the Norse continued to beat up the Orcs.
The Corviks retrieved the ball, but realized they weren't going to make it to the end zone.
Seeing hesitation on the Orcs side, the Norse waded into the Orcs.
Hoping to conserve their players, the Orcs fell back to the roaring boos of the crowd.
And the Norse end the game after a final block, winning the game 1-0.
That was a rough game for the Corviks. John's dice were on fire throughout the match, and his positioning meant that I was constantly facing 2 dice blocks from his Linemen. Luckily, the only injured player was a Lineorc who suffered -1 to his MA (making him decent Dirty Player material). The new Black Orc managed to pick up Block thanks to MVP, and I hired a new Lineorc to fill the spot for the next game.