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Summoning in Age of Sigmar Second Edition

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Today’s update from Warhammer Community is about Summoning! Glad to see this change, looks like summoning will feel like summoning again!

Summoning is one of the most thematic parts of Warhammer Age of Sigmar – whether it’s packs of Daemons ripping their way into reality, the dead rising from their graves or Seraphon manifesting in glittering beams of celestial starlight. Over the past few days, we’ve hinted at some changes to summoning, so let’s take a look!

In the new edition, summoning has been changed to work better for everyone and to properly reflect the unique character of each army that uses it; after all, calling Khornate Daemons is nothing like raising the undead or summoning the Seraphon, so why should it work the same way on the tabletop?

Rather than summoning units through magical spells, every army that could summon units before now has a unique resource that allows them to bring fresh reinforcements onto the tabletop that fits with their army’s background – if you’ve got the Maggotkin of Nurgle or Legions of Nagash, you’ll have played with rules like this already.

The big change for matched play, though, is that summoning now no longer costs reinforcement points! Instead, you earn your summoned units with in-game actions: bloodshed, spreading plague, mastering magic, and other thematic goals. For some recent armies, this ability works just like it does in your battletome today (but free!). For others, their unique summoning ability will be rolled into their army’s new allegiance abilities, which will be found in the General’s Handbook 2018.

The Hosts of Slaanesh, for example, revel in suffering and pain, both given and received, so they generate points when their Heroes deal or receive wounds which do not slay their target. Meanwhile, the Seraphon generate points by performing rituals with their Slann Starmasters and Saurus Astrolith Bearers.

These changes are great news for any army that uses any form of summoning, offering you more tactical options and thematic ways to influence your games without any downside – we’ll be taking a look at what this means for the Legions of Nagash later today.

Units won’t be the only thing you can summon in the new edition of Warhammer Age of Sigmar – stay tuned for more exciting news on the way for EVERY army later in the week…

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