Undead Ghoul Overview:
Ghouls give Undead teams their speed and manoeuvrability due to their above average movement and starting with the Dodge skill. This means they are typically used for two roles on the team and as you can have four of them, you can build two to do each job. Those roles are most obviously as ball carriers and the other is as blitzers. Now you might think Wights are the team blitzers as they start with Block, previous rules you would just give Ghouls Block and use them in a similar fashion. As Wights get strength access and higher armour they are a key player to the blocking game, especially getting Guard. With the introduction of Wrestle, it is helpful to build two Ghouls who can get the ball loose from a ball carrier. As they also start with Dodge and can move further they are more likely to be able to get there as well.
The big drawback for Ghouls though is that they have fairly low armour and don’t have Regeneration like the rest of the team. As Undead teams can’t get an Apothecary either this makes Ghouls a big target for the opposing team. It is their best chance to remove a player from your team for the rest of the match (or permanently) and they are also key players for your team as well. With this in mind you want to build your Ghouls with some form of protection whilst also making them better at the jobs you want them to do.
Ball Carrying Ghouls:
- Normal: Block/Sure Hands, Side Step/Fend, Sure Feet/Catch/Tackle/Diving Tackle
- Doubles: Guard
- Stat Increase: +ST +AG +MV/+AV
There are two main skills coaches consider for the first skill for a Ghoul built to carry the ball. Block is the staple ball carrier skill and will also help in both protection and also for hitting other players as well. Some coaches also opt for Sure Hands as the first skill on one Ghoul (they would typically take Block first on the other). This helps preserve rerolls, makes picking the ball up easier and protects against Strip Ball. I prefer Block personally for the protection value and it lets you blitz with them as well. After that there are a number of ways to go and you may want to build each one differently or the same, down to personal preference. Side Step is a great skill and makes being near the sideline safer, prevent chain blocking, get better movement and perhaps avoid getting pushed back into the tackle zone of Diving Tackle opposition. Fend could also be a good choice and it can prevent Frenzy and may negate having to dodge which is a bonus even though you have Dodge. Sure Feet is an option if you want to be able to go for it easier, especially useful for times you need to score in two turns. Catch on one can give you someone to use as a receiver for a pass or a hand off. Tackle is useful in Dodge heavy leagues and great as another option for a Blitzer, especially vs teams with Stunty players. Diving Tackle is great on defence and can also help out on offence for the times they aren’t carrying the ball.
For double rolls I think Guard is the only good option, otherwise there are so many useful normal skills you can take instead. Undead really benefit from the extra Guard and if your Ghoul gets marked while holding the ball, the Guard can come in helpful for blocking the opposition away. As far as stat increases go they are all useful for one reason or another at pretty much all of the skill advances. +ST early on might lean you to make that Ghoul a blitzing one instead, while +AG really points more towards being a ball carrier. +MV is helpful though you can also consider +AV to keep them alive a bit longer.
- Normal: Wrestle, Tackle, Strip Ball/Side Step/Frenzy/Diving Tackle
- Doubles: Mighty Blow/Guard
- Stat Increase: +ST +AG +MV/+AV
Wrestle is the first skill for these builds to get opposing ball carriers over and follow it up with Tackle to negate those ball carriers with Dodge. Strip Ball is probably helpful on at least one, though Sure Hand heavy leagues you can by all means ignore it. Side Step will keep you next to ball carriers when you only get a pushback. Frenzy gives you two shots at knocking the player down (though be away of the downsides) and Diving Tackle will cause ball carriers problems (though probably not before taking Side Step).
Doubles would point to Mighty Blow if you are using them to blitz with a lot and can also get rid of pesky ball carrier builds on the other team. Guard as ever would also not be a bad choice. +ST is great and makes Frenzy even more viable, +AG lets you dodge away again, or pick up a loose ball (though not an option if you used Wrestle). +MV gives you greater range and +AV is good for more protection.
Undead Ghoul Summary:
Ghouls are probably the most vital players on the Undead team and they are probably best being flexible to be both useful on offence and defence. They will get targeted though, so don’t be overly reckless with them letting the other team getting free blocks if you can avoid it. Don’t get too attached to them either, they will die and get injured a lot but as they tend to be the main ball carriers they will skill up fairly quickly when a replacement comes in. Don’t worry about getting double rolls either, Ghouls can build up very well with just normal rolls every time they advance. Think about what skills your team lacks when choosing a new skill on them and also what role you need that particular Ghoul to fulfil.