Beast of Nurgle Overview:
The Beast of Nurgle come in many different shapes and sizes but no matter what they look like they can all perform a very useful role for a Nurgle team. Their benefits to the team are their high strength and armour, along with the useful skills Disturbing Presence, Foul Appearance, Nurgle’s Rot, Mighty Blow, Regeneration and Tentacles. That is quite a hefty combo of useful skills to start with but they are let down by having low agility and being slow, along with suffering from Loner and Really Stupid, this is all wrapped up into an expensive package as well.
Like most big guys on other teams a Beast of Nurgle can’t really be counted on due to their unreliability. This usually means that such players who have high strength are used to mark and tie up opposing players and sometimes doing some hitting as well. A Beast of Nurgle is probably one of the best rookie players at marking opponents, so just getting them next to targets and leaving them there makes them useful and negates their unreliability somewhat.
Their high strength makes it hard to get an easy block to either push them away or knock them over. Foul Appearance means that one in six blocks against them will not even take place. This not only wastes the opposing players action, but makes blocking them away even harder. The fact that the opponent may waste their action can also mean they don’t even attempt the block! Even if they do get hit, their high armour and Regeneration means they are quite hard to injure as well, so you don’t really mind if they are in base contact with an opponent more often than not.
Tentacles is fantastic combined with their high strength to stop opposing players from running away, though this is more effective the weaker the opponent is. Due to that point, marking opposing receivers is something they are fantastic at. Typically they are the weakest players on the opposing team, that means it is harder for them to get the strength to hit you and they also have the hardest time at dodging free. The Beast of Nurgle also has Disturbing Presence which will make catching the ball even harder and thus shut down the opposing teams passing options as well, or even better possibly cause a turnover.
Having high strength also means that they are often in a position to be able to get a two dice block. Unfortunately Loner and the lack of Block (and the difficulty in getting Block with only strength skill access) can make them unreliable. When you couple that with the fact they also have Really Stupid which can cause them to lose their tackle zone, being more passive with them can often be the better ploy. Really Stupid also means that they need a team mate to buddy up with them, or they have a very good chance of going Stupid and creating a hole in your defence. It also causes you to have a team mate next to them who may be better served else where. There is a benefit to having a team mate next to them though in that it makes getting the assists to block the Beast of Nurgle that much harder.
If after weighing up the downsides to blocking there are some good reasons to attempt it. They have Mighty Blow so that increases the chance of removing an opponent. Nurgle’s Rot is also a consideration in that if you kill certain players then you may get a free Rotter at the end of the match for your team. Also blocking can lead to casualties which generate SPP and along with MVPs these are the only likely source of SPP for development that they would get. A Beast of Nurgle can become an even better player once they have got a few skills as well.
Road Block Beast of Nurgle:
The classic road block build suits the Beast of Nurgle very well, get them somewhere that causes the opposing team problems and then just leave them. Don’t place them on the Line of Scrimmage to get tied up but somewhere that will enable you to move them where they cause the most problems. Typically this will be next to a receiver or if you can clear a path to the opponents ball carrier, that can also cause problems.
Start off with Stand Firm to stop opponents trying to push you away. Unless they have Juggernaut on someone they will have to knock you over. This can instantly stop a lot of blocks against you (especially two dice you choose ones that some weaker teams will otherwise attempt) and cause a change of plan on their part. If you get next to the ball carrier then they may opt to hand the ball off instead (though then your Disturbing Presence comes into play) and perhaps give it to someone without Sure Hands which opens up a threat from Strip Ball if you have it on the team.
After that either get Grab if you like to block with them as you can then keep as many opponents as possible tied up and possibly set up chain blocks or crowd pushes depending on the situation. If you like to remain more passive then Guard would be better and it can really support your team mates, it is probably the better option if your league is heavy with strength teams. Following from there Break Tackle is the best option as it stops them getting tied up and marked out the game and will let you move away to place them in a better position.
For doubles there is debate between Block and Pro and probably more so than compared to other big guys. Block will let you do more hitting with them and for this build I think that is probably better. Pro will help negate Really Stupid though and save you rerolls for attempts at re-rolling failed rolls, usually from blocks but also perhaps the occasional agility roll (could be useful for interception attempts). A strength increase could be passed up for the double, though for a Beast of Nurgle I would take it. It makes Tentacles even harder to dodge away from and it also makes them even harder to block than before. Agility increases are a waste and shouldn’t be taken and movement is better than armour. I would skip movement on an early increase though, the other skills are move effective and most turns you probably won’t be moving at all anyway.
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