A friend and i played 2 games ... both were played at Blitz level and without Alchemists.
The one was just kill the opponent, and was played without a scenario. That one my friend won with one model left on the field. He played Kaliman and I the Aurlok nation. Ranged combat of the Tauregs is nasty. I totally missed the Thunder wolf warrior's sequential attack though.
The other we Played the Under the Sand Scenerio. There was very little combat because I was able to actually get 3 of his 4 chests in turn 1 and had the 6vp by the end of turn 1. He had actually gotten one of mine as well but his Searching did not go as well as mine.
we definitely worked combat out. the Combat Cards were something to wrap my head around but we figured that out pretty quickly.