Competitive Innovations in 10th: Signature Look of Superiority pt.1

Look – there’s a lot of warhammer this week, a lot of elves, and we all know that balance changes are coming in the not too distant future. With that in mind, no big long pre-amble from me, we’re just going jump straight in.

Today we’ll be covering:

  • Goonhammer Open US 2023
  • Salt Lake City Open 2023 (Supermajor)
  • Roll for Damage 2023 (major)
  • Grimdark 14
  • Iberian Perrees Tournnament
  • Bendigo Open

On Friday we’ll be looking at:

  • Capital City Bloodbath (major)
  • Gateway Open (major)
  • The Pecking Order: Rise of Kings
  • Trident Wargaming Circuit – Iron Within
  • Power Behind the Throne
  • TLM x Layton Midnight Melee GT

For this week’s showdown the Patrons have voted that we’re heading down under, and they’re going to be:

  • Imperial Knights vs Tau at the Bendigo Open
  • Necrons vs Drukhari at Power Behind the Throne

2023 US Goonhammer Open 40k GT

56-player, 6-round Grand Tournament in Baltimore, MD United States on August 19 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Mathew Burgoon – Ynnari – 1st Place

Credit: Keewa

The List

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++ Army Roster (Aeldari – Ynnari) [1,990pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Battle Size: 2. Strike Force (2000 Point limit)

Detachment: Battle Host

Illic Nightspear [65pts]

The Yncarne [270pts]

Yvraine [100pts]: Warlord

Death Jester [85pts]: Fate’s Messenger

Farseer [90pts]: The Phoenix Gem, Witchblade

+ Infantry +

Rangers [110pts]
. 10x Ranger: 10x Close Combat Weapon, 10x Ranger long rifle, 10x Shuriken Pistol

Shadow Spectres [80pts]
. 5x Shadow Spectre: 5x Prism Rifle

Shadow Spectres [80pts]
. 5x Shadow Spectre: 5x Prism Rifle

Warp Spiders [100pts]
. 4x Warp Spider: 4x Deathspinner
. Warp Spider Exarch: 2x Deathspinner, Powerblades

Warp Spiders [100pts]
. 4x Warp Spider: 4x Deathspinner
. Warp Spider Exarch: 2x Deathspinner, Powerblades

Warp Spiders [100pts]
. 4x Warp Spider: 4x Deathspinner
. Warp Spider Exarch: 2x Deathspinner, Powerblades

+ Vehicle +

Hornet [80pts]: 2x Bright Lance

Hornet [80pts]: 2x Bright Lance

Hornet [80pts]: 2x Bright Lance

Ravager [95pts]: 3x Dark Lance

Ravager [95pts]: 3x Dark Lance

Ravager [95pts]: 3x Dark Lance

War Walkers [95pts]: 2x Bright Lance

War Walkers [95pts]: 2x Bright Lance

War Walkers [95pts]: 2x Bright Lance

++ Total: [1,990pts] ++

Archetype

Ultimate Ynnari go-wide

Final Round Matchup

63 – 53 Victory against Ken Knox – Deathwatch.

Thoughts

Mathew has been on a tear with this build recently, and wins a coveted Goonhammer Champion’s Belt with a victory in Baltimore. Ynnari getting to add Ravagers to the mix means that they do go-wide shooting better than event the rest of the Aeldari, letting them utterly obliterate any large or elite targets, while Warp Spiders provide great objective and anti-horde play. It’s a lean, mean killing machine, and Mathew clearly knows just how to use it, big congratulations!

The Best of the Rest

There were 5 more players on 5-1 records. They were:

  • 2nd – Ken Knox – Deathwatch: Two big Proteus teams and a lot of small shooting threats to bring in from reserve, plus the mandatory full Desolation unit.
  • 3rd – Shaun Reynolds – Deathwatch: Veterans and lots of Gravis, taking a larger unit each of Inceptors and Eradicators, plus the full Desolation unit.
  • 4th – David Adelman – Ynnari: Go-wide shooting with Ynnari extras and a full unit of Wraithguard as an anchor.
  • 5th – Tony Phillips – Adeptus Custodes: Two big Custodian units, two medium ones, each with a Character to lead the charge.
  • 6th – Tyler Principio – Chaos Daemons: Monster mash with the Be’lakor, Bloodthirster, Bird, Shalaxi quad, plus Pink Horrors and lots of small board control units.

Salt Lake Open 2023 – 40K Championships

108-player, 7-round Major in Salt Lake City, UT US on August 18 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Ben Jurek – Aeldari – 1st Place

Wraithknight. Credit: Rockfish
Wraithknight. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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Tacoma (2000 Points)

Aeldari
Battle Host
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Autarch Wayleaper (95 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Dragon fusion gun
1x Howling Banshee Mask
1x Star glaive
• Enhancements: Fate’s Messenger

Farseer (65 Points)
• 1x Eldritch Storm
1x Shuriken pistol
1x Witchblade

Farseer Skyrunner (100 Points)
• 1x Eldritch Storm
1x Shuriken pistol
1x Singing spear
1x Twin shuriken catapult
• Enhancements: The Phoenix Gem

The Yncarne (270 Points)
• 1x Swirling soul energy
1x Vilith-zhar, the Sword of Souls

OTHER DATASHEETS

Fire Prism (150 Points)
• 1x Prism cannon
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Fire Prism (150 Points)
• 1x Prism cannon
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Hornet (80 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x Wraithbone hull

Night Spinner (170 Points)
• 1x Doomweaver
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Night Spinner (170 Points)
• 1x Doomweaver
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Shadow Spectres (80 Points)
• 5x Shadow Spectre
• 5x Close combat weapon
5x Prism rifle

War Walkers (95 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x War Walker feet

Warp Spiders (100 Points)
• 1x Warp Spider Exarch
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Death spinner
1x Death spinner
1x Powerblades
• 4x Warp Spider
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Death spinner

Wraithknight (475 Points)
• 1x Heavy wraithcannon
1x Heavy wraithcannon
2x Starcannon
1x Titanic feet

Archetype

Wraithknight + hulls

Final Round Matchup

97 – 52 Victory against Chase Chappell – Chaos Daemons.

Thoughts

Those are still some weird looking Orks Ben.

Cody Jiru – Ynnari – 2nd Place

Yvraine, the Herald of Ynnead
Yvraine, the Herald of Ynnead by Corrode

The List

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Eldar/Drukhari Mash Up (2000 points)
Aeldari
Strike Force (2000 points)
Battle Host

CHARACTER

Farseer (65 points)
• 1x Eldritch Storm
1x Shuriken pistol
1x Witchblade

Illic Nightspear (65 points)
• 1x Aeldari power sword
1x Shuriken pistol
1x Voidbringer

Spiritseer (80 points)
• 1x Shuriken pistol
1x Witch staff
• Enhancement: Fate’s Messenger

Yvraine (100 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Kha-vir, the Sword of Sorrows
1x Storm of Whispers

OTHER DATASHEETS

Hornet (80 points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x Wraithbone hull

Hornet (80 points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x Wraithbone hull

Rangers (110 points)
• 10x Ranger
• 10x Close combat weapon
10x Ranger long rifle
10x Shuriken pistol

Support Weapons (105 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x D-cannon
1x Shuriken catapult

Warp Spiders (100 points)
• 1x Warp Spider Exarch
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Death spinner
1x Death spinner
1x Powerblades
• 4x Warp Spider
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Death spinner

Warp Spiders (100 points)
• 1x Warp Spider Exarch
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Death spinner
1x Death spinner
1x Powerblades
• 4x Warp Spider
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Death spinner

Wraithguard (310 points)
• 10x Wraithguard
• 10x Close combat weapon
10x Wraithcannon

ALLIED UNITS

Beastmaster (120 points)
• 1x Beastmaster
• 1x Agoniser
1x Splinter pods
• 1x Clawed Fiend
• 1x Clawed Fiend fists
• 2x Khymerae
• 2x Khymerae talons
• 3x Razorwing Flock
• 3x Razorwing feathers

Beastmaster (120 points)
• 1x Beastmaster
• 1x Agoniser
1x Splinter pods
• 1x Clawed Fiend
• 1x Clawed Fiend fists
• 2x Khymerae
• 2x Khymerae talons
• 3x Razorwing Flock
• 3x Razorwing feathers

Kabalite Warriors (120 points)
• 1x Sybarite
• 1x Blast pistol
1x Phantasm grenade launcher
1x Sybarite weapon
• 9x Kabalite Warrior
• 1x Blaster
9x Close combat weapon
1x Dark lance
1x Shredder
1x Splinter cannon
5x Splinter rifle

Mandrakes (70 points)
• 1x Nightfiend
• 1x Baleblast
1x Glimmersteel blade
• 4x Mandrake
• 4x Baleblast
4x Glimmersteel blade

Raider (90 points)
• 1x Bladevanes
1x Dark lance

Ravager (95 points)
• 1x Bladevanes
3x Dark lance

Ravager (95 points)
• 1x Bladevanes
3x Dark lance

Ravager (95 points)
• 1x Bladevanes
3x Dark lance

Archetype

Monstrous Ynnari

Thoughts

OK so it is an Aeldari list, but I don’t think anyone had Beastmasters on their bingo cards. I had vaguely looked at the number of wounds they give you in Drukhari with interest, but it turns out, of course, that it’s when you import them to Aeldari land that they really shine. Stick Fortune on them and they’re at least a modest pain to clear out, and in combination with the big Wraithguard unit they give you lots of wounds to gum up the board with while the many small shooting threats do their work. Scouts 9″ is also very significant on them, as it’s enough for them to comfortably sprint to a hiding place out the gate, at which point they’re then hard to prise out, and can bring the Yncarne over for the punish when the opponent does so. Aeldari/Ynnari players will not rest until literally every legal unit has featured in a top four army, well done Cody for pushing that onward.

Evan Stump – Aeldari – 3rd Place

Credit: Arranon

The List

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Brandon’s sruff (1995 Points)

Aeldari
Battle Host
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Autarch Wayleaper (80 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Dragon fusion gun
1x Howling Banshee Mask
1x Star glaive

Death Jester (85 Points)
• 1x Jester’s blade
1x Shrieker cannon
• Enhancements: Fate’s Messenger

Farseer Skyrunner (75 Points)
• 1x Eldritch Storm
1x Shuriken pistol
1x Twin shuriken catapult
1x Witchblade

Solitaire (115 Points)
• 1x Solitaire weapons

The Yncarne (270 Points)
• 1x Swirling soul energy
1x Vilith-zhar, the Sword of Souls

OTHER DATASHEETS

Fire Prism (150 Points)
• 1x Prism cannon
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Fire Prism (150 Points)
• 1x Prism cannon
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Fire Prism (150 Points)
• 1x Prism cannon
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Shadow Spectres (80 Points)
• 5x Shadow Spectre
• 5x Close combat weapon
5x Prism rifle

Shadow Spectres (80 Points)
• 5x Shadow Spectre
• 5x Close combat weapon
5x Prism rifle

War Walkers (95 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x War Walker feet

War Walkers (95 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x War Walker feet

War Walkers (95 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x War Walker feet

Wraithknight (475 Points)
• 1x Heavy wraithcannon
1x Heavy wraithcannon
2x Starcannon
1x Titanic feet

Archetype

Wraithknight + hulls

Thoughts

*extremely loud incorrect buzzer*

Aaaand we’re back. Solitaire stocks seem to be up a bit at the moment, which is worth keeping an eye on, but otherwise this is normal Aeldari service. Congratulations to Evan on taking the bronze medal.

Antonius Tolman – Adeptus Custodes – 4th Place

Adeptus Custodes Blade Champion by Crab-stuffed Mushrooms

The List

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It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Here Take These Bananas
(1995 points)
Adeptus Custodes
Strike Force (2000 points)
Shield Host

CHARACTER

Blade Champion (130 points)
• 1x Vaultswords
• Enhancement: Ceaseless Hunter

Shield-Captain (130 points)
• 1x Guardian spear
• Enhancement: Inspirational Exemplar

Trajann Valoris (145 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Watcher’s Axe

OTHER DATASHEETS

Caladius Grav-tank (215 points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Twin arachnus heavy blaze cannon
1x Twin lastrum bolt cannon

Caladius Grav-tank (215 points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Twin arachnus heavy blaze cannon
1x Twin lastrum bolt cannon

Custodian Wardens (300 points)
• 6x Guardian spear
1x Vexilla

Custodian Wardens (300 points)
• 6x Guardian spear
1x Vexilla

Custodian Wardens (300 points)
• 6x Guardian spear
1x Vexilla

ALLIED UNITS

Callidus Assassin (115 points)
• 1x Neural shredder
1x Phase sword and poison blades

Eversor Assassin (75 points)
• 1x Executioner pistol
1x Power sword and neuro gauntlet

Exaction Squad (35 points)
• 1x Proctor-Exactant
• 1x Arbites combat shotgun
1x Arbites shotpistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Nuncio Aquila (Aura)
• 4x Exaction Vigilant
• 1x Arbites Medi-kit
2x Arbites combat shotgun
1x Arbites grenade launcher
4x Arbites shotpistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Soulguilt Scanner
1x Webber

Exaction Squad (35 points)
• 1x Proctor-Exactant
• 1x Arbites combat shotgun
1x Arbites shotpistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Nuncio Aquila (Aura)
• 4x Exaction Vigilant
• 1x Arbites Medi-kit
2x Arbites combat shotgun
1x Arbites grenade launcher
4x Arbites shotpistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Soulguilt Scanner
1x Webber

Archetype

Murderous Custodes

Thoughts

Talk about quality over quantity. Three full blocks of Wardens, two of the nastiest anti-tank platforms in the game, and even two Assassins in support. Very flexible, and unlikely to ever come up against something it doesn’t have some sort of plan into, allowing Antonius to take the coveted “highest-placing non-Aeldari” trophy, and also fourth place.

The Best of the Rest

There were 4 more players on 6-1 or 5.5-1.5 records. They were:

  • 5th – Grant Eklund – Aeldari: Double Wraithknight with Yncarne, Spectres and Spiders.
  • 6th – Chase Chappell – Chaos Daemons: Monster mash with Shalaxi, Kairos, Be’lakor and a Big Bird, plus a Nurgle Daemon Prince with the Endless Gift as a cheaper fifth piece than the standard GUO.
  • 7th – Nicolas Wenker – Chaos Daemons: Slightly fewer monsters (going with Be’lakor, Bloodthirster, Bird, Shalaxi) and more glue, fitting in a unit each of Pink Horrors and Plaguebearers for objective control.
  • 8th – Derek Holder – Adeptus Custodes: Unusually hull-heavy Custodes, combining two Caladius tanks with the combo of a Grav Carrier and Sagittarum, providing strong shooting burst.

Roll For Damage 2023

78-player, 6-round Grand Tournament in Fulham, SA AU on August 18 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Tyson Whitelaw – Aeldari – 1st Place

Night Spinner
Night Spinner. Credit: Wings

The List

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Friendly Neighbourhood Knife Ears (2000 Points)

Aeldari
Battle Host
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Autarch Wayleaper (80 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Dragon fusion gun
1x Howling Banshee Mask
1x Star glaive

Autarch Wayleaper (95 Points)
• 1x Dragon fusion gun
1x Howling Banshee Mask
1x Star glaive
• Enhancements: Fate’s Messenger

Farseer Skyrunner (75 Points)
• 1x Eldritch Storm
1x Shuriken pistol
1x Singing spear
1x Twin shuriken catapult

The Yncarne (270 Points)
• 1x Swirling soul energy
1x Vilith-zhar, the Sword of Souls

OTHER DATASHEETS

Hornet (80 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x Wraithbone hull

Hornet (80 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x Wraithbone hull

Night Spinner (170 Points)
• 1x Doomweaver
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Night Spinner (170 Points)
• 1x Doomweaver
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Rangers (55 Points)
• 5x Ranger
• 5x Close combat weapon
5x Ranger long rifle
5x Shuriken pistol

Shroud Runners (80 Points)
• 3x Shroud Runner
• 3x Close combat weapon
3x Ranger long rifle
3x Scatter laser
3x Shuriken pistol

Swooping Hawks (75 Points)
• 1x Swooping Hawk Exarch
• 1x Aeldari power sword
1x Close combat weapon
1x Hawk’s talon
• 4x Swooping Hawk
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Lasblaster

Voidweaver (100 Points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Prismatic cannon
2x Shuriken cannon

Voidweaver (100 Points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Prismatic cannon
2x Shuriken cannon

War Walkers (95 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x War Walker feet

Wraithknight (475 Points)
• 1x Heavy wraithcannon
1x Heavy wraithcannon
2x Starcannon
1x Titanic feet

Archetype

Wraithknight + Go Wide

Final Round Matchup

90 – 77 Victory against Chen Gao – Aeldari.

Thoughts

Ah yes “friendly” elves. To be fair, the build does have one interesting choice, which is going for a second Wayleaper (with Fate’s Messnger) as a Lone Operative instead of a Death Jester or Solitaire. That is in fact, pretty neat, to the point that now I’ve seen it I’m sort of wondering why it’s not being tried more, as the price is good. Much to consider, well done Tyson.

James Mann – Imperial Knights – 2nd Place

The List

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+++ Canis Rex Makes You Eversor (Warhammer 40,000 10th Edition) +++

++ Army Roster (Imperium – Imperial Knights) [2,000pts] ++

+ Configuration +

Detachment: Noble Lance

+ Epic Hero +

Canis Rex [490pts]: Warlord

+ Character +

Knight Crusader [510pts]: Ironstorm missile pod, Mysterious Guardian, Questoris heavy stubber, Thermal cannon

Knight Crusader [505pts]: Banner of Macharius Triumphant, Ironstorm missile pod, Questoris heavy stubber

Rapid-fire battlecannon and Questoris heavy stubber

+ Battleline +

Armiger Warglaive [140pts]: Questoris heavy stubber

Armiger Warglaive [140pts]: Questoris heavy stubber

Armiger Warglaive [140pts]: Questoris heavy stubber

+ Allied Units +

Eversor Assassin [75pts]

Archetype

High Threat Knights

Thoughts

That’s quite a trio of giant robots there, with two Crusaders unleashing withering firepower and Canis Rex being, well, Canis Rex. Worth highlighting that the list looks built to be a bit less static than some of the double Crusader lists – given the presence of Mysterious Guardian on one Crusader and the Banner on the other, it feels like the plan is not to try and maximise stationary shooting turn one, instead moving out to staging positions and then unleashing hell from there. Seems strong, and with Canis along for the ride can easily be overwhelming for opponents. A nice spin on normal plans overall, well done to James.

Bradley Mc – Adeptus Custodes – 3rd Place

Custodian Guard
Custodian Guard. Credit: Edwin “Lupe” Moriarty

The List

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Custodes1 (2000 Points)

Adeptus Custodes
Shield Host
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Blade Champion (130 Points)
• 1x Vaultswords
• Enhancements: Ceaseless Hunter

Shield-Captain (130 Points)
• 1x Guardian spear
• Enhancements: Inspirational Exemplar

Trajann Valoris (145 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Watcher’s Axe

BATTLELINE

Custodian Guard (405 Points)
• 9x Custodian Guard
• 7x Guardian spear
1x Misericordia
1x Praesidium Shield
1x Praesidium Shield
1x Sentinel blade
1x Vexilla

Prosecutors (40 Points)
• 1x Prosecutor Sister Superior
• 1x Boltgun
1x Close combat weapon
• 3x Prosecutor
• 3x Boltgun
3x Close combat weapon

OTHER DATASHEETS

Allarus Custodians (325 Points)
• 5x Allarus Custodian
• 5x Balistus grenade launcher
5x Guardian spear

Custodian Wardens (300 Points)
• 6x Custodian Warden
• 6x Guardian spear
1x Vexilla

Custodian Wardens (300 Points)
• 6x Custodian Warden
• 6x Guardian spear
1x Vexilla

ALLIED UNITS

Callidus Assassin (115 Points)
• 1x Neural shredder
1x Phase sword and poison blades

Eversor Assassin (75 Points)
• 1x Executioner pistol
1x Power sword and neuro gauntlet

Exaction Squad (35 Points)
• 1x Proctor-Exactant
• 1x Arbites combat shotgun
1x Arbites shotpistol
1x Close combat weapon
• 4x Exaction Vigilant
• 1x Arbites Medi-kit
4x Arbites combat shotgun
4x Arbites shotpistol
4x Close combat weapon

Archetype

Infantry Custodes

Thoughts

Another strong showing for the Custodes here, building around a big central Custodian block that can have whichever of the three Characters the matchup demands attached to it, two Warden squads as secondary hammers, with a big Allarus unit as the final looming threat. Imperial Agents add a tonne of objective utility, and the end result is another powerful, flexible Custodes build, which Bradley managed an impressive 3-1 into Aeldari with over the weekend.

Sam Young – Aeldari – 4th Place

Harlequins Troupe and Starweaver. Credit: Corrode

The List

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Your fool, your Emperor can’t save you now. Your Golden Armour and Towering knights mean nothing, for this is the domain of Cegorach, and here you die. (1995 points)
Aeldari
Strike Force (2000 points)
Battle Host

CHARACTER

Autarch Wayleaper (80 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Dragon fusion gun
1x Howling Banshee Mask
1x Star glaive

Avatar of Khaine (295 points)
• 1x The Wailing Doom

Death Jester (85 points)
• 1x Jester’s blade
1x Shrieker cannon
• Enhancement: Fate’s Messenger

Farseer (65 points)
• 1x Eldritch Storm
1x Shuriken pistol
1x Witchblade

Solitaire (115 points)
• 1x Solitaire weapons

The Yncarne (270 points)
• 1x Swirling soul energy
1x Vilith-zhar, the Sword of Souls

DEDICATED TRANSPORT

Starweaver (80 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
2x Shuriken cannon

Starweaver (80 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
2x Shuriken cannon

OTHER DATASHEETS

Skyweavers (190 points)
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Skyweaver haywire cannon
4x Star bolas

Skyweavers (190 points)
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Skyweaver haywire cannon
4x Star bolas

Skyweavers (95 points)
• 2x Close combat weapon
2x Skyweaver haywire cannon
2x Star bolas

Troupe (75 points)
• 1x Lead Player
• 1x Aeldari power sword
1x Shuriken pistol
• 4x Player
• 2x Fusion pistol
4x Harlequin’s special weapon
2x Neuro disruptor

Troupe (75 points)
• 1x Lead Player
• 1x Aeldari power sword
1x Shuriken pistol
• 4x Player
• 2x Fusion pistol
4x Harlequin’s special weapon
2x Neuro disruptor

Voidweaver (100 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Prismatic cannon
2x Shuriken cannon

Voidweaver (100 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Prismatic cannon
2x Shuriken cannon

Voidweaver (100 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Prismatic cannon
2x Shuriken cannon

Archetype

Double Avatar Harlequins, give me strength.

Thoughts

Time for two callbacks to things earlier in the article. Firstly, this is the build that dealt Bradley his loss, making the army title extremely prophetic (as befits the Aeldari). Secondly, that thing about getting every single Aeldari unit into a top four list? Now it’s the turn of Skyweavers and Starweavers with Troupes in them. Skyweavers lost quite a bit of durability from 9th, but have a lot of ranged killing power you can leverage with all those Aeldari stratagems, and also provide a great place for the Yncarne to zap to. This list just throws hyper-mobile shooting all-round the board while the incarnation tag team provides an anchor, and showcases once again just how much there is still unexplored in the Aeldari index. Congratulations to Sam for doing something new and exciting.

The Best of the Rest

There were 5 more players on 5-1 records. They were:

  • 5th – Adam Napier – Aeldari: Wraithknight, Spiders, Spectres.
  • 6th – Chris Boggiano – Adeptus Custodes: Custodes going for style points with a Land Raider alongside some of the usual toys.
  • 7th – Jono Bishop – Deathwatch: Lots of Veterans, full Hellblaster and Desolation units, and some utility tools to fill.
  • 8th – Michael Wood – Necrons: Double Doomsday, double crunchy brick, taking Lychguard with Orikan on one side and Warriors on the other.
  • 9th – Chen Gao – Aeldari: Go-wide shooting plus a big unit of Wraithblades as a tarpit.

Grimdark 14: Indexhammer

54-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Stockholms län SE on August 19 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

This event used 20-0 scoring.

Axel Rydén – Aeldari – 1st Place

Yncarne: Avatar of Ynnead. Credit: James “Boon” Kelling

The List

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WTC Axel Rydén (1995 Points)

Aeldari
Battle Host
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Autarch Wayleaper (80 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Dragon fusion gun
1x Mandiblasters
1x Star glaive

The Yncarne (270 Points)
• 1x Swirling soul energy
1x Vilith-zhar, the Sword of Souls

OTHER DATASHEETS

Fire Prism (150 Points)
• 1x Prism cannon
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Fire Prism (150 Points)
• 1x Prism cannon
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Fire Prism (150 Points)
• 1x Prism cannon
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Hornet (80 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x Wraithbone hull

Hornet (80 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x Wraithbone hull

Night Spinner (170 Points)
• 1x Doomweaver
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Night Spinner (170 Points)
• 1x Doomweaver
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Support Weapons (105 Points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x D-cannon
1x Shuriken catapult

Support Weapons (105 Points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x D-cannon
1x Shuriken catapult

War Walkers (95 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x War Walker feet

War Walkers (95 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x War Walker feet

War Walkers (95 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x War Walker feet

Warp Spiders (100 Points)
• 1x Warp Spider Exarch
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Death spinner
1x Death spinner
1x Powerblades
• 4x Warp Spider
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Death spinner

Warp Spiders (100 Points)
• 1x Warp Spider Exarch
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Death spinner
1x Death spinner
1x Powerblades
• 4x Warp Spider
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Death spinner

Archetype

Pure Go-Wide

Final Round Matchup

17 – 3 Victory against Daniel Tercha – Chaos Knights.

Thoughts

OK, so you can’t go as wide as Ynnari, but nearly, and this list clearly wants to minimise the number of characters it’s spending points on, allowing for a truly eye-watering number of gun platforms. Please save us from this laser hell, GW.

Congratulations to Axel, commiserations to the Chaos Knight list that had to face this.

The Best of the Rest

There were 7 more players on 4-1 or better records. They were:

  • 2nd (undefeated with a draw) – Bilbo Göransson – Genestealer Cult: Horde plus Aberrants, with the unusual extra threat of Kelermorphs snuck into some of the units.
  • 3rd – Joel Larsson – Adeptus Custodes: Double Caladius plus four medium units of Infantry.
  • 4th – Razvan Alexa – Aeldari: Maximum go-wide.
  • 5th – Johan Nicolaisen – Imperial Knights: The uncomplicated but effective option of taking two Crusaders and Armigers to fill.
  • 6th – Alexander Sjöberg – Thousand Sons: Magnus and the boys, going extra hard on Characters and packing some Daemons instead of buying a Scarab unit.
  • 7th – Daniel Tercha – Chaos Knights: Loads of War Dogs and Shalaxi Helbane as a melee hammer. Interesting way to go with it, avoids opening up shootability, but ensures you have a really nasty murderous threat when the going gets tough.
  • 8th – Jacob Holmström – Tyranids: A very out-there horde and shooting list with loads of Zoanthropes and three units of shockcannon Hive Guard.

Iberian Perretes Tournament

34-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid ES on August 19 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Manel Tulla – Genestealer Cult – 1st Place

Nexos
Nexos. Credit: Soggy

The List

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manelo culto (2000 points)
Genestealer Cults
Strike Force (2000 points)
Ascension Day

CHARACTER

Clamavus (40 points)
• 1x Autopistol
1x Close combat weapon

Nexos (90 points)
• 1x Autopistol
1x Close combat weapon
• Enhancement: Meticulous Planner

Nexos (50 points)
• 1x Autopistol
1x Close combat weapon

Primus (85 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Cult bonesword
1x Scoped needle pistol
1x Toxin injector claw
• Enhancement: Prowling Agitant

Primus (70 points)
• 1x Cult bonesword
1x Scoped needle pistol
1x Toxin injector claw

Primus (70 points)
• 1x Cult bonesword
1x Scoped needle pistol
1x Toxin injector claw

Reductus Saboteur (55 points)
• 1x Autopistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Demolition charges
1x Remote explosives

Reductus Saboteur (55 points)
• 1x Autopistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Demolition charges
1x Remote explosives

BATTLELINE

Acolyte Hybrids (150 points)
• 1x Acolyte Leader
• 1x Cult claws and knife
1x Hand flamer
• 9x Acolyte Hybrid
• 1x Cult Icon
9x Cult claws and knife
4x Demolition charges
4x Hand flamer

Acolyte Hybrids (150 points)
• 1x Acolyte Leader
• 1x Cult claws and knife
1x Hand flamer
• 9x Acolyte Hybrid
• 1x Cult Icon
9x Cult claws and knife
4x Demolition charges
4x Hand flamer

Acolyte Hybrids (150 points)
• 1x Acolyte Leader
• 1x Cult claws and knife
1x Hand flamer
• 9x Acolyte Hybrid
• 1x Cult Icon
9x Cult claws and knife
4x Demolition charges
4x Hand flamer

Acolyte Hybrids (150 points)
• 1x Acolyte Leader
• 1x Cult claws and knife
1x Hand flamer
• 9x Acolyte Hybrid
• 1x Cult Icon
9x Cult claws and knife
4x Demolition charges
4x Hand flamer

Neophyte Hybrids (160 points)
• 1x Neophyte Leader
• 1x Autopistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Hybrid firearm
• 19x Neophyte Hybrid
• 19x Autopistol
19x Close combat weapon
1x Cult Icon
4x Grenade launcher
11x Hybrid firearm
4x Seismic cannon

Neophyte Hybrids (160 points)
• 1x Neophyte Leader
• 1x Autopistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Hybrid firearm
• 19x Neophyte Hybrid
• 19x Autopistol
19x Close combat weapon
1x Cult Icon
4x Grenade launcher
11x Hybrid firearm
4x Seismic cannon

Neophyte Hybrids (160 points)
• 1x Neophyte Leader
• 1x Autopistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Hybrid firearm
• 19x Neophyte Hybrid
• 19x Autopistol
19x Close combat weapon
1x Cult Icon
4x Grenade launcher
11x Hybrid firearm
4x Seismic cannon

OTHER DATASHEETS

Aberrants (330 points)
• 1x Aberrant Hypermorph
• 1x Heavy power weapon
1x Hypermorph tail
• 9x Aberrant
• 9x Heavy power weapon

Achilles Ridgerunners (75 points)
• 1x Heavy mortar
1x Ridgerunner wheels
1x Spotter
1x Twin heavy stubber

Archetype

Horde and Aberrants

Final Round Matchup

90 – 70 Victory against OuX ™ – Imperial Knights.

Thoughts

Aeldari officially can’t (quite) win them all, with the Genestealer Cults taking a win in Spain. Manel’s build goes unusually hard on demo Acolytes, splurging on four squads rather than the usual two, and while that means the list has a little less staying power than some variants, it’ll have massively paid off in the Imperial Knights game at the end, so great choice!

The Best of the Rest

There were 6 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 2th – Iker Rubio – Aeldari: Double Avatar Wraithknight.
  • 3th – Keko Jones – Adeptus Custodes: Big Custodian core, plus Warden and Allarus units.
  • 4th – OuX – Imperial Knights: Double Crusader and Armigers.
  • 5th – Alfred Phobos – Adeptus Custodes: Massed infantry with four Characters.
  • 6th – Loken Loker – Necrons: The ultimate crunch of double Lychguard with a Monolith in tow.
  • 7th – Juan Manuel Galán Recio – Asuryani: Double Avatar Wraithknight.

Bendigo Open (BO)

34-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Kangaroo Flat, VIC Australia on August 18 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Priority Targets – Chosen Battlefield – Dawn of War

Ian Pearce – T’au Empire: Big Crisis and Broadside units, lots of Commanders.
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An actual list (2000 points)
T’au Empire
Strike Force (2000 points)
Kauyon

CHARACTER

Aun’va (65 points)
• 1x Aun’va
• Warlord
• 1x Close combat weapon
• 2x Ethereal Guard
• 2x Supreme honour blade

Cadre Fireblade (50 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Fireblade pulse rifle
2x Gun Drone

Commander in Coldstar Battlesuit (140 points)
• 1x Battlesuit fists
1x Cyclic ion blaster
2x Cyclic ion blaster
1x Gun Drone
1x High-output burst cannon
1x Marker Drone
• Enhancement: Exemplar of the Kauyon

Commander in Crisis Battlesuit (130 points)
• 1x Battlesuit fists
1x Cyclic ion blaster
3x Cyclic ion blaster
1x Gun Drone
1x Marker Drone
• Enhancement: Precision of the Patient Hunter

Ethereal (50 points)
• 1x Gun Drone
1x Honour stave
1x Hover Drone
1x Shield Drone

BATTLELINE

Breacher Team (115 points)
• 1x Support turret missile system
• 1x Breacher Fire Warrior Shas’ui
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Guardian Drone
1x Gun Drone
1x Pulse blaster
1x Pulse pistol
• 9x Breacher Fire Warrior
• 9x Close combat weapon
9x Pulse blaster
9x Pulse pistol

OTHER DATASHEETS

Broadside Battlesuits (330 points)
• 1x Broadside Shas’vre
• 1x Crushing bulk
1x Heavy rail rifle
2x Missile Drone
1x Seeker missile
1x Weapon Support System
• 2x Broadside Shas’ui
• 2x Crushing bulk
2x Heavy rail rifle
4x Missile Drone
2x Seeker missile
2x Weapon Support System

Crisis Battlesuits (390 points)
• 1x Crisis Shas’vre
• 1x Battlesuit fists
1x Cyclic ion blaster
2x Cyclic ion blaster
2x Shield Drone
1x Shield Generator
• 5x Crisis Shas’ui
• 5x Battlesuit fists
5x Cyclic ion blaster
10x Cyclic ion blaster
10x Shield Drone
5x Shield Generator

Ghostkeel Battlesuit (170 points)
• 1x Battlesuit Support System
1x Cyclic ion raker
1x Ghostkeel fists
1x Twin T’au flamer

Ghostkeel Battlesuit (170 points)
• 1x Battlesuit Support System
1x Cyclic ion raker
1x Ghostkeel fists
1x Twin burst cannon

Kroot Hounds (30 points)
• 4x Ripping fangs

Piranha (55 points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Piranha fusion blaster
2x Seeker missile
2x Twin pulse carbine

Stealth Battlesuits (75 points)
• 1x Stealth Shas’vre
• 1x Battlesuit Support System
1x Battlesuit fists
1x Fusion blaster
1x Gun Drone
1x Homing Beacon
1x Marker Drone
• 2x Stealth Shas’ui
• 2x Battlesuit fists
2x Burst cannon

Stealth Battlesuits (75 points)
• 1x Stealth Shas’vre
• 1x Battlesuit Support System
1x Battlesuit fists
1x Fusion blaster
1x Gun Drone
1x Homing Beacon
1x Marker Drone
• 2x Stealth Shas’ui
• 2x Battlesuit fists
2x Burst cannon

Stealth Battlesuits (75 points)
• 1x Stealth Shas’vre
• 1x Battlesuit Support System
1x Battlesuit fists
1x Fusion blaster
1x Gun Drone
1x Homing Beacon
1x Marker Drone
• 2x Stealth Shas’ui
• 2x Battlesuit fists
2x Burst cannon

Tetras (80 points)
• 2x Close combat weapons
4x Pulse rifle

vs.

Hugh Titchener – Imperial Knights: Aggro-tastic Knights, using a Valiant, Gallant and lots of Warglaives.
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Imperial Knights

Noble Lance detachment

Knight valiant two shieldbreaker missile launchers, twin siegebreaker cannons, 2x twin meltaguns, thundercoil harpoon, conflagration cannon, warlord 565pt

Knight gallant stormspear rocket pod, meltagun, enhancement: unyielding paragon 440pt

6x armiger warglaives 840pt (6×140)

Callidus assassin 115pt
Exaction squad with medpack 35pt

1995pt

Thoughts

A fairly hilarious showdown here, with two extremely high damage builds squaring off across the table. The Knight list is gloriously uncomplicated – it wants to cross the board as quickly as possible then crush the enemy with flame and fist. Love that for it. The Tau list also packs some super nasty killing power, of course, with the Broadside and Crisis Teams both being exceptionally deadly, and supported by a healthy supply of board control chaff.

The mission is an interesting one, as the different aspects of it pull in very different directions. Priority Targets is great for the Tau here, as they absolutely do not want to be trying to contest the mid-board against the Knights. Being able to focus on clearing them out methodically then scoring end-game Primary is great news. On the flipside, player-placed objectives is very bad for them, as the Knights can focus on putting as many objectives, including those in deployment zones, in the open as possible. If they lose the objective or deployment rolloffs the Tau risk being overly exposed to incoming firepower, which can make life very difficult for them, as they can’t really afford to be losing Broadsides.

This is one of those games where I’ve had some notes sent to me, and it looks like fate aligned pretty hard in the Knights’ direction – they won the pre-game rolls, forcing the Tau to try and contest a home objective in the open, and were able to quickly cross the board and clear chaff out while depleting the Broadsides. The Crisis Team coming in did wipe out the Valiant, but that was too little too late, and the Knights seized control of the table from there. Realistically, a lot was going to ride on the first turn roll here – both sides desperately want that extra turn of uncontested shooting/momentum (as applicable).

Result

Imperial Knights Victory – 100 – 55

Hugh Titchener – Imperial Knights – 1st Place

Imperial Knights - Knight Gallant
Imperial Knights – Knight Gallant. Credit: Pendulin

The List

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Imperial Knights

Noble Lance detachment

Knight valiant two shieldbreaker missile launchers, twin siegebreaker cannons, 2x twin meltaguns, thundercoil harpoon, conflagration cannon, warlord 565pt

Knight gallant stormspear rocket pod, meltagun, enhancement: unyielding paragon 440pt

6x armiger warglaives 840pt (6×140)

Callidus assassin 115pt
Exaction squad with medpack 35pt

1995pt

Archetype

Move fast and break things

Final Round Matchup

100 – 55 Victory against Ian Pearce – T’au Empire.

Thoughts

This army rules man. Just sound the charge and hit the enemy hard enough that you come out the other side with more limbs than they have. Definitely feels like a build that wants to lean on a well-timed Shoulder the Burden to try and create unstoppable momentum, especially on the already extra-durable Gallant. Great stuff from Hugh.

The Best of the Rest

There were 5 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 2nd – Michael Hamilton – Ultramarines: Guilliman Repulsor spam. What year is it again?
  • 3rd – Ian Pearce – T’au Empire: Big unit each of Crisis and Broadsides, a pair of Ghostkeels and lots of Commanders.
  • 4th – Michael Mcdonald – Aeldari: Wraithknight plus go-wide.
  • 5th – Ben Ashton – Aeldari: Wraithknight plus Wraithguard.
  • 6th – Pranas Kuprys – Astra Militarum: Big Krieg unit, mechanised Cadians, Manticores and Heavy Weapon Teams and a Baneblade (hell yeah big tank) to fill.

Wrap Up

Join us again on Friday for more elves, but also at least some more list that are not elves. The duality of the metagame. Also, Faction Focus service will be resuming shortly, we’ve been slightly short-handed due to the US GHO firing the past weekend, and final prep for the UK one coming up.