Competitive Innovations in 10th: It’s All Over Bar Da Krumpin’ pt.1

With Pariah Nexus packs now landing on doorsteps around the globe, I’m hoping this is Leviathan’s true final outing, and that next week we’ll have hot news from the Pariah Nexus to share. Because of that, and because Shadow of the Erdtree isn’t going to play itself, we’ve got one more Showdown-less week before (presumably) the Sisyphean avalanche of content resumes in a new metagame.

This week, this last Leviathan week, we’re looking at the following today:

  • Münsterland Major
  • San Diego Grand Tournament
  • The Battle For Middle Wisko GT
  • Dicing Death GT
  • Kirtonian Total Carnage V

On Friday we’ll have the rest with Lowest of Men:

  • ITA 40K SINGLES GT 2024
  • Laughing Dragon Grand Tournament
  • The Route 66 40k Grand Tournament
  • Slaanesh Summer Slam Ironman GT
  • Luxembourg Open 40k – Golden Ticket Event

Münsterland Major

92-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Rheine, NRW, Deutschland on June 22 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Matthias Bellmann – Thousand Sons (Cult of Magic) – 1st Place

Credit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” Jones

The List

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Team 3-2 -Die Jungs aus der bunten Restetüte-

Thousand Sons
Strike Force (2000 points)
Cult of Magic Abra Kadabra Hokus Pokus

CHARACTERS

Ahriman (130 points)
• 1x Black Staff of Ahriman
1x Inferno bolt pistol
1x Psychic Stalk

Infernal Master (115 points)
• 1x Force weapon
1x Inferno bolt pistol
1x Screamer Invocation
• Enhancement: Arcane Vortex (Supersocca)

Infernal Master (110 points)
• 1x Force weapon
1x Inferno bolt pistol
1x Screamer Invocation
• Enhancement: Umbralefic Crystal

Infernal Master (90 points)
• 1x Force weapon
1x Inferno bolt pistol
1x Screamer Invocation

Magnus Rühl (440 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Blade of Magnus
1x Gaze of Magnus
1x Tzeentch’s Firestorm

Thousand Sons Sorcerer (130 points)
• 1x Fires of the Abyss
1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol
• Enhancement: Lord of Forbidden Lore

BATTLELINE

Rubric Marines (105 points)
• 1x Aspiring Sorcerer
• 1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol
1x Warpsmite
• 4x Rubric Marine
• 4x Close combat weapon
1x Icon of Flame
1x Soulreaper cannon
3x Warpflamer

Rubric Marines (105 points)
• 1x Aspiring Sorcerer
• 1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol
1x Warpsmite
• 4x Rubric Marine
• 4x Close combat weapon
1x Icon of Flame
1x Soulreaper cannon
3x Warpflamer

Rubric Marines (105 points)
• 1x Aspiring Sorcerer
• 1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol
1x Warpsmite
• 4x Rubric Marine
• 4x Close combat weapon
1x Icon of Flame
1x Soulreaper cannon
3x Warpflamer

Rubric Marines (105 points)
• 1x Aspiring Sorcerer
• 1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol
1x Warpsmite
• 4x Rubric Marine
• 4x Close combat weapon
1x Icon of Flame
1x Soulreaper cannon
3x Warpflamer

Rubric Marines (105 points)
• 1x Aspiring Sorcerer
• 1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol
1x Warpsmite
• 4x Rubric Marine
• 4x Close combat weapon
1x Icon of Flame
1x Soulreaper cannon
3x Warpflamer

OTHER DATASHEETS

Thousand Sons Cultists (55 points)
• 1x Thousand Sons Cultist Champion
• 1x Brutal assault weapon
1x Cultist firearm
• 9x Thousand Sons Cultist
• 9x Brutal assault weapon
9x Cultist firearm

Thousand Sons Forgefiend (135 points)
• 1x Ectoplasma cannon
2x Ectoplasma cannon
1x Forgefiend claws

Thousand Sons Forgefiend (135 points)
• 1x Ectoplasma cannon
2x Ectoplasma cannon
1x Forgefiend claws

Tzaangor Enlightened (45 points)
• 1x Aviarch
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Fatecaster greatbow
• 2x Enlightened
• 2x Close combat weapon
2x Fatecaster greatbow

Tzaangor Enlightened (45 points)
• 1x Aviarch
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Fatecaster greatbow
• 2x Enlightened
• 2x Close combat weapon
2x Fatecaster greatbow

Tzaangor Enlightened (45 points)
• 1x Aviarch
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Fatecaster greatbow
• 2x Enlightened
• 2x Close combat weapon
2x Fatecaster greatbow

Archetype

Shooty Tsons

Thoughts

Thousand Sons are a fitting winner for the biggest event of Leviathan’s last week, as they’ve been going from strength to strength this year. Honestly, that may well continue into Pariah, as they got off pretty lightly in the Dataslate considering how strong they are. It does also seem plausible that Forgefiends (as seen here) will have a place in the new meta too, as they’re great into Custodes, and with discounts on Terminators and Mutaliths there’s also a greater possibility of skewing a Tsons list hard towards chunkier stuff. Tzeentch’s plans look set to continue well into the future, and since Matthias has been such a standout with this faction in 10th’s first year, I’m sure he’ll be back with more soon enough!

Tim Schneider – Leagues of Votann (Oathband) – 2nd Place (Undefeated)

Ymyr Conglomerate Cthonian Beserk. Credit: Corrode

The List

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votann (1995 points)

Leagues of Votann
Strike Force (2000 points)
Oathband

CHARACTERS

Brôkhyr Iron-master (85 points)
• 1x Brôkhyr Iron-master
• 1x Graviton hammer
1x Graviton rifle
• Enhancement: Appraising Glare
• 1x Ironkin Assistant
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Las-beam cutter
• 1x E-COG
• 1x Plasma torch
• 1x E-COG
• 1x Manipulator arms
• 1x E-COG
• 1x Autoch-pattern bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon

Einhyr Champion (60 points)
• 1x Autoch-pattern combi-bolter
1x Mass hammer
1x Weavefield Crest

Einhyr Champion (60 points)
• 1x Autoch-pattern combi-bolter
1x Mass hammer
1x Weavefield Crest

BATTLELINE

Hearthkyn Warriors (100 points)
• 1x Theyn
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x EtaCarn plasma pistol
1x Kin melee weapon
1x Weavefield Crest
• 9x Hearthkyn Warrior
• 9x Autoch-pattern bolt pistol
7x Autoch-pattern bolter
9x Close combat weapon
1x Comms Array
1x HYLas auto rifle
1x HYLas rotary cannon
1x Medipack
1x Pan Spectral Scanner

Hearthkyn Warriors (100 points)
• 1x Theyn
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x EtaCarn plasma pistol
1x Kin melee weapon
1x Weavefield Crest
• 9x Hearthkyn Warrior
• 9x Autoch-pattern bolt pistol
7x Autoch-pattern bolter
9x Close combat weapon
1x Comms Array
1x HYLas auto rifle
1x HYLas rotary cannon
1x Medipack
1x Pan Spectral Scanner

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Sagitaur (115 points)
• 1x Armoured wheels
1x HYLas beam cannon
1x Twin bolt cannon

Sagitaur (115 points)
• 1x Armoured wheels
1x HYLas beam cannon
1x Twin bolt cannon

Sagitaur (115 points)
• 1x Armoured wheels
1x HYLas beam cannon
1x Twin bolt cannon

Sagitaur (115 points)
• 1x Armoured wheels
1x HYLas beam cannon
1x Twin bolt cannon

OTHER DATASHEETS

Cthonian Beserks (200 points)
• 10x Cthonian Beserk
• 10x Concussion maul
2x Mole grenade launcher

Cthonian Beserks (200 points)
• 10x Cthonian Beserk
• 10x Concussion maul
2x Mole grenade launcher

Cthonian Beserks (100 points)
• 5x Cthonian Beserk
• 5x Concussion maul
1x Mole grenade launcher

Hekaton Land Fortress (225 points)
• 1x Armoured wheels
1x MATR autocannon
1x Pan Spectral Scanner
1x SP heavy conversion beamer
2x Twin bolt cannon

Hekaton Land Fortress (225 points)
• 1x Armoured wheels
1x MATR autocannon
1x Pan Spectral Scanner
1x SP heavy conversion beamer
2x Twin bolt cannon

Hernkyn Pioneers (180 points)
• 6x Hernkyn Pioneer
• 6x Bolt revolver
6x Bolt shotgun
1x Comms Array
2x HYLas rotary cannon
6x Magna-coil autocannon
1x Pan Spectral Scanner
6x Plasma knife
1x Rollbar Searchlight

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Archetype

Beserk Spam

Thoughts

Speaking of factions that didn’t really get touched in the dataslate, we’ve got Votann in second place, mitigating the main weakness of their Vehicle-heavy builds (getting rushed) with a huge number of enraged hammer-murderers ready to leap out and splatter anything that gets too close. It also helps prise foes out of buildings in a pinch. In Pariah you do, of course, have the addition of Yaegirs to help with screening and board control, and I’m sure we’ll see builds like this build some in. Great way to solve the problems for Leviathan, and once again we hope to see Tim back soon in Pariah!

Mathieu Clerc – Leagues of Votann (Oathband) – 3rd Place (Undefeated)

Trans-Hyperion Alliance Hernkyn Pioneers – Leagues of Votann. Credit: Colin Ward

The List

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VotannPostLeoben (2000 points)

Leagues of Votann
Strike Force (2000 points)
Oathband

CHARACTERS

Einhyr Champion (75 points)
• 1x Autoch-pattern combi-bolter
1x Mass hammer
1x Weavefield Crest
• Enhancement: A Long List

Kâhl (90 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Mass gauntlet
1x Rampart Crest
1x Volkanite disintegrator
• Enhancement: Grim Demeanour

BATTLELINE

Hearthkyn Warriors (100 points)
• 1x Theyn
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x EtaCarn plasma pistol
1x Kin melee weapon
1x Weavefield Crest
• 9x Hearthkyn Warrior
• 9x Autoch-pattern bolt pistol
7x Autoch-pattern bolter
9x Close combat weapon
1x Comms Array
1x HYLas auto rifle
1x Magna-rail rifle
1x Medipack
1x Pan Spectral Scanner

Hearthkyn Warriors (100 points)
• 1x Theyn
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x EtaCarn plasma pistol
1x Kin melee weapon
1x Weavefield Crest
• 9x Hearthkyn Warrior
• 9x Autoch-pattern bolt pistol
7x Autoch-pattern bolter
9x Close combat weapon
1x Comms Array
1x HYLas auto rifle
1x Magna-rail rifle
1x Medipack
1x Pan Spectral Scanner

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Sagitaur (115 points)
• 1x Armoured wheels
1x HYLas beam cannon
1x Twin bolt cannon

Sagitaur (115 points)
• 1x Armoured wheels
1x HYLas beam cannon
1x Twin bolt cannon

Sagitaur (115 points)
• 1x Armoured wheels
1x HYLas beam cannon
1x Twin bolt cannon

Sagitaur (115 points)
• 1x Armoured wheels
1x HYLas beam cannon
1x Twin bolt cannon

OTHER DATASHEETS

Cthonian Beserks (100 points)
• 5x Cthonian Beserk
• 5x Heavy plasma axe
1x Mole grenade launcher

Cthonian Beserks (100 points)
• 5x Cthonian Beserk
• 5x Heavy plasma axe
1x Mole grenade launcher

Einhyr Hearthguard (320 points)
• 1x Hesyr
• 1x Concussion hammer
1x EtaCarn plasma gun
1x Exo-armour grenade launcher
1x Teleport Crest
• 9x Einhyr Hearthguard
• 9x EtaCarn plasma gun
9x Exo-armour grenade launcher
9x Plasma blade gauntlet

Einhyr Hearthguard (160 points)
• 1x Hesyr
• 1x Concussion hammer
1x Exo-armour grenade launcher
1x Volkanite disintegrator
1x Weavefield Crest
• 4x Einhyr Hearthguard
• 4x Exo-armour grenade launcher
4x Plasma blade gauntlet
4x Volkanite disintegrator

Hekaton Land Fortress (225 points)
• 1x Armoured wheels
1x MATR autocannon
1x Pan Spectral Scanner
1x SP heavy conversion beamer
2x Twin bolt cannon

Hernkyn Pioneers (90 points)
• 3x Hernkyn Pioneer
• 3x Bolt revolver
3x Bolt shotgun
1x HYLas rotary cannon
3x Magna-coil autocannon
1x Pan Spectral Scanner
3x Plasma knife
1x Rollbar Searchlight

Hernkyn Pioneers (90 points)
• 3x Hernkyn Pioneer
• 3x Bolt revolver
3x Bolt shotgun
1x HYLas rotary cannon
3x Magna-coil autocannon
1x Pan Spectral Scanner
3x Plasma knife
1x Rollbar Searchlight

Hernkyn Pioneers (90 points)
• 3x Hernkyn Pioneer
• 3x Bolt revolver
3x Bolt shotgun
1x HYLas rotary cannon
3x Magna-coil autocannon
1x Pan Spectral Scanner
3x Plasma knife
1x Rollbar Searchlight

Archetype

All-rounder Votann

Thoughts

Completing the undefeated podium we have another Votann build, this one sporting a more conventional package of all-rounder tools, and using lots of Scouting bikes for early presence. This is where hot-swapping in some Yaegirs is a very live prospect, and I’ll be fascinated to see what the eventual balance ends up being. Well done to Mathieu on third.

Christian Schachmann – Drukhari (Skysplinter Assault) – 4th Place

Credit: Keewa

The List

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dE (2000 Points)

Drukhari
Skysplinter Assault
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Archon (75 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Blast pistol
1x Huskblade

Archon (95 Points)
• 1x Blast pistol
1x Huskblade
• Enhancements: Nightmare Shroud

Beastmaster (105 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 (105 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

Lelith Hesperax (85 Points)
• 1x Lelith’s blades

BATTLELINE

Kabalite Warriors (110 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

Kabalite Warriors (110 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

Kabalite Warriors (110 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

Wyches (90 Points)
• 1x Hekatrix
• 1x Blast pistol
1x Hekatarii blade
1x Phantasm grenade launcher
• 9x Wych
• 9x Hekatarii blade
9x Splinter pistol

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Raider (80 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
1x Dark lance

Venom (70 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
1x Splinter cannon
1x Twin splinter rifle

Venom (70 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
1x Splinter cannon
1x Twin splinter rifle

Venom (70 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
1x Splinter cannon
1x Twin splinter rifle

Venom (70 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
1x Splinter cannon
1x Twin splinter rifle

Venom (70 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
1x Splinter cannon
1x Twin splinter rifle

OTHER DATASHEETS

Incubi (75 Points)
• 4x Incubi
• 4x Klaive
• 1x Klaivex
• 1x Demiklaives

Incubi (150 Points)
• 9x Incubi
• 9x Klaive
• 1x Klaivex
• 1x Demiklaives

Mandrakes (65 Points)
• 1x Nightfiend
• 1x Baleblast
1x Glimmersteel blade
• 4x Mandrake
• 4x Baleblast
4x Glimmersteel blade

Mandrakes (65 Points)
• 1x Nightfiend
• 1x Baleblast
1x Glimmersteel blade
• 4x Mandrake
• 4x Baleblast
4x Glimmersteel blade

Scourges (110 Points)
• 1x Solarite
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Shardcarbine
1x Solarite weapon
• 4x Scourge
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Drukhari haywire blaster

Scourges (110 Points)
• 1x Solarite
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Shardcarbine
1x Solarite weapon
• 4x Scourge
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Drukhari haywire blaster

Scourges (110 Points)
• 1x Solarite
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Shardcarbine
1x Solarite weapon
• 4x Scourge
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Dark lance

Archetype

Classic Skysplinter

Thoughts

In fourth place, we have another fairly tuned all-rounder version of an archetype, tuned to euro-style terrain by going heavier on Venoms and cutting out any additional big hulls like Ravagers, as the smaller craft are much easier to maneuvre, and can make great use of heavier boards to stage and stay hidden. I don’t expect builds like this to change all that much in the future, just find a few extra points for Scourges, but these lists look like such a blast to play that I’m sure no Drukhari fans are complaining all that much. Congratulations to Christian on the top four finish.

The Best of the Rest

There were 13 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 5th – Christian Breuer – Thousand Sons: Characters, Cultists and Rubricae.
  • 6th – Pierre Debey – Chaos Knights: A Lancer and lots of Dogs.
  • 7th – Ruben Paul Goldmann – World Eaters: Eightbound spam with not a single Berzerker in sight.
  • 8th – Manuel Wayand – Death Guard: Rhinos full of Plague Marines, Destructors and Brigands.
  • 9th – Jan Dederichs – Chaos Space Marines (Renegade Raiders): A shootier version of Raiders, maxing out on Obliterators and accompanying them with various shooting hulls, and applying pressure via the mandatory Warp Talons (as was, anyway).
  • 10th – Niklas Fritschen – Death Guard: Hefty Death Guard with mMortarion, Plaguebursts and Destructors, with a full unit each of Deathshrouds and Plague Marines to brawl as needed.
  • 11th – Dennis Gottschalk – Grey Knights: Ultracrunch with five Dreadknights and two Redeemers.
  • 12th – Malte Höfs – Chaos Space Marines (Renegade Raiders): Rhino melee,  Warp Talons cheap shooty tanks (Destructors and Vindicators) and a bonus package of 2×5 Warpflamer Rubricae.
  • 13th – Paul Hilsdorf – Genestealer Cults (Index): Two of each big infantry brick infiltrating Aberrants, and a fairly heavy Astra Militarum contingent with Catachans and a Basilisk.
  • 14th – Bartek Spartek – Salamanders (Firestorm Assault Force): Vulkan and Adrax with a pick and mix of different options, many riding in a Redeemer, and the spicy inclusion of a Champion of Humanity Lieutenant with Bladeguard.
  • 15th – Christian Matschke – Adepta Sororitas (Index): All-rounder Index Sisters.
  • 16th – Niklas Niermann – Thousand Sons: Double Mutalith with Rubricae.
  • 17th – Jari Knudsen – Ultramarines (Gladius Task Force): Land Raider spam (two Redeemers, one regular)

San Diego Grand Tournament

57-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Vista, CA, United States on June 22 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Grant Kauffman – Death Guard (Plague Company) – 1st Place

Credit: TheChirurgeon

The List

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Teams DG (1995 Points)

Death Guard
Plague Company
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Biologus Putrifier (50 Points)
• 1x Hyper blight grenades
1x Injector pistol
1x Plague knives

Biologus Putrifier (50 Points)
• 1x Hyper blight grenades
1x Injector pistol
1x Plague knives

Foul Blightspawn (50 Points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Plague sprayer

Foul Blightspawn (50 Points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Plague sprayer

Malignant Plaguecaster (65 Points)
• 1x Corrupted staff
1x Plague Wind
1x Plague bolt pistol

Malignant Plaguecaster (65 Points)
• 1x Corrupted staff
1x Plague Wind
1x Plague bolt pistol

Typhus (80 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Master-crafted manreaper

BATTLELINE

Plague Marines (180 Points)
• 1x Plague Champion
• 1x Heavy plague weapon
1x Plasma gun
• 9x Plague Marine
• 3x Bubotic weapons
4x Heavy plague weapon
9x Plague knives
2x Plague spewer

Plague Marines (180 Points)
• 1x Plague Champion
• 1x Heavy plague weapon
1x Plasma gun
• 9x Plague Marine
• 3x Bubotic weapons
4x Heavy plague weapon
9x Plague knives
2x Plague spewer

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Death Guard Rhino (75 Points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Havoc launcher
1x Plague combi-bolter 1x Plague combi-bolter

Death Guard Rhino (75 Points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Havoc launcher
1x Plague combi-bolter 1x Plague combi-bolter

Death Guard Rhino (75 Points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Havoc launcher
1x Plague combi-bolter 1x Plague combi-bolter

OTHER DATASHEETS

Deathshroud Terminators (240 Points)
• 1x Deathshroud Champion
• 1x Manreaper
1x Plaguespurt gauntlet 1x Plaguespurt gauntlet
• 5x Deathshroud Terminator
• 5x Manreaper
5x Plaguespurt gauntlet

Foetid Bloat-Drone (90 Points)
• 1x Fleshmower
1x Plague probe

ALLIED UNITS

Nurglings (40 Points)
• 3x Nurgling Swarm
• 3x Diseased claws and teeth

Nurglings (40 Points)
• 3x Nurgling Swarm
• 3x Diseased claws and teeth

Nurglings (40 Points)
• 3x Nurgling Swarm
• 3x Diseased claws and teeth

Nurglings (40 Points)
• 3x Nurgling Swarm
• 3x Diseased claws and teeth

War Dog Brigand (170 Points)
• 1x Armoured feet
1x Avenger chaincannon
1x Daemonbreath spear
1x Diabolus heavy stubber

War Dog Brigand (170 Points)
• 1x Armoured feet
1x Avenger chaincannon
1x Daemonbreath spear
1x Diabolus heavy stubber

War Dog Brigand (170 Points)
• 1x Armoured feet
1x Avenger chaincannon
1x Daemonbreath spear
1x Diabolus heavy stubber

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Archetype

Crunchy Death Guard

Thoughts

Another Leviathan staple here, mixing Rhino Plague Marines with Brigands and various Daemon Engines has been a winning formula. Even this late in the game, Grant has found some new tech here – putting two Malignant Plaguecasters in a Rhino gives you an extremely funny store-brand Land Raider Redeemer in your own Shooting Phase, able to double up as a major debuff package in an emergency. Love that.

This build needs a little more re-tooling than some others thanks to hits on Characters and Nurglings losing their Action capabilities, and I think it’s likely that you end up taking solo Terminator Sorceror as a flexible scoring/murder price rather than the Plaguecaster Rhino, but I’m still thrilled to be pulled up by something novel at the end of a season – great work Grant!

Jeff Jew – Orks (Green Tide) – 2nd Place (Undefeated)

Painboy. Credit: Rockfish
Painboy. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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Wave Waaaghers

Orks
Green Tide
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Painboy (70 Points)
• 1x Power klaw
1x ‘Urty syringe

Painboy (70 Points)
• 1x Power klaw
1x ‘Urty syringe

Warboss (65 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Kombi-weapon
1x Power klaw
1x Twin sluggas

Warboss (65 Points)
• 1x Kombi-weapon
1x Power klaw
1x Twin sluggas

Warboss (65 Points)
• 1x Kombi-weapon
1x Power klaw
1x Twin sluggas

Warboss in Mega Armour (100 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x ‘Uge choppa
• Enhancements: Raucous Warcaller

Weirdboy (70 Points)
• 1x Weirdboy staff
1x ‘Eadbanger
• Enhancements: Bloodthirsty Belligerence

BATTLELINE

Boyz (170 Points)
• 19x Boy
• 19x Choppa
19x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

Boyz (170 Points)
• 19x Boy
• 19x Choppa
19x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

Boyz (170 Points)
• 19x Boy
• 19x Choppa
19x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

Boyz (170 Points)
• 19x Boy
• 19x Choppa
19x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

Boyz (170 Points)
• 19x Boy
• 19x Choppa
19x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

Boyz (85 Points)
• 9x Boy
• 9x Choppa
9x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Trukk (65 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels
1x Wreckin’ ball

OTHER DATASHEETS

Battlewagon (160 Points)
• 4x Big shoota
1x Deff rolla
1x Grabbin’ klaw
1x Kannon
1x Lobba
1x Wreckin’ ball
1x ‘Ard Case

Gretchin (40 Points)
• 10x Gretchin
• 10x Close combat weapon
10x Grot blasta
• 1x Runtherd
• 1x Runtherd tools
1x Slugga

Gretchin (40 Points)
• 10x Gretchin
• 10x Close combat weapon
10x Grot blasta
• 1x Runtherd
• 1x Runtherd tools
1x Slugga

Gretchin (40 Points)
• 10x Gretchin
• 10x Close combat weapon
10x Grot blasta
• 1x Runtherd
• 1x Runtherd tools
1x Slugga

Meganobz (150 Points)
• 5x Meganob
• 5x Twin killsaws

Stormboyz (65 Points)
• 4x Stormboy
• 4x Choppa
4x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

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Archetype

Green Tide

Thoughts

Live fast, die young and leave an ‘orrible corpse. That’s the Ork way, and may be the fate of Green Tide, as the strong performances of builds like this have clearly been noted within the balance panopticon, and they catch a double hit from rules and points changes. I don’t think it’s entirely out of the question that some versions are still “good enough”, but it’ll depend heavily on whether they can cope with taking a knock at the same time as a resurgent Custodes start taking names.

With that in mind, I do think we’re likely to see more builds using at least one Battlewagon as seen here, as they help to control the order of engagement against other melee lists, and add some extra protection against shooting (plus you could do with more ways to put something chewy on an objective with Warcaller Meganobz going). Let’s hope the Boyz can shrug off some heft blows and put Jeff back in a top four in the near future!

The Best of the Rest

There were 9 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 3rd – Tre O’Rourke – World Eaters (Berzerker Warband): Extra crunchy World Eaters that dials back the Eightbound for two Maulerfiends and a Forgefiend.
  • 4th – Kyle Parry – Ynnari (Battle Host): Ultra go-wide Ynnari, featuring five Venoms full of Kabalites alongside small Aeldari shooting and scoring units, finishing up with a full Troupe squad with the Visarch as shock troops and counters to enemy melee.
  • 5th – Dillon Gonzales – Aeldari: Go-wide pure Aeldari with loads of War Walkers, Skyweavers and Spiders/Hawks.
  • 6th – Brandon Holm – Thousand Sons: Tsons that dials back Rubricae and one of the Exalted for a Mutalith and a bumper crop of Cultists/Enlightened.
  • 7th – Mark Ferek – T’au Empire (Kauyon): Breacherfish and shooty hulls.
  • 8th – Alex Spathopoulos – Space Wolves (Gladius Task Force): Loads of Wulfen, a Redeemer and lots of board presence/scoring stuff.
  • 9th – Wyatt Turk – Salamanders (Firestorm Assault Force): Another showing for Vulkan (here in his happy place leading Infernus Marines), Adrax and Bladeguard with a Champion of Humanity, this time an Ancient.
  • 10th – Nathan Carnes – Grey Knights: Three Dreadknights and a full Paladin, doubling down on heavy shooting with an allied Knight Castellan.
  • 11th – Nicholas Mane – Necrons (Canoptek Court): Double C’tan, triple Doomstalker, triple Wraiths.

The Battle For Middle Wisko GT

38-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Wausau, WI, US on June 22 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Wesley St.Hines – Astra Militarum (Combined Regiment) – 1st Place

Tempestus Scions. Credit: SRM

The List

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Guard without Solar
Imperium – Astra Militarum
Combined Regiment

Char1: 5x Militarum Tempestus Command Squad
• 4x Tempestus Scion
1 with Master Vox, Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Laspistol
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Lasgun, Hot-shot Laspistol, Medi-pack
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Meltagun
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Plasma Gun
• 1x Tempestor Prime: Tempestus Dagger, Warlord, Plasma Pistol

Char2: 5x Militarum Tempestus Command Squad
• 4x Tempestus Scion
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Lasgun, Hot-shot Laspistol, Medi-pack
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Grenade Launcher
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Meltagun
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Plasma Gun
• 1x Tempestor Prime: Tempestus Dagger, Plasma Pistol

Char3: 5x Militarum Tempestus Command Squad
• 4x Tempestus Scion
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Lasgun, Hot-shot Laspistol, Medi-pack
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Grenade Launcher
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Meltagun
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Plasma Gun
• 1x Tempestor Prime: Tempestus Dagger, Plasma Pistol

Char4: 1x Tank Commander: Armoured Tracks, Hunter-killer Missile, Demolisher Battle Cannon, Lascannon, 2x Multi-melta, Heavy Stubber
Char5: 6x Gaunt’s Ghosts
• 5x Tanith Ghost
1 with Bragg’s autocannon, Straight Silver Knife
1 with Corbec’s Hot-shot Lascarbine, Straight Silver Knife
1 with Larkin’s Long-las, Straight Silver Knife
1 with Lascarbine, Mkoll’s Straight Silver Knife
1 with Rawne’s Lascarbine, Straight Silver Knife
• 1x Ibram Gaunt: Bolt Pistol, Gaunt’s Chainsword

Char6: 1x Ursula Creed: Duty and Vengeance, Power Weapon

Infantry Squad
5x Guardsman
Guardsman w/ Vox Caster
Heavy Weapons Team with Mortar
Sergeant with Plasma Pistol, Power Fist
Guardsman w/ Meltagun

Tempestus Scions
• 9x Tempestus Scion
4 with Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Lasgun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Meltagun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Plasma Gun
1 with Vox-caster, Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Laspistol
• 1x Tempestor: Power Fist, Plasma Pistol

Tempestus Scions
• 9x Tempestus Scion
4 with Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Lasgun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Meltagun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Plasma Gun
1 with Vox-caster, Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Laspistol
• 1x Tempestor: Power Fist, Plasma Pistol

Tempestus Scions
• 9x Tempestus Scion
4 with Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Lasgun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Meltagun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Plasma Gun
1 with Vox-caster, Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Laspistol
• 1x Tempestor: Power Fist, Plasma Pistol

Tempestus Scions
• 9x Tempestus Scion
4 with Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Lasgun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Meltagun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Plasma Gun
1 with Vox-caster, Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Laspistol
• 1x Tempestor: Power Fist, Plasma Pistol

Tempestus Scions
• 9x Tempestus Scion
4 with Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Lasgun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Meltagun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Plasma Gun
1 with Vox-caster, Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Laspistol
• 1x Tempestor: Power Fist, Plasma Pistol

Tempestus Scions
• 9x Tempestus Scion
4 with Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Lasgun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Meltagun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Plasma Gun
1 with Vox-caster, Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Laspistol
• 1x Tempestor: Power Fist, Plasma Pistol

Kasrkin
• 9x Kasrkin Trooper
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Lasgun
1 with Melta mine, Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Laspistol
1 with Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot Marksmen Rifle
1 with Vox-caster, Close Combat Weapon, Hot-shot lasgun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Meltagun
2 with Close Combat Weapon, Plasma Gun
• 1x Kasrkin Sergeant: Power Weapon, Plasma Pistol

Ogryn Bodyguard: Brute Shield, Close combat weapon, Bullgryn Maul

Basilisk: Armoured Tracks, Earthshaker Cannon, Hunter-killer Missile, Heavy Bolter

Hellhound: Armoured Tracks, Hunter-killer Missile, Multi-melta, Inferno Cannon

Hellhound: Armoured Tracks, Hunter-killer Missile, Multi-melta, Inferno Cannon

Leman Russ Exterminator: Exterminator Autocannon, Armoured Tracks, Hunter-killer Missile, Lascannon, Heavy Stubber, 2x Multi-melta

Scout Sentinels: Close Combat Weapon, Hunter-killer Missile, Sentinel Chainsaw, Lascannon

Archetype

Scion Spam

Thoughts

See when I saw the faction name I was prepped to have to write something pessimistic but never mind – this is about as ready for the new world as a Guard list can be, eschewing a lot of the staples for wave after wave of Scions dropping from the sky, with a mix of tanks for early board presence. That means it packs a hell of a counterpunch, and is extremely ready to benefit from the new version of Born Soldiers if any sort of elite infantry metagame arises. Honestly, just keep doing what you’re doing Wesley!

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 2nd – John Vuchetich – Necrons (Canoptek Court): Double C’tan, double Doomstalker, triple Wraiths, using the left over points from the Doomstalker for some scoring stuff.
  • 3rd – Oliver Smith – T’au Empire (Mont’ka): Breacherfish and hulls, distinguished by the addition of lots of Pathfinders.
  • 4th – Orin Daniel – Chaos Space Marines (Pactbound Zealots): Cheap shooting and brawler melee from Rhino Chosen and some Possessed.
  • 5th – Brandon Ochoa – Drukhari (Skysplinter Assault): Extra boat-tastic Skysplinter featuring three Raiders, three Venoms and two Ravagers, packing the Transports with all the normal delightful treats.
  • 6th – Dakota Kramer – Blood Angels (Sons of Sanguinius): Jump packs galore, including a full Sanguinary Guard unit.
  • 7th – John Miller – Leagues of Votann: Loads of Sagitaurs (mostly full of Beserks) and bikes, one big Hearthguard brick.
  • 8th – Brent Brown – Adeptus Custodes (Shield Host): Triple Caladius and three Infantry blocks.

Dicing Death GT

34-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Portland, OR, United States on June 22 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Lukas Troller – Orks (Green Tide) – 1st Place

The Beast: Evil Sunz Ork Trukk. Credit: Charlie Brassley

The List

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Tide (nerf) gitz (1950 points)

Orks
Strike Force (2000 points)
Green Tide

CHARACTERS

Boss Snikrot (85 points)
• 1x Mork’s Teeth
1x Slugga

Mek (45 points)
• 1x Killsaw
1x Kustom mega-slugga

Painboy (70 points)
• 1x Grot Orderly
1x Power klaw
1x ‘Urty syringe

Painboy (70 points)
• 1x Grot Orderly
1x Power klaw
1x ‘Urty syringe

Painboy (70 points)
• 1x Grot Orderly
1x Power klaw
1x ‘Urty syringe

Warboss (80 points)
• 1x Attack squig
1x Kombi-weapon
1x Power klaw
1x Twin sluggas
• Enhancement: Bloodthirsty Belligerence

Warboss (75 points)
• 1x Attack squig
1x Kombi-weapon
1x Power klaw
1x Twin sluggas
• Enhancement: Ferocious Show Off

Warboss (65 points)
• 1x Attack squig
1x Kombi-weapon
1x Power klaw
1x Twin sluggas

Weirdboy (80 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Weirdboy staff
1x ‘Eadbanger
• Enhancement: Brutal But Kunnin’

BATTLELINE

Boyz (170 points)
• 19x Boy
• 17x Choppa
2x Close combat weapon
2x Rokkit launcha
17x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

Boyz (170 points)
• 19x Boy
• 17x Choppa
2x Close combat weapon
2x Rokkit launcha
17x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

Boyz (170 points)
• 19x Boy
• 17x Choppa
2x Close combat weapon
2x Rokkit launcha
17x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

Boyz (85 points)
• 9x Boy
• 8x Choppa
1x Close combat weapon
1x Rokkit launcha
8x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Trukk (65 points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels

Trukk (65 points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels

OTHER DATASHEETS

Battlewagon (160 points)
• 1x Deff rolla
1x ‘Ard Case

Flash Gitz (160 points)
• 1x Ammo Runt
• 1x Kaptin
• 1x Choppa
1x Snazzgun
• 9x Flash Git
• 9x Choppa
9x Snazzgun

Flash Gitz (160 points)
• 1x Ammo Runt
• 1x Kaptin
• 1x Choppa
1x Snazzgun
• 9x Flash Git
• 9x Choppa
9x Snazzgun

Gretchin (40 points)
• 10x Gretchin
• 10x Close combat weapon
10x Grot blasta
• 1x Runtherd
• 1x Runtherd tools
1x Slugga

Stormboyz (65 points)
• 4x Stormboy
• 4x Choppa
4x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Klaw
1x Slugga

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Archetype

Shooty Green Tide

Thoughts

More Green Tide over in the States, but as Green Tide builds go, this one is pretty ready for Pariah. You do still need to find some points for the Character hikes, but Lukas isn’t relying on the unkillable Meganobz and has a bit more diversity in how he can play the game thanks to adding two units of Flash Gitz. Very pleased to see that they are still getting so much airtime despite my pessimism when Da Kaptin went away, and I suspect they’re going to be an increasing staple given none of the rules changes really hit them. Well done to Lukas for (mostly) future-proofing (I even wonder if this is a planned post-Pariah list that just added the Mek to use up the left over points).

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 2nd – Jeremiah Bergdale – Drukhari (Skysplinter Assault): Extra wide Skysplinter with loads of Venoms and other small pesty units in support.
  • 3rd – Max Schwarzer – Blood Angels (Sons of Sanguinius): All-rounder Sons, mixing Lemartes’ jump pack hammer with a foot Death Company brick and some Eradicators, plus two troubleshooting Captain/Assault Intercessor units in Impulsors.
  • 4th – Taylor Marker – Chaos Daemons (Daemonic Incursion): Monster mash with Be’lakor, Shalaxi and an upgraded Keeper/GuO, supported by a few Infantry units.
  • 5th – Tanner Hebert – T’au Empire (Mont’ka): Breacherfish, Riptides and a full unit of Broadsides for maximal firepower.
  • 6th – Daniel McNicholas – Chaos Space Marines (Renegade Raiders): Rhino Brawlers, Warp Talons and Vindicators.

Kirtonian Total Carnage V

30-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in England, GB on June 22 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Aaron Mosquera – Orks (Bully Boyz) – 1st Place

Meganobz. Credit: Rockfish
Meganobz. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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BedNobs and Boomstikks (2000 Points)

Orks
Bully Boyz
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Boss Snikrot (85 Points)
• 1x Mork’s Teeth
1x Slugga

Warboss (65 Points)
• 1x Attack squig
1x Kombi-weapon
1x Power klaw
1x Twin sluggas

Warboss (65 Points)
• 1x Attack squig
1x Kombi-weapon
1x Power klaw
1x Twin sluggas

Warboss (65 Points)
• 1x Attack squig
1x Kombi-weapon
1x Power klaw
1x Twin sluggas

Warboss in Mega Armour (105 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Big shoota
1x ‘Uge choppa
• Enhancements: Tellyporta

Warboss in Mega Armour (80 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x ‘Uge choppa

Warboss in Mega Armour (80 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x ‘Uge choppa

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Trukk (65 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels
1x Wreckin’ ball

Trukk (65 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels
1x Wreckin’ ball

Trukk (65 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels
1x Wreckin’ ball

OTHER DATASHEETS

Battlewagon (160 Points)
• 4x Big shoota
1x Deff rolla
1x Grabbin’ klaw
1x Kannon
1x Lobba
1x Wreckin’ ball
1x ‘Ard Case

Flash Gitz (160 Points)
• 1x Ammo Runt
• 1x Kaptin
• 1x Choppa
1x Snazzgun
• 9x Flash Git
• 9x Choppa
9x Snazzgun

Gretchin (40 Points)
• 10x Gretchin
• 10x Close combat weapon
10x Grot blasta
• 1x Runtherd
• 1x Runtherd tools
1x Slugga

Gretchin (40 Points)
• 10x Gretchin
• 10x Close combat weapon
10x Grot blasta
• 1x Runtherd
• 1x Runtherd tools
1x Slugga

Meganobz (180 Points)
• 6x Meganob
• 6x Twin killsaws

Meganobz (150 Points)
• 5x Meganob
• 5x Twin killsaws

Meganobz (150 Points)
• 5x Meganob
• 5x Twin killsaws

Nobz (105 Points)
• 1x Ammo Runt
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga
• 4x Nob
• 4x Power klaw
4x Slugga

Nobz (105 Points)
• 1x Ammo Runt
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga
• 4x Nob
• 4x Power klaw
4x Slugga

Nobz (105 Points)
• 1x Ammo Runt
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga
• 4x Nob
• 4x Power klaw
4x Slugga

Stormboyz (65 Points)
• 4x Stormboy
• 4x Choppa
4x Slugga
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga

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Archetype

Bully Boyz

Thoughts

Strike up the mournful bagpipes for a second Ork archetype that’s on the way out, this one properly nuked from orbit, at least in its current form. Meganobz definitely didn’t need both a rules and points change, and I wouldn’t expect to see three units in most builds. If Bully Boyz does survive, I imagine it’ll be versions making use of Squighog bricks and Trukk Nobz, maybe with one big unit og Meganobz in a Tellyporta. It was fun while it lasted though, and well done to Aaron for ensuring they don’t go silent into the long night.

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 2nd – Bradley Rees – Grey Knights (Teleport Strike Force): All-rounder Grey Knights adding various small Infantry units to four Dreadknights and Crowe’s Purifiers.
  • 3rd – Ewan Davies – Chaos Daemons (Daemonic Incursion): Skarbrand, a GuO, Be’lakor and (importantly) a Rendmaster overseeing lots of Bloodcrushers.
  • 4th – David LaPorta – Chaos Space Marines (Renegade Raiders): Double Chosen Renegades backed by Predators, a Warp Talon brick and 2×5 Havocs in Rhinos (very similar to the build that won UKTC Bristol).
  • 5th – Mark Pattinson – Imperial Knights: Ready for a big Knight comeback here, Canis Rex with a Warden and Gallant for overwhelming pressure.

Wrap Up

Part 1 complete, part 2 with out (final?) Leviathan list reviews on Friday – see you then!