Competitive Innovations in 10th: Pumpkin Spice Melee pt.1

Not much of a slowdown from last weekend’s massive events – we’ve got ten events for you this week, including four majors, and some encouraging novelty at the top. Are the Aeldari still here? Obviously, but we’ve got undefeated builds from Orks, Sororitas and monogod Daemons, and that’s just in part 1!

Today, I’ll be covering:

  • Michigan GT (major)
  • Pantheon GT (major)
  • Broadsword Wargaming
  • Dragon Fall 2023
  • Call To Arms 40K

On Friday, we’ll have Lowest of Men taking the helm, covering:

  • Battle for Salvation (major)
  • Belgium GT (major)
  • GT La Laguna II Edición
  • Battle Zone Ursa 2023
  • Quebec City Open

This week’s showdowns, as voted for by our Patrons (in a particularly enthusiastic poll, since variety is the spice of life), will be:

  • Unending Swarm Tyranids vs Invasion Fleet Tyranids at the Pantheon GT
  • Necrons vs Adepta Sororitas at Battle Zone Ursa.

Let’s go!

2023 Michigan GT 40K Championships

126-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Lansing, Michigan, US on October 07 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Brenton Weiss – Aeldari – 1st Place

The List

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Aeldari Double Big (2000 Points)

Aeldari
Battle Host
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Autarch Wayleaper (115 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Dragon fusion gun
1x Star glaive

Avatar of Khaine (335 Points)
• 1x The Wailing Doom

Farseer (80 Points)
• 1x Eldritch Storm
1x Shuriken pistol
1x Singing spear

The Yncarne (350 Points)
• 1x Swirling soul energy
1x Vilith-zhar, the Sword of Souls

OTHER DATASHEETS

Fire Prism (180 Points)
• 1x Prism cannon
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Fire Prism (180 Points)
• 1x Prism cannon
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Night Spinner (180 Points)
• 1x Doomweaver
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Shadow Spectres (95 Points)
• 5x Shadow Spectre
• 5x Close combat weapon
5x Prism rifle

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

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

War Walkers (110 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x War Walker feet

War Walkers (110 Points)
• 2x Bright lance
1x War Walker feet

Warp Spiders (115 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

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Archetype

Double Avatars

Thoughts

Name says it all really – even at their elevated costs, the Avatar of Khaine and the Yncarne are some of the best units in the game, and running both of them gives you an exceptional core that can be well supported by Prisms/Spinners and speedy scoring Aspects. As with all current Aeldari lists, it’s much more beatable than the pre-nerf versions (what with it having 300-400pts less to play with and all) but it’s still ultra potent, and in Brenton’s hands took down this major handily.

Scott Ketcham – Adepta Sororitas – 2nd Place (Undefeated)

Credit: Keewa

The List

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Toolbox (1995 points)
Adepta Sororitas
Strike Force (2000 points)
Hallowed Martyrs

CHARACTERS

Dialogus (30 points)
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Dialogus staff

Morvenn Vahl (125 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Fidelis
1x Lance of Illumination
1x Paragon missile launcher

Palatine (65 points)
• 1x Bolt Pistol
1x Palatine blade
• Enhancement: Blade of Saint Ellynor

Triumph of Saint Katherine (125 points)
• 1x Bolt pistols
1x Relic weapons

BATTLELINE

Battle Sisters Squad (100 points)
• 1x Sister Superior
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Inferno pistol
1x Power weapon
• 9x Battle Sister
• 9x Bolt pistol
7x Boltgun
9x Close combat weapon
1x Meltagun
1x Multi-melta
1x Simulacrum Imperialis

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Sororitas Rhino (75 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Storm bolter

Sororitas Rhino (75 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Storm bolter

OTHER DATASHEETS

Arco-flagellants (130 points)
• 10x Arco-flagellant
• 10x Arco-flails

Arco-flagellants (130 points)
• 10x Arco-flagellant
• 10x Arco-flails

Arco-flagellants (130 points)
• 10x Arco-flagellant
• 10x Arco-flails

Castigator (140 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Castigator battle cannon
3x Heavy bolter
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Storm bolter

Castigator (140 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Castigator autocannons
3x Heavy bolter
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Storm bolter

Crusaders (25 points)
• 2x Crusader
• 2x Power weapon

Crusaders (25 points)
• 2x Crusader
• 2x Power weapon

Exorcist (160 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Exorcist missile launcher
1x Heavy bolter
1x Hunter-killer missile

Exorcist (160 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Exorcist missile launcher
1x Heavy bolter
1x Hunter-killer missile

Paragon Warsuits (200 points)
• 1x Paragon Superior
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Multi-melta
1x Paragon storm bolters
1x Paragon war mace
• 2x Paragon
• 2x Bolt pistol
2x Multi-melta
2x Paragon storm bolters
2x Paragon war blade

Seraphim Squad (70 points)
• 1x Seraphim Superior
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Plasma pistol
1x Power weapon
• 4x Seraphim
• 4x Bolt pistol
4x Close combat weapon
4x Ministorum hand flamer

ALLIED UNITS

Callidus Assassin (90 points)
• 1x Neural shredder
1x Phase sword and poison blades

Archetype

Flagellants and Hulls

Thoughts

Ah yeah, this is much more the sort of thing that we’re hoping to see in the post-Slate world – Sororitas breaking through to an undefeated finish. This list rules, and feels like it essentially comes in three parts. You’ve for the Triumph alongside some powerful shooting hulls to throw out tonnes of damage (potentially using the unlimited Acts and 6+ Feel No Pain modes of the Triumph), Vahl and a unit of Warsuits as a core roving murder band, and (literally) all the Arco-Flagellants you can take for a mixture of harrassment pressure and counter-charge. Arco-Flagellants are really, really good at their current price (in fact I talked about this on Contact Lost a few weeks back), and it’s great to see someone taking the plunge and going all in on 30 of them to great effect. You get a lot of wounds and attacks for your points, and for a list like this which wants to keep the enemy away from its precious tanks that’s ideal. Multiple Rhinos to stage them in helps a lot too, as does the option to go for Lethal Hits off the Triumph in a counter-charge emergency. Good cheap scoring units and a nasty Palatine-bearing Sisters unit finish stuff up, and overall I think this is the real deal – it can flatten the enemy at speed and can take a serious punch in response. Great stuff from Scott.

Brad Chester – Orks – 3rd Place (Undefeated)

Painboy. Credit: Rockfish
Painboy. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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badruk got his groove back (1995 points)
Orks
Strike Force (2000 points)
Waaagh! Tribe

CHARACTERS

Kaptin Badrukk (80 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Choppa
1x Da Rippa
1x Slugga

Mozrog Skragbad (195 points)
• 1x Big Chompa’s jaws
1x Gutrippa
1x Thump gun

Nob on Smasha Squig (80 points)
• 1x Big choppa
1x Slugga
1x Smasha squig jaws
• Enhancement: Headwoppa’s Killchoppa

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

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

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Trukk (60 points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels
1x Wreckin’ ball

Trukk (60 points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels
1x Wreckin’ ball

Trukk (60 points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels
1x Wreckin’ ball

OTHER DATASHEETS

Flash Gitz (190 points)
• 1x Ammo Runt
• 1x Kaptin
• 1x Choppa
1x Snazzgun
• 9x Flash Git
• 9x Choppa
9x Snazzgun

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

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

Nobz (210 points)
• 2x Ammo Runt
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga
• 9x Nob
• 9x Power klaw
9x Slugga

Nobz (210 points)
• 2x Ammo Runt
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Power klaw
1x Slugga
• 9x Nob
• 9x Power klaw
9x Slugga

Squighog Boyz (220 points)
• 2x Bomb Squig
• 6x Squighog Boy
• 6x Saddlegit weapons
6x Squighog jaws and saddlegits
6x Stikka

Squighog Boyz (110 points)
• 1x Bomb Squig
• 3x Squighog Boy
• 3x Saddlegit weapons
3x Squighog jaws and saddlegits
3x Stikka

Squighog Boyz (110 points)
• 1x Bomb Squig
• 3x Squighog Boy
• 3x Saddlegit weapons
3x Squighog jaws and saddlegits
3x Stikka

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

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

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

Archetype

Ork Goodstuff

Thoughts

Yeah that’s right, we’re doing it, I’m declaring this a Goodstuff list. Hello to my five haters on Reddit who get big mad every time we do this.

That’s broadly because it is – it’s an assembly of the best and most efficient units that Orks have, doesn’t skew in any particular direction, and ends up as a highly efficient all-rounder build that has the chops to take a 5-0 finish at a major. Mozrog is one of the best datasheets in the game, the Headwoppa Squighog unit is a tremendous (and fast) all-round damage dealer, Badrukk’s Gitz are a shooting nightmare, and Nobz are proving to be a stronger and stronger part of most Ork lists, often (though not always) supplanting Meganobz. I like the choice to build one of the two units extra tough with a Painboy, as it lets you tune the deployment of the two squads to whether the situation needs more krumpin’ or more tankin’, definitely an interesting bit of flexibility. All business as usual after that, but we love to see a Warboss winning, so well done Brad.

Tim Schmidt – Imperial Knights – 4th Place (4.5-0.5)

Imperial Knight Castellan
Imperial Knight Castellan. Credit: Jack Hunter

The List

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Big guns (1990 Points)

Imperial Knights
Noble Lance
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Knight Castellan (600 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Plasma decimator
1x Shieldbreaker missile launcher
1x Titanic feet
2x Twin meltagun
2x Twin siegebreaker cannon
1x Volcano lance
• Enhancements: Mysterious Guardian

BATTLELINE

Armiger Helverin (150 Points)
• 2x Armiger autocannon
1x Armoured feet
1x Questoris heavy stubber

Armiger Helverin (150 Points)
• 2x Armiger autocannon
1x Armoured feet
1x Questoris heavy stubber

Armiger Helverin (150 Points)
• 2x Armiger autocannon
1x Armoured feet
1x Questoris heavy stubber

Armiger Warglaive (150 Points)
• 1x Questoris heavy stubber
1x Reaper chain-cleaver
1x Thermal spear

Armiger Warglaive (150 Points)
• 1x Questoris heavy stubber
1x Reaper chain-cleaver
1x Thermal spear

Armiger Warglaive (150 Points)
• 1x Questoris heavy stubber
1x Reaper chain-cleaver
1x Thermal spear

Armiger Warglaive (150 Points)
• 1x Questoris heavy stubber
1x Reaper chain-cleaver
1x Thermal spear

Armiger Warglaive (150 Points)
• 1x Questoris heavy stubber
1x Reaper chain-cleaver
1x Thermal spear

Armiger Warglaive (150 Points)
• 1x Questoris heavy stubber
1x Reaper chain-cleaver
1x Thermal spear

ALLIED UNITS

Inquisitorial Henchmen (40 Points)
• 4x Inquisitorial Acolyte
• 4x Acolyte firearm
4x Acolyte melee weapon

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Archetype

*Nods sagely* ah yes, Big Guns.

Thoughts

Rounding out our top four, which is conveniently also our undefeateds (albeit with a draw here), we have this very unusual Knights list. I think this build is a very smart way to adapt to the slew of changes that Knights have been hit with. Bondsmen abilities not as worth it without affecting the big? Ditch them, just give all the Armigers cover instead. Can’t no-scope the enemy any more? Turn that to your advantage – run one ultra-deadly big Knight, which you’ll be able to hide, then use either Towering toe-in and/or Deep Strike/teleport from Mysterious Guardian to line up a first strike on your opponent’s best shooting stuff, and go from there. Unless they can instantly counter-punch through a Dominus, no mean feat, you then switch on Shoulder the Burden next turn and continue to dominate the table. It’s an ambitious and unusual plan, and it’s clear that it really worked, blasting through some pretty tough opponents on the way to fourth place, so major props to Tim on coming up with the plan.

The Best of the Rest

There were 19 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 5th – Brian Daugherty  – World Eaters: A somewhat durability-skewed World Eaters build, using Rhinos, Maulerfiends and full Berserker units (one with Kharn) to present a hefty threat to the foe.
  • 6th – Jamie Keep  – Black Templars: True Crusading action, featuring Sword Brethren in transports, melta-toting hover tanks and a big squad of Bladeguard with a Judiciar for melee supremacy.
  • 7th – Stevin Herrick  – Black Templars: Even more Crusading action, this time taking a full Sword Brethren squad as a melee anchor.
  • 8th – Joe Rammuni – Orks: Squighog Boyz spam, with some Trukk units (including the nigh mandatory Badrukk brick) backing them up.
  • 9th – Brandon Vallee  – T’au Empire: One big Crisis bomb, lots of small hulls, Skyrays and smaller Crisis teams in support.
  • 10th – Noah Bartle  – Leagues of Votann: Infantry-heavy Votann, taking four big units of Hearthkyn, a full Hearthguard brick, and various small supporting units, with a Land Fort to finish it all off.
  • 11th – Thomas Ogden  – T’au Empire: Double Crisis bomb with Broadsides, SKyrays and small hulls supporting.
  • 12th – Manik Gudimani  – Tyranids: Shooty Monster Mash as Synaptic Nexus.
  • 13th – Eric Owczarzak  – Necrons: Double Lychguard block with Tomb Sentinels and Doomstalkers adding shooting.
  • 14th – Stephen Olszewski  – Khorne Daemons: Super aggro Daemons, using lots of Bloodcrushers alongside Be’lakor and a Bloodthirster.
  • 15th – Layten Brinley  – Orks: Nob spam, taking three units each of Meganobz and regular Nobz.
  • 16th – Kramer Doyle  – Aeldari: Hulls and speedy Aspects.
  • 17th – Luke Carrington  – World Eaters: Berserkers, Characters, lots of Eightbound MSUs and some Daemon Engines to finish.
  • 18th – Conan Jennings  – Raven Guard: Shrike rocking round with a VanVet squad for mobile brawlers and lots of Gravis stuff providing heft.
  • 19th – Lyle Dixon  – T’au Empire: Double Crisis bomb with Broadsides and Sky Rays.
  • 20th – Randy Brigham  – Orks: Squighogs, herohammer and a loaded Battlewagon.
  • 21st – Evan McMillin  – Chaos Space Marines: Abaddon with a full Obliterator unit supported by lots of speedy MSUs of various flavours.
  • 22nd – Justin Logsdon  – Necrons: A fairly unusual Necron list – the standard full Lychguard unit is here, but then there’s lots of small units of various Destroyers, two full Immortal units and two Ghost Ark-mountedwarrior squads. Certainly saves massively on the Character spend you normally see in Necrons.
  • 23rd – Rick Kincaid  – Orks: Herohammer, Trukks and a couple of Rukkatrukk buggies.

Pantheon GT

61-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Padstow, NSW, Australia on October 06 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Scorched Earth – Chilling Rain – Sweeping Engagement

Brodie Middleton – Tyranids: The full horde build out of Unending Swarm – endless Termagants and Gargoyles, cheap and cheerful shooting from an Exocrine, scoring from Neurolictors and Deathleaper, then some force multipliers for the horde to finish.
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Swarm (2000 Points)

Tyranids
Unending Swarm
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Deathleaper (70 Points)
• 1x Lictor claws and talons

Neurotyrant (105 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Neurotyrant claws and lashes
1x Psychic scream

Tervigon (190 Points)
• 1x Massive scything talons
1x Stinger salvoes

BATTLELINE

Gargoyles (150 Points)
• 20x Gargoyle
• 20x Blinding venom
20x Fleshborer

Gargoyles (150 Points)
• 20x Gargoyle
• 20x Blinding venom
20x Fleshborer

Gargoyles (75 Points)
• 10x Gargoyle
• 10x Blinding venom
10x Fleshborer

Termagants (120 Points)
• 20x Termagant
• 20x Chitinous claws and teeth
2x Shardlauncher
2x Strangleweb
16x Termagant spinefists

Termagants (120 Points)
• 20x Termagant
• 20x Chitinous claws and teeth
2x Shardlauncher
2x Strangleweb
16x Termagant spinefists

Termagants (120 Points)
• 20x Termagant
• 20x Chitinous claws and teeth
2x Shardlauncher
2x Strangleweb
16x Termagant spinefists

Termagants (120 Points)
• 20x Termagant
• 20x Chitinous claws and teeth
2x Shardlauncher
2x Strangleweb
16x Termagant spinefists

Termagants (120 Points)
• 20x Termagant
• 20x Chitinous claws and teeth
2x Shardlauncher
2x Strangleweb
16x Termagant spinefists

OTHER DATASHEETS

Exocrine (135 Points)
• 1x Bio-plasmic cannon
1x Powerful limbs

Exocrine (135 Points)
• 1x Bio-plasmic cannon
1x Powerful limbs

Lictor (60 Points)
• 1x Lictor claws and talons

Neurolictor (65 Points)
• 1x Piercing claws and talons

Neurolictor (65 Points)
• 1x Piercing claws and talons

Pyrovores (90 Points)
• 3x Pyrovore
• 3x Chitin-barbed limbs
3x Flamespurt

Ripper Swarms (20 Points)
• 1x Chitinous claws and teeth

Ripper Swarms (20 Points)
• 1x Chitinous claws and teeth

Venomthropes (70 Points)
• 3x Venomthrope
• 3x Toxic lashes

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vs.

Alexander Englezos – Tyranids: Deep Strike pressure monster mash
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Hive Fleet Mykonos (2000 Points)

Tyranids
Invasion Fleet
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Deathleaper (70 Points)
• 1x Lictor claws and talons

Neurotyrant (125 Points)
• 1x Neurotyrant claws and lashes
1x Psychic scream
• Enhancements: Synaptic Lynchpin

Old One Eye (140 Points)
• 1x Old One Eye’s claws and talons

BATTLELINE

Termagants (60 Points)
• 10x Termagant
• 10x Chitinous claws and teeth
10x Fleshborer

OTHER DATASHEETS

Biovores (75 Points)
• 1x Chitin-barbed limbs
1x Spore Mine launcher

Carnifexes (250 Points)
• 2x Carnifex
• 2x Bio-plasma
2x Chitinous claws and teeth
2x Deathspitters with slimer maggots
2x Deathspitters with slimer maggots
2x Spine banks

Maleceptor (170 Points)
• 1x Massive scything talons
1x Psychic overload

Mawloc (145 Points)
• 1x Distensible jaw
1x Mawloc scything talons

Mawloc (145 Points)
• 1x Distensible jaw
1x Mawloc scything talons

Mawloc (145 Points)
• 1x Distensible jaw
1x Mawloc scything talons

Neurolictor (65 Points)
• 1x Piercing claws and talons

Neurolictor (65 Points)
• 1x Piercing claws and talons

Neurolictor (65 Points)
• 1x Piercing claws and talons

Pyrovores (60 Points)
• 2x Pyrovore
• 2x Chitin-barbed limbs
2x Flamespurt

Ripper Swarms (20 Points)
• 1x Chitinous claws and teeth

Ripper Swarms (20 Points)
• 1x Chitinous claws and teeth

Ripper Swarms (20 Points)
• 1x Chitinous claws and teeth

Trygon (180 Points)
• 1x Bio-electric pulse
1x Trygon scything talons

Trygon (180 Points)
• 1x Bio-electric pulse
1x Trygon scything talons

Thoughts

Two very different skewed Tyranid directions on show here. In the endless, chittering corner, we have Brodie’s Unending Swarm horde, capable of flooding the board with truly horrific numbers of inexorably advancing Gaunts, respawning them repeatedly with Endless Waves, and unleashing surprisingly hefty damage spikes using lethal hits from the Tervigon and cover-stripping from the Pyrovores. It’s an incredibly effective scoring list, able to flood the Primary and either push through fixed Secondaries or use the Neurolictors and Deathleaper to play for Tactical. It also gets great disruption capabilities from the Neurolictors and Tyrant, the latter of which sets up a real nightmare for the opponent where even if they set up a counterpunch to the Gaunt carpet, it might just flop thanks to army-wide Battle-shock tests.

On the other side, we have a different curveball – Alexander’s snake spam. Monster mash, but you can hide all the monsters, if you want. If the opponent can’t screen this out, it unleashes enormous amount of pressure on them, and the dakkafex unit behind them will do some great damage while that’s handled. Invasion Fleet supports the dakkafexes super well, as it helps them adapt to different enemy profiles, while access to the Feel No Pain from Rapid Regeneration helps the big snakes stay up for longer. Very fun, and pleasingly different from the standard Monster Mash setup.

So who wins? It’s actually pretty interesting. On the one hand, the deep strike gimmicks of the snake list do nothing here – keeping them off the board is just asking to never be able to deployment. However that’s not the only thing that the snakes do well – they also have a massive number of attacks, and while they need to be worried about the Gaunts going Lethal Hits mode and decking one, the rampage they can carve through the lines is considerable, especially when you remember that there’s going to be army-wide Sustained Hits on the snake side. The dakkafexes are also incredible in this matchup, its practically the perfect game for them, being comfortably able to flatten a unit in an activation at range, and maybe do even more if they’re close enough for the bio-plasma and spine banks to kick in. There aren’t that many lists that you look at and think they’ve got a shot at clearing the horde, but with this one? Honestly maybe.

I think a reasonable amount here is hanging on who gets the first turn, because the risk for the snakes is just getting move-blocked into oblivion. The Gaunts can get up the board and into position at extreme speed, with the Gargoyle fire-and-fade and Termagants Skulking Horrors giving lots of positioning options, and the Insurmountable Odds ability means that the snakes can’t use any of their incidental shooting safely – basically only the Dakkafexes are allowed to fire. If the swarm gets the first turn, I think they’ve got a pretty decent chance of preventing the snakes from ever getting a decent mid-table foothold if they play cagily, and thus allowing them to cap scoring and ride safe secondaries to victory. It’s not totally certain, because it’s just about possible that with a massive amount of charges turn one the snakes might be able to do enough damage to pull back some scoring late game, something that this mission supports, particularly if they get lucky when they unleash the Shadow in the Warp. A small chink in the armour of the horde is that if their units get Battle-shocked then they can’t be respawned with the Stratagem, so what I’d expect to do is to focus fire Neurolictors into one unit turn 1 to try and give a free pickup, then unleash the Shadow turn 2 and hope that some of the Gaunts that are positioned for a charge fail their test. Not reliable, but it’s a shot, and sometimes you have to play the numbers.

If the snakes go first, then they probably want to concentrate a couple of their big bodies on two of the mid-table objectives, abandon hope of contesting the third, and desperately fight for control agains the oncoming horde. Overwatch from the dakkafexes is a surprisingly serious factor, as full re-rolls plus Sustained Hits is the route to big overwatch damage, helping slow the horde from grabbing objectives. I do think the horde remains in the driving seat in a lot of cases, but there’s something there, and the final score reflects that. The swarm triumphed, but only by a sliver, so well done to both players.

Result

Tyranids Victory – 69 – 64

Brodie Middleton – Tyranids – 1st Place

Termagaunts. Credit: Rockfish
Termagaunts. Credit: Rockfish

The List

See Showdown.

Archetype

Horde Unending Swarm!

Thoughts

The horde approaches. Unending Swarm looked pretty interesting out of the Tyranid Codex, as while its effects are narrow they’re a very good narrow, and it looks like the builds you can craft out of that are serious contenders, able to put an absolute stranglehold on the Primary in most games, and needing a serious lift to clear. I think the key innovation to highlight here is the use of spinefists for all the Termagants – by ensuring they can still do some damage even if they’re stuck in combat you remove the need to use the more expensive Hormagaunts, maximising the bodies on the table and helping with the flood. It also means that they can more reliably do some damage on a respawn turn, and helps chip anything via re-rolls (and it’s extremely funny that in the edition of free equipment, the spikelauncher is so bad you don’t take it instead of a base weapon).

All powerful stuff, and introduces a real new metagame threat for people to contend with. Well done Brodie!

Liam Ma – Astra Militarum – 2nd Place (Undefeated)

Rogal Dorn. Credit: Rockfish
Rogal Dorn. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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Tanks Go Brrrr (2000 points)
Astra Militarum
Strike Force (2000 points)
Combined Regiment

CHARACTERS

Lord Solar Leontus (125 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Conquest
1x Konstantin’s hooves
1x Sol’s Righteous Gaze

Platoon Command Squad (80 points)
• 1x Platoon Commander
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Laspistol
• Enhancement: Drill Commander
• 2x Veteran Guardsman
• 2x Close combat weapon
2x Lasgun
2x Laspistol
1x Master Vox
1x Regimental Standard
• 1x Veteran Heavy Weapons Team
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Heavy bolter
1x Laspistol

Tank Commander (220 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Demolisher battle cannon
1x Heavy stubber
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Lascannon
2x Multi-melta
• Enhancement: Grand Strategist

BATTLELINE

Infantry Squad (60 points)
• 1x Sergeant
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Laspistol
• 7x Guardsman
• 7x Close combat weapon
7x Lasgun
• 1x Heavy Weapons Team
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Laspistol
1x Mortar

OTHER DATASHEETS

Banesword (480 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
2x Lascannon
2x Lascannon
1x Quake cannon
1x Twin heavy bolter
2x Twin heavy bolter
2x Twin heavy bolter

Earthshaker Carriage Battery (120 points)
• 1x Battery close combat weapons
1x Earthshaker cannon

Leman Russ Executioner (180 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Executioner plasma cannon
1x Heavy stubber
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Lascannon
2x Multi-melta

Leman Russ Vanquisher (155 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
2x Heavy bolter
1x Heavy stubber
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Lascannon
1x Vanquisher battle cannon

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank (260 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Co-axial autocannon
1x Heavy stubber
2x Heavy stubber
2x Multi-melta
1x Oppressor cannon
1x Pulveriser cannon

Rogal Dorn Battle Tank (260 points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Co-axial autocannon
1x Heavy stubber
2x Heavy stubber
2x Multi-melta
1x Oppressor cannon
1x Pulveriser cannon

Scout Sentinels (60 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Hunter-killer missile
1x Lascannon
1x Sentinel chainsaw

Archetype

Tanks Go Brrrr

Once again the list-naming feature lets players do my job for me.

Thoughts

Name once again says it all – this list has some massive tanks, can redeploy them to line up the best early-game sightlines, and can then point the opposition to dust post-haste. Not an especially complex plan, but a few points worth highlighting. First up, the Banesword is definitely the best of the Guard Big Tanks at the moment, as far as I’m concerned. The Quake Cannon is just a vastly superior all-rounder weapon (which you want on your big stuff), well tuned to absolutely annihilate heavy infantry and enemy tanks alike (and there’s enough of those around that the Deadly Demise on 3+ effect is seriously good, not a meme). AP-4 and Ignores Cover means that stuff relying on being able to ride a 5+ in cover is suddenly back to a 6+, and if something absolutely has to die you can also bring the Leman Russ Exterminator to bear, with its AP-boosting effect adding up to remove a 2+ save agains the Quake Cannon entirely, something that’s way rarer in 10th.

I think the Exterminator has been massively slept on in general, because its turret gun is actually one of the best of the Russ variants this Edition, and the +1AP effect is phenomenal for either making something turbo dead to the Banesword or (more likely) helping the AP-2 big guns on the Dorns push through against sturdier targets. Definitely put one (probably exactly one) in your Astra Militarum lists if you haven’t been already.

I will admit that I don’t love that this is another “whoops all hulls” list, something the meta seems to be encouraging, but it’s nice to see a Big Tank getting the business done, so great job to Liam.

Alexander Englezos – Tyranids – 3rd Place

Trygon Prime. Credit: Rockfish
Trygon Prime. Credit: Rockfish

The List

See showdown.

Archetype

Snake spam

Thoughts

Covered in the showdown – a unique twist on Monster Mash that handles one of the challenges with the army, which is not being able to hide enough of it and getting blasted. There’s lots of shooty tank lists out there right now, making that a genuine concern, so it’s nice to see some smart adaptation to it. That’s the Tyranid way, after all, so great job Alexander.

Joshua Hynes – Tyranids – 4th Place

Credit: PierreTheMime

The List

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++ Army Roster (Xenos – Tyranids) [2,000pts] ++

+ Configuration +

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

Detachment: Invasion Fleet

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+ Epic Hero +

Deathleaper [70pts]: Lictor Claws and Talons

Old One Eye [140pts]: Old One Eye’s claws and talons

+ Character +

Hive Tyrant [250pts]: Heavy Venom Cannon, Monstrous Bonesword and Lash Whip, Perfectly Adapted

Neurotyrant [105pts]: Neurotyrant claws and lashes, Psychic scream, Warlord

Winged Tyranid Prime [65pts]: Prime Talons

+ Battleline +

Gargoyles [75pts]
. 10x Gargoyles: 10x Blinding Venom, 10x Fleshborer

+ Infantry +

Biovores [75pts]
. Biovore: Chitin-barbed Limbs, Spore Mine Launcher

Neurolictor [65pts]: Piercing Claws and Talons

Neurolictor [65pts]: Piercing Claws and Talons

Pyrovores [30pts]
. Pyrovore: Chitin-barbed limbs, Flamespurt

Pyrovores [30pts]
. Pyrovore: Chitin-barbed limbs, Flamespurt

Tyranid Warriors with Melee Bio-Weapons [170pts]
. Tyranid Prime: Tyranid Warrior Claws and Talons
. 5x Tyranid Warrior: 5x Tyranid Warrior Claws and Talons

+ Swarm +

Ripper Swarms [20pts]
. Ripper Swarm: Xenos Claws and Teeth

+ Monster +

Carnifexes [250pts]
. Carnifex: Bio-plasma, Carifex Extra Scything Talons, Carnifex Crushing Claws, Spine Banks, Xenos Claws and Teeth
. Carnifex: Bio-plasma, Carifex Extra Scything Talons, Carnifex Crushing Claws, Spine Banks, Xenos Claws and Teeth

Haruspex [125pts]: Grasping Tongue, Ravenous Maw, Shovelling Claws

Haruspex [125pts]: Grasping Tongue, Ravenous Maw, Shovelling Claws

Maleceptor [170pts]: Massive Scything Talons, Psychic Overload

Maleceptor [170pts]: Massive Scything Talons, Psychic Overload

++ Total: [2,000pts] ++

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Archetype

All-rounder Invasion Fleet

Thoughts

Invasion Fleet is still a great way to run a bunch of monsters (optionally including Old One-Eye as here), so there’s not a massive amount of new ground to cover here, but it is worth highlighting the presence of Warriors with a Winged Prime just as a general all-rounder melee unit. They did get a decent point drop between the Prime and the unit, which obviously makes them more appealing, but I think they’re another sign of the more general trend that the removal of 10-model Custodes blocks has opened up the space for mid-tier melee stuff, because you’re less likely to hit a game where they’re literally dead points on the way to the top. While I think there’s some good play for them in the Vanguard detachment, being Invasion Fleet does also open up the option of switching on Lethal Hits into hard targets, which combines with built-in Twin-Linked to mean that they’ll put actual chip damage on anything, and are surprisingly deadly into some top meta picks like Crisis Suits. Love to see an interesting flex choice performing well, great stuff Joshua.

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 5th – Nathan Bugmann  – Asuryani: Avatar and a Wraithguard block.
  • 6th – Kyle Pearson  – Orks: Trukk spam, with lots of Warbosses and Beastbosses laced amidst the unit.
  • 7th – Ben Tinker  – Chaos Space Marines: Abaddon-free gunline, just taking a Warpsmith alongside a bumper crop of Daemon Engines and Obliterators, with a couple of Chosen units providing counter-charge.
  • 8th – Nathan Princi  – Chaos Knights: Super-aggro Knights, using a Panoply Rampager to lead a bunch of Karnivores into battle as Brigands blast stuff.
  • 9th – Chris Oneill  – Adeptus Mechanicus: Dunerider/Electropriest spam, a whole new skew direction. Ironstriders and a Disintegrator provide some backup.
  • 10th – Joshua Brodie  – Chaos Space Marines:: Accursed Communes, Possessed and gunline tools provide a high-pressure, high damage combo.
  • 11th – Christopher Wright  – Raven Guard: Shrike and a bunch of jump pack friends, with Aggressors once again forming a central anchor.

Broadsword Wargaming

56-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Castlebar, County Mayo, IE on October 07 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Colin Power – Aeldari – 1st Place

Wraithguard with Wraithcannons. Credit: Rockfish
Wraithguard with Wraithcannons. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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Perfect WG (2000 points)
Aeldari
Strike Force (2000 points)
Battle Host

CHARACTER

Autarch Wayleaper (140 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Dragon fusion gun
1x Howling Banshee Mask
1x Star glaive
• Enhancement: The Phoenix Gem

Farseer (80 points)
• 1x Eldritch Storm
1x Shuriken pistol
1x Singing spear

Fuegan (115 points)
• 1x Searsong
1x The Fire Axe

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

The Yncarne (350 points)
• 1x Swirling soul energy
1x Vilith-zhar, the Sword of Souls

OTHER DATASHEETS

Night Spinner (180 points)
• 1x Doomweaver
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Night Spinner (180 points)
• 1x Doomweaver
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Night Spinner (180 points)
• 1x Doomweaver
1x Shuriken cannon
1x Wraithbone hull

Shadow Spectres (125 points)
• 5x Shadow Spectre
• 5x Close combat weapon
5x Prism rifle
• 1x Shadow Spectre Exarch
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Prism rifle

Warp Spiders (115 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 (115 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 (340 points)
• 10x Wraithguard
• 10x Close combat weapon
10x Wraithcannon

Archetype

Wraithguard and Spinners

Thoughts

If I speak I am in big trouble.

Other than saying well done Colin, I guess. Let’s go with that.

Mark Morrow – Tyranids – 2nd Place (Undefeated)

Zoanthropes. Credit: Rockfish
Zoanthropes. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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Broadsword ITC Autumn 2023 (2000 Points)

Tyranids
Invasion Fleet
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Deathleaper (70 Points)
• 1x Lictor claws and talons

Hive Tyrant (260 Points)
• 1x Monstrous bonesword and lash whip
1x Monstrous scything talons
• Enhancements: Adaptive Biology

Neurotyrant (105 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Neurotyrant claws and lashes
1x Psychic scream

BATTLELINE

Gargoyles (75 Points)
• 10x Gargoyle
• 10x Blinding venom
10x Fleshborer

Hormagaunts (130 Points)
• 20x Hormagaunt
• 20x Hormagaunt talons

Termagants (60 Points)
• 10x Termagant
• 10x Chitinous claws and teeth
10x Fleshborer

OTHER DATASHEETS

Biovores (75 Points)
• 1x Chitin-barbed limbs
1x Spore Mine launcher

Exocrine (135 Points)
• 1x Bio-plasmic cannon
1x Powerful limbs

Exocrine (135 Points)
• 1x Bio-plasmic cannon
1x Powerful limbs

Maleceptor (170 Points)
• 1x Massive scything talons
1x Psychic overload

Maleceptor (170 Points)
• 1x Massive scything talons
1x Psychic overload

Neurolictor (65 Points)
• 1x Piercing claws and talons

Neurolictor (65 Points)
• 1x Piercing claws and talons

Neurolictor (65 Points)
• 1x Piercing claws and talons

Pyrovores (30 Points)
• 1x Chitin-barbed limbs
1x Flamespurt

Pyrovores (30 Points)
• 1x Chitin-barbed limbs
1x Flamespurt

Pyrovores (30 Points)
• 1x Chitin-barbed limbs
1x Flamespurt

Zoanthropes (110 Points)
• 1x Neurothrope
• 1x Chitinous claws and teeth
1x Warp Blast
• 2x Zoanthrope
• 2x Chitinous claws and teeth
2x Warp Blast

Zoanthropes (110 Points)
• 1x Neurothrope
• 1x Chitinous claws and teeth
1x Warp Blast
• 2x Zoanthrope
• 2x Chitinous claws and teeth
2x Warp Blast

Zoanthropes (110 Points)
• 1x Neurothrope
• 1x Chitinous claws and teeth
1x Warp Blast
• 2x Zoanthrope
• 2x Chitinous claws and teeth
2x Warp Blast

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Archetype

Brainy Bug Bonanza

Thoughts

More Tyranids, here turning their large brains to the challenge of blasting opponents off the board. They do that pretty well, but there’s not that much to say about it, as this is largely what you did with Tyranids before the book, just augmented with Neurolictors as one of the game’s best objective/utility tools. The only other thing to highlight is the Hormagaunts, which I do like a lot – I’ll keep hammering on this, but it’s refreshing that the departure of big Custodes bricks have opened up the possibiity of using a mid-tier melee threat. Good stuff all-round from Mark.

The Best of the Rest

There were 8 more players on 4-1 records. They were:

  • 3rd – Dan Ahern  – Chaos Space Marines: Abaddon gunline++, running three full Obliterator units.
  • 4th – Joseph Musgrave  – Aeldari: Fire Dragons in Falcon spam. No, seriously, it’s a legit unit now.
  • 5th – Dara Meehan  – World Eaters: The list is titled “I can’t believe it’s not Angron” and that kind of sums it up – a tooled-up Winged Prince plays the roving killer role, freeing up points for lots of Infantry, including a full Terminator unit.
  • 6th – Oisin McCormack  – Chaos Daemons: Classic Bird/Shalaxi/Be’lakor monster mash, Bloodthirster Jr. (a Winged Prince with A’rgath), and the points saved by not going for a fourth Greater Daemon spent on some Horrors and Plaguebearers for point control and Bloodcrushers as roving threats.
  • 7th – J Mc Quaid  – Death Guard: Mortarion, lots of Terminators, lots of Daemon Engines.
  • 8th – Peter Ghelfi  – Black Templars: Crusader and Sword Brethren MSUs running interference for some Ballistus Dreads and Valiants.
  • 9th – Joey Cullen  – Chaos Space Marines: A bit of everything, including some shooty toys, Possessed, Obliterators, and a full Chosen unit in a Land Raider.
  • 10th – Ralph Risk  – Chaos Knights: Rampager and Dogs.

Dragon Fall 2023 – 40k Champs

40-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, US on October 07 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Kevin Leonard – Khorne Daemons – 1st Place

Credit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” Jones

The List

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Khorne (1980 Points)

Chaos Daemons
Daemonic Incursion
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Bloodthirster (340 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Great axe of Khorne
1x Hellfire breath
• Enhancements: A’rgath, The King of Blades

Rendmaster on Blood Throne (150 Points)
• 1x Attendants’ hellblades
1x Blade of blood

Skullmaster (105 Points)
• 1x Blade of blood
1x Juggernaut’s bladed horn

Skullmaster (105 Points)
• 1x Blade of blood
1x Juggernaut’s bladed horn

Skullmaster (105 Points)
• 1x Blade of blood
1x Juggernaut’s bladed horn

OTHER DATASHEETS

Bloodcrushers (240 Points)
• 1x Bloodhunter
• 1x Hellblade
1x Juggernaut’s bladed horn
• 5x Bloodcrusher
• 1x Daemonic Icon
5x Hellblade
1x Instrument of Chaos
5x Juggernaut’s bladed horn

Bloodcrushers (240 Points)
• 1x Bloodhunter
• 1x Hellblade
1x Juggernaut’s bladed horn
• 5x Bloodcrusher
• 1x Daemonic Icon
5x Hellblade
1x Instrument of Chaos
5x Juggernaut’s bladed horn

Bloodcrushers (240 Points)
• 1x Bloodhunter
• 1x Hellblade
1x Juggernaut’s bladed horn
• 5x Bloodcrusher
• 1x Daemonic Icon
5x Hellblade
1x Instrument of Chaos
5x Juggernaut’s bladed horn

Flesh Hounds (70 Points)
• 1x Gore Hound
• 1x Burning roar
1x Collar of Khorne
1x Gore-drenched fangs
• 4x Flesh Hound
• 4x Collar of Khorne
4x Gore-drenched fangs

Flesh Hounds (70 Points)
• 1x Gore Hound
• 1x Burning roar
1x Collar of Khorne
1x Gore-drenched fangs
• 4x Flesh Hound
• 4x Collar of Khorne
4x Gore-drenched fangs

Skull Cannon (105 Points)
• 1x Attendants’ hellblades
1x Biting maw
1x Skull cannon

Skull Cannon (105 Points)
• 1x Attendants’ hellblades
1x Biting maw
1x Skull cannon

Skull Cannon (105 Points)
• 1x Attendants’ hellblades
1x Biting maw
1x Skull cannon

Archetype

Khorne Bloodcrusher Spam

Thoughts

A hearty (or possibly heart-rending) hell yeah for this one, monogod Daemons taking down an event is fantastic to see. This list is just pure pressure, and maximises its broad capabilities by taking Skullmasters everywhere, which allows the Bloodcrusher units to flatten mid-tier stuff solo, and has a Rendmaster and Bloodthirster to punch up into large targets too. I must admit, it’s a while since I’ve looked at the Rendmaster datasheet and there was definitely a moment of “it does what?” when i pulled it up – that’s a buff right there. Given that a list like this will wither and die if it stumbles on a kill at a key moment, this seems like a critical addition to the plan, and I’m glad to see it helping Kevin get this highly flavourful list to the top.

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 2nd – John Miller – Space Marines: GTF gun-toting hulls for days, plus an Aggressor squad in a Redeemer.
  • 3rd – James R Fisher – Aeldari: Ultra-herohammer Aeldari with double Avatar.
  • 4th – Jason Moskalik  – Thousand Sons: Ultra-herohammer Tsons with masses of Characters (notably the full three Infernal masters), a few Rubricae, and a Mutalith.
  • 5th – Frank Russo  – Space Marines: Dreadnoughts, Hellblasters and a big Aggressor unit, with a Land Rader Redeemer for one of the big units to ride in.
  • 6th – Christian Valle – World Eaters: Double Lord of Skulls. Hero mode.
  • 7th – Jeff Grogan – Leagues of Votann: Double big Hearthguard, double Fort.

Call To Arms 40K – Away Games

36-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Williamsburg, VA, US on October 07 2023. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Justin Rosko – Orks – 1st Place

Ork Beast Snagga Beastboss by Crab-stuffed Mushrooms

The List

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Rollout (2000 Points)

Orks
Waaagh! Tribe
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Beastboss (100 Points)
• 1x Beast Snagga klaw
1x Beastchoppa
1x Shoota

Beastboss (100 Points)
• 1x Beast Snagga klaw
1x Beastchoppa
1x Shoota

Nob on Smasha Squig (80 Points)
• 1x Big choppa
1x Slugga
1x Smasha squig jaws
• Enhancements: Headwoppa’s Killchoppa

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

Warboss in Mega Armour (105 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x ’Uge choppa
• Enhancements: Follow Me Ladz

Weirdboy (55 Points)
• 1x Weirdboy staff
1x ’Eadbanger

BATTLELINE

Beast Snagga Boyz (105 Points)
• 1x Beast Snagga Nob
• 1x Power snappa
1x Slugga
• 9x Beast Snagga Boy
• 9x Choppa
9x Slugga

Beast Snagga Boyz (105 Points)
• 1x Beast Snagga Nob
• 1x Power snappa
1x Slugga
• 9x Beast Snagga Boy
• 9x Choppa
9x Slugga

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Trukk (60 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels
1x Wreckin’ ball

Trukk (60 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels
1x Wreckin’ ball

Trukk (60 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels
1x Wreckin’ ball

Trukk (60 Points)
• 1x Big shoota
1x Spiked wheels
1x Wreckin’ ball

OTHER DATASHEETS

Battlewagon (185 Points)
• 4x Big shoota
1x Deff rolla
1x Grabbin’ klaw
1x Kannon
1x Lobba
1x Wreckin’ ball
1x ’Ard Case

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

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

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

Nobz (210 Points)
• 1x Boss Nob
• 1x Big choppa
1x Slugga
• 9x Nob
• 9x Big choppa
9x Slugga

Squighog Boyz (110 Points)
• 1x Bomb Squig
• 3x Squighog Boy
• 3x Saddlegit weapons
3x Squighog jaws and saddlegits
3x Stikka

Squighog Boyz (110 Points)
• 1x Bomb Squig
• 3x Squighog Boy
• 3x Saddlegit weapons
3x Squighog jaws and saddlegits
3x Stikka

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

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

Warbikers (70 Points)
• 1x Boss Nob on Warbike
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Power klaw
1x Twin dakkagun
• 2x Warbiker
• 2x Choppa
2x Close combat weapon
2x Twin dakkagun

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Archetype

Mech Orks

Thoughts

See I’m not just going to call all Ork lists Goodstuff, just the ones that are. This is transport-based pressure instead, able to swiftly get into the opponent’s face, unleash  a devastating Waaagh turns that flatten key targets, then use a mixture of bodies and charge harrassment from any surviving Trukks to close out the game. Plenty of cheap scoring stuff too, allowing this army to max its Secondaries handily, and the result is another great way to play Orks. Good stuff from Justin.

David Penfold 🎃🎃🎃🎃 – Thousand Sons – 2nd Place (Undefeated)

Credit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” Jones

The List

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Boo bees (2000 Points)

Thousand Sons
Cult of Magic

CHARACTERS

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

Exalted Sorcerer on Disc of Tzeentch (140 Points)
• 1x Arcane Fire
1x Force weapon
1x Inferno bolt pistol
• Enhancements: Lord of Forbidden Lore

Exalted Sorcerer on Disc of Tzeentch (135 Points)
• 1x Arcane Fire
1x Force weapon
1x Inferno bolt pistol
• Enhancements: Umbralefic Crystal

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

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

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

Thousand Sons Sorcerer (110 Points)
• WARLORD
• 1x Fires of the Abyss
1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol
• Enhancements: Arcane Vortex

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
4x 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
4x 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 (210 Points)
• 1x Aspiring Sorcerer
• 1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol
1x Warpsmite
• 9x Rubric Marine
• 9x Close combat weapon
1x Icon of Flame
9x Warpflamer

Rubric Marines (210 Points)
• 1x Aspiring Sorcerer
• 1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol
1x Warpsmite
• 9x Rubric Marine
• 9x Close combat weapon
1x Icon of Flame
9x Warpflamer

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Thousand Sons Rhino (75 Points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Havoc launcher
1x Inferno combi-bolter 1x Inferno combi-bolter

OTHER DATASHEETS

Mutalith Vortex Beast (165 Points)
• 1x Betentaled maw
1x Mutalith claws
1x Warp vortex

Tzaangor Enlightened (45 Points)
• 1x Aviarch
• 1x Divining spear
• 2x Enlightened
• 2x Divining spear

ALLIED UNITS

The Changeling (90 Points)
• 1x Infernal Flames
1x The Trickster’s Staff

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Archetype

Rubric Spam

Thoughts

A Magnus-free Tsons list at the top? In this economy? Apparently it’s more likely than you think, and I can sort of see why – this build gets to take massive numbers of Characters without lots of them having to be exposed (there’s one without a bodyguard, presumably going off to do Doombolt/Grenade-based mischief), which will keep the Cabal Points flowing, and has much more of a solid core than some builds. It does lose the pressure threat that Magnus can sometimes provide value as, but it also removes a model that can be vulnerable against the (increasingly popular) gunline tank lists. No idea if it’s the best way of approaching it, we’ll see what happens as Thousand Sons continue to evolve, but it’s certainly intriuging to see a non-Magnus build run undefeated – good stuff from David.

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 3th – Don Belec  – Black Templars: Righteous Crusaders with a full Assault Terminator unit
  • 4th – Frank Viruet  – Chaos Knights: Dogs and Nurglings.
  • 5th – Patrick Aultice  – Black Templars: Maximum Primaris Dreadnought spam – three ecach of Redemptors, Bllistus and Brutalis.
  • 6th – Blue Ford  – Deathskulls: Nobz galore, with Trukk Infantry in support/

Wrap Up

That’s it for part 1, but we’ve got more spicy content in part 2, so make sure to check back in on Friday.