Competitive Innovations in 10th: The Meta Adepts pt.1

Big events all over the shop this week, with blockbusters in each of the US, UK and Europe. The metagame continues to shift week-to-week – Necrons are definitely stalwarts right now, but this week the T’au are on the rise, putting their index through its paces a few more times becore the Codex kicks in. Plenty of other armies are making pitches for top spots and we’ve still got hilarious left field builds making it into showdowns and top placings.

It continues to be a good time to play 40K, and today I’ll be covering:

  • Adepticon Champs 2024
  • Firebug Open 2024
  • Rosehammer 2
  • CoCo’s March Madness GT
  • OTT 2024

On Friday we’ll have Lowest of Men and Curie (who is guesting once more to cover the event he was at) looking at:

  • UKTC Manchester Supermajor
  • All is Dust
  • OP March Madness GT
  • Void War GT

This week’s showdowns will be:

  • T’au vs Thousand Sons at the Adepticon Champs
  • Adepta Sororitas vs Astra Militarum at the Void War GT
  • Dark Angels (Ironstorm) vs Adeptus Custodes at All is Dust

Adepticon Champs 2024

All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Take and Hold – Chilling Rain – Search and Destroy

Brandon Vallee – T’au Empire

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Kroot Suit Riot (2000 points)

T’au Empire
Strike Force (2000 points)
Kauyon

CHARACTERS

Commander in Coldstar Battlesuit (125 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Battlesuit fists
1x Cyclic ion blaster
3x Cyclic ion blaster
2x Shield Drone
• Enhancement: Exemplar of the Kauyon

Commander in Enforcer Battlesuit (110 points)
• 1x Battlesuit fists
1x Cyclic ion blaster
3x Cyclic ion blaster
2x Shield Drone
• Enhancement: Precision of the Patient Hunter

Darkstrider (60 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Shade

BATTLELINE

Breacher Team (90 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

Breacher Team (90 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

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Devilfish (75 points)
• 1x Accelerator burst cannon
1x Armoured hull
2x Seeker missile
2x Twin pulse carbine

Devilfish (75 points)
• 1x Accelerator burst cannon
1x Armoured hull
2x Seeker missile
2x Twin pulse carbine

OTHER DATASHEETS

Crisis Battlesuits (400 points)
• 1x Crisis Shas’vre
• 1x Battlesuit fists
3x Cyclic ion blaster
2x Shield Drone
1x Shield Generator
• 5x Crisis Shas’ui
• 5x Battlesuit fists
15x Cyclic ion blaster
10x Shield Drone
5x Shield Generator

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

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

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

Riptide Battlesuit (165 points)
• 1x Ion accelerator
2x Missile Drone
1x Riptide fists
1x Twin plasma rifle

Riptide Battlesuit (165 points)
• 1x Ion accelerator
2x Missile Drone
1x Riptide fists
1x Twin plasma rifle

Sky Ray Gunship (130 points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Seeker missile rack
2x Twin smart missile system

Sky Ray Gunship (130 points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Seeker missile rack
2x Twin smart missile system

Stealth Battlesuits (60 points)
• 1x Stealth Shas’vre
• 1x Battlesuit Support System
1x Battlesuit fists
1x Fusion blaster
1x Homing Beacon
1x Marker Drone
1x Shield Drone
• 2x Stealth Shas’ui
• 2x Battlesuit fists
2x Burst cannon

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

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

vs.

TJ Lanigan – Thousand Sons

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Dark Magic (2000 points)

Thousand Sons
Strike Force (2000 points)
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 (135 points)
• 1x Arcane Fire
1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol
• Enhancement: Umbralefic Crystal

Exalted Sorcerer on Disc of Tzeentch (115 points)
• 1x Arcane Fire
1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol

Exalted Sorcerer on Disc of Tzeentch (115 points)
• 1x Arcane Fire
1x Force weapon
1x Warpflame pistol

Infernal Master (105 points)
• 1x Force weapon
1x Inferno bolt pistol
1x Screamer Invocation
• Enhancement: Arcane Vortex

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

Thousand Sons Daemon Prince with Wings (220 points)
• 1x Hellforged weapons
1x Infernal cannon
• Enhancement: Lord of Forbidden Lore

BATTLELINE

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 (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

Tzaangors (65 points)
• 1x Twistbray
• 1x Tzaangor blades
• 9x Tzaangor
• 1x Brayhorn
1x Herd banner
9x Tzaangor blades

OTHER DATASHEETS

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

Thousand Sons Cultists (60 points)
• 1x Thousand Sons Cultist Champion
• 1x Brutal assault weapon
1x Cultist firearm
• 9x Thousand Sons Cultist
• 9x Brutal assault weapon
6x Cultist firearm
1x Flamer
1x Grenade launcher
1x Heavy stubber

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

Thoughts

Cyclic ion blasters still have a few weeks of life left in them, and they’re here in their full splendour alongside a bunch of other T’au classics. Facing off against them is a fairly top-heavy Thousand Sons build from master of all things Chaos TJ Lanigan, using a Mutalith and a Winged Prince alongside Magnus to exert extra pressure, and various light units to fill out objective capabilities. The mission doesn’t really add much complexity so it’s all about how the armies face off – so what’s the verdict?

This feels like it’s pretty uphill for the Thousand Sons, as the T’au’s utility/cheap board control units being significantly tougher than the Chaos ones gives them a much easier time controlling the flow of the battle. Both sides have tools that will annihilate a key target when unleashes, but killing off a squad of Tetras, a Devilfish or a Piranha takes enough doing that the Thousand Sons will have to gradually expose a few “real” units (unless Doombolt does a lot of work), while Enlightened or Cultists are just going to melt to pretty much whatever. The big Crisis block is also a much more reliable trump card than anything the the Thousand Sons list, which all carries some risk of falling flat. T’au also feel like they have better assets for a mid-strength go turn – if they commit with the Breacherfish, Sky Rays and Riptides all at once, the Thousand Sons are going to have to go hard to push back, but the Crisis Team and utility Commander will still be waiting in the wings.

It feels like the Tsons need to play conservatively early on, take advantage of Bring It Down/Homers being a strong pick here, and aim to either narrowly edge the T’au out on points, or set up a trap to generate a big swing turn. I think that’s easier said than done though – the T’au have so much mobility that they might well be able to force the issue, and they’ve got plenty of toys to score Tactical objectives with. The scoreline here was pretty low, suggesting that the Sons did go for the (correct) cautious plan, but I’m guessing the T’au were able to box them in enough that they could never break out on points.

Result

T’au Victory 59-39

Brandon Vallee – T’au Empire (Kauyon) – 1st Place

Tau Commander
T’au Commander. Credit: Jack Hunter

The List

See showdown

Archetype

RIP CIBs

Thoughts

RIP to a real one. Everything in this list except the CIBs still seems super good post-codex, but it won’t be backed by quite as horrific a shooting threat. I’m expecting T’au to walk that off just fine, but we’ll see soon enough. For now, congratulations to Brandon on winning one of the OG supermajors!

TJ Lanigan – Thousand Sons (Cult of Magic) – 2nd Place

Slaves to Darkness Daemon Prince. Credit: SRM

The List

See showdown

Archetype

Speedy Tsons

Thoughts

Trust TJ to mix up the formula a bit – this list’s big advantage over the Tsons standard is that it’s mobility around the table is far less tied up in Magnus, as you’ve got a teleporting/flying prince and lots of individual disk Characters to go with. That gives you fantastic scoring potential, and the ability to drop Rituals essentially wherever you want, while still retaining a big hammer piece from the full flamer squad. I do think the T’au matchup here is probably one of the worst the list could have run into in the finals (Bike/Sagitaur Votann is probably the other big problem), and seven undefeated rounds prior to that is a fantastic showing!

Shaun Reynolds – Necrons (Hypercrypt Legion) – 3rd Place

Necron Warriors. Credit: Magos Sockbert
Necron Warriors. Credit: Magos Sockbert

The List

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Uppy Downy Ouchy (2000 points)

Necrons
Strike Force (2000 points)
Hypercrypt Legion

CHARACTERS

Chronomancer (60 points)
• 1x Chronomancer’s stave
• Enhancement: Dimensional Overseer

C’tan Shard of the Nightbringer (255 points)
• 1x Gaze of death
1x Scythe of the Nightbringer

C’tan Shard of the Void Dragon (270 points)
• 1x Canoptek tail blades
1x Spear of the Void Dragon
1x Voltaic storm

Illuminor Szeras (160 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Eldritch Lance
1x Impaling legs

Plasmancer (80 points)
• 1x Plasmic lance
• Enhancement: Arisen Tyrant

Royal Warden (60 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Relic gauss blaster
• Enhancement: Osteoclave Fulcrum

Transcendent C’tan (275 points)
• 1x Crackling tendrils
1x Seismic assault

BATTLELINE

Necron Warriors (200 points)
• 20x Necron Warrior
• 20x Close combat weapon
20x Gauss reaper

Necron Warriors (200 points)
• 20x Necron Warrior
• 20x Close combat weapon
20x Gauss reaper

OTHER DATASHEETS

Lokhust Destroyers (30 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Gauss cannon

Lokhust Destroyers (30 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Gauss cannon

Lokhust Destroyers (30 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Gauss cannon

Monolith (350 points)
• 4x Death ray
1x Particle whip
1x Portal of exile

Archetype

Warrior Hypercrypt

Thoughts

Warriors with Szeras provide Hypercrypt with a strong alternative anchor to Wraiths – a lot of armies (with a few notable exceptions, watch out for Hearthguard and Allarus) really struggle to lift a squad, and that’s particularly true if you take advantage of Take Cover to further enhance their save at a key moment. That provides a seriously durable core, and one squad can cause endless mischief thanks to Osteoclave Fulcrum and a Royal Warden to permit Fall Back/Shoot. All good stuff, and I must admit I’m feeling the lure of this build myself – always a vote of confidence!

Kevin Leonard – Khorne Daemons (Daemonic Incursion) – 4th Place

Be’lakor, the Dark Master. Credit: SRM

The List

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Khorne (1985 Points)

Chaos Daemons
Daemonic Incursion
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Be’lakor (350 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Betraying Shades
1x The Blade of Shadows

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

Skullmaster (100 Points)
• 1x Blade of blood
1x Juggernaut’s bladed horn

Skullmaster (100 Points)
• 1x Blade of blood
1x Juggernaut’s bladed horn

Skullmaster (100 Points)
• 1x Blade of blood
1x Juggernaut’s bladed horn

OTHER DATASHEETS

Bloodcrushers (220 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 (220 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 (220 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

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 Aggro

Thoughts

Hell yeah. I really don’t have much more to say – the plan here is pretty obvious but it’s very funny. Be’lakor ensures the build can set up pretty aggressively without immediately getting shot to bits, then you charge. Hopefully, the enemy is no longer present after that. This worked all the way up to a very close loss to Brandon’s T’au, so I assume that this is, in fact, mostly what happened. Great work from Kevin.

The Best of the Rest

The rest of the top eight were:

  • 5th – Justin Cook – T’au Empire: Heavily mechanised T’au with three Riptides and some Hammerheads and Breacherfish in support.
  • 6th – Ben Andraka – Tyranids (Vanguard Onslaught): Sneaky bug spectacular, using lots of utility pieces, pressure from a Genestealer blob early, a big Zoanthrope unit to work with Stratagems, and some big monsters to smash into bits of the opponent’s army that need slowing down.
  • 7th – David T. – evo <3 – Thousand Sons: Magnus, various other wizards, two big blocks of Infantry (one Rubricae unit, one of Scarabs) and then lots of Cultists for extra presence.
  • 8th – Steven Ross- Necrons (Canoptek Court): The build that’s largely locked in as the “best” Court variant (not the only time it will turn up this week), going for Wraiths, 10/5/5 Immortals with a Plasmancer each, Szeras and a pair of Doomstalkers, with Acanthrites and Scarabs rounding out as screens/utility.

I have also been asked to shout out Michael Anderberg, one of the players who went 4-0 in the Swiss but couldn’t play the top 16, for getting there with a World Eaters build that’s running a mighty 24 Eightbound. Clearly taking them in a multiple of eight is the recipe for success.

Firebug Open 2024

156-player, 6-round Grand Tournament in Ettlingen, BW, DE on March 22 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Kevin „planB_God“ Zöllinger – Black Templars (Ironstorm Spearhead) – 1st Place

Black Templars Ballistus Dreadnought. Credit: SRM

The List

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Name der Liste: Go Vale <3

„Nicht die Menschen, die immer gewinnen sind die stärksten, sondern die die niemals aufgeben (trotzdem gilt: Hauptsache VOR Büttelmann).“ (1995 Points)

Space Marines
Black Templars
Ironstorm Spearhead
Strike Force (2000Points)

CHARACTERS

Techmarine (80 Points)
• 1x Forge bolter
1x Grav-pistol
1x Omnissian power axe
1x Servo-arm
• Enhancements: Adept of the Omnissiah

Techmarine (75 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Forge bolter
1x Grav-pistol
1x Omnissian power axe
1x Servo-arm
• Enhancements: Master of Machine War (Aura)

Techmarine (95 Points)
• 1x Forge bolter
1x Grav-pistol
1x Omnissian power axe
1x Servo-arm
• Enhancements: Target Augury Web (Aura)

BATTLELINE

Crusader Squad (75 Points)
• 1x Sword Brother
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Inferno pistol
1x Thunder hammer
• 4x Initiate
• 2x Astartes chainsword
4x Bolt Pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Meltagun
1x Multi-melta

Crusader Squad (75 Points)
• 1x Sword Brother
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Inferno pistol
1x Thunder hammer
• 4x Initiate
• 2x Astartes chainsword
4x Bolt Pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Meltagun
1x Multi-melta

Crusader Squad (75 Points)
• 1x Sword Brother
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Inferno pistol
1x Thunder hammer
• 4x Initiate
• 2x Astartes chainsword
4x Bolt Pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Meltagun
1x Multi-melta

Crusader Squad (75 Points)
• 1x Sword Brother
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Inferno pistol
1x Thunder hammer
• 4x Initiate
• 2x Astartes chainsword
4x Bolt Pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Meltagun
1x Multi-melta

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

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

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

OTHER DATASHEETS

Ballistus Dreadnought (140 Points)
• 1x Armoured feet
1x Ballistus lascannon
1x Ballistus missile launcher
1x Twin storm bolter

Black Templars Gladiator Reaper (155 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Multi-melta
2x Tempest bolter
1x Twin heavy onslaught gatling cannon

Black Templars Gladiator Reaper (155 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Multi-melta
2x Tempest bolter
1x Twin heavy onslaught gatling cannon

Black Templars Gladiator Reaper (155 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Multi-melta
2x Tempest bolter
1x Twin heavy onslaught gatling cannon

Black Templars Repulsor Executioner (235 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Heavy laser destroyer
1x Heavy onslaught gatling cannon
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Multi-melta
1x Repulsor Executioner defensive array
1x Twin Icarus ironhail heavy stubber
1x Twin heavy bolter

Predator Destructor (130 Points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Hunter-killer missile
2x Lascannon
1x Predator autocannon
1x Storm bolter

Predator Destructor (130 Points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Hunter-killer missile
2x Lascannon
1x Predator autocannon
1x Storm bolter

Predator Destructor (130 Points)
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Hunter-killer missile
2x Lascannon
1x Predator autocannon
1x Storm bolter

Scout Squad (65 Points)
• 1x Scout Sergeant
• 1x Astartes chainsword
1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
• 4x Scout
• 2x Astartes shotgun
4x Bolt pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Missile launcher
1x Scout sniper rifle

Zusammengestellt auf die alten Layouts, war zu faul neue Modelle anzumalen. GO VALE! <3

Archetype

Pure Dakka Templars

Thoughts

Pretty much what you’d expect from Templars leaning in fully on the shooty plan. Extra multi-meltas make Templar hover hulls the best value tanks Marines get access to, Destructors are just great value anyway, and having access to the best value Marine Battleline unit as well in Crusaders seals the deal (especially as it means the Rhinos functionally have two multi-meltas). Well done to Kevin on the win!

Max „Press“ Kanter – Leagues of Votann (Oathband) – 2nd Place (Undefeated)

Sagitaur. Credit: Rockfish
Sagitaur. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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Grots mit Bärten (1990 Points)

Leagues of Votann
Oathband
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Grimnyr (65 Points)
• 1x Grimnyr
• 1x Ancestral Wrath
1x Ancestral ward stave
• 2x CORV
• 2x Autoch-pattern bolter
2x Close combat weapon

Grimnyr (65 Points)
• 1x Grimnyr
• 1x Ancestral Wrath
1x Ancestral ward stave
• 2x CORV
• 2x Autoch-pattern bolter
2x Close combat weapon

Kâhl (90 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Mass gauntlet
1x Rampart Crest
1x Volkanite disintegrator
• Enhancements: Appraising Glare

BATTLELINE

Hearthkyn Warriors (110 Points)
• 1x Theyn
• 1x Autoch-pattern bolter
1x Close combat weapon
1x EtaCarn plasma pistol
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

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 Concussion maul
1x Mole grenade launcher

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

Einhyr Hearthguard (320 Points)
• 1x Hesyr
• 1x Concussion hammer
1x Exo-armour grenade launcher
1x Teleport Crest
1x Volkanite disintegrator
• 9x Einhyr Hearthguard
• 9x Concussion gauntlet
9x Exo-armour grenade launcher
9x Volkanite disintegrator

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

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

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

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Archetype

Dwarves on Wheels

Thoughts

Another list packed to the gills with shooting here, using cheap Grimnyrs as a way to pack out some extra sagitaurs, supporting all of those with a massive number of bikes, and holding a big Hearthguard unit in reserve to flatten any enemy hordes that present themselves. Like the Templars build, this is a relatively uncomplicated army but an extremely dangerous one – it can get its shooting into position very easily, it has good mitigations for hordes and enemy melee threats from the Hearthguard and counter-charging Beserks, and it’s got a bunch of redundancy. Unlike some other hull spam builds, it also isn’t especially vulnerable on Fixed secondaries, as Sagitaurs sneak in at 9W, so only give up two each. That probably pushes opponents to tactical a lot of the time, and staying on the baord to score late game is a formidible challenge here. Good clean Votann fun, and it earned Max the second undefeated slot here, congratulations!

Gregor Werner – Drukhari (Skysplinter Assault) – 3rd Place (5.5-0.5)

Credit: Wings

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Drukhari (2000 Points)

Drukhari
Skysplinter Assault
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

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

Archon (85 Points)
• 1x Blast pistol
1x Huskblade
• Enhancements: Spiteful Raider

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)
• Warlord
• 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

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

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

Venom (70 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
1x Splinter cannon 1x Splinter cannon

Venom (70 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
1x Splinter cannon 1x Splinter cannon

Venom (70 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
1x Splinter cannon 1x Splinter cannon

Venom (70 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
1x Splinter cannon 1x Splinter cannon

OTHER DATASHEETS

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

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

Incubi (75 Points)
• 4x Incubi
• 4x 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

Ravager (115 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
3x Dark lance

Ravager (115 Points)
• 1x Bladevanes
3x Dark lance

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

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

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Archetype

Skysplinter

Thoughts

Lots of hulls once more, but here a mix of shooty and pressure pieces. Two Raiders and lots of Venoms feels like the winning formula for Skysplinter, as the latter are easy to hide and make great staging tools with an Incubi/Archon unit or utility pieces with Kabalites. Two Raiders is within the realms of what you can reasonably hide during deployment, and potentially mid-game with a well-timed reactive move, and that gets your two big hammers (Lelith and the full Incubi squad) where you need them. Loads of dark lances and some mandrakes completes the recipe, and this ends up as a vicious and flexible killing machine, albeit a brittle one if you make an error.

In that regard, I like the choice to stick to only four Characters – while it sucks a bit to not have an Archon with the second small Incubi unit, giving up max points on both Bring it Down and Assassinate would make it too easy for opponents to play a grindy, cautious game, whereas here you’d be guaranteed not to give up 40, and could easily hide one of the Characters to cap things at 32. Given this build will excel at Tactical objectives, that neutralises the ability of an opponent to play very cagily, forcing them into an engagement that you can use to tear them apart. A strong decision that I’m sure helped take this to a 5.5-0.5 finish; well done Gregor.

Grischa Gerwert – Death Guard (Plague Company) – 4th Place

Plague Marines. Credit: Rockfish
Plague Marines. Credit: Rockfish

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++ Army Roster (Chaos – Death Guard) [1,995pts] ++

+ Configuration +

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

Detachment Choice: Plague Company

Show/Hide Options: Chaos Knights are visible, Legends are visible, Nurgle Daemons are visible, Unaligned Forces are visible, Unaligned Fortifications are visible

+ Epic Hero +

Typhus [80pts]

+ Character +

Biologus Putrifier [50pts]

Biologus Putrifier [50pts]

Foul Blightspawn [50pts]

Foul Blightspawn [50pts]: Warlord

+ Battleline +

Plague Marines [180pts]
. Plague Champion: Heavy plague weapon, Plasma gun
. Plague Marine w/ bubotic weapons
. 4x Plague Marine w/ heavy plague weapon: 4x Heavy plague weapon, 4x Plague knives
. 2x Plague Marine w/ plague spewer: 2x Plague knives, 2x Plague spewer
. Plague Marine w/ special weapon: Meltagun
. Plague Marine w/ special weapon: Meltagun

Plague Marines [90pts]
. Plague Champion: Heavy plague weapon, Plasma gun
. 2x Plague Marine w/ heavy plague weapon: 2x Heavy plague weapon, 2x Plague knives
. Plague Marine w/ plague spewer
. Plague Marine w/ special weapon: Meltagun

Plague Marines [180pts]
. Plague Champion: Heavy plague weapon, Plasma gun
. Plague Marine w/ bubotic weapons
. 4x Plague Marine w/ heavy plague weapon: 4x Heavy plague weapon, 4x Plague knives
. 2x Plague Marine w/ plague spewer: 2x Plague knives, 2x Plague spewer
. Plague Marine w/ special weapon: Meltagun
. Plague Marine w/ special weapon: Meltagun

Plague Marines [90pts]
. Plague Champion: Heavy plague weapon, Plasma gun
. 2x Plague Marine w/ heavy plague weapon: 2x Heavy plague weapon, 2x Plague knives
. Plague Marine w/ plague spewer
. Plague Marine w/ special weapon: Meltagun

+ Infantry +

Death Guard Cultists [50pts]
. 6x Cultist: 6x Brutal assault weapon, 6x Cultist firearm
. Cultist w/ flamer
. Cultist w/ grenade launcher
. Cultist w/ heavy stubber

Deathshroud Terminators [120pts]
. 2x Deathshroud Terminator: 2x Manreaper, 2x Plaguespurt gauntlet
. Deathshroud Terminator Champion: 2x Plaguespurt gauntlet

+ Vehicle +

Plagueburst Crawler [180pts]: Heavy slugger
. 2 entropy cannons

Plagueburst Crawler [180pts]: Heavy slugger
. 2 entropy cannons

+ Dedicated Transport +

Death Guard Rhino [75pts]: Combi-weapon, Havoc launcher

Death Guard Rhino [75pts]: Combi-weapon, Havoc launcher

Death Guard Rhino [75pts]: Combi-weapon, Havoc launcher

+ Allied Units +

Nurglings [40pts]
. 3x Nurgling Swarm: 3x Diseased claws and teeth

Nurglings [40pts]
. 3x Nurgling Swarm: 3x Diseased claws and teeth

War Dog Brigand [170pts]: Havoc multi-launcher

War Dog Brigand [170pts]: Havoc multi-launcher

++ Total: [1,995pts] ++

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Archetype

Crunchy Death Guard (without Mortarion)

Thoughts

Roudning out the top four, this build follows a pretty common plan for Death Guard, presenting a very uniform target profile with a mixture of loaded Rhinos, Plaguebursts and Brigands. Some builds add Mortarion too, but this list opts for an even heavier Plague Marine/Rhino contingent, giving it lots of flexibility on terrain-heavy tables (which European events tend to have). Full Plague Marine units with Blightspawn can be a huge pain for most lists to prise out of ruins, and in general going this way ensures there’s no obvious angle of attack for many opponents. That enables the kind of grinding victory of which Nurgle approves; great work from Grischa on taking fourth.

The Best of the Rest

There were 13 more players on 5-1 records. They were:

  • 5th – Matthias Ehrhardt – Adeptus Mechanicus (Skitarii Hunter Cohort): Aggro robots – max Dragoons and Canis Rex, unleashing an avalanche of melee murderbots on the opponent, and supporting them with some mobile utility shooting from Skitarii and Sterylizors. Assassins add some extra scoring potential, and this build definitely pulls off some classic high pressure plays!
  • 6th – Christian Breuer – Thousand Sons: Character and Rubricae spam, adding a few Cultist units to support.
  • 7th – Adrian Willruth – Adeptus Custodes: Infantry spam, triple Guard, triple Wardens.
  • 8th – Pascal Haberstroh – Adeptus Custodes: Infantry spam, swapping out one unit of guard for some Allarus.
  • 9th – Peter Steiner – Leagues of Votann: Sagitaur/Bike spam.
  • 10th – Manuel Wayand – Grey Knights: Five Dreadknights, Crowe’s Purifiers and some Interceptors.
  • 11th – Fritz Peters – Necrons (Hypercrypt Legion): Extra shooty Hypercrypt with double Immortals backed by a Monolith and double Doomsday, all watched over by the Silent King.
  • 12th – Mario Barkeeper – Drukhari (Skysplinter Assault): double bonus Venom spam, taking a mighty six alongside 2 Raiders and 2 Ravagers. Also uses Drazhar as an additional threat.
  • 13th – Bastian Kry – Astra Militarum: Bullgryn, Tank Commanders and Kasrkin as pressure, Medusas and Basilisks for bombardment.
  • 14th – Christopher Schade – Adeptus Custodes: Four Infantry/Character blocks and 3×2 Allarus, adding lots of board flexibility.
  • 15th – William Fuhrimann – Leagues of Votann: Double Land Fortress, one with Hearthguard and one with either 5 or 10 Beserks, depending on how the Sagitaurs get filled.
  • 16th – Christian Schachmann – Adeptus Custodes: Infantry spam that goes hard on Allarus instead of Wardens, sporting two five-model units.
  • 17th – Roman Kleiber – Orks: Ork goodstuff with all the hits.

Rosehammer 2

54-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Portland, Oregon, US on March 23 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Donald Plummer – T’au Empire (Kauyon) – 1st Place

T'au Army
Credit: Donald Plummer

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one last hurrah (2000 points)

T’au Empire
Strike Force (2000 points)
Kauyon

CHARACTERS

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

Commander in Coldstar Battlesuit (125 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Battlesuit fists
1x Cyclic ion blaster
3x Cyclic ion blaster
1x Marker Drone
1x Shield Drone
• Enhancement: Exemplar of the Kauyon

Commander in Crisis Battlesuit (80 points)
• 1x Battlesuit fists
1x Cyclic ion blaster
3x Cyclic ion blaster
2x Shield Drone

Darkstrider (60 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Shade

BATTLELINE

Breacher Team (90 points)
• 1x Support turret missile system
• 1x Breacher Fire Warrior Shas’ui
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Guardian Drone
1x Pulse blaster
1x Pulse pistol
1x Shield Drone
• 9x Breacher Fire Warrior
• 9x Close combat weapon
9x Pulse blaster
9x Pulse pistol

Breacher Team (90 points)
• 1x Support turret missile system
• 1x Breacher Fire Warrior Shas’ui
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Guardian Drone
1x Pulse blaster
1x Pulse pistol
1x Shield Drone
• 9x Breacher Fire Warrior
• 9x Close combat weapon
9x Pulse blaster
9x Pulse pistol

Breacher Team (90 points)
• 1x Support turret missile system
• 1x Breacher Fire Warrior Shas’ui
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Guardian Drone
1x Pulse blaster
1x Pulse pistol
1x Shield Drone
• 9x Breacher Fire Warrior
• 9x Close combat weapon
9x Pulse blaster
9x Pulse pistol

Breacher Team (90 points)
• 1x Support turret missile system
• 1x Breacher Fire Warrior Shas’ui
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Guardian Drone
1x Pulse blaster
1x Pulse pistol
1x Shield Drone
• 9x Breacher Fire Warrior
• 9x Close combat weapon
9x Pulse blaster
9x Pulse pistol

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Devilfish (75 points)
• 1x Accelerator burst cannon
1x Armoured hull
2x Seeker missile
2x Twin pulse carbine

Devilfish (75 points)
• 1x Accelerator burst cannon
1x Armoured hull
2x Seeker missile
2x Twin pulse carbine

OTHER DATASHEETS

Broadside Battlesuits (180 points)
• 1x Broadside Shas’vre
• 1x Crushing bulk
1x Heavy rail rifle
2x Missile Drone
1x Seeker missile
1x Twin plasma rifle
• 1x Broadside Shas’ui
• 1x Crushing bulk
1x Heavy rail rifle
2x Missile Drone
1x Seeker missile
1x Twin plasma rifle

Crisis Battlesuits (400 points)
• 1x Crisis Shas’vre
• 1x Battlesuit fists
1x Cyclic ion blaster
2x Fusion blaster
2x Shield Drone
1x Shield Generator
• 5x Crisis Shas’ui
• 5x Battlesuit fists
5x Cyclic ion blaster
10x Fusion blaster
10x Shield Drone
5x Shield Generator

Pathfinder Team (90 points)
• 1x Pathfinder Shas’ui
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Gun Drone
1x Pulse carbine
1x Pulse pistol
1x Recon Drone
1x Semi-automatic grenade launcher
1x Shield Drone
• 9x Pathfinder
• 9x Close combat weapon
3x Ion rifle
6x Pulse carbine
9x Pulse pistol

Riptide Battlesuit (165 points)
• 1x Ion accelerator
2x Missile Drone
1x Riptide fists
1x Twin plasma rifle

Riptide Battlesuit (165 points)
• 1x Ion accelerator
2x Missile Drone
1x Riptide fists
1x Twin plasma rifle

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

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

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Archetype

Suits galore

Thoughts

The name says it all really – one last outing for the CIB Crisis block, may we never see a shooting unit quite so horrific ever again. Aun’va as the ultimate Lone Op and a solo utility Crisis Commander also get a fitting sendoff. Luckily there’s still plenty of stuff in support here that will remain great with the new book, and I expect to see Mont’ka powered Broadsides, Riptides and Breacherfish rampaging around in the near future. The list also showcases another big T’au asset, which is that they have phenomenal board coverage. Donald sent me the scorecard from his final game, and on The Ritual he was able to outscore Grey knights despite barely killing anything, simply by carpeting the board in so many units that they couldn’t get a foothold. Expect that go-wide plan to remain extremely strong going forward, and well done to Donald on providing a big showcase for the Index as was.

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 2nd (4.5-0.5) – Nicolas Ohlsen-Johnson – Thousand Sons (Cult of Magic): Character spam with double Mutalith.
  • 3rd – Enrique Gavina – Necrons (Canoptek Court): Triple Doomstalker, triple Wraiths.
  • 4th – Daniel Mindlin – Grey Knights (Teleport Strike Force): Ultra crunch, quad Dreadknights with two big Terminator blocks (one of each flavour).
  • 5th – Kolby Hopkins – Space Wolves (Stormlance Task Force): Maximum ThunderCav and 20 Wulfen.
  • 6th – Linton Rowan – Space Wolves (Stormlance Task Force): Maximum ThunderCav and 30 Wulfen.
  • 7th – Tanner Hebert – Adeptus Custodes: Four Infantry blocks and double Land RaiderContinues to be hilarious to me that 10th is the Edition of the Rhino, Predator and Land Raider.
  • 8th – Tyler Bortel – Necrons (Hypercrypt Legion): Triple C’tan, two Warrior blocks and a Monolith.
  • 9th – Ryan Cherewich – Death Guard: Crunchy Death Guard with mortarion and some Bloat-drones for additional pressure.
  • 10th – Kaden Martin – Adepta Sororitas: All-rounder Sisters with some extra transports.

CoCo’s March Madness GT

31-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Talladega, AL, US on March 23 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Robert Birmingham – Necrons (Canoptek Court) – 1st Place

Transcendent C'tan Shard of Nyadra'zatha, the Burning One by Craig "MasterSlowPoke" Sniffen
Transcendent C’tan Shard of Nyadra’zatha, the Burning One by Craig “MasterSlowPoke” Sniffen

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Canopteks W/ fast bois (2000 Points)

Necrons
Canoptek Court
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

C’tan Shard of the Nightbringer (255 Points)
• 1x Gaze of death
1x Scythe of the Nightbringer

C’tan Shard of the Void Dragon (270 Points)
• 1x Canoptek tail blades
1x Spear of the Void Dragon
1x Voltaic storm

Technomancer (75 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Staff of light
• Enhancements: Autodivinator

Technomancer (80 Points)
• 1x Staff of light
• Enhancements: Dimensional Sanctum

Transcendent C’tan (275 Points)
• 1x Crackling tendrils
1x Seismic assault

OTHER DATASHEETS

Canoptek Doomstalker (135 Points)
• 1x Doomsday blaster
1x Doomstalker limbs
1x Twin gauss flayer

Canoptek Doomstalker (135 Points)
• 1x Doomsday blaster
1x Doomstalker limbs
1x Twin gauss flayer

Canoptek Doomstalker (135 Points)
• 1x Doomsday blaster
1x Doomstalker limbs
1x Twin gauss flayer

Canoptek Wraiths (220 Points)
• 6x Canoptek Wraith
• 6x Particle caster
6x Vicious claws

Canoptek Wraiths (220 Points)
• 6x Canoptek Wraith
• 6x Particle caster
6x Vicious claws

Lokhust Heavy Destroyers (50 Points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Gauss destructor

Tomb Blades (75 Points)
• 3x Tomb Blade
• 3x Close combat weapon
3x Shadowloom
3x Shieldvanes
3x Twin tesla carbine

Tomb Blades (75 Points)
• 3x Tomb Blade
• 3x Close combat weapon
3x Shadowloom
3x Shieldvanes
3x Twin tesla carbine

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Archetype

Crunchy Court

Thoughts#

That’s some heft right there – three C’tan and two Wraith squads will challenge even the shootiest army, and supporting them with Doomstalkers means there’s some serious ranged murder coming in as well. Adding Tomb Blades to screen is a nice way to finish this – it ensure the enemy can’t easily rush you down, and lets this list play on its terms. Great stuff from Robert.

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 2nd – Seth Oster – Necrons (Hypercrypt Legion): Double C’tan, one Wraith block, double Immortals and a Monolith.
  • 3rd – Seth Piper – Adeptus Mechanicus (Skitarii Hunter Cohort): Skitarii and Sterylizors to skirmish, 2×3 Dragoons for melee pressure and two big Breacher units for all-round devastation.
  • 4th – Kennith Webb – Chaos Daemons (Daemonic Incursion): Ultimate anti-herohammer, five big Daemons, and all the small ones that work well alone, with but a single unit of Nurglings as the non-character contingent.
  • 5th – Charles Pickert – Space Wolves (Stormlance Task Force): Would you belive that this army might contain “max ThunderCav” and “20 Wulfen”? Well it does. It does also contain one of my favourite under-represented utility units in the Phobos Librarian/Infiltrator squad, ideal for screening your home when most of your army is going off on a cavalry charge.
  • 6th – Ryan Brown – Orks: Triple Kill Rig, mechanised pressure galore!

OTT 2024

30-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand on March 22 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Jonty Larsen – Necrons (Hypercrypt Legion) – 1st Place

Necron Plasmancer
Necron Plasmancer. Credit: Pendulin

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+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
+ FACTION KEYWORD: Xenos – Necrons
+ DETACHMENT: Hypercrypt Legion
+ TOTAL ARMY POINTS: 2000pts
+
+ WARLORD: Char5: Illuminor Szeras
+ ENHANCEMENT: Osteoclave Fulcrum (on Char1: Chronomancer)
& Arisen Tyrant (on Char3: Plasmancer)
+ NUMBER OF UNITS: 14
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

CHARACTER

Char1: 1x Chronomancer (70 pts)
1 with Chronomancer’s stave
Enhancement: Osteoclave Fulcrum (20 pts)

Char2: 1x Chronomancer (50 pts)
1 with Chronomancer’s stave

Char3: 1x Plasmancer (80 pts)
1 with Plasmic lance
Enhancement: Arisen Tyrant (25 pts)

Char4: 1x C’tan Shard of the Nightbringer (255 pts)
1 with Gaze of death, Scythe of the Nightbringer

Char5: 1x Illuminor Szeras (160 pts)
1 with Eldritch lance, Impaling legs
• Warlord

BATTLELINE

10x Immortals (140 pts)
• 10x Immortal
10 with Close combat weapon, Tesla carbine

10x Immortals (140 pts)
• 10x Immortal
10 with Close combat weapon, Tesla carbine

10x Immortals (140 pts)
• 10x Immortal
10 with Close combat weapon, Tesla carbine

OTHER DATASHEETS

5x Deathmarks (65 pts)
• 5x Deathmark
5 with Close combat weapon, Synaptic disintegrator

1x Lokhust Destroyers (30 pts)
• 1x Lokhust Destroyer
1 with Close combat weapon, Gauss cannon

3x Canoptek Acanthrites (85 pts)
• 3x Canoptek Acanthrite
3 with Cutting beam, Voidblade

3x Canoptek Acanthrites (85 pts)
• 3x Canoptek Acanthrite
3 with Cutting beam, Voidblade

1x Monolith (350 pts)
1 with Particle whip, Portal of exile, 4x Death ray

1x Monolith (350 pts)
1 with Particle whip, Portal of exile, 4x Death ray

Archetype

Double Monolith

Thoughts

Look, if I’m honest I do sometimes find myself feeling like a second Monolith would make my life easier. One sometimes isn’t enough, OK. Running a second with Szeras about is cute too – it means you can potentially unleash a lot of AP-boosted firepower by warping in Szeras and some Immortals, and using Cosmic Precision to bring in a second squad nearby. It’s a nice extra trick, and hey you also get to keep using your stratagems if your first big box gets blasted. I just think that’s neat, big fan of Jonty’s work.

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 2nd – Chris Voss – T’au Sept (Kauyon): Triptide, Ghostkeels and Breacherfish.
  • 3rd – Ivan Soo – Necrons (Canoptek Court): Double C’tan, lots of Immortals and double Wraiths.
  • 4th – Tait Hoby – Thousand Sons (Cult of Magic): Characters galore, two big Rubricae squads and a Mutalith.
  • 5th – Hamish Reeve – Grey Knights: Six Dreadknights and Canis Rex. Welp.
  • 6th – Patricio Campos – Ynnari: A big Wraithblade unit, lots of small speedy squads of various stripes and some D-cannons.

Wrap Up