Competitive Innovations in 10th: You Can’t Keep an Elf Down pt.1

The post-Dataslate world beckons, and we have the first few results to look at. Today we’ve got a chaotic clash at the top, Friday…eh don’t worry about it. Don’t look at the title. Everything’s OK. Lowest of Men will tell you all about it then.

Today, I’m telling you about:

  • The Great Game – Gongaii GT Winter 2024
  • German Major Hamburg
  • Level Up Games Feb 2024 GT
  • Winter Donut 2024
  • Wettcon Vinter 2024 40k

On Friday, you’ll be getting:

  • CaptainCon 40K GT
  • Cross-Swords PAW 2024
  • I GT ACUPHAMMER
  • FWC Grand Tournament Warhammer 40K GT

This week for Showdowns we have only unleashed democracy ion the post-dataslate choices, and the results are:

  • Chaos Knights vs Death Guard at The Great Game.
  • Drukhari vs. Ultramarines at the FWC Grand Tournament

The Great Game – Gongaii GT Winter 2024 (Post-Dataslate)

34-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Forest Grove, OR, United States on February 03 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

The Showdown

Priority Targets – Chilling Rain – Crucible of Battle

Alax Henderson – Chaos Knights (Traitoris Lance): Whoops all War Dogs – actually all War Dogs now, taking out any Nurglings and swapping a few Brigands to Huntsmen to free a few points.
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++ Army Roster (Chaos – Chaos Knights) [1,975pts] ++

+ Configuration +

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

Detachment Choice: Traitoris Lance

Show/Hide Options: Khorne Daemons are visible, Legends are visible, Nurgle Daemons are visible, Slaanesh Daemons are visible, Titans are visible, Tzeentch Daemons are visible, Unaligned Forces are visible, Unaligned Fortifications are visible

+ Character +

War Dog Stalker [175pts]: Aura of Terror, Avenger chaincannon, Diabolus heavy stubber, Slaughterclaw, Warlord

+ Battleline +

War Dog Brigand [170pts]: Armoured feet, Avenger chaincannon, Daemonbreath spear, Havoc multi-launcher

War Dog Brigand [170pts]: Armoured feet, Avenger chaincannon, Daemonbreath spear, Havoc multi-launcher

War Dog Brigand [170pts]: Armoured feet, Avenger chaincannon, Daemonbreath spear, Havoc multi-launcher

War Dog Huntsman [150pts]: Daemonbreath meltagun, Daemonbreath spear, Reaper chaintalon

War Dog Huntsman [150pts]: Daemonbreath meltagun, Daemonbreath spear, Reaper chaintalon

War Dog Huntsman [150pts]: Daemonbreath meltagun, Daemonbreath spear, Reaper chaintalon

War Dog Karnivore [140pts]: Diabolus heavy stubber, Reaper chaintalon, Slaughterclaw

War Dog Karnivore [140pts]: Diabolus heavy stubber, Reaper chaintalon, Slaughterclaw

War Dog Karnivore [140pts]: Diabolus heavy stubber, Reaper chaintalon, Slaughterclaw

War Dog Karnivore [140pts]: Diabolus heavy stubber, Reaper chaintalon, Slaughterclaw

War Dog Karnivore [140pts]: Diabolus heavy stubber, Reaper chaintalon, Slaughterclaw

War Dog Karnivore [140pts]: Diabolus heavy stubber, Reaper chaintalon, Slaughterclaw

++ Total: [1,975pts] ++

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Tanner Hebert – Death Guard (Plague Company): Brigands over here as well! Alongside them, Mortarion and two packed Rhinos form the majority of the on-board Death Guard component, and 3×3 Deathshrouds with Characters provide shock troops from reserve.
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‘Morty, Ten Thousand Years Morty’

-Mortarion
•Warlord

-Typhus

-2x Termie Sorcs
⠀⠀⠀•Force Weapon ⠀⠀⠀
•Combi-Weapon

-2 Foul Blight Spawns

-2 Biologus Putrifiers

2×10 Plague Marines
•2 Plasma Guns
•2 Plague Spewers
•1 Blight Launcher
•4 Heavy Plague Axes
•Sgt has Plasgun and Heavy Plague Axe

2 Rhinos
•2x Plague Bolters
•Havoc Launcher

3×3 Death Shroud

1×3 Nurglings

2×1 Brigands
•Havoc Launchers

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Thoughts

It’s Chaos on top for our first post-Dataslate showdown, seeing Chaos Knights with relatively minor changes face off against Death Guard list that’s been tweaked a bit more. Mortarion is back (to the extent he ever left), benefitting from fully operational ignore modifiers and the toning down of Marine and Aeldari shooting, providing a central anchor and hammer for the guard. Full Plague Marine units in Rhinos are still an excessively nasty accompaniment, and are joined by newly cheaper Deathshrouds, each with a lethal character at the fore. We’ve seen solo Terminator Librarians used in Death Guard before because of how nasty they are on a go turn, but with the bodyguard now being priced to move and harder to no-sell with Damage Reduction when you bring Morty over, it makes sense to add them.

Over on the Knights side, it’s pretty much as expected – some Brigands cut back to Huntsmen, lots of Karnivores. The build is still pretty scary, but noticeably weaker, and the Brigands feel particularly bad in this game. There isn’t the critical mass of melta you’d want to swing for Mortarion and expect to reliably drop him, but most of the other stuff isn’t idea for targeting either. Meanwhile, access to Disgustingly Resilient makes the chaintalon pretty unreliable into the Terminators, potentially leading to the Knights getting bogged down. In general on that front, access to Skullsquirm Blight for the Death Guard is a huge problem for the Knights – they don’t have many re-rolls, so -1 to WS/BS up close is a massive reduction in their output, further tilting things the Death Guard’s way.

Without that, I do think the Knights would have a shot – while they have some disadvantages, the Death Guard aren’t really set up to pop lots of Knights at a distance, and clashing with a largely untouched Knights army is never exactly a safe option. However, unlike in most sitautions I think there’s a good chance that the attrition when that clash occurs narrowly favours the guard, particularly with Mortarion on the prowl. Add in this being a mission where it’s pretty easy to lock in a high Primary score, and even a very cautious Fixed plan from the Death Guard being near guaranteed to top 30VP, and I think it’s likely to be tough for the Knights to take it – they’d have to hit very hard in the key go turn to take the initiative, and the Death Guard are set up to make sure that doesn’t happen. Sure enough, while the Knight score wasn’t bad, the Guard took control of the situation and the game.

Result

Death Guard (Plague Company) Victory – 86 – 60

Tanner Hebert – Death Guard (Plague Company) – 1st Place

Credit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” Jones

The List

See Showdown

Archetype

Mortarion and Friends

Thoughts

He’s back folks. All covered in the Showdown, this list looks very nasty – great attrition, some really nasty melee hammers, backfield deep strikers that actually hit like a truck, and some great staging. Expect to see lots of this out and about, especially as I think their game into Necrons is pretty decent – access to an ignore modifiers aura is huge. Congratulations to Tanner on the win!

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 2nd – Alax Henderson – Chaos Knights (Traitoris Lance): See showdown.
  • 3rd – Jonathan Sebert – Ymyr Conglomerate (Oathband): Double Hearthguard-packed Land Fortresses, leaning on re-rolls rather than pure numbers.
  • 4th – Ryan Cherewich – Death Guard (Plague Company): Mortarion, 2x Rhinos and Deathshrouds, this time backed by Plaguebursts and the now eye-wateringly cheap Bloat-drones.
  • 5th – Lukas Troller – Goffs: Trukks and Herohammer, with the new addition of Ghaz leading a big unit of Meganobz now that Night Spinners are less terminal for them.
  • 6th – Nicolas Ohlsen-Johnson – Necrons (Hypercrypt Legion): Super top-heavy Hypercrypt, using the Silent King alongside two C’tan, a full Lokhust Destroyer unit, and two big blocks of Warriors with Szeras.

German Major Hamburg

128-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Hamburg, HH, Deutschland on February 03 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Matthias Bellmann – Aeldari (Battle Host) – 1st Place

Credit: Wings

The List

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Aeldari (2000 points)

Aeldari
Strike Force (2000 points)
Battle Host

CHARACTERS

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

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

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

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

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

Support Weapons (125 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x D-cannon
1x Shuriken catapult

Support Weapons (125 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x D-cannon
1x Shuriken catapult

Support Weapons (125 points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x D-cannon
1x Shuriken catapult

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

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

Aeldari Deadstuff

Thoughts

One last time, for old time’s sake.

Well done Matthias.

Max Schierbecker – Space Wolves (Stormlance Task Force) – 2nd Place (Undefeated)

Credit: “Contemptor” Kevin Stillman

The List

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Sitz! (1995 Points)

Space Marines
Space Wolves
Stormlance Task Force
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Murderfang (170 Points)
• 1x Heavy flamer
1x Storm bolter
1x The Murderclaws

Ulrik the Slayer (70 Points)
• 1x Artificer crozius
1x Plasma pistol

Wolf Guard Battle Leader on Thunderwolf (80 Points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Crushing teeth and claws
1x Storm Shield
1x Thunder hammer

Wolf Guard Battle Leader on Thunderwolf (80 Points)
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Crushing teeth and claws
1x Storm Shield
1x Thunder hammer

Wolf Lord on Thunderwolf (100 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Crushing teeth and claws
1x Relic Shield
1x Thunder hammer

BATTLELINE

Blood Claws (140 Points)
• 1x Blood Claw Pack Leader
• 1x Plasma pistol
1x Power fist
• 9x Blood Claw
• 9x Astartes chainsword
9x Bolt pistol

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

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

OTHER DATASHEETS

Assault Intercessors with Jump Packs (85 Points)
• 1x Assault Intercessor Sergeant with Jump Pack
• 1x Plasma pistol
1x Power fist
• 4x Assault Intercessors with Jump Packs
• 4x Astartes chainsword
3x Heavy bolt pistol
1x Plasma pistol

Assault Intercessors with Jump Packs (85 Points)
• 1x Assault Intercessor Sergeant with Jump Pack
• 1x Plasma pistol
1x Power fist
• 4x Assault Intercessors with Jump Packs
• 4x Astartes chainsword
3x Heavy bolt pistol
1x Plasma pistol

Gladiator Lancer (160 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Ironhail heavy stubber
1x Lancer laser destroyer
2x Storm bolter

Gladiator Lancer (160 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Ironhail heavy stubber
1x Lancer laser destroyer
2x Storm bolter

Inceptor Squad (110 Points)
• 1x Inceptor Sergeant
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Plasma exterminators
• 2x Inceptor
• 2x Close combat weapon
2x Plasma exterminators

Inceptor Squad (110 Points)
• 1x Inceptor Sergeant
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Plasma exterminators
• 2x Inceptor
• 2x Close combat weapon
2x Plasma exterminators

Infiltrator Squad (100 Points)
• 1x Infiltrator Sergeant
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Marksman bolt carbine
• 4x Infiltrator
• 4x Bolt pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Helix Gauntlet
1x Infiltrator Comms Array
4x Marksman bolt carbine

Scout Squad (55 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

Scout Squad (55 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

Thunderwolf Cavalry (180 Points)
• 1x Thunderwolf Cavalry Pack Leader
• 1x Crushing teeth and claws
1x Heirloom weapon
1x Storm Shield
• 5x Thunderwolf Cavalry
• 5x Crushing teeth and claws
5x Heirloom weapon
5x Storm Shield

Thunderwolf Cavalry (180 Points)
• 1x Thunderwolf Cavalry Pack Leader
• 1x Crushing teeth and claws
1x Heirloom weapon
1x Storm Shield
• 5x Thunderwolf Cavalry
• 5x Crushing teeth and claws
5x Heirloom weapon
5x Storm Shield

Archetype

Stormlance Thundercav

Thoughts

Unlike the Aeldari build above, this concoction is extremely live post-Dataslate, and while it still needs to find a few points for Inceptors and Scouts, it loses far less than a lot of Marine builds, and fewer Aeldari is veryt good news for it. These builds slam across the table at rocket speeds thanks to the Advance/Charge available to them, creating enough momentum that it can be really difficult for opponents to pull themselves out from under it. One of the ways you can sometimes do that from the other side is by taking fixed Assassinate, but this build goes much lighter on Characters than some variants of it, making that harder to do and avoiding giving up any outs. I also really like the use of Ulric with Blood Claws, I think he’s been a bit underexplored as a leader. Adding the possibility of Wulfen as another way of applying low-Character pressure seems great!

The only possible curveball here is how well this can deal with a resurgent Custodes, and it feels like where they fall on the good to great spectrum will have a massive impact on where Stormlance ends up. Still, it’s sitting far prettier than any of the other top four here, and I do think the exact build used does a good job of covering off a possible weakness, so hugely well done to Max.

Florian Schmidt – Adeptus Astartes (Vanguard Spearhead) – 3rd Place (Undefeated)

Marneus Calgar Credit: Alfredo Ramirez
Marneus Calgar Credit: Alfredo Ramirez

The List

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Ultradudes (2000 points)

Space Marines
Ultramarines
Strike Force (2000 points)
Vanguard Spearhead

CHARACTERS

Librarian in Phobos Armour (70 points)
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Force weapon
1x Smite

Lieutenant with Combi-weapon (70 points)
• 1x Combi-weapon
1x Paired combat blades

Marneus Calgar (185 points)
• 1x Marneus Calgar
• Warlord
• 1x Gauntlets of Ultramar
• 2x Victrix Honour Guard
• 2x Victrix power sword

Uriel Ventris (75 points)
• 1x Bolt Pistol
1x Invictus
1x Sword of Idaeus

OTHER DATASHEETS

Centurion Devastator Squad (350 points)
• 1x Devastator Centurion Sergeant
• 1x Centurion fists
1x Centurion missile launcher
1x Twin lascannon
• 5x Devastator Centurion
• 5x Centurion fists
5x Centurion missile launcher
5x Twin lascannon

Centurion Devastator Squad (175 points)
• 1x Devastator Centurion Sergeant
• 1x Centurion fists
1x Centurion missile launcher
1x Twin lascannon
• 2x Devastator Centurion
• 2x Centurion fists
2x Centurion missile launcher
2x Twin lascannon

Company Heroes (95 points)
• 1x Ancient
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Bolt rifle
1x Close combat weapon
• 1x Company Champion
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Master-crafted power weapon
• 2x Company Veteran
• 2x Bolt pistol
2x Close combat weapon
1x Master-crafted bolt rifle
1x Master-crafted heavy bolter

Company Heroes (95 points)
• 1x Ancient
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Bolt rifle
1x Close combat weapon
• 1x Company Champion
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Master-crafted power weapon
• 2x Company Veteran
• 2x Bolt pistol
2x Close combat weapon
1x Master-crafted bolt rifle
1x Master-crafted heavy bolter

Gladiator Reaper (150 points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Ironhail heavy stubber
2x Tempest bolter
1x Twin heavy onslaught gatling cannon

Gladiator Reaper (150 points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Icarus rocket pod
1x Ironhail heavy stubber
2x Tempest bolter
1x Twin heavy onslaught gatling cannon

Inceptor Squad (110 points)
• 1x Inceptor Sergeant
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Plasma exterminators
• 2x Inceptor
• 2x Close combat weapon
2x Plasma exterminators

Inceptor Squad (110 points)
• 1x Inceptor Sergeant
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Plasma exterminators
• 2x Inceptor
• 2x Close combat weapon
2x Plasma exterminators

Inceptor Squad (110 points)
• 1x Inceptor Sergeant
• 1x Assault bolters
1x Close combat weapon
• 2x Inceptor
• 2x Assault bolters
2x Close combat weapon

Infiltrator Squad (100 points)
• 1x Infiltrator Sergeant
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Marksman bolt carbine
• 4x Infiltrator
• 4x Bolt pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Helix Gauntlet
1x Infiltrator Comms Array
4x Marksman bolt carbine

Infiltrator Squad (100 points)
• 1x Infiltrator Sergeant
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
1x Marksman bolt carbine
• 4x Infiltrator
• 4x Bolt pistol
4x Close combat weapon
1x Helix Gauntlet
1x Infiltrator Comms Array
4x Marksman bolt carbine

Scout Squad (55 points)
• 1x Scout Sergeant
• 1x Astartes chainsword
1x Bolt pistol
1x Close combat weapon
• 4x Scout
• 1x Astartes shotgun
4x Bolt pistol
1x Boltgun
4x Close combat weapon
1x Missile launcher
1x Scout sniper rifle

Exported with App Version: v1.9.0 (35), Data Version: v322

Archetype

Ultravanguard

Thoughts

We segue from one of the least impacted Marine builds straight to one of the most – this exact list style is clearly what GW were gunning for with the Marine changes, so some major updates will be needed to keep it on the table (that second squad of Centurions can go for starters). That’s not to say this won’t remain one of the better Marine builds, because what it does is still very strong, but it gets a pretty rough ride.

I do think that one choice here showcases a possible option for adaptation – combining Calgar with some Company Heroes instead of Aggressors gives you a unit that clearly isn’t as terrifying as the full Biologis blob, but it’s vastly cheaper and absolutely turbo-charges the all-purpose troubleshooter capability the Heroes bring to the table. Always nice to see a glimpse of a possible future as we say goodbye to the past, congratulations to Florian on third place

Manuel Wayand – Chaos Space Marines (Slaves to Darkness) – 4th Place (4.5-0.5)

That Gobbo

The List

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CSMHamburg (2000 Points)

Chaos Space Marines
Slaves to Darkness
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Chaos Lord (75 Points)
• Warlord
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 1x Daemon hammer
1x Plasma pistol

Chaos Lord (75 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 1x Daemon hammer
1x Plasma pistol

Dark Commune (55 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
• 1x Cult Demagogue
• 1x Autopistol
1x Commune stave
• 1x Mindwitch
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Warp Curse
• 1x Iconarch
• 1x Autopistol
1x Chaos Icon
1x Close combat weapon
• 2x Blessed Blade
• 2x Commune blade

Dark Commune (55 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 1x Cult Demagogue
• 1x Autopistol
1x Commune stave
• 1x Mindwitch
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Warp Curse
• 1x Iconarch
• 1x Autopistol
1x Chaos Icon
1x Close combat weapon
• 2x Blessed Blade
• 2x Commune blade

BATTLELINE

Cultist Mob (55 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
• 1x Cultist Champion
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Brutal assault weapon
• 9x Chaos Cultist
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Close combat weapon
1x Close combat weapon
6x Close combat weapon
6x Cultist firearm
1x Cultist grenade launcher
1x Flamer
1x Heavy stubber

Legionaries (90 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Slaanesh
• 1x Aspiring Champion
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Heavy melee weapon
1x Plasma pistol
• 4x Legionary
• 2x Astartes chainsword
4x Bolt pistol
1x Chaos Icon
4x Close combat weapon
1x Heavy melee weapon
1x Lascannon

Legionaries (90 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Slaanesh
• 1x Aspiring Champion
• 1x Close combat weapon
1x Heavy melee weapon
1x Plasma pistol
• 4x Legionary
• 2x Astartes chainsword
4x Bolt pistol
1x Chaos Icon
4x Close combat weapon
1x Heavy melee weapon
1x Lascannon

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Chaos Rhino (75 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Combi-bolter
1x Combi-weapon
1x Havoc launcher

Chaos Rhino (75 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Combi-bolter
1x Combi-weapon
1x Havoc launcher

OTHER DATASHEETS

Accursed Cultists (190 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
• 10x Mutant
• 10x Blasphemous appendages
• 6x Torment
• 6x Hideous mutations

Accursed Cultists (190 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 10x Mutant
• 10x Blasphemous appendages
• 6x Torment
• 6x Hideous mutations

Chosen (110 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 1x Chosen Champion
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Boltgun
1x Chaos Icon
1x Power fist
• 4x Chosen
• 3x Accursed weapon
2x Bolt pistol
1x Boltgun
2x Combi-weapon
1x Paired accursed weapons
2x Plasma pistol

Chosen (110 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 1x Chosen Champion
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Boltgun
1x Chaos Icon
1x Power fist
• 4x Chosen
• 3x Accursed weapon
2x Bolt pistol
1x Boltgun
2x Combi-weapon
1x Paired accursed weapons
2x Plasma pistol

Forgefiend (180 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 1x Armoured limbs
2x Ectoplasma cannon
1x Ectoplasma cannon

Obliterators (340 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 4x Obliterator
• 4x Crushing fists
4x Fleshmetal guns

Warp Talons (100 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Slaanesh
• 1x Warp Talon Champion
• 1x Warp claws
• 4x Warp Talon
• 4x Warp claws

Warp Talons (100 Points)
• Mark of Chaos: Slaanesh
• 1x Warp Talon Champion
• 1x Warp claws
• 4x Warp Talon
• 4x Warp claws

ALLIED UNITS

Nurglings (35 Points)
• 3x Nurgling Swarm
• 3x Diseased claws and teeth

Exported with App Version: v1.8.1 (26), Data Version: v319

Archetype

Brawler Goodstuff

Thoughts

Another build departing for the hall of fame to round out the top four – extremely flexible melee threats staged in hard-to-shoot Rhinos, gutpunch power from Accursed Communes, highly independent shooting units – Chaos had it all, and this is a strong final outing for the toys. I suspect that until the Chaos Space Marine Codex arrives we’ll see a pivot back to Abaddon gunlines, as they can still muster up some extremely scary firepower, and he also works well with Legionaries. Land Raiders and Helbrutes to buff stuff has have turned up a few times recently also seem plausible. Clearly Tzeentch is mad that all the other Chaos Marks have gotten a lot of outings recently, and is enforcing Change. Great work from Manuel providing a big sendoff.

The Best of the Rest

There were 18 more players on 4-1+ records. They were:

  • 5th – Kayu Orellana – Tyranids (Invasion Fleet): All rounder Tyranids with a bit of everything, including a few MSUs of Raveners and a squad of Barbguants as extra utility pieces, plus the One-Eye/Dakkafex blob (which I suspect gets better when it can’t be Night Spinnered as bad. Night spun?).
  • 6th – Valentin Schefter – Necrons (Canoptek Court): Double C’tan, triple Doomstalker, triple Wraiths. Expect this to be a build that gets the theatrical boos when it wins events a month from now.
  • 7th – Nader Chamma – Grey Knights: Triple Librarian, Terminator MSUs, lots of Interceptors and the full Purifier/Crowe brick.
  • 8th – Thomas Brutscher – Goffs: Ultra-aggro Squighog spam, with some Trukks and a big Boyz unit backing them.
  • 9th – Niklas Frerichs – Adeptus Custodes: A big Allarus unit and Warden unit backed by Caladius tanks. Lost to the Stormlance Space Wolves by a razor thin margin round five, suggesting they could be a potential counter with their buffs.
  • 10th – Alexander Janzen – Chaos Space Marines: Triple Commune, triple chosen, triple nerfed.
  • 11th – David – Orks: Trukk spam with a Ghaz MSU.
  • 12th – Artur Güttler – T’au Empire: Go-wide mech Tau, just one big Crisis unit backed by Hammerheads, Breacherfish and Piranhas.
  • 13th – Niklas Fritschen – Chaos Space Marines: Shooting-heavy CSM with the full triple Forgefiend and a big Obliterator unit. Also solo Syll’Esske, RIP to a real one there.
  • 14th – Frank Pein – Asuryani: Triple Spinner Wraithguard.
  • 15th – Patrick Nemitz – Black Templars (Righteous Crusaders): Two full Primaris Crusader bricks with Helbrecht/Grimaldus, backed by triple Redemptors. Gets hit surprisingly hard by the changes, which seem to have (potentially correctly) assumed that this exact build might take over with predators removed.
  • 16th – Hannes Hoferichter – Blood Angels (Stormlance Task Force): A rare non-Space Wolves Stormlance showing, instead going for the uncomplicated plan of 3×10 Jump Pack Death Company , which seems to have worked pretty well for it!
  • 17th – Leif Westermann – Aeldari: Triple Spinner Wraithguard.
  • 18th – Philipp Janßen – T’au Empire: Triptide is inevitable, Triptide is eternal, Triptide is even better post-Dataslate, so watch for it coming to a table near you.
  • 19th – Adrian Wegener – Chaos Knights: Dogs and a few Nurglings.
  • 20th – José Kuhlmann – Adepta Sororitas: A fairly Dataslate-ready Sisters build, using just one big squad of Arco-flagellants backed by an all-rounder Sisters selection, including extra herohammer from Celestine with some Seraphim.
  • 21th – Immanuel Wolf – Astra Militarum: Loads of Bullgryn, triple Manticore and some Kasrkin, with the two most powerful Russes (TC with Demo cannon, Exterminator) to round out.
  • 22th – Paul Hilsdorf – Genestealer Cult: An extremely unusual GSC build at the end here – it starts with the stuff you’d expect (Acolytes, Neophytes) but then pivots to a bunch of tools for rushing the foes, adding Brood Brother Catachans in Chimeras to Aberrants with Infiltrate.

New rule – no five round supermajors in dataslate lame duck weeks.

Level Up Games Feb 2024 GT

40-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Duluth, GA, United States on February 03 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Collin Cochran – Chaos Space Marines (Slaves to Darkness) – 1st Place

Credit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” Jones

The List

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Abbadon Hanging Out With His Friends 🙂 (1995 points)

Chaos Space Marines
Strike Force (2000 points)
Slaves to Darkness

CHARACTERS

Abaddon the Despoiler (310 points)
• Warlord
• 1x Drach’nyen
1x Talon of Horus

Chaos Lord (75 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 1x Daemon hammer
1x Plasma pistol

Chaos Lord (75 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 1x Daemon hammer
1x Plasma pistol

BATTLELINE

Cultist Mob (55 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Tzeentch
• 1x Cultist Champion
• 1x Bolt pistol
1x Brutal assault weapon
• 9x Chaos Cultist
• 7x Close combat weapon
1x Close combat weapon
1x Close combat weapon
7x Cultist firearm
1x Cultist grenade launcher
1x Heavy stubber

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Chaos Rhino (75 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
• 1x Armoured tracks
1x Combi-bolter
1x Combi-bolter
1x Havoc launcher

OTHER DATASHEETS

Chosen (110 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 1x Chosen Champion
• 1x Boltgun
1x Chaos Icon
1x Plasma pistol
1x Power fist
• 4x Chosen
• 3x Accursed weapon
3x Bolt pistol
1x Boltgun
2x Combi-weapon
1x Paired accursed weapons
1x Plasma pistol

Chosen (110 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 1x Chosen Champion
• 1x Boltgun
1x Chaos Icon
1x Plasma pistol
1x Power fist
• 4x Chosen
• 3x Accursed weapon
3x Bolt pistol
1x Boltgun
2x Combi-weapon
1x Paired accursed weapons
1x Plasma pistol

Forgefiend (180 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
• 1x Armoured limbs
2x Ectoplasma cannon
1x Ectoplasma cannon

Forgefiend (180 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
• 1x Armoured limbs
2x Ectoplasma cannon
1x Ectoplasma cannon

Forgefiend (180 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 1x Armoured limbs
2x Ectoplasma cannon
1x Ectoplasma cannon

Obliterators (340 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Chaos Undivided
• 4x Obliterator
• 4x Crushing fists
4x Fleshmetal guns

Obliterators (170 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Nurgle
• 2x Obliterator
• 2x Crushing fists
2x Fleshmetal guns

Warp Talons (100 points)
• Mark of Chaos: Slaanesh
• 1x Warp Talon Champion
• 1x Warp claws
• 4x Warp Talon
• 4x Warp claws

ALLIED UNITS

Nurglings (35 points)
• 3x Nurgling Swarm
• 3x Diseased claws and teeth

Exported with App Version: v1.8.1 (33), Data Version: v319

Archetype

Abaddon Hanging Out With His Friends (look, when a list title is on point, it’s on point)

Thoughts

This build maximises Chaos’s ability to just evaporate enemies with gunfire, leaning on the extreme power of Dark Pacts, Abaddon, and Abaddon combined with Dark Pacts. While the tools here do go up in cost, I think this plan probably is where Chaos ends up in the short term, especially as I think the departure of Aeldari is going to make players be a bit more greedy with taking big, juicy targets. What I’m saying is that I expect to see a lot more of Abaddon Hanging Out With His Friends, perhaps even in the hands of Collin.

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 2nd – Jareth Chapman – Black Templars (Righteous Crusaders): Another list where the title of “Sword Bro Party Buses” should clue you in to the plan, though it sort of undersells the presence of 40 Primaris Crusaders.
  • 3rd – Seth Piper – Cult Mechanicus (Skitarii Hunter Cohort): 6/3 Breachers, lots of Ironstriders, one big unit of Sydonians, and a tonne of small Skitarii units of various types to cause mischief/score points.
  • 4th – Noah Neundorfer – Thousand Sons (Cult of Magic): A fairly crunchy Tsons build with 10/10/5 Rubricae alongside Magnus and a Mutalith, with Spawn and Tzaangors to fill.
  • 5th – Zachary Jeppesen – Orks: Trukk spam.
  • 6th – Matt Trebuchon – Chaos Space Marines: An Abaddon gunline going wider than normal by bringing Venomcrawlers, which feels like it’s got to be worth a look post-Dataslate, though I’d guess you probably end up just paying 10pts more for a Predator Destructor.

Winter Donut 2024

34-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Тюмень, Тюменская обл., Россия on February 03 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Alex Voronkov – Necrons (Canoptek Court) – 1st Place

C'tan Shard of the Void Dragon. Credit: Rockfish
C’tan Shard of the Void Dragon. Credit: Rockfish

The List

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dumb power (2000 points)

Necrons
Strike Force (2000 points)
Canoptek Court

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
• Enhancement: Hyperphasic Fulcrum

Technomancer (80 points)
• 1x Staff of light
• Enhancement: 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 Spyders (75 points)
• 1x Automaton claws
1x Fabricator Claw Array (Aura)
1x Gloom Prism (Aura)
2x Particle beamer

Canoptek Wraiths (220 points)
• 6x Canoptek Wraith
• 6x Particle caster
4x Vicious claws
2x Whip coils

Canoptek Wraiths (220 points)
• 6x Canoptek Wraith
• 6x Transdimensional beamer
4x Vicious claws
2x Whip coils

Doomsday Ark (200 points)
• 1x Armoured bulk
1x Doomsday cannon
2x Gauss flayer array

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

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

Exported with App Version: v1.9.0 (35), Data Version: v322

Archetype

Triple C’tan Canoptek

Thoughts

Again, be prepared for builds like this to be a major part of the metagame for a while, and if I had to guess I’d say triple C’tan variants like this probably get better as they’re a bit harder for the metagame to adapt to (unless Trajann just decides to punt them back between the stars forever). I definitely prefer double Wraiths to triple, and this just looks like a particularly great build all-round, good work Alex.

The Best of the Rest

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

  • 2nd (4.5-0.5) – Андрей Островский – Space Wolves (Ironstorm Spearhead): Dreadnought-tastic Ironstorm with three Redemptors and two Brutalis, finishing off with a RepEx and Bjorn.
  • 3rd – Nikolai Strahov – Death Guard (Plague Company): Double Land Raider Death Guard, packing each with Plague Marines and backing with Predator Destructors, Helbrutes and Plaguebursts.
  • 4th – Max Ershov – Chaos Space Marines (Slaves to Darkness): Abaddon gunline.
  • 5th – Vasiliy Golik – Necrons (Hypercrypt Legion): Reserve shooting skew, taking a mighty three Doom Scythes despite their high price point, alongside a Monolith and full Lokhust unit.
  • 6th – Maxim Bobrov – Asuryani: Double Avatar and Prisms.

Wettcon Vinter 2024 40k

28-player, 5-round Grand Tournament in Jönköpings län, Sverige on February 03 2024. All the lists for this event can be found in Best Coast Pairings.

Johannes Einemo – Cult Mechanicus (Skitarii Hunter Cohort) – 1st Place

Skitarii Marshal
Skitarii Marshal. Credit: Pendulin

The List

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Admech 2.0 (2000 Points)

Adeptus Mechanicus
Skitarii Hunter Cohort
Strike Force (2000 Points)

CHARACTERS

Skitarii Marshal (55 Points)
• 1x Control stave
1x Mechanicus pistol
• Enhancements: Clandestine Infiltrator

Skitarii Marshal (55 Points)
• 1x Control stave
1x Mechanicus pistol
• Enhancements: Veiled Hunter

Skitarii Marshal (65 Points)
• Warlord
• 1x Control stave
1x Mechanicus pistol
• Enhancements: Battle-sphere Uplink

BATTLELINE

Skitarii Rangers (90 Points)
• 1x Skitarii Ranger Alpha
• 1x Alpha combat weapon
1x Close combat weapon
1x Mechanicus pistol
• 9x Skitarii Ranger
• 1x Arc rifle
9x Close combat weapon
6x Galvanic rifle
1x Omnispex
1x Plasma caliver
1x Transuranic arquebus

Skitarii Vanguard (80 Points)
• 1x Skitarii Vanguard Alpha
• 1x Alpha combat weapon
1x Close combat weapon
1x Mechanicus pistol
• 9x Skitarii Vanguard
• 1x Arc rifle
9x Close combat weapon
1x Omnispex
1x Plasma caliver
6x Radium carbine
1x Transuranic arquebus

Skitarii Vanguard (80 Points)
• 1x Skitarii Vanguard Alpha
• 1x Alpha combat weapon
1x Close combat weapon
1x Mechanicus pistol
• 9x Skitarii Vanguard
• 1x Arc rifle
9x Close combat weapon
1x Omnispex
1x Plasma caliver
6x Radium carbine
1x Transuranic arquebus

Skitarii Vanguard (80 Points)
• 1x Skitarii Vanguard Alpha
• 1x Alpha combat weapon
1x Close combat weapon
1x Mechanicus pistol
• 9x Skitarii Vanguard
• 1x Arc rifle
9x Close combat weapon
1x Omnispex
1x Plasma caliver
6x Radium carbine
1x Transuranic arquebus

Skitarii Vanguard (80 Points)
• 1x Skitarii Vanguard Alpha
• 1x Alpha combat weapon
1x Close combat weapon
1x Mechanicus pistol
• 9x Skitarii Vanguard
• 1x Arc rifle
9x Close combat weapon
1x Omnispex
1x Plasma caliver
6x Radium carbine
1x Transuranic arquebus

Skitarii Vanguard (80 Points)
• 1x Skitarii Vanguard Alpha
• 1x Alpha combat weapon
1x Close combat weapon
1x Mechanicus pistol
• 9x Skitarii Vanguard
• 1x Arc rifle
9x Close combat weapon
1x Omnispex
1x Plasma caliver
6x Radium carbine
1x Transuranic arquebus

Skitarii Vanguard (80 Points)
• 1x Skitarii Vanguard Alpha
• 1x Alpha combat weapon
1x Close combat weapon
1x Mechanicus pistol
• 9x Skitarii Vanguard
• 1x Arc rifle
9x Close combat weapon
1x Omnispex
1x Plasma caliver
6x Radium carbine
1x Transuranic arquebus

DEDICATED TRANSPORTS

Skorpius Dunerider (80 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Cognis heavy stubber array

Skorpius Dunerider (80 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Cognis heavy stubber array

Skorpius Dunerider (80 Points)
• 1x Armoured hull
1x Cognis heavy stubber array

OTHER DATASHEETS

Pteraxii Skystalkers (65 Points)
• 1x Pteraxii Skystalker Alpha
• 1x Flechette blaster
1x Taser goad
• 4x Pteraxii Skystalker
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Flechette carbine

Pteraxii Skystalkers (65 Points)
• 1x Pteraxii Skystalker Alpha
• 1x Flechette blaster
1x Taser goad
• 4x Pteraxii Skystalker
• 4x Close combat weapon
4x Flechette carbine

Pteraxii Sterylizors (65 Points)
• 1x Pteraxii Sterylizor Alpha
• 1x Flechette blaster
1x Pteraxii talons
1x Taser goad
• 4x Pteraxii Sterylizor
• 4x Phosphor torch
4x Pteraxii talons

Serberys Raiders (60 Points)
• 1x Serberys Raider Alpha
• 1x Cavalry sabre and clawed limbs
1x Galvanic carbine
1x Mechanicus pistol
• 2x Serberys Raider
• 2x Cavalry sabre and clawed limbs
2x Galvanic carbine

Serberys Raiders (60 Points)
• 1x Serberys Raider Alpha
• 1x Cavalry sabre and clawed limbs
1x Galvanic carbine
1x Mechanicus pistol
• 2x Serberys Raider
• 2x Cavalry sabre and clawed limbs
2x Galvanic carbine

Sicarian Infiltrators (70 Points)
• 1x Sicarian Infiltrator Princeps
• 1x Power weapon
1x Stubcarbine
• 4x Sicarian Infiltrator
• 4x Power weapon
4x Stubcarbine

Sydonian Dragoons with Taser Lances (180 Points)
• 3x Sydonian Dragoon
• 3x Phosphor serpenta
3x Taser lance

Sydonian Dragoons with Taser Lances (180 Points)
• 3x Sydonian Dragoon
• 3x Phosphor serpenta
3x Taser lance

Sydonian Dragoons with Taser Lances (180 Points)
• 3x Sydonian Dragoon
• 3x Phosphor serpenta
3x Taser lance

ALLIED UNITS

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

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Archetype

Aggro Cohort

Thoughts

Turns out that Sydonian Dragoons with built-in Advance/Charge work pretty well in the “pressure Skitarii” detachment. More on this as it develops. Seriously though – this build looks genuinely challenging to deal with, as it pushes enough stuff up the table to deny Primary early, has masses of quality scoring units to score its own Secondaries, and can throw enough punches between stacked buffs on Fire Supported Vanguard and the charges from the Dragoons to take out at least the first few waves of enemy toys. That will often be enough to build a pretty insurmountable lead, and woe betide anyone who underestimates it. Congratulations to Johannes.

The Best of the Rest

There were 3 more players on 4-1+ records. They were:

  • 2nd – Mattias Levin – Chaos Space Marines (Slaves to Darkness): Brawler goodstuff.
  • 3rd – Christer Johannesson – Aeldari (Battle Host): Lots of different shooty/scoring pieces, the Avatar, and 10 Wraithguard.
  • 4th – Micke Björeling – Chaos Knights (Traitoris Lance): Dogs.

Wrap Up

That’s it till Friday, and this weekend we have the first post-Dataslate supermajor at Beachhead in the UK, so we’ll have plenty to unpack next week. Say hi if you’re at Beachhead, otherwise see you next wednesday.