Greetings everyone. It has been a while and I have gotten a few games of sixth edition in under my belt. There are a few things I really want to talk about. These topics are a result of both several games in this new edition all having the same trends and talking with lots of people who I know have done really well in 5th edition and know what they are talking about. I have gotten the chance to talk to people from new players, all the way to people who have been to the ard boyz national tournament. As someone trying to get into the tournament scene more, these choices in topics are near and dear to my heart as I try to look for patterns that happen in my own games. Chime in with anything you guys want to add. Think of this more as a discussion then me just talking at you. With that being said, lets dig right in to the core of the matter with a topic I have been thinking about quite a bit.
|The importance of the good ole number 2|
- Slay the warlord!- This secondary is often the most difficult to achieve quite a bit of the time. With the new Look out sir! rule, it is difficult to shoot such characters out of a unit.To make matters worse, I have found that people either keep a tough unit with him or they deck the unit to the teeth. On top of all of this, people are bringing melee based characters. This makes it to where you have to have an equally tooled melee character in order to kill him. This makes this objective often the most risky in my eyes to obtain. Shooting still withers, assault kills. This is why that I personally have decided to not go for this objective and go about denying my opponent this one. my warlord will always have a 2+/3++ if I can help it. I wont risk putting him in melee often since I have started playing my necrons again.
- First Blood!- This is the disaster of secondaries. Often going to the person who goes first. All you can do is steel yourself against the onslaught that is turn one and hope your units are as durable as they can be. Assault armies suffer from this objective because you need some form of potentially long range shooting in order to try and take this one. For me, I take doomsday arks and primarily av 13 vehicles and solar pulse to try to reduce the reach.
- Line breaker!- The easiest of the secondaries and potentially one of the worst ones to try and achieve. Nothing screams bad idea like running face first into where the enemy is. This secondary is a mobility check. Late game objective grab got a change. Now it is get within your opponents deployment zone fast enough to be there when the game ends, but not fast enough to get dead because you ran into your opponents kill zone. It really is a mobility check. If you can keep a vehicle alive to turn 4, you will find that this objective is easy to obtain.
|Warlord traits and you|
- Command tree-The all around tree. This set of options is pretty good in general. certain options are rather pointless to some armies, but overall, its a good tree. Since the 12 inches for all of the traits extends from a transport your general is in, you are gonna want your general in some vehicle in order to make this as big as possible. With almost equal options for shooting armies as well as assault armies, this tree is the most all around of them. Intimidating presence can wreck people who need sarges for leadership especially for assault armies that get close. Target priority is really awesome for shooting armies. The only real option that isn't very good is the coordinated assault. 1 inch has won and lost me many a game, but every time that such a thing has happened, it is because of my play and not because I got unlucky.
- Personal tree-The gamblers tree. Some people don't feel that their warlords don't need to contribute past their own unit. This fact got reinforced with the addition of the personal tree. I hate to say it, this is the most luck dependent of all the trees. Slots one and two of this don't help many people. I most often see master of defense (counter attack in your deployment zone) is given to assault units that run out of their zone first thing. Master of offense is a tricky one. A lot of assault units already have Furious charge, so this is a tricky one. So far, I have only really seen this one rolled by orks (Go figure). The two good ones are legendary fighter and immovable object. Tenacity is OK, but since not a lot of personal geared warlords want to sit on objectives, this is kind of moot. The reason legendary fighter is awesome is because this makes the response to such characters who want to punch peoples face of rather difficult to deal with. You can't use melee characters to punch him back since it more often then not will result in victory points for your opponent. Immovable object suffers from victory points for the same reason, you gain something for nothing. The other 4 options in this tree grant minor benefit while 4 and six are amazing for no reason.
- Strategic tree- The awkward tree that looks good if in the right light on the third of July if its a warm evening... OK, this tree is the most situational of all. If you are playing on a city board, conqueror of cities is the most powerful trait in the game no matter if you are shooting or assaulting, its a win. Night attackers gives you the option to pick when night fight happens, but since often you want to claim first blood, you won't want to activate it if you go first and few armies can truly solve the night fight problem. Strategic genius is awesome if you are playing reserve armies. If not, you can weep at the missed potential. Same goes for divide and conquer. All of these require your warlord to be alive (except CoC), so if you want the effects, keep him safe. The last ability is the princeps of deceit which is only good if you go first. redeploying loses its charm when you just move someone to a spot you could have deployed them the first time.
destruction tek solar pulse
5 deathmarks with night scythe
5 deathmarks with night scythe
9 warriors, ghost ark
9 warriors ghost ark
10 warriors with night scythe
Now it is important to note that I will have this finished by Friday, but I haven't got to test the list out in all its theory, but individual parts have been tested. Everything has worked wonders for me so far save the night scythes. I haven't gotten to use any of them as I just got them. It was the only real way to squeeze in anti air into the list that wasn't an annihilation barge (I hate them with a passion). Anyway, that's everything. Happy gaming everyone.