Welcome back!  Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I’ve been playing a ton of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 lately and have had a tough time tearing myself away long enough to write anything worth reading.  On that note, I have noticed some striking similarities between 40k and Call of Duty that I may have to devote a separate article to. If, you know, I can stop playing long enough to write it.

In the meantime, the Da Boyz GT has come and gone.  This year, the Da Boyz GT featured no comp scoring.  That’s unusual for the event, which is notorious for its comp scores.  I believe going to no-comp was the right call, given the relative infancy of 6th edition.  The TOs were proven correct when despite the lack of comp scores, a wide variety of lists showed up on the top tables.  The top 10 overall finishers included: GK/IG, Daemons, Eldar/Tau, Chaos Space Marines, Eldar, IG, Tyranids, and Necrons.  When the dust settled, Andrew Gonyo had pulled down yet another 6th edition GT win with a Grey Knight/IG army.  Today we’ve got the army lists of the Da Boyz GT 2012 Best Overall winner Andrew Gonyo and 2nd Overall / Best General Ben Mohile for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!

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This weekend was the Feast of Blades tournament in Denver, Colorado.  Over 100 players who won qualifying events all over the country battled through 7 rounds of the Feast of Blades Invitational to crown a champion.  The Feast Invitational used its own tiered missions featuring various combinations of kill points, objectives, and quarters.  You can check out the mission packet used for the Invitational Tournament here.  Cheers to 40kNation for their live coverage of the event, which came off incredibly well!  They’ve mentioned in chat that they’ll have recordings of all 7 top table games, along with interviews and commentary and such, available within the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for those if you missed the games live!  This was a weekend for Daemons.  The top tables were dominated by the dastardly denizens of the warp, with 3 of the top 4 armies being Chaos Daemons.  The final game featured brutal daemon-on-daemon violence between Gareth Hunt’s Daemons and Alex Bessinger’s Daemons.  Today for your viewing pleasure (and, for the next few minutes at least, as a 40k blogosphere exclusive!) we’ve got the army lists of Feast of Blades winner Alex Bessinger and runner-up Gareth Hunt.

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Good morning!  Just wanted to let everybody know that Feast of Bades is going on right now with a field of approximately 120 players!  40kNation has live coverage of round one going on own3D.tv as we speak.  Their live stream is here.  Go watch!

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I love Hordes. And no, I am not talking about WarmaHordes. One obsession at a time.

Since I started 40k I have been drawn to foot lists. Gaunts, Orks, Guardsmen, etc. Something about legions of troops wading into fire, and coming out on top. What this means is that 6th edition is my favorite in a long while. Strong, durable scoring units rule the day, and vehicles got weaker. Sure, they are shootier, and have a place in lists. But it is easier for me to make a list without GK telling me “Mech that shit up”. What hordes have traditionally lacked, however, is mobility. Guardsman blobs count on that ‘move move move’ to help get them to center. Taking a rhino for a tac squad is still a good deal, even better when you add spikes and a havoc launcher.

Still, a well-built horde army has its place in competitive 40k thanks to 6th edition. Ork mobs are one of my favorites, and the faceless legion of Necrons has always had a place in my heart. While it is no secret that Necrons are a strong Codex and often a great place to start, lets ally in a mob or two of these green fellas, and see where we get.

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For a while now I’ve been hesitating to do a “Law Reviews” article on BeakyCon because there’s been a lot of internet drama surrounding the event.  I’m certainly not interested in turning The Rules Lawyers into a 40k drama blog, I’ll leave that to people like Stelek and TastyTaste who do the job with aplomb (and because tone is hard to gauge on the internet, this is meant as a sincere compliment to the aforementioned bloggers).  But BeakyCon is a growing tournament featuring a number of competitive players from around the country and competitive armies, so hopefully our readers can benefit from a bit of commentary and analysis on the winning lists.  Today for your viewing pleasure we’ve got the army lists of BeakyCon GT winner Teddy Woody and runner-up Alex Simon.

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In today’s episode of Law Reviews we’re continuing our coverage of last weekend’s Battle For Salvation 2012 GT in New York.  Today we’re pleased to bring you the army lists of Gold Bracket runner-up Matt DeFranza, Silver Bracket winner (and Nova Open TO) Mike Brandt, and Silver Bracket runner-up Alex Fennel (whom you may remember from our NOVA 2012 review – Alex also scored 2nd place in the NOVA invitational with a similar list).  As you’re reading through the lists and our notes, keep in mind a couple of themes – durable scoring units and mobility – that are present in each of these lists.  We’ll close this article with comments on why durable scoring units and mobility are key to success in 6th, and hopefully as you’re reading you’ll see why these 3 lists (along with Andrew Gonyo’s winning list from our last episode) are fantastic evidence in support of our argument.

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The long Columbus Day weekend meant there were a number of big 40k tournaments going on all over the country, and one of the biggest this weekend was the Battle For Salvation in New York.  This event saw a number of top players and great lists competing for best general, and the winning list may come as quite a surprise to that portion of the 40k blogosphere claiming mech is dead in 6th.  Andrew Gonyo claimed first place with his Grey Knights w/ IG allies list, knocking out Tony Kopach and Matt DeFranza on his way to the gold.  We’ve got Andrew’s winning GK/IG list for your viewing pleasure.

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This is a fun list to show off one of the features of the new Chaos Space Marines codex – special characters with preset warlord traits.  The great thing about preset warlord traits is you can plan your army around it and really take advantage of it.  Ahriman’s warlord trait is one of the best in the Chaos ‘dex – it lets 1-3 infantry units infiltrate.  This list takes advantage of that by cramming 20-60 power-armored murderers down the enemy’s throat.  Hilarity ensues.  This isn’t intended to be a competitive list, or anything resembling balanced.  This is not a list that’s going to win you tournaments.  Friendly lists have their place, too, and this one seems like it’ll be a lot of fun to play.  That said, it has the potential to just run right over a lot of lists that aren’t equipped to handle it.

*UPDATE – I’ve updated the list after some additional playtesting.  It’s now Huron’s Angry Circus. See the comments section for the new list.

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