SantaMarineThis week’s episode of Reply Briefs is an interesting holiday-related query that’s along the same lines as a question a lot of players have been asking us recently – what 40k army should I buy for 6th edition? We sort of answered the question in this article on netlisting but that was admittedly nonspecific advice.  Now, I still stand by the answer.  I still believe proxying new units and new armies until you find what works best for you is the best way to pick an army that you can be successful with in 6th edition. But this time we’re going to break it down a little more pragmatically. Some credit for this article goes to Szafraniec, as some of it is based on discussions we’ve had recently on similar issues.

The Question: What 40k army should I buy with my Christmas money to stay competitive in 6th Edition?

The Answer: Grey Knights, Necrons, Imperial Guard, or some combination thereof.

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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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As we’ve gone through the lists that have seen success so far in 6th edition tournaments, and the lists we’re having the most success with in playtesting, we’re noticing a definite increase in the amount of infantry on foot – both the MEQ and horde varieties. Last edition, just about every enemy unit started the game in a tin can of some sort – a rhino, a razorback, a chimera, etc. The changes to scoring and transports in 6th haven’t made transports useless, but they’re no longer an auto-include in most lists, so we’re seeing a rise in boots on the board. This list is prepared to handle those onrushing hordes of infantry models on foot by putting out a significant amount of anti-infantry firepower while retaining mobility thanks to deep-striking GKs and airborne necrons.

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So NOVA 2012 was an amazing success and drew hundreds of players across several very well-received events.  It was so well received, apparently, that despite the fact that it has been over for a couple of months now, we’re still getting a bunch of requests by email (and PMs on dakka) to post more NOVA lists and our impressions.  Well, we’re your rules lawyers, and we’re here to deliver what you want.  So today we’ve got three more nova lists for your viewing pleasure.  We’ll call this set “liststyles of the rich and e-famous”.  Today we’re bringing you the NOVA Open 2012 lists of well-known 40k bloggers Stelek (from Yes The Truth Hurts), Danny Internets (from Bald and Screaming), and Chumbalaya (from Blackjack and Hookers).  Enjoy!

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In today’s episode of Building The Case, we’re looking at Grey Knights with IG allies in response to a build request from a reader.  Holy crap, we have a reader!  Anyhow, Peter from Germany is gearing up for a tournament and wanted to see our take on a shooty GK list after reading our comments on Alex Simon’s list in this article.  So today we’re bringing you a 2000 point GK/IG army designed around the concepts of board control, durable scoring units, mobility, and of course, moar dakka.

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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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In our first two installments we’ve talked about the winning lists for the NOVA 2012 GT and Invitational.  But there’s another coveted prize we haven’t discussed yet, and that’s the Best Sportsman award.  This year it was Hulksmash who took home that title, and he also managed to finish with an 11-2 overall record spanning the open and invitational with his footslogging Grey Knights list.  In this installment of the Law Reviews NOVA series we’ll talk about Hulksmash’s lists and how he brought home the best sportsmanship award, along with some tips for improving your sportsmanship scores.

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Though I’ve had to update my 5th edition henchmen list significantly to keep it competitive in 6th edition, Coteaz remains at the core of most if not all of my Grey Knights armies.  Whether or not the list is built around scoring henchmen, 6th edition has made Coteaz – already one of the best values among special characters in any codex – even better.  Now he brings you two rolls on Divination and two powers a turn, in an army that really benefits from Divination’s force multipliers.  And that’s in addition to Coteaz’ scoring henchmen, his daemonhammer, his 2+ armor save, his underrated bolter-bird, his seize the initiative shenanigans, and his 12″ no-drop bubble.  But I’ve always felt the GW Coteaz model, while cool, just doesn’t do justice to the pure narrative-forging badassery that Coteaz represents.  So I decided to make my own.

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