In this episode of Building the Case we’re helping out with a list a reader is preparing for an upcoming tournament with an interesting twist – only battle brothers are allowed as allies.  He’s hit on a fantastic combination in SW/IG and sent us a list to review and make suggestions.  From what we could gather, anonymous wants to make sure the list includes a fast-moving assault unit, lots of troops, some long-range fire support, and an airborne objective-grabbing unit.  Read on for his original list, our suggestions, and our new suggested list.

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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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Imperial_Guard_Vol_1_1GiantKiller here with another episode of Building the Case. This week’s edition is a response to a build request for a Pure IG build at the 1000 points level with “some kind of blob and air support”. I think this will work out well, as IG has an efficient enough codex to pack in both durability and mobility at the 1000 point level and still have some room left over for a few useful toys. After some tweaking and playtesting, this is what I came up with.

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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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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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This is my 1850-point take on the IG Blob / Grey Hunters list concept run by Tony Kopach at NOVA, which is really Tony’s version of a Blob / Grey Hunters list concept suggested to him by Mike Brandt a short time before NOVA.  (Fun fact: the list Tony was originally planning to bring to NOVA was run by Tony’s brother in the 2012 NOVA open.)  This version of the list is designed around everything we’ve learned from the major 6th ed. tournaments so far: durable scoring units and mobility win games.  Is it arrogant to think I could design a list around this concept better than the kid who won 2 competitive events at NOVA 2012 with it?  Well, arrogant is my middle name (what were my parents thinking?).  Anyhow, we’ve posted Tony’s 2000 point version of the list here, so take a look and compare for yourself.  I’ll explain my choices and talk about how the list works in the why and how section.

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This list is designed around the concept of a nearly unkillable blob holding midfield against all comers.  The core of the list is a massive blob of guardsmen using Azrael to grant the entire blob a 4-up invulnerable save, along with two primaris psykers to try and score Endurance from the Biomancy table.  There simply aren’t many lists that can deal effectively with 50 guardsmen with 4++ invul. saves and feel no pain locking down midfield.

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Welcome back for another installment of The Rules Lawyers’ NOVA 2012 Results and Analysis.  This time we’re taking a look at the 1750-point NOVA Invitational Finals.  Once again the final matchup featured Tony Kopach, and once again the battle was between two 100% footslogging armies.  Anyone noticing a theme developing here?  The final game was an epic struggle between Tony’s Space Wolves w/ Guard Allies (the same list he ran in the GT scaled down to 1750) and Alex Fennel’s famous Pink Necrons, this time with Pink Grey Knight allies.  You can check out the 11th company’s coverage of the Invitational final here.  We’ve got the army lists of NOVA Invitational Winner Tony Kopach and Runner-up Alex Fennel for your viewing pleasure!

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