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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As the title suggests, Merry Christmas! Yes, I realize it’s after Christmas now, but as I’ve been traveling all over the place visiting friends and family, this is the soonest I could get this up. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and got lots of toy soldiers for Christmas!

Read on to find out what GK’s getting up to this week, abbreviated as it may be by Christmas Cheer!

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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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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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Issue: If a Necron Night Scythe suffers a “Wrecked” or “Explodes” result, do the embarked models suffer S10 hits from the Crash and Burn rule?

Holding: No, models embarked on a destroyed Necron Night Scythe are placed into reserve without suffering any further ill effects.

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The new FAQs are here!  In case you haven’t seen them yet, Games Workshop has finally released the long-awaited 6th edition Rulebook FAQ along with updated FAQs for each codex.  You can grab them from GW’s site here.  We all knew it was coming, it was just a matter of when.  Turns out GW chose to release them a few days after NOVA, which will undoubtedly and unfortunately give rise to a number of ill-conceived “well it would’ve been different if…” excuses.  Unusual timing, but, as the Hulkster would say (no, not Hulksmash), “whatchagonnado?”  So in honor of GW’s newest additions and amendments to the 40k family of rules, in today’s episode of Law Reviews, we take a look at some of the highlights of the FAQs and their potential impact on competitive play in 6th.

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