. Boss Nob: Power Klaw, Slugga . Veteran w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun . . . Paragon: Storm Bolter . . . Fire Warrior Shas’ui: Photon grenades, Pulse blaster, Pulse pistol . There’s plausibly something to be said for running Forge World knights as Iconoclasts, because according to our notes 15 S8 AP-3 D3 attacks is officially “no joke”, but you’re still going to be putting yourself on hard mode with fewer tools to mitigate the struggle than the loyalists get.Rob: Chaos Knights saw a massive drop in their win rates over the last month, to something more like what we’d expect given their low TiWP scores.Sample ListFrom the enigmatically named “November Series”, Konnor Long’s Chaos Knight list was the only one I could find that’s been successful recently, taking 3-0 in this event/league (delete as applicable).Army List - Click to Expand++ Super-Heavy Detachment 0CP (Chaos – Chaos Knights) [99 PL, 1,975pts, 2CP] +++ Configuration +Dread Household: Bold Tyrants, Custom Household, Dark Forging+ Stratagems +Corrupted Heirlooms [-3CP]: Two modelsTyrannical Court [-3CP]: Two models+ Lord of War +Chaos Cerastus Knight Acheron [24 PL, 480pts, -2CP]: 4. . 9x Rubric Marine w/ Inferno Boltgun: 9x Inferno boltgunRubric Marines [6 PL, 90pts] . 2x Cryptothrall: 2x Scouring Eye, 2x Scythed LimbsCrypteks [4 PL, -1CP, 80pts] Deathwatch Veteran [1 PL, 20pts]: Astartes Chainsword, Deathwatch Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades . Daemons kind of don’t need Chaos Space Marines at the moment however.Sample ListRussell Tassin continues to stalwartly refuse to let the dream of the Long War die, and this is his latest spin on a Black Legion build, which won him an RTT and took him to the top of the BIF CSM rankings.Army List - Click to Expand++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Chaos – Chaos Space Marines) [96 PL, 2,000pts, 13CP] +++ Configuration +Legion: Black Legion+ Stratagems +Council of Traitors [-1CP]+ No Force Org Slot +Dark Disciples [1 PL, 10pts]: No Chaos Mark . Acolyte Hybrid (Heavy Weapon): Hand Flamer, Heavy Rock Saw . Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield: Thunder hammer . . Acolyte Hybrid (Heavy Weapon): Hand Flamer, Heavy Rock Saw . 2x Dark Disciple: 2x Close combat weapon+ HQ +Abaddon the Despoiler [11 PL, 220pts, 2CP]: WarlordChaos Lord in Terminator Armour [6 PL, 108pts]: Angelsbane, Chainfist, Combi-bolter, Mark of SlaaneshDark Apostle [4 PL, 80pts]: 5. 2x MV4 Shield Drone: 2x Shield generator++ Total: [98 PL, 1,998pts, 8CP] ++ Wrap Up9th Editions metagame continues to rapidly evolve, and it’s been a tremendously exciting time to cover the game. Sybarite: Splinter Rifle+ Dedicated Transport +Venom [4 PL, 75pts]: Splinter Cannon, Twin splinter rifleVenom [4 PL, 75pts]: Splinter Cannon, Twin splinter rifleVenom [4 PL, 75pts]: Splinter Cannon, Twin splinter rifle++ Total: [108 PL, -2CP, 2,000pts] ++ Astra MilitarumCredit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” JonesAstra Militarum really struggle with playing 9th’s missions, and that’s been holding them back all edition. . . 2x MV4 Shield Drone: 2x Shield generator++ Total: [98 PL, 1,998pts, 8CP] ++ Wrap Up9th Editions metagame continues to rapidly evolve, and it’s been a tremendously exciting time to cover the game. Terminator Sergeant . . Zippo. Nemesis Force Halberd+ Elites +Paladin Squad [30 PL, 404pts]: Gate of Infinity . . Nemesis Warding Stave++ Total: [121 PL, 9CP, 1,995pts] ++ DrukhariDrukhari were just about holding on early in 9th, but like Grey Knights the new Marine book hasn’t been kind to them, and the Reaper (which their best builds leant on) has gone up in price. Watch Sergeant [28pts]: Frag & Krak grenades, Power sword [3pts], Storm shield [5pts]Proteus Kill Team [15 PL, 288pts] . They win 62% of their games going first and a staggering 27% going second.Sample ListJosh Martin won the Red Barn SC Wafflehammer RTT with this build.Army List - Click to Expand++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Grey Knights) [57 PL, 12CP, 879pts] +++ HQ +Grand Master Voldus [8 PL, 160pts]: 6: Lore Master, Edict Imperator, Empyrean Domination, Inner Fire, Warlord, Warp ShapingLord Kaldor Draigo [10 PL, 190pts]: Astral Aim, Hammerhand+ Troops +Strike Squad [7 PL, 97pts]: Gate of Infinity . . 4x Skitarii Vanguard . . . They’re now just way too brittle to compete against Marine armies packed with more wounds, more feel no pains and Terminators that can compete with Paladins for durability without even trying. You do have the new issue to deal with of every Marine player and their dad turning up with Rites of War, but Knights have always relied on wiping out the enemy to take objectives so it isn’t as much of a new challenge as it would be for some factions. . . Paladin (Warding Stave): Storm Bolter . . Right now this is all good, but doesn’t quite get them to the level of White Scars, but this is obviously a faction that will be closely watched once events kick back off.Sample ListSweet Law earned a third place finish with this at the Impromptu GT.Army List - Click to ExpandBlood Angel’s Battalion2x Extra Relic 2x Extra TraitHQCaptain, storm shield, Teeth of Terra, The Imperium’s Sword 95Primaris Bike Chaplain, Iron Resolve, Benediction of Fury (litany not listed, but I assume Mantra of Strength) 115Sangunary Priest, Jump Pack, Warlord, The Armour Indomitus, Rites of War 120No SlotVindicare Assassin 100Troops5 Assault Intercessors, Power Sword 100 5 Assault Intercessors, Power Sword 100 5 Assault Intercessors, Power Sword 100Elites9 Sanguinary Guard, power fists 315 3 Bladeguard 105 3 Bladeguard 105 Judiciar 85Fast AttackOutriders 135Heavy Support7 Devastators, 4 multi-meltas, cherub 211 3 Eradicators 120 3 Eradicators 120Dedicated Transport Drop Pod 70 Space WolvesCredit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” JonesAs post-supplement lists have started to emerge from Wolves, it’s clear that what they got was closer to a sidegrade than a strict upgrade. . Power sword and Storm bolter: Power sword, Storm bolter . . . Nemesis Force Halberd . Rob: On the whole, Space Marine win rates haven’t shifted much but there’s been a real shuffling of who’s on top within the faction. Myphitic Blight-hauler: Bile spurt, Gnashing maw, Missile launcher, Multi-melta . . 3x Kabalite Warrior: 3x Splinter Rifle . Talos: Macro-Scalpel, Macro-Scalpel . 4x Skitarii Vanguard . . . Hopefully, with new books starting to hit and the tantalising prospect of Covid vaccination to look forward to in the new year, players will continue to surprise us with new builds and we won’t see any sort of stagnation at the top. . 9x Guardsman: 9x Lasgun . . Fire Warrior Shas’ui: Photon grenades, Pulse pistol, Pulse rifle . Talos: Macro-Scalpel, Macro-Scalpel . . . Death Korps Ridemaster: Death Korps Hunting Lance, Laspistol++ Total: [104 PL, 8CP, 1,999pts] ++ Chaos KnightsChaos Knights have all of the problems of Imperial Knights with fewer defensive relics/traits and soup factions that are less effective at plugging their weaknesses. They’re not quite irredeemably terrible, but there’s no real draw to playing them, which is frankly criminal when Daemons are running amuck at the top of the metagame.Rob: Grey Knights have the highest disparity in win rates going first vs. second of any faction – 34% in our most recent analysis of data from ITC Battles app. Meganob W/ PK: Kustom Shoota, Power Klaw . . Like with CSM (and to an extent Craftworlds) there is still space for Thousand Sons to feature in lists propped up by other, better factions, where Magnus, Ahriman, Scarab Terminators and some of the Cults can all add value, but as a solo faction they’re currently dead in the water. An Iron Hands list filled with the best units from the book is still a horrendous thing to face down on the table, but once again the Ultramrines are currently edging them out as the all-rounder of choice.Sample ListDavid Hodgett took this to third place at Warpstorm XIII.Army List - Click to ExpandPatrol Detachment 0CP Imperium – Iron Hands Battle Size: 12 CP Stratagems: Hero of the Chapter -1 CP Relic of the Chapter -1CPHQ: Captain on Bike * WARLORD 100 Warlord Trait: Master of the Codex Chapter Master 40 Storm Shield 10 Relic: The Tempered Helm Thunderhammer 20 Paragon of Iron (-1CP) Total: 170TROOPS: 5x Tactical Squad, Power Axe, Storm Bolter 100NO SLOT Culexus Assassin x1 100ELITES Bladeguard Veteran Squad x3 105Terminator Assault Squad x5, Thunder hammer/Storm Shield 215HEAVY SUPPORT Devastator Squad x 5, Grav cannon x4, Armorium Cherub 135Eradicator Squad x 3 120DEDICATED TRANSPORT Drop Pod, Storm Bolter 70Patrol Detachment -2CP Imperium – Iron Hands HQ: Lieutenant 70, Warlord Trait: Target Protocols, Jump Pack, Relic:Betrayer’s Bane, Combi-melta 100TROOPS: Tactical Squad x 5 90NO SLOT Culexus Assassin x1 100ELITES Bladeguard Veteran Squad x3 105Veteran Intercessor Squad x 9, auto bolt rifles, power fist 208HEAVY SUPPORT Devastator Squad x 5, Grav cannon x4, Armorium Cherub 135Devastator Squad x 5, Multi-melta x4, Armorium Cherub 175DEDICATED TRANSPORT Drop Pod, Storm Bolter 70 TOTAL ARMY COST 1998 Blood AngelsCredit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” JonesAlong with Death Guard it doesn’t super matter where these are right now, because it’s likely that their new rules will be in play before anyone gets back to tournaments in earnest. Grants +20% Attack, +30% Speed and can further boost allies by +29% Attack. . Acolyte Hybrid (Heavy Weapon): Hand Flamer, Heavy Rock Cutter . . The upgraded (for them it’s pure upside) storm shields have also seen an upswing in the number of basic Custodian squads seeing use, as 1+/3++ models turn out to be quite rough to move. They win 62% of their games going first and a staggering 27% going second.Sample ListJosh Martin won the Red Barn SC Wafflehammer RTT with this build.Army List - Click to Expand++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Grey Knights) [57 PL, 12CP, 879pts] +++ HQ +Grand Master Voldus [8 PL, 160pts]: 6: Lore Master, Edict Imperator, Empyrean Domination, Inner Fire, Warlord, Warp ShapingLord Kaldor Draigo [10 PL, 190pts]: Astral Aim, Hammerhand+ Troops +Strike Squad [7 PL, 97pts]: Gate of Infinity . 4x Death Korps Death Riders: 4x Death Korps Hunting Lance, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Krieg Steed, 4x Laspistol . Crisis Bodyguard: Advanced targeting system, 2x Airbursting fragmentation projector . . Their win rate has never been nearly as dire as GSC’s, and people successfully finding lists that didn’t just fold on scoring if things went off the rails seems to have been enough to let them compete. Meganob W/ PK: Kustom Shoota, Power Klaw . Black Knight Bike: Plasma Talon+ Fast Attack +Invader ATV Squad [12 PL, 255pts] Bladeguard Veteran Sgt: Heavy Bolt PistolBladeguard Veteran Squad [5 PL, 105pts] Nemesis Force Halberd . 4x Kabalite Warrior: 4x Splinter Rifle . 5x Eradicator: 5x Bolt pistol . Meganob W/ PK: Kustom Shoota, Power Klaw . 9x Chaos Cultist w/ Autogun: 9x Autogun . A number of factors can influence faction rankings, mostly coming under three headings: The second and third factors here are somewhat subjective, and we’ll dig into them as we go through the factions later on in the article. Kataphron Breacher: Arc Claw, Heavy Arc Rifle . A whole host of bigger bugs previously costed way too high have been moved to better slots and given aggressive cost cuts and power boosts, giving the faction access to a nice mix of “Greater Daemon” tier threats that don’t increase exposure to Assassinate or Abhor the Witch, as well as keeping access to the powerful effect of Malanthropes. Kataphron Breacher: Arc Claw, Heavy Arc Rifle . Space Marine Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield . 4x Battle Sister: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades . . Paladin (Psilencer): Psilencer (Terminator) . Sergeant: LaspistolInfantry Squad [3 PL, 50pts] . Sybarite: Splinter RifleKabalite Warriors [3 PL, 45pts] . Deathwatch Veteran [1 PL, 27pts]: Frag & Krak grenades, Storm bolter [2pts], Storm shield [5pts] 4x Assault Intercessor [76pts]: 4x Astartes Chainsword, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Heavy Bolt Pistol . Veteran w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun, Platoon Commander [2 PL, 25pts]: Laspistol, Relic: Kurov’s Aquila, Platoon Commander [2 PL, 25pts]: Laspistol, Basilisks [7 PL, 130pts] 20x Necron Warrior (Gauss Reaper): 20x Gauss Reaper, Canoptek Spyders [4 PL, 65pts] 7x Terminator w/THSS: 7x Storm shield, 7x Thunder hammerVanguard Veteran Squad [14 PL, 229pts]: Jump Pack . Infiltrator Helix Adept . . Acolyte Hybrid (Heavy Weapon): Hand Flamer, Heavy Rock Saw . . Army List - Click to Expand++ Super-Heavy Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Imperial Knights) [100 PL, 8CP, 1,825pts] +++ Configuration +Household Choice: Questor Mechanicus . Deathwatch Veteran [1 PL, 22pts]: Astartes Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades, Storm bolter [2pts] 9x Guardsman: 9x Lasgun . Deathwatch Veteran [1 PL, 22pts]: Astartes Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades, Storm bolter [2pts] . Crisis Bodyguard: Advanced targeting system, 2x Cyclic ion blasterXV8 Crisis Bodyguards [9 PL, 162pts] . Ultramarines have always been supposed to be the “all-rounder” chapter, and the tweaks made in the new ruleset seem to have finally taken that crown off the Salamanders and Iron Hands and handed it over to the sons of Guilliman.Sample ListThomas Byrd piloted this build to second place at Warzone: The Dark Times.Army List - Click to Expand———————————————————- SUPREME COMMAND ———————————————————- <380> Lord of War: Roboute Guilliman BATTALION ———————————————————-HQ <135> Chief Librarian Tigurius -Might of Heroes -Psychic Fortress -Psychic Scourge<140> HQ: Primaris Chaplain on Bike -Master of Sanctity -Hero of the Chapter: Wise Orator -Relic: Seal of Oath -Litany1: Recitation of Focus (+1 to hit) -Litany2: Catechism of Fire (+1 to wound)Troops<130> TROOP: Infiltrators (5) w/Helix<130> TROOP: Infiltrators (5) w/Helix<230> TROOP: Intercessors (10) -w/auto bolt rifle -Astartes Grenade Launcher (2) -Sgt w/Thunder HammerElites<95> ELITE: Primaris Apothecary -Chief Apothecary -Hero of the Chapter: Selfless Healer -Relic: The Vox Espiritum<70> ELITE: Victrix Guard (2)<70> ELITE: Victrix Guard (2)Fast Attack<165> FAST: Attack bike (3) w/Multi-meltaHeavy Support<155> HEAVY: Devastators (5) w/lascannon + cherub<135> HEAVY: Devastators (5) w/grav + cherub<165> HEAVY: Hellblasters (5) w/assault incinerator Chaos SoupCredit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” JonesWhile Chaos has another faction sitting in tier one, Chaos Soup continues to be enough of its own, distinct thing that it’s worth rating in its own right. . Fire Warrior Shas’ui: Photon grenades, Pulse pistol, Pulse rifle . On the flip side of all of this, the downgrade Impulsors received in the Marine book hit Wolves harder than most, and loss of some key stratagems in the transition from the Index was a surprising blow. Deathwatch Veteran w/ Heavy Weapon [1 PL, 35pts]: Deathwatch Frag Cannon [15pts], Frag & Krak grenades . Space Marine Veteran [31pts]: Power fist [8pts], Storm shield [4pts] Nowhere to Hide (Aura), 6. Talos: Macro-Scalpel, Macro-Scalpel . Space Marine Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield . . Cryptothralls . . . Fortified With Contempt, 2. Deathwatch Terminator [2 PL, 33pts] . 19x Acolyte Hybrid (Hand Flamer): 19x Blasting Charges, 19x Cultist Knife, 19x Hand Flamer, 19x Rending Claw . Fire Warrior Shas’ui: Photon grenades, Pulse pistol, Pulse rifle . . . Marine w/ heavy or special weapon: Lascannon . Sybarite: Splinter RifleKabalite Warriors [3 PL, 45pts] Aspiring Sorcerer: Force stave, Inferno Bolt Pistol, Smite, Temporal Manipulation . They were also the second biggest riser in win rates in our analysis, jumping 4 points from pre-October to post, and going from 57% to 61% win rates in ITC Battles. ... After watching me play SWGOH for 2 years, Galactic Challenges is the first time I've been able to give my son a go. Paladin (Psilencer): Psilencer (Terminator) . 3x Kabalite Warrior: 3x Splinter Rifle . Aspiring Sorcerer: Force stave, Inferno Bolt Pistol, Smite, Temporal Manipulation . Our expectation is that once players get armies on the table this is where they’re going to land, but the book is such an enigma that I’m fully ready for us to be wildly wrong in either direction. Zippo. Veteran Sergeant [27pts]: Frag & Krak grenades, Lightning Claw [3pts], Storm shield [4pts], Company Veterans [3 PL, 51pts] It isn’t all bad – while flamestorm Aggressors got a bit weaker, you don’t need to (indeed, in the new codex, can’t) base your list on Long-ranged Marksmen to use them out of reserves, Eradicators continue to be a potent unit and Salamanders have great synergy with newly empowered Terminators, all ensuring that they can still put mean-looking lists on the table, but they’ve undeniably taken a huge hit and are for sure no longer in the same league as White Scars.Sample ListBrad Chester won the Death or Glory RTT with this list.Army List - Click to ExpandSalamanders 9CPOne Battalion:HQ: 110 Bike Cap powerfist/Stormshield (I noticed Brad) mantle of minus 1 to wound relic/Forge master 150 Primaris Chaplain on bike master of sanctity/benediction/imperium sword/ hate/strength/plus 1 to woundTroops: 95 5 Assault intercessors 120 5 Infiltrators 120 5 InfiltratorsElites: 120 3 Flamestorm Aggressors 280 10 Vanguard Vets LC/SS/JP 48 2 Company vets SS 48 2 Company vets SS 105 Primaris Apothecary Chief Apothecary Selfless healerFast Attack: 110 2 Multi melta attack bikes 300 6 Liquid hot plasma inceptors 150 3 Liquid hot plasma inceptorsHeavy: 120 3 Eradicators 120 3 Eradicators Iron HandsCredit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” JonesSimilar to Salamanders, Iron Hands haven’t suddenly become bad, but a lot of the things that made them good have been opened up to the masses and the kind of lists that really benefit from their Doctrine have been disincentivised. You do have the new issue to deal with of every Marine player and their dad turning up with Rites of War, but Knights have always relied on wiping out the enemy to take objectives so it isn’t as much of a new challenge as it would be for some factions. Sergeant: LaspistolInfantry Squad [3 PL, 50pts] Acolyte Hybrid (Heavy Weapon): Hand Flamer, Heavy Rock Saw . 4x Marine w/ chainsword: 4x Astartes chainsword, 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades . . . 4x Bladeguard Veteran [140pts]: 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Heavy Bolt Pistol, 4x Master-crafted Power Sword, 4x Storm Shield . Acolyte Hybrid (Heavy Weapon): Hand Flamer, Heavy Rock Cutter . The list we’ve featured below was actually used before that change landed and should be even better after it, and if you’re determined to try and make Astra Militarum work at the moment, that’s where we’d start.Sample ListWIll Taylor’s 5th place list from the South Georgia GT is one of the better performances Guard have put up for a while.Army List - Click to Expand++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Astra Militarum) [79 PL, 11CP, 1,482pts] +++ Configuration +Regimental Doctrine: Gunnery Experts, Spotter Details+ Stratagems +Tank Ace [-1CP]+ HQ +Tank Commander [12 PL, 220pts]: Heavy Bolter, Heavy Bolters, Turret-mounted Demolisher Siege Cannon, WarlordTank Commander [12 PL, 220pts]: Heavy Bolter, Heavy Bolters, Turret-mounted Demolisher Siege CannonTank Commander [12 PL, 220pts]: Heavy Bolter, Heavy Bolters, Turret-mounted Demolisher Siege Cannon+ Troops +Infantry Squad [3 PL, 50pts] . We do still think the jump to tier 3 off the back of the best lists is justified, but if either hive mind force does end up busted back down next time, it’ll probably be the cult.Sample ListClifton Russel played this to second at the Clutch City GT, really leaning in on the whole Hand Flamer thing!Army List - Click to Expand++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Tyranids – Genestealer Cults) [104 PL, 2,000pts, 9CP] +++ Configuration +Cult Creed: Cult of the Four-Armed Emperor+ Stratagems +Broodcoven [-1CP]Grandsire’s Gifts [-1CP]: 1 Extra Sacred Relic+ HQ +Magus [5 PL, 85pts, -1CP]: Broodcoven Magus, Power: Might From Beyond, Power: Mind Control, Stratagem: The Cult’s Psyche, Warlord Trait: Inscrutable CunningPatriarch [8 PL, 150pts]: Familiar, Inspiring Leader, Power: Mental Onslaught, Power: Might From Beyond, The Crouchling, WarlordPrimus [4 PL, 85pts]: Bonesword, Broodcoven Primus, Sword of the Void’s Eye, Warlord Trait: Alien Majesty+ Troops +Acolyte Hybrids [12 PL, 290pts]: Cult Icon . . 19x Acolyte Hybrid (Hand Flamer): 19x Blasting Charges, 19x Cultist Knife, 19x Hand Flamer, 19x Rending Claw . Myphitic Blight-hauler: Bile spurt, Gnashing maw, Missile launcher, Multi-melta++ Patrol Detachment -2CP (Chaos – Daemons) [24 PL, 465pts, -3CP] +++ Configuration +Chaos Allegiance: Nurgle+ HQ +Epidemius [6 PL, 105pts]: Balesword, NurglingsGreat Unclean One [14 PL, 270pts, -1CP]: Bileblade, Doomsday bell, Nurglings, Shrivelling Pox, Smite, Virulent Blessing . Tyranid Warrior: Boneswords, Deathspitter . Zippo. . Space Marine Veteran: Lightning Claw, Storm shield . Custodian: Sentinel Blade, Storm Shield . Crisis Bodyguard: Advanced targeting system, 2x Airbursting fragmentation projector+ Fast Attack +Pathfinder Team [6 PL, 90pts]: MV31 Pulse Accelerator Drone, MV33 Grav-inhibitor Drone . Sybarite: Splinter RifleKabalite Warriors [3 PL, 45pts] Meganob W/ PK: Kustom Shoota, Power KlawMeganobz [10 PL, 190pts] 4x Rubric Marine w/ Inferno Boltgun: 4x Inferno boltgun+ Elites +Scarab Occult Terminators [20 PL, 352pts]: Hellfyre Missile Rack . . 10x Hormagaunt: 10x Scything TalonsHormagaunts [3 PL, 60pts] . . Myphitic Blight-hauler: Bile spurt, Gnashing maw, Missile launcher, Multi-meltaMyphitic Blight-haulers [15 PL, 300pts] Acolyte Leader: Cultist Knife, Hand FlamerAcolyte Hybrids [12 PL, 200pts] . Acolyte Hybrid (Heavy Weapon): Hand Flamer, Heavy Rock Cutter . Boss Nob: Power Klaw . They win 62% of their games going first and a staggering 27% going second.Sample ListJosh Martin won the Red Barn SC Wafflehammer RTT with this build.Army List - Click to Expand++ Patrol Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Grey Knights) [57 PL, 12CP, 879pts] +++ HQ +Grand Master Voldus [8 PL, 160pts]: 6: Lore Master, Edict Imperator, Empyrean Domination, Inner Fire, Warlord, Warp ShapingLord Kaldor Draigo [10 PL, 190pts]: Astral Aim, Hammerhand+ Troops +Strike Squad [7 PL, 97pts]: Gate of Infinity . . 9x Chaos Cultist w/ Autogun: 9x Autogun . Talos: Macro-Scalpel, Macro-Scalpel . 4x Rubric Marine w/ Inferno Boltgun: 4x Inferno boltgun+ Fast Attack +Chaos Spawn [1 PL, 23pts] . Tyranid Warrior: Boneswords, Deathspitter . Acolyte Hybrid (Heavy Weapon): Hand Flamer, Heavy Rock Saw . Veteran w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gun . Basilisk: Full Payload, Heavy Bolter, Hunter-Killer MissileManticore [8 PL, 150pts]: Full Payload, Heavy Bolter, Hunter-Killer Missile++ Outrider Detachment -3CP (Imperium – Death Korps of Krieg) [25 PL, -3CP, 517pts] +++ Configuration +Detachment CP [-3CP]Regimental Doctrine: Death Korps of KriegRegimental Doctrine: Astra Millitarum+ HQ +Commissar Yarrick [6 PL, 105pts]Death Korps Death Rider Squadron Commander [3 PL, 47pts]: Death Korps Hunting Lance, Death Korps Orders, Laspistol+ Elites +Death Korps Combat Engineer Squad [4 PL, 80pts] 4x Pathfinder: 4x Markerlight, 4x Photon grenades, 4x Pulse carbine . Revoltingly Resilient+ Troops +Nurglings [4 PL, 90pts] Acolyte Hybrid (Heavy Weapon): Hand Flamer, Heavy Rock Cutter . . Acolyte Hybrid (Heavy Weapon): Hand Flamer, Heavy Rock Saw . While still suffering from a curtailed set of options compared to Chapters with full-fledged supplements, Ben’s current build is so thoroughly vicious that I don’t feel we can rate the army any lower than this – and I’m sure he’s going to put the work in to keep it that way.Sample ListShockingly our Black Templars list comes from one B. Cherwein. If a strong player picks up a well-tuned list from this faction, is it acting as a major boost to their chances of winning an event overall, or might it be holding them back? Basilisk: Full Payload, Heavy Bolter, Hunter-Killer MissileManticore [8 PL, 150pts]: Full Payload, Heavy Bolter, Hunter-Killer Missile++ Outrider Detachment -3CP (Imperium – Death Korps of Krieg) [25 PL, -3CP, 517pts] +++ Configuration +Detachment CP [-3CP]Regimental Doctrine: Death Korps of KriegRegimental Doctrine: Astra Millitarum+ HQ +Commissar Yarrick [6 PL, 105pts]Death Korps Death Rider Squadron Commander [3 PL, 47pts]: Death Korps Hunting Lance, Death Korps Orders, Laspistol+ Elites +Death Korps Combat Engineer Squad [4 PL, 80pts] . 2x Stormstrike missile launchers: 2x Stormstrike missile launchers++ Total: [111 PL, 9CP, 1,996pts] ++ Black TemplarsBen Cherwein has continued his one-man quest to keep Templars competitively relevant, and the Marine Codex has definitely made Templars appreciably nastier. Deathwatch Veteran w/ Heavy Weapon [1 PL, 35pts]: Deathwatch Frag Cannon [15pts], Frag & Krak grenades . . Eradicator SgtWhirlwind [7 PL, 125pts]: Whirlwind castellan launcher++ Total: [100 PL, 6CP, 1,998pts] ++ Tier 3Death GuardMuch like with Blood Angels this is kind of academic at this point, but Death Guard have experienced a surprisingly precipitous fall since the last list. Arch-Contaminator, Hellforged sword, Ironclot Furnace, Malefic talon, Smite, Warlord, Wings+ Troops +Plague Marines [6 PL, 90pts] Terrax storm bolters++ Total: [96 PL, 2,000pts, 13CP] ++ Grey KnightsGrey Knights lost quite a bit in the transition over from 8th Edition anyway and the changes in the Marine codex have fully spiked them into the lower ranks. War Dog Moirax: 2x Lightning lock . Power sword and Storm bolter: Power sword, Storm bolter . It’s fair to say that some of their tools still seem to have ended up on the overpriced side of things, but two strong list archetypes have emerged that are being gradually tuned as players get their armies all painted up. . 2x MV1 Gun Drone: 4x Pulse carbine, Breacher Team [3 PL, 75pts] Watch Sergeant [20pts]: Astartes Chainsword, Deathwatch Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades, Redemptor Dreadnought [9 PL, 185pts]: 2x Fragstorm Grenade Launchers, Heavy Onslaught Gatling Cannon, Icarus Rocket Pod [5pts], Onslaught Gatling Cannon [5pts], Redemptor Fist, Venerable Dreadnought [8 PL, 155pts]: Twin lascannon [20pts] . Veteran w/ Special Weapon: Plasma gunPlatoon Commander [2 PL, 25pts]: Laspistol, Relic: Kurov’s AquilaPlatoon Commander [2 PL, 25pts]: Laspistol+ Heavy Support +Basilisks [7 PL, 130pts] . Tempestor: Chainsword, Hot-shot Laspistol++ Total: [112 PL, 6CP, 2,000pts] ++ Tier 4Credit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” JonesChaos Space MarinesChaos Space Marines continue to have some devoted adherents, and as we covered in our extensive tour of their subfactions recently they have a lot of cool stuff going on – but it’s all just a bit too hard to use or underwhelming when it tries to compete with better optimised factions. FA: Dimachaeron (230) – [230pts, 12PL]==Secondary Detachment – Tyranid Patrol Detachment – [631pts, 30PL] -3CP HQ: Broodlord (125) – [125pts, 7PL] ++Psyker (Symbiostorm) TR: 3x Ripper Swarm (3×12) – [36pt, 2PL] 9x Chaos Cultist w/ Autogun: 9x Autogun . 2x Dark Disciple: 2x Close combat weapon+ HQ +Abaddon the Despoiler [11 PL, 220pts, 2CP]: WarlordChaos Lord in Terminator Armour [6 PL, 108pts]: Angelsbane, Chainfist, Combi-bolter, Mark of SlaaneshDark Apostle [4 PL, 80pts]: 5. . . 29x Ork Boy W/ Slugga & Choppa: 29x Choppa, 29x Slugga, 29x StikkbombsBoyz [12 PL, 242pts]: 2x Tankbusta Bombs . Deathwatch Veteran [1 PL, 22pts]: Astartes Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades, Storm bolter [2pts] : Storm bolter [ 2pts ] the mighty have fallen perfect Counter Revan! Arthindol should be noted that this was pre-supplement, but all too popular Grinding!... Extremely excited about the prospects offered by their revised set of units the... 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