|Todays list is not as exciting as this picture... But it's not my fault... Boring European fucktards...|
This is not necessarily a new thing, nor a trend which no one saw coming...especially in this context - the ETC does not allow Forge World and therefore the ability to spam Sabre Defence Platforms means that fliers have a real chance to dominate.
Lets look at the tournaments in the UK - when FW is allowed at a tournament, fliers are not as much of a worry...when there is no FW allowed at an event - fliers abound.
The ETC follows this trend it seems, at Europe and in the States at least.
Germany, USA, Italy, Greece, France.. the list goes on and on...they are all rocking an extreme flier list.
What are the armies?
You need to ask?
Necrons and Chaos Space Marines.
Night Scythes and Heldrakes. That's pretty much the army list too haha!
This is one post that I am really not all that excited about writing. We all know that if you do not have sufficient anti-air firepower you will find a game infinitely harder if not impossible to win vs massed fliers.
So, I pick up writing this post 5 days after I started... granted I had this whole business of turning 30, promotion interviews to deal with and moving house to deal with - so I'm going to give myself a pass on the delay in posting.
It's not like I have 6 other authors right ?????? Lazy bitches... ;)
You can see it is not easy for me to sit and write this article, right?
It's boring.. Typical list comes from Italy:
Khorne Rapist Lord
2 x 10 Cultists
Aegis - Comms Relay
Necron Overlord - CCB, Scythe, 2+ save, Mindshackles
5 Deathmarks - Night Scythe
5 Warriors - Night Scythe
5 Warriors - Night Scythe
Doom Scythe - Death Ray
7 Fliers; 4 which are really quite expensive and 3 cheap.
Khorne Lord with Axe, Jugger etc is pretty decent - I would suggest he can use the 20 man Cultist 'blob' (it's not a blob) to deliver him, or he can just hide out of sight and be used as a coutner assault element. Between him and the Necron Overlord you have 2 quite fast, quite dangerous (to different targets in the game) assault elements.
But for me, it is just so very boring.
Too many units off the table - yeah, yeah I know that they are VERY likely to come in on turn 2, but if this list is going second.... well, a hell of a lot can happen in 2 turns with minimum 1000 points off the board.. that's not even assuming he puts any units aboard the 3 fliers that can carry units.
Regarding transports - I think it is a very safe bet that the 2 Warrior units will be on board the Scythes in order to late game contest - a strong bet to suggest as well that in a lot of cases, the Comms Relay might be used to keep them off the table so they are not exposed to fire too early. The Deathmarks I am unsure about, they may very well be used to react to others with Hunters from Hyperspace or they may simply Deep Strike.. they may ride their plane.. or walk on.. they may even start on the table.. each option really dependent on the opposing player and his army. In reality, they are purchased because they unlock another Night Scythe to push the concept in this army list more than anything and because, actually, they are not that bad at what they do.
For some armies, this concept really does push the Interceptor/Skyfire, Volume of fire, TL'ed fire that you have available to the max and will overwhelm once it is on the board. A reasonable amount of anti infantry from the heldrakes and Night Scythes and a decent unit in the
In a situation like the ETC there was no doubt that this list (or the ones very similar to it across many, many other nations) would crop up. Afterall, the ETC is all about match ups and management of team resources. This list has some very good mathc ups and if the teams manage it right, they can pull off some strong wins. Or at the very least, keep planes in the air and drop troops off late game to draw/deny/contest.
But, by God, it's dull.
I'd like to play it in the ETC... but many wouldn't and that's the point. It has good options.
I'd rather engage in Naked Hatchet Ice Fishing than have to play against this boring bollocks.
I can't say anymore about it.
There is lots of it at the ETC.
People think this is a good army.
It can kill stuff and claim objectives and stuff. But dear god...WHY?!?!?