Sunday, April 24, 2011
ATC Adventue: Chapter 1
Posted by hyv3mynd
I have the amazing opportunity to travel with DaBoyz crew from Rochester, New York to Chattanooga, Tennessee next month for the American Team Championship tournament. This is exciting to be for several reasons. At 31, I'm the youngest on the team and with only 12 months of 40k under my belt, I'm the least experienced. As such, I had no expectations when Aldonis dropped by our local forum to promote the event and I volunteered to represent the Tyranid codex. You can imagine my surprise when somehow I made the team, especially with so many prominent nid players in the club.
This article and discussion will act as the first chapter of an adventure through list building, army painting, playtesting, and concluding in our trip to the event and my tournament batreps. If you aren't familiar with the format, the information is here:
So here's the quick break-down:
- 5 players per team, team captains take turns pairing their members for games
- Each team may only bring one army from each codex (i.e. one SW, one IG, one BA)
- Every game will have 2 c&c objectives, 3 seize ground objectives, and score killpoints
- Points are awarded for drawing on objectives and KP's
Here's my take-away:
- If I feel an SW army with 4 JoTWW priests in drop pods would annihilate me, the pairing system allows my team captain to pair me against other potential opponents. This allows the potential to build lists that take advantage of the scoring format and are less worried about taking "all-comers".
- Since points are awarded for drawing any of the objectives, it's much more important to the overall good of the team to draw than lose objectives.
- The combination of game objectives and player-driven pairings will encourage some teams to tailor lists leading to lots of scoring units and few killpoints.
At this point we've already had team meetings, discussed strategy, made test lists, and playtested several games. I can't discuss those things yet without compromising the team, but we can compare thoughts on tyranid lists and applications in the format. I have already narrowed down my list and gone to work painting it up, so I won't be making any major changes.
I would, however love to see some list ideas or thoughts from readers. Tell me what you think and the discussion will serve as a transition into Chapter 2, where I discuss the evolution of my possible lists.
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