The Tournament Season has begun!

Knights are so cheesy!

A new year means a new tournament season, and we’re off like a shot! Let’s take a look at some of the results we’ve got coming in so far.

Wild West Shootout 2,000pts

The Wild West Shootout was run over this past weekend by Battlefoam.

It was a rather expensive event, with tickets coming in around $100 for admission to the con and the 40K GT.

The top finishers were:

  • Best General: Blackmoor with his Draigowing



Librarian w/Warding Staff, Shrouding, Might of Titians, Sanctuary, 2 Servo Skulls


10 Paladins w/3 Psycannons, Master Crafted Psycannon, Warding Stave, 2 Swords, 2 Demonhammers, 3 Halberds, Master Crafted Halberd, Brotherhood Banner

5 Grey Knight Strike Squad w/Psycannon

Fast Attack 

9 Interceptors w/2 Psycannons

Justicar w/MC Demonhammer

Heavy Support

3 Dreadnaughts w/2 Autocannons, Psybolt ammo

  • Second Best General: Geoff Zatkin with Battlewagon Orks

We don’t have the exact list, but I was told it was a Ghaz Battlewagon list, with 4-5 Deff Rolla Battlewagons.

  • Third Best General: Dave Fay’s (TEAM ZERO COMP) Black Templars

Marshall w/Bike, Powerfist, Adamantine Mantle, Storm Shield

Emperor’s ChampionElite

5 Terminators w/2 Cyclone Missile Launchers

5 Terminators w/2 Cyclone Missile Launchers

5 Terminators w/2 Cyclone Missile LaunchersTroops

5 Marines w/Lascanons

5 Marines w/Lascanons

5 Marines w/LascanonsFast Attack 

3 Land Speeder Typhoons

3 Land Speeder Typhoons

2 Land Speeder Typhoons

  • Best Painted: Dave Fay’s (TEAM ZERO COMP)  Black Templars
So, the internet should be exploding. Yet again, we see players winning with lists and books that are either widely considered to be bad, or under-powered.
Orks, yet again, coming out in a healthy position. Orks consistently win or place well in tournaments. It still baffles me how some internet pundits say they are bad. On the west coast, some of our best players are Ork players. Geoff, the Ork general, is one of the most skilled players I have met. He comes from San Diego and is one of a crew of players down there that if they played in the big tournaments, everyone would know their names.
Perhaps that’s why we respect Orks more on the West Coast? Player skill compensates for the army weakness? Or is the other way around, that Orks are not as bad as the internet thinks and that players elsewhere struggle with them.
I couldn’t say, honestly. But what I do know, is that over and over again, Orks do well in competitive events. I personally think that if not for Grey Knights, they’d be a clear Tier 1 army in terms of pure power. I know some don’t agree, but hey, that is why they call them opinions.
What else is going on here? Blackmoor doing well with his Draigowing, although now, that is nothing new. After his performance at the BAO 2011, and NOVA, Draigowing has become a fairly commonly accepted tournament list. With a combination of multiple, resilient scoring units, KP denial, and powerful shooting and assault, this is a list built to win missions. And it does.
Dave Fay, the newest member of Team Zero Comp, beat Geoff Zatkins and his Orks, but narrowly lost to Blackmoor in the final game. For those of us from Southern California, this is a common story. Those three have a history of meeting each other in tournaments going back many, many years. It came down to the last toss of the dice in Blackmoor’s game with Dave Fay, but Blackmoor came out ahead this time. Well played, Alan.
Dave’s Black Templars are a brute force instrument. Very similar to Missile Wolves, they rely on absolutely dominating the shooting phase. WIth 28 missiles a turn, many of which have Tank Hunters, they put even my Bjorn Wolves to shame! I remember when 5th ed came out, and everyone was beating the MM/HF Speeder drum, while a few of us were saying Typhoons all day, every day. Now we see just how good those little speeders are. Dave uses them to great effect, and he nearly won Comikaze 2011 with the same army, but when fellow Zero Comp Teammate ChristianA stole the initiative on him in the final game, he wasn’t able to recover.
His army shoots like mad, but also has enough HtH punch to keep him out of trouble and really beat up on some armies. His only real weakness are his troops, but smart play can mitigate this.

Tropicarnage 2012

Tropicarnage 1,500pts

Frontline reader, Rantiums, brought us coverage from an Australian GT, Tropicarnage. Tropicarnage took place in Cairns and had an attendance of 54. Rantimus took 10th with his Blood Angels, and relayed what data he could to us about the other top finishers which can be found here:

The interesting thing in my mind was that 1st was taken by Crons. First event of the year, and already off to a strong start for the Robo Warriors! Fantastic!

The top 10 armies at this event were as follows:

  1. Necrons
  2. Grey Knights
  3. Dark Eldar
  4. Imperial Guard
  5. Dark Angels
  6. Grey Knights
  7. Tyranids
  8. Orks
  9. Dark Eldar
  10. Chaos Space Marines

Hmm. Pretty good spread, there. Again, Orks, Bugs, and CSM. Again, the internet would lead you to believe that would now happen, and yet there it is. No Wolves (although it appears there were none at the event!), and only 1 IG player, but 2 Grey Knights and 2 Dark Eldar. Once again, good players winning with “bad” armies.

Here is the top Cron player’s list we dug up sas Rantiums reported it to us:

1 x Overlord HQ (cant remeber his name) in a command barge

1 x Destroyer Lord HQ with mind shackle scarabs (good for killing mephiston and assault marines)

1x Cryptek

3 x Wraiths

3 x Canoptek Spyders

10x Scarabs

2 x Annihilation Barges

1×10 Immortals

2×5 Immortals

So, a mini Scarab Farm with Wraiths, Command Barge Overlord, Destroyer Lord and a few objective holding scoring units. Those seem to be consistent elements we see in winning Necron Lists.

So what does this all mean? For now, not much. We need more data to really tell, but as a starting point this reaffirms what we see every year: that good players win with any army.

We’ll continue to analyze tournament data as it comes in, but so far we are off to an exciting start to the 2012 tournament season.

Here are some pictures of Tropicarnage and an interesting anecdote about the event after the pictures.

From an attendee of the event, apparently the Gentleman that won the Cheese Award for bringing a Grey Knight army of 3 Land Raiders full of Death Cult Assassins was not happy about winning the award, and when talking to a Blood Angels player at the event, told him that he had read Raw Dogger’s “Vampires Suck!” article series on this very site, and told the Blood Angels player that his army was therefore crap!

Well, we’re happy to hear that people are reading our articles, and we don’t know what was actually said that day. But, everyone, those articles are meant to be humorous! Raw Dogger is a jokster, please don’t take them as actual tactical analysis!

At any rate, well played to all of the Tropicarnage Attendees and please send those results, pictures and stories coming!


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2 Responses to “The Tournament Season has begun!”

  1. Julnlecs February 5, 2012 8:32 pm #

    Reece people will read those articles and actually take them seriously. More if they say that they are tactica articles. It might be helpful to list that they are jokes and therefore untrue.

    • Reecius February 5, 2012 11:17 pm #

      Yeah, that is fair. I think we just didn’t emphasize enough that it was meant to be a joke. Going forward, if we do anything like that again, we’ll be sure to make it plenty clear that our intentions are to be humorous.

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