People love or hate this mission, and to me it all comes down to preparation. This is a mission you need to prepare for-probably dedicate a list to. Typical ITS missions encourage you to bring a large number of models/order but in this one it is a detriment- Biotechvore throws the ITS meta on its head. In this mission you will only have an 8” deployment zone. This is problematic since the Biotechvore is 16” deep. This zone activates at the end of each player turn causing a damage 14 hit to anything inside the zone and must be saved using BTS. Retreat is not in effect. There is a special deployment rule:
Confused Deployment forces anyone trying to deploy outside of the normal 8” deployment zone must make a Phys -3 check in place of any other check they would normally make. If they fail it isn’t horrible since they can still deploy anywhere inside the deployment zone.
Accomplish more Classified Objectives = 1 pt
Kill more enemy army points = 3
Classified Objective = 2 pts
Similar to decapitation, Biotechvore has three levels of play that correspond to the number of points being played: Low=200 points, Mid=300 points, and Top=400 points. If you are able to keep a certain number of points alive by the end of the game you will receive:
|Tier \ Points Awarded||1 pt||3 pts||4 pts|
|Low||75-150 surviving||151-250 surviving||250+ surviving|
|Mid||75-150 surviving||151-250 surviving||250+ surviving|
|Top||100-200 surviving||201-300 surviving||300+ surviving|
While it may at first appear that this game is meant to be played as a more defensive version of Annihilation, things are actually fairly evenly weighted. Classified Objectives are worth a decent amount of points however since you only have one to accomplish, expect to consistently tie so gaining the extra point will not occur often. This leaves killing and defending.
Notice that the non-linear points awarding that made getting a full 4 points in Annihilation difficult will make getting the full 4 in Biotechvore equally difficult. However it does help the player in that it will take a significant amount of losses before crossing the threshold from 3 down to one 1 pt. This should serve as encouragement to engage with the enemy and try to gain an extra 3 pts.
- Because both players will be working to move as much of their army out of their deployment zone into the middle going first will be ideal.
- While looking for lanes of fire do not become attached to them since you want things to be ready to get up and move turn one. Obviously if you can slow your opponent’s exit of their deployment zone it’s a plus – just don’t do it at your own expense.
- Most sniper perches should be considered death traps since they will typically mean your sniper will be unable to exit the Biotechvore zone. You may be able to slow your opponent some but be mentally prepared to lose them at the end of your first turn-anything beyond that is a gift.
- As mentioned in the beginning a large number of cheap order generating cheerleaders is less than ideal since you will need either link teams or coordinated orders to move them to safety. The Biotechovre zone is too large for each model to use its own order to escape- there needs to be some sort of order saving method to get your army out.
- Try to find the most direct lanes out of your deployment zone as possible – at a minimum it will take two turns of complete movement for most models to escape the zone. Having to move around terrain, throwing smoke, shooting, and dodging will only increase the orders required.
- Link teams are your friend, Haris and Enomatarchos links will flourish here and should be used to their fullest extent by those who have access to them.
Biotechovre can be an incredibly easy mission IF you prepare for it. By taking a large number of linkable troops you can get the bulk of your army out of the Biotechvore zone and into position midfield. This puts the pressure on your opponent to “run into your guns” or let the mission destroy them. Bring smoke grenades, fast troops, link teams, and this mission will be no problem for you. But if you try to play the “normal” way with cheerleaders, order spam, snipers and things buried within your deployment zone, the mission, not your opponent will punish you.
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