Chapter Tactics #19: My Top 8 LVO Predictions and ITC #1 Matt Root


I’ve been teasing them all month long, I finally reveal my top 8 40k LVO army predictions and interview the highest ranked player going into the largest event of the ITC season. 

Matt Root

Show Notes: 

Tournament News

– “Ease into the LVO” GT; Josh Death won the event dominating his way with a Tripartite Lance, Libby Conclave, and Psykana Division. 28 people were able to attend, congratulations James.

– Golden Sprue Cup GT; Nick Nanavati won with Rehati War-sect, and a million of the ugliest Brimstone horrors ever. Kurt Clauss (TauDar) and Alex Fennell (CronPylonStar)

Matt Root Interview

– What do you expect to see at the LVO?
– What have you done to prepare yourself for the LVO?
– Is there any army you want to particularly face? Vice Versa?
– What are you bringing?
– Top 8 predictions?

My Top 8 40k Army Predictions (in no particular order)

– 2 Lists w/ Riptide Wings
– Rehati War-Sect
– Cabalstar
– Necrons (of some kind)
– A Battle Company of some kind
– Eldar
– Renegades

These are seperate from my power rankings which can be found here. Because sometimes, underdog lists get lucky and make it to the top 8 all the time. Oh, and sadly no Orks.


QOTD: What do you guys expect to see in the top 8? Also, please feel free to come and say hi at the LVO. I don’t bite. 

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About Petey Pab

Aspiring 40k analyst, tournament reporter and Ultramarines enthusiast, Petey Pab only seeks to gather more knowledge about the game of 40k and share it with as many people as he can in order to unite both hobbyists and gamers. We are, after all, two sides of the same coin.

7 Responses to “Chapter Tactics #19: My Top 8 LVO Predictions and ITC #1 Matt Root”

  1. Notpancho January 29, 2017 5:05 pm #

    Loving it! I really like the posts, comments, podcasts and whatever that discuss meta lists and what is strong right now. Pab I think you’re overestimating the competitiveness of two armies. CSM and Necrons. CSM with the rehati war sect is extremely dependent on specific dice rolls to make it that many games without losing. Having played FMC circus for a number of years I know that your list has a lot of failure points which can collapse the entire army pretty easily.

    Abuse Puppy put it pretty well the other day
    “You’ve gotta get through 5-6 rounds of fighting without being Seized on at a bad time, without rolling garbage for your important powers, without failing critical Grounding checks, without suffering a bad Perils, etc.”

    Cabal star I think is a subpar deathstar compared to other deathstars and also has some failure points. I think it’s one of the best CSM lists, but that does not say much.

    Crons again are strong, but they just cannot compete with the power level escalation lists and lists that can dominate objectives. Maybe sentrystar but that is a pretty one trick pony. Again, good list, but going through 6 rounds without facing someone who can play around the one trick is going to be tough.

    I think Root is right, I think Daemons outside of Warsect and Cabalstar are going to be in the top 8 as well

    • Reecius January 29, 2017 11:31 pm #

      Great commentary. I think the new daemons will kick ass too, and a lot of very good players are bringing them, which is even more telling to their power level. Can’t wait to see how it all pans out!

    • Petey Pab February 1, 2017 7:02 pm #

      I mean you are 100% correct. Right now the meta is in a place where there are so many different lists that can make the top 8. Sure, we may not see Orks or Dark Eldar but I still like the variety of competitive 40k .

  2. Horton January 30, 2017 8:31 am #

    A good show!

    • Petey Pab February 1, 2017 7:01 pm #

      Thanks Horton, good luck at the LVO!

  3. ibushi February 1, 2017 8:30 am #

    A fantastic podcast, these are just getting better and better Pablo, love it

    Pretty good predictions, doesnt matter if they are right or wrong, it’s still major luck of the draw with matchups and dice — the main thing is getting a sense of where the game is at right now, appreciate the insights

    Good luck to Matt and all the other people at LVO!

    • Petey Pab February 1, 2017 7:01 pm #

      Thank you very much! That means a lot to me, I think the predictions are more fun then anything else. It is hard to predict outcomes of competitive events, just ask NFL analysts.

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