Army Review: Army lists that will totally dominate the LVO. Like, totally


Hi everyone, Michael here with a look at the REAL armies that are going to be tearing up the LVO this year. Forget your Riptide Wing, the Greenskins are here to dominate! For more reviews, analyses and battle reports, check out the Tactics Corner.

Petey Pab recently wrote about the top 10 armies we are likely to see at this year;s LVO. This analysis was very well written and based on his years of experience in competitive 40k, as well as analysis of the winning armies at tournaments from the past year. It was also completely wrong.

He couldn’t be more wrong if his parents (Mr and Mrs Wrong) had christened him Wrong and sent him to live on Wrong Island due to his wrong-ness. He may have been incorrect is what I am trying to say.

Listen up, as I tell you the real lists to look out for at the LVO this year, based on my years of experience of never having attended the LVO or any ITC event. The gods of Internet armchair speculation have bestowed upon me a great gift that I shall impart on you now.

(In case you couldn’t judge from the introduction, this is a spoof article looking at some army lists you will not be seeing gracing the top tables at the LVO. It’s all intended as a bit of fun, no digs at any players or playstyles are intended).


  1. Grey Knights

The message from Games Workshop has been clear and consistent- use whichever copy of the rules you have purchased. Great news for Grey Knights players! Dust off that 5th edition codex and prepare to demolish all those before you.

  1. Dark Eldar Raider Spam

Now that the main rulebook FAQ has been released and jinking vehicles no longer has an effect on passengers, Dark Eldar players have nothing to worry about! With massed poisoned weapons and open-topped vehicles that are armour 10 ALL AROUND, expect to see plenty of Dark Eldar Raider spam armies on the top table. Marvel as all your opponent’s S3 shooting attacks are hopeless against your Raiders and watch your poisoned weapons wreak havoc with the enemy army. As long as you don’t come up against any S4 shooting, Imperial Knights, Wraithknights, Gargantuan Monstrous Creatures or Rhinos, you will be fine, but what are the chances of seeing any of those units at the LVO?


  1. Orks

This will come as no surprise to anyone. Orks have been dominating the tournament scene for years and years.

The best way to run this army is mobs upon mobs of Orks. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take as long as you think to move 150 Orks around the table, especially after your opponent has their first shooting phase. They might even get worked up enough to hit the enemy as hard as they hit themselves in combat.

The only reason you may not see them on the top table this year is thanks to the recent main rulebook FAQ limiting Tankbustas to a single Meltabomb attack. Now it’ll only take your mob of Tankbustas 5 turns to kill an Imperial Knight in combat, instead of one turn. Don’t worry though, they have that 6+ armour save, remember.

  1. Warp Spider Spam

Without a doubt, the top table of the LVO will see at least three units of Warp Spiders on them each game. This will occur even when neither army on table 1 has any Warp Spiders in their list. With a good Flickerjump roll, a player from up to table 26 will be able to move their units from their own table to the top table with relative ease.


  1. Skyhammer Annihilation Force

Remember when all those doomsayers were proclaiming on the internet years ago that the Skyhammer Annihilation Force was going to kill competitive 40k? How right they were. This army actually features Space Marines Assault squads that actually get a chance to assault. How OP is that!

  1. Traitor Legions Chaos

There is a huge flurry of excitement amongst Chaos players that this is going to be their year thanks to the release of the new Traitor Legions supplement. I mean, the supplement isn’t good enough to win the event, but after the codices Chaos players have had to endure recently, it must seem like the Gladius Strike Force and Eldar codex rolled into one. Expect to see plenty of Word Eaters and World Bearers armies on the tabletop.


  1. Brimstone Horror Spam

The new hotness in town, this army is going to show up a lot. After your opponent’s first shooting phase, you will have approximately 400 Brimstone Horrors to take control of the table. It’s almost enough to stop you taking your 3+ cover save with re-rolls of 1’s. I mean, you’ll still take it, but you won’t feel so bad when you fail one.

And the army that will win the LVO and the ITC for the 2016-2017 year will be:


  1. Whichever army Reece and Frankie choose, of course

The leaders of the Warhammer 40,000 illuminati have been very busy these year. They have been openly conspiring with Games Workshop to nerf your favourite army through so-called FAQs! They blocked the entry of the Ta’unar supremacy suit into the ITC because they hate you personally!! Wake up Sheeple!!! Quick, take a screenshot of this before they find it and delete it!!!! And remember, stay safe out there, and don’t drink the free “water” at the LVO- that’s how they get you!!!!!!!!!!!

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About Michael Corr

An avid 40k player and blogger from Scotland. I started in 3rd edition and have been playing ever since. I detail my adventures in my own blog "St Andrews Wargaming", highlighting my mediocre painting skills, regular battle reports and my occasional random ramblings.

24 Responses to “Army Review: Army lists that will totally dominate the LVO. Like, totally”

  1. Reecius
    Reecius January 29, 2017 10:29 am #

    lololol, dat “free” wata! Our secret is out! Where’s my tinfoil hat, I must protect my brain waves from the mind control devices….

    • Michael Corr
      Michael Corr January 29, 2017 11:01 am #

      Damn! I forgot to mention to bring your tinfoil hat to the event. Oh no, that must mean they have already got to me…..

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    Fluger January 29, 2017 12:10 pm #

    Faq-minati confirmed.

    • Reecius
      Reecius January 29, 2017 11:38 pm #

      Lol, we’ve been had! Haha

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      abusepuppy January 30, 2017 10:30 am #


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    Peteypab January 29, 2017 1:09 pm #

    This is solid gold. Great article, I can’t believe how wrong I was.

    • Michael Corr
      Michael Corr January 30, 2017 1:59 am #

      It’s not your fault Petey Pab, you do work in the belly of the beast after all. Don’t give up on the Orks just yet, you have to believe!

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    Threllen January 29, 2017 4:41 pm #

    I don’t know how this article missed the obviously OP Black Legion CAD.

    Abaddon + 6 squads of MSU spam Chosen. Give them 5 power fists, a lascannon, MoS, an icon of vengeance, and a rhino and now you’ve got 6 threats that can get around the map at will, take down armor from a range, crush anything in close combat, and are all fearless for holding objectives!

    Unfortunately, all that goodness is 1885 pts so you’ll have to drop a few upgrades to bring it to the table.

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      abusepuppy January 30, 2017 10:31 am #

      No, just play with 1885. It’s legal so long as you declare it in reverse on Contradiction Friday by NOT choosing to tell your opponent.

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    Dbiesto January 29, 2017 6:13 pm #

    Can’t wait to tune in again this year online! Rooting for CSM and Tyranids for top table!

    • Michael Corr
      Michael Corr January 30, 2017 2:00 am #

      Nah, you want Tyranids vs Orks. What’s better than two armies killing their own troops in addition to the enemy’s troops. Twice the carnage, twice the fun!

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    Mike January 30, 2017 3:09 am #

    “Word Eaters and World Bearers”

    I had to double take to catch that one.

    • Michael Corr
      Michael Corr January 30, 2017 5:19 am #

      It was intentional this time. Every other time I write them wrong (i.e. all the time) is by accident.

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      Laserfrog January 30, 2017 7:18 am #

      (From Imperial Apocrypha Vol. XVIII: The Reviled Traitor Legions)

      The infamous Word Eaters legion earned their name after their primarch Lorgron (who was convinced that nothing could stop Horus’s victory) bet his brothers that if Horus did not kill the Emperor and emerge victorious at Terra, then he and his legion would discard all their advanced technology (such as Grav weaponry and Drop Pods), commence Knowing Fear, and flee to the Eye of Terror to live out the rest of their miserable days.

      The rest, as they say, is history.

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      abusepuppy January 30, 2017 10:32 am #

      Uh, I think you misspelled the name of the World Beaters there, friend. Just an FYI, you might want to correct that.

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    Colin Sherlow January 30, 2017 8:08 am #

    Off subject

    Does Psychic Shriek wound against the majority LD in a unit? Instead of say majority T like when shooting with a normal ranged attack?
    Shriek wounds against Ld so I am curious

    • Michael Corr
      Michael Corr January 30, 2017 8:40 am #

      I believe it works against the highest leadership in the unit, but don’t take that as official.

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        Colin Sherlow January 30, 2017 8:58 am #

        Yeah my Dark Eldar Grotesques have been hit pretty hard by Shriek. It is super funny and sad for the big fellas.

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      Colin Sherlow January 30, 2017 8:41 am #

      Also I am not home right now to check the rules on taking leadership tests ect. I think the Ld ruses states that you can use the for Ld checks. But Shriek isn’t and Ld check. Just curious

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      Threllen January 30, 2017 9:24 am #

      Technically it doesn’t “wound” against leadership as you don’t do a traditional To Wound roll. You just roll 3D6 and subtract the target’s leadership. My assumption would be the same as Michael’s – the target’s leadership is the highest in the group.

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        abusepuppy January 30, 2017 10:35 am #

        Yeah, unless noted otherwise when checking a unit’s Leadership you use the highest value in a unit (just like you would for, say, morale.)

        Things that actually _wound_ against Leadership are different, such as the Neural Shredder; because they replace the target’s Toughness value with its Leadership value when calculating what number is needed on the to-wound roll, they will use the majority Leadership just like they would use the majority Toughness of the unit. However, this is not how Psychic Shriek works.

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          Colin Sherlow January 30, 2017 3:04 pm #


          That’s what I figured.

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