Chapter Tactics #33: An Introduction to 40k Tournaments and Tyranid Tactics

Chapter Tactics is a 40k podcast which focuses on promoting better tactical play and situational awareness across all variations of the game. Today PeteyPab and Geoff “Incontrol” Robinson introduce newer players to the 40k tournament world and talk about Geoff’s undefeated Tyranid list and the meta. 

QOTD: How many tournaments did you attend in the past year?  

Did you have any more questions for Geoff or do you just like the sound of his voice? Follow him on twitch and youtube for some more amazing Incontrol content! Or you can just tweet at him until he responds. You can even check out his video where he reviews the undefeated Tyranid list he mentioned in the podcast.

Show Notes:

  • Show me mercy! The recorder switched to mono and so I came out quiet in some of the parts but for the most part I think I got it mostly cleaned up. Hopefully the audio comes out fine for you guys. Enjoy!
  • Chapter Tactics is back! With Weekly episodes and a lot of tactical insight, this is your place for all things 40k in 8th edition.
  • Check out the last episode of Chapter Tactics here. Or, click here for a link to a full archive of all of my episodes.
  • Want more tactical information about the new edition? Check out our 8th Edition article archive to help get a leg up on the competition!
  • If you want to skip to the list building tactics content skip to 23:00 in the audio below.


Iron Halo

Have you purchased your Iron Halo tickets yet? If you haven’t go buy them now and come say hi to me! I plan on Facebook livestreaming games, and covering the entire event. Email me if you would like to be on the stream. 

got a list

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Please do not send an army list in a format such as Army Builder, send them in an easy to read, typed format. Thanks!


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.

13 Responses to “Chapter Tactics #33: An Introduction to 40k Tournaments and Tyranid Tactics”

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    Keith June 25, 2017 6:59 am #


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    Galahad911 June 25, 2017 8:25 am #


    GW isn’t Blizzard!

    Understatement of the year!

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    rvd1ofakind June 25, 2017 10:06 am #

    Jeff as guest = hell yeah I’ll listen

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    Colin Sherlow June 25, 2017 12:51 pm #

    So what does one do with modifiers when modifiers make it so that you can’t hit on a 6+. Say with a -1 to hit. So needing 7s to hit. Does a 6 still always hit? I know 1s are always a fail.

    Any page reference numbers?


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      Colin Sherlow June 25, 2017 12:52 pm #

      this is not assuming Overwatch.

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      Joshua June 25, 2017 1:26 pm #

      I believe that the only no matter what is that 1 always fails. It is indeed possible to have a complete inability to hit due to modifiers.

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      Odras June 25, 2017 2:57 pm #

      No a 6 is not always a hit, there will be times where you require a 7+ or worse to succeed.

      A 1 is always a miss, and anything modified below a 1 counts as a 1 but this does not apply to 6s. Dice can be modified above a 6, and modified results of a 6 roll, can miss.

      I believe this was explained in the designer commentary / FAQ thing but I don’t have that or the rule book in front of me at the moment.

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    Huung June 26, 2017 4:15 am #

    Worth noting Smite is ‘more than 10′ rather than ’10+’ (as Jeff says) to get the d6 wounds.

    Mathematically 10+ would be doubling your chance of getting those d6 wounds compared to the 11+ you actually need.

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      iNcontroL June 26, 2017 9:02 am #

      who is Jeff?

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        Nightman June 26, 2017 9:17 am #

        He used to play red alert competitive.

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        Cephalobeard June 26, 2017 10:17 am #

        really enjoys dota 2

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    Cephalobeard June 26, 2017 10:18 am #

    Quality stuff as always, Gentlemen. Would find it really interesting if Pablo finds a guest for each faction.

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    ggplay July 2, 2017 11:49 am #

    @Petey Pab

    when you talk about your knight + guilli list. Do you reroll the wounds and hits for them? Because from my understanding that doesnt work.

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