LVO 40k Champs Day 2 Live Blog: Which Players Will Make the Top 8?

Peteypab has all the biggest names for you to follow, lists and faction updates to get you ready to follow day 2 of the 40k Championships. 

Before I begin don’t forget to head over to the BCP app to follow along with the media coverage of the event! Also check us out on Twitch and GW’s live stream.

Players to watch out for in day 2: 

  • Nick Nanavati: Nick is running a standard Dark Reaper spam Eldar list. He is currently Tony Grippando’s biggest challenge to an ITC champion finish and is one of the best players in the game right now. He also practices professional razorsharp preparation techniques. (image below)

  • The gentleman listening to the competitive heartbeat of a free soul above is mister Bradley Nichols. Currently Brad is the second place player behind only Nick Nanavati. Although Brad doesn’t seriously have a bid to win the ITC championship (88th place) he is in second place destroying players with Tau Commander spam. An army thought long dead in the meta. Tau haven’t had a serious win in a large ITC event since the summer. They are also one of the underperforming factions of the edition according to facts (which you can listen to in this Chapter Tactics episode)
  • Tyler Devries: The 3rd place seed (I promise I’m not going in order on purpose!) Tyler is taking sisters to an entirely new level. Specifically to levels that only having a Guard, and Blood Angels detachment will give you. Tyler is a phenomenal player and is running the kind of list that put him in contention for the ITC championship.
  • Michael Brandt: The head of the NOVA foundation and the figurehead of the second largest 40k singles tournament (The NOVA Open) is running Guard with blood angels allies. This man is too busy to shoot for the ITC championship, however if he does well at the LVO he will have the honor of being the most talented player on the GW community playtest team (Until Frankie wins Adepticon of course).
  • Mitchell Pelham: Currently has one of the best records in the ITC with over 20 wins and just a single loss in all of 8th edition. Something none of the other top 20 ITC players have. Mitchell is a force to be reckoned with, and rumor has it that his current list is undefeated. So far (in the LVO at least) it is. It’s also a very interesting list that features spamming a unit you don’t see too often.

  • Brandon Grant: The Gentlemanly Android from San Diego himself. Brandon is running an interesting Dark Angels list, with Blood Angels allies, and he is playing some of the best 40k of his career right now. I think out of everyone in the top 20 in the ITC rankings Brandon is the safest pick to make the top 8. He is in a good points bracket, and is one of the most consistent players at major events.

The Rest

With 50 players who still have an undefeated 3-0 record and another 15 players who are 2-0-1 fighting for a couple of top 8 spots there are certainly a lot of names I missed. This has to be one of the most star studded 40k tournaments ever, with plenty of previous top 8 finishers, tournament winners, and amazing players. The fact that excites me the most? Most of them are still in the hunt.

Interesting Lists

Here are just a few lists I pulled from the Best Coast Pairings player app that I thought you guys would find interesting

Mitch Pelham’s undedeated guard list

Just another Tyler Devries Special

Brandon Grant’s Dark Angels


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.

16 Responses to “LVO 40k Champs Day 2 Live Blog: Which Players Will Make the Top 8?”

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    rvd1ofakind January 27, 2018 9:41 am #

    3 Imperium lists from Pablo. Color me shocked :p

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    black mage January 27, 2018 10:47 am #

    where the hell is the live coverage? i saw nothing on twitch

    • Petey Pab
      Petey Pab January 27, 2018 11:20 am #

      Hey! It’s working on our end. Try searching for frontlinegaming tv

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    black mage January 27, 2018 12:46 pm #

    yes thanks i’ve seen earlier a match alpha legion+demons against dont remember what but it said offline and i saw nothing

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    Brutishcard January 28, 2018 12:42 am #

    There is a pure space wolf player in the top 8.

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      Mitch January 28, 2018 5:05 am #

      It’s actually a imperium soup army if you look at the list

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    Galahad911 January 28, 2018 1:38 am #

    What is an Artemia Pattern Hellhound? That you’d spam out

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      Galahad911 January 28, 2018 1:39 am #

      Spam out 15 of them. Sleep before posting is a much better plan.

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        MidnightSun January 28, 2018 5:58 am #

        They’re Hellhounds, but the main gun is 16″ Str6 AP-1 D2 Heavy D6, roll two dice and pick the highest for number of shots, auto-hits, and when they die they explode on a 4+ for a 6″ bubble of D6 mortal wounds. They’re pretty nippy at 12″ move, so I’m guessing the plan is just park on people and wait to die.

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    rvd1ofakind January 28, 2018 5:57 am #

    4 out of 8 eldar. 2 with basically identical lists (I actually thought that was a bug at first).
    That’s some incredibly bad balance. So yeah, they’re hopefully getting nerfed.

    0 big guys anywhere. Chaos reduced to a cheesy list. (1k pts on non-units?)

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      rvd1ofakind January 28, 2018 6:00 am #

      The only really surprising list is the pure blood angels

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      black mage January 28, 2018 6:24 am #

      they would nerf reapers and players will spam something else, is the game system about list composition to be wrong

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    rvd1ofakind January 28, 2018 7:37 am #

    If you Ignore Mortarion and Magnus. Were there any lone superheavies or non-character monsters? I’m not seeing any. That’s a huge problem with 8th imo…

    Magnus and Mortarion are balanced. Others should be buffed up to their level points/performance wise because right now those 2 can destroy any other superheavy/monster in a single turn.

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    black mage January 28, 2018 8:16 am #

    is just because they are “balanced” they aren’t play, they die too easily 🙂

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      rvd1ofakind January 28, 2018 8:40 am #

      It’s like they are bad already. But then they degrade as well… Yuck

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    Mike January 30, 2018 5:08 pm #

    Mark’s BA shouldn’t have made it. He cheated during the stream game against Jared. (Although probably not intentionally.)

    Jared directly asked about the descent of angels stratagem, and Mark told him incorrectly that any jump infantry could use it any turn, when they actually can only use it on a turn they arrive from off the board. He then used the stratagem on an illegal choice, and that specific charge led to the fire raptor explosion that turned the game around.

    Given that he said that that was legal when asked, it’s likely that he played it like that the entire time.

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