Signals from the Frontline #607: NOVA Open Recap & Community News

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Show Notes

Date: 9-5-18


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  • The SoCal Open is quickly becoming one of the largest 40k Champs events in the world! The event is less than 2 months away so be sure to grab those tickets, soon!

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  • There were a ton of reviews and previews from NOVA. Here are some of the highlights:

Upcoming ITC Events

Upcoming 40k ITC Events

Upcoming AoS ITC Events

40k ITC Top 10

Click here for full rankings.

Rank First Name Last Name Points Events
1 Mike Porter 721.36 5 of 5
2 Matt Root 691.07 5 of 5
3 Joshua Death 644.8 5 of 5
4 Nick Nanavati 640.11 5 of 5
5 Trent Northington 627.26 5 of 5
6 Geoff Robinson 619.99 5 of 5
7 Nick Gower 617.09 5 of 5
8 Don Hooson 616.2 5 of 5
9 Archon Skari 608.81 5 of 5
10 Daniel Olivas 605.23 5 of 5

40k ITC Hobby Track Top 10

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Rank First Name Last Name Points Events
1 Matthew Bodnarchuk 387.13 4 of 5
2 Lou Rollins 378.11 4 of 5
3 Jeffrey Merrick 348.7 4 of 5
4 Nick Gower 327.37 4 of 5
5 Antonio Cedeno 307.41 4 of 5
6 Mike Genoni 290.4 3 of 5
7 Shawn Prosser 286.89 4 of 5
8 William Ivey 279.72 4 of 5
9 Nick Barden 279.19 4 of 5
10 David Danuser 277.86 4 of 5

AoS ITC Top 10

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Rank First Name Last Name Points Events
1 Joe Krier 469.64 4 of 5
2 James Thomas 446.05 4 of 5
3 Matthew Pashby 439.81 4 of 5
4 Mathew Jones 439.17 4 of 5
5 Joshua Harvey 427.39 4 of 5
6 Steven Hyche 419.67 4 of 5
7 Ken Eubanks 417.31 4 of 5
8 Alexander Gonzalez 415.73 4 of 5
9 Randall Nelson 388.51 4 of 5
10 Jarrett Zazuetta 387.53 4 of 5

AoS ITC Hobby Track Top 10

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Rank First Name Last Name Points Events
1 Philip Verduzco 248.57 3 of 5
2 laljit sidhu 208.52 2 of 5
3 Joseph Halfacre 173.36 2 of 5
4 Josh Lara 170.36 2 of 5
5 Jon Christenson 161.9 2 of 5
6 Frank DeLoach 158.62 2 of 5
7 Scott Reed 155.07 2 of 5
8 Joshua Harvey 150.5 2 of 5
9 Ben Nelson 146.37 2 of 5
10 Josh Greenfield 124.35 2 of 5

Shadespire ITC Hobby Track Top 10

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Rank First Name Last Name Points Events
1 Mike Corse 333.98 3 of 5
2 Michael Rundles 329.17 3 of 5
3 Brandon Ulick 325.46 3 of 5
4 Andrew Everhart 320.07 3 of 5
5 Matt Everhart 318.32 3 of 5
6 Josue Ibarra 297.42 3 of 5
7 Adam Brazzell 280.43 3 of 5
8 Tony Field 276.65 3 of 5
9 Sean Ratner 274.15 3 of 5
10 David Escobar 263.04 3 of 5

Tactics Corner

  • NOVA Open recap, Reecius’ pure Ultramarines finish 15th out of 237 players. Here’s how he did it!

Completed Commissions

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28 Responses to “Signals from the Frontline #607: NOVA Open Recap & Community News”

  1. Radjad93 September 5, 2018 5:26 pm #

    You mentioned Dropfleet last podcast and WOW I am glad you did. Got to see the models in real life and they are sooo amazing.

  2. rvd1ofakind September 5, 2018 8:35 pm #

    just in case people missed it:

    This is “How many top 3/58th lists had these units in the summer season”

    AdMech didn’t win a single tournament in the summer ;-;
    AdMech dragoons and enginseer are only there because of team tournaments, where you can match the -2 to hit dragoon spam vs gunlines. Also enginseer is in IG too.

    Dominus knight is already topping the chart, despite entering the scene only in july (so getting only half the scores but still towering over so many other units.

    Necrons only win with vaults – if those get nerfed (which they shouldn’t… just limit to 1 per army) = RIP Necrons (with a failed RP ofc, oh wait you don’t get it because everyone kills your unit)

    • WestRider September 9, 2018 1:55 am #

      So, what’s up with the “top 3/58th”? That seems like a really odd cutoff, unless there’s something weird going on with my browser or whatever you’re using to type these, and something’s getting mis-interpreted.

      • rvd1ofakind September 9, 2018 5:58 am #

        It’s because to be considered a 40k major – you need to have 58 people. So at least top 3 from every major, top 2-3 from GT, top 1 from 20+ ppl RTTs

        • WestRider September 9, 2018 9:26 am #

          That does make sense. I didn’t think of it because, for some reason, I thought the cutoff for a Major was either 40 people or 64.

  3. Jace September 5, 2018 9:37 pm #

    You gotta stop hijacking every thing with “everything and everyone one is the worst”.

    • rvd1ofakind September 5, 2018 10:03 pm #

      It’s just data. My 3 comments are just some things that haven’t been mentioned before or just proof that the some number correlate with the public perception.
      No one really thinks of AdMech as bad. Almost everyone thinks Necrons are bad. Yet Necrons did way better than admech, vault or not.
      The Dominus knight (aka Castellan) outlier just shows how insane it actually is. It managed to top the chart despite being there only for less than 2/3rds of the time period.
      Finally I’ve heard Reece say that vaults are too good. They’re not. The 3 vault list sucks. If it meets any sort of counter – it flops. However, yes it is not fun to play against. So I just don’t want it to get a point increase because that’s not the root of the problem. The problem is the ability to take multiples of them.

      • rvd1ofakind September 6, 2018 1:05 am #

        This isn’t really negativity as the main reason I posted this was to get attention to admech. Every time I’ve heard people talk about worst armies: Necrons, Grey knights, Space Marines – are always mentioned. AdMech is never mentioned, yet is almost doing the worst of all of them (exception: grey knights).

        I was just surprised honestly, I wasn’t aware of this.

        • abusepuppy September 6, 2018 2:57 am #

          Reposting the same comment to multiple threads in succession isn’t going to do your cause any favors. If you really feel it’s important for people to know, write a post about it. Otherwise, repeatedly posting about it only going to gather antipathy.

          • rvd1ofakind September 6, 2018 3:13 am

            Oh, I only posted it twice. On both podcasts.
            I posted it on CT because it was on topic.
            I posted it here, because this is the “main thread” of the website.
            I won’t post it any more, don’t worry. I just got very excited when I saw this made as I wanted to make it. So I just wanna share it. I’ve already posted it on: 2 discords, 5 facebook groups, 4 dakkadakka threads.
            Yeah… I LOVE data and talking about it, especially when it is so scarce as it is in 40k

          • Duz_ September 6, 2018 4:51 am

            Have you shared your data here?


          • rvd1ofakind September 6, 2018 6:08 am


        • Nightman September 6, 2018 9:08 am #

          Ad-mech rangers are quite good imo. Dragoons as well, but it’s tough running those with so many captains floating around. Have not tried electro-priest, but they have seen some success. The drill is amazing with Stygies forgeworld.

          • rvd1ofakind September 6, 2018 9:12 am

            Priests have to go first. If they don’t – they die like flies (and a 16pts model can’t afford that).

            And the whole drill interaction depends on the TO. There’ve been stories of TO’s not allowing infiltrating drills with priests inside.

  4. Laurence September 7, 2018 12:52 am #

    I’ve kinda stopped reading the comments section of flg these days, purely because of rvd1ofakind. The sheer gargantuan scale and volume of his negativity is just so tedious

    • rvd1ofakind September 7, 2018 1:23 am #


      Have you seen Don Tomaso’s posts? Or any of my recent posts?

      I have recently posted:
      being happy about data,
      being very happy about the Nova stream,
      being happy about recent chapter tactics episodes,
      being happy about the Best in Faction podcast.

      Sure, I’ve posted about DakkaX3 flaming Reece, but he deserved it for that one.

      And I’ll make less posts about Reece not saying stuff is bad or good because he explained why he can’t do that.

      • rvd1ofakind September 7, 2018 1:56 am #

        And BTW, for every comment like this, I get like 2 PMs on Dakka/Reddit/Facebook/Discord asking me for list advice, thanking me for my mathammer spreadsheet, agreeing with my posts.

        Here, have this picture of a cat staring at my Kairos Fateweaver, maybe It’ll make you feel less angry about me.

        • abusepuppy September 7, 2018 5:30 am #

          Don’t confuse people agreeing with you for popularity.

          And don’t go on Reddit or Dakka in general. Facebook… sometimes is better, sometimes is not.

          • rvd1ofakind September 7, 2018 5:55 am

            Oh I’m not boasting “popularity”. I just don’t want people higher up to get the wrong opinion, that I only drive people away. It’s just that people on this website disagree with me way more often… for some reason, when I the same stuff everywhere. (Probably because this website doesn’t have up-votes/likes, so all you see is complaints. People don’t wanna comment with “I agree” as that seems like a waste)

            And generalising people based on forum platform is silly. That’s like website-ism… that’s a word, don’t question it.

        • GhostValley September 7, 2018 5:53 am #

          I will admit to the cat melting my ice wall ever so slightly

          • rvd1ofakind September 7, 2018 7:36 am

            I pat my arm to the right of the miniature to get her attention lol

    • taternuts September 7, 2018 6:14 am #

      I have to agree, used to enjoy these comments but his constant crying is ridiculous, just shut the #@$% up already, we get it.

      • rvd1ofakind September 7, 2018 7:37 am #

        1. You do realise you make me post more to respond to this.
        2. Quote the part where I was crying in this thread. I’ll wait 🙂

  5. Rob Butcher September 9, 2018 1:10 am #

    Reece thanks for taking SM to a tournament. It was great to hear about your exploits, just a pity you had to change to Ultramarines.

    I’ve reluctantly stopped playing W40k with my Imperial Fists as even following the ideas you used, the lack of named characters/ extra abilities makes them unworkable. Whereas in Kill team they have a much better chance of winning.

    • Reecius September 11, 2018 6:10 am #

      Sorry to hear that, buddy. I was playing Raptors with just Lias. But the canges to reserves beat that army up a bit. It can be tough for a space marine these days. But they still can win!

  6. Schmuvness September 9, 2018 8:27 am #

    Reece, when will we see your full SM List and be able to read your write-up about it?
    Getting BCP outside of the U.S. doesn’t make a lot of sense right now.

    I’m super curious to see it and read about it. Don’t let us wait much longer!

    Looking forward to it.

    • HighMarshalMorgan September 9, 2018 3:17 pm #

      I second this! Would greatly appreciate it.

      • Reecius September 11, 2018 6:10 am #

        I will do, gents. Sorry for the delay.

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