Chapter Tactics #158: How to Think Ahead Like a 40k Grand Master

Today the guys talk about the steps they take to promote better critical thinking and good decision making. They also talk about what it takes to think several turns ahead in a game of 40k, and how to optimally plan out your entire game.

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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.

4 Responses to “Chapter Tactics #158: How to Think Ahead Like a 40k Grand Master”

  1. Rob Butcher May 8, 2020 10:51 pm #

    Grand Master when no games are being played ?
    Grand Master when the rules change every season ?
    Grand Master when no-one has won all the top titles in the world with the same army in the same year ?
    Grand Master when so many different scoring systems are in place?
    Grand Master when you’re playing “independent” rules for an unofficial competition; when few tournaments even use the “independent” scoring system?
    Grand Master when as few as 10K played “itc” in 2018/19?

    W40K has a long, long way to go to get there and GW have never shown much interest in that. And the guy in the street will laugh in your face.

    • Petey Pab May 9, 2020 7:31 pm #

      It was a play on words to get people to understand the topic of thinking turns ahead. Like in chess. Chill.

    • Amof May 11, 2020 7:38 am #

      Christ, arm chairs are spicy today.

    • TheRealJohnWilliam May 11, 2020 11:49 am #

      To be fair, 8th edition was released June 2017. It essentially rebuilt the game from the ground up. For all intents and purposes it is a brand new game.

      The last major army to have their codex released, and thus have every army updated from 7th, was GSC in Feb. 2019.

      GW does FAQs and adjustments twice a year, and they show that newer supplements (like PA) help to add narrative while also (mostly) fixing and helping armies that need it.

      40K is in a much better state than it was three years ago. I think everyone can agree to that. It absolutely has some room to grow, but it’s in a good spot and it can really only get better from here.

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