Chapter Tactics #168: Power Ranking Every 40k Faction in 9th Edition

Today Peteypab brings out Adrian from Tabletop Titans, Skari from Skaredcast, and Chase from Goonhammer to bring you all a way too early power rankings of all the 40k factions. They each did their homework for this one and a list of Peteypab’s rankings can be found in the notes.

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Peteypab’s Power Rankings

1 Space Marines
2 Adeptus Mechanicus
3 Death Guard
4 Grey Knights
5 Custodes
6 Tau
7 Eldar
8 Thousand Sons
9 Astra Militarum
10 Adepta Sororitas
11 Harlequins
12 Chaos Space Marines
13 Imperial Knights
14 Dark Angels
15 Tyranids
16 Blood Angels
17 Drukhari
18 Chaos Daemons
19 Necrons
20 Chaos Knights
21 Space Wolves
22 Deathwatch
23 Orks
24 Genestealer Cults

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18 Responses to “Chapter Tactics #168: Power Ranking Every 40k Faction in 9th Edition”

  1. Dakkath July 21, 2020 8:50 am #

    Tau at #6, is that actually Tau or is it “riptides and drones”?

    • Zweischneid July 21, 2020 9:52 am #

      Well, Drones not going up in points at all (and Shield Drones only by 50% when other stuff like Webber Neophytes went up by 80+%) is clinically pretty insane given other (weaker) armies (far steeper) price hikes.

      Also Ta’unar, lol.

      • Ohlmann July 21, 2020 11:17 am #

        Tau can be lucky with the big cost roulette from time to time. Since it’s not Imperium neither the playtesters nor GW seem too interested in them anyway.

        • Reecius July 21, 2020 12:34 pm #

          Lol, where do you come up with some of this stuff? The playtesters and GW don’t seem interest in Tau? Says who?

  2. assistantref July 21, 2020 8:36 pm #

    Wait! Stop the presess! Space Marines are number 1? There must be some mistake! That’s not possible! It can’t be! I’m running out of lame phrases to put exclamation marks after!

    • Petey Pab July 22, 2020 2:28 pm #

      Lol, to be the best you have to beat the best! *U-shaped dab*

      • abusepuppy July 23, 2020 5:39 am #

        Space Marines, with their huge pauldrons, are physically incapable of dabbing.

        Aeldari, on the other hand, with their lithe and flexible armor can dab so quickly the lesser races may not even be able to perceive it.

    • Reecius July 22, 2020 3:49 pm #

      Lol, remember, not too long ago they were largely considered to be one of the worst armies in the game. Their time at the top hasn’t been all that long, honestly. It is annoying all the same I agree, but it’s not a dynasty by any stretch of the imagination.

      • Zweischneid July 23, 2020 2:32 am #

        Which was a false perception though.

        Mono-Marines made it into the LVO Shadowround the January before the 2.0 Codex, pre Bolter Drill, Pre Doctirnes, won a few tournaments like the one on Hawai, etc.,. etc..

        They weren’t top dog, sure, but Codex 1.0 was actually where the power-level should’ve been. A well-balanced, mid-level Codex.

  3. Pyrothem July 22, 2020 10:09 pm #

    Miss ya Geoff. I can hear in my head Geoff telling all of you are wrong and the Golden Boys are primed to stay on top and he will drink all the salty tears of those that hold on to the old days of hoard. 😛

  4. winterman July 23, 2020 5:20 pm #

    Enjoyed this one. Nice to see a take from three groups. In fact it makes for an interesting bit of further analysis by taking the average of the 3 (sorry Skari, next time follow instructions and rank all 24 ya loon).
    Rank (based on average rank from Chapter Tactics, Tabletop Titans and Goonhammer)
    1 Space Marines
    1 Death Guard
    3 Adeptus Mechanicus
    4 Custodes
    5 Harlequins
    6 Grey Knights
    6 Adepta Sororitas
    8 Thousand Sons
    9 Eldar
    10 Tau
    10 Astra Militarum
    12 Dark Angels
    13 Chaos Space Marines
    13 Blood Angels
    15 Imperial Knights
    16 Drukhari
    17 Orks
    18 Space Wolves
    19 Tyranids
    19 Deathwatch
    21 Chaos Daemons
    22 Chaos Knights
    23 Necrons
    24 Genestealer Cults

    Looking at standard deviation, Thousand Sons were the most contentious pick. I am curious if the GK/1ksons was assuming they still got unmodified smites (which does not appear to be the case). Imperial knights are also fairly contentious here, I am shocked honestly at how high Goonhammer places them. They seem only to look at points costs and 8th ed ranking

    • trollinthebasement July 24, 2020 1:08 pm #

      thanks winterman, this is what i wanted to see

    • Gunum July 24, 2020 4:43 pm #

      We knew that 1k sons choice would be the big shakeup. We think we the right pilots experimenting with lists, they could be just crazy. At the very minimum, much stronger then they were in 8th.

    • Dakkath July 24, 2020 5:57 pm #

      Good to know that out of the 24 factions, 12 of them are imperial -_-
      And that’s not even counting agents/inquisition/assassins.

      • abusepuppy July 24, 2020 9:26 pm #

        Ten of the twenty-four factions wear power armor. Welcome to hell.

    • Petey Pab July 28, 2020 12:00 am #

      Hey Winter! I like these very much. I think when you average them out these rankings make the most sense. Thank you for taking the time to listen to the episode and give us these rankings.

  5. Michael Hall July 26, 2020 11:35 pm #

    Hi guys, is there a download link to this one? Its usually at the bottom but I can’t see it.

    • Michael Hall July 26, 2020 11:36 pm #

      Don’t worry, I found it 🙂

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