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40K: The Unbeatable Lists – LVO Edition

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Feb 25 2015
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Take a look at the two meanest lists in 40K right now. I bet you will be SHOCKED at what they look like!

Goatboy here and somehow I have the mental fortitude or ineptitude based on what you think about me, to write out some thoughts on the two top LVO lists from this past weekend.  If you haven’t been paying attention the top two lists in a tournament filled with Forge World Lords of War and Come the Apocalypse Allies (aka 3 Tyrants++ lists) happened to be have neither of those things.  My good friend, aka 40k Wife, Nick Rose went all the way to the end with a Sentinels of Terra/Blood Angels/Flesh Tearers Strike Force CAD Scout list and tall bearded barbarian Sean Hayden threw down with his no longer shaming Lictor Shame list. Nick had beaten Sean 6-5 earlier in the event and Sean, being the ultimate shame inducing 40k genius, clawed his way back up to meet Nick and take his revenge for the earlier shaming by massed Scouts.

The Lists

Nick “I’m Relevant” Rose aka Darkwynn’s Scouts of Dorn (pdf) ~runner up

Sentinels of Terra CAD

HQ: Lysander

Elites: Centurion Devastators X 3, Grav Amp/Grav Cannon X 3, Omniscope, Missile Launcher on Sergeant

Troops: Scouts X 10 w/Bolters, Combi-Grav on Sergeant

Troops: Scouts X 10 w/Bolters, Combi-Grav on Sergeant

Troops: Scouts X 10 w/Bolters

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Heavy: 4 Devastators w/Lascannons, Sergeant

Heavy: 4 Devastators w/Lascannons, Sergeant

Heavy: Thunderfire Cannon

Flesh Tearers Strike Force CAD

HQ: Mephiston

HQ: Librarian, The Vertias Vitae, Auspex, Lvl 2 Psyker, Force Staff – Warlord

Elites: Command Squad, Melta Gun X 3, Drop Pod

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Troops: 6 Scouts, Combi-Grav

FA: Drop Pod

FA: Drop Pod

(Nick was under points – issues with program that built the list – most likely would have had a full 10 scouts or some other changes to get a Storm Talon or 2)

 

Sean “Bearded Beastman” Nayden’s Lictor Shame List (pdf) ~Champion!

Tyranids CAD

HQ: Flying Hive Tyrant

Elites: Lictor

Elites: Lictor

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Elites: Lictor

Troops: Ripper Swarm X3

Troops: Mucolid Spore Cluster

FA: Spore Mine Cluster X3

FA: Spore Mine Cluster X3

FA: Spore Mine Cluster X3

Imperial Bastion

Leviathan Detachment

HQ: Flying Hive Tyrant

HQ: Flying Hive Tyrant

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Tyrant Guard Brood (2)

Elites: Lictor

Elites: Lictor

Elites: Lictor

Troops: Mucolid Spore Cluster

Troops: Mucolid Spore Cluster

Troops: Mucolid Spore Cluster

FA: Spore Mine Cluster X3

FA: Spore Mine Cluster X4

FA: Spore Mine Cluster X4

HS: Mawloc

HS: Mawloc

HS: Mawloc

How they Work?

How the heck do these lists work?  Well – if you remember the chatter when 7th came out the thought was MSU (Multiple Scoring Units) lists would end up getting piloted by good players and taking the top places in most events.  Both of these lists present so many options for an opponent to focus on that it becomes so hard to figure out the correct choices.  This is the key to these lists and while both are good I think you have to really practice with these options to hope to get the success both of these players have with them.  I know Nick played multiple games a week and knew his list backwards and forwards.  Sean has been playing this one for awhile and is just scary to see play as opponents don’t know what to put their attention towards.

I think Nick’s list is helped by people not expected this type of massed objective secured, reserves manipulation, and lack of true “threats” to shove their own deathstars against.  Sean’s list also works the same way as everyone was scared of 4-5 Tyrants but forgot how brutal massed Lictors with Mawlocs could really be. I love the synergy with the Flying Tyrants pushing around and “activated” gone to ground Lictors by pulling them into Synapse.  Heck each Tyrant could throw psychic spells into the Synapse range increase power and quickly turn “scared” lictors into fearless powerhouses.

I am sure you could go on and on how these lists run – but you have to try them out yourself.  I think Nick needed some Anti Air options with Storm Talons etc to help versus the Tyrants the event saw and Seans lists just feels perfect to me.  Unless a new Supplements put out better Tyrants I don’t expect much changes to Sean lists as he continues to be the true Lictor threat to the Imperial Sectors in the tournament scene. Tell us what you think about these lists and how awesome is it that the finals were decided by such basic no frills armies.

 

~What do you think of these current meta-inverting champion lists?

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