‘Ere we go! In Episode 24, Adam briefly addresses the recent FAQ before taking his listeners for a play-by-play of the Louisiana 40K State Championship finals.
So the recent FAQ from Games-Workshop obviously changes things. It changes the way we play the game as we know it. While I didn’t want to focus on the FAQ in this episode I did want to use this micro platform to voice my opinion on it:
While much of the changes I agree with. The Rule Of Three, Increased Command Points for Battalion and Brigade Detachments are great changes for the game. Though I have to take serious pause to the changes to the Reserve mechanics. I cannot think of a Meta that is currently being dominated by Assault-centric armies and while Games-Workshop stated their intent with the Reserves changes as a way to curb the Alpha Strike, they’ve inherently neutered Assault in the game. In doing so, they’ve actually made Alpha Strikes better. On their livestream they stated that certain armies needed to account for Assault with things like Nurglings and Scouts, or screens. Most Assault armies had to protect their Deep Strike with these units as well. Now, Gunline or highly Alpha-centric armies like Guilliman Gunline, Astra Militarum and Eldar can save points on screens and units that push back the Deep Strike and re-invest those points back into boosting their Alpha – more guns.
You want to know how to beat a Deep Strike Assault army in this post-FAQ era? Stand and shoot, then move up if you can to prevent Deep Strikers from ever having a chance to deploy. Game over.
If you remember the halcyon days of 8th Edition, the game pretty much boiled down to whoever went first won. I fear the game is headed back to those dark days. Assault armies have always required an element of finesse to play and it’s apparent that Games-Workshop intends for us to play point-and-click armies, whether this is intentional or not I cannot say. I can say with some element of expertise that would have had zero chance of winning two of the games that I played in the Louisiana State Championships that you’ll listen to in Episode 24.
I worry that this change alone is not good for the game but I urge us all to play the new Beta Rules, make our own informed decisions, and write in to the FAQ team at Games-Workshop with your own feedback: [email protected]
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