So looking into 2013 what will the state of the game of 40k be? For me personally it brings TempleCon 2013 and the Onslaught GT within it. For this tournament I have been hoping on using a new Dark Angels book, expected to be out just in a month before the tournament, with my Guardians of the Covenant army. I expect this to be consisting of large, beefy new units of deathwing terminators, some ravenwing bikers and hopefully a plasma predator or two as well as a skyfire whirlwind.
This all sounds nice but, even with the Ward-Effect will this be any good by then?
I do remember the last TempleCon I went to, which was the 2011 one, a new deathwing FAQ/Errata let one of the attendees win with that army, but I don’t think at the 2013 edition a new Dark Angels book can win the day. Saying we live past the 22nd of this month ;) ... Basically its due to the scourge of daemons and the likelihood that you would play at least one or two of these in a tournament these days. Last week I played a game with my deathwing against a friend of mines Tzeentch daemon army and got tabled. The problem was between the flamers and screamers my only advantage was effectively neutralized. Flamers ignore my terminators armor and the toughness boost of my bikes, aka my only trump card is burned. Even with a points reduction and the weirdo-ward effect adding in some wacky thing like on a 2+ your unit clones itself every phase or some crazy BS like that a terminator is still a terminator and a biker is still a biker. These daemons will still exsist taking away our main advantage. Counting out everything except for a really broken psychic powers chart the new Dark Angel book cannot conceivably take away the daemon scourge.
Really right now the only thing that seems to trump daemons is blob guard. Who almost benefit from a flamer only wounding them on a 4+ instead of a normal one wounding on a 3+ and who cares about ap2 screamers when everything outside of a wet paper bag penetrates guard armor. They take their hits and then FRFSRF a blob guard unit and lay down 100+ lasgun shots vaporizing any daemon unit around. This with bubble wrapping make them almost necessary to win a CURRENT 6th edition east coast styled tournament…..I even have this army and love it but think its lame.
My new Angels have about just as many advantages against the guard scourge as anyone else as well, except those who make 2+ saves like a champ will always have a slight edge. Its the same deal with fighting space pups. With the rumors of plasma-domination in the Dark Angels book will make the new Angels have a slight edge over MEQ’s in general although.
So Deathwing will be common but ravenwing is a serious contender of an army that we should see more with a set of them in the starter set. Realistically everyone is already taken plasma guns without any real viable 2+ save targets to shoot at already, so with finally something to shoot at that needs a plasma gun to do real damage with will only be compounded. Yet nothing will really change until a new daemon book possibly comes out in April or May. In which they will either be pulled back in or be fully unleashed in a new age of Brokenhammer to make 5th edition Grey Knight cheesiness look childish in comparison. Then we will need to wait for a summer or fall Eldar book to hopefully reign everything in.
I just hope Ezekiel can fit somewhere in my list…..more on this later.