Well ladies and gents, I’m finally back from NOVA! What an amazing weekend of friends, and non stop 40k. There’s truly no other convention like it. I’d also like to say that this was the most well run NOVA I’ve been to, and I’ve been to 8 of them. The staff was spectacularly friendly, and the judges were on point all weekend. The convention seemed to run seamlessly. But, I’m here to talk about a bit more than just that. I want to go over my own personal games and how they went.
I had 12 great games against fantastic opponents. Overall, I ended up 3rd in both the invite and the open, finishing with records of 3-1 and 7-1 respectively. Definitely not too shabby. Not the best I’ve ever done, but certainly nothing to be ashamed of either, and overall I’m extremely pleased with the way my unique list performed, and the way I played for most of the weekend.
For reference, here was my list.
Prophet of Flesh Battalion
Haemonculus- splinter pistol, electrocorrosive whip 76
5 Wracks 45
5 Wracks 45
9 Wracks 81
7 Grotesques 245
7 Grotesques 245
Spiritseer <biel tan> 65
5 Rangers <aliatoc> 60
5 Rangers <aliatoc> 60
20 Guardians- 2 shuriken cannons <ulthwe> 190
9 Shining Spears- star lance <biel tan> 281
5 Kabalite Warriors <kabal of the black heart> 30
Today, I’m going to give brief synopses of my 4 invitational games, and how they went, and next week I’ll go through my open games as well!
Invitational Round 1- Tyranids
In round one of the invitational I played against Evan and his Tyranids, he had a mixture of horde nids and genestealer cult with three flyrants, and 6 hive guard. The game started out very fast and even with us just trading blows. He got a bit overly aggressive with his flyrants which allowed me to kill 1, then he responded with killing my yncarne. However, I pretty much ended it on my second turn when I killed another Tyrant and used soul burst to move my spear 32″ over and charge his hive guard. Meanwhile, my grotesques were just obliterating all the little bugs. By turn 3 he was down to 1 flyrant and a smattering of gaunts vs my guardian blob, full spear unit, and full grotesque unit. From there I just went into clean up mode. Evan played very well, but in the end I was able to pull it out.
Invitational Round 2- Necrons
Round 2 I found myself facing off against Chad and his Necrons. Chad brought two destroyer units, a giant pylon, and three units of scarabs. Against Chad I deep struck my spears, my guardians, and one unit of grotesques. The beginning of the game started very slow where I just hid behind terrain, and he had most of his army in reserve. On turn 2, I brought my guardians in to create some tempo. They shot away two scarab units, and my grotesques killed a 3rd. He responded by bringing in all of his reserves except for one of his destroyer units. I used agents of vect to block destroyer protocols and barely took any damage. After that, I brought in my spears and remaining grotesques. My yncarne walked through his random units of immortals with impunity, my spears used the biel tan stratagem to charge a unit of destroyers after deep striking and killed them. From this point, Chad basically had a smattering of random characters, 5 destroyers and a pylon vs my guardian blob, two grotesque units, my spears and yncarne. He fought until the end, killing my spears and yncarne eventually, but he just could not kill everything and he was mostly out of stuff, so in the end I won handily.
Invitational Round 3- AM/BA/Knights
This was the boogey man list we were all so afraid of. The list I specifically teched against in my planning and list creation. For those not aware of what this list consists of here’s the basic run down: Guard brigade- characters, 60-80 infantry, fast attack of choice, 3×3 mortars, 2-3 blood angel captains, 3×5 scouts, and a castellan from house raven. My opponent this round also managed to squeeze in 2 helverins, instead of a lot of the usual bells and whistle.
I went first and mostly my hid my army in the lone of sight blocker in the middle of the table. I had the guardians and spears in reserve. My opponent, Juice, tried to come around the side with his helverins and knight, but at that point I was able to start launching assaults into his guardsmen with my grotesques. They went from combat to combat, killing 20 infantry and finding a character or sentinel to trap in combat. The basically acted like a bowling ball just rolling through Juices Astra Militarum, and BA characters. Juice had the idea to try and trade sides with me in this event, and used the mobility of his helverins to swing around and take my backfield, however I deep struck my guardians defensively to put an end to his plans there. There were a lot of swing moments in this game, and luckily most of them went my way as well. Juice played well, but I think he underestimated my grotesques and got too close to them, which proved to be a fatal mistake.
Invitational Round 4- Knights/Am
Round 4 in the semi finals I was pit against former teammate and a friend of mine Alex Fennel. Alex is no stranger to the top tables, and has won quite a many GT’s. He ran 3 Taranis gallants, 1 raven castellan, and a valhallen guard battalion with 60 infantry. He went first this time and ran straight at me with the three gallants, keeping his castellan far back and his infantry well screened. The castellan managed to put down 4 grotesques, and the two gallants that charged managed to kill nearly all my screening infantry. Through some clever positioning I was able to block off two of his three gallants from getting into combat with anything meaningful of mine. I then brought in my guardian blob, and between the guardians shooting, doom, and the yncarne charging I completely slaughtered one of the gallants. On turn two, Alex continued his onslaught on my grotesques and killed 5 more. Just some poor saves on some fickle 4++’s on my part, but nothing crazy. His remaining gallants killed the last remnants of my screens in combat. So, going into turn 3, I had 2 gallants in my face, and a castellan and 60 guard standing far away. I had 5 grotesques, my guardians, my character, and my spears in reserve. So I made a plan to go all in on one of his gallants, with my spears, grotesques and yncarne charging in, while my guardians double shoot and move block the other gallant to kill another 1/3 of him. Then I can handle his army piece meal. Unfortunately, a large part of my plan hinged on doom, and even with Eldrad an his +1 to cast and runes of witnessing I failed. Positionally, I was already committed to the plan and went for it. Unfortunately, the Gallant I planned to go all in on lived with one wound, and the other basically took no damage. From there, Alex used the stratagem to make the Gallant with one wound left act normally, and then he completely wrecked my army.
At this point I conceded, I was out of position, and butchered. and there was just no foreseeable way to win. Alex played very well, and congratulations to him for making the finals! I’d also like to congratulate my good friend nd teammate for both ATC and ETC Tony (Paul) Kopach for going on to win the entire invitational!
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