Competitive 40k tactics and Battle Reports with the Tyranid Codex

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

BeakyCon3 Game 5 2250 vs Necrons

*Disclaimer on Batreps! I played 5 games this weekend. It's entirely possible I forgot some details, but I'll do what I can to make it as accurate as possible. I may confuse if I blew up a chimera on turn 2 or 3, etc. If you were my opponent in any of these reports, please speak up and correct any errors I made. Also, opponents will be identified by first name only. If anyone would like even that removed, just let me know and it'll disappear.* 

Ok, it has been a while, but here's BeakyCon3 game 5... at this point, I am 3-1 after an unlucky game 1, and fighting to win the Silver bracket. My opponent is likewise 3-1, and a very successful Necron player. At Crucible, he played in the final of the tournament, but lost to the champion's D/Eldar. At BeakyCon last year, he took third place after beating me in the final round (Here's a link to that one...) I suppose you could say I have a little vengeance stewing up! I accept that as a competitive player, I'll lose some games, but I do love getting another shot at an opponent who's beaten me before. 

Opponent: Remy


Royal Court, 5 LanceTeks
Destroyer Lord
Destroyer Lord

6 Wraiths
6 Wraiths

5 Warriors, Night Scythe
5 Warriors, Night Scythe
5 Warriors, Night Scythe
5 Warriors, Night Scythe

3 Scarab Bases
3 Spyders

My Powers:

Flyrant 1: Enfeeble, Smite
Flyrant 2: Endurance Iron Arm
Flyrant 3: Enfeeble, Warp Speed
Tervigon 1: Endurance, Life Leech, Warp Speed
Tervigon 2: Enfeeble, Iron Arm, Smite
Tervigon 3: Iron Arm, Life Leech, Warp Speed
Doom: Puppet Master
Zoey 1: Psychic Shriek, Dominate
Zoey 2: Psychic Shriek, Puppet Master
Zoey 3: Psychic Shriek, Puppet Master

The Mission: 

Deployment: Vanguard Strike

Primary 1: 4 objective markers, one in center of each table quarter, worth 2 points each (Big Guns never tire)
Primary 2: The Relic (worth 4 points)

 Bonus: Line breaker, Warlord

I win the roll off and naturally take second turn. 

Deployment Necrons: See below.

Deployment Tyranids: 

See below: The Relic is in the center rock tower. Everything else in reserves.

Turn 1 Necrons: I don't try to seize, and he proceeds to shoot at my stuff after wiggling the Wraiths around. He does one wound after Night Fighting to a Tervigon.

Turn 1 Nids: My three flyrants gang up and swoop after one of the Wraith squads. Naturally they were pre-enfeebled. I then do ten wounds to the wraiths, and he only fails one save... yikes. I also do a wound to his Overlord.

Turn 2 Necrons: Two Scythes come in and he lines up the Flyrants. On my right, the other Wraiths and a growing Scarab squad advance. Shooting scatters wounds and he wounds some Flyrants. His wraiths above me advance but everything fails charges (to be fair, most were through terrain and were slowed by the Overlord.)

Turn 2 Nids: Two Flyrants sweep behind the Wraiths, and they're enfeebled again. This time, averages win out and all five wraiths die. The last Flyrant shoots a Scythe down. The Doom and Zoeys both fail to come in. Stupid 2+... 10 Ymgarls assault the Imhotek/Court squad, but roll atrociously and we draw combat. Imhotek is nasty! I also outflank ten gants there who shoot a 'Tek down.

In other words, I enfeeble his Scarabs. Spawned gant squads shoot/assault his Scarabs and Strength 4 kills many despite saves. A lot die but the unit lives. Finally, another gant squad assaults and punks his Overlord, who stays down.

Turn 3 Crons: More scythes in, and he wounds a Flyrant I think. Also, his other Wraith squad advances on the nearest Tervigon, who at a mere T7 is already wounded. Surprisingly, I roll well on saves and live with a single wound left. He drops gants on his back corner and shoots a few of the outflanked gants. He also drops Warriors on the Relic.

Turn 3 Nids: Zoeys and Doom drops next to his objective, including a spore in contest range. ;) 4 Psychic Shrieks and the Dooms rules only kill one Warrior. Ew. My Flyrants swoop along his Board edge, and shoot with little effect, except killing the rest of the Warriors. In Combat, my Tervigon at T9 challenges his Overlord, who accepts. I pass Mindshackle, he fails to wound,and I smash him! He stands up, but is locked. Ymgarls are getting cut down by the Royal court of all units, and I am STILL rolling terribad over there. My gants run towards my edge (by choice, not failing morale). Shooting and a gant assault kill the center Relic.

Turn 4 Crons: His Spyders about face and assault the Doom, passing morale on the way in, and smash him. Wraiths kill my Tervigon. A scythe overhead drops Warriors on my back objective.

His Court finally kills my Ymgarls. I am annoyed that they didn't kill more.

Turn 4 Nids: I move gants in top left onto an objective, they're out of LoS. I move some gants up to the center and grab the Relic. He breaks the other gants with his Scarabs. My gants all the way on the right run down more behind a wall towards the objective there. Biovores scatter wildly as I try to clear off my back objective. Flyrant flies and shoots his Scarabs, one lives. Another drops and assaults Imhotek after shooting the court dead. No wounds done.

Turn 5 Necrons: A scythe comes on and blasts the few gants on his objective, one lives and passes morale. He assaults my Warlord with his Wraiths and fails to finish her, because his Overlord assaulted a grounded Flyrant (he finished off the Warriors last turn I think) His last Scarab assaults my Relic gants but is killed in CC. Imhotek kills my Flyrant!

Turn 5 Nids: I drop my last Flyrant and assault Imhotek. Again, Imhotek kills it! Crap! Otherwise, I hold two objectives to one, and the Relic Biovores try to contest my back objective but roll a 1 to get there, so are 1 inch short. (Note that he kills my Warlord with his Wraiths.)

Still, the game ends. I hold 2-1 objectives and the Relic.

Victory Tyranids!

Recap: Tough game, but a good matchup for me and it showed. Also, I had a few key rolls go my way (lone gant surviving, Relic squad surviving, Tervigon living at key moments) even when I flubbed elsewhere (Doom, Ymgarls). It was a sweet victory nevertheless against a great opponent and rival.

GT recap: I can't help but be disappointed. After losing Game 1, I made a good recovery, but I was never in contention for the win after that. Still I put up a good showing I feel, and I was the highest ranked player outside of the "Golden bracket" of the four 3-0 players, making me the Silver bracket winner. 4-1 was rather nice to bounce back at least. Still, its a dice game which must be recognized. The event was well run and organized, and consistent with rules. I hope to attend again next year, if I'm still in the state of Florida. Up next is Crucible! In March in Orlando, should be a real treat, I talked to the TO and am quite excited. Finally, the winner was a Necron player who ran Coteaz/Imhotek and 6 3 man squads of Tomb Spyders and mass Scarabs. Literally, hundreds of Scarabs all spawning, 18 a turn! A tough list that smashed MANY good players and lists... Not to be cocky but I feel I was one of very few players/armies there who could have maybe beaten him. If we'd played again (I faced him in round 3 of BeakyCon last year) I think mass enfeeble and a huge amount of gants Strength 4 fleshborers could have given me an upper hand in an objective game. Ah well, it was not to be! Next time I'll make a sacrifice to the Dice Gods earlier... A very good time though, and congratulations to the eventual winner, Marc!

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