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Tyranids are going to the ETC 2014

30 teams are fighting for glory. Each team has 8 players. 9 teams included a Tyranid player.

2 players chose Necrons as allies, a promising combination in my opinion. I believe Tyranids in combination with other factions are able to pack a mean punch.

HQ: All armies are led by two winged Hive Tyrants with devourers; only one player foregoes electroshock grubs. This will probably surprise nobody.

Troops: The troops section is often quite light. 3 players took only two minimum deep striking squads of Rippers. At first I was a little surprised by this. But they are save in reserve, flexible when deep striking and easily hidden – better than cultists. Tyranid Warriors are a common sight; small squads with barbed stranglers for forward support. 5 players also field large Termagant and Hormagaunt squads, probably to tie up hard hitters. Remember that this is a team tournament so the Tyranid lists will be tailored towards countering certain list concepts. For example, I highly doubt that Tyranid players are going to be paired against Tau lists with good anti air (Riptides, Skyrays) and answers to mass infantry (Fire Warriors, Braodsides).

Elite: Most lists keep the Elite section light as well – a Venomtrophe, maybe a Zoanthrope. One list goes psyker heavy with 3 x 2 Zoanthropes. 2 lists include Hive Guard.

Fast Attack: 5 lists go almost exclusively for Hive Crones in the Fast Attack section. 3 Hive Crones together with 2 Hive Tyrants armed with electroshock grubs pose a very big problem to Land Raider based army concepts. A squad of 9 Shrikes is used in one list – I would be interested to see how the idea worked out.

Heavy Support: The majority of lists include Mawlocs. Tyrannofexes  and Exocrines make it into 2. Carnifexes and Biovores in only one.

Last but not least: 3 lists use an Imperial Bastions to shelter a Venomtrophe.

The lists do show which Tyranid units excel more than others. Tyranids have definitely taken to the skies. Ironically, Tyranids have become the doom for heavy armored vehicles (at least 14 lists used one Land Raider). Mass vehicle (AV 12/13) spam still poses somewhat of a problem to Tyranids. But here are the lists:

  •  BELARUS
  • ARMY PRIMARY DETACHMENT DESCRIPTION : Tyranids
  • ARMY ALLIED DETACHMENT DESCRIPTION : Necrons
  • PRIMARY DETACHMENT:
  • HQ1 ‐ Warlord: Hive Tyrant, TL Devourers (x2), Wings
  • HQ2: Hive Tyrant, TL Devourers (x2), Wings
  • Troop 1: 3 Ripper swarms, deep strike
  • Troop 2: 3 Ripper swarms, deep strike
  • HS1: Mawloc
  • HS2: Mawloc
  • HS3: Mawloc
  • PRIMARY TOTAL: 970 pts
  • ALLIED DETACHMENT:
  • HQ1.1: Nemesor Zahndrekh
  • HQ1.2: Vangard Obyron
  • HQ1.3: Royal Court:
  • 1 Harbinger of Despair, Abyssal Staff; Veil of Darkness
  • 1 Necron Lord, Warscythe; Mindshackle scarabs, Resurrection Orb
  • Troop 1: 9 Necron Immortals
  • Troop 2: 8 Necron Immortals
  • ALLIED TOTAL: 784 pts
  • Fortification : Imperial Bastion, Comms relay
  • ARMY TOTAL: 1849 pts
  • +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  •  Croatia
  • ARMY PRIMARY DETACHMENT: Tyranids
  • HQ1: Hive Tyrant, Wings, 2x Twin‐linked devourer with brainleech worms, Electroshock grubs,
  • Warlord
  • HQ2: Hive Tyrant, Wings, 2x Twin‐linked devourer with brainleech worms, Electroshock grubs
  • ELITE 1: Hive Guard x 3
  • ELITE 2: Zoanthrope x 1
  • ELITE 3: Venomthrope x 1
  • TROOP 1: Gants x 25, Fleshborers
  • TROOP 2: Gants x 25, Fleshborers
  • TROOP 3: Hormagaunts x 20
  • TROOP 4: Hormagaunts x 20
  • TROOP 5: Tyranid Warriors, 2x Devourer, 3x Scything talons, Barbed strangler
  • FAST ATTACK 1: Gargoyles x 20
  • HEAVY SUPPORT 1: Tyrannofex, Acid spray
  • HEAVY SUPPORT 2: Tyrannofex, Acid spray
  • HEAVY SUPPORT 3: Mawloc
  • total: 1850
  • +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  •  TEAM: Finland
  • COMBINED ARMS DETACHMENT: Tyranids
  • ALLIED DETACHMENT: None
  • COMBINED ARMS DETACHMENT: Tyranids
  • HQ 1: Hive Tyrant, Wings, 2 TL‐Brainleech Devourers, Electroshock Grubs, WARLORD
  • HQ 2: Hive Tyrant, Wings, 2 TL‐Brainleech Devourers, Electroshock Grubs
  • Elite 1: Venomthrope
  • Elite 2: Lictor
  • Troops 1: Hormagant Brood, 19 Additional Hormagants =29
  • Troops 2: Ripper Swarm Brood , Deep Strike
  • Troops 3: Ripper Swarm Brood, Deep Strike
  • Troops 4: Warrior Brood, Barbed Strangler
  • Fast 1: Harpy
  • Fast 2: Hive Crone
  • Fast 3: Hive Crone
  • Heavy 1: Mawloc
  • Heavy 2: Mawloc
  • Heavy 3: Mawloc
  • Fort: Imperial Bastion
  • Total: 1850
  • +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  •  Germany
  • ARMY PRIMARY DETACHMENT DESCRIPTION: Tyranids
  • PRIMARY DETACHMENT:
  • HQ 1: Hive tyrant, 2x Tl Devourers, wings, electroshock grubs, Warlord
  • HQ 2: Hive tyrant, 2x Tl Devourers, wings, electroshock grubs
  • Troop 1: 3 Tyranid Warriors, 3 scything talons, 2 devourers, 1 barbed strangler
  • Troop 2: 10 Termagants, fleshbourers
  • Troop 3: 28 Hormagaunt , toxin sacs
  • FA 1: Hive crone
  • FA 2: Hive crone
  • FA 3: Hive crone
  • ELITES 1: 1 Venomtrophe
  • HS 1: 1 Mawloc
  • HS 2: 1 Mawloc
  • HS 3: 1 Mawloc
  • Fortification: 1 Imperial bastion
  • ARMY TOTAL [1849 pts]
  • +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  •  Malta
  • ARMY PRIMARY DETACHMENT: Tyranids
  • PRIMARY DETACHMENT:
  • HQ1 ‐ Warlord : Hive Tyrant, 2x Twin‐Linked Brainleech Worms, Elecroshock Grubs, Wings
  • HQ2 : Hive Tyrant, 2x Twin‐Linked Brainleech Worms, Elecroshock Grubs, Wings
  • Elite1 : 2x Zoanthropes
  • Elite2 : 2x Zoanthropes
  • Elite 3 : 2x Zoanthropes
  • Troop 1 : 3xRipper Swarms
  • Troop 2: 3xRipper Swarms
  • FA1: Hive Crone, Drool Cannon, Four tentaclids, Scything Talons
  • FA2: Hive Crone, Drool Cannon, Four tentaclids, Scything Talons
  • FA3: Hive Crone, Drool Cannon, Four tentaclids, Scything Talons
  • HS1: Exocrine, Bio‐Plasmic Cannon, Scything Talons
  • HS2: Exocrine, Bio‐Plasmic Cannon, Scything Talons
  • HS3: Tyrannofex, Acid Spray, Stinger Salvo, Electrshock Grubs
  • PRIMARY TOTAL [(1848)pts]
  • ARMY TOTAL [(1848)pts]
  • +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  • The Netherlands
  • Primary Detachment: Tyranids
  • HQ1: Warlord ‐ Hive Tyrant, Wings, 2x TL Brainleech Devourers, Electroshock grubs
  • HQ2: Hive Tyrant, Wings, 2x TL Brainleech Devourers, Electroshock grubs
  • EL1: Hiveguard Brood, 2 Additional models
  • EL2: Hiveguard Brood, 2 Additional models
  • EL3: Venomthrope Brood, 1 additional model
  • TR1: Warrior Brood, Scything talons, Devourers
  • TR2: Warrior Brood, Scything talons, Devourers
  • HS1: Exocrine
  • HS2: Exocrine
  • HS3: Carnifex Brood, 2 Additional models, 3x Heavy Venom Cannon, Scything Talons
  • Total Points: 1850
  • ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  •  Poland
  • ARMY PRIMARY DETACHMENT DESCRIPTION : Tyranids
  • ARMY ALLIED DETACHMENT DESCRIPTION : Necrons
  • HQ 1: Hive tyrant, 2x Tl Devourers, wings, electroshock grubs, Warlord
  • HQ 2: Hive tyrant, 2x Tl Devourers, wings, electroshock grubs
  • Troop 1: 3 Ripper Swarms, Deep Strike
  • Troop 2: 3 Ripper Swarms, Deep Strike
  • FA 1: Hive crone, Stinger Salvo
  • FA 2: Hive crone, Stinger Salvo
  • FA 3: Hive crone, Stinger Salvo
  • ELITES 1: 1 Venomtrophe
  • Primary total: 1110
  • Allied Detachment:
  • HQ1 : Overlord, Minshackle Scarabs, Phaseshifter, Sempiternal Weave, Warscythe, Command
  • Barge
  • Troop1 : Necron Immortals in Transport1
  • FA1: Canoptek Wraiths, 5 additional Wraiths
  • HS1: Anihilation Barge
  • Transport1: Nightscythe
  • Ally total: 740
  • Total: 1850
  • +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  •  Russia
  • ARMY PRIMARY DETACHMENT DESCRIPTION : Tyranids
  • Primary Detachment:
  • HQ1: Hive Tyrant, 2x Twin Devourer with Brainleech Worms, Electroshock
  • Grubs, Wings [Warlord]
  • HQ2: Hive Tyrant, 2x Twin Devourer with Brainleech Worms, Electroshock
  • Grubs, Wings
  • Elite1: Venomthrope Brood
  • Troops1:30 Termagant Brood
  • Troops2:30 Termagant Brood
  • Troops3:30 Hormagaunt Brood
  • Troops4:30 Hormagaunt Brood
  • Troops5:3 Tyranid Warrior Brood, 1x Rending Claws
  • FA1: 9 Tyranid Shrike Brood, Adrenal Glands, 9x Rending Claws
  • HS1: 2 Biovore Brood
  • HS2: Biovore Brood
  • HS3: Mawloc
  • Fortification: Imperial Bastion
  • Total Army Cost: 1846
  • +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  •  Ukraine
  • Tyranids
  • HQ1:( Warlord) Hive tyrant; twin‐linked devourer with brainleech worms, twin‐linked devourer with
  • brainleech worms, electrochock grubs, wings
  • HQ2: Hive tyrant; twin‐linked devourer with brainleech worms, twin‐linked devourer with brainleech
  • worms, electrochock grubs, wings
  • Elite 1: venomtrope
  • Elite 2: zoantrope
  • Elite 3: zoantrope
  • FA1: Hive crone
  • FA2: Hive crone
  • FA3: Hive crone
  • Troop 1: 30 hormagaunts, toxin sacs
  • Troop 2: 30 hormagaunts, toxin sacs
  • HS:1 mawloc
  • HS2: mawloc
  • TOTAL: [1850 pts]

Sincerely,

-kleiner gargoyle

 

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