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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Maximise your strengths...

I'm watching a game right now. It's BA versus Vulkan Pods. The pod list is pretty decent (for those of you who know me, I don't like Pod lists in the Vanilla SM dex. Use the BT pods!) and the BA list has 3 melta weapons between it and a few PFists. i.e. not alot of anti-tank. The Vulkan list is going to win but has given the BA list every opportunity to win and based on tactical choices the BA player deserves to win. When you use a list that trickles in DON'T SPREAD OUT. What the hell is the point of using an army that can alpha strike if you spread it out? Now the Vulkan player's initial Drop sent 5 dreads all over the place to try and pop as many tanks as possible. Fittingly he only dropped one and essentially lost 2 dreads due to his stupidity. The BA player had already spread out and playing into his hands was just stupid. Whilst the Vulkan player's later drops with his tacticals was able to secure his hold in midfield, against a good list he'd of been screwed.

So this brings me to a quick point I'm going to make now (I'm thinking of writing some more articles in relation to 5th edition such as designing army lists, target prioity, etc. and this may be covered more there), play to your army's strengths and minimise your weaknesses. This may seem obvious but I see it done the wrong way all the time. Tau are great at shooting. So don't make them close combat or close shooting orientated (nice article here by Dethtron). A pod list shouldn't spread out. Most lists shouldn't spread out but particularly one that trickles in (Daemons also come to mind). It just boggles my mind how people can take semi-decent or decent lists off the internet (or hell even make a decent list) but then screw up tactics in such basic ways.

Btw kaney, ya I'm talking to you! Everytime you play Pods you spread it out! Stop it! Your initial drop should 99% of the time be localised, particularly against a list with minimal anti-tank.

7 pinkments:

Kaney said...

Well, considering u have only seen me play using ponce in the last 2 nd a half years and 3 times ever... using everytime is exagerating a little. And yes against a bad list im gonna spread out if it will get me as many objectives as possible if i kno its almost imposs for me to lose?? Granted i won capturing all Objs.

Kirby said...

Unless you're teaching someone the game, playing badly is playing badly. The other games I've seen you pod weren't against "bad" lists either. You don't go out onto a basketball court and play half-arsed because your opponent is crap. That's insulting to your opponent. If you're kicking his ass you don't mess around as that's also insulting. Same thing here.

MagicJuggler said...

Wait, didn't you mean to say Tau are *good* at shooting?

Damon said...

@MagicJuggler: Well, according to Rikimaru, Lord Fount of Tau Wisdom, Tau do indeed suck at shooting. BS 3 is such a handicap that could never be overcome. Certainly never by just buying as many plasma rifle/missile pod crisis suits as you can afford. It's not like IG get by with BS 3. If it wasn't for IG targeting lights, they'd totally suck!

MagicJuggler said...

Oh yeah, it's not like all your vehicles are BS 4 anyway, and your non-BS 4 Railguns are twin-linked, and can take mobile Autocannons in large numbers...

Oh wait.

Kirby said...

Well that's an embarassing typo. Thank you MagicJuggler >.<.

Kaney said...

Well, gennerally when i play i try to come out with the best possible outcome i feel possible. And u have only ever seen me play using pods once before that?? 2 and a half years ago lol

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