The Best Army List in 8th 40k Is Blood Angels?

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The ATC was this weekend and had 58 teams participating in a fast-paced weekend of matches. Let’s take a look at the best individual list from the ATC.

Update:

There was a three way tie for first between Mike Welch (Daemons), Cater Leach (Eldar), and Brad Chester (Blood Angels- below). First, Second and Third, was determined by battlepoints by team, going to Fluffy Bunnies.

The ATC is the first “Major” tournament of 8th edition and brings with along a lot of powerful lists.  Despite the unique team format, most of the lists from the top ATC players and winning team will shape the meta until the NOVA Open next month.

Several powerhouse teams from last year returned to test their lists. Most teams played a declination of 3 lists: The Razorwing Flock Spam, Dante and Storm Ravens, and Guiliman with Whatever. A lot of teams also throw in Guard blobs, that are great defender armies usually and Daemons with the Changeling that are great choice for defending lists because of the added resilience.

ATCUPDATE: Brad Chester, from the Fluffy Bunnies was awarded Best Individual for the ATC.

Individual Player Final Standings

1 Brad Chester 120
2 Carter Leach 120
3 Mike Welch 120

His list combined a Vanguard Detachment with Dante, Inquisition Acolytes, and a Daemonhost with an Air Wing Detachment  of five Stormravens forming the bulk of his list in terms of points.

Stormravens are pretty good. They pack a  whole lot of shooting for cheap, defend really well versus assault, get defensive bonus versus shooting.  Combined with cheap units from the inquisition and a buff-totting Dante that can Jump Pack around and you have yourself a mobile firebase.

Brad Chester’s list.

Vanguard Detachement +1CP (Imperium – Blood Angels) [32 PL, 556pts]

  • Dante
  • Inq. Acolyte
  • Inq. Acolyte
  • Inq. Acolyte
  • Inq. Acolyte
  • Inq. Acolyte
  • Daemonhost
  • Stormraven Gunship – Twin assault cannon, Twin heavy bolter, Two Hurricane Bolters, Two Stormstrike Missile Launchers

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Flyer Wing  +1CP (Imperium – Space Marines) [75 PL, 1444pts]

  • Stormraven Gunship – Twin assault cannon, Twin heavy bolter, Two Hurricane Bolters, Two Stormstrike Missile Launchers
  • Stormraven Gunship – Twin assault cannon, Twin heavy bolter, Two Hurricane Bolters, Two Stormstrike Missile Launchers
  • Stormraven Gunship – Twin assault cannon, Twin Multimelta, Two Hurricane Bolters, Two Stormstrike Missile Launchers
  • Stormraven Gunship – Twin assault cannon, Twin Multimelta, Two Hurricane Bolters, Two Stormstrike Missile Launchers
  • Stormraven Gunship – Twin assault cannon, Twin heavy bolter, Two Hurricane Bolters, Two Stormstrike Missile Launchers
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There you have it. The best individual list from the ATC takes advantage of a low model count to start the game, unleash a whole lot of shots empowered with Commander Dante’s buff to carry the day.

For more ATC breakdown, checkout my musing on the meta over at Mismatched Play.

 

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  • Adam Richard Corrigan

    Wow that looks fun. Took less than a month for the WAAC to break 8th.

    • spikeybits

      to be honest if GW didn’t want spammy lists they would have not made the formations the way they did IMHO. Easy way to fix this is your meta: just play battalion or patrol.

      • Adam Richard Corrigan

        I’m lucky that when I do get to play my opponents aren’t dicks. As long as stuff like this goes on I have zero interest in going to tournaments.

        • Wystan Frauka

          This. All day long. Both points. Also nice to have confirmation that 8th fixed none of the pervasive issues with the game.

  • MrDracoSpirit .

    Always feels these competive lists looks werird from a narative point of view. Dante with some random human minons(?) and a load of flyers?

  • Simon Steffensen

    Lame list

    • Bryan Hunter

      I agree, sad sad!

    • Brettila

      Two tournaments, 2 space marine flyer spams ftw. Yay, 8th is shaping up to be something really different…

  • Chris Sardo

    Chester doesn’t play for Team Happy btw. He was on team Fluffy Bunnies.

  • Anthony Ray Vaccaro

    This isn’t evne Blood Angels lol, Stormraven spam is what this is. THis is why the tournament scene sucks so much. TO’s need to really start thinking of required Force Orgs.

    • Y ddraig gosh

      storm ravens where only for blood angels and grey knights untill 7th edition they became available for all space marines but space wolves so in essence it is blood angels

  • Y ddraig gosh

    looks fun to play but not to play against

  • Jarrod Pace

    I’ve been fiddling around with some similar cheese: except I only have three Storm Ravens, in which I throw a 6 man tactical squad, 5 man Assault Squad alongside a Captain, rest of the list is 2 Baal Predator. 2000 point with 8CPs

  • George-Leon Abbott

    Why the Inq. Acolyte they do nothing for the army

    • Aaron Morgan

      They are really low points for 3W apiece, so they make a good damage sponge.

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