Hello everyone, welcome back. This is your friendly neighborhood PrimeAngron. In my last post I talked about a Warhammer 40K Maelstrom deck set up I was going to try at our next tournament. We had 20 players to show up and the feedback I got was extremely positive. Of course I love it when these types of ideas are well received, but I also wanted any and all goods and bads that come with.
We will start with the good because I love my cake before my dinner. Players loved that they could tailor their deck to their play style. With a slimmer deck, most of the cards forced them to go after objectives instead of killing a psyker or taking a deployment zone. I consistently received feedback that players had to make hard choices, sometimes sacrificing units they otherwise wouldn’t. Players also liked, for the most part, that they had a general idea of what their opponent might draw based off the type of list thy were playing. But the best thing was how easy and fast the games went.
The biggest concern players mentioned was their inability to achieve certain objective markers. Some players wished for even more control over their objective cards. However, just like bad dice rolls, there’s not much you can do about drawing a card that tells you to claim an objective on the far side of the table. I compare it to failing a 2+ armor save, It happens, but those instances are the minority.
The Take Away
Trimming down the Maelstrom decks was a success and I might keep that as the norm for a bit to keep things interesting.
For the next tournament I am going to try changing up the way the game is currently played. Players will need to think outside the box as only Troop choices will be able to claim and contest objectives. Even units that are not Troops, but have Objective Secured will lose that rule for this event. I am guessing the types of lists typically seem will completely change. Deathstars, I would imagine, won’t be present at all. Additionally, even tabling your opponent doesn’t provide an automatic win. Players will have to continue to play the game to completion to try and get the win. I expect this to further deter net listing and hope to see better balance brought back to the game we love.