In my last post, I made the claim that a balanced Tyranid army shouldn’t see any big difference in model counts with the new codex. In an attempt to defend that claim, I figured I’d do a little digging…
When you factor in the bonuses gained by mandatory / typically chosen upgrades from the previous codex, only four units in the codex went up in price:
- Hive Tyrants
- Tyrant guard
Some of those were bound to happen in an attempt to “balance” the list out, but the Biovore in particular only increased in cost slightly, but got a huge benefit in both survivability and damage output.
In contrast, eight units got “cheaper” (again, when you include the additional of now mandatory upgrades) in the new codex:
- Warriors / Winged Warriors
- Flying Rippers
The rest of the units stayed about the same price. So, there’s a total of 4 units increasing in cost, 4 with no respective change, and 8 that have increased in points per stat-line value. Of the total 16 units, only 25% raised in cost, while 50% of them got cheaper. And none of that factors in additional new benefits given to many units in the codex.
Perhaps the concern is that many of the 16 new unit types are significantly more expensive. (Yes, you read that right. The number of mutable genuses increased by almost 100%!). So yeah, there are at least three available species that will cost you at least as much as a land raider now, but they’re all optional. From the looks of the codex, I don’t see why any new species will be required in order to win games, as the older units are still solid choices. Sure, the Tervigon is the talk of the town for now, and it will likely prove to be a great addition to most armies, but I can’t see it being required to be competitive.
So what happens when we put this to the real test: Comparing a list between the two editions and seeing how the points fair:
- 1x Hive Tyrant – bone sword, lash whip, venom cannon
- 2x tyrant guard
- 9x Genestealers + Broodlord
- 1x Lictor
- 3x Zoanthropes – Warp blast & Synapse
- 5x Warriors – Deathspitters, Talons, 1 w/ Barbed
- 16x Termagaunts w/ Fleshborers
- 16x Termagaunts w/ Spinefists
- 20x Hormagaunts
- 20x Hormagaunts
- 6x Rippers
- 15x Gargoyles
- 5x Raveners – Talons, Claws, Spinefists
- 1x Carnifex – Venom Cannon, Talons
- 1x Carnifex – Barbed, Talons
Now, because of the changes to the edition, I couldn’t choose things like Sniperfexes, but I did my best to choose a little of everything (seemingly the underpinning of a balanced list). From my calculations, in 4th edition, this army list would come out to a total of 2154 pts. In contrast, the same list in 5th edition seems to pencil out to 1982 pts–a savings of 8%–despite having three big bugs in there.
Now, many players didn’t use units like hormagaunts or gargoyles in the past, but that’s just one more advantage of the new codex–it opens up much more variety in list-building. Not only are their sixteen new units to play with, but several old units that were previously deemed “too expensive” are now balanced to a more normal rate.
So, even with the new higher cost units and many of the “big bugs” increasing in cost, the offset created by the cheaper smaller hordes should be more than enough to make up the difference. Of course, it likely means the death of Nidzilla, but that can hardly be considered a balanced list. I, for one, am happy to see these changes.
No sir, the sky is not falling… that’s just the wave of mycetic spores you see, blocking out the sun–and carrying with them the new deep-striking Tyranid swarm.
In the upcoming weeks, I’m going to go through each of the available “classic” options of the 4th edition codex and consider how the changes will affect play in 5th edition. I won’t be providing stat-lines and points costs online to ensure that I stay within GW’s good graces; however, there are many sites that are willing to openly post such things, and you can check out more specific details on some of the links below:
- Stats for Carnifex, Trygon, Zoanthrope, Warriors, & Swarmlords
- Landing Spore Stats
- Overview of All HQ’s and their new abilities
Logo used from http://www.nomorecheapbugs.org Though I have no idea what this site is, and it actually declares the opposite of what I believe to be true, I couldn’t resist using it…