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Rending - It seems to me like half 40k gamers oppose it while the other half are totally for it. I've read the description of Rending in the rulebook and I just can't figure out what all the commotion is about. I've only ever fielded a rending assault cannon twice to little effect.
Ok, so at the risk of being labeled a total fool, I'm going to ask a risky question:
Why all the fuss over rending?
I believe it's to do with the flexibility it affords. You can now take down Tanks, Heavy Infantry and Hordes, as well as some of the big stuff (aka Wraithlords) and for a relatively minimal cost.
That, and it has a Strength and AP value to easily take down the majority of infantry even if you roll no 6's.
For Genestealers, they have high WS, I and loads of attacks. Not many units can survive a charge from them.
As for the other stuff with Rending attacks, see the first paragraph.
90% of the problem with rending is that Space Marines get it.
It's very fashionable on internet forums to hate Marines and everything associated with them.
"i am a leaf in the wind, see how i soar"
The only people who hate rending are the ones who play armies that don't have it.
My IG friend HATES that my Tyranid can't be instant killed and don't fall back while in synapse, hates Monstrous creatures, hates rending, hates close combat, hates terrain (but only in the center of the board or on his opponents side)... You get the point. He thinks the game would be better if none of this stuff that makes his army less effective or can kill his units existed.
I think alot of people are like that (though maybe not quite as extreme), and so they hate rending. Or skimmers. Or jet packs. or what-have-you.
-Thread Killer Bryan
Tyranid Hive Fleet Typhoeus
T'au Empire, Bork'an Sept
there is no problem with rending, it is a rule, people dont like it? tough!
(am closing the thread cos I dont think we can tell you why your aquaintences dont like rending and it doesnt belong in this area)
Everything you have been told is a lie!