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So i was playing last night(IG) against Nids, and he had some attack that allow a large blast radius, and he goes over to my side of the table and look sat different areas he can hit to see what will give him the most guys, measuring with he blast radius, can he do this? because it seemed really stupid, an i though you had to pick before you can look.
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There's two different ways to answer your question.
1) If he's using the Mawloc ability, it s a Deep Strike placement that he can determine where he'd like to have the Mawloc DS to. He can walk the board and take a look around. Its kind a like targetting but not technically.
2) If is a shooting attack that uses a large blast. Then, No, he must name a unit he's targeting. Then he can place the large blast marker within that unit where he see's fit. After placement, then measure to ensure the center of the template isn't out of range.
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As long as he wasnt placing it over multiple units.. By that I mean checking one unit, then checking another, and another. Then he decides which unit its on.
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I got the impression from the way the OP described this opponent's behaviour that he was indeed checking out each separate unit to see which one would net him the most casualties.For me, that is tantamount to pre-measuring (although *range* is not being checked) and I personally wouldn't be overly happy about it.and he goes over to my side of the table and look sat different areas he can hit to see what will give him the most guys, measuring with he blast radius,
The thing is, though - and this was raised by Xpyre35 - it depends on what was actually being used. The Mawloc Deep Strike thing presumably has its own separate rules - which I hasten to add I don't know since I haven't got the codex - but a shooting attack with a large blast requires that you follow the sequence outlined on P.15 of the BRB. This means that you have to choose your target before you place the Blast Marker.
If the OP could tell us what the actual thing used was, it would help us to give a more informed answer.
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