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In case proof were needed that Necrons are at the bottom of the barral I have just had a look at the results sheet from this years GW Doubles Tournament held last week at Warhammer World.
There were 103 teams entered, that made 206 people bringing their armies.
How many Necron armies were fielded?
Need I say more?
In case you were wondering every other faction was there.
That just hurts us more really! In GW's eyes, they see Necrons as an undesirable, and that's why SW, Nids, Blood angels, etc are all getting codexes before us!
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The fact that 0 were taken proves that people beleive they suck. It doesn't mean they are a bad army
Wow... That hurts a bit *sheds a tear*.
The 0 shouldn't be taken as a reflection on the necrons themselves. They are not a bad army but it seems to be the consensus of players who lack detailed knowledge of the necrons or have gotten winning streaks against necrons that believes they suck. The introduction of the 5th edition rules certainly didn't help the necrons and their reputation.
I'm not gonna lie here, when it comes to competitive gaming like the doubles tourney, other factions are far more appealing/manageable for many players to play with than the necrons.
Necrons W68-D13-L10 (3rd edition codex)
Necrons W3-D1-L1 (latest codex)
Skaven still being assembled
I have to agree with the doubles bit. I run a club at a school and there is a nationwide schools competition for 600 point armies. By the time you have taken a Lord and 2 Troops of Warriors you have 140 points left. With other lists able to field a Land Raider, Vendetta Gunship, Fire Prisms or even 2 Leman Russ tanks it's no wonder that people think twice and leave their Necrons on the shelf.
In this years GW Throne of Skulls tournament the take up of Necron armies was;
Heat 1 - 2 out of 148
Heat 2 - 4 out of 143 (including someone who finished 8th overall)
Heat 3 - 1 out of 141
In total then, 7 Necron armies out of 432 (1.6%)
Again not very good reading.
Last edited by dinodeanpostcat; January 14th, 2010 at 06:14. Reason: Slight changes
It'd be interesting to see exactly what the army breakdown was, where do you get the stats from?
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You can download the results from the GW website. At the weekend I will tot up the army breakdown and post in this thread.
It's tough to see that, but it makes SOME degree of sense.
First off, I know fluff isn't the driving force behind doubles' tournaments, but it's hard to imagine a Necron army working with any other army, for any reason.
More importantly, I fight the good fight when it comes to my beloved shiny metal men, but the sad reality is, Necrons have a VERY outdated codex that supports a SMALL number of viable, tournament-worthy builds. Pretty much ANY other list (my current list included, I'm sad to say) does not work well, especially in a competitive environment like a tournament.
I pretty much blame GW for writing a bad codex. The good news: Everything from the new Marines codex on has been written MUCH better, with LOTS more to offer. The new nids codex promises more of the same. I expect BA to be just as much fun. The next 2 40k dexes are apparently going to be Necrons or Dark Eldar. Just not sure which is coming first.
Hang in there, guys. We'll Be Back!
Well the reasoning to this lack of Necron players is obvious.
All those people are just not cool enough to play as necrons. It's sad really, but that's the truth of it. We Necrons are an elite group, stoic, fearless, and without remorse. It takes a strong soul to play Necrons, and all those so called "tournament" players are obviously just to weak.
No one has to worry about this low number of Necron armies being played being viewed by GW causing them to push the new codex back because they think no one plays them. It's not going to hurt Necrons other than players thinking they "suck" (to which i say, they haven't played the right Necron player). GW is a large company and has people working on each army pretty well all the time. It's not like the entire company gets together just to write a new Space Marines codex, all the armies are getting worked on and play tested over and over and when GW thinks it's flawless (or as flawless as humanly possible) they will release the new codex. That being said, I'm a little bummed that Blood Angels is being released before Necrons (though probably not as much as those Dark Eldar players).