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Last edition, if our broods were outside synapse they would run back home to momma. This was quite annoying so we had to make sure that everything was covered. Now, however, if they are outside of synapse coverage the CC guys run toward the nearest enemy to engage them and the shooty nids sit back and shoot. So my question to those of you who have played the new Nids is: Is being outside of Synapse coverage really a big deal anymore? Thanks for the replies.
Last edited by NecroNid; February 2nd, 2010 at 00:36.
if you can work IB into your favour, then sure its way better. your troops can still claim objectives too. BUT you're going to have to be aware of morale tests. things become more prone to breaking, stuff like termagants and hormagaunts won't have to take many casualties before they have to start running. my first two games with the codex even saw my stealer unit w/ broodlord break each game, which was annoying.
its a nice compromise and for the first time i've had to consider the morale mechanic of the game, especially weighing up the benefits of having units infiltrate/outflank that will bring them out of synapse
Right, so one point against being outside of Synapse is losing Fearless. That is definitely something to consider.
I was also looking at it in terms of Tervigon using Catalyst instead of Dominion and Swarmlord instead of a normal Tyrant to get the extra Synapse coverage.
It could also make a difference in objectives games. Say there is an objective not in area terrain with your gaunts on it. They fail IB and they're running towards the cover, leaving the objective behind.
It's a double-edged sword. Depending on the situation, sometimes it can work towards your benefit. Other times, it works against.
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So basically it sounds like it is still fairly important to keep our bugs under control. I haven't had a chance to play with the new codex yet so these opinions are quite helpful in planning my new list and strategy. Thanks for the replies and please keep them coming.
Indeed one of the main issues is the Nidz increased vulnerability to morale abuse and the fact that when they break they now fall back towards their board instead of to the nearest babysitter. This is a mechanic nidz players really haven't had to deal with in the past and i'd imagine that only one or two bad experiances with this will have most people keeping their bugs under much tighter synapse.
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PS I hate the fearless rule...I think you should take a moral test and only lose the wounds if you fail, which would be similar to marines except they could still break if they win the initiative roll off.
the one thing that i wish GW left alone was the immunity to instant death i know that in the last edition most things didnt benifit from that but now warriors and the doom are all prone to being instant deathed by any battle cannon or las cannon that heads their way. my doom was killed when he had 10 wounds because i rolled a 2 on a armor save against a lascannon it was horrible :C
as to the rest of the stuff about instinctive behavior i find they did alot to improve it and though i wish fleeing gaunts went toward my nearest synapse it is still only a minor inconvenience.
pesonally i think that synaspe should grant affected units the stubborn rule at the synapse creatures Ld that would make things alot better i think. (to bad that will never ever happen)
A lurking unit fails their IB and run toward terrain and then plop in. When does a unit count as being in area terrain? The turn where one model has reached cover while the rest are in the open or only counting when the majority are in cover? Or all? Since you cant move them once in cover, will that sole gaunt whose in cover mean his whole squad must wait in the open?
As of Tyranid 5th Ed. codex I have the Gaunts I wanted. I did, however, loose the sniperfexs I relied upon and they were more important then the gaunts.