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Has anyone ever seen Tau do well in a good sized tournament? I get the feeling my favorite army isnt the best to take to a real competative event and walk away with a trophy.
I mean, I can beat the hell out of my brother and the local players (Minus the necrons) dont look like much of a challenge. On serious competative play tho, I'm less than confident with Tau in general.
Any thoughts on this?
A Tau General came 2nd at UKGT heat 1, another came 10th at UKGT heat 2. The best players are waiting for heat 3, thus we'll see more in the top 10 again.
Armies that don't make the top 10 are plentiful. Tau doesn't get many in the top 10, however there are still a high number of Tau armies that made it to the final. There has yet to be a Daemonhunter, Witchhunter or Ork list to make the final. Dark Eldar and Necrons have about 4 each (out of 100). Tau have almost 20. Eldar about 20, Chaos, Marines, and Guard (guard do well) the rest.
Once the 3rd heat is played we will know exactly how many players will make the final, but so far the indication is that Tau can dance with the best.
It's only a small tourny, but I went to one in September. There were 35 players, a Tau player won. I got 3rd best general due to playing one allied game 1500 (me and ally) vs 2000 (2 other people), I couldn't win best general after such a big defeat (I didn't lose any other games).
Well, my Tau list does waaaaayyyyyy better than my GK list, but that kinda goes without saying.
Hmm, maybe not as bad as I thought then. Just a touch of buyers remorse surfacing there because of the shiny new Eldar I suppose.
It just seems like Eldar are such a close thing to the play style I bring to Tau and everything they've gotten makes them look so SHINY. Then AGAIN, maybe its just the amazing skimmers and my brother howling over the new and improved Fire Dragons that has me jelous? ^_^
I'd really like to play an eldar army soon and test thier mettle.
First of all, I have been playing 40k since before Tau came out, and I have plenty of experience in the realms of tournament gaming and etc. Now, the main thing I have to say about a tournament setting is that you dont want to treat it as that, but more you want to treat it as a series of linked games for the day. The reason I do this is because when you put yourself into the really serious state of mind where you really want to win, the tournament isn't as much fun as if you are nice and relaxed, making it a sort of relaxing atmpsphere.
As for a large scale tournament, the largest I have ever been to is 10 people (very small club here...) and that being said, I scored 2nd place with my Tau army, However I have seen tournaments of a much larger scale beat the snot out of everyone else in the tournaments. When using Tau in a tournament you have to remember that it is only a series of games but you are more likely to find examples of powergaming and cheesy lists. A simple way to look at this sort of setting is to remember: you are just playing games, and as long as you have a good set of tactics you will do fine. I personally never find anything particularly worrying about tournaments, and neither should you
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I have attended several tournaments, and have found Tau to do fairly well, though I haven't been at the command of a Tau brigade in a tournament setting as of yet. I do plan to attend one in a couple of months when my Mech Tau list is completed. It has faired very, very well against all types of armies I have come across. The amount of mobile firepower I can bring to bear is astounding, and rightly feared among my gaming group, and even outside it.
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I actually won an 1850 point 16 man tournament a little while back and I play hybrid Tau.
Tau can be just as good in tournaments as any other army, you just have to know how to play them. If you go to Tau Online there's a thread on tounament winning Tau army lists. I suggest you check it out. The rest of the Tau community over there is really great too and can help you out with your tournament lists and critique and offer suggestions without being told of your stupidity...
I have seen a few lists that did very well in tournaments. The general consensus I have seen is that the most highly competetive list takes 6 FW and 10 kroot for a 130 pt Troops section, a bunch of Crisis suits (up to 13), some railheads and then whatever else the person wants. Other lists do decently, but this is the pure power list.