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It seems everyone takes one at 1500 pts+.
Can a necron player win without a monolith at higher point levels consistently?
Reason I ask is several players at my club say that the monolith is cheesy...
Absolutely! In fact, I think some would argue that you are more likely to win without the Monolith. Certain armies can destroy monoliths relatively easily (compared to their high point-cost), like Tau and other Necrons. Necrons certainly have other units that would certainly be well worth the additional expenditure (like Immortals, Destroyers, Scarabs, and of course, more Warriors).
Note: Monoliths are not cheesy.
Monoliths are cheesy to people who don't take the time to learn how Necrons work. And, to be honest, if a player can't take the time to learn how their enemies' army works, then they deserve to lose consistently.
Try swapping armies with them, and see if you still beat them.
Mate, I always finish top 10 and have one podium finish so far this year and I never field a monolith at tourneys.
In fact at the second last tourney i went to there where four Necron players there and i was the only one without a Monolith and the only one to finish in the top half of the draw.
well real fast, they are a requirement if you want beyond 2 squads of warriors, i bieleve.......it says that somewhere...right?
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The problem with the monolith is that it is not really an offensive weapon unless you get lucky with the particle whip. Ideally, you could use it to suck a unit out of hth and rapid fire, but in practice I haven't had much luck with it used that way. A chaos player I played brought a Predator with three lascannons, an obliterator, and at least three missle launchers. He immobilized it on turn 1 and ignored it thereafter. It never came close to making back its points.
The reason it isn't cheesy is that it has no long range, high strength and AP weapon with which to threaten tanks, so it will be at risk from that triple lascannon Predator without being able to threaten it in turn. I've wondered if a Lord on a Destroyer body and a bunch of scarabs wouldn't be more effective. They'd certainly do better at taking out units.