The real start to the tournament season is just one week away! Adepticon the grand daddy of them will be the biggest test for 6th edition yet.

Will all the Internet naysayers be proven right or (as always) is it about the better player, not the better list that will win the day.

Beyond the general meta questions Adepticon will also test 6th edition in a way we haven't seen yet from a major tournament.

The largest tournament (256 players) will have modified alternating terrain setup. While this is not exactly like the rule book, it is the biggest risk Adepticon will be taking this year. I think this is the right move for many reasons.

  1. Adepticon staff isn't burdened with placing terrain allowing them to set up other events.
  2. Complaints cannot be made about terrain placement the players are now responsible.
  3. It is closer to how the game is intended to be played.
  4. Provides an additional tactical element missing from most games.

If successful, Alternating Terrain might actually have a chance becoming the primary terrain setup moving forward. My biggest concern: is six pieces of available terrain enough and what does this terrain look like?

The another test for Adepticon is one in which Adepticon is not allowing: Forge World.

As many of the other large events embrace 40k approved Forge World, Adepticon has foregone it. This has led me and others to speculate; without Forge World array of anti-flyer units can we expect a flyer fest like no other?

Remember though Adepticon has always been about the bandwagon player. Three years ago it was Imperial Guard Leaf Blower, the year after that Long Fangs, and last year Psyfleman Dreads. Typically, because Adepticon is the go to event for business professionals, with money to spend, but little time to play, they get the current flavor of the month, and hope they can win on list alone.

One unit in particular has risen above the rest and that is the Heldrake. My odds are on Chaos Space Marine players being at least 25% of the field and perhaps the number of Heldrakes getting close to the total number of players in the entire event.

The Internet is already bubbling with Heldrake and general flyer hate and if the Heldrake is the key to most of the top players making it to day two all hell will break loose. The sad part is that even if Heldrakes dominate, the question of flyer dominance still won't be answered.

One side will claim that Forge World as the only answer and others will say Tau would've balanced out flyers. Either way Adepticon won't settle the debate. Personally, I think the Tau are the flyer balance we've been waiting for.

Still, as long as Games Workshop keeps on pumping out codexes at an epic pace we might just to wait till Adepticon 2014 to truly find out what 6th is all about.

Here is the mission primer and championship rules for Adpeticon 2013 to help better explain my ramblings.

http://www.adepticon.org/wpfiles/2013/40KChampPrimer.pdf

http://www.adepticon.org/13rules/201340Kchamp.pdf

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