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Lone Star Open 2022 Coverage

by | Jul 22, 2022

The 2nd year in a row Frontline Gaming presents the Lone Star Open 2022 a Warhammer 40k Major Event in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. This event will have over 200 players mostly pulled from Texas and the surrounding states. What makes this tournament so intriguing is the timing, we are still a few weeks removed from the Nephilim Chapter Approved changes, and we still don’t have the best data showing us exactly where the Warhammer 40k Meta is. This might be the largest event since the new competitive rules came out, making it a good judge of where things are at. 

Consensus says that Sisters of Battle should win the event, but while that army is clearly the best faction, it isn’t as unbeatable as the pervious big bads. Another difference with the Lone Star Open which is unlike other Frontline Gaming ITC large events, is that we only have 6 games and, no championship rounds, meaning we could see multiple undefeated armies finishing the out weekend. 

With all that, lets start by looking at the faction breakdown (tentative drops) for the event.

  • Aeldari = 20
  • Tyranids = 18
  • Adepta Sororitas = 16
  • Thousand Sons = 14
  • T’au Empire = 14
  • Necrons = 13
  • Chaos Space Marines = 13
  • Death Guard = 13
  • Blood Angels = 10
  • Grey Knights = 10
  • Chaos Knights = 9
  • Adeptus Custodes = 9
  • Space Marines = 8
  • Genestealers Cults = 7
  • Imperial Knights = 6
  • Orks = 6
  • Imperial Guard = 5
  • Drukhari = 4
  • Dark Angels = 3
  • Deathwatch = 2
  • Ad-Mech = 2
  • Space Wolves = 2
  • Black Templars = 1
  • Chaos Daemons = 1

Overall the faction list is a pretty good spread with 10 factions with 10 lists or more represented. 

Here is a few such players and their army lists to watch out for…

  1. Brad Townsend Lone Star Open 2022 – Thousand Sons
  2. Colin McDade Lone Star Open 2022 – Adepta Sororitas
  3. Robert Moreland Long Star Open 2022 – Astra Militarum
  4. rOBIN rOBERTS Lone Star Open 2022 – Genestealer Cults
  5. Brenton Weiss Lone Star Open 2022 – T’au Empire
  6. David Villareal Lone Star Open 2022 – Adeptus Astartes – Salamanders
  7. Cody Hostuttler Lone Star Open 2022 – Grey Knights
  8. NATHANIEL BJORGE Lone Star Open 2022 – Necrons

This event should come down to Colin Mcdade and Brenton Weiss, but I am curious to see how a few of these Imperial Guard lists do being played by experienced generals do. 

As always expect continuous coverage of the Lone Star Open 2022 throughout the weekend with pictures, videos, and results! 


 Check back periodically July 23rd to 24th for Continuous Coverage


Army Gallery 

Round 1

Round 1 is typically not that exciting unless you a solid random pairings, so if any unique pairings pop, up they will be listed below.

Round 2 

Round 2 again doesn’t have any compelling match ups, but let’s look at out the factions are doing so far. 

  • Aeldari = 20 down to 10 undefeated
  • Tyranids = 17 down to 11 undefeated
  • Adepta Sororitas = 16 down to 10 undefeated
  • Thousand Sons = 13 down to 4 undefeated
  • T’au Empire = 13 down to 6 undefeated 
  • Necrons = 13 down to 8 undefeated
  • Chaos Space Marines = 13 down to 7 undefeated
  • Death Guard = 13 down to 6 undefeated
  • Blood Angels = 11 down to 2 undefeated
  • Grey Knights = 10 down to 6 undefeated
  • Chaos Knights = 9 down to 6 undefeated
  • Adeptus Custodes = 10 down to 6 undefeated
  • Space Marines = 8 down to 2 undefeated
  • Genestealers Cults = 7 down to 3 undefeated
  • Imperial Knights = 7 down to 2 undefeated
  • Orks = 6 all still undefeated
  • Imperial Guard = 5 down to 1 undefeated
  • Drukhari = 4 down to 3 undefeated
  • Dark Angels = 3 down to 2 undefeated
  • Deathwatch = 2 all still undefeated
  • Ad-Mech = 4 down to 1 undefeated
  • Space Wolves = 2 down to 1 undefeated 
  • Black Templars = 1 all defeated 

So far only Black Templars have been knocked out, but with only one player not that big of a surprise, we should see a few more factions fall by the wayside going into round 3.

Round 3

Round 3 is where we should start getting some interest match ups.

  • Aeldari = 20 down to 4 undefeated
  • Tyranids = 17 down to 5 undefeated
  • Adepta Sororitas = 16 down to 10 undefeated
  • Thousand Sons = 13 down to 2 undefeated
  • T’au Empire = 13 down to 3 undefeated 
  • Necrons = 13 down to 5 undefeated
  • Chaos Space Marines = 13 down to 4 undefeated
  • Death Guard = 13 down to 2 undefeated
  • Blood Angels = 11 down to 1 undefeated
  • Grey Knights = 10 down to 3 undefeated
  • Chaos Knights = 9 down to 2 undefeated
  • Adeptus Custodes = 10 down to 6 undefeated
  • Space Marines = 8 down to 2 undefeated
  • Genestealers Cults = 7 down to 0 undefeated
  • Imperial Knights = 7 down to 0 undefeated
  • Orks = 6 down to 4 undefeated
  • Imperial Guard = 5 down to 0 undefeated
  • Drukhari = 4 down to 1 undefeated
  • Dark Angels = 3 down to still 2 undefeated
  • Deathwatch = 2 down to 1 undefeated
  • Ad-Mech = 4 down to 1 undefeated
  • Space Wolves = 2 down to 0 undefeated 
  • Black Templars = 1 all defeated 

A lot of factions are starting to get low when it comes to perfect runs, with Genestealer Cults, Imperial Guard, Space Wolves, and Black Templars already out. As no surprise Sisters of Battle are doing the best only losing 6 times so far out of 32 games. 

My picks for winners of this event are not doing as good as I expected with only half still undefeated and that is without playing each other, so will be interesting to see if I can get any to snag a Top 3 spot. We currently have 53 undefeated players including ties, so math says so far we are looking a possibility of the Top 3 being all undefeated so racking up points is paramount. 

Round 4

Going into day 2 let’s see what factions still have a chance:

  • Aeldari = 20 down to 3 undefeated
  • Tyranids = 17 down to 2 undefeated
  • Adepta Sororitas = 16 down to 4 undefeated
  • Thousand Sons = 13 down to 1 undefeated
  • T’au Empire = 13 down to 1 undefeated 
  • Necrons = 13 down to 5 undefeated
  • Chaos Space Marines = 13 down to 1 undefeated
  • Death Guard = 13 down to 1 undefeated
  • Blood Angels = 11 down to 0 undefeated
  • Grey Knights = 10 down to 2 undefeated
  • Chaos Knights = 9 down to 2 undefeated
  • Adeptus Custodes = 10 down to 2 undefeated
  • Space Marines = 8 down to 0 undefeated
  • Genestealers Cults = 7 down to 0 undefeated
  • Imperial Knights = 7 down to 0 undefeated
  • Orks = 6 down to 2 undefeated
  • Imperial Guard = 5 down to 0 undefeated
  • Drukhari = 4 down to 0 undefeated
  • Dark Angels = 3 down to still 1 undefeated
  • Deathwatch = 2 down to 0 undefeated
  • Ad-Mech = 4 down to 0 undefeated
  • Space Wolves = 2 down to 0 undefeated 
  • Black Templars = 1 all defeated 

Round 3 took out Blood Angels, Space Marines, Drukhari, Deathwatch, Ad-Mech. We have also have a lot of factions down to one or two players left undefeated. Necrons have pulled ahead of Sisters with the most players still undefeated. 

Round 4 starts off with 26 undefeated players and 2 players with perfect scores, both Necrons. I still have 3 of my picks in the game but they are about to face a lot steeper competition.

DRAMA TIME!

So the stream game, which featured Chaos Knights and it was found that the player was taking an illegal secondaries because his Warlord was Abbadon who prevents from taking your own secondaries for Chaos Knights at least according to the judges. Of course the player wasn’t too happy and protested, this while on stream. Will this particular stream be re-posted is anyone guess, but for now the Chaos Knight player is being docked points and lost his game. The rules at only slightly fuzzy, but in my opinion the judges made the right call?

Round 5

Well the drama has died down a bit moving to the internet, so back to the actual event, with a list of what factions are still left with 14 undefeated left.

  • Aeldari = 20 down to 0 undefeated
  • Tyranids = 17 down to 2 undefeated
  • Adepta Sororitas = 16 down to 1 undefeated
  • Thousand Sons = 13 down to 1 undefeated
  • T’au Empire = 13 down to 0 undefeated 
  • Necrons = 13 down to 4 undefeated
  • Chaos Space Marines = 13 down to 1 undefeated
  • Death Guard = 13 down to 1 undefeated
  • Blood Angels = 11 down to 0 undefeated
  • Grey Knights = 10 down to 1 undefeated
  • Chaos Knights = 9 down to 2 undefeated
  • Adeptus Custodes = 10 down to o undefeated
  • Space Marines = 8 down to 0 undefeated
  • Genestealers Cults = 7 down to 0 undefeated
  • Imperial Knights = 7 down to 0 undefeated
  • Orks = 6 down to 1 undefeated
  • Imperial Guard = 5 down to 0 undefeated
  • Drukhari = 4 down to 0 undefeated
  • Dark Angels = 3 down to still 0 undefeated
  • Deathwatch = 2 down to 0 undefeated
  • Ad-Mech = 4 down to 0 undefeated
  • Space Wolves = 2 down to 0 undefeated 
  • Black Templars = 1 all defeated 

As you can see Sisters got knocked down big time leaving Necrons as the dominate remaining faction. We certainly should see 3 undefeated lists for the Top 3 so, battle points are super paramount with the perfect score Necrons in the driving seat

I have three picks alive all winning their round 4.

The match up of ages is coming from typically a terrible kind of game, but it is two of the perfect score Necron players having a go at it, so the question is could we have the first 100 vs 100 point tie in a Major Event? 

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a 100 point tie with the Necrons, but here is the faction breakdown going into the final Round 6.

  • 2 Necrons
  • 1 Thousand Sons
  • 1 Sisters of Battle
  • 1 Death Guard with Epidemius
  • 1 Chaos Space Marines
  • 1 Tyranids
  • 1 Chaos Knights

Really, can’t ask for a better spread with how the meta was just a month ago. It should be noted, that the Chaos Knights and Death Guard player have pretty much no chance to get Top 3 finish, but if you have to pick a favorite it would be one of the two Necrons players to win the whole thing, but my hope is Brad Townsend flamer heavy Thousand Sons winning the whole thing!

Round 6

Here are the final pairings to see who win the Lone Star Open 2022, as a reminder this be all about points for the winners of these games!

Marshall Peterson Lone Star Open 2022 – Necrons vs. Gavin LeClair Lone Star Open 2022 – Necrons

Brad Townsend Lone Star Open 2022 – Thousand Sons vs. Colin McDade Lone Star Open 2022 – Adepta Sororitas

Russell Tassin Lone Star Open 2022 – Chaos Space Marines vs. Vyasar M Ganesan Lone Star Open 2022 – Tyranids

Winners

  1. Marshall Peterson Lone Star Open 2022 – Necrons 
  2. Brad Townsend Lone Star Open 2022 – Thousand Sons
  3. Vyasar M Ganesan Lone Star Open 2022 – Tyranids
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