I have been reading the boards here, and elsewhere, for awhile now. I am hoping to collect your best recommendations/considerations for creating a winning army- meaning, one that in your opinion has a better than even chance in a 2000 pt, three detachment, blind tournament based upon rule book scenarios and missions, with the only assumption being that a reasonably experienced player would feel reasonably confident in taking such an army going into such a tournament situation and having reasonable odds of prevailing. Please don't restrict yourself to having all three detachments being AM; if you care to offer suggestions with allies in mind (say, for example, two AM detachments and one SM detachment), then by all means share. The only condition I respectfully ask is that in any of your advice you keep in mind that at least one of the detachments MUST be AM!
Thanks in advance, and I will begin by distilling what I consider to be near-consensus words of wisdom from all here who have been posting since 8th edition came out, and especially so since the latest AM codex came out. Once we have had ample time to post accordingly and given due consideration to each other's postings, I will then try to come up with a list that best factors in, embodies, or otherwise translates your guidance/keys into our consensus winning army list. So, let me start by first posting what I consider some the keys I've discerned and summarized from you all so far that tend to come up regularly across many postings:
1. Quantity is its own quality.
2. The more CPs the better
3. Alpha strikes seem somewhat broadly important
4. Bubble wrap seems somewhat broadly important
5. Heavier weaponry should be sufficient to expeditiously take out high toughness, multi-wound threats
6. Regimental choice seems to lend certain vital advantages to certain units
7. Strategems are potentially very valuable
8. Stacking auras and such can be advantageous
9. Anything can kill anything now
10. FRFSRF can be valuable
I hope I have sufficiently kindled what will turn into a roaring, broad-ranging discussion that will bring out the consensus best judgement of our community. Lets contribute freely the best of our insights, with the ultimate intent of bringing about what we collectively believe is that elusive, best AM tournament army! Thanks in advance for your respectful and thoughtful contributions!