Turns out I've been playing the game wrong for the entirety of 8th. I thought consolidating required you to wipe out the opposing unit (like in prior editions, I think?).
Yep, few people actually read the fine print, and what you can do with it.
There's more - consolidate/pile in restrict that your model(s) end up closer to the nearest model, but that is wide open for use - it can mean piling in 3" closer to unit Y, but 0.01" closer to (the closest) unit X. Which is how unit Y may now be closest model for the second move (consolidate). And if you really want to prevent a unit from using pile in/consolidate at all, go into base contact - there is no way the model can end its move any closer than 0".
Removing that restriction basically grants a free 6" movement at the end of both your and your opponent's turn, which can indeed make for some shenanigans...
Edited by MajorNese, 10 September 2019 - 03:27 PM.