Yea, well we will see if this works or not, but as you say (and really it's the point of the thread) I am trying to experiment. The trick is pushing that theory but still retaining a functional list of units you trust.
I think units getting 'picked off' is more just something that happens by T2-T3 if I'm not super careful. We'll see if doubling up on my Helbrute experiment is worth it.
How has 2w marines and 3w terminators changed your list scheming for 9th? I've been messing around with battlescribe using 1750 points as a ballpark figure for about what 2k points of chaos marines will cost when chaos gets a codex.
Few things about chaos marines I expect will change when the codex arrives.
1. the DA will get better. Currently he is a real cheap knockoff of the chaplain. Not a single dark prayer is better than any astardes litany.
2. Legion traits that aren't stone cold garbage. Black Legion being one of the worst I expect them to get much better.
3. Blobs will likely go away. I can't really see 20 man blobs of fairly elite units not being phased out. How can you give them good stratagems if they can be hyper efficient with 20 man units and not break the game? I would be very surprised in chaos marines could still blob zerkers, plague marines, noise marines and so on up to 20 in the new codex.
So what changes are you trying to gameplan for when list scheming?