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Unit of the Week: Maleceptor

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++Maleceptor++

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We have a new unit of the week! This week it's onto the big brain bug, the Maleceptor. Designed as a living extension of the Hive Mind's will, we don't see these on the table too often. What are you thoughts, and how best would you use these?

  • To compliment a list, or to build a list around? Will the beta rules affect your list(s)?
  • What size unit? Will you be running multiple units?
  • What Hive Fleet Traits, Adaptations and Stratagems do you prefer and how much does it depend on the above choices?
  • Are you buffing this unit? If so, how?

Over to you.

 

Edited by Xenith, 26 March 2021 - 03:51 PM.


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I want, want, want to love this guy, maybe my favourite of the more recent big bug concepts (Maleceptor, Toxicrene, Exocrine, Haruspex), the idea of a giant zoanthrope is amazing, but somewhat lacking on the table. The psychic tendrils rule leaves a lot to  be desired, though can potentially cause 6 mortal wounds a turn, albeit to different units. Encephalitic diffusion is a nice strat to reduce the S of incoming attacks...but 1S doesnt do anything these days - you're probably still getting wounded on 3's if youre a monster. It might have some application on small arms trying to gun down your zoanthropes, making bolters wound on a 5+, but Catalyst is already great at that. 


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Encephalitic Diffusion stacks with Catalyst though, making whatever that unit is even more resilient. It makes the Maleceptor itself pretty hard to hurt. Alternatively it stacks nicely with the -1 to-hit from nearby Venomthropes and you can throw the 6+++ from Leviathan on top. It's moving Melta, Autocannon, and bolt weapons down a bracket on their primary targets. That's an interesting little stack of defensive buffs you can have going over potentially a lot of units. The flip-side is that yes it's a walking castle that can only spread out so far and it falls apart once the defensive pieces start dying. I'm not sure how well it would really work in practice.

I also think it's worth mentioning that Psychic Overload has potential to spike to 18 MWs and it's not an actual psychic power so it can't be denied.

From a list-building perspective I like that every slot outside Fast Attack and Flyer has at least one Synapse Creature. I think most 'nids with Synapse are paying a bit too much for the privilege but I like having the option.

For what the DG codex looked like and the leaks we're seeing for Dark Eldar, I'm wondering how much Tyranids are paying now for how good the 9th ed codex is going to be when it eventually drops.

Edited by TheNewman, 22 March 2021 - 08:54 PM.

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Encephalic Diffusion is a good stratagem.
Melta spam is everywhere at the moment. Being S8 weapons, dropping them to S7 is great for the survivability of our T7 and T8 monsters.
It also makes our infantry more resiliant against most anti-infantry weapons.
 
The problem is that the maleceptor is rather unimpressive outside of that stratagem, and 170 points is a steep price for it.

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Encephalitic Diffusion stacks with Catalyst though, making whatever that unit is even more resilient. It makes the Maleceptor itself pretty hard to hurt. Alternatively it stacks nicely with the -1 to-hit from nearby Venomthropes and you can throw the 6+++ from Leviathan on top. It's moving Melta, Autocannon, and bolt weapons down a bracket on their primary targets. That's an interesting little stack of defensive buffs you can have going over potentially a lot of units. The flip-side is that yes it's a walking castle that can only spread out so far and it falls apart once the defensive pieces start dying. I'm not sure how well it would really work in practice.

I also think it's worth mentioning that Psychic Overload has potential to spike to 18 MWs and it's not an actual psychic power so it can't be denied.

 

 

Good points, also, plasma, under and overcharged fit in there, taking the down a S point is a big deal for those. It's still a big expensive model and I'd like to see more utility from it - Encephalitic diffusion should be built in to the model, I think, and it would still be ok.

 

Good point on the MW's. While youre never likely to have that happen, the threat of it is maybe enough to make the opponent change plans, or prioritise it. 

 

 

 

Encephalic Diffusion is a good stratagem.
Melta spam is everywhere at the moment. Being S8 weapons, dropping them to S7 is great for the survivability of our T7 and T8 monsters.
It also makes our infantry more resiliant against most anti-infantry weapons.
 
The problem is that the maleceptor is rather unimpressive outside of that stratagem, and 170 points is a steep price for it.

 

 

True - Eradicators are all over the place right now. Venomthropes dont even work well against them when they use the heavy meltas, as they're probably already moving.







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