Saturday, December 4, 2010
Defeating the List Tailors!
A while ago, our own Captain Obvious went to a not-so F, but fairly L GS in our area back when he was running the old DE. He got into a situation like the one mentioned above and his opponent busted out as many heavy bolters and flamers (we're talking about dev squads with HBs) as he could on the table. Even Obvious could see that this was a trap, but played it out and yawned as his raiders went down and his space druchii died. The kid was estatic to see that he was beating an army seldom seen in the area, despite having a good rep on the internet for kicking ass.
Obvious called the kid out at the end about the obvious amount of list tailoring that went into the match. The Space Marine list would clearly not work in a take all comers environment due to its lack of anything above S7 ect. Obvious asked the kid for another game and got the kid to agree to run the same SM list. This time however, when Obvious deployed, it was another of his take all comers lists - his Black Templar. This time Obvious rolled across the board and all but tabled the kid, who, in true list tailor fashion, lamented that Black Templars were "broken" and "cheese".
I tell this story because I know I have been the victim of the random list tailor and while the practice is horrid, the individual is often redeemable; they just need to be taught a lesson. In fact, I don't even think some of them understand the concepts of Take-All-Comers or List Tailoring. If you feel the need to play a known list tailor, you can pull the hoodwink like Captain Obvious did above, switching armies as he did, while still using a take-all-comers list, but what if you only have one army? Well, this is where owning a serious portion of the model range and having an understanding of your codex comes into play. When you go to the store, bring a couple of the lists you've been brainstorming. If the list tailor tries to strike you down, run the list that deviates from your norm. For instance, if you always run mech guard and the list tailor shows up and asks for a match, hit him with your outflanking Al-Raheim take-all-comers and watch him scramble.
After the match, talk to them about the game and how you develop a real list - a take-all-comers list, which is a true measure of your skill, unlike a tailored, autowin list. Be gentle, they typically tailor because they have a sensitive ego and a need for acceptance and validation.
Some list tailors simply cannot be redeemed and are not worth the time to play on most occasions and the best lesson to those guys is to never give them a game. When they realize that nobody wants to get a game, they will either come around or they will go back to their X-Box to swear at little kids over their head set. I can say however, that if you are up to it (the tailors aren't the best players, they just tend to overload lists against your specific list), play them and beat them. There is no better test of your own grit than to win a game against a list that was made to be a rock to your scissiors.
Now, I turn the post over to you all. Have you had any experience with list tailors? How did you handle it? Are you a list tailor and think I am wrong? Sound off, comments and feedback are always welcome!