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The New MC Faction
Then superheavies and gargantuans came. So who is better at fielding tons of MC's/GC's? Tyranids are always a contender with their maximum Flyrant lists. Daemons can do the flying circus. But I think that Tau have claimed the title. For starters, we have access to lots of MC's and they are all good. The Riptide has been a staple of competitive Tau lists since its release. Similarly, the Stormsurge has become almost a requirement for competitive play since D strength is important. You also have the Ghostkeel and, although he is a bad pick, the Coldstar Shas'O is an FMC.
What the Greater Goodzilla Looks Like
Mont'ka List: Stormsurges + Riptides
- Commander with marker drones
- 2 troop tax units
- Stormsurge (usually a unit of 2)
- Riptide Wing (3 units of 1)
Kau'yon List: Riptides + Ghostkeels
- Optimized Stealth Cadre (max unit of Ghostkeels)
- Riptide Wing (1 unit of 3, 2 units of 1)
- Fill out the Stealth teams, Riptide team, or add a Drone Net for marker support.
In this setup, you are also maximizing your Riptide Wing efficiency and the Fire Team rule. The 3-man unit will always have the networked reactors and +1 BS. 5-6 Riptides shooting twice is like having an extra 1000 points in your army for a turn too. Even without marker support, this list can usually stage its attacks to ensure almost everyone is shooting at BS4 or BS5.
Instead of focusing on the Alpha Strike, this list wears you down and cripples you with continuous blows that hit harder than you'd originally thought they would. True, there aren't any D weapons, but the weapons it does have are shooting very accurately and probably ignoring cover as well. All with no marker support. It can also do this to multiple targets, while the Mont'ka list can only do that to a single target via markerlights.
The objective game is a bit harder for this list, since its close combat presence isn't as good and it doesn't move quite as fast, but the Stealths provide some handy units for capping objectives that will be a pain to remove from cover.
I have heard that Orks give the Mont'ka list trouble since there are too many bodies and they move too fast. In this case, I am going to have to resort to my (thus-far) successful tactics of baiting them into unfavorable places with my Y'vahra and Heatwaves. I think that the Stormsurge will also be a prime piece of bait so I'll have to deploy him accordingly to draw away the orky deathstars.
It is pretty simple to take these extreme lists and then scale them back for your own use. Unfortunately, I feel that there aren't that many competitive lists for Tau that deviate too far from these options.