By now most of you know I am not a proponent of rumors…but that doesn’t mean I can’t have some fun with them…
Starting this week, and weekly after until release of the new Tyranid codex, I will select a maximum of ten rumors a week; there may be less based on activity in the rumor mills. They will be rated on a scale of 1-5…1 being “not happening” and 5 being “this IS going to happen.” I will reference the source of the rumors (mostly Bell of Lost Souls and Faeit 212). As new rumors are added to the list, old ones will be archives to the end of the list. Yes, there will most certainly be commentary as initial scores are assigned. Finally, I will stay away, for the most part, from most of the “product” type rumors…release materials, packaging, metal replacements, etc.
I will rate my performance at release time as follows:
- Scores of 4/5 that are true will be counted as a win…if they are not true, they will counted as a loss.
- Scores of 1/2 that are not true will be counted as a win…if they are true, they will be counted as a loss.
- Scores of 3 will be counted as ties.
- My final prognostication score will be based on hockey…2 points for a win, no points for a loss, and 1 point for a tie.
An example: I pick 25 winners, 15 losers and 10 ties, my overall score will be 60. As the maximum score for 50 picks would be 100, my percentage would be 60%; .600 is a record similar to most NHL teams at the top of the league. I’ll shoot for that.
Rumor (BOLS) – There will be a number of unique characters allowed equal to the number of 1000 point detachments…2000 points, 2 Swarmlords, etc. Commentary – wait, what part of “unique” character am I not understanding here? This is the answer to the FOC issue?! Score: 1
Rumor (BOLS) – A new Flyer called a “Erinye” that will be able to grapple other flyers. Nids will already have two MCs…Flyrant and Harpy…is another one really necessary? I think if this grapple thing is going to happen, they will let an existing FMC have the honors. Score: 1 (for a new FMC)
Rumor (BOLS) – A yet to be determined Nid Flyer will be able to grapple other flyers for some fun effect. This one has a few legs, although the person who thought it up may have been playing too much Starcraft 2. Score: 3
Rumor (BOLS) – The release of a “big/huge” model along the lines of the Riptide, Wraithknight, e.g. It makes sense and would be consistent with the latest released codices. Score: 5
Rumor (BOLS) – Some Nid units will be able to either run-run or run-assault. My first reaction was “somebody has been at the punchbowl too long.” However, based on the new meta and emphasis on shooting, specifically Overwatch, this would provide some much needed balance for Tyranids. Score: 4 (me just wishing…sigh!)
Rumor (BOLS) – No FOC or Ally Table changes. Absolutely crap! SOMETHING will be done to address the issue of no allies for Tyranids…be it Genestealer Cult allies, changes to unit distribution, e.g. Score: 1
Rumor: New Tyranid unique psychic power tables. Score: 5
Rumor (BOLS) – Red Terror, Deathleaper and Old One Eye are unique upgrades to their respective broods. Score: 4
So after the first week, we have 2 x 5s, 2 x 4s, a 3 and 3 x 1s.
Stay tuned for next weeks’ Rumor Scoreboard!
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