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Ritual of the Damned : Grey Knights Rules review !

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Hello everyone !!!

Following the fluff review of the campaign sourcebook: Ritual of the damned (Psychic Awakening 4 or 5), here comes a quick review of the GK rules update.

Introduction


Grey Knights are notoriously considered bottom tiers when it comes to competition, so this update was much than anticipated by the player base.
Still, note that since the Chapter Approved and the points discount GK placed 3rth place at the Grand Tournament final ! . So maybe they are not that weak since the points update. Still too early to draw a conclusion but keep that in mind anyway ^^

Army Rules

Gk gets a new rule completing the now standard tryptic of Marines armies: bolter Discipline, Shock assault, doctrine. Previously they were excluded from the doctrine abilities and now they get their own with: Masters of the Warp.

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It's a new concept, a bit like doctrines but warp focused. And you can change the tide with one psychic power. Note you can start the turn with Tide of Escalation and at the end of the Psychic Phase use Warp Shaping to switch to another one.

Off course Tide of Escalation attracts the eye with the extra mortal wound.

Combining the tide of convergence with Psybolt Ammunition stratagem makes some interesting dakka ^^ (40 storm bolters shots S6, ap1, Damage 2 ). Also if you have a bunch of Psycanon (cost 7) it becomes S8 D2 with the tide and S9 ap -2 Damage 3.
I am not sure it's enough but that's a start! but I think Draigo is even more important now. Because you really need to reroll those Psycanon shots hitting on 4+ (with -1 for moving).

Stratagems

Still, no stratagem for infantry to ignore the Movement malus with Heavy weapons :( But! Terminator a get a stratagem grating +1 to hit any phase! They get big guns never tire, Steady advance for maximum Dakka with bolter discipline. A few new tanking stratagems. Honestly, the Stratagems are good!

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Psychic Discipline

6 New powers to play around, it's very important considering the number of psyker you have.
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One extra command point is good and nearly free, Armoured resilience is strong combined with tide of shadow and one of the tanking stratagems for super sturdy infantry.

The shooting rerolls power is really strong too, even if you have to be within half range.

Special note: Edict Imperator, seem weird at first but if you want to play the skirmish it's awesome. Also useful to use after a deepstrike, shoot and move back on the objectives.

Good list!

Chaplain Litanies

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AT LAST ! Intonement for guidance, ignore hit and ballistic modifier when shooting !!! Work on 3+ and must use it at start of the turn but still better than nothing.

Prayer for Fnp 5+ is also very good if you want to mitigate Mortal Wound spam. Maybe there is something to do with Tide of shadows, Redoubtable defence, armoured resilience and Litany of faith. Place 10 terminators in an important position, stack the buff (360 pts with 2 Psycanons) and profits ^

Still, even without this silly combo, the list of prayers is very good. Hard to go to war without a Chaplain now!

Conclusion

Without being too optimistic the GK supplement is nicely done! they are a lot of good synergies and units that are not as expensive as before. I am not sure if it's really strong but I could see myself playing them...

/Cheers.
Bob.

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Psychic Awakening : Ritual of the Damned review (Fluff Part)

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Hello everyone !!

Today, Ritual of the damned, last instalment of the Psychic Awakening series goes on pre-order. This book regroups fluff and rules for Dark Angels, Grey Knight and Thousand sons.

Introduction

The book is hardcover, 86 pages, usual GW quality. 20 pages of fluff, 30 pages of dark angel rules, 10 pages of GK and 8 pages for thousand sons.

his review will focus on the stories present in the book. one part for the setting and one for the event presented in the Ritual of the Damned.

Setting

We are still after the emergence of the Great Rift off course and the book present the situation for the 3 factions in the book

Thousand sons

Magnus got Prospero back, rediscovered treasure hidden there and started to rebuild the city! He's hellbent on doing the right thing this time and help the human race tap in her psychic potential and achieve it's potential !! Also, the Cicatrix Maledictum multiplied the number of psykers everywhere.
Also Sortiarius planet is still under Magnus control, it's a Daemon world with tides of chaos energy everywhere and protected from planetary assault by hidden rituals.
With Prospero and Sortiarus united, Magnus took control of " multitude of worlds across several systems". He also asked the Rehati (Thousand sons most powerfull) to summon all TS sect to him. 12 responded other not. All sect leaders were assassinated by Magnus( so he keep control).
Then a make a Warp Call to all psyker in the universe, promising safe haven for his fellow psykers. Then they will be accepted and instructed to form a society Magnus envisioned 10 000 years before.
Also even if the number of psykers is increasing at an alarming rate, this is not enough for Magnus as he wants to make a super cool ritual to speed things up. Btw : the ritual need 999 volunteers for sacrifice ^^

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Grey Knights

-Stretched thin since the Cadia fall.
-Lots of planets too tainted to save.
-They feel bad because they failed to prevent Magnus return.
-GW know that allow Magnus to operate in real space is too dangerous.
-They intercepted the Magnus calling to all the psykers.
-Built an investigation forces : Stern + 3th Brotherhood + paladins + purifiers.
-Internal debate about contacting the Dark Angels and asking them for help.
-Choir of Titans most powerfull psykers sacrifice themselves to send a message to the DA.
Edit forgot the most important thing : Increase in the number of Psyker mean a increase in the number of recruit GK are doing
That seems interesting and could be used to increase the size of the GK forces.

Dark angels

They were scared that Guilliman would find their big secret. Then the Primaris posed a security problem, even with Gene-seed from the Lion without initiation about the DA secrets it was problematic.
Azrael faced the nagging question of when one would be initiated into the inner Circle. In the end the First Primaris in the inner circle was a Deathwing member that crossed the Rubicon.
Then they received the GK calls for help and decided to send the 5th + Deathwing and Ravenwing support.

The events in the book

While the setting was somewhat interesting the events narrated in the Ritual of the damned are a bit dull.

Magnus start a ritual that could destroy the galaxy with the human race becoming a Psychic Race !
Gk and DA are going to storm Sortiarus (with 2 company wtf ?) and prevent this to happen.
Plan is DA drop first outside of Tizca(Tizca town that was TP to Sortiarus as some point in the timeline) and draws daemons to them. The landing zone is near a temple that seems to source the magic planetary defence. Once the DA draws enough attention, the GK learn by stern drop inside Tizca and destroy the ritual.

Battle happens in a familiar Space Marines way, desperate time, lots of enemy, trickery, Kaldor Draigo teleporting to save the day, Dark angels extracting too early and abandoning the Grey Knights ...ok it was a Tzeentch trick.
When everything is lost, Kaldor, stern and last GK make a warp beacon and ask for an orbital bombardment on their position. Everything goes boom, Person of interest on both side survive.

That's it for the storyline ...a bit weak and bland but heh...

"Echoes of Awakening" transmission

Maybe my favourite part of these PA books :

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Questions ? just ask
Will try to do small review on the rules part.

/Cheers.
Bob.

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