Harry (MadEmp) here, dropping in for the end of season Balance Change. With the release of Leviathan we’re giving a mini faction focus to the Tyranids! While the Space Marines also help kick off 10th Edition, they have had multiple focuses in the recent pass, so it’s only fair to give the bugs their own time to shine.
With a number of Warlord changes in the previous season, we’re looking for a bodyguard only pass this time round, with buffs to nine tyranids and seven other bodyguards across the other factions.
Specimen: LV-300-SA-Psi – Hive Fleet Leviathan Hormagaunt
Specimen: LV-209-WT-Phi – Hive Fleet Leviathan Carnifex
Specimen: LV-009-SA-Zeta – Hive Fleet Leviathan Mawloc
Specimen: LV-562-MF-Theta – Hive Fleet Leviathan Hive Guard
Specimen: LV-344-FO-Psi – Hive Fleet Leviathan Haruspex
+2 Points, +40 Wounds, +20 Melee
As one of the larger and more imposing Tyranid monsters, it’s been behind many of the others below 300 wounds, and just shy of 100 melee. As such we’re bring it up by a sizeable amount to match its imposing stature. Its also been one of the few big Tyranids that have escaped Big Game Hunter range and so has been nudged up a couple of points to bring it into line with the others.
Specimen: LV-Zeta-40291 – Hive Fleet Leviathan Toxicrene
-2 Points, +4 Melee
Additionally we’ve had a quick pass over some of the new releases from the Leviathan box and have lifted a few of them to make them more impactful and exciting.
Specimen: LV-594-FD-Zeta – Hive Fleet Leviathan Winged Tyranid Prime
Perhaps a little overcosted for what it brings to the table, the Winged Prime should now fit into more lists with room for extra friends
Specimen: LV-000-ST-Xi – Hive Fleet Leviathan Neuroliod
While this tiny Nid comes in as the cheapest card released so far, if reflected this by being in most cases a one turn wonder, minimizing chances for any impact on the battlefield. With a few more wounds it should give it a turn or so more on the field giving it a tad more utility.
Specimen: LV-204-VR-Delta – Hive Fleet Leviathan Von Ryan’s Leaper
+5 Wounds, +15 Melee
For the latest iteration of the Tyranid’s assassin bugs, the Leaper was lacking a bit of a punch. These changes should get it in line with its fearsome reputation.
Aethayad – Wraithlord with Heavy Weaponry
+15 Wounds, +20 Range
Servants of the Emperor
Scythe of Mars – Questor Mechanicus Knight Moirax
+4 Range, +4 Melee
Captain Vitrian Messinius – Captain of the White Consuls
+10 Wounds, +3 Range, + 3 Melee
The Whisperhead – Dark Commune Mindwitch
Gorecrawler – Greater Brass Scorpion
-5 Points, +20 Wounds, +20 Range, +20 Melee
Gork’s Foot – Goff Clan Stompa
+30 Wounds, +30 Range
Leagues of Votann
Vukha Seyr – Trans-Hyperian Alliance Hearthkyn Dozr
+5 Wounds, +5 Melee
That’s it for this Season! The threat of Hive Fleet Leviathan is real as we break into 10th Edition, and look forward to seeing them on the battlefield. Keep a lookout for more news coming in the future and see you next time!