Another Go at a Competitive Ork List

Howdy everyone, Severus here.  I have been in an ork mode lately.  Lots of new models acquired, working on painting more boyz, and trying new lists.  Our local game store, Critical Hit, is hosting a tournament at the end of the month of April.  In previous tournament, I have ran tau and iron hands.  I finally think my orks are at a place where they can be competitive.  I have two lists I would like to talk about today.

First up, the tournament format.  Ultimately, a lists performance depends on the setup of the missions and restrictions on building a force.  List restrictions are 1850 points, army comprised of no more than 2 sources, lords of war are allowed, forgeworld is allowed.   It is a smaller tournament, and in order to get it done in a day, they are planning on 3 rounds.  Round one will be the relic with hammer and anvil deployment.  Round two will be crusader (with 4 objectives) and vanguard strike deployment.  Round three will be the scouring with dawn of war deployment.  All ties are decided by kill points.  All rules questions refer to the independent tournament circuit faq.

So, with all that nonsense out of the way, on to our first list.  This list is based around the popular green tide formation.

  • Green Tide
    • 10 boyz with slugga and choppas, nob with power klaw
    • 10 boyz with slugga and choppas, nob with power klaw
    • 10 boyz with slugga and choppas, nob with power klaw
    • 10 boyz with slugga and choppas, nob with power klaw
    • 10 boyz with slugga and choppas, nob with power klaw
    • 10 boyz with slugga and choppas, nob with power klaw
    • 10 boyz with slugga and choppas, nob with power klaw
    • 10 boyz with slugga and choppas, nob with power klaw
    • 10 boyz with slugga and choppas, nob with power klaw
    • 10 boyz with slugga and choppas, nob with power klaw
    • Warboss with ‘Eavy Armor and Power Klaw
  • Combined Arms Detachment
    • Mek, slugga and choppa
    • Grukk Face Rippa
    • Mad Dok Grotsnik
    • 10 boyz with shootas
    • 10 boyz with shootas
    • 3 deffkoptas with twin linked rockets
    • 4 deff koptas with twin linked rockets
    • 3 tracktor kannons

The idea with this list it to throw the mek, Grukk, and Mad Dok into the green tide.  Mad Dok makes them fearless and feel no pain.  Grukk is awesome in combat with his one re roll to hit and a shred power klaw. The mek is there to soak up a challenge.  All in all, the green tide has 11 strength 8 power klaw models and 2 strength 10 power klaw models.  That is a lot of damage out put.  In terms of defense, it is 130 toughness 4 wounds with feel no pain and 6+armor.  The other boys are meant to try to hold some objectives.  The mek gunz try to deal with any flyers.  The deffkoptas are for popping armor.  The green tide deals with anything else.  Overall the list has 19 kill points (the green tide gives up 11 kill points if it is completely destroyed)

Here is my concerns with that list.  One, it has very limited ability to score objectives (since the green tide can only hold one objective).  In a game like the relic, the green tide will rock.  Otherwise I am going to be hard pressed to score anything at the end of the game since my other units are so small and a smart opponent will target them quickly.  I am also worried about fatigue.  I have not played a green tide in a tournament setting.  I know it is time consuming to move and sort out combat.  I am not sure I can get through three games in a day with it without much fatigue.

So, for my second list, I tried to write something that I am more familiar with.  I also tried to make a faster more maneuverable list.

  • Combined Arms Detachment
    • Mek, Slugga and Choppa (joins ‘Eavy armor boys)
    • Big Mek, ‘Eavy Armor, Kustum Force Field
    • Grukk Face Rippa (joins ‘Eavy armor boyz)
    • 2 Mega Nobz with kombi-skorcha and Boss Mega Nob with 2 kill saws, trukk
    • 11 Tankbustas with Boss Nob (rides in a battle wagon)
    • 15 boyz with slugga, choppa, and ‘Eavy armor, Nob with power klaw and ‘Eavy armor (rides in a battlewagon)
    • 11 boys with slugga and choppa, nob with power klaw and boss pole, trukk
    • Deffkopta with twin-linked rokkits
    • Deffkopta with twin-linked rokkits
    • Deffkopta with twin-linked rokkits
    • Battlewagon with big shoota
    • Battlewagon with big shoota
    • 3 mek guns with traktor kannons
  • Combined Arms Detachment
    • Pain Boy (joins mega nobz)
    • Pain Boy (joins ‘Eavy armor boys)
    • 11 boys with slugga and choppa, nob with power klaw and boss pole, trukk
    • 11 boys with slugga and choppa, nob with power klaw and boss pole, trukk
    • 11 boys with slugga and choppa, nob with power klaw and boss pole, trukk

The idea is that I have two really good combat units, the mega nobz and grukk with the ‘Eavy armor boys.  Both units have feel no pain.  Depending on the opponent, I can put the kustom force field mek in the ‘Eavy amor boys or tankbustas to give there battle wagon some protection or the mek gunz to give them some protection.  The tankbustas are great at popping tanks (duh) and any knights that come around.  The deffkoptas are single man units to run around and hide, then try to score at the end.  The trukk boyz either jump on easy targets or run around hiding and try to score at the end.  All in all, this list has 23 kill points.  The biggest benefit though is it’s 9 units with objective secured and good mobility.

The problems I have with it are that all those trukk boyz are pretty easy to kill.  They can deal some damage, but really can not take a punch.  A good shooting army would have a field day with them if I don’t have enough cover.  Mission wise I also think this army will struggle with the relic and give up a few extra points in the scouring.

Overall, I am torn.  Both lists have there advantages and disadvantages.  Deep down in the depth of my orky heart, I think the green tide list is more competitive.  Honestly though, I am not in that tournament to win it.  I just want the orks to make a good showing for themselves.  What do you guys think?  Give me some feedback.  I will try to get some test games in with these lists. Until next time, this is Severus saying have a good one and take it easy.

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