Black Legion have always been a fan favorite, so I was really eager to talk to whichever player first made a deep run at a Major with the new Black Legion rules.
To absolutely no one’s surprise, the player who stepped up to the call was Russell Tassin! A long-time competitive hero of the Black Legion, Russell made an amazing run at the Lone Star Open. He won 5 straight games to start the event, only losing a close game at the top table in the final round (to an amazing and sporting opponent, Russell wanted to make sure everyone knew). Russell and Mike (last year’s #1 and #2 ranked CSM players) sat down to break down how to win with Black Legion in the new codex, and shared an incredible amount of general Chaos Space Marines wisdom along the way.
I wanted to do timestamps, but Russell shared so many different types of insights into playing CSM in each section that I’ll let you have fun discovering it all yourself.
I highly recommend you watch the full interview so you can have fun with us and catch all the details, but here are a few quick takeaways that every fan can take away from Russell and I’s discussion:
- Chaos Space Marines can be built many different ways. While Russell chose to go with a more melee focused build, he believes shootier builds are viable and could be better on different terrain sets.
- Abaddon’s buffs make units incredible. 6 Chosen with Abaddon’s command phase buffs just walked up and cut Morvenn Vahl to shreds. To shreds, I say.
- Can’t choose between Terminators/Chosen/Possessed? Why not run all three! There has been a lot of debate over which variant of “3 Wound melee unit in the Elite slot” people should bring. Russell’s list runs at least 10 of all 3, showing they all have a place in the right list.
- You can win with sportsmanship. This has been a consistent theme every time I’ve talked to Russell, and it rings true here. He described a scene where a stratagem of his might catch his opponent off guard, so he literally told the guy to take a second and read the stratagem before moving so he understood the nuances of how to play against it.
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