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Supreme Command Detachments - Should They Stay or Go?

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Removing this detachment is a popular topic among the community, because it easily removes the cheesiest lists.  So let's take a look at what the London GT shows us about it.

This is a list of top "offenders" using Supreme Command.  

The most common uses fall under these 3 buckets:

1) Shield Captains / Daemon Princes and/or Magnus
2) Psyker spam (Weirdboyz, Primaris Psykers)
3) A super heavy tank (usually Baneblade variants like the Shadowsword)

Is it the detachment itself that is the problem? Maybe.  Eliminating it will reduce the concentrated spam, but also directly harms more tame lists.  Handle the extreme outliers (Shield Captains and Daemon Princes) and you might find this is less of an issue.


  Total Supreme % of All Det
CATCHANS 1 100.00%
BROOD 1 100.00%
CUSTODES 14 50.00%
EVIL SUNZ 2 41.18%
ULTHWE 2 33.33%
BAD MOONS 1 33.33%
NIGHT LORDS 1 33.33%
TALLARN 2 25.58%
NURGLE 2 25.00%
LEVIATHAN 1 20.00%
SAUTEKH 1 20.00%
VOSTROYAN 2 20.00%

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I personally like Supreme Command detachments for the ability to concentrate a lot of value in a small set of models. I don't play them, but they are the high risk / high reward detachment and it's better to have it there than not. It means you can have a variety of play styles with a single army.

Question about '% of All Det' column. Was that a cut and paste error? If not, can you explain?

So, Shield Captains and Magnus / Daemon Princes account for about 60% of all Supreme Command detachments. Is that really such a bad thing? Maybe Arbites are tough, but at least with Magnus it feels like most players are equipped to deal with him. The problem may have more to do with the idea of not wanting to devote an entire round of shooting one single model than actual problems posed by this detachment.

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% of all detachments for that listing, sorry.

I don't think it's a bad thing either, but it does highlight potentially problematic areas.  

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