If you haven't picked up or read the new White Dwarf, let me prepare you. 6th Edition will be VERY different.
I don't have time to go over details, and I'm sure a 100 other sites will do that. What I will tell you is what GW's stated goals were with 6th.
That word is mentioned more than once. They are attempting to create a "Cinematic" and "Black Library" experience. Even stated that taking shooting casualties from the front creates a "Cinematic" experience.
Flyers are a big part. Anti-Aircraft is a big part. Allies, yup. GW's building and terrain kits ($$$) are a big part!
Game sizes will be much larger to field everything needed, for that experience :-) The BATREP is 2500 pts. It's between Chaos+Daemons vs IG+Grey Knights.. my son browsing thru the article asks "Dad, who do you think is going to win?" SPOILER, my response what "Chaos, because they will be pushing Chaos models really soon.." .. shocker, I was right. My White Dwarf BATREP prediction rate is still %100.
I honestly think 6th Edition will make for some really fun and interesting games. BUT, if you are a competitive player, my opinion is with the massive changes to create a "Cinematic" experience, it seems initially that game balance has taken several steps back.
Tournaments will have to increase point size, to possibly field these units. Tourney players shoot to create a list to take on all-comers. The ability to face everything, and be "good", not "great" against a couple of matchups. With the addition flyers, AA, Buildings, Warlords, Challenges, Allies, New Psychic Powers, I just don't see how you can fit that into a 2000pt list.
I think this is a win for Champagne and Cigars players (Beer and Pretzels can't afford this hobby), WAAC guys will like the powerful combo's that they will quickly figure out and exploit. Tournament players probably just took one in "the tenders".
But that's just from the article, could be totally wrong... These are the same guys that told me "Legion of the Damned" was an awesome must have addition to my son's Space Marine Army.
btw.. The winner of the 2500pt BATREP had this to say..
"I don't think I've ever played in a more cinematic game"
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