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The new patch makes Lictor Alpha extremely difficult to use.
Its suppression claw is bugged, it can't attack unless attacked, its cloak drains too quickly, its glitches too many.
The Venom Cannon has become absolutely BEAST since the last patch, as its damage has not been decreased like other melee attacks, has a fast rate of fire, damages vehicles very well, and deals huge damage against heroes and heavy infantry.
He was told that he should not kill, and he did not kill, until he got into the Army. Then he was told to kill, and he killed.
I have been playing Tyranids most games, and they were already good pre-patch. Indeed, the venom cannon needs to have its fire rate or damage reduced. Tyranids are an easy win if you have any idea what you are doing with them.
I agree, the venom cannon is very powerful in its current state. My current strategy which works well for me in head-to-head battles goes like this:
My first goal is to get to the second base level so I can equip the Tyrant with the venom cannon. I spawn three squads of rippers to start out with and just have them run mad all over the place capping resource nodes. I can usually snake behind an enemy and cap his nodes before he even knows what's going on. These little guys can take alot of damage, so I don't worry about them dying so much.
Once my hero is fully upgraded, I usually am trying to get the third base level so that I can spawn the Carnifex. I produce 2 of these guys, equip them with venom cannons, then go wreck shop. I've yet to come across anything that can oppose two of these big guys and a hero, all equipped with venom canons. If I have enough of a ticket lead on the opponent, or if time will allow, I usually go and destroy the other persons base to win.
I dislike the speed that the Hive Tyrant moves at, and find that enemy heroes can flee easily from my. I love the ability that the Lictor Alpha has that pulls them back, so useful when you want to force the opponent to spend resources to revive his fallen hero.
Well, using a Venom Cannon is a popular build with a Carnifex (in the tabletop game). You either go Venom Cannon if you want to have the ability to attack infantry and vehicles. If you want to absolutely destroy infantry at the loss of vehicle damage, you twin-link devourers. Fires gobs of goop containing flesh-eating larvae like a machine gun.
Not sure if the PC game reflects that versatility.
I have done the Carnifex rush just using starting gaunts, two rippers, and HT with no upgrades. Tends to work quite well, especially if you are fighting an Eldar, because they are not very mobile until late game.
Yeah, the raveners do have a devourer upgrade, but they don't kick as much butt as you are expecting Gillespie. They also cannot be linked.
Is it ok to post about my unquenchable hate for nids in this thread?
The hungry, ignorant man immediately grasps that he is handed a fish, but is bewildered when handed a net. The man who shivers in the cold thinks happily of the man who invites him to sit by his fire, and somewhat poorly of the man who loans him an axe, flint and steel.
Rippers are meat shields. Tabletop: they specifically exist for soaking up enemy firepower. So while annoying, their ability to cap even under heavy firepower is technically true to the source material.