Chef’s League Thousand Sons | Warhammer 40,000 List Analysis

Avatar The Chef January 26, 202354  73 54 Likes

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Chef dons the mantle of the sorcerer as he seeks to use forbidden power to take him to the Championships, but will this new League Season prove fruitful with the warriors of the Thousand Sons, or will madness take hold in this first List Analysis for League Season 2!

00:00 Intro
01:07 Magnus Rant
01:35 This is Thousand Sons, not Thousand Sons ft Daemons
1:59 List Intro – Cult of Duplicity
2:38 HQs – Daemon Prince
4:30 HQs – Ahriman
5:46 HQs – Infernal Master
6:41 HQs – Sorcerer
9:15 Troops – Rubric Marines
10:37 Troops – Rubric Marines BUT WITH FLAMERS
12:45 Elites – Scarab Occult Terminators
14:09 Elites – Helbrutes
15:44 List Wrap Up and Caballistic Ritual Thoughts
16:19 Backup Psychic Powers
16:53 Starting CP Tactics
17:20 Secondary Tactics
17:30 Wrath of Magnus Thoughts
17:49 Warpcraft – Mutate Landscape & Psychic Interrogation
19:23 Battlefield Supremacy – Behind Enemy Lines
19:58 No Mercy, No Respite & Purge The Enemy
20:35 Shadow Operations – Raise the Banners High & Retrieve Battlefield Data
21:25 Sorcerous Prowess
22:02 Burn Empires
22:45 Secondary Choices
24:33 Final Thoughts & Wrap Up

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The Army List (watch the video for discussion and tactics though!)

Thousand Sons

Cults of the Legion: Cult of Duplicity
Arks of Omen Compulsory Choice: Elites
Starting CP: 2
+ HQ +
Thousand Sons Daemon Prince: Warlord, Relic- Egleighen’s Orrery, Warpforged Sword, Wings
Powers- Glamour of Tzeentch, Swelled by the Warp
Ahriman: Disc of Tzeentch
Powers- Twist of Fate, Presage, Weaver of Fates,
Infernal Master: High Acolyte- Master Misinformator, Sorcerous Arcana- Umbralefic Crystal
Pacts- Glimpse of Eternity, Malefic Maelstrom,
Power- Desecration of Worlds
Sorcerer: Legion Command- Loyal Thrall, High Acolyte- Seeker After Shadows, Force Stave, Inferno Bolt Pistol
Powers- Baleful Devolution, Perplex
+ Troops +
5x Rubric Marines
Aspiring Sorcerer: Force Stave, Inferno Bolt Pistol, Power- Doombolt
Rubric Marine: Soulreaper Cannon, Icon of Flame
3x Rubric Marines: Inferno Boltgun
5x Rubric Marines
Aspiring Sorcerer: Force Stave, Inferno Bolt Pistol, Power- Tzeentch’s Firestorm
Rubric Marine: Soulreaper Cannon, Icon of Flame
3x Rubric Marines: Inferno Boltgun
5x Rubric Marines
Aspiring Sorcerer: Force Stave, Inferno Bolt Pistol, Power- Gaze of Hate
Rubric Marine: Soulreaper Cannon, Icon of Flame
3x Rubric Marines: Inferno Boltgun
5x Rubric Marines
Aspiring Sorcerer: Force Stave, Inferno Bolt Pistol, Power- Cacodaemonic Curse
Rubric Marine: Soulreaper Cannon, Icon of Flame
3x Rubric Marines: Inferno Boltgun
10x Rubric Marines:
Aspiring Sorcerer: Legion Command- Ardent Automata, Force Stave, Warpflame Pistol, Power- Pyric Flux
Rubric Marine: Warpflamer, Icon of Flame
8x Rubric Marines: Warpflamer
+ Elites +
Helbrute: Helbrute Fist, Multi-melta, Heavy Flamer
Helbrute: Helbrute Fist, Multi-melta, Heavy Flamer
Helbrute: Helbrute Fist, Multi-melta, Heavy Flamer
10x Scarab Occult Terminators:
Scarab Occult Sorcerer: Legion Command- Protégé, Force Stave, Inferno Combi-bolter, Powers- Dark Blessing, Temporal Surge
2x Terminators: Prosperine Khopesh, Inferno Combi-bolter, Hellfyre Missile Rack
2x Terminators: Prosperine Khopesh, Soulreaper Cannon
5x Terminator: Prosperine Khopesh, Inferno Combi-bolter
Total: 1,997 pts


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Tormund the Brute
Tormund the Brute
3 hours ago

But Chef, where are your Tzaangors? From how every TS boxset is constructed, i thought they would be an integregal part of any TS army…

Sluggy
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Sluggy
3 hours ago

Oh man, I can’t wait. I don’t know much about TS on the tabletop, but thematically, this is extremely cool. Powerful characters and elite troops, tons of magical tricks up your sleeve, I think this army will be a lot of fun.

Philippe Boulanger
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Philippe Boulanger
4 hours ago

I’m looking forward to following your games in the League. All these tzeetchian shenanigans suit you perfectly well, it will be fun.

And of course Ahriman would defer to Prince Philip, how can you even question this ! 😝

Thijs Schrijnemakers
Thijs Schrijnemakers
4 hours ago

Chef, the whispers in your ear are the Divine One inspiring you to your Victory. Trust in your gut instict, for that is the will of the Changer of Ways. The 15th will conquer.
Can’t wait for the league.

Robert Kriszun
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Robert Kriszun
9 hours ago

Oh baby! My favourite format and my favourite boys! What can possibly go wrong? I’m sure you’ll command them to glory, chef. I like your list and your thoughts secondarywise. It’s a tough one. It’s hard to pick and hard to deny secondary points for your opponent. My goto secondary would be warpritual. You only have to do it three times for 12 VP and you don’t have to controll an objective. A shamen is very pointefficent for that job. But a loyal trall sorcerer with seeker can do the buisness. Behind enemy lines is surprisingly doable for TSons. But… Read more »

SlipperyWeasel
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SlipperyWeasel
10 hours ago

Love the league. Sad there won’t be any blood angels this time though

The_happy_wargamer
The_happy_wargamer
11 hours ago

That was an excellent analysis of the list and why you choose the units, top t’son banter. I am looking forward to your games chef, even though I hate psykic and every time I have used it I hate myself more, but that’s a good thing because I turn that hate into anger for my world eater boys. I have always had a soft spot for the t sons as they did what they are made for, but was punished severely through betrayal and other primarchs decision. But Magnus did stay true to his sons and stood by them, I… Read more »

Humphrey_Appleby
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Humphrey_Appleby
11 hours ago

hmm my guess for the league:
Spider = Aeldari
Beard = Orcs
Stig = Custodes
Bard = Guards
Jinx = Drukhari
Chef = Thousand Sons

Michael Whiffin
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Michael Whiffin
13 hours ago

@Chef you missed a great opportunity to wear the belt! Your first video leading into the league and no hamming it up!?

Sven Hegenbart
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Sven Hegenbart
14 hours ago

I will be honest that i barely managed to avoid a fan girl scream when this pop up xD I think the list looks solid – I stay away from DP and use 2 Exalted Sorcerer. A little more expensive but more Cabal points, more powers and bigger spread of Aura . Rehati and Paradigm of change upgrade is pretty nice even more now that Khopesh swords are free for them. Relics are good choice as I also don’t leave the house with the crystal and Orrey. Think Behind Enemy Lines could be easy to prevent for the enemy but… Read more »

Riley Fitzgerald
Riley Fitzgerald
14 hours ago

Chef for the win! I know who I’m rooting for

SchnitzelHip
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SchnitzelHip
15 hours ago

Stoked for Season 2. Hoping to see some Astra Militarum from the Bard, Eldar or Orks from Spider, Custodes from Stig just to completely throw everyone expecting AdMech. Really looking forward to this.

Samuel Aster
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Samuel Aster
15 hours ago

yesss, so hyped for this one, you r already my favorite for this season 😀

Shawn Chenoweth
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Shawn Chenoweth
16 hours ago

Emperor: Magnus trust in me and my plan.
Magnus: Cool story Pops, hold my beer while I learn you something old man. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Shawn Chenoweth
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Shawn Chenoweth
16 hours ago

Yes, new league. Finger crossed for Deathwatch! Inquisition needs to be represented as it’s unlikely we will see Grey Knights again. I am excited to see the Orks under Lawrence. It will be interesting to see how he runs them.

Kurtis Carlson
Kurtis Carlson
16 hours ago

Fyi a tzaangor shaman is a cheap psychic action monkey and could open up warp ritual (and banners once he’s done with ritual)if you lose. There’s a relic that works on psychic actions too that works with this combo

Wael Riad
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Wael Riad
17 hours ago

As an Egyptian, i approve 😁🥰 routing for you all the way smit thee.

Dean Brereton
Dean Brereton
18 hours ago

Chef running Thousand sons is right. Quick question Chef, would you like to see a wounds cap for Magnus but he stays the same points? or do you think he is overcosted in general?

MackDaddy303
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MackDaddy303
18 hours ago

So much dust… love it!

Mike S.
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Mike S.
19 hours ago

I’m so hyped for Season 2😍 TSons can be very powerful. Will be interesting to see how your Secondaries work out.

Ben H
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Ben H
19 hours ago

Possibly not necessary given the other armies in play, but don’t discount Empyric Guidance. Playing a 30” engagement game with your brick of terminators can really help to keep them safe from an advance and charge, particularly where fate/miracle dice are involved. Also means that you can screen them from those charges with rubrics and keep the rubrics fairly safe at 24”.

Julian Stark
Julian Stark
20 hours ago

Guess I will have to sign back up once the second season comes close to an end 😀 (was kind of the plan anyway to let some of the reports I enjoy pile up since I’ve gotten a bit tired of tempest and boarding actions just doesn’t hit the spot for me)

Nicholas Long
Nicholas Long
20 hours ago

Great to see the sons of Magnus in the league. Currently painting up some Thousand Sons myself. Hope to see them dominate come game time. Go Chef!

Joe Gough
Joe Gough
20 hours ago

The last league was amazing and I’m super excited to see this one! Rooting for you this season Chef!

Corruption
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Corruption
20 hours ago

Looks like a good list, interested to see how it plays.
Also kudos Chef for the Trogdor reference you sneaked in there 🙂

Justin Mendoza
Justin Mendoza
20 hours ago

health on you Chef and all followers of the thrice cursed changer.

Crazyshak48
Crazyshak48
20 hours ago

I’ll be excited to see this army at work. One of the first TT episodes I watched was Chef’s Thousand Sons turning Bard’s White Scars inside out with psychic might, and I run my Necrons as Szarekhan to this day because of that 😅 So I am excited but also a tad concerned to see how they do in the league

Christopher Krueger
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Christopher Krueger
21 hours ago

Spider = Orks
Chef = Thousand Sons
Bard = Guard
Stig = Adeptus Mechanicus
Katie – going to guess Dark Eldar since her Templars aren’t done.
Fletcher – guessing Space Wolves
Beard – guessing Votann

Jiří Dokoupil
Jiří Dokoupil
21 hours ago

Always nice to see some psychic heavy action, looking forwards to that!

Any chance of a sneakpeak if the new guard will be present in the league? 😎

kyle weaver
kyle weaver
21 hours ago

Don’t know much on running T.S but it does look like a nasty list. Plus a little hint in bards list intresting

Paul is bad at stuff
Paul is bad at stuff
21 hours ago

I’d be interesting in seeing how the triple helbrute runs, as well as how you handle the movement shinanigans with all the rubric squads. My biggest issue with TSons when I play outside of generally being bad at the game is trying to plan out all the teleports, temporal surges and getting into range without leaving a HQ open. I usually play with 2×10 SOTs, which doesn’t leave many points for harder hitting shooting, so the Helbrutes seem really good. I also notice you have the Hellfyre Racks and Soulreaper Cannons separated in the SOT squad. Is that intentional or… Read more »

emperorsfinestselection
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emperorsfinestselection
21 hours ago

I knew it! Made my day, all is dust and dust is all what remains of your enemy! May all the faces of your father be with you🦾

WoodsRunning
WoodsRunning
21 hours ago

Magnus did everything wrong. If there was a list of things Magnus should have done, everything he did would be the exact opposite.

Brett Pettitt
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Brett Pettitt
21 hours ago

Doesn’t ahriman count as an exalted sorcerer for normal sorcerers?

Daniel Sandsjö
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Daniel Sandsjö
21 hours ago

As predicted 😉 Really looking forwards to this! Cant wait to see!

Joshua Vizcaino
Joshua Vizcaino
21 hours ago

What is that Daemon Prince model? It is so gorgeous

DjSynista
Lodge Member
DjSynista
21 hours ago

Oh Chef, you’ve made me a happy man/disciple of Tzeentch 🥰💖

List looks solid as too 🤙

P.s Magnus done nothing wrong

Fight me 🤣

Ben Day-McDonnell
Ben Day-McDonnell
21 hours ago

Those hell brutes are underrated

Archmike
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Archmike
21 hours ago

Attitude era was amazing. There’s no one like Stone Cold/Taker/!The Rock in WWE these days 🙁

Luke Flynn
Luke Flynn
21 hours ago

Let’s GOOOOO more ts vids

Matt
Matt
21 hours ago

Nice Chef! Are you really playing TS unless you scream UNLIMITED POWER as you smite away in the psychic phase

Matt Fletcher
Matt Fletcher
21 hours ago

Excited for this

Jonathan Haynes
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Jonathan Haynes
21 hours ago

Gah. Well. Good luck, have fun.

Ciaran
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Ciaran
21 hours ago

Ooh very nice. I look forward to watching this when I get in. Will be fun to Chef using them in the League.

SlipperyWeasel
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SlipperyWeasel
21 hours ago

Oooooooooohhhhhh! From top to bottom in one move! 🤣

Scorn for the weak
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Scorn for the weak
21 hours ago

I’m shocked you didn’t go with LoV 😉