There is slight bemusement over at BoLS that if you play 40k by the rules, and use terrain as per the rulebook, then balanced armies do rather well.
I wonder how long it will take the ETC to work it out too?
Rather than play 8th edition, the ETC have come up with a weird hybrid set of rules of their own - which is hardly surprising given the international cliquey WAACo nature of the event.
They have effectively dispensed with the terrain rules, opting to get rid of TLoS and bringing in a system somewhat akin to WRG 7th Edition Ancients.
Alongside this they have comped this, that and the other.
Fair enough, I couldn't really give two shiney ones, but what does bother me is the complete lack of intelligence or imagination that has been demonstrated by this process.
8th ed has some rather useful rules in the mysterious terrain section for handling such things as double Abomination, or 90 stroong Chosen units or whatever. The problem is that this section of the book was rejected before process started.
Oh I know! The mysterious terrain rules are too random, 8th ed is too random... yadda, yadda, yadda...
But then, not so long ago the same people repeating these gems of interwebz 'wisdom' were saying that terrain played no role in 40k and balanced armies were for losers.