Interview with Emperor’s Children Star John Bianco, Fresh off a 4th Place Finish at the NorCal Open!

It’s always a great time to be playing Chaos. John Bianco proved that statement to be true, taking his Emperor’s Children to a 4-1 finish last weekend at the NorCal Open! John and I had a really great chat previously (, and I couldn’t wait to have him on for another interview.

Double the Dreadclaws, double the fun!

John beat two T’au lists, Custodes, and Crusher Stampede along the way, slaying all of the current top meta armies. His only loss was to Custodes in the final game, playing for the title. Anyone that is struggling to beat all these strong “power creep” armies will learn a lot from John’s approach and attitude. In this chat, we go over his list, various meta matchups, and how his playstyle can succeed in the new Nachmund GT2022 season. I think you’ll have fun laughing along with us, and learn a lot of lessons about succeeding competitively along the way.

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John’s List

  • Emperor’s Children Battalion
    • Chaos Lord: Lightning Claw, Chainsword
    • Dark Apostle and Dark Disciples: Remnant of the Maraviglia, Warpsight Plea
    • Sorcerer: Warlord, Reader of Fates, Prescience, Delightful Agonies
    • 1 x 10 Cultists
    • 2 x 5 Chaos Space Marines
    • 1 x 10 Noise Marines: Maximum Sonic Blasters and Blastmasters, Icon of Excess, Lightning Claw on the champ
    • 2 Volkite Contemptors
    • 1 x 10 Chosen: Lightning Claws, Icon of Excess
    • 2 x 10 Terminators: Lightning Claws, Bolters, Icon of Excess
    • 2 Dreadclaw Drop Pods

Key Takeaways

  • Don’t be afraid to keep battling against all the new codices. They can do a lot of stuff we can’t do, but we can also do a lot of stuff that they can’t do.
  • Deepstrike is a great way to avoid all the powerful firepower many 9th Edition armies can bring to the table. John was very successful against T’au because he was able to start his most dangerous units off the board and bring them in where he wanted.
  • Slaanesh Provides. Emperor’s Children remain the most powerful Legion, and have the tools to succeed in the Nachmund missions.

Final Thoughts

We’re getting closer every day to new Daemon/Chaos Knights/Chaos Space Marine codices, but they still seem far away. John confirmed there are still plenty of ways to win with our old books, so don’t be afraid to keep getting out there and battling against these newer and stronger codices.

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Published: February 18th, 2022

Last Updated: February 18th, 2022

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