We also ran a subset of these games and synthetic tests on a GeForce RTX 3070-equipped gaming laptop we are in the process of reviewing: the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition. This Core i7-based system represents a state-of-the-art high-end Windows gaming laptop for comparison. Note that because the 1,920 by 1,200 resolution was not available on this Windows machine, we ran the games at a close equivalent of 1080p (1,920 by 1,080). The slightly fewer pixels being pushed on the Razer machine (the Apple machines are pushing around 11% more at 1,920 by 1,200) will give it a modest advantage.
GFXBench and 3DMark Wild Life are the only applications mentioned in this story that run natively on M1 silicon, and the results are astounding. Breaking 300fps on the demanding GFXBench Aztec Ruins test places the M1 Max far above the M1 Pro, and on equal footing with the latest GeForce RTX laptop processors from Nvidia. Ditto for the 3DMark Wild Life trial.
The lore for warcry is actually pretty cool. All of the new warbands are different chaos worshippers, but this time around they are quite different from the normal followers of the 4 (5?) Dark Gods. In Warcry, most of the warbands do not know exactly what kind of god it is they worship. The bird bois might worship Slaanesh, but maybe it is Tzeentch? They worship what they think are gods, but in reality, it is probably different aspects of the Dark Gods.
The fighter cards for the warbands are necessary to play the warband. As somewhat predicted, those cards (for the non-chaos warbands) quickly went out of print. Granted, they are going to print the cards in the next book, so they are somewhat trying to remedy this problem. But still, what is it with GW and printing things once and then never printing them again?
I am really into the Corvus Cabal, but to create the best warband I need two different warbands. Granted, they are going to release boxes with 2x sprues, but my annoyance is still there. It would be cool if the box included just a few more models than you need (this would also make campaign play a bit easier).
In the First Founding the XVIth Legion was created as the Luna Wolves. The Emperor subsequently allowed his favoured son Horus to rename the Legion "the Sons of Horus" in recognition of his accomplishments in the Ullanor Crusade and in honour of its Primarch. The Sons of Horus willingly followed their beloved Primarch and Warmaster into rebellion, fighting at the very forefront of his most important campaigns. The Sons of Horus stood out as the elite of the Chaos armies, with a very aggressive and efficient method of war -- the fielding of elite and specialised units to destroy enemy command and isolate divisions from one another -- methods upheld by the legion still. During the Heresy massive recruitment of new marines from Cthonia occurred, giving the legion numerical superiority to most legions as well. When Horus was defeated by the Emperor at the Battle of Terra, the Legion's morale and pride was shattered. After their defeat, the Black Legion and their fellow Traitor Legions were driven into the hellish realm of the Eye of Terror by the vengeful Imperial forces. Soon, the Sons of Horus lost their primacy as the preeminent legion, as the Legion Wars ensued. This conflict marked the final collapse of unity between the Chaos-corrupted Space Marine Legions that had fought unified under the banner of Horus Lupercal during the Horus Heresy. In their despair the Sons of Horus gave themselves to the worship of one Chaos Power after another, and lost many of their number through possession and madness. The legion as a whole broke up after the events on Maeleum and now is largely fleet-based, with several bastions within the Eye. The Black Legion was formed shortly afterwards under the strong leadership of Abaddon the Despoiler, the First Captain of the Sons of Horus, who claimed Horus' mantle as the Warmaster of Chaos Undivided. Now all the leaders of the Black Legion warbands will, in varying degrees, answer to. As the Black Legion, the former Sons of Horus repainted their Legion colours to black in memory and permanent mourning of their fallen Primarch. The Black Legion is also known to recruit members from other Legions, bully them into alliances, demand tithes, and absorb renegades from newly formed chaos warbands. In this way, the Black Legion has become the largest ilk of Chaos Space Marines, and has reclaimed is status of primacy among them. Possessed, Chaos Terminators, and Chosen, have a strong presence in the legion, corroborating their elite disposition. Its hardened survivors lead warbands against the Imperium to this day, eager to expunge the bitter memory of Horus' defeat.
Cut off from all support, a Renegade Chapter must fight for their very survival. Attrition rates might force them to strike a devil's bargain with a fallen Apothecary or a Dark Mechanicus Hell-Forge, in order to gain access to their master fleshcrafters, in order to obtain the necessary gene-seed they so desperately need. There are no guarantees within the Eye of Terror, as oaths and promises are broken all the time. Therefore, it is not unusual for the number of Chaos Space Marines within a Renegade Chapter to fluctuate from near-extinction levels to Warband size (which can number to Legion-sized - into the thousands). Add to this the fact that Chaos warbands are almost constantly fighting without rest (both against the Imperium, other forces of Chaos and various xenos forces), and you will find that attrition will have whittled you warband down some. As such most Chaos Space Marine Warbands are below Codex strength. However don't let this get you sullen.
To all of our Closed Beta test participants, thank you. We are grateful to have you with us on this journey as we work to make Diablo Immortal the absolute best it can be. Now I'm pleased to introduce our Senior System Designer, Kris Zierhut, who will share a comprehensive update on how we're improving Set Items, the Cycle of Strife, and World Paragon in Diablo Immortal.
Remember, there are limitless ideas and potential when coming up with your backstory for your Homebrew Warband. Rather than writing about the same old boring Black Legion or Word Bearers themed warband, instead, you might want to try making it themed around two allied Chaos Lords uniting the remnants of their separate Emperor's Children and Night Lords forces into one unified warband. This would make your warband both unique and might inspire you when creating future lore. Would these two Chaos Lords turn on each other one day? Almost certainly. Chaos Space Marines always end up turning on one another. In the Eye of Terror, there's plenty of oath-breaking and they're always at war, and alliances tend to shift all the time. But this would make for both an interesting backstory and a very unique warband. 2b1af7f3a8