There is a new errata out, and it brings a significant change.
While the errata has several modifications, as usual, one stands out among the rest:
P. 72. Spells and Effects
Add the following to the Spells and Effects text:
When a model’s special rule or spell allows its controller to
choose or target a friendly unit, all models in that unit must be
While this might seem insignificant at first, this could lead to some very interesting game changes. Essentially, a player cannot cast a spell or use an ability on a unit if any member of said unit isn’t currently information (assuming the spell/ability requires targeting or choosing). Given that you cannot check formation until the unit’s activation, this could be huge. Imagine a Khador player who wants to cast Battle Lust on a unit or Pikemen before having them charge a Colossal. Now, that player must be sure that every member of the Pikemen is in formation before casting that spell, or the spell cannot target them.
Enemies however, can target/choose units without regards to their current formation.
There are all kinds of subtle ways a savvy player can affect an opponent’s formation: telekenesis, drag, slam, etc. What were previously position control elements could now open to the door to a new kind of denial. I think it is an interesting change, and I look forward to seeing how I can put it to use. I just want to make sure everyone was aware of this change, and didn’t get surprised in a tournament.
Got any questions about this, or other changes in the errata? Let me know in the comments!