The full lists can be found here, but in short its a bunch of net lists and snore fest's...
So in no particular order here is the Southern Sort Out!
Rory Finnemore - Empire
Rory's bought his A game and the list to back it up. Coming off a recent event win with the same list its hard not to think he will be up there. One wonders if Rory will be able to protect his light wizard and bunker without the aid of chaff, however he is only one rolly-polly away from doing the unthinkable...
Dan Butler - WoC
Hamiltons home grown prodigy Dan brings an interesting spin from the standard "net list" for WoC. Double Helcannon and Tzeentch magic offer some synergies, however the field will be reasonably resistant to the effects. I cant help but keep thinking they take too much away from pushing it forward...
Richard Barby - CD
Richard "the cow" Barby turns up with his tried and tested CD list. Whilst some components are missing (where is the TRUCK!), he may find the metal magic he has chosen to be a liability in half his games. With some of the major contenders bringing no armour lists like DoC etc the list appears to be more made for a bigger tournament meta instead of tailored to suit the Masters contenders.
Ross Hillier-Jones - WoC
Ross, I'm confused. WTF are Warriors doing in a WoC list... In all seriousness the list looks a lot slower than WoC can achieve, which in turn I think will be the downfall of his weekend. It does a little of everything but not enough of one thing. Ross will be leaning on the Nurgle Prince crutch all weekend.
Locky Reid - Empire
3 cannons, a light council, a lot of chaff and a bunch of other toys. Locky looks to have bought a fine tuned list that can preform well. The only question remains is will he be able to use it well? I'm unaware of how much practice he has running this lot as he usually plays hoardy armies... Will be interesting to see what tactic he ends up going for? 10 from the back? 8 from the back? or 6 from the back...?
Sam Whitt - Dark Elves
The first "real" appearance of Darkies in the NZ tourney scene for the new book Sam Dubb has opted for a touch of mathammer internet filth and a touch of his old crutch. There are some lists out there that will not be looking forward to this match up and one wonders how many times Sam Dubb can 6 dice dwellers... One to watch.
Hamish Gordon - WoC
Internet Troll turned table troll. Throgg turns up with a bandwagon of stupid however someone forgot to bring some pets for chaff... This list has balls, but does the player have the nads to match? Lack of chaff may loose him some games horribly, but then again it could all go horribly wrong... for both sides...
Tom Dunn - DoC
The absent general and last years Master turns up to defend his title after stealing it from the clutches of his old man last year. Tom arrives with a similar list to what Pete has run since the new book came out, and one wonders how much influence on the list old man Dunn has had... Tom is a strong player but has not attended many tournies this year. He probably practising furiously as I type. at least there is no Tomb Kings for you to face this year Tom!
Peter Williamson - High Elves
I like it. there I've said it! Peter Dubb shows us he's not done with "qwerky" yet. But take a closer look and the list is reasonably balanced, if but a little shy on combatants. Watch out for that combined flying chariot + dragon charge, its sure to catch some people out and make a mess of things since it can "fly" overtop of units that are in the way. Its very mobile and I am sure the sisters will have a field day with all the evil in the line up, but can he get the big wins necessary to take home the trophies?
Sam Campbell - DoC
Net list. Copy and paste. Nuff said... Sam will be sure to be a hurdle in every ones progression to he podium, but with everyone surely having taken into account the DoC "netlist" there is answers in the field. Has Sam read it right and surprised everyone by not surprising everyone? One weekend will tell...
James Brown - Lizardmen
taking Saurus warriors in a Skinkman army is almost as bad as taking Warriors in Woc army, or so the interwebs will tell you. Has James found the magic touch with his lizards or will internet theory prove him wrong. He turns up with only half the normal toys but he is packing Tetto Eko! Will little Jimmy have enough magic dice to ruin someones run to the podiums? Surely Lizardmen will not be on top at the end of the weekend. James, prove me worng!
Peter Dunn - Skaven
From not going to not taking Skaven, Pete has proven his furry nature and predictably turned up with the rat pack. Its his usual strong list, and one would be foolish to count him out. I am sure he and his skaven assassins have infiltrated every contenders homes to squirrel out their master plans, but has he been looking closer to home? His progeny did wrestle it from his grasp last time around...
So my Top 5, in no particular order are;
There can be only one...