We both declined the relic, and instead rolled up emperor's will, with dawn of war. We had night fighting first turn due to his warlord trait, while I got sky fire for a turn. I took first turn on the roll.
On my turn I move some missile pod suits to the side to get LoS on the hive guard and kill them. My quad gun fires into his harpy that moved up, and with my suit commander attached, kills it straight out. Fire warriors and broadside kill most of the lead gaunt squad.
On his next turn his outflanking warriors come in led by a prime, as do his ymgarl. But Doom does not, which is a big hurt as he would have taken most of my fire power. Instead I intercept most of his ymgarl down to about 3 left alive, and put some wounds on the prime/warriors from my riptide. Mean while he moves his second harpy up and kills more fire warriors. On overwatch I kill all but one ymgarl, and cause him to be out of range.
Overall it was a pretty rough and close game, he definitely took a pounding, but really kept the pressure on me. Losing sniper drones and my commander to mistakes really hurt, and not prioritizing the MCs correctly cost me a lot, while for him not throwing both harpies in my face may not have worked out the best, and not getting all reserves that turn hurt him a lot as I would have been forced to let the ymgarl assault me and kill doom instead.
Of the list he took compared to the new book, he lost Doom in a Pod, and the ymgarl, and really gained nothing. If he tried this again with the new book, I'd have a lot less pressure on me, and I could still easily take down his harpies and flyrant along with outflanking warriors just fine.
I'm hoping after he tests out the new book a bit, we can get another game in and see how it goes. Anyone else doing a before and after with the tyranids? Can they still keep the pressure on like they used to?