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To solve a bit of the confusion; Metagame is the term used to describe how the majority of people you regularly play against play the game.
It's generally more applicable to Magic: The Gathering than it is to 40k, because there are only really three archtypes in MTG - Control, Aggro and Combo. Each of the three has sub-sets, but you can generally fit any deck into one of the three broad catagories. If you have 10 people who you play regularly, and 6 of them play aggro, 2 play control, 1 plays combo, and 1 plays some random deck that even he doesn't seem to know how it works, then your metagame is "Aggro", because that is what you face most often. You would then start tailoring your own deck to deal specifically with Aggro.
It's a bit trickier than that for 40k, because while you have the overarching theme of "Mech", each army does it in very different ways. You can have Mech assault, Mech shooty, Mech Spam, Mech Support and non-Mech (Horde, Sledgehammer etc) and every single army book will do it in different ways (A mech shooty Tau army requires a different unit selection and playstyle than Eldar for example) and therefore the perfect "Counter Army" is different for each race as well.
To give an example - You play against 4 people regularly, one has Tri-Raider with Dreadnought support, one is Mechdar, one is Tau Mech and one is Blood Angels.
All of the above armies are Mech, but consider:
- You need lots of Melta guns to kill the Tri-Raider list, but...
- Melta Guns are bad against Eldar and BA because Eldar are too fast and Angels will chop you up if you get that close without causing any damage previously, but...
- If you go for multiple S7-8 Weapons to deal with the Eldar/BA then you'll get smashed by the Tri-Raider list and the Tau (with their AV13 and 4+ Cover in the open) so...
- You have to take a balanced list with some Melta, some long range transport popping and some way of dealing with infantry. Your Metagame is still "Mech", but it's extremely hard to create a list tailored to beat such a broad concept, unless most of your opponents are playing exactly the same army list.
So actually, there is nothing wrong with being a Metagamer, because even if you do tailor your list slightly (I know I play Orks a lot, so slightly more Flamers make it into my lists than otherwise would) it's impossible to make a counter-list for what the meta game is.
Hopefully that made sense.
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