I am some what new, 15 games now, one thing I have noticed now is that all the competative lists, and those that win tournaments are based on either the winter guard death star or the Nyss. Jamie P has a third one based on IFP, but only after 2 lists with Nyss and WG death star, were run. All of them are paired with kayazy.
So the observation is that you must run one of the two in a competitive list, with Kayazy. Going through Jamie p's list to not have that with Irusk uses a lot of character components such as Saxon, great bears and so on. I feel like he struggled developing this list. And was fairly lucky that the format did not require him to use it more than once.
The point of this thread I guess is to ask how to avoid this? I feel like simply saying don't run that fails to address the issue. IFP are simply poor in comparison, and other options seem just bad.
I am trying to come up with lists that are strong, that break this crutch, and I keep coming to the conclusion you can't. What am I missing? Please do not take this as complaining, however what can replace Nyss and Winterguard to pair with kayazy in a third list character restricted format, besides IFP with an army of merc solos?