Having played quite a few games with the current Sisters book, and seen plenty of Goonhammer articles detailing Sisters lists that are winning events, here is my revised tier list of our units:
Morvenn Vahl: S Tier: This is exactly where I predicted she would be. She's absolutely an auto-include in competitive play.
Canoness: A Tier: Turns out the Blessings are pretty good on a properly kitted-out Canoness. To me, Bloody Rose with a Blessed Blade and Rapturous Blows is probably one of the best setups, but Martyred Lady can do a pretty killy one from their supplement and there are certainly other good loadouts. You can definitely make a decent list without a Canoness though.
Palatine: B Tier: Great for bringing one of the utility Blessings (such as Word of the Emperor) as cheaply as possible, otherwise with Morvenn she's kind of redundant.
Junith Eruita: C Tier: Martyred Lady have a somewhat more useful Canoness loadout from the supplement as mentioned above. Between that and Morvenn you don't really need Junith. She's not awful
, but there are better choices.
Missionary: D Tier: Just take a Preacher. Or better yet a Dogmata. Between Vahl, Celestine, and utility Canonesses, we don't need "slot fillers" that much.
Celestine: S Tier: She's good, REAL good. Probably another auto-include, although I did run a list in an event last month without her and didn't sorely miss her. But then, I didn't exactly finish in the top 10 without her either...
Triumph of Saint Katherine: C Tier: Few people are taking this in competitive lists, although it is occasionally done. You really have to build around it and even then I don't think it's optimal. Further testing may be required (I don't own the model so someone else will have to test it
Ephrael Stern & Kyganil: B Tier: Rising in popularity, from what I've seen, so honestly the jury's still out on this pair. I still think they are a discount Celestine, but I might pick the models up and give them a try.
Battle Sister Squad: B Tier: Still our only troops (for now, we'll see what Force Org slot the upcoming Novitiates will be), but you see a fair few lists with only a single basic unit as a tax for a Patrol. It seems that the 20-girl brick is also an idea that hasn't really panned out, which doesn't surprise me. Personally I still think there's a good list out there with a bunch of these each with a MM
in an Argent Shroud detachment, but so far we haven't seen it competitively unless I totally missed it. Hence the demotion to B Tier.
Aestred Thurga & Agathae Dolan: D Tier: Nobody is taking these in competitive play. To the surprise of no one. Mostly the problem is that they compete for a crowded slot (Elites).
Imagifier: C Tier: I honestly thought these would be more useful, but this is another unit that you don't see in comp lists. I'd rate them D-Tier but I personally wonder if there might yet be a use for them nobody's figured out yet. A couple of the available buffs are decent.
Dialogus: C Tier: I originally thought this was the best priest in the book. I was way off in that estimation. In the one game I ran her, she did diddly-squat for me. And this seems to be borne out in the comp scene, as nobody else is using one either.
Preacher: C Tier: I personally think it could be worth running one of these if you wanted to take Arco-Flagellants (jump out of a Rhino with them, use the strat to auto-cast War Hymn outside the Command phase, profit), but there really isn't much reason to take a Preacher outside of this one niche use, as far as I can tell. A Dogmata does the job much better otherwise.
Celestians: C Tier: Nobody's taking them because they are generalists in a game that rewards specialists, but to me they aren't an awful
unit. I'll admit I have yet to find a niche for them, and apparently nobody else has either.
Celestian Sacresants: S Tier: Just having the Bodyguard rule makes them basically an auto-include, especially in a Bloody Rose list. Honestly they do just fine in other lists as well as you don't take them for just their raw
offensive output. Halberds seem to be the way to go, as the good AP
on them is often worth more than the extra damage from the maces.
Hospitaller: B Tier: Kind of a "take it or leave it" option. Useful in some lists, but definitely won't make the cut in others.
Dogmata: A Tier: Best priest in the book, hands down. The ObSec buff alone is pretty nice; combine that with the ability to shoot without disrupting actions and the hymns and you have a very nice little force multiplier. I'm still trying to get the hang of using her to the fullest myself, but I'm already convinced she's good.
Paragon Warsuits: D Tier: Sadly, these haven't really panned out, with a couple of exceptions. The meta is just inimical to them at the moment, and they are overcosted. Hopefully that eventually changes; I want to run my Nundams, dammit!
Repentia Superior: B Tier: Not a strictly necessary edition to a list even in Bloody Rose, but probably a good buy if you want to footslog Repentia. Footslogging Repentia may not be the best plan though, as I've found out.
Sisters Repentia: A Tier: These are definitely one of the best "trade piece" units in the book. Even a small unit, in the Bloody Rose order, can kill something worth triple their points without breaking a sweat. Just watch out for Death Guard, Dreadnoughts, or anything vehicular and Orky; damage reduction effects are their Achilles' heel.
Crusaders: B Tier: Still great for the "action slaves" role, as they are very cheap. Recently some players have started running a couple of proper units of them though; I guess maybe there's some decent play there?
Arco-Flagellants: B Tier: I rate these lower than before due to my lack of testing and the fact that I haven't seen them in many top lists; I plan to give them a proper shakedown soon enough. I definitely think there's potential for them in some lists.
Death Cult Assassins: B Tier: An alternative to Crusaders as action slaves; less popular since the do cost a bit more, but they do basically the same job.
Dominion Squad: S Tier: Perhaps not a total auto-include, but I absolutely love these! The ability to get a pregame move on a Rhino can be clutch, and they are great for carrying 4 ACSBs and using Blessed Bolts.
Seraphim Squad: B Tier: Personally I still don't care for these, but some players who are a lot better at this game than me have been having good success with them (in Ebon Chalice detachments), so I'll defer to their wisdom. The melta ones are still trash.
Zephyrim Squad: A Tier: I like small units of them as harassment in a non-BR list, but if I'm running BR I'll take a full unit of ten and go murder something. Probably the second best melee unit in the book (after Repentia).
Retributor Squad: A Tier: I'm very glad that I was wrong about them initially; they are actually still very relevant in lists. I think units with 4 MM
are a thing of the past in general though; mixed units with Meltas and Flamers seem to be the most popular option. To me, even the humble Heavy Bolter is good in the right situation, although it is the least good option.
Mortifiers: B Tier: I've had mixed success with these; in a couple of games they were amazing, but in others they were utter trash. They do show up in top tournament lists sometimes though, so maybe I'm playing them wrong.
Penitent Engines: B Tier: I'm actually considering running single ones of these and using them the same way Chaos players use Spawn: as a vector to score positional secondaries like Engage on All Fronts. The ability to advance and charge some chaff unit could really help them leap across large distances in a hurry, making them ideal for this role. Just don't charge something that will kill it easily!
Exorcist: D Tier: As predicted, they just aren't good, even with the strat to ignore LoS
. They are just too expensive.
Castigator: D Tier: Same as the Exorcist; too many points for not enough utility.
Rhino: A Tier: While some lists probably don't need these, they are useful most of the time, if only to protect expensive units from getting splatted easily on the first turn of the game. I don't see myself running a Rhino-less list anytime soon.
Immolator: F Tier: Bad unit is still bad. 30 point decrease and maybe we can talk, but until then, it can stay on the shelf (at the FLGS
that is, I'm not buying one for 75 USD unless it's actually decent).
Battle Sanctum: D Tier: Most tournament terrain setups still make these unusable, but in events with player-placed terrain they actually seem to be okay.
It's been interesting to see which of my predictions were borne out and which turned out to be way off. I'm hardly an expert, but at least now I can speak about this book from experience. Overall we do have a pretty decent selection of units, and the army is still perhaps the most fun army I've ever run in terms of having lots of tricks. We'll see how Sisters continue to stack up as more codexes are released.