So, I just played my first competitive game against new Nids, (I have played and seen a few before, but this was my first comp. one,) and I have to say I found them to be underwhelming.
It was an 1850 game.
I took Coteaz, a Hereticus Inquisitor, a Rune Priest, 3 Drop Pods (2 with 2x Plasma, one with 2x Melta), 5 Missile Launchers in Long Fangs, 5 Plasma Cannons in fangs, Tigurius, 5 Scouts with Camo Cloaks and Telion, and a Stormraven with an Assault Cannon and Multi-Melta. The Plasma Fangs had Plasma Pistols and Wolf Standards, and I had intentionally splurged elsewhere as well on worthless or mediocre but fun options. (Like Telion.)
He had a Flyrant, a walking CC Tyrant, a Harpy, 2 Exocrines, 2 Carnifaxes in a brood, a Venomthrope, 60 Gants, and 2 Tervigons.
I wiped the floor with him. By endgame, he had killed... My Hereticus inquisitor and the scouts. Most of my Grey Hunter squads were at half strength, true, and I had lost 3 Heavy Weapons and a captain between my Long Fangs, but that's all the damage he caused. His army was completely gone by turn 4. I wouldn't have even lost the Inquisitor if it weren't for really bad dice. In fact, I had mediocre to bad dice all game. (Despite having rerolls, 2 Plasma Cannons got hot and failed to fire in the first 2 turns.) By turn 3 his Synapse was all gone and I just had cleanup to do. This is in spite of my intentionally sloppy list building (I could have gotten 5 more missile launchers with no practical differences to the rest of my list, and with points to spare,) and my fairly silly list as a whole. (Four psykers to buff 2 Heavy Weapons squad is obvious overkill. I had more prescience than I did units to cast it on.)
So, did he just bring a bad list? It wasn't the dice that killed him, for sure, he had good rolls all game. His tactics weren't bad, either. (And he put a bunch of LOS blocking terrain in front of my Aegis Line/All of my guns thanks to friggin' alternating terrain, too. Thank goodness for lots of targets, windows, and Perfect Timing.)
(Lemme tell you, Psycollum is hilarious with 5 Plasma Cannons when you can use it, albeit not that much more usefulthan Prescience.)