I know its crazy... the thing I remember most was trying to come to grips with creating a hammer and anvil list (as funny as that seems now) and advocating using Vypers with EML's. I also remember ferociously reading through all that army lists you would comment on trying to figure out to get a working list.
You know what though? It really helped. I remember I came in 2nd place at like 4 of my local tourneys... the highlight being when I blew up a Soul Grinder (or a Defiler can't remember which) with the first shot of the game from a Vyper using an EML.
However... I really cannot fathom how I did as well as I did, considering the ridiculously wonky collection of models I had at the time. I actually think my attempts at understanding the principals of getting a themed collection/list (themed in terms of attack strategy) is what lead me to take a pause at playing, and focus all my attention to revamping my collection towards a solid list... which in turn lead to me focusing purely on painting and modelling a new collection for most 5th edition which has served me so well all the years that followed.
So all I can say... is 40konline4life and give Irisado a big digital high-five. And I'm always stoked to try and help people the way that I was helped, because its made my 40k experience so much more fun, when you aren't struggling against understanding the game and the hobby