The weekend is over and with a few days after my two games against Ianden, I had quite some time to spend thoughts about gameplay with the dark kin. Previously I used to play the NetEA list, thus this time I tried the Epic UK one.
Both games turned out to be fairly easy wins, mostly because a relatively slow Ianden list, without supreme commander means out maneouvering is a fairly easy task. The Epic UK list proved fairly strong at 3k, especially as the flyer options, respectively Voidraven bombers are so much more useful. The lack of Tormentor Titan, Perditor and Kashnarak is sad, though they seemed to be difficult to integrate in standard tournament lists at 3k points limit anyway. This is mainly based on the neccessity of fighters for air cover and due to the lack of ground based artillery, an obligatory support through bombers and space craft. As the latter became cheaper in the Epic UK list, a significant power increase in terms of air and orbital weapons was recognisable.
The first list I used, was based around one strong double barge Archon formation, as well as a Cruiser and three bomber formations. Slightly weaker on ground, but therefore with significant air superiority and some strong barrage weapons, it was a pleasure to see the different parts interacting with each other. After the first barrages had nuked out enemy key units, such as artillery it became way easier to handle the opponent to my conditions. The game ended in turn two, with my opponent having roughly 500 points left on the table, with all but one formation broken.
The second game was set at 2500 points. This time no air or spacecrafts allowed. Worrying about the now assumingly untouchable artillery, I played slightly defensive in turn one, allowing my opponent to close in. Once his expensive Ianden army run out of activations, I managed to attack the artillery with one of my four vessels of pain and some jetbikes. The game from then on went in my favour, winning in turn three 6:0.
Even though the Dark Eldar constantly feel a bit wacky, with their paper armour and non existing artillery or ground based AA, they tend to hit extremely hard. Maneouvering correctly and using multiple engagements in a row appears to be even more effective than their Biel Tan counterparts. In conclusion a fun but challenging army to play. For future games I will most likely stick with the Epic UK list, unless the points limit increases and Tormentors could get included, without wrecking the list performance. Do you play with or against Dark Eldar in Epic? Share your thoughts 😉