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How can you face an eldar player that knows what list you are going to deploy?
Tau 5/0/1 World Eaters 0/1/0 Eldar 4/0/0 Death Guard 1/0/0 Space Marines 2/0/0
If he knows what you are going to field before hand, and adapt his list according to that, then by the same token should you be allowed to see his list and adapt to that. This will of course result in a neverending loop of making lists and never playing.
Unless you only have models to make one specific list, just don't let him see your list. If you are playing a game where you have to use all your models to reach the point limit, opt for a fewer points so you can vary your army, and of course, don't show your list before hand.
Assuming he knows and can tech specifically to beat you you have four tools:
1. Speak to fairness and politely ask them not to tech against you. Don't get preachy or threaten not to play, just let their maturity tie their hands (or not).
2. Assume they will tech against you and think hard about what that would mean on an eldar list. For example, they know you will have little anti-armor equipment so they bring lots of armor. After you have anticipated their likely anti-you list think through what you can do JUST WITH MOVEMENT to negate this advantage. Players often discount how much movement will win or lose a bad match up.
3. Play for a draw. This is actually good practice. In a tourney (or random pick up games) you will frequently find the list match up is very bad for you. In these games it is important to redefine what winning means. Playing to draw means you still get points in a tourney format and that keeps it possible for finishing at or near top.
4. Use the rulebook pg 92 under "A note on secrecy" to not let them surprise you with lots of units you never expected. Reducing your surprise will help a lot.
My advice is to use 1, 2 and 4 for sure. If he shows up with a really specifically bad list for you to face, use 3.
Ruthlessness is the mercy of the wise.