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So I was wondering are Ellyrians reavers really worth it, both in terms of effectiveness and their points cost. Simply put. However the reason I bring it up is because I started high elves when they got a new book in 6th ed, and when the Island of Blood set came out I started playing them again, not to mention updating the general army as 6thed models aren't the best looking. but the 15 reavers I got from my Island of blood set I never field because I don't see a purpose other than the fast cav rule and abilities. If I just want the speed of a horse and something that can it own in combat I'll take silver helms and dragon princes everytime. So I'm basically just curious what y'all think.
You need to stop thinking of them as a combat unit and think of them as a highly mobile shooting unit that can threaten war machines if you spot a gap to squeeze them down, as a throw-away diverter if your Eagles are otherwise engaged or put them on the flanks to catch any units fleeing from your combat blocks.
Sorberec is right. They're used to redirect. Personally, they aren't as cost effective as an eagle (2 for the price of 5 reavers). However, they can shoot, which is what eagles lack compared to reavers or shadow warriors. I use eagles, partly because I'm a bird fan, but partly because my special points can be far better spent. (PG and SM)
Well, Great Eagles are vastly superior to Reavers for several reasons. First is that they're Rare instead of Special (which means you can cram more Special into your army), the second that, as Karl said already, you get 2 Eagles for every 5 Reavers. Now, Eagles are S4, T4 and each have 3 wounds, which make them the superior choice for artillery hunting... and they have Fly and are cheap at 50 points, which makes them the superior choice for redirecting. So, honestly, no, there is no real reason to take the Reavers except because you like them.