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Well the title states it all - i was wondering if there are alot of wood elves around? What is probably the least played race besides the Chaos dwarfs, those kev...something, etc.
Was just wondering - and BTW is WE's good in Tournaments. What about any other army? I know its also on the player but what helps it more w/ tactics. Just something I was curious about.
I could be wrong but I don't get the impression that there are tons of wood elf players.
With respect to "good in tournaments?" that really, really depends on the rules of the tournament.
If you are looking to win a tournament that has lax comp rules and is mainly about winning pitched battles, you pretty much need to bring Daemons, Vampire Counts, or Dark Elves, with Daemons being the most powerful of those three by a decent margin. You could also probably get by with an Empire army with an arch lector w/ van horstmann's on a war alter + 2 steam tanks or a Dwarven Thorek gunline (if special characters are allowed). Of course, if special characters are allowed you have to deal with some truly absurd daemon lists.
Wood elves could maybe compete with a 2 treeman + BSB list, but it'd be an uphill battle.
Of course, in tournaments with stricter comp rules then WE can likely compete a lot better.
I play a pretty balanced list and do well with WEs. I finished 8 out of 90 players earlier this month at the LoneWolf GT in Dallas. Previous years I went 12th and 10th.
Earlier 6 out of 42 at Sooiepalooza. 4 out of 34 at Wasteland Wars.
I don't say that to brag (the last two GTs are comparatively small) but to state that WEs do well if you know what you're doing.
Check out the Finished Fantasy Tactica forum and you'll find all you ever wanted to know about WE tactics. There's a huge thread the community built with posts for just about every topic.
At the GTs I attend, there's usually around 3 WE players, but not a profusion of them like you see with VC, DoC, or DE (go figure).
I've had to fight through DEs, VC, and DoC at every tourney I've been to. Those are tough battles, but if you're smart, take the right risks, and get some good dice, you'll do fine. Of course, I ran into a Nurgle Demon army at this last LoneWolf for my only loss and holding me at 8th place. The only thing I could've done differently was play for a draw against that monstrosity.
I think wood elves are one of the least played fantasy races but not by that much the fantasy armys are a lot more balanced in terms of people playing them, unlike 40k where 70% of people play space marines of some kind.
If special characters are allowed a wild rider army with Orion leading them could be very competitive if used right.
Let's not forget the Dogs of War, they're another army that was pretty much abandoned by GW. :c
As for unpopular unabandoned armies, I'm wagering that while WE's have been ignored for the fancier HE's and DE's, they probably aren't as bad off as Ogres and Tomb Kings.
I woud have to agree on that one there are no TK/Ogre players around.
As for the dogs of war they really were not worth it, an average unit from another race taking up a rare slot thats just rubbish.
Aww man, don't hate on the Tomb Kings.
I'm a Tomb King, Wood Elf and Bretonnian all wrapped into one.
There aren't a huge number of WE players, still, my buddy forumjayz plays em and they can be real nasty when played properly!
They certainly have winning potential, i feel a lot of players don't like their look: most (young) gamers prefer more "deadly" looking models (loads of armour, big ass weapons).
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