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I don't play DE. But I've ran into them off and on since 3rd edition and I've always won. Usually pretty decisivly.
I'm wondering if I've just been coming up against weak players, if my lists have just been hard for DE, or if life really is hard for DE even with experienced players.
My old 3rd ed list was a fairly starcannon and infantry heavy list. Earlier 4th Ed I ran a lot of DA infantry on the ground with spears, scorps, and a pair of fire dragon loaded falcons. In my last game against DE I'd proxied up an anti drop pod marine mechanized list with 3 prisms and fire dragon loaded wave serpents and by the end of the game I felt pretty bad for my opponent despite trying to be a good sport.
I usually am very successful with DE. The majority of the players in my area play some kind of marine, and I have never had a terrible time because of it. To be honest, eldar are one of my easier fights, dunno why. Maybe its the level of skill of the eldar players here or the lack of holo fielding cheese.
Eldar matches up excellently against DE and I will say I have a terrible time against them. I would say its easier for an Eldar player to beat DE than it is for DE to beat Eldar. Before and after the codex change I thought they were very deadly.
My advice to you is to not feel sorry for the DE player and you must crush him without impunity. This may sound harsh about our own kind but we do not tolerate the weak - only through humiliation and defeat will he grow strong. Continue to show him mercy and he will remain unworthy to call himself the true kin.
I have to agree with KwiKwag, there is no need to feel sorry for your DE opponents when you deafeat them heavily. I have played them for a long time and have suffered many crushing defeats when I first started using them and if it wasn't for that I wouldn't be as good with them as I am now.
However, I have been quite sucessful and have a good record these days on the tabletop. I have always found Eldar one of the more enjoyable armies to face and one that offers some level of challenge, as most marines armies feel the same on the tabletop etc. At least Eldar has some similar strengths.
But that all being said it comes down to the level of skill of the general behind the force and a solid force which is balanced... There is nothing more exciting then watching 2 great generals battle...
The only way you will ever get a definitive answer on this one is to play Dark Eldar yourself and get a feel for them, thereby answering for the question yourself.
But I feel that DE when played right are absolutely deadly but it takes the right conditions and a skilled general to bring the best out in them.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
My record is less then stellar. I'm too... impulsive most of the time =)
One of the best players at the shop I mainly play at is a guy named Joe who plays SM and Tyranids. I'm one of the few players whose beat his nids (only once though and it was on a good day). I vary rarely lose, but I rarely win however. I tend to draw most of my games =\
For the record: I play a heavy mechanized list with almost everything mounted on a raider and a full set of ravagers.
I think the knew Eldar are the hardest lists to beat for dark eldar since they have the same strengths as us and more we may be a bit more mobile but they have some better units (No offence to any other dark eldar players).
Eldar are the more difficult race to beat but if you play Dark Eldar right and pick the right targets it surprising how quickly they fall apart... especially when that pesky farseer fails his LD test from a crucible of melediction :rofl
I have always found that Eldar specialise a little too much and cunning generals can make Eldar players pay for that. Its all about the General behind the army though... One of my toughest games to date was against a marine army.
First off could you guys post more battle reports if you win. I guess I'd like to see the anatomy of a DE win. Especially against armies considered tough. If you plow into CC and carry that to the end I could see how it would work.
I think it is a bit hard though to show what is the winning formula, I have feilded armied which are totally firepower driven as well as armies which are heavily close combat oriented. It all depends on the style that each person prefers... Other Dark Eldar players I know used totally different army comps and are just as effective...