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Just an aside question - Does anyone else out there tailor their Eldar army to fight their opponents army?
I get an incredible amount of grief off my usual opponent for asking what army he's bringing (Space Wolves, Dark Angels, Tau or ...now Necrons). The usual Blah I hear is "You couldn't do that in a tournament" or "It's all based on points ...so a 2000 point x army should be able to face a 2000 point y army".
Maybe I'm just a moaner ...but I really don't think that holds true for Eldar. The army i use to beat SW and to some extent DA is heavily range focussed - I batter them from distance, where as with his Tau, I use the rangers to pin them and then pile in and Banshee/Scorp the daylights out of him.
Eldar are an Expensive army to collect ...as you seem to need a different set of units for every army This seems to be the next problem I have with Necrons ...need to consider buying some Vibrocannons ...to scotch that monolith ...and some more banshees ...why oh why didn't I go for Space Marines????
I would personaly go for "sometimes". Personaly, i think that tailoring an eldar list - or any list - is fine, as long as the opponent knows that you are doing this and has a chance to do this themselves, to keep the playing field even. if you tailor your list and the opponent doesn't. it gives you an immediate and definate advantage.
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I answered no, but I would say that the third option should be either occasionally, or somewhat. If I know that I'm playing against an especially tough SM list, I might consider more starcannons. If it's a tank heavy guard list, maybe a few more bright lances. In general though, I've got my list and that's what I will stick to until I get the money to be able to customize more, it's what I've got.
I think you need to spend more time on your floor.
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If my opponent knows what army I'm bringing to the field, then I like to know what they're going to bring to the field.
Eldar, as we all know, is a force of specialists, and as such, there are optimum units against different foes.
On the other hand, recently I've been trying out some different units/combos with the 5th Ed. ruleset, and so haven't been tailoring much at all.
I vote Neither.
I build a army i like that goes with the fluff i like or write. i dont care if it could be beat by a Dyslexic Legless grot with a pistol if i like my army im going to use it.
I don't tailor lists to opponents because that just makes the game no fun. Sure you can bring all units that tear apart your enemy's race, but where's the fun in that? If my list gets repeatedly hammered by speciffic opponenst then yes I will change up what I use to adapt and get a better list over all. I do only take one list at a time tho and play whoever challenges me. this way I grow as a tactician and get a very balanced list that can take care of everything it comes up against. The only opponents I would ever consider tailoring a list for are opponents who do the same to me on a regular basis (cheaters are no fun to play fair against)
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I really don't like to tailor an army to face a particular opponent and I especially don't like it when people do it to me.
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The eldar are not the do everything space marines and as such I will change a few squads/weapon choices in my army while keeping the core the same (not too many versions of alaitoc - just lots o rangers). For example why take runes of warding if I'm fighting orks. Chances are I wont have too many issues with psykers.
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