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Wich would be best for planet strike? attacker or defender?
Both have their ups and downs.
Read the newest white dwarf, they feature eldar as an attacker.
I had the chance to give attacker a chance today. Everything was going really well until I started deep striking. Between enemy stratagems and a little bit of bad luck every unit that i deep striked got completely mauled. Small squads of warp spiders vanished before they ever fired a shot... then the swooping hawks were mauled as they landed...
It's a tricky (very fun) game and given the nature of eldar its tough watching squads not even touch the table when you usually need every cog turning for the machine to work.
Rheagar fought nobly
Rheagar fought valiantly
Rheagar fought honorably
And Rheagar died.
I played a match last night as a doubles, IG and Eldar(me) defending, Tyranids and Orks attacking.
Unluckily I had my Avatar on the field when the Firestorm came down, dropping the Avatar to 2 Wounds. and then my friends Guant Squad Scattered right beside the Avatar and a volly of about 60 shots just managed to bring the Avatar down.
Needless to say I was raging.
Armies that are dedicated to killing the enemy before they reach your lines will have a hard time dealing with this deepstriking. (10 nobz landing 1" away from most units is not an enjoyable thought, especially when they have a stratagem which lets them deepstrike in again at full strength once wiped)
If you are more focused on melee though the deepstrike can be a blessing. My friends Carnifex landed between a Chimera and a Leman Russ, protecting it from heavy fire at 2 sides.
Make a close combat list for eldars .. or keep reserves. a lot of them
Hight elf and Craftworld Eldar army project pics heavy: linky
Reserves might be a good idea, particularily if you positively must not lose a unit to the firestorm at the start of the game
The Eldar Attacker Stratagem is golden. Picking what to deepstrike and rerolls on the scatter! lovely.
Close combat units have got quite the advantage in planetstrike in my opinion, especially those who could previously deepstrike which if I recall does not aid Eldar very much (yes granted the swooping hawks get to use their haywire grenades and Warpspiders can finish off the squad they just blended. Not to mention that if you can guarantee you will be locked in combat with the unit for their shooting and you brought withdraw you could extend survivability).