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I'd like to get opinions on what are generally the the best items to equip a Dire Avenger Exarch?
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i would reccomend the dual shuricats if you're gonna go shooty. If you're gonna orient for close combat more, which isn't really reccomended, go for diresword and shuriken pistol for maximum attacks.
As with any Eldar unit, it really depends on what you're going to use them for. A wave serpent drop will merit the use of duel shuriken catapults because you'll likely strike first. A diresword and shuriken pistol gives you the ability to defend yourself in close combat with a decent amount of power weapon attacks, this is useful for the typical on foot squad who may shoot then assault to finish off. The Shimmersheild and power weapon is really only useful if you intend for your squad to battle it out against pure powerweapon fiends like terminators, this will enable them to hold out a substantial period of time before they break, purely a defensive set-up this with little in return attacks, good with defend and useful at delaying your opponents elite infantry.
All have various uses but I've come to like the diresword and shuriken pistol, not for the direswords special ability but more for the nice number of power weapon attacks it gives the squad, I've found it can swing combats to your favour. The twin shuriken catapults I've found offer little in combat power and while massed shuriken firepower can kill off a squad it is most likely they'll get armour saves and in the case of marines a vast majority may survive, this combat will probably ensue. I've never really tried shimmershield but the reason behind this is because it's quite defensive whereas I want my Dire Avengers a little more on the offensive side, plus there's very few squads in an army that would deny my squad their save in combat.
I've always been a fan of the diresword/pistol. However now I've seen the pair of catapults in action and 5 BS5 shots don't get lost in the numbers at all, they were pretty good.
Basically: If you have other cc units IN transports (or on bikes) then pair of catapults is best as your cc units will protect them from close combat. If you don't have fast cc units then diresword is probably best so he can still dish out some kills and shoot a bladestorming pistol.
If your avengers are on foot WITH cc units to back them up then go for the shimmershield and defend, you can bog down the enemy until scorpions/harlequins/banshees arrive. Great for versing terminators too.
If your avengers are on foot WITHOUT cc units to back them up then again I'd highly recommend the diresword.
Seeing as the most common situation for avengers is to be in a serpent /w cc units in a serpent beside them though I'd say pair of catapults is best.
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