Hi everyone one I have talked to swears by pathfinders stating how good they as a new Eldar player I need to ask why are thy so good how should you use them and how should you use them on
Agreed upon here but I wouldn't be too hasty as to disregard them completely from a regular list (I know you prefer speed and mobility). They have their own strengths which in a balanced army can prove very handy. If you have enough other units that can cope with the anti-infantry demand, having a small squad to target some of the more elite squads has merit. Lets be fair, competant opponent or not, you'll definately meet an elite squad or two, either for fluff or as a final death blow. Speaking of competant players.....never use of your squads as a lure, for reasons stated above and it's honestly a waste of resources, you could spend those points on something more useful.I disagree! (not much of a surprise), pathfinders are a poor choice, they can opperate reasonably well against certain opponents, notably mosterous creatures, terminators, that sort of thing, if your opponent loads up on them then great, however mostly my opponents load up on troops because they know what they are doing (I know it is a generalisation but the use if expensive super stuff to excess is far more common to younger players, far better results are achieved by those that know how to use troops)
Pathfinders against troops is poor, they dont kill MEQs fast enough to recover their points , against lighter infantry such as guard, the situation gets worse
Again there is an arguement that they draw fire or lure your opponent, but to be honest a competent opponent, know they are inefficient will ignore them for more juicy targets
Hence yes ok if you face nidzilla or deathwing, fine, but since you cant guarentee your opponent will field appropriate targets for you, I prefer to spend the points on something more ubiquitous.
If you must take them then yes, as above, deploy them in to cover, always take the pathfinder upgrade etc