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 Post subject: Starting Dark Elves with only one RR?
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:34 am 
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I'm about to start a league playing Dark Elves and I was wondering if anyone's been trying them out with only one RR?
I totally aggree with the common understanding that the strongest roster is:
4xBlitzers, 1xRunner, 6xLineman, 2xRR

But I thought, I might try something more fun and less reliable:
3 x Blitzers
2 x Witch Elf
1 x Runner
5 x Lineman
1 x RR

I've done one RR with Wood Elves recently (taking both Wardancers and the Treeman from start), and it worked quite well, although it was hard. Again, I knew it wasn't optimal, but it was more fun and challenging. Wood Elves are also more forgiving, I find, as a single War Dancer can always change the game all by itself. Dark Elves don't have the same options, so what's your experience/thoughts? Are they too hard to run with only one RR?

The league is a 10 game league with five opponents:
Orc
Human
Bretonnia
Vampire
Norse

I'm probably the most experienced coach in the league, so that's worth taking into consideration as well.

Thanks in advance for all your thoughts! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Starting Dark Elves with only one RR?
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:52 pm 
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I prefer the standard option as you have more block, fewer players to shield, and rerolls cost more later...

Additionally, it is easy to skill up DE, so I don't think getting your witches later will set you back much (like delaying nurgle warriors or BOBs does). I'd also be concerned about having two without block on your roster...

You will find yourself burning through that 1 RR quickly of course as rolling a 1 or a skull will come up a fair amount early in turns...but you already recognize this will be a harder setup.


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 Post subject: Re: Starting Dark Elves with only one RR?
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:27 pm 
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I imagine in this case, your runner gets Leader as soon as he can. I think it's less optimal than the "standard" lineup (as do you!).

I think if you start with one reroll, your team will eventually look the same as if you'd started with two. But of course, you'll end up spending 50k more to get there. When will that be? I always buy an apothecary first, and if you then buy a double-priced reroll, you won't be able to afford that fourth Blitzer until your team has made 250k in cash. How long will that take?

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 Post subject: Re: Starting Dark Elves with only one RR?
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this is a scary way to start. I prefer the 4 blitzers 7 line elfs and 2x rerolls

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 Post subject: Re: Starting Dark Elves with only one RR?
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I wouldn't advise this as the frenzy witch elves will get you into trouble that will burn the re-roll fast. You need 2 for optimal dodging. 1 witch 2 re-rolls is better.


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 Post subject: Re: Starting Dark Elves with only one RR?
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DixonCider wrote:
this is a scary way to start. I prefer the 4 blitzers 7 line elfs and 2x rerolls


Ils swap one of the blitzers for a witch. .extra surfing threat and 10k already towards your next purchase making buying an apo after game 1 very likely.
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 Post subject: Re: Starting Dark Elves with only one RR?
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:07 pm 
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Frenzy can be very powerful against less experienced players, of course it is a risk without block.

But you just need to surf 1 or 2 players to change how your opponents play. The AG4 and dodge on the witches let you get away with some glory plays too.

I'd say go for it and let us know how you get on.

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