Would you people listen to yourselves?
Dark Eldar players are blessed with one thing more than most other armies: freedom of choice. Sure, there are optimal choices (which by definition means there must be suboptimal choices) and when someone is posting a list they want to be competitive, it is natural - but ultimately wrong - to suggest the one and only thing to be 110% the very best.
For one, the short hand reply of "get 3 Ravagers" is getting abusively old and was retarded from the get go. Let me just set this up: I am a competitive player, but furthermore, I am a competitive player able to think for myself and do my own math. And don't get me wrong, spamming Darklight weapons in this metagame makes sound tactical sense. BUT every Joe, Jane, Dick and their dog are repeating the same tired old line. "get 3 Ravagers".
You need 5 Darklight or Haywire weapons per 500 points. Now THAT is how to phrase advise with a proven and playtested mathematically efficient standpoint. THEN, you can go about giving advice based on which method of achieving that goal is most points efficient. And in 70% of the cases the Ravager is going to be the delivery of choice.
What about the other 30% percent? Metagame, people. Do you expect to face a heavy IG, GK, BA, SW, or any other army saturation? Think. Just fucking think. Not that there's any real threat of it, but, imagine you're in a 64 player event with 63 Tau players. That is 5/5 games your Ravagers aren't even going to get a movement phase before they evaporate, much less shoot if you get first turn against disruption pod- equipped Hammerheads. In this case you might plan ahead and get Duke Sliscus to allow your 3 Ravagers to deep strike. Or you pick up something else.
My point is, it's not black and white, and this goes for every FoC slot. I'm not saying "get 3 Ravagers" is not sound advice, but it is offensive to the OP's intelligence... Afterall, if you're a Dark Eldar player you'll have to be a rookie or really slow to not have noticed that Ravagers are good.
Dark Eldar have lots of options. Apart from Reavers, Mandrakes and Scourges - plus a few special characters, we don't have anything that really is sub par by any other armie's standards except Space Wolves and IG. A Talos with twin-linked Haywire blasters can do just as well as a Ravager and cuts down on redundancy. But that isn't good advice either, if it's not tailored to the right player's list.
TL;DR: Immerse yourself in the list you're presented with before you blurt out tired old lines like a broken record.
EDIT: Sorry for the wrong forum post, I've asked to have it moved.
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And missed the opportunity
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Last edited by MetalHandkerchief; 05-31-11 at 08:55 PM.