As most of us know, Wargamescon had just concluded and some interesting listing came up and this in a sense also shows the current meta. The Grey Knights are now entering with full force into the competitive circuit, and some armies have a surprise strong showing, such as the Orks. But I tend to always believe that Orks always got the solution to almost every list out there. But my interest is mainly with the Dark Eldar players.
Two Dark Eldar players managed to make it to game 7, with one of them getting the Best Overall.
The Dark Eldar that managed to get the Best Overall's list is a particular favourite of mine.
HQ1: Archon with Huskblade, Soul-trap, Combat Drugs and Shadowfield Generator
HQ2: 1x Haemonculus with Shattershard, 2 x Haemonculus
Elites 1: 7 Incubi with Klaivex upgrade inside a Raider with Shock Prow and Enhanced Aethersail
Elites 2: 4 Trueborns with Blasters inside a Venom with Dual Splinter Cannons and Nightshield
Troop1: 8 x Wyches with Haywire Grenades with 1 x Hydra Gauntlets, 1x Hekatrix with Phantasm Grenade Launchers and Venom Blade inside a Raider with Shock Prow , Grisly Trophies and Enhanced Aethersail
Troop2: 8 x Wyches with Haywire Grenades with 1 x Hydra Gauntlets, 1x Hekatrix with Phantasm Grenade Launchers and Venom Blade inside a Raider with Shock Prow , Grisly Trophies and Enhanced Aethersail
Troop3: 8 x Wyches with Haywire Grenades with 1 x Hydra Gauntlets, 1x Hekatrix with Phantasm Grenade Launchers and Venom Blade inside a Raider with Shock Prow , Grisly Trophies and Enhanced Aethersail
Troop4: 3 Wracks inside a Venom with Dual Splinter Cannons and Night Shields
Troop5: 5 x Kabalite Warriors with a Blaster inside a Venom with Dual Splinter Cannons and Night Shields
Heavy Support1: Ravager with 3x Dark Lances and Flickerfield
Heavy Support2: Ravager with 3x Dark Lances and Flickerfield
Heavy Support3: Razorwing Fighter with 2x Dark Lances, 4x Monoscythe missiles, 1 x Splinter Cannon, Flickerfield, and Night Shields
The reason why I particularly like this list is due to the fact that there are a lot of interesting units and some interesting upgrades. I particularly like the idea that the three elements of the Dark Eldar are represented in this list somewhat, and the fact that the flexibility of this list is quite good. The synergy of the list works quite well as well as there is enough anti-infantry firepower in the form of the Venoms, Wyches and Razorwing and the anti-tank is also of sufficient strength. The idea of the Shock Prow also gives the raiders more utility whenever their weapons got destroyed or when they want something off the objective. Lookwise, this army is quite stunning and is less dull than some lists out there, as the purple is quite striking and the freehand is amazing.
There are only two things that I feel is rather odd with the list; the grisly trophies and the venom blades. The Grisly trophies is something that I do not really like about the list, but nonetheless a leadership reroll can help in some parts of the game, though I will be amazed if any of the raiders even survived turn 3 even with cover and some deft maneuvering. The Venom Blades on the wyches may be cheap and they can do something, but sometimes I feel that a power weapon always help when things are rough.
Thus I would give this list a high score on originality and flexibility.
Now let's look at the second list.
This list is particularly spammy, but nonetheless quite effective against a number of opponents. From the looks of it I can safely assume that the Baron is there mostly for his 1+ rolls and also the Stealth rules which he confers on the Beastmasters. The list is a mainly shooting army with a small but hard assault unit. The Crucible I would assume is there for the Grey Knights and the Librarian meta. The Venoms are there to just shoot anything that is not in a transport to death, and will be particularly effective against the Long Fangs Spam that is apparent in the scene, and also would be a good way to force those Thunderwolves to just die painfully. Of course with 108 poisoned shots, it is also a good anti-infantry weapon. The lances are mostly shortranged and the people inside will only be exposed when there is a true need for them to come out, otherwise they would be inside their transports doing two things; shooting from inside the Venom or just stay silent in there and make the Venom scoring (for the troop Venoms at least).