Well, it wasn't likely that I was gonna play the High Elves at the Championship, but at the last minute I put down the Orcs and decided to play them. I'm very glad I did. I did very well overall, but unfortunately didn't play my best on Sunday. Jaime got his revenge in the semis after I beat him in my first game. It's nice that he finally won the thing and avoided the "bridesmaid dress".
Anyhoo, some of the things that I learned this weekend are:
1. Playing the High Elves you are going to have a headache making your armies because you KNOW that you will have less units in your force as compared to your opponent.
2. The new prices for the units at the championship I believe are spot on. (Thanks Kevin)
3. I think the Battlemages are a great unit. The ability to draw cards can not be underestimated in a faction of quality units, it makes them that much better. This is good because at some point in the game you WILL BE PINCHED and having defensive cards in your hand ready might allow them to hold 1-2 turns longer than they should. This is what you NEED them to do.
4. Chariots are awesome against cavalry. In many a game my opponent did not want to engage my chariots with their cavalry. I remember two instances specifically during the weekend where one of my chariot units blew up a unit of antonians and a unit of Wolfriders. In my game against Dave I maneuver mastered them and then hit a T-Rex on the flank and did 7 damage. It was glorious. I think I will try to incorporate them in more of my armies. They seemed to really help. More often I won when I had at least one in my army. They hit really hard for only 252 points.
5. I need to roll much better with my ranged fire. I think I would of had a better chance in two of my losses if I could hit the broad side of a barn.
6. Maneuver mastery is just sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.
7. The +1 dice charge, imho, does not over power the battle squads.
8. I will be playing these guys for a while now. They are my new 2nd favorite faction. (Ravenwood is 1st)
Bye, bye for now.