|The Warlocks in question|
First lets start off with the facts and then move onto opinion. The facts are as follows:
- They are 25 points each, 125 for a standard unit of 5
-They are fast Cavalry
-They have poisoned Attacks
-They have WS:4 BS:4 S:4 T:3 W:1 IN:5 AT:2 and LD:8
- They have a 6+ Armour save and a 4+ Ward save against all non Slannesh attacks.
-The unit counts as a Wizard who knows 2 spells, Doombolt and Soulblight
-They are a Rare choice.
-They have Always Strikes First (or the Elf trait as i refer to it as), and the rest of the Dark Elf army wide special rules
Those are the facts of this unit. Now i have faced this unit on multiple occasions and to be honest i don't fear it at all. T3 with a 6+ armour save and a 4+ ward isn't very tough (especially since i don't see them in units bigger than 5), but then again i only play Wood Elves and so have alot of shooting attacks to kill them with.
When i published my last post on this issue much was made of the 2 attacks, poisoned and strength 4. However i don't think this is a issue. The only combat role in which Warlocks could be effective is in War machine hunting. Why? Because T3 in a five elf unit is a major issue. I also doubt their effectiveness in the magic phase. Dark Elves now have access to all 8 lores, and for 80 points you can buy a Dark Elf sorcerers who has access to better gear and can cast Doombolt and Soulblight much easier than the Warlocks can.
I do think they have a place, as cheap(ish) offensive casters and War machine hunters. I do not generally use personal experience when arguing a point, but in all my games against them they have been ineffective and then got shot full of arrows by my Wood Elves. And if Wood Elves don't find these guys a threat they probably aren't. Until next time.