So I've been thinking about how to beat Drukhari since their new codex dropped - as others probably have - and I'm wondering if we should give the annihilation barge a second look, especially its Tesla Destructor. I don't want to make this a strategy guide against DE - I haven't even played yet - but I'm looking for stuff to take down their raiders and their content, if possible.
The raiders are T6, 4+, 5++. At a glance, S7 AP1 should be the most cost effective weapon against those, and many single wound attacks should be more reliable than a few high wounds attacks. With the LHD now expected to drop to exactly half of a tesla annihilation barge, I thought I'd face them off against a raider.
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The first figure & numbers are slightly off because I didn't apply the LHD's hardwired for destruction reroll. It would bring their average wounds to 4.1 instead of 3.5, thus marginally higher than the AB:
With no bonus, the 2xLHD average 4.1 wounds; the AB 4.0 wounds. The standard deviation of the AB is much lower however, and the curves clearly show that the 2xLHD have a much higher probability of doing nothing (still true with the inclusion of Hardwired for Destruction). That's hardly surprising, but still nice to confirm.
Within Mephrit, at half range, with a Triarch Stalker buff and the Talent for Annihilation stratagem, the AB become even greater vs the 2xLHD (Hardwired for Destruction becomes irrelevant with the TS's buff):
Here the average wounds is about twice as high for the single AB vs 2xLHD, the maximum damage is higher, and the deviation remains better. The AB really benefits from those bonuses; the 2xLHD not so much.
Against DE infantry (ex.: wytches), I think it's obvious that the AB would be better.
It also has 12" vs 8" move, T6 vs T5, as many wounds as 2xLHD, no degrading profile, QS, etc.
So that's against Drukhari. Now I may be very wrong here - have barely played in 9th edition at all - but I am under the impression that other armies will start leaning towards weaker infantries or swarms to shield against DE (i.e.: screens), and that might mean that the AB would be better against those as well in official events.
My time is up for now, but would be very interested in people's views on this.
Edit: The graphs should be bar graphs (otherwise the probability is confusing), and I can fix the first one (hardwired for destruction) when I have some time if there's some interest.
Edited by Miek, 30 May 2021 - 11:12 PM.