Fritz here with the question of the day- to take first or second turn? Do you build your army to exploit going first or second? Do you try to build it so it can adapt to either one? What are the advantages to going first or second? Well, I’m going to throw in my two cents and then sound off in the comments and over in the Lounge.
With a well balanced army if I had my choice I’d prefer to go second in both objective based and annihilation missions. Going second allows that last turn of movement to grab or contest objectives, and in a kill point mission it gives you a change to even the score or possible pull ahead if you are behind before the game ends. That said, building your army to take advantage of going first/second based on your units and codex can also be a viable strategy- which I’m going to illustrate with my Saim-Hann Eldar and Necrons…
First Turn Necrons
Of course this makes objective mission harder for me since my opponent will have that last turn to grab, but that just means I have to be on top of my game looking ahead to take out any fast moving or grabby units by the middle of the game. I also have to be mindful if my opponent reserves everything, which changes things a bit. But overall, I feel the advantage of going first with my Necrons overall far outweighs the disadvantages. That said, with all the “advantages” of going second I find taking first turn to be easy- even if I don’t win the die roll it is often passed to me by my opponent.
Second Turn Saim-Hann
In contrast to the Necrons, my Saim-Hann are a “second turn” army which is what allows me to fully exploit my speed and firepower mobility. Gong second means I can use speed to wolf pack on any isolated units or on the weak side of my opponent’s army with the full strength of my own army. It also allows me to contest with my grav-tanks last turn helping to make up for my smaller model count- I often am only looking to hold one or two objectives while contesting everything else. That said, I find taking second turn a bit harder to do- If I win the dice off great, it gets passed to my opponent, but when they win and pass me first turn it is time for plan B. If that happens I then move into reserves, and “reserve” all my units so when they come on the table I can take advantage of how my opponent has deployed.
~So what do you think? Do certain armies lean better to going first or second? I wanna hear some names!
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