I'm playing vortex campaign with Morathi on very hard/very hard.
Turn 139. We already painted most of the map: The whole Ulthuan and Naggarond, Hexoalt and surroundings, 80% of Lustria and some pronvices in Southlands.
WE. Plural. I didn't confederete a single time. I tried once with Malekith but only for building achievements, and load last game inmmediately since it was a huge mistake. Why?
This is the political situation, since turn 80 or so.
-Naggarond 1st rank (Destroyed most North Ulthuan and now invading Khemri)
-Cult of pleasure (me) 2nd rank (Started Ulthuan invasion and single handel Hexoalt - very hard dino battles though)
-The blessed dread 3rd rank (Destroyed Itza and finishing Teclis)
-Har Ganeth 4th rank (Conquered east Ulthuan)
-Hag Graef 7th (winning against Clan Mors, but with few provinces)
The dark elves empire bullies all races without any retaliation. You just need to start the invasion and they do the rest.
PROS: the game is sooo much fun. Many battles won alongside my besties. Conquering Ulthuan is a cake walk.
Ally armies spread throught all the map, it is so wild.
CONS: you get much lower rate Scrolls for the ritual, making campaign slow for the long run. But you can always conf when enemies are gone, which will happen muuuuch sooner.
PD: I didn't use any cheese comp for games. I play all Dreadspear stacks and darkshards, with a mage and a death hag, and always a Black Ark around. I already have 4. All economic buildings. Not a single recruit one. That is black arks job. 15000 money for trade. Trade is your friend, and so are slaves.
PD 2: Morathi is most OP lord in battle (besides Kroak). She single handel stacks of fenix guards/sisters/dragon princes+tyrion many times. That made Lothern lose rest of territories against my allies fast.
"It's small, filthy and noisy. H! Just like a dwarf!"