They are thematically appropriate for the most part, but they are so annoying to play against that it’s just irritating to deal with them. This isn’t to say I find them OP, they certainly are beatable and based on the fact that they win and lose in different parts of the world, they are probably well balanced in fact. (Not a Skaven player so I can’t and won’t comment further on their balancing). They being said they mechanics are all time consuming to deal with relative to their counterparts.
• You have to move extremely carefully in their regions because ambush attacks.
• Likewise, if they are coming for you in number, you’d best counterattack them first because they can easily ambush stacks individually with multiple stacks of their own.
• The nuke is a thing, usually means I have to sit in recruitment for X turns after scraping the army off my boot. I wouldn’t mind this in and off itself but given Skaven have the spawns that require you to be prepared to protect your squishies along with other nuke-like spells, it’s a combo that should leave a smoke cloud in the shape of a middle finger. You will lose units, even if you can stomp the army. It’s actually better when you lose the fight, it’s not a bad thing to lose against.
• I really hate that pestilence mechanic, It’s a ritual and I like that it’s one that affects the enemy but thing usually just amounts to shutting down any active play for a half dozen turns. When the counter to a mechanic is; just don’t play the game, I struggle to see how this is seen as anything other than the BS it is.
For me this just means I go out of my way to commit genocide every time I encounter them because the amount of turns that will set me back is usually less than how setback i would be dealing with them as I deal with other races. When the most fun way for me to play is to immediately commit all resources to wiping out an entire race, the thought crosses my mind maybe that’s something that should be looked into. And I don’t think this means Skaven need to even be changed fundamentally. I do think there should be things that I can do to counter at least some of the above however. For instance; some, but not all, races lord’s have a campaign skill to give ambush defense chance. Given these lines were designed before Ambush stance was a thing, perhaps this is something that could be looked back into.
Have to say this new Skaven patch is interesting. Frankly, I am hoping they gave a battlefield presence buff so toning back some of these features doesn't render them unplayable. That said I am equal parts concerned I am just going to have to deal with even more [email protected]
"$% from them. Fingers crossed.
Maybe this opinion is unique to me, but as it's probably not I figured posting it doesn't hurt anyone.
Lastly, probably doesn't need saying but for context I am talking about this from the perspective of single and coop campaigns.