Hi all, I was talking to a friend yesterday about a big game we've planned later this year (16,000pts- Skaven vs Allied WoC, Beastmen and Ogres), and an interesting question was posed which I thought was worthy of internet based discussion.
Basically, we are both going to be on opposite sides during this game, I controlling 1/3 of the Skaven force, whilst he controls the Beastmen element of the 'dark alliance', and we were discussing which of side would win. Graciously, he was of the opinion that the Skaven would emerge triumphant, whilst I believed that the allied force would wipe the floor with us.
The reason he thought the Skaven had the edge was, because it's all one army, we'd have a greater level of synergy and army inter-play. I, however, thought that the uber units and spells those armies can put out, such as Chosen Hordes, Monsters, Ironblasters, etc would be too much.
This led me to ponder, which, in 8th ed., is the more crucial factor in winning games; synergy and tactics or power? Now, I know before I even ask most people will say synergy and tactics, because we all like to believe we are Hannibal reborn, but think of all those games where your opponent's deathstar horde has smashed your army despite you doing everything right. Or those times where an uber spell wipes half your models off the board. And think about the army lists you yourselves use, and how much particular units, characters, items, etc are stand alone game winners.
8th is all about 'more'. More men, more firepower, more magic, more hittyness.
So what is it that really wins? Power? Or Tactics.