There's really no way around the fact that Death Mission is pretty terrible. Admittedly, in the right situation it could be decent - say, if your farseer has Soulshrive or the Shard of Vaul. Then, you might have a chance of dealing some real damage with this power, and it could be useful in a desperate situation (as the power's text implies). Of course, that would require you to spend points preparing for a power you don't want...
|His armor is made from the|
bones of farseers who
make poor decisions
The first drawback is that this spell can kill your farseer. When Death Mission is used, the psyker generates D3+2 counters, which he has a 50% chance of losing at the end of each phase, and when he runs out of counters, he dies. So on average, you'll get 4 counters per round by recasting the spell and lose 3, which should sustain your farseer reasonably well. However, it's very possible for a few bad rolls to kill your farseer very quickly, and failing your psychic test is probably a death sentence, so let's hope you're not playing against Tyranids or Space Wolves.
That's still not the worst part though, because once you've cast Death Mission, your farseer cannot use any other psychic powers for the rest of the game. Here we come to the crux of the problem: even if you manage to save your farseer with Death Mission, who cares? He's not guiding or dooming anything else - all he'll do for the rest of the game is run around waving his witchblade, hoping he keeps passing those 4+ rolls and psychic tests. So unless you cast this on the 5th turn, your farseer is now a mediocre combat character and nothing else, and even then, why would you want a power you won't use for most of the game? Even the name "Death Mission" is terrible, and its two warp charge cost is insult following injury. This is without question the worst power available to farseers, and when rolled should be immediately discarded for Guide. If you have the Eldar psychic deck, I suggest burning the card so that you're never tempted to dirty your farseer with this awful power.
Much like Guide, Fortune remains essentially unchanged from previous editions, except for it's new 24" range and ability to target allied units, though it's warp charge cost has also gone up to two. While not as overwhelmingly powerful as Doom, Fortune fills an important defensive niche in the farseer's arsenal. However, unlike Guide and Doom, which are excellent in any situation, Fortune's usefulness is dependent on the Eldar player's army composition.
|Bonus points if you play this every time you re-roll|
your saving throws
Fortune is a more difficult power to use than Guide because it requires you to determine what target you opponent most wants to kill: using Fortune on a unit the enemy can ignore means you've wasted it. To complicate this, use of Fortune can alter your opponent's target priority. A fortuned wraithknight might not be worth shooting anymore, for example, so while it's possible you'll save him several wounds, he might also cease to be a fire magnet, leaving your next most prioritized unit vulnerable.
6. Mind War
A potentially strong power, Mind War has changed slightly from its previous incarnation in a few ways. It's range has increased to 24", the wounds inflicted ignore cover, and the loser of the leadership roll-off has his WS and BS reduced to 1 for the rest of the turn. It's warp charge cost has also risen to two. Aside from the higher cost, Mind War has become significantly stronger.
|It looks exactly like this, I swear. |
100% legitimate representation of a psychic duel
Bear in mind that because of the 6th edition psychic power changes, Mind War is not a reliable way of sniping targets inside of units. As a focussed witchfire, Mind War suffers the same 28% chance of the caster selecting his target, which means most of the time you'll be rolling off against 5pt guardsman instead of the commissar you're trying to kill. But while its days of killing nobz out of ork mobs are over, Mind War remains a very strong tool for killing monstrous creatures and other single models, and should find good results if used as such.
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