I've been trying to learn to play Eldar at a decent standard lately and I find it quite hard. I learned SM/Orks first and because their units are generally pretty solid, I was able to macro freely and effectvely and become quite strong at that part of the game.
I find Eldar a bit of a culture shock. No longer can I leave my troops in a fight with minimal micro and expect them to perform solidly. I find I can only do one or the other at the moment with Eldar. Either I concentrate on my early troops and focus on micro at the expense of expanding, building and teching (although my brain starts to melt when I have to deal with 4+ units) or I focus more on the macro side only to inflict minimal losses and/or take heavy ones.
As yet, I haven't quite found a way of playing them efficiently, so really my question is this:
How do you guys manage Eldar? Do you number each unit and switch between them that way? Do you learn the hotkeys for each ability? (I use only F for FoF atm) Do you do it all by mouse?
Just curious because I am trying to smooth things out by learning key hotkeys. ie HOME for zooming to base, F for FoF and numbering each unit as I build it (although I usually forget what I have on each number).
Also interested on people's take on Guardians. I notice in replays of high level games, many eldar players dont get Mysticism/Plasma nades, but I personally find them really useful as they help cut down on the FoF dancing which gives me a headache.
The other big issue is engagements in two places at once. Microing one fight is tough enough, but how...I can't...is it possible to manage two at once in different areas of the map?
I've had a look at the Eldar guides in the Tactica forums and its useful, but its really just the execution I need help with. I know the theory behind using eldar, I just need help with the best way to manage them, be it hotkeys or whatever.
Anyway this became a bit of a wall o' text, but I look forward to your thoughts.