BB2020 Elven Union Starting Rosters

Elven Union Starting Rosters Overview

Elven Union teams have the advantage of the cheapest Elf player in the game but they also have some very expensive team mates. The Throwers and Catchers have also had a price increase which affects what you can afford to start with. As with most teams the trade off is going to be between your starting rerolls and the expensive players.

The price rises have meant you can no longer afford to go heavy on positional players and get two rerolls. 5x Linemen, 1x Thrower, 3x Catchers, 2x Blitzers and 2x Rerolls is 5k over the starting budget.

QTYPositionCostMASTAGPAAVSkills & TraitsPriSec
0-12Linemen60k632+4+8+AGS
0-2Thrower75k632+2+8+PassAGPS
0-4Catcher100k832+4+8+Catch, Nerves of SteelAGS
0-2Blitzers115k732+3+9+Block, Side StepAGPS
0-8ReRolls50kApothecary: Yes
Special RulesElven Kingdoms League

Well Rounded Elven Union

QuantityPlayer / ItemCost
7Lineman420k
2Catcher200k
2Blitzer230k
3Rerolls150k
Total1000k

This would be my choice of starting lineup, though the price increases have meant you can no longer start with a Thrower. Passing was never a massive part of Blood Bowl and in quite a few ways it’s been made even harder. This does make dedicated Throwers more valuable if you are going to pass and the Elven Union Thrower is one of the best. However you have decent speed and agility so you should be able to make do without passing a lot of the time.

The Blitzers have slightly better armour and with Block and Side Step they are one of the most annoying players for opponents to deal with on both offence and defence. Elven Union also have the best Catchers in the game, they are fast, agile and have both Catch and Nerves of Steel. They just offer more to your team than the Throwers do and you aren’t giving up any armour verses the Thrower either.

This roster also lets you fit in three rerolls from the start. A lot of Elven teams can really only afford to start with two rerolls and so taking a player with easy access to get Leader is a popular option. This is less important for Elven Union teams which is another reason the Thrower is the one I would start without. Save up for that Apothecary asap and then look to either adding the Thrower or just get more of those amazing Catchers.

If you’re worried about losing the expensive players, then a variation of this roster would be to drop a reroll and start with the Apothecary. The price increases that mean you’re now starting without the Thrower does mean you aren’t going to get Leader as easily.

All Out Catchers Elven Union

QuantityPlayer / ItemCost
6Lineman360k
1Thrower75k
4Catcher400k
2Rerolls100k
1Apothecary50k
Total985k

Blood Bowl Second Season introduced extra winnings for each touchdown your team scores and nothing says scoring touchdowns like the Elven Union Catchers. Starting all four will make it very hard for other teams to stop you scoring. Not having the Blitzers does slightly lower the teams armour and weakens your defensive ability to get the ball off the other team.

You can make a good case here for starting with just two rerolls as you have the Thrower to work towards getting Leader. This saves some funds to get the Apothecary from the start to protect the more expensive players. I personally would probably start with a third reroll as if you score at least twice you’ll have enough money to get an Apothecary after the first game (even if you put 10k towards extra Dedicated Fans).

Reroll Heavy Elven Union

QuantityPlayer / ItemCost
9Lineman540k
2Blitzers230k
4Rerolls100k
Total970k

Despite the price changes you can start a really reroll heavy Elven Union team. You area also guaranteed to have enough money after game one to be able to afford an Apothecary if you keep the money in the bank. With four rerolls then you can ignore ever getting Leader and take passing skills once you’ve got a Thrower. Also starting without Catches means that they aren’t going to be there hogging most of the star player points from scoring touchdowns.

There is a safer variation where you drop a reroll and take an Apothecary instead. That hopefully ensures the survival of your most expensive players and three rerolls is very playable, even though you don’t have any built in skill rerolls to start.

Elven Union Starting Rosters Summary

The price changes, whilst minor, have impacted the amount of choice you previously had with Elven Union teams. There are still a few different viable ways to start and it’s going to come down to personal preference on how you want to play. You can be hard to stop when on offence but defence can be a bit tricky for you and with pretty low armour you might find yourself outnumbered in a lot of games.

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