So as I stated in my previous post I am seriously wondering if the new DC are worth fielding. They always are affected by the USR Rage so a cagey opponent can lead them by the nose around the table with a trukk or landspeeder.
Here is what they've got this time around:
•Furious Charge, Feel No Pain, Relentess, WS5
•You can also upgrade the squad with a Chaplain (more points)
•Options for power weapons, power fists & pistols (infernus & plasma), bolters
•Option for jump pack or transport
So basically their hitting power has been buffed back up to the former level of 3ed if you are willing to sink the points. There are other units now that can be similarly buffed though such as Honorguard (albiet smaller squad, 5) & Vanguard veterans. The DC always raging really rankles this unit for me and I will even go so far as to say it cripples them as well. Sure Rage is not necessarily a huge problem versus some armies but these types of matches will be your best case. You can get around Rage to a certain extent by putting them in a transport but that is not a fullproof plan either.
I see them best used as an uber shock unit delivered to the enemy doorstep via some transport. They pop out, shoot then assault their primary target. After that you hope for the best. I am currently thinking I'd rather spend these points on Vanguard veteran joined to a Sanguinary Priest & toss in a few stormshields. Assault terminators joined to a priest is also another solid choice as well and they would fit in very well with game plan.
I should also mention that the new DC are now a non scoring troop choice which theoritically frees up one elite slot. The thing is though the PDF version of DC counted as an elite choice that did count as a slot in your FOC and the 3ed DC also took up no slot... So being a troop choice now is rather meh to me overall in the grand scheme of all things BA.
I've already seen plenty of new army lists being used to playtest the new rules and to be honest most of them don't include the DC or are running a small unit. To me the Death Company was a big part of the reason why I started playing Blood Angels. I'm not keen on the new auto Rage with no way to control it BUT it does adhere to their background and like I said above their other units you can buff to be just as potent.