So we have a new gent at the friendly local game store who plays orks. He's a nice guy. Not a WAAC player at all. That said, he happens to like bringing various sorts of deathstars to the table. My first game against him, his Nob Bikers took maybe two casualties versus my incubi and the shooting from my kabailites, but I basically couldn't do anything against them. My second game, he brought some sort of Forgeworld unti with a transport capacity of 30 and loaded it up with three squads of meganobz. It was maelstrom, andI outscored him big time, but his nobs and lootas tabled me on turn 6. I was able to whittle down the meganobz, but not before they killed whatever they chose to charge each turn. In the last game, he made the mistake of outflanking Council of da Waaaagh thus allowing my 'nid ally and I to pretty much annihilate him, but we kept playing for the ehck of it to see what the star could do. He charged a squad of wyches, a 20-strong warrior blob, a kitted out archon and succubus, and a 5 man squad of grotesques as a multi-assault. I think I did 5 wounds and lost all my units. Sort of. The store was kicking us out, so we didn't resolve it properly.
It feels like anything I throw at one of his stars just bounces off. Even units dedicated to cleaving through tough units like my incubi barely dent such units before being taken out. I've tried simply avoiding his stars with my (usually) superior speed, but that doesn't really work against bikers. I could maybe gain some firepower by swapping my lances out for disintegrators, but then I'd be that much less capable of dealing with the vehicles that often carry his stars. I could keep trying to simply avoid his stars all game while wracking up points, but maelstrom is random enough to make that difficult, and I can always get tabled anyway (like in my second game against him).
To be fair, I usually run assault-heavy lists which probably doesn't help. Perhaps the 20 man wariror blob coming out of a portal I've started running could do some damage if they got a clean shot at one of his stars...