Grogalmighty wrote:People love to complain about the Nexus. They really do, forgetting that the damn thing has blind, and is a st 10 ordnance weapon. Yeah it won't erase titans but it WILL flash-fry mobs, especially nids, orcs and guard.
I think the reason why people tend to gloss over those attributes is that with all the many, many, many S5 shots they can bring to the table, flash frying mobs is something that the Tau don't have any difficulty with - even a simple Firewarrior team can put a serious dent in most swarms of light targets. On the other hand, something the Tau do struggle with is superheavy units, with very few units (and virtually none bellow superheavy class) able to quickly erase a superheavy unit before it can do serious damage, and with the increasing number of such superheavy units being fielded in most areas the priority for armament will generally go towards countering those.
In other words, the Nexus suffers from the same problem that Skyrays did in 5th edition - it's not a bad choice, just somewhat redundant and coming at the opportunity cost of equipment that many people really need from the Ta'unar. You can always shoot a large mob of Gaunts or Boyz or Guardsmen to death with massed pulse and SMS fire, but if you need to delete a Titan then your options are more limited.
That's not to say that the Nexus doesn't have a place - I can see it being a very useful support weapon for battlesuit-heavy lists that feature a large number of plasma rifles and fusion blasters for countering armoured targets, for example, as such a force is likely to lack the weight of fire that other Tau lists can throw around and thus face some difficulty with swarms otherwise, but I can't imagine most Tau players looking at different armaments for their Ta'unar and saying "I don't need something that can eliminate superheavy targets, I need more anti-swarm firepower."