CDR_Farsight wrote:Now depending on rules interpretation, we do have a strategy to mitigate this that I expanded on in a different thread about what I call "pocket wounds" or wounds that you can take that don't degrade your army; however, some events and stores don't allow you to pass off successful wounds to the drones after you have started taking saves on the suits
I.E.- take saves on the suits until you reach two wounds then pass the rest off to drones.
You can absolutely do that as it it explicitly stated in the rule book. "You opponent can allocate the wounds one at a time, making saving throws and suffering damage as appropriate." And since Savior Protocols trigger on each attack that successfully wounds, you make the decision one at a time. I see no other possible interpretation that would even imply I am supposed to make a single decision whether to allocate a pool of wounds either all on the Drones or all on the suits.
And that's what makes shooting small arms on the suits ineffective. You are not killing any drones until I'm failing two 3+ saves. With a possible CP re-roll.
It takes on average 36 BS4+ Lasgun shots to put two wounds on a Crisis suit. Afterwards it takes 6 additional shots to kill a single drone (provided there no Shield Drones, or that the Tau player doesn't decides it's ok to lose a single suit and keeps rolling his saves as normal).
The same 36 shots kills 3 Drones when fired directly at them. If you have, like REALLY large quantities of lasguns in rapid fire range with FRFSRF (disregarding the obvious questions of why are the suits so close to a killing zone like that and why aren't the guardsmen dead), then sure, shoot them directly at the suits, but otherwise it's better to kill the drones and then shoot heavy weapons.