Vio'ra Mal'caor wrote:True Stuff. I've been a fan of the Tau since I first started playing. I have never played another faction, simply because I fell in love with the optimistic(ish), blue-skinned xenos. I find the imperials too gritty, the eldar too weird, the Orks just plain stupid, the Necrons creepy, the Tyranids plain terrifying (to look at and play), and I never regretted a single day of building my army.
This sounds like a lot of us! But I think Tau are still like that- optimisting, different, a fresh and unique race in the 40k galaxy.
Vio'ra Mal'caor wrote:However, when 8th rolled round, I felt dissapointed in the lazy writing , rushed rules and general stupidity that the writers bought. Most of all, I was devastated at how the Tau no longer felt like they had for at least 7 editions. I began to regret giving the guys at GW my hard-earnt money, and felt that a important part of my life for so many years had been shivved in the face until it was unrecognisable. GW has ruined the Tau by giving them rules that seem like pale imitations of the Tau we love. We have always been not a casual army, but a powergaming one, built for optimisation, fine tuning and awesome fighting. We were a hot rod, with 16 cylinders and a turbocharger. Now, we are a sad crapsmobile with rust and a engine that occasionally revs, but just backfires most of the time. I know this is pessimistic, but sadly, it's the truth. We really have hit the Great Tau Depression.
We're all annoyed by the nerf, but please, slow down for a minute. Every edition has ups and downs with which units are tweaked- this edition hits a little close to home. That's okay though! Learning to adapt and thrive in a dynamic galaxy is what Tau are all about- pushing the frontier.
It's going to be 8-9 months I bet before the Codex comes out, and things will change again. Don't say we've been 'ruined' just because there are balancing issues with the stopgap rules. For the time being, we're the same old great Tau with more expensive suits and weaker Markerlights, but plenty of amazing new things like CIBs, Commanders, and Gun Drones.
Do you think we can't be optimized or fine-tuned? Look at this forum. It's more alive than ever before, with tons of new people, new voices, and new ideas. We're churning out competitive lists like crazy, inventing new strategies and quickly defining the new meta.
That's the kind of dynamic, thriving, expanding faction I want to be a part of, whether or not the XV8s cost a few more points.