Newtauplayer2016 wrote:Commander-spam is... boring. And cheesy.
You're right that Commander spam is boring and cheesy. However, Shadowsun has several flaws that make her, ultimately, just not that good as a character, I think.
First, for durability, T4 is much worse than T5- it's essentially impossible to get 2+ to wound against T5 except in the rarest of cases, while T8 and T9 are incredibly common. So, we see that Shadowsun is harder to hit and easier to wound, and with one fewer wound, she's just not as durable as a Commander. In fact, just doing the math shows that
Second, she costs about as much as a Commander (w/o Drones) yet has half the firepower. No need to explain further here.
Third, you're paying points for abilities of dubious quality. Her Command-Link Drone is practically worthless, Defenders of the Greater Good is highly situational, it's unlikely you'll ever want to use Genius of Kauyon (as Shadowsun always wants to keep mobile), and her 5++ save seems like a mediocre trait since, if the opponent has the opportunity to target her, she's probably dead.
With this in mind, Shadowsun is definitely a cool, fluffy character- however, her low-impact weapon loadout, comparatively high points cost, and suite of relatively useless abilities makes her a mid-tier character at best, I think.
It's a shame, really- the Tau Empire's top two characters, Shadowsun and Farsight, are relegated to middling budget choices when other factions get access to 400+ point combat monsters.