I'm a new player, and while my passion is there, my command experience is almost non-existent. As a result, I'm not comfortable calling myself a Shas'o here, but it's my understanding that the rank of Shas'el exists between Shas'vre and Shas'o. Hence, the title of a confused Shas'el...
I have a basic, but likely wide-ranging, question regarding the difference between the battlefield use and the "paper use" of common T'au units such as Crisis Teams or Broadsides. Both, but especially the former, have different configurations that creates a sense of variety in role and strength and use. And yet, it seems only a handful of weapon and system loadouts are sanctioned during "serious" discussion, which removes sense of flexibility save in only a few already-well-defined roles.
Casual and Serious: Useful Distinction?
It is my hope to discuss the merits of this serious/casual distinction, identifying which loadouts are casual and which are serious, and then also discussing the intended or assumed role of each loadout if folks are willing to the heavy lifting here.
Do Opposing Forces Change the Discussion?
Perhaps we can touch on assumption of enemy forces as well, since a table of MEQ or a table of Ork Boyz are quite different. Do certain "casual" load-outs become less "casual" in the face of certain adversaries?
Does Playstyle or the Metagame Affect the Discussion?
Considerations for player style, opponent style, and the local metagame seem to matter quite a bit, but they aren't defined before many conversations about the merits of various loadouts. Is there a common, unspoken assumption that we're only talking about tournament environments unless otherwise noted?
- Triple Fusion
- Triple CIB
- Triple Flamer
- Fusion, Fusion, Flamer
- CIB, CIB, ATS
- Triple Missile Pods
- Missiles, Missiles, ATS
- Missiles, Missiles, Flamer
- Any Serious or Conditional plus a Drone Controller
Finally, what about Drones? Gun only, Shield only, Marker only? Under what circumstances does one take any of these or some mix?
In any event, I hope to help facilitate the discussion here with some questions for clarity.