Sheeb wrote:Great thoughts GI. I see your point for the 6+ FNP. I guess I just place more value on the area denial aspect of the EWO. What are your thoughts on the two larger weapon choices?
Oh don't get me wrong, against the right army the EWO is amazing. I personally just am not a huge fan of upgrades that require my opponent to build their list a certain way in order to be effective. If I'm playing my local Blood Angels player, you bet I'm taking an EWO on the Stormsurge. But if I'm playing against the Guard player, or one of the Ad Mech players, or the Ravenwing player, or the Death Guard player, its far less useful. Depends on your meta and what you plan on facing.
As for the big guns, the PBC wins out, pretty much every time. Starting with the PDC, it has great range, being able to reach out and touch anyone on the board, 72" is awesome standoff range. But, that's about all the PDC has going for it. The PDC is more than double the points cost compared to the PBC, and is very lackluster for what we get. D3 shots is simply too low (Sure its D6 against units with 10 or more models, but why exactly are you shooting a S 10 AP -4 D D6 weapon at a horde unit), and D6 damage is too variable on a BS 4+ model, especially for a weapon that costs almost 100 points by itself. I want to like the PDC, I really do, but the results are far too variable for the points we pay for it, it needs more reliable shooting and a points drop in order to be effective.
The PBC, on the other hand, is very nice. Sure the 30" range option is mediocre with only D1, but the 20" and 10" range options are fantastic, 4 S12 AP -3 (with ATS which you will have) D 3 shots or 2 S14 AP -5 D 6 shots is great, you're gonna reliably put the hurt on something every turn, with proper ML support. The main drawbacks on the PBC are the range and required mobility of this gun. Having to be within 20" to make the most of our shooting does put the Stormsurge almost too close for comfort. A proper screen of Drones or FW is all but required for a PBC Surge to ensure fast melee units cannot get within assault range of the Surge, and keep Meltas out of range and Plasma out of rapid fire. The other issue is that, odds are with the PBC you will never be able to make use of your stabilizing anchors. A PBC Surge should constantly be on the move, advancing forward to get in that 20" sweet spot, falling back to stay out of the enemy's threat range, maneuvering to ensure the screen is properly protecting it, etc. You're gonna likely be on the move all game, never giving you a chance to deploy those Anchors for the +1 to hit.
In the end, the PBC wins out over the PDC. The increased range the PDC offers simply cannot overcome the sheer improvement in reliability and killing potential that the PBC offers us.