|Where to fit in?|
The time has come to wrap up my essay on crisis suits. I hope you've enjoyed the first two parts explaining what weapons the battlesuits of Tau can take and how they can combine their weapons an support systems to create different niches for crisis suits to fill. Today, we'll look at the bigger picture and must ask if crisis suits still have a place in a competitive Tau army.
The novelty of 6th edition means the meta has no discernible form yet due to the sweeping changes brought by the new FAQs and the absence of any sixth edition codices. In fifth edition armies generally revolved around multiple small units (MSU), kill point denial (KPD) or counter-meta armies designed to counter the strengths of the current fashion and exploit their weaknesses (e.g. deathwing post-FAQ). Until there are more sixth edition changes to the armies, there isn't any group of a few codices or army styles that will stand out, so there are more archetypes of lists floating in the tournament aether. One trend I've heard of is a trend toward more 'extreme' lists.
For instance, consider the changes to vehicles with the hull point system. The chance for a vehicle to be killed in one shot by a non-armor penetration one or two weapon is much less, but the possibility to permenantly suppress a vehicle but be unable to kill it is gone. Some will see the eventual death of all vehicles regardless to a lack of a destroyed result and revert entirely infantry lists. Others will see the decreased vulnerability of vehicles to one-shot-kills and shift to entirely mechanized or even air cavalry lists.
|Pictured: A sample of armies at the last 40k tournament.|
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If the 40k tournament format allowed for list alterations of a certain amount before each match, like Magic, the Gathering's sideboard system which allows a 15 card sideboard for a 60 card deck, I can see the single weapon+ suits being a fantastic choice for Tau, but as of now they simply don't have much place unless the rest of the list was constructed in such a way that one element is absent.
The best choice for crisis suits is probably the middle road between the two extremes, either of the double weapon suits or the primary/secondary weapon suits. The weapons you choose can be somewhat directed by your knowledge of your local tournament setting, and you should have some expectations if you are returning to a venue. Be prepared and understand your army to determine what choice is best for you.
...and in sixth edition you may discover that crisis suits are not the best choice for Tau armies. Though I will continue running them for aesthetic reasons, crisis suits are unquestionably expensive for the firepower they bring. Some of this is accounted for in their superb mobility; some of their weapons are the equivalent of heavy weapons for other armies and are assault weapons for Tau. The rest can be ascribed to the age of the codex, but no amount of apologetics can make the crisis suits less expensive. Their cost is the biggest weakness of crisis suits and means that you lack the points to fix your other weaknesses.
|Can I get your autograph now?|
The choice is, as always yours, but I have made my analysis and case for bringing different types of crisis suits that I think can aid your army's performance. They will bring more enjoyment to your gaming, if you enjoy mobility as I do, but they are the visual icon of the Tau Empire and as will have a place in my heart and mind as long as I play 40k. Next time, we look at the motor pool of the Tau.
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