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Old 04 Mar 2006, 04:12   #25 (permalink)
crazedmongoose2003
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Default Re: Space Marine Hating

Well most people are bitter because for every non spacemarine update there's 10 spacemarine or spacemarine variant update and for every xenos army there's 20 spacemarine or chaos spacemarine army. The fact is that the average human is supposed to be the basic stat line has become drastically below average due to the fact that the most popular race is Spacemarines, followed at second place by Chaos spacemarines, and thats not mentioning Necrons, Deamon Hunters, Witch Hunters etc.


But I love the average spacemarine players, they ensure I have a constant supply of incompetent commanders to absolutely decimate on the playing feild when i just don't feel like a challenge or getting my rear end handed to the local IG or Dark Eldar guru. (Call me a bad sport, cos I know I am, but I play 40k to relax and feel good, getting beaten doesn't make me feel good. Personally for me, concentration and devotion is for school, work, exams, not for part time recreational hobbies...)


Now, veteran spacemarines commanders, are something else completely. They're around 1 in 100 but are absolutely devastating on the battlefeild. Ironically a lot of them learnt to play with another race first and then moved on the spacemarines.


Reason? Spacemarines are too good simply. A spacemarine player playing a non spacemarine player of the same skill realistically would win most of the time. Almost every single rule becomes an exception when you're spacemarine. Open topped vehicles are no longer open topped, you can rally under half strength, you can't get run down.....its just ridiculous.


However this is a double edged sword in reality. Because SM are so compromising and so forgiving, your SM player will not learn the hard way and be forced to suffer an exponential learning curve. They're the ones who even though having played for 2-3 years, still do not use cover, or coherent assaults, or carefully measure range, or use any semblance of strategy beyond army list making and "this attacks that" , simply because they've come to the mentality that anything any other army can feild SM can feild a better unit (and that's true for the majority), but when they come up against an opponent who knows his stuff, they'l be in trouble.


Thus in summary

SM rookie beats Xenos rookie
Xenos average beats SM average
SM veteran and Xenos veteran are equal, there's no overall trend there
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