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Fusion Blaster on Stealth Suits?
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Old 28 May 2006, 22:29   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fusion Blaster on Stealth Suits?

Is it worthwhile to take a fusion blaster in a team of 3 stealth suits? I dont have a particular army matchup in mind, I mean more just for an all purpose general tau army.
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Old 28 May 2006, 23:00   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Fusion Blaster on Stealth Suits?

I think this topic has been discussed a lot, so search the threads and there should be a bunch of good input.

Anyways, IMO I think its not worth it at all. By making the unit be able to tackle tanks and heavy units it reduces the effectiveness against a stealth's primary target...infantry. The range also screws FB as a good option.
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Old 28 May 2006, 23:59   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Fusion Blaster on Stealth Suits?

I've had 3-man squads of stealth suits holding up heavy tanks at chokepoints, simply because they didn't want to move within FB range. If you truly want an all-purpose unit, I would have to say it is 2 points well spent. 6 or 9 shots at infantry...well... You decide if it is worth it or not, but I would not recommend actually going out and actively hunting tanks with stealth suits.
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Old 29 May 2006, 05:13   #4 (permalink)
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I've had 3-man squads of stealth suits holding up heavy tanks at chokepoints, simply because they didn't want to move within FB range. If you truly want an all-purpose unit, I would have to say it is 2 points well spent. 6 or 9 shots at infantry...well... You decide if it is worth it or not, but I would not recommend actually going out and actively hunting tanks with stealth suits.
It isn't two points, it is in the region of fourty points when you consider the cost of the suit and weapon you are replacing. When you consider you have to buy a minimum of three suits it becomes far more expensive then crisis suits with TL fusion and a shield gen (you can get three of these crisis suits for around the same as a full stealth team with two fusion blasters).

Even if you faced an army with a ludicious amount of armour, you would be better off dropping the stealths entirely for crisis, rather then use stealths with fusion. The range of fusion blasters is to far under the average range that your opponent will role to spot the stealths. It could concievably be worth it if your opponent regularly puts tanks unsupported on his flanks (the stealths can infiltrate or deep strike, blow the tank, and be out of effective range of nearby infantry who they start harrasing next turn).
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Old 29 May 2006, 07:01   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Fusion Blaster on Stealth Suits?

One of the strengths of the tau army is that each unit is extremely specialized. Over the past few months I have completely changed my army tactics away from individual unit flexibility to overal army flexibility. What this means is that each unit in my army individualy is specialized for a certain task, aka GEQ killing, MEQ killing, Tank hunting ect.

Overall, I find that I lose immense shooting value when I was tank hunting with my stealth suits, as only one or two suits in a 200 point unit were firing and doing anything effective. Better to spend 100 points on a deepstriking tank-killer TL FB squad which stands a MUCH better chance at killing the tanks for far less points.
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Old 29 May 2006, 07:12   #6 (permalink)
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Killing isn't everything. I find it funny how people react different to a 3-man unit of stealths equipped with a FB, than to an all BC one. An infiltrating unit for 92 points that in the right circumstances can tie up immense enemy assets. You don't have to be in range to be scary
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