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Berserkers vs Possessed

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I keep hearing people say that Berserkers + Plague Marines are the ultimate combo for CSM, but I've been wondering about something...

Possessed are only 5 more points each, have the same number of attacks, 1 more Strength, an inv save, have the other Marks available to them, and the special rule that makes Berserkers nice, Furious Charge, is arguably the second worst option on the Possessed Ability Table--and just in case they don't get it and you really want that Initiative bonus they'd lack, you can just give them Mark of Slaanesh.

While I understand Berserkers being troops makes them better in objective-holding games, my friends and I only rarely do that, we usually just set up and kill each other. With that in mind, Possessed actually seem like a better option for the tactical role of Berserkers. Is there something important I'm missing by thinking this?
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I don't know... I just keep looking at the Berserkers and thinking they just look like more expensive vanilla Chaos Marines with Mark of Khorne, but more expensive and trading versatility (longer range weapons, special weapons options, etc.) for Furious Charge and Fearless. They just don't seem worth it to me. Sure, Furious Charge is kinda nice, but it only lasts one round of close combat, so if they don't wipe out the unit they're not much different. Fearless is kinda cool too, but with their high leadership and how unlikely they are to lose a close combat round, that doesn't seem like a big deal either.

I just don't understand the appeal I guess, but I'm open to hearing the arguments for it.
That makes sense, I can see how possessed are better than berserkers most of the time. I'm still wondering about berserkers vs vanilla marines with mark of khorne, though.
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