The new PfP is not only more reliable, but also less of a pain in the butt to keep track off. You could only reliably kill one thing a turn anyway as a rule of thumb... It ticking on will mean so much more of your army will benefit from this rule.I'm with you on the scourges. I can see them being the new 'blasterborn' of the old book.
I think the consistent increase of Power From Pain over the game will make some strategies a little more viable and easier to execute.
For example, you now don't have to worry about whether a unit gets fed or not, and thus do not have to prioritse them or give them the standard haemo-babysit to get the early boost.
I think the loss of bladevanes will hurt Reavers as far as inclusion goes. We used to have a nifty unit that could kill a handful of GEQs and blast a tank without too much bother.. we now have a unit that cannot do that - something I would imagine Scourges will do to a greater effect, and blasterborn being a safer option.
I can't see me having to make too many changes to my current play style, the extended effects of splinter racks to splinter cannons actually suits me wonderfully.
however, we've lost our bruiser Archon, so I guess we'll just have to wait for Vect to reappear and see what over-costed bollocks he brings to the table.
You've swayed me to at least give Reavers a look'see.The new PfP is not only more reliable, but also less of a pain in the butt to keep track off. You could only reliably kill one thing a turn anyway as a rule of thumb... It ticking on will mean so much more of your army will benefit from this rule.
I still think reavers are just plain awesome. They cost as much as a grey hunter with extra CC weapon... and they still shoot with a rifle if need be, CC well if need be, jink on a 3++ if need be, turboboost a massive distance... at -6 ppm, making them only marginally more expensive than marines, I'll take the loss of bladevanes ANY day, especially now with Hit&Run. I'm not sure about cluster calltrops, as HoW is done against armor facing, but I can see big units of reavers clocking in around 200p with some upgrades, to be be dangerous.
I think losing some power in the archon might just get offset by his new court though... But lack of AP2 does hurt him a lot.