Keeps coming up all the time and I keep wondering:
People that play competitively claim 5th is a shooting game, with a serious bias against melee armies. On the other hand, people that play casually claim melee armies dominate their games, with shooty armies at a distinct advantage.
I keep wondering, why is that, what makes this distinction. And then recently I think I finally got it - now I'd like to hear what other people think about my theory:
5th is not dominated by shooting per se, it is dominated by shooty vehicle armies. Actually, make that vehicle armies, since there are no other kind of vehicles than shooty vehicles.
Which would mean, essentially, that vehicles trump melee, which trump shooty infantry. Or to put it even shorter:
vehicles > melee infantry > shooty infantry
Assuming that I am right, this would explain the different perception by different players, as on the tournament scene shooty infantry seems to be as much of a rarity as pure mech spam is with most casual fluff players.
Essentially, the one half means vehicles when they talk about shooting, the other half means shooty infantry, and as a result they really do talk about different things. But none really notices, because the term "shooting" is used by both.
Does anyone agree? What did I miss or get wrong?