I started Infinity three years ago and I decided to go with Steel Phalanx as my faction of choice. I liked the minitaures (Bootleg Penny is still unreached) and I liked the fluff that came with the Greeks. They were also pretty competitive and quite respected among the Infinity players. Now, three years later, I find myself and SP in a different place: - Other factions lost their distinctive strengths and weaknesses due to the availability of mercenaries to most of them in their regular line-up to counter these peculiarities. In SP, I can only have the black&white-logoed ALEPH troopers or pay in those extremely sparse SWCs to hire from a broader range. I am aware that selecting a sectorial limits my selection of troopers. I am okay with that. So I just hope that the availability of Bounty Hunters and other guns for hire in other Sectorials is a transitional phenomenon heading towards N4. - Link-Teams are now quite common, even among the Core factions. This nullifies SP´s bonus by distinctive access to the Enomotarchos links. I like the Enomotarchos rules allowing only troopers of the same basic training to link, but is this something special? Not anymore. - No TAG: well, tactically I can have HI characters who function quite like TAGs, but they lack what TAGs bring to the battlefield: Heavy weaponry (MULTI-HMG, Cannons, etc.) and the ability to drop someone on foot. So, why no Talos or Trojan Horse, there´d be so fun options to make something from? - Fluff-wise: with the existence of O-12 as a faction, what´s the political point in having the SP anymore? - O12: An abundance of Akrylat, Adhesive launchers and nonlethal attacks is extremely effective against SP´s notorious lack of orders. Nice move, I truley like that! A lack of immunities opens another vulnerability for SP here. - With the coming of OSS: Good to see the rest of the ALEPH troopers getting to be used in a Sectorial after all. I really enjoy playing against them. Posthumans are awesome and Asuras are overpowered badasses that are really challenging! - SP was left out, when distributing newly introduced skills: Fatality (L1 & L2), Tactical Awareness, Counterintelligence, Lieutenant 2 (Hector?), NCO (come on, Scylla & Atalanta have it in their names already...), and others. While SP already has a handful of skills, those definitely make a difference (using a linked Lt.´s Lt-order, double crit-range on high burst weapons, etc.). So why nerfing SP by letting them out for those goodies? - Equipment: SP used to be known to wield the cutting edge of equipment. While that might still be true, they´re not alone anymore. ODDs are widespread, now and some other equipment is not available to SP at all: HD+, Def. HD, Deployable Repeaters, Biometric Visors, Remote Assistance, E/M-anything...? - No 5-head Fireteams: those are common now, but quite restricted, just as the Enomotarchos FTs, I have access to. But not having access to them (and the BS+3-Mod) sets SP back. More Enomotarchos options could counter that. - There is no option to link a Sniper even though the Agêmas would be perfect for an Enomotarchos option. Just give them a someone that can link them and they´d be awesome again, even compared to 5-head-team-linked snipers. I do not hink that´s OP since there are B5-Fat.L2 opponents out there! - There are only three different troopers for a Dactyl Fireteam (okay the Engineers comes in two loadouts, but the Flammenspeer is only an option if the rest of the list leaves me with 0.5 SWC). I can chosse Doc & Eng. multiple times, but what´s the point? Why not have a hacker or another Specialist Operative in there as well, running with Acmon from button to button? -SP is still great in campaign play, but only because of Thamyris, the only Journalist L2 in the game. If that gets nerfed or more widespread as well, I see nothing special in SP any longer. In Tournament play, this is completely irrelevant and Thamyris is not a good choice. - Lt options. The cheapest Lt.option comes with 25pts/1.5SWC and is one of three options to create a Thorakitai link (besides Thrasymedes, the only Infiltrator and Hector) and carries a Spitfire. If linked, she loses the Lt.order and the link creeps along on MOV 4-2. Diomedes can either be Lt. or use his AD (this combination makes no sense whatsoever, but costs points), three usually link and loose their Lt. order and two are characters in the 70+pts. range. So I always choose between losing my Lt. order or sinking almost 1/4 of my points into the Lt.. Achilles is a Rambo piece, supposed to run ahead... As a result, I have to run Hector? Seriously? - So many MOV 4-2 troopers. Thorakitai come with ARM 3 instead and the Agêma Snipers aren´t suppoed to run around after all, but I don´t see MOV 4-2 that often in other factions. Line Troops usually come with 4-4... - So, what did SP get: more Thorakitai (very nice!), Hippolyta (disappointing: a female Ajax who can´t even link; cool fluff though), a Remote Resculpt (okay, but not necessary imho) and an Andromeda boost, that didn´t make her more playable (btw.: why does the FD L2-loadout lose the BS in favor of a CR? That doesn´t make sense to me. Why not Sensor?). Don´t get me wrong, I don´t want any of the Alien Tech or other stuff, I don´t have at all (significant Infiltrators, Impersonation, Mines, Scavenger, Booty, Immunities, ...), I´m just asking for SP not to be left out of the Power Creep. Yes, I´m whining here and I do plan on choosing my next faction already. I just don´t want to be forced to choose a different faction and I do want to continue playing my beloved Greeks in a competitive environment. I´m building a table for them specifically. If SP is destined to go the way of Acontecimento and the Merowingians, please let me know asap. If not, please, CB, dedicate some love to the Greeks and keep them significant. Thank you.