The most common complaint I hear about DBS is that they are SWC heavy. DBS has a couple high SWC which I think people consider 'Mandatory'. I want to review if they are actually required, and if there is an alternative option or tactic. Brawler MSV2 Sniper (1.5 SWC): I think this is the big one. Since it's DBSs only MSV2 model. I personally don't like MSV snipers. They tend to be avoidable by camo models. I prefer my MSV on active hunting models. I would have preferred a Marksman rifle with MSV2. It saves a lot of SWC and the range is still fairly good. An alternative to MSV is to play pathfinders and use sensor/satlock tricks to reveal and target camo models. Its active hunting vs passive AROs but it saves a lot of SWC, while adding specialists to your list. The last alternative is to use see if you can use the peacemakers Armbots to remove the camo models. It pairs will with pathfinders. Druze Fireteam Core: HMG, HRL or Clipper (1.5 SWC each):This to me is the second biggest point sink. In most fireteams I usually always put an HMG as my main point weapon. Its actually become habit to start with it when its an option in a fireteam. In DBS I am a fan of the Clipper, the bonuses from the fireteam combined with the MML2 makes it mean point piece. The problem is I don't think DBS can afford two 1.5 SWC weapons in the fireteam. If you use one as point, the second becomes a SWC waste. I'm still not 100% sold on the idea but I'll probably use a clipper and replace the HMG with a marksman to save SWC. I've included the Brawler HRL in this grouping because of the cost, but I don't see being heavily use with you have the other 2 options. The assault pistol is a nice extra on the HRL, bit not worth 1.5 SWC. Tags (1.5/2 SWC): If playing a tag you need to build a list around them. I don't think anyone considers either of them mandatory. They can be SWC expensive if you are not careful on the other SWC models. For me its a trade off of a TAG or 2 peacmakers. I prefer the Peacemakers. Le Muet (1.5 SWC): Skip Spitfire Peacemaker (1 SWC): This is where I'm torn, I love these guys and want 2 in every list. It hurts when I have to trim one out to make room for other models. I've tried the Heavy Shotgun profile but its just not the same. I know this is personal preference but I think they are more important to than the MSV2. Sierra (1 SWC): I know a few people who ALWAYS use a TR HMG. I've been trying to avoid them as a crutch but I may bring them back into my usual rotation. a conservatively placed TR-bot is something to work around. Valery Gromoz (.5 SWC): Given this is DBS only regular hacker, she sort of is a mandatory model. Personal opinion: In order to have a SWC efficient list only one 1.5 SWC model should be used in the main fireteam. Its arguable which one should be point. I like the Clipper ML just for its AP/EXP destructive power, and ease to repair. My Brawler engineer is usually about 1 order away hidden behind it. It may cost a command token to re-roll the repair with a WIP 12, but its the most consistent recovery I can see. The markman rifle is my backup instead of the the HMG. Its not as good, but 1.5 SWC is better used elsewhere. I think I'll be keep using 2 Peacemakers and an Sierra for fun factor. Add in Gromoz and you already have 5 SWC. It leaves a bit of room for a couple other options such as Red furies, AHD or EVOs. I Just find the MSV sniper too expensive to justify. If I'm expecting a Camo heavy list I may replace the Sierra, but I'm rarely play against lists with lots of camo.