Q: How can Primaris marines be the new meta/standard/yardstick when you keep comparing them to a regular marine?
A: They can't. Any time you use a non primaris marine as a baseline to show how primaris are better, you reinforce that regular marines are the baseline.
Except that is not what I have done. Try to think more big picture instead of just bandwagoning on another post.
Intercessor is the Troop choice for a Primaris Force. Possibly even the Hellblasters as well in the new box set. Now look at all the other leaks we have had from the other factions and their Troop choices as well as other units. Now look at the Tactical Squad profile we have been given that is just basically an import from 7th. Now which unit do you think 8th was designed around? GW
sure as hell didn't look at Gaunts and say, "Let's make a new Gaunt model and have that be the benchmark for adjusting all other units in the game." They sure as hell didn't look to the Tactical Squad and say, "Let's take this profile and use it as the benchmark to adjust all other units in the game." But they did make a brand new model, gave it a new stat line and by appearances from the stats and rules we have seen from other factions, used it as the benchmark to adjust all those said factions. Except one, the SM Tactical Squad.
So taking Primaris and comparing them to a Tactica Squad to show they are better is not the premise, but instead taking not only the Primaris but what we have learned from all the other factions and saying that the Tactical Squad is way underpowered in comparison to all the others.