If you run Purifiers, you run 3 x 5 in a Stormraven to deliver them, as they can't DS.
If 1 gets in range, usually all three do.
Plus the Banner you DSed.
The Beta rules are a nerf, even if you claim you can still get -3 casts off, as it makes it easier for the enemy to Deny your super important (And the whole reason to use Purifiers) Cleansing Flame.
The Beta rules *will* totally effect Purifiers. In a drastic and impactful manner. Leading them to be further sheveld and ignored.
Purifiers are an expensive setup to run, requiring an expensive transport to get them into place, and the otherwise useless Brother Captain (which is also never ever taken, unless you're running Purifiers).
Any additional nerfs to this specific, underused and expensive composition will render it even more unused and unplayable.
To be clear, this *is* a Purifier nerf.
Edit: Of the 25 Army Lists on the front page of the GK Army List sub forum (from Nov 17) there isn't a single Purifier Squad listed in any of them.
Nothing that makes Purifiers more difficult to use should be supported.
Also consider that it also makes taking allied Psykers harder with Purifiers. Any Inquisitor you take (and generic Inquisitors, especially Greyfax, can be staples for GK lists, from effectiveness to fluff) plays badly with Cleansing Flame and the Beta rules.
At the end of the day, if you want to excuse GK from the Beta rules, you have to do this based on Faction Keyword. You can't link it to Smite properties, or rules like Rites of Banishment, as they aren't generic enough.
Edited by Gentlemanloser, 06 March 2018 - 09:01 AM.