So, I've heard for a little while now that Word Bearers are the objectively worst Codex: CSM faction. After building an army of them (small and supported by a Chaos Knight, but still) I'm seeing why. Upon looking into it... yeah, we aren't the best. Their Legion Trait is literally ATSKNF. Granted, it's fluffy (fanatics, plus we're probably the only Legion which is still mostly a Legion instead of splintered warbands) and it's nice to have, but come on. Advance and charge same turn? Yes, please, I even abandoned the World Eaters trait for my Khorne stuff just because I like advance and charge so much better. World Eaters and Emperor's Children get Berzerkers and Noise Marines, respectively, as troops, on top of bonus attacks (World Eaters) or fight first (Emperor's Children). Black Legion get Assault for free on Rapid Fire weapons, Alpha Legion get the Raven Guard Chapter Tactic... and Word Bearers get ATSKNF as theirs. Whoop-dee-doo. It is the woooooorst.
Granted, we do get neat stuff, in the Voice of Lorgar Warlord Trait (good for Dark Apostles) and the Cursed Crozius (again, good for Dark Apostles) but in general, they're... actually only good for Dark Apostles. Which makes sense,and is suuuuuper fluffy, but also kind of trash. But why? Why do we have to be such relative trash? At the moment, they don't even get unique characters. They could easily give us Erebus and Kor Phaeron; Erebus would be a Dark Apostle, and Kor Phaeron would be a unique Chaos Lord in Termie armor. The two could even synergize well, with some sort of complementing ability. That would make us good. Maybe a unique Raptor variant from the Ashen Circle, maybe a better Possessed unique to us. Instead, we're just reskinned and worse Black Legion with no uniques. Why?