urogard wrote:I know that they are now actually pickable in a USA deck
Before they were not worth the deck slot unless in very specific situations and hence not worth to be picked in general.
Why though? What actual role do they fill now?
Before they were fairly cost effective for pure city fights, but what can they do now that AT-4 infantry (or CG infantry in Norad) can't do?
From what I've been seeing, Delta can now effectively fight against infantry backed up with serious FSVs by cutting some pretty heavy duty transports more quickly. I've noticed that because Delta seem to take less morale damage than when they had the M72 LAW, which shows through the impression that they seem to ruck through forests much faster now. However, that could be my impression because I'm starting to gain an intuitive understanding of infantry speed.
Either way, the inclusion of even a single 1 armor .50 cal tank seems to represent a significant amount of suppression. M72s were likely having their paltry accuracy undermined from morale effects before they could strike a 1HK on those transports. Taken in a larger context, Delta meeting up against combined arms were probably 'running in the red' more often than not because they'd be constantly making contact with 1, 2, 3 AV vehicles before they could regain their ATW's accuracy back.
That said, Delta's advantages are arguably their speed and elite status ( the standard SF bonus ). Now that they have something that will reliably kill 2 AV transports in 1 shot, they are agile and capable. ( I don't remember what Canada's SF are) Otherwise, they're just better riflemen.