@primuspilus123 said in Tau Merchant & Protector Escort Tactics and Strategy:
Sorry about the Necrons. I've seen how explosive and intense Necron balancing discussions can get.
So for Tau fleets, what would be an optimal number of escorts to bring?
Is it worth bringing the Custodian or the carrier Emssairy LC's for the free Wardens?
Is there a particular formation or spread of escorts that wud maximize Tau scouting range?
Thanks for the answers @VectorStrike !
On Tau Protector Fleet:
From what I've read around the net, The Custodian seems to be quite expensive for what it does. People rather use 5 Protectors and bring Castellans as escorts, instead of Wardens. The Tau Missiles are really good and such build is quite packed with them!
I don't like the Emissary that much, tbh... the Protector does a better job, is more resilient and isn't overcosted by having gravitic hooks (the 110ish Emissary isn't that bad and can use Run Silient stance).
Now, the actual number of escorts... I'd say something close to 1:1. Although their basic attacks are generally weak, lots of them will add quickly. Their Scanner is invaluable!
Well, the best way to maximize scanner range is to fly them in front of your main fleet, with some distance between them. However, it's not safe to leave your behind exposed - one or 2 doing the back watch would be wise. As soon as battle starts, bring them close to your big ships, because the enemy WILL try to kill them.
I can't say much about the Merchant fleet, as I rarely play them.