For as long as most of us have been playing, suppressing fire has always been one of the first things to catch our eye as a way to help defend yourself in the reactive turn. After all, when you know you’re going to get hammered by a big burst 4 weapon, what could be better than jumping up from Burst 1 to Burst 3 and imposing a -3 mod on them in return, helping you to even the odds a bit? Hell, if you’re hauling around an HMG of your own and sprinted halfway up the table on a merciless rampage, suppressing fire is even fixing your -3 range band within 8” too. Not half bad.
For many reasons, it should come as no surprise that you frequently hear newer players argue that suppressing is amazing. “Why you wouldn’t suppress everything you can on the reactive turn?” one guy asked me not that long ago. And it’s a fair question, because on paper, suppressing sounds really strong. The thing is though, suppressing has a number of serious weaknesses that have to be considered first.