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Are we really having a 10 page discussion over whether or not a total of 2 less on total saves (on a build that some argue is 'optimal' - and some disagree) is counter-balanced by the revelations?
This assumes there is only 1 'correct' or 'optimum' build for each class, whereas builds and saves totals will vary from class to class. STR builds will always out-damage DEX builds and have comparatively lower saves since Dex increases your reflex save. In fact the base graviton/photon bonuses to saves/damage accentuate this, indicating that this is an intended design.
Other people have posted builds showing how the synergy of photon mode, plasma sheath and flashing strikes build up to a significant advantage in damage over a melee soldier. Whether or not the tradeoff is worth it is ultimately a value judgment. The reason some people have stopped bothering with the discussion is that it keeps being revived by people who insist that there is only 1 'proper' build and then compare that against what they think is the 'correct' build for other classes, and then based on their subjective ideas of what is optimal claim they have objectively proven the solarian is weaker, and then dismiss the views of those who disagree with them.
When you get a 10 page thread over something as subjective and minor as this, it really starts to be an eyesore.