I just did the stupidest thing.
I can hardly believe I did it frankly.
Here's the situation:
I have 6 squad members, including 4 assaults, 1 Major level Heavy, and a Captain level Sniper all in a single long alleyway. I also have a VIP I'm escorting.
I'm also within Dashing distance of the exit! Hooray, mission will soon be over!
Around the corner is a Thin Man. I know he's there, I know he just set himself to Overwatch.
What do I do? Do I use one of my assaults with Lightning Reflexes to waste his reaction shot? No no no that would be the SMART thing to do.
Instead I, for reasons entirely beyond my understanding, decided to send the VIP out because "Hey, he'll make it to the drop zone and be safe!"
It ended exactly as you'd expect - VIP dead, mission failed. <X_X> Since I'm on Ironman I can't reload and undo the damage too.
Also despite winning all but that one mission with Good or better ratings, half my countries now have 4-bars of panic, and Russia who I *just* put a Satellite over is now up to 5.
<;_;> I do believe I am doomed.
On the upside, I do have lasers now, and they're much more powerful than kinetic weapons. (I admit though, I do love the sound of kinetic weapons, so I'll miss them for that reason alone.)
I will say however that the ability to have all new recruits start as Squaddies is *incredibly* useful. I bought 3 soldiers recently and all 3 turned out to be Assaults. Needless to say this has been an awesomely effective team - the Sniper and Heavy hang back, usually on overwatch, while the assaults rush up and scout.
The only real flaw thus-far has been the assaults aren't getting a whole lot of kills, since the Heavy is a Major and can shoot twice with great accuracy and damage. She has more kills than everyone on my team combined, including the Captain level sniper!