...I'm kidding. Agreed with those saying that different mechs are for different things. I used to think the Cicada was terrible, based on how it looks on paper. But in-game, it can be surprisingly difficult to hit with its speed and very narrow profile (both head/tail on and from the sides). I've seen them work quite well as harassers. Same goes for the Commando, it has a narrower profile than, say, the Raven. And I've watched (after I died) Dragon and Centurion pilots do quite well with those mechs, despite their smaller armament compared to a Cataphract or Hunchback, respectively. Have also seen Awesome pilots do quite well.
Granted, assuming equal skill and an equal situation (no terrain advantadges, no teammates), some mechs do come out on top in 1v1 situations. But how often does that happen?
Would like to add, that even a battlemech that evokes "wtf?" responses like the Charger (http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Charger) still finds uses through variants and unconventional tactics. (of course if it showed up here, its default would be laughable since there is no melee in MWO)
Edited by Gralzeim, 24 December 2012 - 01:53 PM.