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Legitimate curiosity ... the Sgt list says that you can take up to two items from list 1, and then up to one item from the following list.
Can you take a total of 3 Weapons?
I don't think we're going to reach a consensus here.
If, as @Wulfyn says, we accept the Dev Sgt can swap his boltgun for multiple items from the Sergeant Equipment list, then we also have to accept that, RAW, a Tactical Sergeant can take both 2 melee/pistols AND a rifle option if he gives up his boltgun and bolt pistol. This is also not an option under the current implementation.
However, if you look at lists created by top level players of the game, none of them are attempting to take 3 weapons on a Tac Sergeant, or 2 weapon swaps on a Dev Sergeant. It can be inferred that, at the highest level of competitive play, people believe that the intention is for a 1-for-1 swap. The last two Marines Codexes also explicitly limited Marine Sergeants to a 1-for-1 swap.
You are absolutely correct that it is ambiguous, but the implementation we have chosen follows precedent.
Until, and unless, GW tell us otherwise, this is what we are going with.
RAW, a Tactical Sergeant can take both 2 melee/pistols AND a rifle option if he gives up his boltgun and bolt pistol. This is also not an option under the current implementation.
I'd even say that with this interpretation, he could take all three giving up just one item.
replace, where the first one is 1:1, and the second means any configuration. Do we have any appearances of rules that work other way?
That still doesn't solve the Tac Sgts can take 3 items issue.
Actually it seems it's Tacticals, Scouts, Company Veterans and Sternguard Veterans - all swap pistol and boltgun for items from Sarge list.
yeah, and if we're working on the 1:1 interpretation, then they can only take two
And from what I understand that's how it's implemented in all SM cats?