So they won't lose as hard to LMG42 grenadiers.
DP has really shit stats. No chance vs LMG Grens.
I crunched the numbers a while back and posted them and was somewhat shocked at how shitty DP DPS is compared to cost. CBA to dig them up again though, but I assure you it was quite pathetic.
They seemingly dont have an internal setup time, which is a plus, and I hope, in retrospect, that I remembered to count the numbers of DP replacing the same number of rifles correctly. Pretty sure I did. But unless I overlooked some core element, the DPS was really quite shitty.
Im for a DP buff, either in DPS, or a cost reduction. Button is signficant, but in and of itself also very expensive as well as difficult to utilise effectively. Id rather make DP more cost effective as AI, rather than worrying about Button too much yet.
Though Guard are in many ways a bit too utilitarian, with Nade, vanilla light AT (which sometimes can snipe infantry, as well as causing an indirect model "shuffle" in infantry targets), good armor and high model count, I really do think the DP is underperforming DPS wise, for its cost.