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This is a very simple question, but with lots of unforeseen consequences: When reserves arrive do they count as deploying or not?
Rulebook p. 94 - Rolling for reserves "Once all of the units have been rolled for, the player picks any one of the units arriving and deploys it."
(This would seem to indicate reserves deploy)
Rulebook FAQ 1.2 p. 6 - "Q: Can unit deploy in impassable terrain? Not unless its specifically allowed to move through impassable terrain."
(This would mean, if reserves deploy, that jump pack units could freely deep strike into impassable terrain)
Codex: Space Marines p. 51 - Combat Squads "The decision to split a unit into combat squads [...] must be made when the unit deploys."
(This would mean, if reserves deploy, that all reserved units make the decision to split or not only when they come off reserve)
What do you think?
(I'm not sure myself)
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Im assuming you want to split combat squads when you come in via deepstrike, ie droppod. You can, because, as you said, you deploy when you come in via reserves. Whether that is deepstrike or board edge is irrelevant.
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-chaos berserker leaves map-
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Jump Infantry do not move "through" impassable terrain, but over it.
As far as combat squads and reserves, just remember that a unit cannot be split in reserve. Splitting once out of reserve should still be ok.
"It takes a vast amount of self control to be this dangerous."
---Ogvai Ogvai Helmshrot, Jarl of Tra, VI Legion Astartes
And to prove that point if you have a 10 man tactical squad in a drop pod they split into combat squads after the pod lands, ie when they 'deploy' out of it.