As a mech the Cicada is at an interesting tonnage point- it rides that line of a heavy light mech or a light medium mech.
It has the tonnage for a bit more armor vs. light mech, minus a bit of speed, but not enough tonnage to mount two of the heavier class of weapons- say like the Griffin which mounts a PPC and a LRM 10.
The Cicada does have speed, and stock at least two medium lasers, but at the battle value is it worth it vs. taking a Locust?
It’s not like the Cicada can take that many more hits.
But there is some redemption- taking the PPC variant which I explore in the vlog below.
See you in the game mechwarrior.