For the very first time, it has been demonstrated that it is now possible to make Nuclear Fusion generate more energy than is required for its equipment to operate, but it is not entirely clear as to how the strategy can be applied to a large-scale facility. On the other hand, the Magnetic Confinement method that is used by the likes of ITER is still some way off achieving the threshold, because of the very high temperatures required to achieve the Fusion in the first place, but is possibly easier to 'scale up' than the Inertial Confinement method.
Could a possible system that does eventually prove practical have Magnetic Confinement as the main mechanism, but to get a 'head start' on the heat required to achieve the initial fusion, Laser Inertial Confinement is the trigger? Once this initial heat is generated, it is then transferred to the remainder of the ingredients that are waiting to be fused by Magnetic Confinement. At periodic intervals, new 'laser pulses' may be required. To what extent is this likely to reduce the initial Energy requirements?