Swift Wind unit description and Shocker bomb damage.

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@Dragun101
pretty sure asf are quite a bit more mass efficient than if you account for the hp discretization advantage. They are pretty much on par with inties when you look at hp*dps/mass².
one nice thing about swifties is that they are quite cheap in power. About the level of inties if you look at combat strength.

@Arran for those efficiency calculations maybe you want to read this:
https://docdro.id/fQPR5Et
Unfortunately I did never finish it and it isn't a nice read and I still have an error in with the variables from point 2.5 on. Which is probably for you the more interesting equation because it takes the advantage a unit has due to its higher overall strength into account. Also I am quite sure these calculations have been done before but I didn't read anything up so therefore no references.

But as stated it is not really possible to count smth imba just because of doing some calculations with stats if gameplay testing claimes it is balanced.
These balance calculations only help with getting a good initial base line for balance and isn't really good enough for finding errors within.
It is comparable with walking into the engine developement section of mercedes benz and start talking about the ideal gas equation.

empiricism>theory

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ASF are more mass-efficient if you micro them. If there's zero micro, inties have a lot of chances to shoot them. Same for ASF vs swifties: no micro = swifties have good chances to shoot the ASF.

But if you micro the ASF, you can use the speed/range/hp advantages to avoid that. You can fly around the inti ball instead of flying straight into it. You can fly at it, kill some inties, fly away, repeat. You can also use speed/range/hp advantages similarly for swifties vs. inties and for ASF vs swifties.

And nobody has mentioned air staging. With faster planes that have more HP, you can fight when and where you want to, get some kills, repair your damaged planes, and then go back for more. Even if your ASF take 1,000 damage and the inties take 1,000 damage, that would mean some dead inties and some damaged ASF that can all be repaired.

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@Auricocorico Excellent points. I am aware of those limits when comparing stats in my tables. Sadly incorporating those variables is beyond my abilities. If you would like to generate some more accurate real game data, I'd appreciate your help running some microed inti vs swiftie fights.
Shockers are far from useless, but they need a little love certainly.
@Dragun101 According to my tables ASF beat inties efficiently (without micro), not factoring in the additional range, speed, turn rates, etc of the ASF.
@Valki Nice suggestion! I can see that being quite nice against units especially if the DOT has a long duration. However that will mean Shockers will become almost completely unable to kill a moving ACU.
@harzer99 Thank you for the reading material. I shall read it (time permitting). A lot of people say "calculations are over rated and real game data is all that matters". However people also say "you can't make claims without data" & naysay any argument lacking data/tables. Thus you can't move the discussion forward once people say such things.
Also to all people present, adding a replay link to a test game where you demonstrate your points (probably with a partner to micro the other army) would help visualise the facts.
Some testing on Interceptors and ASF. Similar to the Interceptor vs Swift Wind test replay I made. https://replay.faforever.com/13953178
Results: Interceptors won 3/10 times. Tested with small and medium scale air fights.
@arma473 Good point about the air staging facilities. However, you must win the (mass equivalent) fight in order to repair aircraft.

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Air fights often end with one side retreating. It doesn't always go on until every single plane is dead. If you have ASFs against interceptors, you can retreat whenever you want, especially if you can fly back to some flak. The interceptors don't want to fight ASFs over a flak.

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I'll have some time tomorrow afternoon before the dark heart tourney if you want to test it to support your claims 🙂

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I can't remember the replay it was on but when I did some testing of asfs vs inties with similar mass amounts (basic testing in cheat mode without any micro) the ASFs mass for mass were a bit better than the same mass in inties, and ontop of that they have far better speed and flack.

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flack protection i meant

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So @Arran I've been doing those tests with someone else https://replay.faforever.com/14013744

So I started with 5 swifties vs 20 inties, which is balanced costs more or less (1175 M / 33,7k E / 9k BP // VS // 1000 M / 45k E / 10k BP) and got crushed, then moved to 6-7-10 swifties to see what happens.

Conclusion N°1 : micro is the most relevant factor (unsurprisingly). I lost most of my fights cause grimplex just turned better and shot with his planes more often.
Conclusion N°2 : you can hit and run. I attempted this at fight n°2, instead of making a circle, i just fly into the ennemy planes and fly away. I don't lose any swifties while he loses a few. This can certainly be improved (i could have taken a better engagement) but in theory i could repair them and fight again later.
Conclusion n°3 : in prolonged fights with even micro, swifties do turn faster and can end up right behind the ennemy planes, where they can't shoot back (around 6min in the replay we take 1 or 2 of those fights).

Overall : i'd need more tests to be sure ( with better micro from my part ..), but as you said, swifties are not mass efficient at all against inties. You can find some ways to get an even fight, but you can't win convincingly mass for mass.
That being said, they are still faster which truely helps in every situation, and allow you to pick the fight you want and avoid the ones you don't want to take.

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@Auricocorico excellent points across the board on how to use Swift Winds. I was honestly quite presently surprised about the "fly into then disengage" maneuver! I'll be sure to test it's effectiveness in my next few ladder games. Main point I'll be investigating is if the Swift Winds can survive 2 passes (into and back) rather than one (into then away). This will be important because even on a 10x10 map it might be hard to avoid both ground-to-air fire and the enemy interceptors without passing through the interceptors on a path back into your base.
As you play Aeon better than me (judging by first hand experience!), what are your thoughts on the Shocker points made in the opening post?

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I think that's a good idea to give it +50. It's the kind of subtul buff where you can clearly see the consequences ( the ability to 2-hit sera pgen and mexes). It's clear, and doesn't break much balance imo, mostly cause few people will actually make use of that in games (air players in teamgames, high rated player with good knowledge of the game).

Now, does it NEED a buff right now ? I don't know. Yes the unit feels weaker than other bombers, but Aeon is generally considered to have too many good things going for them atm, so idk if the balance team would be able to justify another aeon buff.

Besides, I have the feeling that the value of 3450 damage was exactly set to avoid the Shocker to 2 hit seraphim T3 Mex and Power. I guess that's part of "seraphim have tanky buildings" in general.