We all know that hystorically, cybran ACU has always been a meme and while other acus received buffs or had the stats tinkered, cybran ACU has stayed the same. I'm not going to write an essay and attach detailed graphs to further delve into the subject, and will just get short to the point.
I propose 2 middle tier upgrades so the ACU can stay relevant past the t1 stage in the game, which also fit nicely with the cybran theme.
Stealth Field Generator
- Replaces personal stealth with the stealth field
- Radar/sonar stealth field radius 20 (the same as Deceiver)
- ACU HP +1500
- ACU regen +10/s
- Energy drain: -80
- Mass cost: 800 (1150 total)
- Energy cost: 24000 (29000 total)
This upgrade will go after the personal stealth one, hence the total cost there (so its going to be between the stealth and the cloak). I tried to balance it having UEF nano upgrade in mind which has the same base cost, gives 1500 hp and 40/s regen. The cybran one will have weaker regen but stealth field is going to supposedly make up for it with extra utility. I'm not sure about the cost though, paired with the previous upgrade it is roughly 1.5 more, so maybe it will need some adjustments.
Stun Gun (will need a better name)
- Enhances the main gun (alternatively, fires alongside it with 2/s firerate)
- Every 4th shot now has EMP which disables t1 t2 and t3 units
- Splash: 6
- Duration: 0.5s
- Mass cost: 1400
- Energy cost: 42000
Here's what the radius is going to look like (taken from firebeetle which is also 6):
This is the fun one. Will make the ACU viable against t2 armies and early t3, and reward good micro (especially paired with stealth). This slot has never had any reliable upgrade unlike every other ACU in the game which could untilize all 3 slots. All there is for cybran is lazer which is a meme, and torpedo which is extremely situational on navy maps.
Ofcourse the numbers are not final, need testing and up to debate so the discussion is welcome here. I will have the modders help later to make these changes a mod so I and whoever else can test it and post some replays.