Points of Imbalance.

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Not only that, his idea that aeon getting UEF lab would be a buff is hilariously wrong. In fact, it would be an extreme nerf to their early game. The whole point of the flare being a pseudo tank-lab now is that it can PRECISELY act as a holdover to secure far reaching expansions which is where the aurora fails. 2 flares should be able to dispatch any tank so long as some attention is paid, mech marines are intended to lose not only to tanks but also to labs. They are meant to run away from anything that isn't an engie.

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@biass said in Points of Imbalance.:

Straight up, if you think the t3 land nerf was bad for the health of the game you're probably not informed enough to be able to contribute to a reasonable discussion. I cannot reasonably beliieve that anyone would want to go back to pre nerf, that's insane. Wanting to go back to every single game being a t3 rush and watching a single harbinger or two smoke hundreds of t1 and t2 tanks with hardly any effort because of "i like t3 stage" is not a heatlhy state of mind.

@Arran said in Points of Imbalance.:

These changes add a lot of meaningful diversity to how you use LABs.
Now onto my main point --> Aeon tanks are the slowest and now they have the slowest LAB too. Perhaps swap the speeds of UEF and Aeon LABS and adjust their costs accordingly? This proposed change is to prevent Aeon lacking map control in the early game owing to insufficient unit speed across the board.

I don't see how 0.2 speed is going to "cripple" your raid ability outside of the largest of 10km maps. It's a bit of a waste of breath trying to instantly ask for changes on a patch without replays or etc.

Also, as most people have said: You need to come to the reality that factions (especially yours, because I know you main aeon) are not supposed to be good at every aspect of the game. Aeon have a defensive early t1 and then threaten to crush the entire game out unless enemy can make a reasonable counter, why should aeon crush both early AND late?

Don't know why I bother with you, you're happy to make bad faith arguments that misrepresent a position... however...

No one is arguing that we roll back 3696, the argument is whether assault experimentals should be nerfed to "finish the job" that the 3696 patch began.

We nerfed T3 assault bots primarily to fix them in relation to T2 bots - which you can see if you go back and look at discussions of that patch - but we never bothered to apply the correction to the next higher tier.

And that's why it was a sloppy patch. I don't necessarily disagree with the changes, its just that if you're gong to make such changes you have to finish the job. Nerfing T3 bots as hard as that patch did while leaving T4 unchanged aside from build timers and the world's most negligible mass increase just doesn't fix the problem.

Its not like people weren't building T4 assault bots like mad before the 2018 patch, to just nerf to T3 and ignore its relationship to T4 was negligent.

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Funnily enough after that patch everyone and his mother was complaining that t4's were massively overnerfed with the bt change and that they were completely useless

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So see thread signature:
If anything happened here is why T3 (Assault Bots and similar units) might feel truly meh is I don’t know how intended this. But raw damage nerf on percy, is 1450 which is just ackward ass damage.

Pillars have 1500 HP. Percys could two shot a com a 3k. Now 3 shot. And witj such a low fire cycle that 50 adds up.

Harbringers time to kill is almost double (Almost like the Percy change) with its raw damage.

Aeon Snipers take 3 shots to kill 2 vs previously 3 due to see RIP overkill damage. Sera Sniper takes 2 Shots to Kill Ishies now.

And Siege Tank need an extra shot to kill a Blaze or Yenzenye health unit. So hears ranges I’d make.

Percy > 1500. Only relavent vs Pillar but removes ackward overkill also makes a couple percies far more threatening to a commander as 2 fire cyclces = RIP Com

Siege Tank > main guns to 70 Damage removing ackward 10-50 HP left on on cover targets. And makes MU v Pillars. Doesn’t really change vs Ishis or Rhinos HP

Harbringer just decrease raw damage to 100 but increase fire rate to 3.33 (or conversely go to 200 stay the same fire rate depending if Harbringers utility vs Low Tech wants to be related).

Like those changes alone would basically remove ackward hp or overkill for these units vs T2 Main Tanks (Except Percy vs Rhinos).

That said, I mean the ackwardness of HP left of these units is that intentional?

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ACU has regen so regardless of 1450 or 1500 dmg it's gonna take 3 shots except in the absurdly lucky scenario of 2 shots hitting at the exact same tick.

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Ah fair point still likely move it 1500 (or maybe 1550 but that almost pre nerf percy so nah. So think 1500 still be correct. Sense its also unlikely an ACU be exactly 3k too.)

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@Dragun101 said in Points of Imbalance.:

That said, I mean the ackwardness of HP left of these units is that intentional?

Probably.
A percy shot leaving 50 health left means the next one has roughly 1400 damage in overkill. (on a pillar)

This nerfs the effectiveness in building percivals in the early t3 stage, allowing titans (which used to be criminally underpowered) to have a bit of time in the limelight.

However in my opinion this role can still be filled by pillar/mong, so you still don't see my poor boys

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That make sense Biass, sense the T3 MBT (Siege, Heavy Assault Bots and Harbringers. Lesser extent Sniper Bots. Didn’t check Loyalists/Titans but I imagine it’ll be true there too)

All do ackward amount of overkill damage. To the the point it like has to be intentional. Either on part of OG Developers or our balance team.

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This thread is getting some renewed attention from https://forum.faforever.com/topic/814/balance-thread-guidelines-feedback regarding T4, so continuing from there I have a thought or two:

  • Monkeylord is about as good as mass equivalent number of bricks.
  • Bricks and percies are in general mass-effective against T4.
  • Monkeylord is not more mass effective against other T4 because it has way less range and can't micro against them.
  • Therefore, there's no reason to build Monkeylords instead of mass equivalent numbers of Bricks.

My reasoning here is, Aeon and Sera don't have an equivalent of Bricks or Percies, so they have to build T4 to attack. In exchange they have snipers, which are great against T3 armies. Fatboy has huge range and can kite enemy T4s as long as it has space to retreat to, so UEF have a reason to build it over Percies.

To some extent same goes for Megalith, but Monkeylord doesn't seem to have any advantages over T3 spam. Maybe it's harder to strat since no mobile shields? Then again, ML has a total of 45k HP versus cumulative 67,5k of 15 bricks.

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@MazorNoob said in Points of Imbalance.:

This thread is getting some renewed attention from https://forum.faforever.com/topic/814/balance-thread-guidelines-feedback regarding T4, so continuing from there I have a thought or two:

  • Monkeylord is about as good as mass equivalent number of bricks.
  • Bricks and percies are in general mass-effective against T4.
  • Monkeylord is not more mass effective against other T4 because it has way less range and can't micro against them.
  • Therefore, there's no reason to build Monkeylords instead of mass equivalent numbers of Bricks.

My reasoning here is, Aeon and Sera don't have an equivalent of Bricks or Percies, so they have to build T4 to attack. In exchange they have snipers, which are great against T3 armies. Fatboy has huge range and can kite enemy T4s as long as it has space to retreat to, so UEF have a reason to build it over Percies.

To some extent same goes for Megalith, but Monkeylord doesn't seem to have any advantages over T3 spam. Maybe it's harder to strat since no mobile shields? Then again, ML has a total of 45k HP versus cumulative 67,5k of 15 bricks.

15 bricks = ~ 4700 dps, 72k build power
mk = ~4200 dps (+ minor anti air), 27k buildpower, 0.2 units faster + stealth field
Bricks require t3 factory and 3 times slower to build, by the time monkeylord started moving something, you would be on on your 5.5 brick. Also monkeylord can vet and get same +10k/20k hp way faster than a blob of bricks.

Actually seems balanced - you want firepower NOW - go ML, you just want firepower 'somethere in the future' - go bricks.

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This thread filled with direct comparisons of the monkeylord and other experimentals to blobs of only expensive units like bricks and percies is very unrealistic for a simple reason, its because most players don't use units such as t1 and t2 air, t2 mobile shields and t1 artillery spam in combination with t3 heavy units to easily crush monkeylords and moderatly overwhelm the galactic collosus and even chicken(lightning ball after death needs balance work).

For the price of 1 percy or brick you can get 35 t1 artillery with a combined dps (according to the unit database) of 1300 for cybran 2300 for uef 3500 for aeon(misses alot say 1750) and 1700 for the zhue(more expensive), that is ignoring all t2 units and any mobile or emplaced shields that might assist the army from prior combat and firebases, you can also drop engineers with a transport and build shields for the army in the time it takes any experimental to slowly walk its fatass across the map.
Experimentals veterancy is the single and only thing that helps them from being totally cost ineffective (useless), They exist only as a concentration unit to help break entrenched positions with massive support from your land army and air forces. If we take the numbers from previous posts and do some gentle tweaking within comparable mass costs we get these values


ML: 20000 mass, 27500 BT DPS 4000
10 bricks: 12800 mass, 48000 BT DPS 3120
15 bricks: 19200 mass, 72000 BT DPS 4680
8 bricks 10240 mass 71 medusas 2560 mass BT IDGAF DPS 5196 TOTAL MASS 12800
10 bricks 12800 mass 177 medusas 6400 mass BT IDGAF DPS 9846 TOTAL MASS 19200
this is not factoring any shields or any sort of air support vs a single monkeylord at comparable cost, with minor positioning and air support or artillery a monkeylord is literally suiciding to attack any position by itself, mass inefficient beyond belief.

Experimentals exist only as a superheavy base breaking unit that sacrifices extreme cost for a chance at damaging heavily defended areas, this doesn't include the fact that if an experimental is sniped it can be the end for you or your team since it deposits a giant load of mass on the enemies doorstep since the reclaim system has issues

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I have also forgotten to add, None of this factors in the adjacency bonus of having factories connected to mass and power buildings lowering total costs, you could easily shave another 10% of a mobile armies mass costs from every single unit in comparison to an experimental that has no way of reducing its cost in any form