Seems fair to counter a 50 quanta unit with 125 quanta of your own and further more adding to the injury the population cap block that comes with it.
From what I am seeing, apart from the poor balance we have with low metal cost of substrate cruisers, substrate defense and the cheap assemblies, the devs need to change two things:
- hades bomber, so it can actually destroy ground units and counter them, like fury did. the unit is so stupid because it exposes itself by only attacking flying over the target, as opposed to punisher (where a shift move command in medium range leads to heavy damage and target snipe, without exposing to heavy AA fire). So more work is necessary to hades, it has no reward correlated to the risk of flying over target. maybe at least giving them a faster animation so they cannot be dodged
- give substrate refinery but take out their ovecharge ability
Here it is, the most broken substrate global
- Overcharge - Temporarily boost a single Power Generator or Amplifier's output with a short-lived unstable
So how this thing works? From my games vs danail and other top substrate players, I have seen they don;t even bother to play the avatar. if they make these, they use them to cap and construct things in midgame. What need is for an avatar if you could build free assemblies that cost 0 rads and can produce mini dreads, 5 to 10min from the start, cap with reapers and martyrs, overcharge and profit. the momentum gained from this move is gamebreaking.
They usually have one big attack and if they lose that attack they overcharge and by the time you reach their base you are outnumbered heavily. That is v nice.
What bothers me more is that even without overcharge, their units are so cheap, they can still mass produce and maybe switch to dreads/overcharge and give storage upgrades with quanta.
Overcharge provides substrate A move win the game at 8-10 mark.
I think the overcharge ability deserves a thread of its own, if the devs do not acknowledge how broken this ability is!! I am starting to be glad when ppl cheese me with avatar and drone swarm, at least I know I don;t have 20 cruiser up my ass in the first 10 minutes of the game and I can actually plan with EMP