Hi all, with the pseudo removal of the demo charge i feel that Combat engies are going to be somewhat lacking so i wanted to make a thread to discuss some potential alternatives to make combat engies worth...something
If we right out REMOVE the demo as is in the WBP to replace it with something AS potent and useful and impactful i would recommend an emplacment of the m42 AT gun for 200mp and 10 fuel, it would be identical to the current m42, but immobile, the commanders that HAVE the m42 currently would provide this emplacment with a single sandbag that will likely just shot block. I suggest THIS because i can think of more situations in which players will build it than i can the WBP demo charge
Alternatives to THAT would be simply rremoving the demo ACTUALLY (instead of pretending its not being removed) and reducing the price of combat engies to properly reflect their performance and changing their name to something more fitting- i will provide rational for these changes beside them.
Change name from "combat engineer" to "base builder" because they provide nothing to combat, lacking upgrades outside of the flamethrower/minesweeper, offering no scaling, nor utility nor any meaningful impact to any combat at any point during the game. As an "engineer" unit, they provide less "engineering" than any other engineer type unit as well as some mainline infantry units so i feel that the title is being diluted by being attached to this unit
Additionally the price should be reduced to something like ~120mp to reflect their intended role (of only building base buildings and mine sweeping)
Other alternatives could be:
-The ppsh/flamer combo that was tried on penals
-An upgrade for a small amount of armour so their current pathetic contribution to fights might be extended by not being the squishiest AND lowest dps soviet squad
-ability to build DSHK pits
-make 6 models
-via t4 sidetech allow them to improve t34 front armour a la "stz" style welding
-ability to "work" caches for increased yields
Any thoughts and ideas to keep engies relevant and provides SOMETHING to the game when not building the base or repairing armour?