We kick off the first round of changes coming with the Commander Revamp by looking at the British Forces. As with all December Balance Preview changes, the changes proposed below are NOT FINAL and will be put through weeks of iteration as we listen to your feedback and continue to test the changes in action. We encourage the community to test and play these changes as much as possible and give any feedback they may have in the Commander Revamp Feedback thread located in the Balance Feedback section of these forums.
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The major limiting factors of the Commandos Regiment commander is that, most of the abilities are extremely map-dependent. At the same time, we feel that the low accessibility of the Commandos, as well as Commando’s poor synergy with the faction hurts the commanders versatility.
While Mortar Cover and Air Supremacy are extremely strong abilities by themselves, we feel this commander fails to provide any long-term sustainable abilities. The commander has been reworked to support aggressive infantry-oriented play. Since the commander is extremely munitions based, most of the abilities have been reworked to provide a smaller, but more concentrated effect for an affordable cost.
We feel that one of the issue of infantry-oriented British builds is the lack of field presence that stems from lack of on-map reinforcement options.
Commandos (affects all variants)
Commandos’ most powerful ability is throwing gammon bombs. We find that the Commando SMGs suffer from poor moving performance and tends to typically under perform. At the same time, Commandos’ ambush “bonus” which triggers a non-voluntary sprint is extremely powerful vs weapon teams and Grenadiers, but is becomes a liability vs OKW infantry. Finally, Commandos earn little benefit in terms of combat bonuses with their veterancy.
Light Gammon Bombs
Smoke Grenade Ability
We are changing this ability to benefit all British squads but, again, keep its scope small, targeted and sustainable. The ability now revolves around ambushing, and making advances over enemy territory using smoke.
We are changing the way the ability works to give it a more offensive nature.
* Now covers a selected area with a radius of 25m (no longer an entire sector)
* Recharge time reduced from 240 seconds to 120 seconds
* Cost decreased from 150MU to 130MU
A recon plane will now fly over the area before being followed by autocannon armed Typhoons that will strafe vehicles and infantry once. Three heavy bombers will follow up afterwards, bombing the area.
We find that the primary downsides of this commander are poor synergy with the faction, as well as highly-situational abilities. To improve its viability and utility, we have made the following changes:
* The player now must target an emplacement they would like the ability to affect
* Brace and healing is reduced during combat by 50%
* Cost reduced from 50 to 40.
* The player now must target a vehicle they would like the ability to affect
* Recharge time from 120s to 45s
* Cost from 100 to 40
* Effects end when the vehicle is fully healed.
We are readjusting some of the most extreme risk-reward elements of the ability to allow it to be integrated in more strategies.
Command Vehicle Aura
* Accuracy decreased from +35% to +20%
* Cooldown bonus decreased from -30% to -20%
* Reload bonus reduced from -30% to -20%
* Received accuracy modifier removed
Projectile arc changed to match Sturmtiger (will not fly over most obstacles, but will almost always collide with vehicles in front of the AVRE)
Anti-Building Mortar Support
We find that the ability is extremely map dependent and thus limited in use. The building-destroying aspect of the ability is often unneeded, as the ARE can perform similar duties with greater flexibility. To improve the abilities usefulness and effectiveness, the following changes have been made: