do you know what i think ruined this doctrine? there are two things.
1) you could apply vet to your ally's units, meaning boosted 5 star king tigers were possible
2) the tiger ace was OP
i feel like the current state of this doctrine is pretty bad really. it was last changed in the patch where the devs were like "how many doctrines can we put stormtroopers into?" and i honestly think for the worse, partly because it makes breakthrough/stormtroopers doctrine less unique, but also because it gives this doctrine like, nothing at all.
originally this doctrine's playstyle revolved around the smallest core of elite troops any doctrine could roll with. perhaps a vet 3 mg42 right out of the door - but it was balanced by the fact that this would delay your AT beyond 4-6 minutes because it took up fuel. this was the doctrine's core gameplay mechanic, essentially delaying tanks and AT by a minute or two to get some elite troops out, so you can see the glaringly obvious counters you could rush to for this doc. let's just ignore the tiger ace because it's not really the interesting part of this doc, it's a hail mary.
what was veterancy for fuel and MP replaced by? stormtroopers. yes, i get that they're "the elite troops" but the point of this doctrine wasn't to be an infiltration doctrine. again, this completely changed the feel of the doctrine and took away the only thing that made it unique. it's just the goofy stormtroopers doctrine that cuts off your fuel now.
i think if they bought back veterancy in a future patch there are some easy ways of balancing it that would return this doctrine to it's original feel
1) make it cost 60 munitions 15 fuel rather than 150mp 15 fuel. 60 munitions to a wehr player is like gold dust early game, since deploying it would delay mg34/g43 and also bunkers, as well as the 15 fuel delay to stage 2 if the ability is used early game
2) make it so you can only use it on your own troops so you can't use 2 elite troops players to cheese a king tiger to 5 veterancy
3) possibly make it so that it can only be used a few times, or only be used on infantry
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