-Fixed an issue with Ardennes Assault, in which light vehicles could not be built from their tiers.
OKW Sector Assault
-Adjusted sector assault to drop less bombs in a shorter time window.
SOVIET AT Overwatch
-Shell damage reduced to 60, previously was 120
-Added 3-second delay between smoke and first shell
-Added Penetration value of 260 to shells, so that heavy vehicles can bounce some shells.
-Deflection damage of 30 added to shells
-Fixed issue with USF 76mm Sherman smoke launchers not working
-Made some adjustments to WC51 and Faust interaction to try and resolve Faust miss bug.
-Fixed issue with Soviet KV-2 prioritize vehicle not working properly
-Fixed issue with Wehrmacht field defenses, and certain items not being buildable
-Fixed an issue with cav rifles displaying as 3cp call in units in the menu ui
Jaeger Light Infantry
Combat Group Air Drop
Tactical Support Weapons Drop
These changes will stop USF players being able to field two IRPF squads before LT/ CPT teching, unless they are willing to delay their tech for it. Cost of unit standardized with regular Pathfinders because of their high combat and utility power.
Airdropped Combat Group
However, this ability was synergizing too well with the new 4CP Greyhound, allowing for an aggressive lieutenant opening, followed by an extremely cost efficient AT gun to support the Greyhound, without having to tech CPT. In light of this, the following change has been made.
This will force USF players to tech CPT should they want AT Gun support for their Greyhound. Players will have to forgo an aggressive LT opening, or delay the rate at which they can produce multiple Greyhounds if deploying both officers. This should allow for a more balanced dynamic between the Greyhound and Axis Light Vehicles / counters.
This change was made in order to let the Pack Howitzer retain its strong offensive capabilities, while reducing its survivability a bit so it becomes easier for Axis to counter it.
This ability has received changes to make it perform more consistently and predictably, while removing its ability to obliterate entire armies in some instances.
Minor UI icon and localization text updates will be deployed in the next major patch.
Fixes and updates to maps introduced in the April Map Update.
Urban Assault Kit
Support abilities for infantry fighting in Urban Environments.
Rear Echelon Rifle Grenades
This ability has been introduced as an interesting alternative to flamethrowers while serving a similar role of anti garrison/ cover positions.
Rifleman Incendiary Grenades
M4A3 Assault Package
Unlocks Dozer Blade Upgrade and White Phosphorous shells ability to Sherman Tanks.
The dozer blade will now increase armor to be in-line with tanks such as the Sherman 105.
Cover to Cover
Rangers are being more accessible, while their defensive stats are being adjusted to match all other infantry. Previously, they were the only ones to take less damage from all sources.
The Calliope is being adjusted to provide more reliable damage to units within the target area.
WC 51 Dodge and M3
Rear Echelon Troops
Volley-fire is having its received accuracy penalty reduced to increase its viability in combat.
*Received accuracy penalty reduced from 1.4 to 1.15.
81mm Mortar Team
Vehicle Crew Repair
*Same ability found in Mobile Assault, Vanguard Operations and Royal Engineers. Costs 40 munitions.
M10 Achillies I
With the addition of Anti-Tank Grenades on Royal Engineers, the 6-pounder no longer requires an artificial accuracy boost against light armor.
We have increased the price of the Self-Repair so snares that hit the Universal Carrier evenly trade in terms of munitions. Armor has also been decreased to make it easier to ward off early game with small-arms.
Minimum range has been added to match other grenade abilities.
Weapon Crate Drop
Airborne Rally Point
Upgrade route 1 - DP28s
Upgrade Route 2 - PPSH
IL-2 Rocket Strafe
To improve the performance of Conscripts, while retaining their role as utility infantry that excel at defense and supporting other units, we have added an upgrade to help them scale into the late game. The extra man and reduced reinforce cost will allow them to more effectively trade against opposing infantry while the veterancy bonus will allow fresh Conscript squads to gain veterancy.
Improved Damage Per Second (DPS) with upgrade:
Conscript Rifle: 3.61/2.6/1.98/1.346/1.0
Conscript Rifle in Cover: 3.91/2.87/2.21/1.54/1.22
At range: 0/10/20/30/35
Conscript AT Grenade Package
Due to Conscripts requiring expensive side-tech to fufill one of their primary roles as a utility unit, we are reducing the fuel cost of AT Grenades.
The following change is intended to allow the Maxim to better suppress massed infantry when the player is spotting for veteran Maxims using the Sustained Fire ability prior to engagments.
M-42 Anti-Tank Gun
The range on canister rounds is being reduced to increase infantry-based counterplay against groups of M-42 ATGs. Cost is also being increased to better match its performance.
The M5 is receiving number of changes to improve its role as a support vehicle when upgraded.
The SU-76 is receiving a number of slight changes to improve its role against light and medium vehicles with only a slight reduction against heavy tanks.
M5 Assault Half-Track
Assault Grenadiers are receiving a small number of changes to help them close the distance and increase their scaling in the late game.
MP 40s are having their mid-range power increased to match SMGs like the M3 Grease gun used by Assault Engineers. This change also affects Assault Officer and Volksgrenadier MP 40s, but not other MP40 variants.
Mobile Observation Post
Panzer IV J
The Panzer IV J has more frontal armor by default, is slightly better versus infantry and has more veterancy bonuses compared to Ostheer's regular Panzer IV (H).
The Tiger Ace has undergone a rework with the intention to make the unit less frustrating to encounter and be less crippling to the player that keeps their Tiger Ace alive. Changes to its requirements are meant to make the unit rewarding for those who tech-up rather than as an emergency call-in.
A number of changes have been made to a small group of underused Ostheer units to increase their viability and increase composition diversity. More details can be found below.
We’ve made some significant improvements to the Ostwind to improve its viability over the Panzer IV which was generally chosen as the first tank for Ostheer thanks to its ability to fight both infantry and medium tanks. Its ability to destroy infantry and aircraft at a lower cost compared to the Panzer IV will allow it to find a place against certain builds.
StuG III G
The StuG III is being given increased mobility and a reduced target size to improve its survivability on the field against AT-based units due to its lack of turret and range when compared to other tank destroyers.
Panzergrenadiers are having their timing changed to allow them to gain veterancy sooner and increase diversity in Wehrmacht unit compositions before further changes are made to their performance. Adjustments to veterancy should also allow the unit smoother scaling as the unit levels up throughout the course of the game.
We also want to emphasize their role as mechanized infantry, despite removing them from the Leichte Mechanized Kompanie. As such, we have added the Infantry Doctrine Combined Arms passive as a stock veterancy 1 ability.
250 Mechanized Grenadier Group
250 Panzergrenadier Group
The way Panzerfusiliers are deployed has been changed to better match their role as an alternative mainline infantry to Volksgrenadiers. They will be slightly weaker than Volksgrenadiers at the start but have access to the Anti-Tank Rifle Grenades, slightly better combat veterancy, and more powerful upgrades, giving them increased power in the late game. This should make for interesting choices and compositions.
Upgrade route 1 - Panzershrecks
Upgrade route 2 - Recon Package (G43s)
Infrared STG 44 package
Stuka Smoke Drop
Panzer VI "Command Tiger"
The Kubelwagen is receiving mobility and veterancy changes to allow it to escape from other light vehicles such as the M3 and gain veterancy without needing to be on the front-line where its light armor and low health are a liability.
We have reduced the significant veterancy requirements on the le.IG to match its current performance.
Veterancy requirements from 840/1680/3360/4480/5600 to 560/1020/2040/3060/3825
"Ghost Sandbagging" is now no longer possible. A variety of buildable objects, such as sandbags and barbed wire, are now passable by infantry until the item is fully constructed. Light vehicles will now either pass through or destroy objects that are not fully constructed. Credit to Janne252 for implementing this fix.
Booby traps of all varieties can now be placed on VPs (the one exception being the Soviet Scorched Earth boobytraps as those disable capping for some time).
All vehicles from which units can fire from the hold have had their moving accuracy reduced to 0.4. Was previously 0.5.
This hotfix aims to address the more problematic bugs introduced in the New Commander Update. Future updates will address more minor issues, and balance items.
Fixed issue where IL-2 AT Rocket Strafe was inflicting less damage than originally intended.
Fixed issue where P47 Rocket Strafe was doing excessive damage.
Fixed issue where the 251 Observation Post would act as a forward retreat point when activated
Fixed issue where the T70 would become camouflaged in recon mode
Tommy Mills Bombs now have a minimum range as intended
Fixed issue where USF soldiers would not fire from fighting pits
Fixed issue where Bunkers and Fighting Pits were passable by all unit types
Trenches should again be available for all units
Spearhead moved to Veterancy 2
Now requires 11 CP in addition to Heavy Panzer Korps
Rear Echelon Grenade Launcher
Sherman WP Rounds
This update is now live! Major thanks to the wider community for their continued interest in this great game. We're both grateful and impressed with the continued passion this community has for the franchise. If you have playtested or given forum feedback it has helped shape this update, and is very much appreciated.
A major shout out goes out to the community balance and mod team. Miragefla, Sander93, Jae4Jett, Tightrope, Sturmpanther, Momo4sho, with modder support from Janne252, Nachocheese and Planetsmasher.
Many of these chaps have invested a serious amount of their own time in this update. Whether it be building mods, taking part in detailed design discussions, testing builds, or scouring forums for feedback and sentiment. Without them, this update simply would not be possible.
This is the third major update this group have delivered inside of a year, and on behalf of Relic and the community, a massive thanks goes out to them.
Additional thanks to Osinyagov, SneakEye and Kasarov for UI support this udpate.
If you have been following the mod process, you can scroll to the bottom of this post to view the changes added since mod 1.3.
All changes are reflected in the main post.
Heavy Tank Call-In Changes for all Factions
We felt the strategy of stalling for a heavy tank call-in without teching stagnated gameplay and was too punishing for players who did tech. In addition we felt that certain heavy tanks came too late in team games. The following changes have been made to all other heavy tanks:
In order to make autonomous medics more responsive, they will now move around at a higher speed, for all factions that have them. The radius in which they follow or walk up to squads has been slightly reduced to further prevent long healing queue times. Player controlled medic squads have had a quality improvement as well.
We feel OKW is in a very dominant position in the very early game, which made them feel a bit too oppressive towards other factions. Changes have been made to reduce their early game power in exchange for a stronger mid-game. This has been done with the intent to maintain their overall strength as a faction, whilst maintaining some of their identity as early game aggressors. The graph below visualizes these intended changes to their power curve:
Starting manpower has been reduced to tone down the rate at which OKW is able to produce squads from the start.
To counteract the lower rate at which they will now be able to cap the map, starting fuel has been increased. Additionally, the cost of SWS trucks have gone down to make up for the manpower changes.
Schwerer Panzer Headquarters
The Panzer Headquarters is being split into two parts to allow certain units to arrive sooner while maintaining the time it takes for OKW to deploy their armor in the mid-to-late game. The adjustments should also make strategies involving Battlegroup Headquarters more viable by allowing units like Obersoldaten to arrive sooner.
General unit & abilities changes
Volksgrenadiers are slightly too cost effective for their price point. Their base cost has been increased to better suit their power and timing.
While Sturmpioneers are strong starting units, they did not scale very well against the increasing strength of Allied infantry as the game progressed. The following changes to their veterancy should help them in the combat role in the mid-to-late game.
MG 34 HMG
The MG 34 performs well in its role as a suppression platform, but its lower damage compared to other HMGs makes it difficult to gain veterancy. Requirements have been lowered to compensate.
Despite the recent changes to the Kubelwagen, the unit still isn’t very popular. In order to reduce the demand on Sturmpioneers, the unit has received adjustments that reduces the time required to be repaired.
Due to the frustrating mechanics of its short-range for the user and its camouflage for the opponent, the Raketenwerfer is being adjusted to function more like a standard anti-tank guns. Range and crew size is being improved, while the camouflage now only works when stationary and requires veterancy 1.
Sd.Kfz. 251/17 Flak Half-Track
The Sdkfz. 251/17 is gaining slight price and veterancy adjustments to incentive the use of Battlegroup Headquarters.
Changes have been made to make its main gun more reliable at forcing off enemy infantry by increasing the amount of health damage dealt, while reducing the radius where it can kill full health models. Furthermore, to help define its unique role, the Spearhead ability has been moved to veterancy 1.
The Opel Blitz lacked a proper role and had came too late in the game to serve as a reinforcement platform. CP requirements have been reduced with boosts to mobility. It will also provide a healing aura to infantry to further its role as a forward reinforcement platform.
Le.IG 18 ISG Incendiary Barrage
The Incendiary Barrage was underperforming for its cost due to its lack of damage, low accuracy and slow rate of fire. The following changes have been implemented to correct these issues:
Flammpanzer 38t ‘Hetzer’
We feel that the Hetzer is in a good spot™, but have slightly lowered its veterancy requirements due to its inability to harm vehicles.
This ability had become too powerful amidst the other improvements to the Overwatch Doctrine, as it provided the doctrine with strong reconnaissance for minimal input. The flares must now be placed on points manually. In return, the ability can be used on territory points captured by allied players.
In order to give this ability more tangible during an assault, the ability now lets infantry move at a slightly higher speed. Ability cost has been increased accordingly.
The Command Panther will now be tied to tech like all other heavy call-in tanks. In addition, its vision has been adjusted to match standard recon units. To compensate for this loss in scouting power and tech requirements, cost has been decreased.
We feel that the price of Infiltration Grenades was too low for their chance at inflicting heavy damage or wiping out squads. Cost has been slightly increased.
Fallschirmjäger have not been very popular due to their high cost, timing and being outclassed by Obersoldaten. Changes have been made to allow them to arrive sooner and scale better with veterancy and tech, at the cost of having less firepower upon deployment.
To better reflect their performance and the changes to OKW's starting manpower, we have reduced the unit's manpower and upgrade costs slightly.
The anti-infantry airplanes of the Sector Assault ability were too effective due to their ability to instantly pin multiple infantry squads in a large area. The suppression on these planes has been significantly toned down to minimize their ability to suppress multiple infantry squads in a wide area. Squads should no longer get pinned on the first pass.
Due to the way Assault Artillery functioned which restricted the barrage to 35m radius around a capture point, the ability often did minimal damage in larger sectors. The ability has been reworked to function as conventional off-map artillery.
The Sturm Offizier has been completely reworked to be an effective combat unit with the addition of veterancy and his retreat-on-death mechanic being removed. To promote his role as a combat unit and to reduce blobbing, his aura has been removed.
Command Tiger I
The Command Tiger will have its main gun anti-infantry damage standardized to deal more reliable damage. Veterancy requirements will be slightly reduced in line with changes to Ostheer’s Tiger I.
The time it takes to complete Thorough Salvage has been reduced. Being a doctrinal ability slot that replaces regular Salvage, we feel that it should not force players into more risky situations.
Adjustments have been made to the Jagdtiger mobility to make this unit more responsive on the battlefield. In exchange, some of it combat stats are being reduced to make it a heavier Elefant that can support an attack with HE rounds. The unit has also been adjusted to require tech.
With the introduction of anti-tank grenades on Royal Engineers, Infantry Sections have been identified to be slightly overperforming.
Infantry Section Lee Enfield damage is being adjusted to maintain its current DPS, while reducing their chance to burst down models in a single volley. Previously, Lee Enfield damage, combined with five man squads, allowed the Infantry Section to quickly kill off infantry models which led to them winning most infantry battles.
The low target size of Infantry Sections also made them difficult to kill with damage and manpower bleed being negated thanks to their medical kits. To address this issue, Infantry Section target size is being increased when the unit is out of cover. This change will make the unit more vulnerable when in the open which should also reduce the power of Tommy blobs.
Pyrotechnics have also received a slight adjustment due to the sight bonus Sections get when in cover at veterancy 1.
In order to counteract the slightly reduced performance of Infantry Sections and improve UKF build diversity, the Vickers HMG suppression has been increased.
The British .50cal Sniper had a disproportionately long aim time compared to the other snipers. The aim time has been standardized to match the others, to make the British sniper less frustrating to use. Rate of fire between shots remains slower than other snipers as intended.
The Comet underperforms in its role as a premium late game tank due to lack of combat scaling and weak anti-infantry capabilities outside White Phosphorus shells. These issues have been addressed with the changes below.
We feel that the Cromwell does not stand out compared to other medium tanks for its price. To reinforce its role as a fast cruiser tank, we are slightly increasing its mobility and survivability.
We believe that the Firefly performs well as a tank destroyer, but is slightly too expensive for its low rate of fire and mediocre mobility.
Because of its grenade ability and high health, the Churchill Mk.VII has been slightly overperforming when used against anti-tank guns or when deployed in numbers. In order to make the unit less effective in either scenario, the following changes have been made:
All emplacements can now be torn down by Royal Engineers once they no longer serve their initial purpose, to free up population cap for other units. This should allow British players to deploy emplacements in locations as needed without them eventually becoming a liability.
Churchill Crocodile / Churchill AVRE
Advanced Emplacements Regiment
The following changes are designed to give the Bofors less alpha strike damage versus light vehicles, while remaining very effective at stopping infantry assaults.
Riflemen are solid infantry that scale well, but we would like to put more emphasis on their mid-to-short range capabilities versus those of the long-range focused Axis squads. Their near range has been increased to slightly improve their performance between 3 - 16m.
Chart amended from https://coh2db.com/stats/
The cost of flares is being matched to those used by units such as Panzerfusiliers to incentivise its use.
Previously, Rear Echelon carbines were far too inaccurate, yet dealt somewhat high damage. This made them unreliable in most cases, even at point-blank. To make their carbines perform more consistently, damage has been reduced while accuracy has been increased.
We think the Jackson is slightly overperforming for its cost, but we also recognize it is the backbone of USF's late game anti-tank. Fuel cost has been slightly increased to better match its performance.
The M8 Scott is having its rate of fire reduced as it dealt too much damage for the lack of input required. In return, the unit is having its barrage times reduced to reward those who use its abilities.
Similar to the M8 Scott, we felt that the Pak Howitzer performed too well when given minimal input. This has been toned down slightly by increasing its low scatter during auto-attack. To compensate, barrages will be more readily available.
M21 Mortar Halftrack
The White Phosphorus shells dealt too much damage for how cheap the ability was. The shells have been adjusted to deal less damage over time.
M4 Sherman 105mm Dozer
Like many other call-ins, the M4 105mm Dozer now requires tech to be built. In return, its CP requirements have been reduced to reward those who tech.
With the requirement of tech, the Pershing has received a durability adjustment to improve its survivability. The unit now has more hitpoints, but has reduced frontal armor. The anti-infantry performance of its main gun has also been standardized with all other heavy tanks, although it will still deal the most damage.
Time On Target
In order to make this ability destroy enemy howitzers or other stationary defenses reliably, changes have been made to the last three shells to ensure they land directly in the center of the ability.
We felt that Rifle Company was underused because it had some very mediocre abilities out-weighed the benefits of the good ones. Small changes to the doctrine have been made to make the commander a more attractive choice.
Riflemen Field Defenses
The speed of mines being planted by Riflemen is being increased to be quicker.
Paratroopers / Paratroopers Support Squad
Paratroopers are receiving some minor changes to further solidify their performance. Some of their received accuracy from veterancy is being moved into their target size to improve their survivability when they first arrive. Demo charges will also destroy full health team weapons, allowing Paratroopers to deny them.
Leichte Mechanized Kompanie
Ostheer tech is more manpower demanding than other factions as the faction is required to tech up battlephases and then build its structures. The following change is designed to alleviate this and allow Ostheer to field Lieichte Mechanized Kompanie units sooner.
In order to give the Eastern Front factions repair times that are more in line with those of the Western Front armies, the minesweeper upgrade on Pioneer squads will now give additional repair speed.
We think Grenadiers are well-priced for their combat performance, but with only 4 models and reliance on being stationary to deal damage, it made them very susceptible to artillery and AOE attacks. Their veterancy has been adjusted to allow late game Grenadiers to resist explosives better, while retaining their current survivability against small-arms.
GrW 34 Mortar
The Counter Barrage ability is having its ranged increased to allow mortars to engage targets that would attack forward elements of the Ostheer line and not just the mortar itself.
The coaxial machine gun of the 222 is having its penetration values increased to match the OKW Sd.Kfz. 221/223.
Sd.Kfz. 251 Halftrack
We would like to make the unupgraded Sd.Kfz. 251 Halftrack more integrated into Ostheer’s core support weapons and combined arms gameplay. An increases in sight range will allow it to spot for team weapons, while in-hold healing will allow the smaller Ostheer squads greater field presence. Its new veteran ability will also allow the Half-Track to lay mines that can help blunt incoming attacks.
Panzergrenadier and Stormtrooper G43s
G43s for Stormtroopers and Panzergrenadiers are being improved to improve their capabilities at longer ranges.
Bunker MG 42 upgrade
The MG 42 upgrade’s sight range is being reduced to be slightly below its firing range as its role is to deny attacks into key areas or support a defensive line.
Along with the changes to heavy tanks, the Tiger is receive adjustments to its main gun. The Tiger is the most accurate of the heavy tanks against infantry with a high rate of fire, but lacks raw AOE power. Veterancy requirements have also been reduced to help the Tiger into later stages of the game.
StuG Ausf. E
The StuG E is being moved into tech like other call-in vehicles. In return, we have reduced the amount of CPs to compensate to encourage teching.
An activiation delay has been added to spotting scopes as the immediate vision boost allowed vehicles to quickly get shots off on targets outside of their sight range almost immediately.
Supply Drop - Osttruppen Doctrine
The weapon drop has been slightly reduced in cost, in order to better match costs with similar weapon drops like those in USF Airborne Company. CP timing has also been adjusted.
Command Panzer IV
The Command Panzer IV will now require either tier 3 or tier 4 in order to be called in. Additionally there will be some changes to its performance.
Jaeger Command Squad
The CP timing of this unit has been adjusted to better match the power of other units arriving at this time.
Target Weak Point Ability
In order to make the Target Weak Point abilities less confusing, as they have different effects on different units, the ability has been renamed on several units to help distinguish them. New icons will be placed later for clarity.
Sdf.Kfz 250 Mortart Half-Track
Adjustments have been made to the mortar half-tracks abilities to improve its ability at area denial and countering hostile indirect-fire.
Support Weapon Kampaneya
The cost of the structure has been reduced to improve its pick rate over the Special Rifle Command as a starting building, and make back-teching for team weapons slightly cheaper.
Conscripts Mobilize Reserves - 7th man upgrade
Due to popular sentiment on this upgrade arriving too late, we are allowing players the option to invest in their Conscripts sooner at the cost of additional resources. If players do not want to invest in Conscripts heavily or are looking to rush into medium tanks with Conscript support, Mechanized Armor Kampaneya unlocks the upgrade as normal.
The Maxim is having its performance improved against groups of massed infantry, while retaining its current performance against individual squads. These changes will allow a Maxim to suppress multiple squads faster and in a larger radius.
In order to give the Eastern factions repair times that are more in line with those of the Western front armies, the minesweeper upgrade on Combat Engineer squads will now give additional repair speed. Furthermore, Combat Engineers are having their Mosin Nagants match those of Conscripts to improve their reliability in combat.
We are reducing the drop-rate on the DP-28 due to how quickly they can drop their weapons when the squad losses members.
ZiS-3 and SU-76 76mm HE Barrage
The barrage ability on the ZiS-3 and SU-76 has been changed to have reduced raw killing power and deal more reliable health damage instead.
Guards Rifle ‘Hit The Dirt!’ Ability
Ability renamed to prevent confusion with Conscript Assault Package’s “Hit The Dirt!” ability, since either ability has different effects.
Conscript Assault Package
Doctrinal PPSh-41 upgrade for Conscripts has been changed to be available earlier to match other weapon upgrades.
The grenade cooldown on Shocktroopers is being increased to reduce how quickly the unit can use its abilities during combat. This was particularly noticeable with their veterancy 1 bonus that improves their grenade cooldowns.
Due to popular demand, we are giving Assault Guards Thompson SMGs. These changes in performance will better reflect the cost and timing of the Half-Track Assault Group.
Partisan units have received several changes to solidify their role as infiltration, harrasment, and ambush infantry.
Partisan Tank Hunters
Reinforcement cost and timing reduced to match those of anti-infantry Partisans.
The KV-1 has received changes to make it better suited as a defensive tank at later levels of veterancy, and threaten infantry that attempt to bypass the tank.
Along with the heavy tank changes, the IS-2's gun has been altered to have the largest AOE out of all heavy tanks, but is the least accurate and slowest to fire. Furthermore, veterancy 1 has been changed to improve its role at smashing team weapons and groups of infantry. CP requirement is higher than the Tiger due to its heavier armor.
Like all heavy tanks, the KV-2 has been adjusted to require teching in exchange for lower CP requirements.
To improve the viability of this commander, two of the commander's abilities are being merged to make room for Anti-Tank Overwatch. This will give the commander improved performance in the late game.
In order to maintian the Perhings role as the most lethal anti infantry havy tank, we have added the following change to it's near AOE.
Note - future balance tuning will happen in a later mini patch once the community has had time to adapt and objectively assess the live changes.
This hotfix is for problem bugs only.
The following maps have been improved for the 1v1 World Championship 2019 tourney. Originally, these maps were supposed to be included as part of large and exciting community mapping update coming later this month. A big thanks to all involved in getting these maps ready for the tourney!
The following changes have been made to moderately reduce USF's overly manpower efficient early game, while allowing for slightly faster officer deployment, but with a small delay to M20 and Stuart timings.
Lieutenant and Captain
Platoon Command Post Upgrade
Company Command Post Upgrade
M20 Utility Car
The M20 has repeatedly been reported as a problem unit by top players, particularly in 1v1. The Bazooka has been removed, as it was seen to make the m20 too difficult to counter, given it already has mines, high speed, smoke, and potential Lieutenant bazooka support in its favour.
50 Cal Machine Gun
Update - The wrong version of this map is currently live. This map will not be used for the first round of the tournament.
Snow is falling... all around us.... Soviets slayyying.... having fun! Tis the season.... war and much comandinnnng, merry Christmas... everyone!
Awesome community members strike again! This time, map maestro MononlithicBacon brings us a brand new winter (AKA Christmas) 4v4 Map called Nordwind, for all to enjoy!
Not only that, but intrepid mappers Rosbone and Sturmpanther have been busy bug fixing and balancing various maps from the November update. You can see the full list of changes below.
MonolithicBacon's new map has been specifically designed with no deep snow, and limited snow FX, so that performance will be much better for all players compared to other winter maps.
Here are a couple of screenshots to whet your appetites.
Crossroads Winter - New 1v1 Map by Whitelflash
This time, Whiteflash brings the festive cheer with an interesting twist on his extremely popular 1v1 staple, Crossroads.
Crossroads Winter isn't just a winter reskin, there are some cool design changes that will make the map different to play, while maintaining the competitive excellence that Crossroads is known for.
The Winter Balance Patch is now live!
A massive thanks to the wider community for engaging in discussion, testing mods, and providing feedback. Much of this update is informed by community input, and we're confident that this patch will freshen up the game and result in a more enjoyable experience overall! Again, thanks for your continued passion.
A special thanks to Miragefla and Sander93 is in order. Aside from being leading contributors to the overall balance team process, they've taken on a lot of additional responsibility and dedicated a tonne of personal time to this patch. Shout out to Miragefla for extensive mod building, technical support, bug fixing, and patch implementation. Shout out to Sander93 for meticulously organizing and leading the testing process both in the mod and live build process, as well as acting as the internal coordinator, and external spokesperson.
Of course, a big thanks to the rest of the community balance team; Reporogue, Sturmpanther, Tightrope, Jae4Jett and support modders Nachocheese and Janne252. For the fourth major patch in a row, these chaps once again dedicated a lot of time and energy reading comments, discussing problems, and proposing soloutions. Here here!
Finally, big props to Osinyagov, Kasarov, and Sneakeye for UI art support, as well as for valuable testing input. Additionally, Sneakeye also provided a couple of nifty technical solutions for the update.
In order to stop players from calling on heavy armor immediately after it is destroyed, all heavy tanks, heavy tank destroyers, and heavy assault guns now have the following:
Tiger - All variants
Due to the Tiger's low scatter and rate of fire, we are adjusting the unit's veterancy bonuses and AOE to make the Tiger less potent against infantry. In return, it will be gaining increased traverse speed with veterancy to compensate.
Command Tiger - OKW
The Command Tiger for OKW is seeing one of its upgrades removed due to how potent the mobile Tiger is when self-spotting and calling down artillery when encountering anti-tank guns. In return we are removing one of the penalties of its 'Command Tiger' ability, to encourage its use.
The high armor of the IS-2 is being reduced slightly to allow Axis tank destroyers such as the StuG G, Jagdpanzer IV, and anti-tank guns to better counter this heavy tank. Its AOE damage is also being reduced due to how powerful heavy tanks currently are against all infantry types.
We are reducing the AOE damage on the Pershing as a general reduction amongst the majority of heavy tanks.
The KV-2 is getting some minor mobility buffs at veterancy 3 to have some of its bonuses become more in-line with other heavy tanks.
In order to make generalist medium tanks more viable, we are lowering their target size to make them more difficult to hit. The changes will not apply to Tank Destroyers and specialist vehicles based on a medium tank chassis. Units like the Sherman Firefly and Sherman 105mm will remain the same due to their role.
These changes should reduce the chance to get hit by 7-10 percentage points from medium to far range - ex: an 88% chance to get hit becomes an 80% chance.
Panzer IV, Panzer IV Command Tank, and Panzer IV J
Sherman M4A3, Sherman M4A3 (76), Sherman M4A3E8
T34/76 and T34/85
Because of the above changes, the Cromwell is losing its target size advantage over other medium tanks. This is being compensated by increasing the power of its MGs to be on-par with the Panzer IV's hull and coaxial, improving its anti-infantry effectiveness.
Overall sentiment suggests Tommies are too punishing to use, especially in fights where they need to maneuver. These changes are designed to make them less difficult to use in the open and on the move, while keeping their overall power level relatively the same.
Additionally, in order to give the UKF an easier time to engage static defenses, the Pyrotechnics upgrade has received an off-map smoke barrage ability, allowing UKF players the ability to bypass defenses during assaults.
Assault Infantry Section (Assault Section Package)
In order to give the UKF more starting build options, particularly in urban maps, Assault Sections have been reworked as a separate call-in squad:
Tank Hunter Infantry Section
Tank Hunter Sections will now be deployed with 5 models due to their CP and cost requirements. Furthermore, they can now be upgraded with PIATs to increase their effectiveness against tanks in the mid-to-late game.
British Platoon and Company Command
To put their CP gain on-par with other factions, UKF will now gain CPs upon teching up.
Assault Officer (Previously Was Airlanding Officer)
The Brits lack a dedicated close quarters squad. In order to mitigate this somewhat, we have repurposed the underused Airlanding Officer into an offensive utility option for this period of the game. This should give Brit players the ability to handle close-quarters situations, but only comes in limited numbers. His Recon Run ability is also being increased in cost to match his USF counterpart.
The following change has been made to make the Wasp more effective in its role of dislodging garrisoned MGs.
British Medic Squad
With recent updates shifting UKF build orders more towards a varied roster of units, the average amount of Infantry Sections with the medical kits is likely to be decreased. In order to give UKF more options to fully heal their squads before sending them back into combat, a Medic Squad has been added to the HQ from the HQ Glider.
Sexton and Valentine
The following changes have been made to balance the removal of the Airlanding Officer. This will allow the glider to act as a forward position and also call-in team weapons as required.
With the increase in UKF CP gain, we are moving the M5 back to reduce the power of the M5 Quad rush before counters are available.
-Population from 15 to 13
In order to slightly reduce strength of the Mobilize Reserve upgrade, a number of changes have been made.
This change puts the barrage from ZiS-3 weapons inline with other direct-fire weapons and mortars that receive penalties when striking units in heavy cover.
Airborne Weapon Crate Drop
The cost of the weapon crate is being increased to match the performance of the weapons it gives, particularly Conscripts with their SVTs.
Minor changes are being made to encourage the use of Airborne Guards and their SMG package.
For Mother Russia
Standardization change to bring in line with other similar abilities.
Due to the large size of the headquarters building, the search range for the medics is being increased so that squads are more likely to be within range.
Cluster bombs previously arrived too fast for team weapons to avoid, even if they began packing up on smaller maps. The delay has been increased to allow players to dodge out of the way.
USF Grenade Package unlock
In order to make the Jackson slightly more vulnerable to medium tanks when caught out of position, its armor has be decreased.
OKW Battlegroup Headquarters
Due to all the recent changes to all heavy tanks, the previously established restriction of mutual exclusion with the Tiger II has been removed.
The Jagdtiger is receiving some changes to make its cost and veterancy more in line with its recently adjusted performance.
LE.IG/Mortar Half-Track Incendiary Barrage
The DOT against emplacements has been slightly reduced. Previously a full salvo would almost kill an emplacement if it was at full health.
The increased range to AT Grenades from veterancy 2 made it too difficult to kite against Panzerfusiliers and gave them too much range against most vehicles when combined with their 5 to 6 man squad. This is being addressed. Furthermore, units will now callout Panzerfusilier grenades that are being thrown.
The Panzerfaust is being removed from Fallschirmjager to increase their vulnerability to vehicles.
IR 251 Half-track
Due to an unfixable bug that severely affects gameplay, the IR halftrack has been reworked. The searchlight can no longer spot enemies in the fog of war, and instead the unit will now serve as a recon tool that provides a considerable direct vision.
OKW LeFH 18
Heavy Panzer Korps
In an attempt to increase the power of Ostheer's late game without increasing the power of its units, we are giving the structure a passive bonus for the army. This will reward players for teching to T4 and allow Ostheer to be more aggressive by reducing the bleed on core infantry units. The increased capture speed should also allow Ostheer players to retake sections of the map more quickly in the late game.
Sentiment suggests that Ostheer tier 4 is too prohibitive to use. In order to facilitate an easier transition for Ostheer T3 to T4 builds, we have implemented the following:
Credit to Derbyhat AKA Jibberjabber for originally proposing this change.
Due to Ostheer's weakness to light vehicles, we are slightly boosting the horizontal tracking speed of the Pak 40 to allow it better track fast-moving vehicles.
Due to its cost, lower than usual range, and casemate design, the Brummbar is having its armor nerf partially reverted to allow the unit to engage fortified positions.
Panzerfaust - all variants, including OKW
The speed of the Panzerfaust projectiles being lowered as an attempt to remove the issue of Panzerfausts occasionally missing their targets.
The following changes are in order to make fragmentation bombs less effective at the edges of the map, where they can wipe team weapons without a chance to react, while keeping their potency against targets in the center of the map.
Ostheer LeFH 18
As always: a huge thanks to all the community members who have reported bugs so that the team could identify them and look into fixes.
This update is to address minor bugs and non-balance issues from the Winter Balance Patch.
We are monitoring unit performance as well as overall player sentiment and will make any necessary minor balance adjustments in the coming weeks.
Additionally, localization for a few non-English text strings will also be added in the near future.
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