The 3 or 4 guys that just played me will appreciate the irony of this and how good rediculously strong Nash is. It absolutely nonsensical that Legion has a unit in TEDDY that is free. It might make sense if at level 14 it was still easily eliminated but it’s nearly 4000 Health and 800 damage. Far out. FREE!
I have been playing Wild Beyond (Rebel Sky) since the good old days of factories and Earthlings. Yep, I’m a veteran with a definite sense of entitlement. This, of course, has necessitated a strongly worded email or forum post for the developers more than once. My last correspondence concerned the perception I was getting they had “rebalanced” Ascension too far; the faction was now on balance the weakest overall. I am an Ascension specialist. If they tweak it I notice.
This is a very broad and difficult claim to support with empirical evidence by that I can’t say how many points damage or health any individual unit has been adjusted up or down. However, what I do have is my game play anecdotal evidence and straight up statistics.
Firstly: Reducing Storm Kestrel ability to ground only was immediately apparent. A low health unit already when it was Air/Ground pretty vulnerable but handy in combination for strong air units like Dreadnaughts, essential against stubborn ground like Fortress Mech yet importantly capable of defending itself from other Air/Ground units like Sky Sharks. Now it’s near tits on a bull.
I was going to reel off what I know about every Ascension unit but you get the point, the Devs have disabled or reduced much of the key areas that help hold centre. Now I’m barely get out of first gear against very low level Legion.
I sent an email and you want to know what they said? Ascension is strong defence and the other factions are strong attack so the game is balanced and we’re happy. As you can imagine I was WTF? Balanced. In who’s mind is a strong defence going to achieve victory in a game of 3 mins and domination. Certainly not Lao Tsu nor Level1. I respect Level1, he is a veteran and a player that has always understood the finer aspects of Rebel Sky. That’s why he’s consistently in the rankings and usually No.1 or certainly close. He is not playing Ascension. It’s a fair sign that if he’s playing any faction that it’s the dominant force of the reset.
The other thing is you only have to look at the Top 100 to see it’s not “balanced” at all. Balanced factions to me would mean an equal representation of each across the ranking system; not 1 faction being played by every player because they realise they’d not going to get higher with another of the 3. And guess what? That diabolical mismatch of unit costs, tier assignments, damage vs. health, tactics and Commander tactics is reflected just as I suggested to the devs; they’ve sabotaged Ascension. The stats below do show this clearly too.
You look at the Top 3 in isolation and yeah, balanced I’ve already spoken of Level1; great veteran player Nash so no surprise there. Erica I can’t say I know anything about Roxie and Utz, mate, still smashing me and representing Ascension. Utz is another long time player so has obviously perfected areas of the game where I have failed. So all in all balanced, right? Wrong!
The Top 10 is filled out with Roxie. Rakings 10 to 20 are Nash and Roxie again however our the only other Kuro in the Top 20 currently sits in 15. Already I can see there is absolutely no balance what-so-ever. I won’t bother with anymore detail other than to say the Ascension that is in the Top 100 are in the Bottom 50.
So consider that almost half of the Top 100 are Legion. I don’t think any one of you are sheep; you are astute and unlike myself; stubborn, you’re flexible and acted accordingly. No sour grapes on that front. I’m just incredulous the email I got took for granted that I wouldn’t know any better. This is my first rodeo.
For me I think the spread reflects that you guys that make your way to the Top 50 and beyond are smart enough to realise the faction you started with Ascension just isn’t going to cut it.
Well, if you made it this far then know this too, there once was a time when things were very different and Ascension ruled the Universe!
Top 100 Faction Representation