Urban Blight isn't bad for you, but it doesn't help a lot either. You do indeed cut the hp of a few units and perform a small fund cut, but you have very little attacking power. So, they can usually call your threat and accept the cuts. Yes, you have lost nothing, but you have also gained very little. They can wait until they have Typhoon, Hyper Upgrade, Haymaker etc. which threaten to collapse entire fronts. Honestly, Kindle should stick to SCOP in many situations, since it's usually around +50/+10, at least. It isn't horrible as a boost, but Grimm usually does the same better.benbever wrote:So it's the old Kindle is good/not so great discussion again?
The fact that a cheap cop for Adder is good does not mean that it isn't good for Kindle. Both get a relatively good cop for cheap allowing them to often act first, and more often. If Kindle had a more expensive cop then she wouldn't be as good as she is now.
Threatening often works for me. And if it's doesn't work then nothing is lost. Your opponent will either need to hold off repairs or do the repairs and end up with -3hp+2hp units. So it's a lose-lose choice for him. Waiting for the perfect moment to (S)COP and ending up with a full meter is something only new players do. (It's almost never good.) Kindle shouldn't have to do that. You can always just COP since it's never a bad thing to do. And the charging between the COP and (rarely used) SCOP means that little charge will go to waste (as with overcharging SCOP.) Of course you lose charge on COP turns, but all COP CO's have to deal with that. You still get faster and more power turns.
http://awbw.amarriner.com/replay.php?ga ... 060&ndx=26 For example, this is your COP turn in the game vs Diwa. It didn't really do much aside from stopping a capture and the usual small fund and hp cut. You also didn't get to attack from properties very often. You weren't doing badly in the game but you would have done almost as well with a bland, powerless CO. Andy would have certainly been better. It is a bad map for Kindle, but not the ideal for Max either.
Kindle doesn't exist in a vacuum. When we discuss whether Kindle is good or bad, we have to do so comparing to other COs. Should we pick her over Drake, Andy or Grimm? If not, aren't we really saying Kindle is good in low tier?
I followed that game, and the mass copters worked so well because BMB built too many copters as Drake and too few AAs. His AAs were also oddly positioned sometimes, so you got free shots. Even so, the copters on both sides had short lifespans compared to the tanks, and I think a few more tanks wouldn't have hurt. He gave up much of Drake's usefulness by building too many copters and using COP first instead of SCOP. Actually, BMB could have still realistically gone for the win near the end by going for megatanks or at least md tanks in the north and prolonging the game.benbever wrote:I like to outright spam bcopters. They can be the main attacking unit, they do enough damage. They do need tank backup, just as tanks need AA backup. I won my last match VS BMB easily with bcopter spam. He was Drake and had to resort to 80/100 bcopters and lots of AA that were weak to my tanks. Of course you can also just use one or two as disruption. It all depends on the map, co's, opponent and preference.
Of course, there are maps where spamming air units works well. These are usually the ones where terrain makes AA defence impossible or there are a lot of funds and only 2 bases.