Posted 03 May 2012 - 04:41 PM
This is not a game where being in the biggest 'Mech is the best. This is a team game. It's a game where a team with twelve 100-ton Atlases could get its *** handed to it by four Jenners.
Are you in a 20-ton Locust, dashing between rocks, peering over ridges, racing across open fields? You are the most important person on your team, because knowledge is victory.
Are you in a 65-ton Catapult, crouching behind mountains, your eyes away from your instruments, focusing solely on the information being fed to you by your recon lance? You are the most important person on your team, because indirect fire is victory.
Are you in a 100-ton Atlas, so brutish that you don't mind taking PPCs to the face while you approach the enemy line? You are the most important person on your team, because firepower is victory.
Are you in a 35-ton Jenner, keeping up with that Locust by dashing around obstacles, dancing over mountaintops and running up behind those Atlases? You are the most important person on your team, because skirmishing is victory.
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Their goal with the game is to make sure that no matter how much money you pour into the game, no matter how big your 'Mech is, the only factor in victory is how excellent a team-player you are and how expert you are with your 'Mech of choice. And, given that you can't buy pilot XP, how many matches you've played.
And given that these sort of 'Mech battles have many, many facets to them--as I described above--they will very likely succeed. Go ahead, load up in your 65-ton Catapult--I'll take a 35-ton Jenner and wait until you run out of missiles, and in a gun-on-gun match the fastest 'Mech (mine) wins. Oh, you went into a Daishi? Well, I'll take that teeny little LRM-10 you got there and destroy you with my 65-ton Catapult's endless missile barrage from behind a mountain. Or maybe you'll choose a Jenner and try to track me down. Good luck with that, I'm in a Raven, you can't even see me while I poke you with my one laser.
Unless you're a better player than me, or more expert in your 'Mech, or have simply been playing longer and are a higher level. Then, that rock-paper-scissors gets reversed. Your Catapult wipes out my Jenner within a couple tightly-aimed volleys before I can move a foot. You order a teammate to flank me, and creep that Daishi on top of my hill while I'm distracted. Or your Jenner spots my physical form--if not my radar signature--on the top of a hill, and you take a shot at my 'invisible' self and wreck me.
THAT is how their market model is going to work. It doesn't matter one iota what 'Mech you're in, if you're Elite, you WILL beat a Veteran.
...unless I'm in a Clan 'Mech of course. But I'm crossing my fingers that when Clan vs. Inner Sphere happens, they leave the Clan 'Mechs as overpowered as they were in the tabletop, but just make it 5 Clan vs 12 Inner Sphere (which, by the tabletop, usually balances out to even Battle Values)