Christopher Dayson, on 05 May 2012 - 09:50 AM, said:
Disagree all you want, it's written. They are trying to stick to TT rules as close as they can, that's a TT rule.
As for limiting the Clans, that's not even true. Like I said, 3 lances vs 2 stars is fairly comparable. 3 Lances vs a Lance and 3 points (8 mechs) would be even closer imho.
For Clan vs Clan then of course you can do 3 star's vs 3 star's or whatnot.
When taking account Chassis as well you're dealing with hard points vs omni points, so the Clanners have a large advantage there as well... unless the Clanners were limited to published Variants only.
That'd be sweet. Another way to limit Clanners without giving clan tech to IS right there.
Nah. In online gaming when you give one side overwhelming, powererful items, a Clan tech 'Mech in this case. That's the side everyone joins.
It doesn't matter that the IS get one more junky 'mech per match. Where are you going to get the pilots who like junky 'mechs?
Nope, been there, done that. MechWarrior league units with long time members, it made no difference. Everyone joins the side with the mostess until the junky faction is vacant of players. If there is no way for an IS 'mech to go toe to toe with a Clan 'mech of the same weight, there will be no IS faction for the Clan to play against. The speed that this transition occurs with will take everyone by complete suprise. Even faster in an MMO where players have less patience due to the need to grind XP/items.
I say, 'look into my eye' because I have seen the above scenario play out in multiple online games. MMO's, MechWarrior 4 Leagues, it made no difference. The faction with the obviously elite items is where everyone will go.
I am not going to derail the thread further. Say it isn't so. Say it won't happen again, not here. But it always happens. Everytime. They will have to figure some way for IS tech to equal Clan tech other than added numbers of junky 'mechs on the field of play. That's not TT, but TT is not an MMO that needs to keep every player it can, happily grinding.