Jwallyr, I just want to clarify that I am definitely not calling you a bad player overall when I suggest that you might not defend crystal rushes well. Once a player has gone "all in" with a committed crystal rush, the game changes significantly, and many of the typical truisms no longer apply. You may have found a winning formula against slow-paced, patient play, but this formula might need heavy revisions to succeed against an extremely aggressive player, regardless of their overall skill level. Again, I don't find this fact to be a weakness of HA, but rather a strength -- if the threat of an early blitz were removed or drastically reduced, I believe the strategic depth of the game would suffer for it.
Regardless, I want to add the disclaimer that, of course, I don't know you and I've never played against you, so my thoughts here are just conjecture. I just think that it's important not to ignore the possibility that perceived faults in the game are actually largely self-imposed.
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I largely agree with your assessment of items on which we agree. The bone of conention appears to be found in your statement of disagreement number one:
Again, I agree with everything you've said here -- except for your final conclusion. Yes, increasing crystal health would lengthen games, reduce the importance of initial draws, and cripple the Council. No, I do not think any of these effects would necessarily improve the overall quality of the game.
The crystal rush is not just the tool of the weak and desperate. It is a viable and interesting strategy that adds dimensionality and pressure to early game decisions. Without the possibility of a huge crystal rush being unleashed at any time, a great deal of the early game tension would disappear, to be replaced by immediate and consistent turtling until one team finally got their fully-deployed war machine in order. This isn't balance -- it's loss of depth. There would still be bad draws -- getting an unfavorable ratio of equipment to units or getting healers late would still be just as crippling as ever, and now there would be one less way of getting out of a jam, since enemy crystals would be too tough to threaten with diminished or non-ideal attackers. No thanks.
Of course the luck element isn't for everyone, and there are plenty of game-design decisions that could be made to reduce it. Deck draws could become standardized and fixed, for example. But that's not the game we have, and it's not the direction RE has said they want to go. And I, for one, agree with that decision. I accept the bad beats when they happen, because I appreciate the uncertainty and volatility that random draws and fragile crystals lend to the game.
AND, sometimes I don't really want to grind out all my matches. Sometimes I'm tempted to resign a game heavily skewed my way just to get it out of the way, rather than to sit on my advantage all the way until the bitter end.
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PLEASE NOTE: I am not trying to shut anyone up, nor discourage discussion that explores different points. But the same ponts are being made, remade and made yet again.
So all I am trying do here is to stop this dead horse from being beaten any further and give it a decent burial.
(Everyone here knows how much I respect horses).
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Feel free to start a match with me. I play casually, but will accept league matches. Since Shaolin is currently persuading me not to choose random like I normally would, I usually choose Dwarves, Dark Elves, or TF2.
Joakz declined my challenge twice :(((
Watch TAST(y) results. Flameshock is most likely to win as he is currently undefeated and I think at least a few of his wins are Tko.
Redexoskeleton. That's my name in game. Challenge me if you like (I am slightly above average) be sure to mention if it is a friendly or league game