From a SM player mainly playing team games. What's the point of a sniper? To have a range advantage **,to dislodge bolter teams and to break stalemates.**
Hit and run tactics are overpowered with melee. e.g No one is going to be be kited and outranged to death so melee units stay hidden in stealth or dome(heavy cover). No point in accumulating or massing Scout Snipers. Instead I spam ASM and roam as a deathball and I still win too easily. After winning the loser has to lose all units and proceed to lose all generators and LPs. I suggest making the scout sniper do bonus DPS against heroes, Certainly I don't want to see them spammed to counter all infantry.
Listening post doctrine is overpowered. As game escalates, WAY TOO MUCH HP on them LPs. Whatever units are attacking upgraded LP's they are fresh meat for artillery. i.e Lps act as a scout and bait. I'm in a **hurry **to wreck the Lps and generators because the resource advantage is spiralling out of control. I prefer Listening posts be removed from the game. Better make a 200 REQ LP to cancel out an ASM etc. IF anyone could build LPS anywhere - like literally on the floor, everyone would do it instead of actually building units. Static defense buy way **too **much time and protect gens.
To differentiate between low skilled players and high skilled, more balance changes need to be made for ambushing tactics say for heavy bolters. If I hide in HB in stealth and bait units to come I should be able to release a barrage of insta death crazy damage. Therefore servitors should be a requirement as scouts.
Devastator heavy bolters need much more DPS especially at point blank range. I don't mind reducing the HP of them further. Heroes literally bathe in mg42 fire, sad.
All melee players go for clean engage i.e perfect jump and charge in. This results in one sided battles. When heavy weapon teams are negated, they die 99% of the time. There is no retreating home. INCREASE DPS OF HEAVY BOLTERS much more!!
**Rework plasma guns to be the best in short term pokes, ability to out shoot and outtrade. **
Plasma guns should **premium **gun but they aren't that great. Feels like cheap shiet. SM has always been quality over quantity.
Increase plasma gun damage vs all infantry another 20% and vs heroes and heavy armor increase by 30-40%. readjust cost of power and REQ accordingly. Make it easy to overheat. Reduce range by tiny fraction, plasma guns should function like an awesome powerful shot gun.
I'm a high APM player so my units are never idle. But unfortunately the best strategies are too hoard units and hide behind LPS and shield gens
I have tried so hard to make scout sniper strategies work but they never work.. Ranger seems much better as it complements their playstyle.