• Zaphod started a match against the AI to start. Was a mostly plinking around playtest to get a rough feel for everything rather than fight against the AI.
  • Teleporters are pretty cheap.
  • Laser Defense Towers have a cost increase. Single Laser Defense Towers cost 300 metal and Double Laser Defense Towers cost 450 metal.
  • Orbital units have had their metal costs changed, increased for the most part.
  • About 20 minutes after 3 CST, Meta finally started streaming with a few other guys on Teamspeak.
  • The game finally starts 40 minutes after 3 CST.
  • WPMarhsall faced off against Cola_Colin on a size 400 planet. Cola_Colin went for a T2 rush and WPMarshall went for a T1 rush.
  • WPMarshall did not like the new Doxes.
  • Cola_Colin said that he thinks T2 rushes are even more viable.
  • Then Cola_Colin faced off against ZaphodX on a size 400 planet, where Cola_Colin still goes for the T2 rush and ZaphodX goes for
  • ZaphodX went air first, for some bomber harassment.
  • Cola_Colin got up an Advanced vehicle factory well within 10 minutes, and even though Cola_Colin had no map control at all, and ZaphodX controlled most of the planet, but Cola_Colin still had a larger economy.
  • The Uber Cannon has had some reductions. It has a lower rate of fire, same AOE spread, but less damage on the AOE.
  • ZaphodX started to make headway with his T1 armies, and it was pretty close. Fairly even exchanges.
  • Cola_Colin kept on using Shellers, and they didn’t seem to work out very well for him. Cola_Colin should have used Vanguards and Levelers, as they would have been better against the attacking units.
  • ZaphodX got up Advanced somewhere around 13 minutes, but was destroyed by a Vanguard.
  • Keep in mind that these two matches have been on size 400 planets, while most people play on 600 or more, and the larger the planet, the more of the advantage goes to the T2 rushing player.
  • There’s a new system browser UI. Looks pretty nice.
    New System Browser
  • Inbetween matches, the two players shared strategies on how to make T1 rushes more valid.
  • Another match between ZaphodX on Cola_Colin on a size 400 planet with the same strategies as last time.
  • Both players used Skitters for scouting.
  • ZaphodX put a lot more work into very aggressive expansions and got an early eco advantage, when he was lagging behind previously.
  • Cola_Colin got up T2 vehicle factory and was pretty unharassed for a while because ZaphodX didn’t have enough units to overwhelm the laser defense towers.
  • Zaphod finally moves in and attacks Cola_Colin a little after Cola_Colin got up his laser defense tower.
  • ZaphodX slowly whittles down Cola_Colin, and wins.
  • Another showdown between Cola_Colin and Zaphodx, this time on a larger ice planet, with other planets in the system.
  • In this match Cola_Colin went for an aggressive T1 expansion before focusing down on the Advanced Factory. He ended up with about twice the economy that Zaphod had before Cola_Colin even started on the Advanced factory.
  • They ended up just calling the match. The exponential growth from the T2 economy was just too much for Zaphod to keep up with.
  • Infernos plus combat fabbers are very good at taking out laser defense towers. Four combat fabbers is the critical mass for a single laser defense tower. But at the same time, Combat Fabbers can keep Laser Defense Towers up.
  • Zaphod was saying his spawn was bad, so maybe that’s why he lost rather than the T2 exponential growth.
  • WPMarshall said that the new economy was more like an “avalanche” while it used to be just “snowballing.”
  • Lots of good discussion between Uber and the players.
  • Cola_Colin is saying that map control means almost nothing because of T2 is so crazy exponential.
  • The players and developers continue to toss around ideas about balance, possible new ideas, and how Uber’s balance changes altered the game.
  • They’re tossing around ideas of completely eliminating T2 metal extractors.
  • After a long conversation with lots of ideas thrown around by the invitees and those in chat, Cola_Colin left and another match formed up.
  • Now a match between ZaphodX and Martenus.
  • And this is where I leave…