When HW2 came out, I built a new computer fresh from scratch. I was a serious vet of HW1 (case ladder, clan matches and all) and couldn’t wait to play.
Then I jumped into MP and saw the horrid balance that is the Battlecruiser.
Relic obviously learned in later games they created never to make the Battlecruiser mistake again. This unit became a single-path unit. While there are ways to counter 1 BC, with early rushes or bomber hits, the right answer is almost always to have a BC of your own to negate the threat, then continue with your mixed units down the line.
Every game of HW2 almost always ended with BC matches, and EVERY SINGLE GAME I’m playing in the new HWR is the same way. It’s always BCs.
In HW1, there was NO single strategy that won everything. Sometimes you had people that would literally swarm all the way to end-game and win. Some guys were cap-ship masters (this was my personal style). Others were mixed fleets, or used crazy tactics like grav wells or cloaks to trump end-game.
A single Battlecruiser can take the next tier cap ship unit down (destroyer) in 2 shots of it’s ion beams. 2 shots! If you were to compare a HC vs Destroyer in HW1, this wouldn’t even be close to the case. This isn’t even taking into account the BCs ability to fire at extreme ranges, damage fighters/covs (heavy cruisers could do absolutely nothing to fighters, you could take one down with 20 scouts if you waited long enough!), the ability to project a grav well field, and so much more.
The BCs in HW2 were absolutely broken, screwed over balance, and, in my opinion, ruined the game. There’s a reason Relic didn’t replicate their base design idea in future RTS games they created. It’s doing the EXACT same thing in HWR, and I’m 100% sure if Gearbox looked at the stats of games played, BCs are the ultimate game changers in HWR just as they were in HW2.
I really hope they find a way to resolve this problem. Until then, I fear I’m going to start playing HW1-race only matches. I’m just not having ANY fun with HW2 BC-fests in HWR at all, and it’s making me want to quit even trying to enjoy this game.