Lets talk about the elephant in the room of balance; Impossible match-ups. What I mean by that is faction that really struggle against other factions in multiplayer. So of you may already know that factions have advantageous, balanced and disadvantageous match-ups with different factions. Some factions are top tier because they have very few disadvantageous match-ups. Others are bottom tier because they have too many disadvantageous match-ups. So, in a tournament normally players first pick faction that have few disadvantageous match-ups while the counter picking player can choose a faction without making it an uphill battle.
Yes, its important to focus on balance at a micro level by buffing such and such units, but the real imbalance come from match up that are uphill battles from the get go.
So, in my opinion, and please tell me what you think about that we have two options;
- Provide tools/buffs for factions to be able to deal with their disadvantageous match-ups.
- Give players a pick and ban mechanics at the army screen
Personally, I would rather have the former, since that way every faction is viable versus any other faction. Anyways, what do you think? What factions do you think are fighting an uphill battle against particular faction? What would need to be buffed/given in order for them to have more balanced match-up without disrupting the balance against other faction?