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Orion Rework for Warhammer 3

Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781
Orion desperately needs to be updated, especially with Warhammer III on the horizon. He, along with several other dated Legendary lords, will have to be looked at seriously if the Legendary Lords revealed for WH3 are anything to go by.

In Warhammer 2 he serves no real purpose in the wood elf roster. He is slow, squishy, has a tiny amount of ammunition and since most WE lords now have vanguard his once unique selling point is gone. Now that the cloak of Isha’s strength has been halved he cannot even function as a late game damage tank, though this should never have been his purpose. He was always meant to be a fast hunter and cavalry support character. Orion should be as fast as wild riders. Additionally he needs some balancing changes to accompany such a major speed increase and to rework him into a more interesting and useful lord.

I. REASONS TO HAVE WILD RIDER SPEED

1. Balancing and Army roster
After the massive nerf to cloak of Isha, which came with no compensation to rebalance him, Orion has nothing to offer as a Lord that can’t be done better by other lords. Treelords are far tankier vs ranged and in melee and are life casters. Durthu has the added bonus of being a strong combatant and is the only manticore caster available on the roster. Glade lords work much better with WE armies in general, combining high mobility, good ranged and decent duelling ability for a reasonable cost. They are excellent all rounders. Drycha is the best at vanguard rushes thanks to her summon, aoe buffs and penumbral pendulum and is cheap enough to allow very wide armies. Spellweavers are another competitive choice simply due to being cheap mobile casters with an AOE stalk item and of course magic, and the sisters of twilight are very mobile ranged damage dealers who are hard to kill. Orion sits in a very awkward place where he can do a little bit of each of these things but badly.

To compete with the other lords Orion needs his own niche in which he excels. WE are missing a specialist monster/character hunter and a hard hitting cavalry supporter. To do this Orion needs to be as fast as wild riders. This will give him a purpose and enable more build diversity in WE armies and more variety in competitive lord choices. He is also just not a very interesting or fun choice.

2. Tabletop and Lore

Orion has been completely mistranslated from both TT and lore. In TT he was as fast as wild riders, more expensive than Kholek and had stats on par with greater demons, and had a long range bow attack in addition to his spear. No other lord has been implemented in game without one of their iconic primary weapons. Imagine Karl Franz without Ghal Maraz, Tyrion without Sunfang or Grimgor without Gitsnik. In addition his speed is the same as trolls, mammoths, Oxyotl and many other things he should easily outrun. This is completely wrong. In the lore he has always been about hunting monsters and leading his wild riders in the charge but he can’t do any of these things that define him due to his troll-speed.



3. Animations

One common argument against increasing his speed is that the animations wouldn't work. This is false. In the first video we see Orion running at his current 55 speed side-by-side with him running at 81 speed (via campaign buffs) and higher. While running at 55 speed he actually looks like he is in slow-motion, as though he was running through water. When he uses foe-seeker to boost his speed up to 69 he starts to look better but still looks like he is being held back. At 81 speed and higher he looks much better and more natural, and there are no issues with his locomotion animations, such as sliding along the ground or making comically fast strides
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ay1fb5ZIpo&t=7s

As a final proof here is footage of him (modded) running at 200 speed. Even at such breakneck speeds his animations function very well. There may be a limit somewhere but it's well outside the realm of sanity.

https://youtu.be/KJ0-REVQj1o

II. Core Mechanics Changes

To accompany Orion’s speed increase to 85 there should be a few key changes to his core mechanics to prevent him from becoming overpowered or abusive.

Cloak of Isha + Unbreakable

In the past, when cloak had 44% wardsave on top of 20% physical resistance. The cloak of Isha interacted very badly with his unbreakability and made him very abusive for a while. However, now cloak is quite weak and should be improved.

The simplest way to make the cloak of Isha better and less of an annoying late game physical resistance stacking tool is to remove the 20% HP activation threshold of the cloak and change the effect to constant healing and spell resistance (+4hp/s with 30% spell resistance, +20% flame resistance). This is half the current healing effect but applied constantly (same as the basic regeneration ability). This would bring Cloak of Isha in line with other powerful self heal abilities like Auric armour, Jade Griffon and the Middenland Runefang (which have twice the healing but no spell resistance), and avoid stacking physical resistance in the late game. Also since this would be spell resistance in game three, magic attacks would still be very effective against him.

A passive trait should be introduced to keep the interaction between the new cloak and unbreakable balanced in late game situations. It should be based on his 6th edition special rule "Spirit of Kurnous":



I think the best translation of this in game would be to lose unbreakable, but to regain unbreakable at army losses and degenerate HP (at a rate somewhere around the level of Malus/Tzarkan's transformation) and also gain offensive stats. At army losses it would function as a thematic "last stand" mechanic and would be a fairly effective way to eliminate possible drawkiting scenarios. It also balances the constant healing from cloak of Isha quite well.

III. Balance Changes

In addition to the core changes above there should be several updates to his items and stats to better fit his role as monster hunter and cavalry lord, and to update him to the game 2 standard before Warhammer III launches, where he should be on par with greater demons.

1. Horn of the Wild Hunt

A very simple improvement to the ability is to change the percentage based charge bonus to a flat amount of charge bonus e.g.+15 CB, increased charge speed and an added fear causing effect, offset by giving the rampage trait. The horn should then be capped at 3 uses. This makes it much more useful for low charge units and the rampage means it will need to be used with good timing for maximum benefit.

2. Hounds of Orion

This ability, while not very strong, can have some use at times so I would keep it but also add a new unit, which can only be picked with Orion. The 'Hounds of Orion' unit would be a single entity monster similar to the description of Kislev's snow leopard, with the forest spirit trait, frenzy and fear+terror with high attack, low defence. They would be very fast and useful for hunting mages and other single entities and monstrous units but bad against most units. When they die they could trigger a cast of hounds of orion. ~1100g (similar to brood horrors)


3. Hawk’s Talon

Hawk’s Talon is the name of Orion’s massive longbow, which on TT granted Orion a multiple-shot ranged attack so a better in-game implementation would be to change it to a magic missile ability with multiple projectiles, exactly how the “Hail of Doom arrow” item is designed. It has no missile damage, making it very poor for sniping single entities but has good explosive damage and spread, making it good vs units. This is a much simpler change than giving him new animations for a proper bow. It would be much more useful than the current ability and is a nice reference to his tabletop bow.



4. Support Abilities

To help in the cavalry support role he could be given an ability inspired by the 6th edition rule "Fury of Kurnous". It would be a single target buff similar to Whiplash or Fury of Khaine.

In addition he could get the "howl of the forest" passive AOE attack buff.

SUMMARY OF EXISTING ITEM CHANGES

⦁ Cloak of Isha: constant healing (4hp/s) and 30% spell resistance, +20% flame resistance
⦁ Horn of the Wild Hunt: Change to flat +15CB, +25% charge speed, fear and rampage with 3 uses (plus Horn animation).
⦁ Hounds of Orion: SEM (snow leopard style) hound locked to Orion's faction, with forest spirit, frenzy, terror. Good vs fragile single entities and poor vs units
⦁ Hawk’s Talon: Multi-shot 200m range magic missile. 3 uses
⦁ Spear of Kurnous: Magic missile with good penetration. 2 uses
⦁ Add "Fury of Kurnous" and "Howl of the Forest" abilities

Stat changes

Outside the core stat change of +30 speed Orion should have a few other changes to update him and make him more useful and interesting, and reflect his source material more faithfully. These are buffs to make him more versatile rather than simply increasing his combat stats and turning him into a beatstick.

+300 cost. Puts his base cost up to 1900, into the Karl Franz/Kholek/Settra monster tier. With all items and abilities his cost would be ~3000.
+Increased base leadership to offset the loss of permanent unbreakable.
+15% missile resistance. With the change to cloak it would be safe to give back some of his lost missile resistance especially since he has only 30 armour.
+ Magic attacks (another trait he has lost since WH1)
+Add a Bonus vs Large to his missile attack.
+8 ammo. 12 ammo is too low for any lord with a missile attack, especially one who is supposed to be a hunter.
+1400 mass. This gives him a total of 3000 mass. For reference Taurox has 4500. More mass will help him pull out of infantry more effectively, something that is needed for his role as a hunter.


If you'd like to try out these changes, take a look at this mod.

https://forums.totalwar.com/discussion/297859/orion-rework-and-coldone-chariot-fix-mods#latest


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  • BjornNorlinderBjornNorlinder Registered Users Posts: 847
    u keep posting this :lol:
  • caladbolgftw#3407caladbolgftw#3407 Registered Users Posts: 441
    edited September 2021
    I want his hounds to be added, but unit champion in an infantry unit is just not possible for CA to pull off, yet they could because somebody made a mod about it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxoiEgfjXuo&t=98s
  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781

    u keep posting this :lol:

    It's different this time, but yes it's not the first time I've posted about Orion. :lol:


  • Bastilean#7242Bastilean#7242 Registered Users Posts: 2,945
    edited September 2021
    I agree give him 85 speed.

    I agree give him... 2000 mass. With twice the speed, he won't need 3000 mass. See brood horror for comparison.

    I agree, give him his missile resistance back.

    Horn of the Wild Hunt could be +24 or +40... +15 is super weak especially for CB. Also, could add speed. Yes, buff weak horn.

    I would maybe increase his price +200g for the speed.


    Spirit of Kurnous (from the army book) sounds like crumbling to me. We don't need that. Give him rampage if you want, but that's a big negative... See Fury of Kurnous comment. Also, all those bonuses look like bloat.

    No need for new abilities. He's got the horn, if you want more power put it on the horn. Give him Deadly Onslaught sure like why did so many heroes and lords lose this ability? I could get behind Fury of Kurnous if you made it self only and replace foe seeker... +24MA +25% speed +vigor +rampage. It would be like reverse slippery for duration and cool down.

    I would not remove unbreakable. He's a god. He doesn't need crumble. He's a god. Ancestors don't even crumble.


    I don't think Cloak of Isha should give fire protection. It doesn't do that. It's made of twigs. Most healing and regeneration have the fire vulnerability. I honestly think it's fine now.

    I don't care if you change the healing or not, but CA created the Cloak of Isha the way it is as a lever against how powerful it is because he can be trapped and quickly killed before the healing occurs. Adding speed to Orion will further guarantee how powerful it is. I think it's fine with the speed and missile resist. Adding magic resistance is good. Do that.
  • Bastilean#7242Bastilean#7242 Registered Users Posts: 2,945
    Lot of good work and thoughts went into this.
  • MiniaAr#5798MiniaAr#5798 Registered Users Posts: 1,788
    I fully agree with Orion being given a specific niche of cavalry lord for the Wood Elves. It also synergies well if Ariel is in his army, with her buffs to Sisters of Thorn, so that basically your army can be Orion, Ariel, a Glade captain on Great Stag (for the strider bonus to the whole army) and then an assortment of Wild Riders, Great Stag Knights and Sisters of Thorn (+1 Zoat unit for the siege attacker bonus). That's basically how I played my last campaign with him (in Legendary difficulty).

    Therefore, giving him the same speed as Wild Riders seems a given. Changing the horn to give a significant charge bonus (+25 to +40 seems like a good range, compared to the % boos) and the cloak to give a reliable regeneration, I'm also on board with.
    I would love for the hounds to become a summonable pair of units instead of a reskinned spell but I don't think it's happening.
    Missile and Magic resist: ok. Anti-large for his range weapon: of course.


    Changing Unbreakable or giving rampage to the horn I think would be a nerf and I don't favour it.
  • Maedrethnir#1968Maedrethnir#1968 Senior Member Registered Users Posts: 17,383
    edited September 2021
    I wholeheartedly agree. Orion should feel and play like a proper demigood!
  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781
    Bastilean said:

    I agree give him 85 speed.

    I agree give him... 2000 mass. With twice the speed, he won't need 3000 mass. See brood horror for comparison.

    I agree, give him his missile resistance back.

    Horn of the Wild Hunt could be +24 or +40... +15 is super weak especially for CB. Also, could add speed. Yes, buff weak horn.

    I would maybe increase his price +200g for the speed.


    Spirit of Kurnous (from the army book) sounds like crumbling to me. We don't need that. Give him rampage if you want, but that's a big negative... See Fury of Kurnous comment. Also, all those bonuses look like bloat.

    No need for new abilities. He's got the horn, if you want more power put it on the horn. Give him Deadly Onslaught sure like why did so many heroes and lords lose this ability? I could get behind Fury of Kurnous if you made it self only and replace foe seeker... +24MA +25% speed +vigor +rampage. It would be like reverse slippery for duration and cool down.

    I would not remove unbreakable. He's a god. He doesn't need crumble. He's a god. Ancestors don't even crumble.


    I don't think Cloak of Isha should give fire protection. It doesn't do that. It's made of twigs. Most healing and regeneration have the fire vulnerability. I honestly think it's fine now.

    I don't care if you change the healing or not, but CA created the Cloak of Isha the way it is as a lever against how powerful it is because he can be trapped and quickly killed before the healing occurs. Adding speed to Orion will further guarantee how powerful it is. I think it's fine with the speed and missile resist. Adding magic resistance is good. Do that.

    He's still functionally unbreakable (if used well) with 120 leadership, its just an anti-army losses and antidrawkite mechanic that fits him and comes straight from his TT rules. Just because he's a (demi)god (not a god) doesnt mean he shouldnt have some kind of crumbling. Also you can bet that greater demons will have a similar crumbling mechanic and they are basically demigods like Orion.

    The whole point of Fury of kurnous is to support cavalry units, if its self only he loses the ability to support cav as well. I originally thought of heroic killing blow but after testing it I thought it was boring.

    The added fire resist on cloak is just a little reference to a lore thing.


  • Bastilean#7242Bastilean#7242 Registered Users Posts: 2,945
    Do you have the lore reference? Would be nice to put it on your mod page.
  • #902441#902441 Registered Users Posts: 7,501
    Does he still have limited ammunition, despite his spear magically returning to his hand? Never made sense to me, that..
    For in spite of all temptations. To belong to other nations. He remains an Englishman.
  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781
    MiniaAr said:




    Changing Unbreakable or giving rampage to the horn I think would be a nerf and I don't favour it.

    Changing unbreakable is in general a good idea for the game. Simply ignoring such an important mechanic as leadership is not good game design I think. Im not saying unbreakable should be removed, but there be conditions placed on it. In Orions case he would still be functionally unbreakable, but now there is a price to pay for it.

    But you are correct it is designed as a nerf in a way.

    The horn becoming much stronger shouldnt come for free. Adding rampage to it means you have to time it well (note it doesnt make your automatically rampage, it just gives the rampage trait). Its also very very lore friendly


  • Red_Dox#2328Red_Dox#2328 Junior Member Registered Users Posts: 6,628
    Meh, never played Woodelves (should do it for the achievement one day but I just can't stand those knife eared tree hippies) so never knew Orion was that effed up ^^ Seeing his slow ass strolling around in the video makes me rather wonder if they also would do the Keeper of Secrets dirty as well, instead of buffing Orion. Some of the early access players better make a ground race video about that later. Once they have the GUO and KoS available to look how fast they would be.

    -----Red Dox
  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781
    Bastilean said:

    Do you have the lore reference? Would be nice to put it on your mod page.

    yeah that might be nice, here it is if you're interested:

    "He reached into the fire and gripped a flaming log. His skin rippled in the heat, starting to blister but then something odd happened. the fire burned a deep red where it touched his hand, then it became a bright white, pulsing across his knuckles. after a few minutes he withdrew his hand and held it up in the moonlight. It was completely unharmed"


  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781
    Red_Dox said:

    Meh, never played Woodelves (should do it for the achievement one day but I just can't stand those knife eared tree hippies) so never knew Orion was that effed up ^^ Seeing his slow ass strolling around in the video makes me rather wonder if they also would do the Keeper of Secrets dirty as well, instead of buffing Orion. Some of the early access players better make a ground race video about that later. Once they have the GUO and KoS available to look how fast they would be.

    -----Red Dox

    yeah it worries me as well, considering how close Orion and KoS were stat-wise. They are my favourite demons and I hope they do them right.


  • GloatingSwine#8098GloatingSwine#8098 Registered Users Posts: 2,690
    Loupi_ said:


    Changing unbreakable is in general a good idea for the game. Simply ignoring such an important mechanic as leadership is not good game design I think. Im not saying unbreakable should be removed, but there be conditions placed on it. In Orions case he would still be functionally unbreakable, but now there is a price to pay for it.

    Unbreakable is there because it's a part of the game and setting that TWW is emulating. Orion is Unbreakable on tabletop, he's Unbreakable here.

    The Cloak of Isha should lose its conditional on being over 20% health but be set to something like 15% Ward Save, 20% Magic Resist, 4HP/Sec.

    The Horn should not give Rampage. Rampage makes cavalry unusable. If you want Orion to be a cavalry leader keep Rampage as far away from him as possible.

    And therein lies the real problem with Orion. He's supposed to be a cavalry leader but cavalry is bad in this game. Fix Cavalry and make Orion not slow as the dead and he'll be better automagically.
  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781



    The Horn should not give Rampage. Rampage makes cavalry unusable. If you want Orion to be a cavalry leader keep Rampage as far away from him as possible.

    And therein lies the real problem with Orion. He's supposed to be a cavalry leader but cavalry is bad in this game. Fix Cavalry and make Orion not slow as the dead and he'll be better automagically.

    I disagree, there are already cavalry in the game that have built in rampage and most of them are fine. What this means for WE cavalry is they will have to use their speed better to get good charges and good engagements, it doesnt make them unuseable, it means you should try to use them better.

    with the cavalry+bugfix beta coming soon hopefully cavalry will be in a much better position


  • #93734#93734 Registered Users Posts: 326
    I never liked how they implemented Orion. Well I agree with much of what the OP says, I would go further. I mean, the guys a God to his people, right, and yet here he is grovelling for alliances and trade deals like some common lord. Really. He's a God; he should be above all that.

    What they should do is bring Araloth in as LL of Talsyn and made Oriona Special Lord (SL). Make him recruitable when the Oak of Ages gets to be a certain level. Once recruited AI would immediately generate a 20 stack army for him, made-up of the best units from all the WE armies presently existing in the game. This represents his people flocking to his banner as they jones for wild slaughter that is the Wild Hunt. The player would then have Orion's Wild Hunt army to do with what they like, but only for x number of turns, after which Orion dies and his army is disbanded. Orion should also give his army a certain Prowess, as fighting along-side your God would have a great effect on his people. Also, why does Orion have metal lore spells as bound spells? Makes no sense. Give him Beast lore spells as bound spells.
  • damon40000#7640damon40000#7640 Registered Users Posts: 1,938
    if he will be more fast he need more weaknesses, with proposed mass and speed change he will be uncatchable canсer, jeez and some even talk about infinite ammo
    BsFG dwarf
  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781
    edited September 2021

    if he will be more fast he need more weaknesses, with proposed mass and speed change he will be uncatchable canсer, jeez and some even talk about infinite ammo

    would you say kholek or green knight, settra or louen etc etc are uncatchable cancer too. Basically any lord can do that
    Post edited by Loupi#8512 on


  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781
    edited September 2021
    Bastilean said:



    Horn of the Wild Hunt could be +24 or +40... +15 is super weak especially for CB. Also, could add speed. Yes, buff weak horn.

    +15CB is actually quite strong from my testing. Its especially strong on infatry units, like eternal guard and dryads, who go up to 21 and 37 charge bonus respectively, and for wildriders it only puts them down to 84, which is still high enough to be useful. The idea is to make it good for everyone, instead of nuts for wildrider/stags and useless for infantry.

    +40CB would be utterly OP for infantry units


  • GloatingSwine#8098GloatingSwine#8098 Registered Users Posts: 2,690
    That's why charge bonus is handled with a percentage rather than flat multiplier, so it's better on units that should be reliant on charge without being overwhelming on units that shouldn't.

    Horn of the Wild Hunt in its current state gives +42CB to Great Stag Knights and +37 to Wild Riders. The chargy units that Orion is supposed to be buffing and used alongside, and which already cause fear anyway. It's not supposed to be good for low charge units, it's supposed to be good for high charge units whilst not making low charge units better.

    The problem is that cavalry in general is bad so a cavalry focused leader is bad.
  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781
    edited September 2021

    That's why charge bonus is handled with a percentage rather than flat multiplier, so it's better on units that should be reliant on charge without being overwhelming on units that shouldn't.

    Horn of the Wild Hunt in its current state gives +42CB to Great Stag Knights and +37 to Wild Riders. The chargy units that Orion is supposed to be buffing and used alongside, and which already cause fear anyway. It's not supposed to be good for low charge units, it's supposed to be good for high charge units whilst not making low charge units better.

    The problem is that cavalry in general is bad so a cavalry focused leader is bad.

    Nah it's total overkill on wildriders/stags, it's puts them over 100CB. It would be much more useful to give some to infantry, plus the extra charge speed will still be very helpful for improving the cavalry collision damage.

    And cavalry isn't "bad" either


    Also I don't but the logic that it's supposed to be bad on low charge units and it has to be % based when all the MA and MD buffs in the game are a flat amount.


  • GloatingSwine#8098GloatingSwine#8098 Registered Users Posts: 2,690
    Loupi_ said:

    That's why charge bonus is handled with a percentage rather than flat multiplier, so it's better on units that should be reliant on charge without being overwhelming on units that shouldn't.

    Horn of the Wild Hunt in its current state gives +42CB to Great Stag Knights and +37 to Wild Riders. The chargy units that Orion is supposed to be buffing and used alongside, and which already cause fear anyway. It's not supposed to be good for low charge units, it's supposed to be good for high charge units whilst not making low charge units better.

    The problem is that cavalry in general is bad so a cavalry focused leader is bad.

    Nah it's total overkill on wildriders/stags, it's puts them over 100CB. It would be much more useful to give some to infantry, plus the extra charge speed will still be very helpful for improving the cavalry collision damage.

    And cavalry isn't "bad" either


    Also I don't but the logic that it's supposed to be bad on low charge units and it has to be % based when all the MA and MD buffs in the game are a flat amount.
    That's not necessarily overkill, it helps them break through armour better and it means that subsequent attacks in the decay period of charge bonus retain a higher absolute bonus.

    It also means they will do better charging into higher health things like monstrous infantry. One of the problems with cavalry is that in general charge bonus isn't high enough for them to consistently kill on the charge and they trade badly if you let them stand and fight.

    And the only reason to say cavalry "isn't bad" is because bad is too much of an understatement for you.
  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781



    And the only reason to say cavalry "isn't bad" is because bad is too much of an understatement for you.

    lol the real reason I say cavalry isnt bad is because it isnt, its just great weapons are better on the charge, but if you have done any proper testing on the beta you might see the improvements. Cavalry is still very useful and will hopefully be better once the beta and bugpatch get integrated.

    you are also ignoring that it would actually buff the other WE cavalry units and large units (glade riders, sisters of thorn, zoats, treekin, and hawkriders) and remember increased charge speed increases the collision damage, which is 70% armour piercing. To give some numbers this means that for wild riders and stags charging a typical infantry unit, the extra charge speed would give them 15% extra collision damage (roughly 5-6 extra damage compared to now)



  • GloatingSwine#8098GloatingSwine#8098 Registered Users Posts: 2,690
    I've seen the cavalry improvements. They still leave cavalry a way worse tool for exploiting the opening cavalry exploits than missiles or magic.

    The beta makes Cavalry less bad but it still won't make it an effective choice because it still has low killing power compared to all the other things you can apply in the same situations.
  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781
    edited September 2021
    A few more numbers to show how much a wild rider charge would be affected by my change to the Horn:

    currently with the horn the total charge damage (from charge bonus and collision damage) is 54AP+75nonAP
    with my horn it would change the total charge damage to 51AP+67nonAP

    Compare to sisters of thorn:
    old horn: 38ap +41non AP
    new horn: 41AP+41 non AP

    glade riders (bows):
    old horn: 25ap + 34nonAP
    new horn: 28AP+37 nonAP

    glade riders (spears):
    old horn: 31ap + 52nonAP
    new horn: 32AP+49 nonAP

    As you can see its a very mild nerf overall to the total charge damage of wildriders and stags, while it would be a small buff to the other cav units (and they would also get fear which is very useful in a charge). So overall it actually buffs cavalry on the charge, or is at worst is a net neutral effect.


  • GloatingSwine#8098GloatingSwine#8098 Registered Users Posts: 2,690
    Loupi_ said:


    As you can see its a very mild nerf overall to the total charge damage of wildriders and stags, while it would be a small buff to the other cav units (and they would also get fear which is very useful in a charge). So overall it actually buffs cavalry on the charge, or is at worst is a net neutral effect.

    Right, but look at what would be buffed and nerfed.

    All the nerfs hit units that need to use their charge bonus consistently and all the buffs hit units that only use it once their actual function (skirmish archery) has been exhausted and they need to contribute somehow.
  • Loupi#8512Loupi#8512 Registered Users Posts: 3,781

    Loupi_ said:


    As you can see its a very mild nerf overall to the total charge damage of wildriders and stags, while it would be a small buff to the other cav units (and they would also get fear which is very useful in a charge). So overall it actually buffs cavalry on the charge, or is at worst is a net neutral effect.

    Right, but look at what would be buffed and nerfed.

    All the nerfs hit units that need to use their charge bonus consistently and all the buffs hit units that only use it once their actual function (skirmish archery) has been exhausted and they need to contribute somehow.
    thats not the best way to use WE skirmish cav, you should use them to get charges vs archers and artillery whenever you can. It literally nerfs the charge bonus of 2 units (and only a tiny amount) but then it buffs their charge speed so they can cath skirmish cav so is it really a nerf? And it buffs every other unit in the roster. I dont see how its a nerf to the item.


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