Yes; I am currently under the peril of Octarine Hurricanes but this is something that I have been mulling over since my return to the game - OH didn’t exist when I used to play.
So i’m just going to go out and say it: Octarine Hurricanes in their current form are overpowered.
I don’t think that it is right that one; lets be honest, averagely equipped Pax can take down an entire family’s bankers to less than half of their income for 6 hours. Sometimes even a full 24h if they’re coordinated and active enough.
A Partax with their 70% magic bonus needs a fraction of the wizards to cast successfully on say, a revalon or custom race. That person defending themselves from enemy spells needs a vastly higher amount of wizards to defend themselves than the Pax does to make the ops. Additionally, its even more disproportionate when adding extra wizards to improve defence - the amount needed for the pax to build to keep “above defences” is almost negligably lower.
So not only is it completely overpowering in terms of how much income it can wipe out for extended periods of time; but it is economically much more difficult to defend yourself than it is to be the one on the offense. I get that this is imperial conflict but at the same time; this one feels a little unbalanced and with you effectively out of action for 6 hours; demoralising.
Now what can be done about this? A number of solutions discussed previously on discord are as follows:
- Reduce the effectiveness of the op itself from 20% CF production to only 5%
- Reduce the “snowball effect” of the op and have it only able to hit once
- Limit the amount of times that the op can be used either through increasing the morale needed to cast or by introducing a cap-per-24h system like we have with building explos
I can’t be the only person who thinks this and I know people will say “just build more wiz lol”; because as I have already outlined; that isn’t really a deterrant. I could have taken the time to work out the maths behind wiz increase costs banker v opper and their effectiveness but I think the point is obvious enough.
Maybe I have some strange disposition against Wizards and magic anyway; I always felt that the use of magic to achieve things (in games, films etc) was cheating. I think this may stem from the distaste left in my mouth when in Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King, the good guys are getting hammered by the Orcs until Gandalf the White turns up and blasts a load of magic effectively winning the war and saving the day. Just felt a little OP/Cheating to me at the time lol.
But anyway yeah. Discuss. Thanks for listening to my TED talk.