I did a test in the scenario editor where I had a huss hit a bunch of close packed envoys. The idea was to look at how bad it is in a circumstance that should be ‘ideal’ - smacking a ##### #### of non heavy infantry. The huss took 21 recoil damage after dealing damage to 3 units in one hit.
Thats a very ideal scenario, so for a more practical test I set 3 huss on 10 skirms. Its not too unusual to see to see a pack of skrims getting charged by a 3 huss shipment. I tested with and without trample and here are the results;:
10 skirms v 3 huss, No Trample - 99/320 hp, 293/320 hp, 263/320 hp
In normal melee mode, the huss win and have a total of abt 68% hp left. Thats the control.
10 skirms v 3huss, Trample - 175/320, 48/320, 0/320
In trample mode the huss win with about 32% hp, one huss actually dies. I made sure the skirms were packed together and made sure the huss got the first hit off to make it as favorable for trample as possible.
So thats some hard numbers for actually how bad it is atm. I know that this sort of thing can become very broken very quickly and is designed as a situational tool at best. That said, if its makes heavy cav outright worse against the thing they counter we are past the point of situational. The argument could be made that trample works better with larger cav armies since the splash stacks, but either way the units would just do a better job in melee mode.
Cav are in a good spot overall and dont really need anything to make them stronger, but if the trample mode is there it may as well be useful. So to kickoff brainstorming, I’m gonna pitch an idea to modify trample with the boundaries that it doesnt change the overall power of cav but is actually worthwhile to use:
Unit speed and damage reduced by 35%. Rate of fire stays at 1.5 and no splash area is gained. Unit can attack while moving. Takes +20% more damage from anticavalry units (Musk, pike, halb, goons).
Basic idea is to make trample mode better at specifically running down LI blobs - constant snare and dps at the cost of taking more damage from anticav units. This should be a little more relevant early on, a little weaker later in the game, and should benefit the glass cannon (Uhlans) and beefy noodle (Lifidi Knights) types of heavy cav evenly.
*A concept to start from. Any goes tho, just wanna get a talk started.