I prefer that ranged units remain ranged. I fully understand that if I had a bow in my hand in a sword fight I would grab a dagger. But I find it cleaner in a game setting to draw black lines so that ranged units are always depicted as ranged units. There’s no question what the DPS or other stats of their daggers are, etc. Great change imo, assuming this change was made.
To me snare effects are anti fun in an rts. It’s different than a moba where you are controlling 1 character and if you’re slowed you’re slowed. You normally are moving units as groups so when half of the units you have selected are snared It’s super clunky to try and disengage because unsnared units end up moving slowly as well. It ends up feeling less like a snare effect and more like a bug / unit control issue.
I prefer the use of combined arms over mono-armies, it makes for a more interesting and spectacular battlefield. So any mechanics that encourage using a mix of troops is good.
I dont fully understand what the patch notes mean but I hope this does not mean ranged units will not react to being melee’d. What would this mean for the Streltsky since being a hybrid unit is its main characteristic?
The difference is that normal archers are horrible at melee. (they whip out little knives that do like 3 dmg)
Thus making charging horsemen more devastating to unprotected archers.
You essentially “disable” their ranged attacks by charging them.
Strelsky seem to be at least on par with MAA at melee.
I really liked that feature from the closed beta (I mostly remember this type of mechanic from Relic’s Dawn of War series). I think archer units should not be able to fire their bows while being hit by melee weapons. Since they have 100% accuracy I think locking up archer units in melee should be the goal and it would help low-tier horseman counter them a bit better. Even if you want to keep archers as strong as they are now, I still think you can balance that with numbers while giving the very nice flavor of them losing their ranged attack once in melee.
But you could see in the stress test that they don’t switch to melee attack when tied up. At least longbowmen just stand there self-healing with “camp fire” ability and shooting cav units in the face still with their bows.