First off, a quick definition of what boar laming is. Feel free to correct or improve my definition if you think it needs to be.
Boar Laming = to take aggro of one of the opponent’s starting boars with your initial scout/eagle, and bring it back to your base. This is also known as stealing the opponent’s boar.
As many of you may be aware of, laming the opponent’s boar is something that is practically possible in Age Of Empires II, and it completely destroys the early game balance in terms of Food ressource. Instead of both players starting the game with 2 boars each, one starts with 3 boars and the other, 1 boar.
It’s not that complicated to do once you’ve practiced it a bit, and there is not much counterplay.
In other words, it further increases the imbalance that could already be there due to bad random map generation for example, and is not something that we want in general. As an example, boar laming is known for having had great impact on many of the recent big tournament’s games, and often gave the lamer such a huge advantage in the games where it was used that we can confidently say : laming actually won the games. Is that really something we want to see?
Most people consider boar laming a bad feature, and something that we would be much better off without in this game. Most top players agree that boar laming should be forbidden in tournaments. Some tournaments have already put the rule of no laming and were much better thanks to it. Most ranked game players would also prefer to see boar laming taken off the game.
So, what about just patching it off the game ? So that tournament organizers don’t have to set the rule that does not allow it and since the majority of people are not going to miss it?
Well, that was the WHY. Now, let’s think about the HOW.
How can we patch boar laming off the game?
There are several simple suggestions that have been made already here and there.
A couple of examples :
Starting scouts or eagles cannot attack and take aggro of a boar in Dark Age.
If they can attack the boar, it will not follow the scout for more than 5 tiles before it decides to go back to its original spot.
So, let’s see some opinions !
Would you rather see laming removed from the game or not?
If yes, do you have any suggestions how it could be removed by developpers in a new patch ?