I was recently watching a casted game on Aussie Drongo’s YouTube channel in which one of the players basically bottled his rival with outposts while he boomed all over the map with Ports. Despite a massive initial lead, once they reached the Fortress Age the surrounded player managed to easily break free from the contain and overran the Portuguese player.
There were many reasons for the sudden turn in tides in that game, but I can’t help but feel that one of the key factors was that the Port player invested heavily in building and upgrading outposts instead of building up a bigger mass of units. The truth is that in the current meta outposts largely just serve as forward arrival points for home city shipments and little else. Outpost upgrades are rarely used, and for a good reason. Outside naval maps, they offer little return on investment, and only really serve to zone out an enemy during Age 2 (and even then not that convincingly).
Which brings me to the main point of the thread, should outposts and their upgrades be made more attractive to players by reducing their cost a little? The current cost of the outpost is 250 wood (which is the slowest gathering resource in the map and thus the most valuable as well) and the upgrade to Frontier outpost will set you back 400 wood and 200 coin, and another 800 wood and 400 coin if you want to go all the way up to fortified outposts. I haven’t done the math in villager seconds, but I am sure the DPS in fighting units you can purchase for that many resources exceeds by far the benefits you can reap from even the whole lineup of seven outposts (because honestly, who sends the card to increase to nine outposts?).
What do you guys think?
- Buff them by decreasing the cost of their upgrades a little.
- Buff them by slightly decreasing the cost of building each outpost.
- Buff them by decreasing both their building cost and the upgrades.
- Why change them? I only need a forward rally point. Defenses are for noobs.
- I’m actually leaning towards nerfing them. Let rushes reign supreme!