Rumors of Clan Cookie’s demise were greatly exaggerated! Though Wildfire has departed their ranks, they continue under DirtyAppomat’s leadership, and continue to take wins in the TSL! Light-hearted silliness continues. Also they told me to say that Wildfire’s departure was related in some way to blackjack and hookers. If this proves to be the case, you’ll find the scoop here on LearnStarBattle.com!
TSL Results Week 8:
There weren’t any major upsets in TSL this week. Team 21-zero 3-0ed Praxeum, and Due Prejudice 3-0ed Unwanted, maintaining both of their positions in the top 4. Red Alert had a bye this week, potentially opening them up to catch-up by Eclipsis, but Cookie took a game off them with a well-executed early snipe of WarAlaster’s guardian in game 2. (Two of these games were casted by Fuzzy and the third by Prometheum). 7th-fleet shut out Mortal Legion 3-0. The closest series in terms of standings was Skillosophy versus Lucky Punch, but Skillosophy showed their strength with a 3-0 shut-out.
Overall, the top four remain relatively unchanged as we get closer and closer to the finals. The top seven teams all theoretically have chances to make it to the finals, but those chances are getting slimmer for those who aren’t already in the top four.
Balance Patches 3.20 and 3.21:
Zedu made significant balance changes in patches 3.20 and 3.21. He dramatically increased the attack speed of most anti-light weapon systems, including onboard fighters, making their marginal DPS similar to 2.0 levels, but leaving armor a very effective counter for them. The overlord got detection, and the arbiter got more psi storm damage. The guardian’s corruptors were dropped to 50 energy, but had their HP drastically reduced. Acid spore got an extra range, allowing a 9-range, 5 acid spore opening with lethal kiting power. Swarm command now costs 250 energy and the minions are weaker. All-in-all, most of the major outstanding balance issues were addressed by the patch. Only time will tell if they were addressed sufficiently.