So, I made use of my humble programming skills and created a script which takes every possible build and tests it in battle. There are many interesting informations which can be read from the data. But first, to be able to understand it, you must know how was it measured. So here:
I did NOT
take account of weapon types or chassis. Chassis type is not relevant assuming both squads have the same one, the same with weapon types. Not only that, but testing every possible weapon, chassis and upgrade combination would take years to get done... So don't want me to do that. So only infantry with concussive weapons was used in the testing
Now, because I have to put these builds into battle with something else to measure it's efficiency in real battle... I was thinking about various builds, but because only one is the most popular one (10A;0D;20R - or some minor modification of that), I used only this one. However, what varies a lot in real encounters is army size. So I tested them against three builds in total: Whether it wins in a fair battle, how much does the build damage a squad double of it's size and how efficiently it crushes a squad of half of it's size.
I had to measure the damage done / taken somehow, so I chose the cost as the meter. Because it's hard to smash together two costs (metal and oil), I simplified that:Armor unit has the cost of 1
Damage unit has the cost of 1.75
Range unit has the cost of 2.5
If anyone strongly disagrees by the values, i can rebuild the table based on the scores you suggest.
So, finally.. here is the table:http://pastebin.com/86dMAHdC
You probably need some legend first:
First column is the actual build.15A;5D;10R
is a squad of 15 armored, 5 damage and 10 ranged units
Second column is the total cost based on the modifiers above.
Third to fifth column is the battle score earned against these builds:5A;0D;10R10A;0D;20R20A;0D;40R
The score equals to 0 if tied, the cost of all the units left if won and the negative cost of all the units left of the opposing squad if lost. So, generally, the higher the value, the better the build was performing against that squad. If negative, it lost, if zero, it was a tie and if positive, victory!The results!
... okey, it's not so surprising. No build was able to beat the mighty "pro" build on one on one battle. But there is still room for improvement! whole 53
other builds tie with it! Here they are, sorted by total cost: http://pastebin.com/SMy5khUf
So, that's a more interesting table! You can read so many things from that!
For example, the cheapest, while still more or less on par with the range build is damage build:10A;20D;0R
with it's total cost of only 45.0
. But as you can see... It dies quickly against bigger army and suffers a lot of casualties when standing against a smaller army.
Another interesting build is 5A;0D;25R
. Although one of the more expensive ones, it crushes weaker opponents with minimal loss. A quick glance to in-game simulator shows that only the easy-to-replace armor units died when standing against 5A;0D;10R
. Interestingly, it performs pretty well against stronger opponents, too! The only downside is it's prize, 67.5
, but i think it's worth it if you can afford it.
Generally, anything in range of 5 to 10 armored units, the more armored units you exchange for ranged ones, the better performing, but more expensive to maintain build you get. Where 5A;0D;25R
is the "cookie-cutter rich man's" build and the classic 10A;0D;20R
more like "jack-of-all-trades" without any serious downside, but definitely not the best one in terms of performance.
Interestingly, there is no build with more than 10 armored units in there.
Finally, here is the same table sorted by the total score (all the scores summed up) regardless of the cost: http://pastebin.com/T4VfqfbKSo there it is... It's up to you to what extent will you trust the computer... or stick with your own experience... Take it more or less like a disclaimer
If you want to know the best build based on some criteria, tell me the formula and I'll post it.
If you want to test the builds against other squads, post them here and I'll make a table for you.
If you want anything else... good luck getting it.