I am USING PRIMARILY THE LEOPARD2 LINE AS AN EXAMPLE. No bias or fanboism involved.
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Red Dragon essentially added on to the WAB tier of tanks giving it a very early 1980s impression even in a 1986+ deck or lobby.
The WAB tier
The "top dogs" of WAB being the Leopard2A4, M1A1, Challenger 1 Mk.2 and the T-80U.
Followed subsequently by their predecessors.
By 1986-1991, these tanks have long been in service and have taken the role of MBTs in their respective armies.
In WAB we have the most common tanks used as "workhorses" being the M1IP, Leopard2A1, Chieftain Mk.10, Challenger 1 Mk.1 and the T-64B, T-80B. This is authentic and accurate representation of the main battle tanks used in that era of the early 1980s.
In Red Dragon.
The effect of an "add on" tier is obvious
As you can see, its still the 1985 tiered system is still in place. This is hurting the authenticity of the game as the former "top dogs" are no longer shining in their former WAB glory and yet are as rare as they were.
Along with the addition of advanced ATGMs, AGMs and other tanks, these former "top dogs" are no longer high and mighty, 4 availability is NOTHING, for what they can bring to the table.
In order to rectify this, the Leopard2A4 of Red Dragon has to take on the role of the Leopard2A1 in WAB, being a commonly seen and "workhorse" tank. Whilst the Leopard2A5 now takes the position of the Leopard2A4 in WAB.
Essentially shifting the tier upwards.
In regards to other tanks
How do you balance the 4 Leopard2A5s, 12 Leopard2A4s to Leopard2A1s and Leopard1s?
With the era restrictions, tanks are allowed to shine in their respective eras, the Leopard2A1 by 1986+ was phased out and upgraded to Leopard2A4 standard, they are obsolete.
They are however still very much a viable choice in pre-1985 decks. As historically speaking, the time where they were first fielded and the time where they were common.
Discussion is welcomed.