Mako wrote:None of this changes the fact that the Roland 3 is underavailable for its price point.
You have not shown that for it to be balanced it would be necessary that a unit in the same category must have roughly the same value if you multiply cost with availability.
Do you think it is a problem that the m41a1 costs 10 with availability 12 and the m41 dk1 cost 25 with availablity 12? does from this follow that we should set the availablity of the m41a1 to 30?
Are we comparing apples and oranges now? As in two different units that fill two different roles instead of similarly capable and similarly priced units of the same category?
And that example is flawed with the M41A1 sitting at 24/18/0/0/0 and the M41DK1 at 0/12/8/0/0. You cannot compare these units, as they fulfill two different roles. What you could compare is (following the M41A1 example), the ASU-85 and the M41A1 in their situation as 10 point fire support vehicles.
Mako wrote:It has the same pts/card value as a Patriot ffs.
True, and does this lead to one of the units being underpowered per cost? Do people not use the Roland because of this flaw? Are euro/german/WGNL-decks too weak because they must use 2 cards of anti-plane-AA? Should no deck have to use 2 cards of anti-plane-AA?
Do people use the Roland, because it is the only option they have in the three decks you mentioned? Are other decks (those having access to the OSA) able to pick multiple cards of equally and more capable anti-plane AA units due to a bigger variation?
With mixed BLUFOR pretty much dead, the only nations/coalitions that would profit from an increase in Roland 3 availability are those who have no better option to field. It surely is a capable unit that can get the job done, but having it sit at the same level of availability compared to way more effective units of the same category is a downright disadvantage these decks face.
Even when you pick two cards of anti-plane AA in any deck, the EB and USSR/SOVKOR line-up will allow for long-range, high-end launchers (BUK and NEVA) as well as a medium-range, middle-ground launcher like the OSA and TOR on those two cards (the TOR is arguably a little expensive for a middle-ground option, but still). This gives you the option to adapt on cost-effectiveness as well as situational needs. Meanwhile Eurocorps/Germany/Dutch-German-Corps rely only on Roland 3s and get as much of them on one card, as EB and USSR/SOVKOR get of the BUK and TOR.
So the buff from the current 0/4/3/0/0 to the proposed 0/5/4/0/0 availability of the Roland 3s would slightly increase the effectiveness of the user nations/coalitions by allowing them to either use more Rolands per card or get a slight veterancy bonus while still having the same numbers of launcher platforms. And it would be far from OP considering the rather mediocre situation of these coalitions dedicated anti-plane air defense in comparison to EB and USSR.