The good and the bad!
This is a trend that I’ve been seeing across the updates that I’m really not a fan of. I constantly see notes along the lines of “PHC can do X but Substrate can’t, so Substrate can do X” or “Substrate isn’t good at Y but PHC is great at Y, so Substrate are better at Y”.
I hate it. There’s only two factions as it is, conceptually I feel like factions should have more “unfair” advantages in certain areas, balanced by “unfair” weaknesses in other. The two factions have always felt way, way, too similar at first blush as it is. They lack the distinction of even something like GDI vs Nod from 20+ years ago. I feel like the Ashes take on that would be to complain that GDI doesn’t have stealth units and Nod doesn’t have anything to stand up to a Mammoth, so they each get their own to bring them to parity.
It’s all dreadfully boring, which is a far worse problem than having balance issues, IMO. I’m sure it’s applauded by the tiny competitive community, but it’s a yawn for someone like me.