The results from the recent vote are in! The vote was about whether or not the 1v1 ladder should start players with 5 armies on each of their territories or 4.
– ~14% voted to keep the ladder the way it is
– ~75% voted to change the armies from 5 to 4
– ~10% voted that they didn’t care.
75% versus 14% is pretty overwhelming, so the measure passes! As is convention, all changes to ladder settings are announced on the blog at least a week before they take effect, so this change will be included in the upcoming release 1.07.1 hopefully next week.
This change may seem minor, as it’s only a 3 army difference, but it’s important as it makes it more difficult to capture bonuses on the very first turn. I’m confident this will be a good change going forward. But beware: any time there’s a change in the settings it’s important to remember it requires an adjustment in strategy. Some of the early-game strategies you’re used to may not work like they did before.
This will only affect games that start after 1.07.1 is live. Since this is a change to the Strategic 1 v 1 template, this will also affect the 1v1 auto games. If this bothers you, remember you can always easily create your own 1v1 games using the old settings.
There will be another poll soon about changing this in the 2v2 ladder. Stay tuned to the forum.