Tony Aguilar: DBA stuff on Youtube Dec 14, 2017 13:57:00 GMT
Post by Tony Aguilar on Dec 14, 2017 13:57:00 GMT
I really liked the LAP vs Alexander (the hairdresser?) video. Great to see a classical match up from book 2.0. However, it has got me thinking. It worries me how often Alexander looses in DBA when pitted against any half decent opposition (rather than just Ax heavy armies.)
From my reading of history Philip II bequeathed Alexander the finest professional army in Classical antiquity with excellent solid pike and the finest cavalry in the world. However, it seems in DBA that Alexander's army is...well a bit pants! Sure the pike is solid - but that takes up 6 units. I have previously ranted about how the Hypaspists are not well represented by being 4Ax. However, it is Alexander's cavalry that I find unusually weak. Certainly not strong enough in DBA to do what they managed in Issus and Gaugamela.
One personal case in point. My son, and regular opponent, often uses Late Hoplite Thessalians and I'll pit them against Alexander. So far I'm 0-7 with that match up. The pike do mostly push the Thessalian Hoplites back - but with a 6 vs 5 (4 if no flank support) match up it is a pushing match and not a killing match, except for the Hypaspist suicide squad which always seem to die early. However, 4 Thessalian Cav overpower Alexander's Kn, Cav, LH combo and then the pike find it hard to push with Thessalian Cav in their rear in a pin and outflank manouvre....in fact the very tactics that Alexander was famous for.
So my question - is Alexander poorly served in DBA3.0? Was he better represented in DBA 2.2 or DBA 1.0?
I can only comment in DBA 2.2 and 3.0 as I have not played earlier versions.
I think that in 3.0 they do better because of two factors.
1. The fact that they can use Pike rear rank support vs. Bw really changes the interaction between Alex and Classical Indian, who is one of his classical opponents. In DBA 2.2 Alex's army was susceptible to being shot to bits vs. the Classical Indians.
2. The new terrain layout/aggression is better much 3.0
for Alexander. The fact that the defender cannot put whatever terrain they want all the time AND they do not get two exchanges helps balance the situation against Ale's high aggression.