Visions in the Flames: Commanders of the Watch

Bannermen, today we’re going to venture far to the North and take a look at the brave men manning the Wall!

As we spoke about in our previous article both the Night’s Watch and Free Folk will be receiving Updates in the coming time. Today we’re going to talk about some of those changes and how they impact the faction.

When it comes to these Updates, its seldom so simple as “This Attachment/Unit isn’t performing well, boost its numbers”. We always have to take an analytical look at why its not meeting our expectations. Sometimes it is indeed as simple as raw numbers, but sometimes (more often) it’s the case that the specific role the unit should be performing is where its lacking. The Night’s Watch has a focus on elite units, supplemented by powerful Attachment options. While we are majorly satisfied with where most of the units are, their Attachments were the areas that we kept arriving to that needed the most evaluation. Specifically, it became an issue of what I just mentioned – the elite nature of the army. By having the focus be on expensive units, it then caused a ripple effect that, by also having expensive Attachments, things got… Well, too expensive, which in turn lead to restrictive list building, among other issues.

In the end, we’ve refocused some of their Attachments to not only be a touch cheaper but serve a very defined role. Essentially, your Combat Unit will act as your “base” for what you want the unit to do, then your Attachment will either supplement that unit’s natural advantages or work to reduce their shortcomings. Given this modular nature, which is also one of the key trademarks of the faction (as seen by their Tactics Zone diversity) Attachments are fairly important, so another overall theme you’ll see is that, comparatively, said Attachments are a pretty attractive value for their points- more so than in most other factions. This is a balancing point to the higher baseline nature of their units, again, focusing on the elite nature of the faction.

But enough of generalities, let’s look at two specific cases:

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