Control Points Versus Factories
A big aspect of strategy involves how quickly in a match a player should focus on capturing control points. Should I rush an infantry to my nearest control point or should I ignore control points and focus on factories first?
My general answer is to focus on factories first. Tournament games have 30 potential rounds. If you can kill more units and earn more gold you should be able to win in one of two ways: (1) Recapture the control points and eventually retake the lead in victory points; (2) Destroy your opponents base, while possibly recapturing some control points to keep him from reaching the victory points for an instant win.Island Paradise:
This map is a major exception to my general rule. On this map there are only two control points and each one is easily defensible. You generally want to capture the control point closest to you very quickly.
Example: Rothmorthau uses this game as an example of how resources and control points give vision but it is an excellent game to also use to show how difficult it can be to take your opponent's control point on Island Paradise, even when you control all three middle factories. seanpaul does rush in early and does take some unnecessary shots prior to his rush. But Witcher does an excellent job of showing how easy it is to defend your control point on this map and why it is important to capture it quickly.http://www.battledexgame.com/game.php?game_id=23778The Battle In The Middle:
Another reason why it is better to go for resources first is because most maps lend themselves to a situation where there will be an early conflict for control of the middle. Often if one player can decisively win the battle for the middle, he will ultimately win the match.
Spending resources to send an infantry off to the side to grab a control point can be the difference in winning the battle in the middle. Perhaps you get destroyed in the battle for the middle because your opponent used a blind card, and the money spent on the infantry sent to the control point could have been used on a second recon.
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