MarbitChow wrote:Actually, the composition of Parson's forces is significantly more important. I believe: According to his stupid meals, he had 32 archers, 36 spidews (which may or may not have ranged web attacks), a few casters and a couple of air units. That's it. Everything else was melee, and fliers w/ ranged attacks can just pick them off at leisure.
Lamech wrote:I think its just the casters, and taking top tier archers making a difference. All of GK's archery consisted of 32 archers. Jetstone probably brought that many top level archers on the unipegaturs, especially when we consider the dittomancer doubling the shots. I suspect the archons attacking the tower would have used their range/foolamancy/thinkamancy to their advantage and zotted everything before the targets got in range.
Actually, I think you both may be right. As much as I'd like to avoid a "rock-paper-scissors" synthesis of something as complex as warfare, for every task there is a kind of unit best suited for it, and for every unit there is a foil. For the task of taking the GK garrison before it could be reinforced, a mobile unit with high power (though not necessarily high toughness) is needed; archons fit the bill quite well. But for engaging in aerial combat against a glass cannon type? I'd go with some flying shock troops (high toughness to shirk off the flack with few casualties, but with moderate attack sufficient to dispatch the frail archons). From what we've seen unipegitaurs are pretty tough (several archon blasts bouncing off shields), but mounting archers on their backs to turn them into armored gunships was a master stroke in my opinion. Note, however, that this tactic would not be nearly as effective against dwagons, gwiffons, ground-based archers, other unipegitaurs, or archons with a screening force of any of the above.
Interestingly enough, Dwagons would probably have an easier time with these Unipegitaur gunships than they would when facing archons, because they're too tough for the arrows to have much of an impact. Just another example as to how there is no one 'superior' unit type, I guess.