I'll preface this with the an admission that this is my first weekend and I've only played a few games. I don't see how melee units can be viable in the current gameplay.
I usually enjoy a good melee hero/character. I'm not the run and gun type. I'm more the flank and demolish type.
While playing Atlas I felt that my hero (Hydros) was pretty worthless. I had no ability to enter or leave the front lines with any kind of efficiency. Mainly because I was constantly stuck behind mob walls or other heroes. By the time I reached the frontline, if I could at all, I was already mostly dead.
The Scuttleguards felt pretty useless as well. With the "zergling roll" I could get into battle pretty well, but they simply are not durable enough to handle fire from even a medium sized mob of faster ranged enemies. Focus fire way lays Scuttleguards. And forget about trying to get them out of battle. The cool down on the rolling ability is too long and their normal movement is too slow. At best they are cannon fodder.
Shield Slugs I felt are too slow. Slow moving, slow firing, not enough damage. They died faster than the Scuttleguards. I don't know that I got a single kill with them.
Those two units seem like they should be the tanks of the army, but they don't play that way. They are, in my opinion, effectively worthless against ranged heroes and mobs.
The Engineer is pretty awesome as a support unit. The Ion Cannon needs to be mobile to be effective. That's a lot of investment that just sits there. A slow moving mech-like cannon that can, slowly, advance after some kind of transformation would make it better.
The Healer I liked as well. That mob seems fairly well balanced.
I had a hard time getting to anything more advanced because I was spending too much stock and resources on replenishing my army.
Anyway, I just felt like I could not significantly contribute to my team with Hydros. Maybe I'm just too inexperienced, but given that everyone I've seen so far is playing ranged units I don't think it's only that.
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