Feedback from a very low-level beginner!
Disclaimer and preface
I am the most casual of casuals. I've played a little bit of LoL, and played through the SC2 campaign. So I know what a MOBA and a RTS are, but not much more in terms of actually playing them. PvP-wise in SC2, I barely climbed into Silver league in season 1, kept failing to get any higher, and quit. Nowadays I play pretty casual games (most recent five PC games: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Stardew Valley, Terraria, Pony Island, Armello; the most recent mobile game I've been into is Clash Royale). In other words, I feel like I'm coming into this somewhat out of my depth, and that my experience and feedback will be much more basic than most of these other feedback posts seem to be.
Onward to the feedback! This is my experience with my first five Intro Bot games.
Pretty straightforward, although it goes through a lot of concepts very quickly and I'm having a hard time understanding it all.
First two games
I feel overwhelmed by the customization in the beginning. Cards? What do these all do? After several minutes of fretting over what all these options and abilities and whatever do, I just decide to go with defaults and confirm to start the match.
I'm being given a bunch of tutorial alerts and I'm feeling overwhelmed. What are they telling me? One of the alerts is to press tilde to select army, I got that much. The rest, I'm not sure, I feel like I'm getting bombarded with tips, and while I'm reading one tip another comes up. Aaah!
I immediately feel bad about how suboptimal I am. Between the choices in the beginning, and needing to manage queues, and then actually play the game, I feel like I have absolutely NO idea what I'm doing.
I am very anxious that I am going to be a complete and utter drag on my teammates in any PvP matchmaking.
I'm having trouble with stock. How does it work? You get some on a regular basis but you can also make more?
I heard "upgrade complete," hit space to go to the building, and of course nothing happened.
Rather than try to understand what's going on with all of that previous stuff, I'm going to pare down what I'm doing until I understand at least something. Specifically, I'm going to ignore the entire concept of advanced units and focus on keeping my army and queues full. Also, I'm going to stick with one hero (Grath).
Edit: I forgot to mention how this game actually felt. This was the last game where I was trying to understand everything at once. Toward the end, I was barely getting the idea of keeping my eye on the supply count. Basically, I learned that I should build units if I can.
Keeping to basic units is giving me a little bit of grounding. Still too intimidated to play regular bots, and still feeling VERY afraid and unprepared for the upcoming PvP event. Also discovered that you can warp units into areas other than the starting area. Main thing that's not "clicking" so far: once I go back to the main base to research or upgrade, my brain just goes absolutely "WTF" for several seconds while I ponder each of the buildings, what it is I wanted to do, and then slowly go through each of the identical-looking buildings to remind myself of what each thing does, and then finally select what I wanted to do, and then get back to the action. The production tab is easy, though. Edit: I meant to expand on this. I meant to say that building units feels easy because that's in its own tab, but if I want to do anything else I have a moment of panic and then go through the above (apparently) brain-racking activity of clicking on a building and then clicking an upgrade.
I am still missing entirely how stock works. Do you just get some periodically in addition to whatever you produce in your core? I also don't know what these B0 A0 things are in the tabs.
Can teammates steal dropped resources? Am I stealing from my teammates if I click on an egg after their color is on it? I learned that that the core auto-queues stock and capacity upgrades, or at least I think that's how it's working. I think my bot teammates took everything out without me actually attacking anything other than the occasional monster.
After about an hour and a half of play, I feel like I have a very tenuous grasp of the main gameplay loop. Make units, keep queues full, collect stuff, attack other stuff. I cannot put enough of an emphasis is on the word "tenuous," though. There's so much going on and it's hard to not to be constantly distracted because everything that's going on feels important. I feel like if I played in PvP my teammates would want to murder me!
I intend to play another 5 games tomorrow, and post more (probably shorter) feedback as a reply to this thread.