I just quit a game after going on for 130+ mins. I had the entire map captured but one base playing as Forge against Colony. I threw 10+ armies at his base and couldn't defeat him because 1. He had a scarab which was able to shell from a distance all of my units. 2. Had a cloaked base that also cloaked his units forcing me to waste population on nightingales and snipers to try and "detect" his base and units, then eat through the shield after his scarab + reavers destroyed all of my offensive units. This went on for around 2 hours. He "Won" because I have a life to attend to and can't sit back and wait for him to come out of his hidey hole to "know his units are there." And believe me, I say my units back and waited for 10+ mins at times to try to lure him out. This is obviously not fair and so here are my proposals.
1. Scarab "blisterback" type artillery needs to be removed. Can no one at 343 see how unbelievably OP this unit is in really any context?
2. Banished bases should only be allowed 1 special tower (cloak OR shield). Both is simply too OP in comparison to UNSC bases which can be destroyed altogether without addressing anything (enemy army, defense turrets) by shooting the base building itself.
3. Population after a certain time (I propose after 1 hr.) should be based upon bases held + upgraded. Figure 10-20 extra population per fully upgraded base after 60mins. (If this is not feasible due to technical constraints, a population cut or leader power disability should be implemented for the losing team so this type of thing can't happen. (Colony's "eradication beam" type ability would wipe any infantry units I fielded right off the bat)
If I had double the population I would not have had to slog away throwing 1/10 of the army I could actually afford at him over and over.
These were my thoughts at the end of the game. I understand this is something of an anomaly but it's something I've run into before where a Banished leader can simply hold on by way of attrition because an overwhelming push cannot be made by a UNSC leader. Mind you I threw GRIZZLY's, Vultures,hornets and nightingales...to cyclops, snipers, nights, and GRIZZLY's, 2 condors + nightingales at him. There was no combination of units that could defeat a cloaked, 2x shielded scarab, 6-8 reavers and a base.
if you read this far, thank you and I'd love to see some other suggestions.