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I barely picked up this game on sale for Christmas, wondering what the meta is right now and what people usually do for success. Also, what leaders are viable?
I hear Jerome is pretty good... oh yeah welcome to Halo Wars 2
As Arbiter:
Supply
Power
Upgrade Supply
Supply
Upgrade Power
Power
War Council
Arbiter
Ghost
Upgrade Power
Ghost
Upgrade Arbiter
Pick up an expo
Build ghosts till tech 2 and harrass with arbiter and ghosts.

You can do a similar thing with forge with forge hog.

As Isabel go Generator first, upgrade it and then supply pads until you can afford a 2nd gen- don’t upgrade it. Save up for tech 2 and build a turret.

As decimus do a similar thing to arbiter with warlord and choppers.

As serina go SP, Gen, Barracks, Barracks, SP Upgrading the first SP and then Gen when you can. Pump cryo troopers and marines and quickly blow up one of the barracks for a 2nd unupgraded gen till tech 2.

All of these are fairly viable (serina borderline as you have to hit hard.)

As UNSC you should transition into hogs.
As Banished you should transition into engineers, marauders and hunters.
Currently the meta is really vehicle focused, so quick teching to T2 then getting Hogs/Marauders is your best bet to success.
I suggest getting to tech 2 as quick as you can. Because oh man Cyclops and Hunters aren't working right now.
I suggest getting to tech 2 as quick as you can. Because oh man Cyclops and Hunters aren't working right now.
Cyclops are absolutely awful but having a few hunters mixed in almost always improves your army.
marmy080 wrote:
I suggest getting to tech 2 as quick as you can. Because oh man Cyclops and Hunters aren't working right now.
Cyclops are absolutely awful but having a few hunters mixed in almost always improves your army.
It makes me cry man, I thought these upgraded Cyclops would be one of the best editions to the game and then this happens.
marmy080 wrote:
I suggest getting to tech 2 as quick as you can. Because oh man Cyclops and Hunters aren't working right now.
Cyclops are absolutely awful but having a few hunters mixed in almost always improves your army.
It makes me cry man, I thought these upgraded Cyclops would be one of the best editions to the game and then this happens.
Can’t believe how much they’ve been nerfed, pretty sure shock rounds loses to gunner hogs.....
marmy080 wrote:
marmy080 wrote:
I suggest getting to tech 2 as quick as you can. Because oh man Cyclops and Hunters aren't working right now.
Cyclops are absolutely awful but having a few hunters mixed in almost always improves your army.
It makes me cry man, I thought these upgraded Cyclops would be one of the best editions to the game and then this happens.
Can’t believe how much they’ve been nerfed, pretty sure shock rounds loses to gunner hogs.....
I saw that video, I saw the Marauder one too. Cyclops didn't deserve this man.
My personal favourite strategy is to play Forge and literally never lose.

On a serious note, I've been having a lot of fun with Marines + Mastodons with Jerome.
I barely picked up this game on sale for Christmas, wondering what the meta is right now and what people usually do for success. Also, what leaders are viable?
new players should consult these videos when looking to learn
Nakamura - high level 1v1 videos both pc/ xbox, insightful commentary, precise micro
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrCxTu3ktuSu7UQSsv4KRVw
RTS Yoda vids - high level xbox matches with funny play calling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3rLR9AN428
BTC - best channel for team play, great tournaments and good breakdown of builds and strats. these videos can get any newb to diamond level
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxekoQkXyfM
Brutal Expert - easy going team videos with some breakdown of dlc leaders
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxekoQkXyfM
WSIR - nice collection of short videos that are very newb friendly to understand
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxekoQkXyfM
Chappiegaming - again, very newb friendly t1 rush-unit-spam videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxekoQkXyfM
Team Respawn - lower level videos but with fun super turtles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxekoQkXyfM
Philly - older videos with old metas, but the games uploaded were fun to watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxekoQkXyfM
My personal favourite strategy is to play Forge and literally never lose.

On a serious note, I've been having a lot of fun with Marines + Mastodons with Jerome.
I just love seeing the Homing Rockets coming from the Mastodon, it's like a Wolverine that can fight Infantry.