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Strategy[edit | edit source]
Antima Comet is a unit that lets you build defense in the form of Engineers and convert it into attack power for one turn. Whether it should be deployed in the early or mid/late game depends on the random set units: if rushy attackers are available with no defense it can be bought early and followed by all-out aggression, while the presence of strong blockers favors waiting and strengthening your economy before going for a massive Antima Comet.
The technological requirements of the Antima Comet are hard to achieve efficiently if there are no special production units in the random set (Flame Animus, Chrono Filter), making your move towards Antima rather obvious to an opponent aware of it. Your strategy when going for an Antima Comet should be to buy it, then bank as much Gold as possible to buy Engineers. Buying Engineers or not on the turn you construct the Antima generally makes no difference (except when you could be putting your gold into Auric Impulses). On the turn before the Antima Comet hits, buy as many Engineers as you can for maximum damage on the following turn. You will be wasting colored resources on that turn, but the advantage gained from massing Engineers should be worth more, especially if you can start making use of all your resources as soon as the Antima strikes.
As such, Antima Comet is a tempo play. By itself it requires a huge investment to provide you with a big temporary advantage in both defense and attack. What matters most is what it can be transitioned into, both from your perspective and your opponent's.
An important thing to note regarding the Antima Comet is that it is harder to pull off successfully when your opponent already has significant constant damage or access to burst attack. The reasoning behind this is simple:
- If you have to invest resources in defense, that's money not going into buying Engineers.
- If Engineers are dying in defense on the Antima Comet turn, that's damage your opponent doesn't have to block.
As a result, before going for Antima Comet you should ask yourself two questions:
- How much damage is this Antima Comet going to inflict, considering the Engineers that will be lost in defense?
- How good would the return Antima Comet be for my opponent at this stage of the game?
So as always read the set carefully when planning your Antima Comet.
Value of Antima Comet[edit | edit source]
The Antima Comet costs 3GBR and takes 2 turns to build, so the return gain has to be over 13 gold to be good. A single Attack for next turn is worth almost 2 gold, so the turn before Antima hits, at least 5 Engineers must be bought to be even. The cost of getting the Engineers for little defensive value is very inefficient though, a group of 4 costs more than an Infusion Grid for example, that means another 2 Attack needed to break even, if the Defense value is also immediate. There's also the fact that starting Engineers and Absorb as well as opponent focus on Defending against the Comet, without too much attack, greatly diminish the value.
Early game[edit | edit source]
In cases where the set has fast attackers and little defense, an early Antima Comet makes more sense. You can go for it as soon as you have the tech available, spend two turns buying only Engineers, and transition immediately into constant attack. It first forces your opponent to invest into a lot of (inefficient) defense, and then makes it awkward for them to answer with their own Antima Comet since you will have had time to build attack when it's ready. If your opponent chooses to transition to constant attack directly, your Engineers will act as cover, letting you go for longer without having to invest in additional defense.
On the other hand, if the set is more defensive/economical, you should NOT go for an early Antima Comet. That's because you would open yourself to a stronger return Antima. Here's what the game could look like:
- You go for an early Antima Comet on roughly 12-14 Drones.
- Your opponent builds efficient or preventive defense while gaining a Drone lead.
- When your Antima hits, your opponent absorbs it without much trouble, and you either try to build some constant attack or try to catch up in economy
- Your opponent simply goes for an Antima Comet of their own, but on 16-18 Drones. You have to buy defense for it, and most if not all of the Engineers left from your Antima die while blocking. Your opponent is left with a better economy and a wall of Engineers when yours just disappeared.
Mid/late game[edit | edit source]
As a consequence, in defensive/economical sets, you should first go for a high economy before going for an Antima Comet. In that situation the Antima timing is the most important thing, as you have to get it first but not too early either. Your focus should be on building an economy strong enough to support buying the attackers you want, then building your Antima Comet, and transition into buying your late game attackers. Once again the pressure they provide should be enough to put your opponent off their own Antima.
If you mistime your Antima Comet you expose yourself to the same risks as when going for an early Antima in such sets.
Unit synergies[edit | edit source]
Antima Comet has good synergy with units which either produce Engineers or benefit from having a large Engineer pool.
- Chrono Filter
- Chrono Filter is an exceptionally easy way to get the tech for Antima Comet faster, cheaper, and without as big a commitment.
- Electrovore does not have much synergy in and of itself, but the large pile of engineers left behind after Antima Comet lands ensures that your Electrovores will be able to attack for several turns to come.
- Sentinel's ability to produce an engineer means it adds an extra damage to your Antima Comet. This is a late-game synergy in most cases, as rushing Sentinels is usually not particularly efficient.
- Hellhound is an extremely efficient attacker. When used in conjunction with Antima Comet, the extra engineer makes Hellhound a rather substantial damage burst of 2 damage for 5BR.
- Cauterizer is a very versatile unit when used with Antima Comet. The 4 engineers will of course add 4 damage to your comet, but the Cauterizer itself can be used either as a 3 damage soak or to add 2 additional damage to your comet volley. Note that buying Cauterizer, at 11 gold, is more gold efficient for damage than just buying Engineers on the Antima turn because it adds 6 damage for 11 gold, compared to 12 gold for 6 Engineers.
- Auric Impulse
- Auric Impulse is very effective when used the same turn that Antima Comet is built. Since it provides profit the next turn, 2 Auric Impulses yield an extra engineer, which is one extra damage.
- Galvani Drone
- Galvani Drone synergizes with Antima Comet in a few ways:
- It's extremely strong to start the game by building pairs of Galvani Drone + Engineer in lieu of Drones. Doing so means that your Antima Comet will be two damage stronger per turn of prebuild.
- On the turn you buy Antima Comet, you can use it like Auric Impulse to buy Galvani Drones which pay for themselves the next turn.
- After the Antima Comet, you can buy out the Galvani Drone pile immediately to efficiently use your spare energy.
Openings[edit | edit source]
Base Set P1:
- Antima Comet +DDDTEEEE
Opening for Player 1 with Galvani Drone (1) and Chrono Filter (2)
- Antima Comet +EEEE1
Player 2 version:
- Antima Comet +EEEE
Player 1 Centrifuge (1):
- Antima Comet +DDTS
This produces an 11 damage Antima with 2 constant Attack.
Change Log[edit | edit source]
- December 17th, 2014
- November 1st, 2014
- September 23rd, 2014