From: Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards
Uh, the 5% experience nerf is kind of a big deal. The Sovs are very hard pressed to reach 40% experience by the end of 41, if they are lucky. On top of that they are essentially fighting at infantry speed until the end of 42, and their mech upgrade is also delayed until then, so those units stay fragile much longer than they used to.
The reason these were put in was not because there was a balance problem in 41. It was fine as it was before. Alvaro put this in here to enable a 42 Barbarossa option that absolutely nobody is playing. Like I said: the actual effect of these nerfs is to make life harder for the Sovs in 41-2 during a regular game just to make it possible for the Germans to ignore the Soviets until 42 (which in fact is still a bad idea even with this nerf.)
Personally I don't see any good reason to make it easier for the Axis to put off Barbarossa until 42, and indeed they are positively encouraged now to do it earlier.
Why 42 Barbarossa option has started? This is because of the France 1940 all-in strategy. The Germans were so badly destroyed after the fall of France that it was impossible to invade USSR in 1941.
Now that UK is much weaker, France 1940 is much more feasible. And with the new shattering rule, it means more Panzer Corps coming back for the Germans in case of something bad is happening.
For me, 1940 is at the right balance. BoA is very good now too.
With a UK much weaker, and 60 landing craft for Mechanized units, plus a BoA to survive, this is also meaning that a naval invasion to help USSR in 1941 is more unlikely.
USSR in 1941 won't be helped much by lend lease too (UK occupied, USA neutral).
Definitely, I think Soviets are too weak. And, for me, the problem comes from this change:
Change Soviet default experience lowered from 35% to 30%
They were just about right. I think the default experience must go back to 35%.
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