I’m playing continously french top tier SPAA to grind them since severals days (and also because I like to do my best to clear the sky, so my tanks teammates don’t have to bother about CAS and enjoy the game).
And my opinion at the moment is that the balance is slightly in favor of CAS.
Of course, most of the time, best SPAAs (Ito90m, Pantsir, …) are very effective.
BUT! Let’s take into account also that most of CAS players at top tier are good, to very good (obiously, it’s top tier). When they use their aircrafts at best, they are almost untouchable (if not untouchable at all).
Few example :
- Fast jetfighters able to shoot missiles or bombs (if flying very high) before they fly inside your NEZ.
Some will tell me “well, shoot earlier”. Yes, thank you, but in that case, you reveal your position (then the good pilot will have time to lock and shoot an agm65 for example), and your missile will reach its target with less speed and the fighter will easily avoid it.
- Attack helicopters with long range missiles will pop up over the hill, shoot, and disapear. You will try your chance by shooting your missile, but except if he climbed too high, the helicopter just go down to dodge, has spotted you, and you will be his next target.
Finally, one of the main issue I discovered, is the maps design. For too many of them, there is a huge lack of protection for SPAA and it’s very very hard to find effective cover against tanks AND aircrafts.
For example on the map Mozdok, you can’t move out of the spawn without taking a huge risk of being sniped, and there is zero protection in or near the spawn.
And I am not talking about the many games where ennemies will reach the spawn and easily kill you, as you have nothing to hide.
To conclude, my objective opinion is that something should be done on at least one of those 2 points (power of CAS or map design). I mean, if new map designs give the possibility for SPAA to easily take a cover behind a house to avoid the missiles coming from an untouchable helicopter, it’s would be already great. It looks fair too be because it rewards only good SPAA players who are going to be able to keep a good situation awarness of the sky (and those who are not careful will be destroyed).
Feel free to share your opinion, or share some tips to be more effective with spaa.
My very personal opinion is that there should be a ground ONLY battle mode.
Last little thing, but important, aircrafts shouldn’t be able to hit you with a GBU or the gun, when they are destroyed (burning and spinning with one wing missing). That little thing is quite ridiculous… x)