In-depth: 2.501, Tales of Valor and the future

April 13, 2009
Will the trinity expand?

Will the trinity expand?

With the release of the latest COH expansion and the winds of change blowing, I decided it was time to play weatherman and speculate on where our game and community are headed. Here’s my take as a former top-ranked player.

Larger community
Back in the stone age of the vCOH beta, it was rare to see more than 300 people online. I never remember seeing more than 3,000 online throughout all of regular vCOH. With the release of Opposing Fronts, the average number of players almost doubled. I was stunned to see 5,000 or 6,000 people online at peak hours. I was even more surprised to see peak numbers continue more than a year after the release of OF.

Yesterday, a new all-time high was reached: more than 10,400.  While it’s true that single-player users are forced to login to Relic Online,  they only account for about 30% to 40% of users online at any given time. This still leaves yesterday’s 10,400 figure well above previous OF highs. Despite the cries from the prophets of doom on GR.org, the game does not appear to be dying at all, but is growing larger.

What does this mean? It means COH may have the numbers to support multiple community sites, more pro-level players, and larger, more frequent tournaments due to a larger advertising base for sponsors. Think PC hardware, software, gaming companies and even soft drinks and snacks targeted at the coveted 18-34 young male gamer demographic.

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Battle Report: Sepha (US) vs. SgtMorelloo (PE)

September 26, 2008

REPLAY: Sepha (Airborne) vs. SgtMorelloo (Tank Hunters) RETAIL 2.301

If Morelloo sticks a toe out of that door, he is DONE.

If Morelloo sticks a toe out of that door, he is DONE.

I admit it freely: the Airborne Company is my absolute favorite subfaction in COH. They’re cool, they’ve got planes, guns, bombs and bitchin’ recoilless rifles — plus the ability to drop troops and AT anywhere on the map. Right behind Airborne on my list is Luftwaffe, which is pretty much Axis airborne. I mean, how badass are Fallschirmjagers? And who doesn’t love the sight of Butterfly Bombs twirling gracefully to earth like leaves on a gentle autumnal wind? To say nothing of the sight of a Henkel circling the map, relentlessly pounding Allied armor.

Instead, in this week’s expert Battle Report, the bold young SgtMorelloo picks Tank Hunters against the legendary Sepha, which is a pity because Sepha goes ALL infantry. Still, this is an excellent albeit blobby match — and Morelloo gets credit for opening with a mildly effective Scout Car spam tactic.

The game begins with Sepha in the north and he opens with the standard 4 Rifle squads. Notice how he caps the high munitions point by his base — spreading the squad very close to the civilian building so he can claim it first if a G43 Panzer Grenadier should rush his men. I’ll be keeping a close eye on little stuff like this throughout the match; these are things you should try to incorporate into your game as matters of habit.

The small things matter.

The small things matter.

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