The Tormentor was too lacking in a role and will now be an excellent way of dealing with Archer spam. Previously Substrate could have issues dealing with mass frigates.
This should see Reaper blobs clump up less to dive after a cruiser and make it less vulnerable to splash damage.
Saboteur should no longer stop firing randomly.
Drones will no longer get one-shot by the Atlas frigate as it was too easy to shut down.
The Caregiver and Regenerator are receiving a small performance boost to give Substrate more of a chance to withstand Artillery Post bombardment as well as mitigate Plasma Storm and EMP Pulse.
PHC have two engineer spawn abilities, so they naturally will ramp up less by mixing it between both of them. Also a QoL change for the Avatar as it would often engage enemies and move out of build range as a result.
Typically players cruiser spam into air and juggernauts while skipping dreads. We want to make dreads tougher to have them see more use.
Eye of Darkness
This change was supposed to be in 2.76 but was accidentally not included. This will make turtling up and rushing the Eye while skipping dreadnought production much riskier.
The Instigator suffered from often flying out of a capping radius making it unreliable to capture points. It also was unable to clear creeps with a weapon. To make it more reliable to use, it is receiving a move speed reduction so it doesn’t fly away from capturing points but is getting a cost reduction and a weapon to clear creeps and capture neutral points.
The Artillery Post was too spammable in certain maps, especially team games.
PHC had too many Orbital Abilities that could influence cruiser engagements while Substrate only had Drone Swarm. Carving Turret is now only able to engage Dreadnaughts and Juggernauts to even out PHC’s orbital advantage.
Drone Swarm was shut down too easily by armies that had modest amounts of anti-air.
While expensive and limited to only a single target, players may wish to use this ability to snipe a Hera, Engineer or other crucial units like a sieging Artemis.