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Luvnest's GCS meta game

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This post covers the meta choices by the second contender to the GCS crown, Luvnest. Like his opponent DevM, he was directly seeded and thus did not go through the placement matches.

The post will follow the same format as the one for DevM. Please check out that post first as the descriptions regarding were the data comes from and how to read the tables will be brief here.


Basic stats




Luvnest was the only player in the semifinals that used all factions at least once in the rounds before. So far, the only games he lost was G1 of the Semifinals against HelpingHans' UKF and G3 against Lt.Baumy's Soviets.

And while DevM played significantly more games as allies, or more specifically as USF (6:9, axis:allies), Luvnest shows a perfect 7:7 split.


Similar to the faction choices, Luvnest played on all four maps. He did most matches on Kholodny Ferma which DevM did not play a single game on. However, this map is the only one he lost on.


Faction meta


Ostheer


Luvnest used Ostheer five times, once against Soviets and USF each, and thrice against the UKF.



games commanders vs.
4




Lightning War Doctrine
Blitzkrieg Doctrine
Elite Troops Doctrine




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1




Lightning War Doctrine
Mechanized Assault Doctrine
Mobile Defense Doctrine




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ukfukf 0%

Luvnest employed two different loadouts, one that he used against Soviets and UKF, the other on his sole game vs. USF. He picked Lightning War and Blitzkrieg twice and Elite Troops once.

In most cases Luvnest teched T1, T2 and T3. The exception was G1 vs. Finndeed which was too short, G3 against Lt.Baumy where he skipped T3 for T4 and G3 vs. HelpingHans where T2 was skipped.

"Buildings":




unit total games of
Tellermine
21
4
5
S-mine field
4
3
5



unit total games of
Medic Station
5
5
5

Luvnest did not plant Tellermines in every game, but the total number of Tellermines is huge. Note though that through the way the commands are extracted from the replay file the number of mines likely is at least somewhat inflated.

Infantry units:






unit total games of
Grenadiers
18
5
5
PaK 40
8
4
4
MG42
6
5
5
GrW 34 Mortar Team
5
4
5





unit total games of
Pioneers
5
4
5
Sniper
2
2
5
Panzergrenadiers
1
1
4

While Luvnest is known to be a very skilled sniper user, so far he used it only twice. While of course grenadiers form the mainline infantry for OH, Luvnest relied less on them compared to DevM (18 in 5 games vs. 20 in 4 games for DevM). On the other hand he made more use of PaKs and mortars, which DevM used twice and not at all, respectively.

Vehicles:






unit total games of
Panzer IV
5
3
3
StuG G
5
3
3
SdKfz. 222
4
3
4
Command Panzer IV
2
2
2






unit total games of
SdKfz. 251
2
1
4
Tiger PzKpfw VI
1
1
2
Panther PzKpfw V
1
1
1
Flakpanzer IV Ostwind
1
1
3

Luvnest relied mostly on T3 vehicles of which he built significantly more than DevM did.

Build orders:












1st unit 2nd unit 3rd unit 4th unit 5th unit
5
5
3
2
1 1
1
1
2
2
2


Soviets


Luvnest used Soviets twice, namely against Aimstrong's OH in the Quarterfinals. While this means that he used it more than DevM (which did not pick Soviets once), it is in strong contrast to the ESL series where he almost exclusively picked SOV on the allied side.



games commanders vs.
2




Soviet Reserve Army
Counterattack Tactics
Lend Lease Tactics


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In the first game Luvnest picked Lend Lease and then went Penals into T3, into M4C Shermans. In the second he went with Counterattack Tactics and initially only built T1. After calling in KV-1s, he built T2 for a ZiS-3.

Infantry units:





unit total games of
Penal Battalion
8
2
2
Combat Engineers
7
2
2
Scout Sniper
3
2
2




unit total games of
ZiS-3
2
1
1
DShK 38 Heavy Machine Gun
1
1
1

Luvnest used Penals as main infantry force, backed up by several Combat Engineers. Unlike in his OH matches, he used Snipers extensively. However, he called in only one DShK.

Vehicles:




unit total games of
KV-1
5
1
1
M4C Sherman
3
1
1



unit total games of
M3A1 Light Scout Car
1
1
2

Given that Luvnest used only strategies that are mostly about call-ins, it is not surprising that he called in many M4Cs and KV-1s. A bit unusual, however, is that he did not use any T3 unit like e.g. a T-70.

Build orders:











1st unit 2nd unit 3rd unit 4th unit 5th unit
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1


OKW


Luvnest used OKW twice, once against Finndeed's USF and once against Lt.Baumy's Soviets. In both games he used the same loadout:


games commanders vs.
2




Special Operations Doctrine
Luftwaffe Ground Forces Doctrine
Fortifications Doctrine



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He ended up picking Luftwaffe Ground Forces and Fortifications against Finndeed and Lt.Baumy, respectively.

In both games he teched for BG-HQ first, followed by Schwere Panzer-HQ. In the second game (which he ended up losing), he built Mech-Reg. at the 30 minute mark.

Infantry units:





unit total games of
Volksgrenadiers
6
2
MG34 Heavy Machine Gun
4
2
Raketenwerfer
3
2





unit total games of
Obersoldaten
3
2
Sturmpioniere
2
1
7.5cm le.IG
2
2

Luvnest used all of the stock infantry based units OKW has to offer. For some reason he did not call in any Fallschirmjäger which otherwise would be considered one of the main selling points for the Luftwaffe Ground Forces Doctrine. Instead, he fielded Obersoldaten squads in both games.

Vehicles:



unit total games of
Panzer IV Ausf. J
2
1



unit total games of
Kübelwagen
1
1

Luvnest barely used any OKW vehicles (G1 against Finndeed was over before the queued Panzer IV hit the field).

Build orders:











1st unit 2nd unit 3rd unit 4th unit 5th unit
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1


USF


Luvnest used USF four times. Twice against HelpingHans' OH, and against Finndeed's and Lt.Baumy's OKW.



games commanders vs.
4




Armor Company
Tactical Support Company
Heavy Cavalry Company



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He used the same commander loadout in each of the games. Against Finndeed he did not use any of them, in all other cases he picked Armor Company. He teched Lt. into Captain twice, and Captain into Lt. twice as well. He used the Major only in the game against Finndeed.

Infantry units:





unit total games of
Riflemen
13
4
4
M1 81mm Mortar Team
3
3
4
M1 57mm Anti-Tank Gun
2
2
4




unit total games of
M2HB .50 cal
1
1
4
M1 75mm Pack Howitzer
1
1
4

Luvnest uses about three Riflemen per game, similar to DevM. However, unlike DevM, he deployed more indirect fire units (of which DevM did not use any) but way less .50 cals.

Vehicles:





unit total games of
105mm Bulldozer Sherman
5
3
3
WC54 ¾ Ton Ambulance
4
4
4
M10 'Wolverine'
4
3
3




unit total games of
M5A1 Stuart
3
3
4
M20 Utility Car
2
2
4

Luvnest did not build a single unit from the Major's tier. The most used vehicle was the Bulldozer Sherman.

Build orders:











1st unit 2nd unit 3rd unit 4th unit 5th unit
3
3
3
1
1
1
1
1
1


UKF


Luvnest used UKF only in G1 in the series against Lt.Baumy so there is no point doing a summary here. For meta information, please check out the tables for that game.


Games


This section lists all of Luvnest's games from all rounds.

Round of 32


Luvnest vs. Finndeed
3:0



G1

G2

G3


Round of 16


Luvnest vs. Lt.Baumy
3:1



G1

G2

G3

G4


Quarterfinals


Luvnest vs. Aimstrong
3:0



G1

G2

G3


Semifinals


Luvnest vs. Helping Hans
3:1


G1


G2


G3


G4

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