Rushing the officer is pointless vipper. Vet0 it struggles vs sturms depending on approach. And gets handily beaten by pgrens. It's a unit you invest in for flanks and to provide some CQB power mid and late game when it vets up.
Having is as forth unit is not really rushing it. Pls provide replays to back your claim instead of theory crafting.
Last game I saw being streamed the officer had over 35 kill and was the most lethal UKF infatry.
In addition both Sturms and PG are mid to close infatry and there is little reason why QCQ should be able to charge thru open ground and win. That is not a good measure of the value of the unit.
I don't understand the claims if "hero unit" at all. If you're going to put forward an argument why the officer is OP for timing maybe you should look at the timing of pgrens or penals as well. Because pgrens especially are stronger out the gate.
I have said that about Penal more times I can remember and I actually pointed out that it will inevitably lead to PG having to come earlier. In addition PG are more expensive and come later.
The approach of trying to balance the whole faction on unit limited to 1 is bad design. The game will simply be about that units performance.
Your argument to buff royal engineers instead has already been attempted, it turns out having cheap spamable engineers that could double as strong CQB units out trading StG axis infantry was OP and impossible to balance and they were hit by RA, dps and vet nerfs.
That a silly claim balancing Ro.E. can be done.
Surely it makes much more sense to have the officer at a premium price point to provide unit variety to a stale UKF roster and easy to balance CQB unit that's only role is that outside of recon and on me (which could use some minor changes, maybe recon with tech).
No it does not make more sense. The problem of UKF is lacking certain tools like mortar for early anti-garrison. That is the gap the officer should fill. (and the wasp which can be balanced better)
The units is would be allot more useful if it arrived earlier and was of lower power level.