but conscripts being trash certainly doesnt help
even when cons have ppshs the maxim is leaps and bounds better because the enemy cant just close with impunity.
its all an eco system mate, cons HAVE to be viable or it will be maxim spam like it was or penal spam like it is now.
Yes, that's a good point. There's basically 3 starting units and for the longest time the meta was to spam one of them. That may be related to how soviet tech Is a relatively big investment for a second 0 build decision. You need to get a lot out of it or you are losing already.