starter-algo-V2.1) vs Isaac (
https://terminal.c1games.com/watch/173219 (if you do not read the whole post, just be aware that this probably does not feature a high-level strategy, but is interesting exactly because is does not)
This is first of all an interesting match up because
dumb-dumb-base is currently at
1338 elo (rank 151) and falling fighting against
starter-algo-V2.1, which on the other hand is at rank seven, which equals
The turn two shenanigans from Dumb-dumb set the tone of this match: Removing all their defenses right at the start seems like a strategy to win a match, especially against a top algo.
Dumb-bases’ variety in attacks, i.e. sending all scramblers every turn actually prevents Starter’s EMP’s from coming through. Our underdog also gave up building defenses after their highly effective move in turn two and because they are sending scramblers each and every turn and Starter cannot get away from sending EMP’s,
dumb-dumb-base wins on health after a full length match.
When we start to look at how the algos behaved, we will quickly notice that AntiAndi’s algo is only sending out
number_affordable EMP’s and thus will never win out against
number_affordable scramblers from Isaac. These scramblers were able to deal damage in the beginning because Starter-algo needed its time to set up some destructors and since it only ever sent out EMP’s, it could not match the scramblers.
Looking into other matches played by
starter-algo-V2.1 (e.g. this, that or that match), we can make out that it is an extremely primitive and linear algo because it always does only one thing: Build up its fixed combination of filters and destructors in the same arrangement and order every time and then send out EMP’s every turn.
You might think that an algo like this should not land at the top of the leader board, but this works against most complex algos because they are building up structures, which get destroyed by the EMP’s and they can deal damage in the “strategic breaks” of more complex algos.
dumb-dumb-base is even more dull, i.e. instead of sending out only EMP’s it only deploys scramblers and these are the perfect counter to the high-cost ranged unit.
From this we learned that it does not take an overly complicated algo to rise to the top and also that there can be a simple counter to an otherwise working strategy, which will only counter exactly this strategy and thus fall down very fast. In fact,
dumb-dumb-base has fallen over three ranks in the making of this and will probably land at the very bottom of the leader board eventually because it only counters one strategy (
starter-algo-V2.1 is at the top because it counters many approaches) and will thus lose way more than it wins.