The problem most have is they think there is always a single way to play that’s best. Most commonly, everyone uses the “pro” build of 30% armor 70% range. But about 99% of you use it incorrectly as it was a perfectionist build. It was NEVER intended to take battles that lasted more than 1 round. Meaning you were supposed to outnumber your enemy 3 to 1 or only attack with nuke/spy advantage. Anything less and the “pro” build play style would dictate that you should not take the battle. Even if it resulted in beating the entire enemy army. However, players ended up simply adopting this as the meta build and ran with it. Honestly, a damage build of 40% armor and 60% damage units BEATS the “pro” build if evenly matched AND it’s exceptionally cheaper as well (meaning, you actually end up with a larger army for same resources).
This isn’t to say the “pro” build isn’t a good build. But it was a build that was made for a very specific purpose. Smart players will take advantage of people’s blind acceptance for the pro build. The only reason the “pro” build survives as the meta is because it still allows for lazy players to do decent damage. Damage builds are MUCH more effective, BUT if caught off guard and hit by spies or nukes, it could end up doing zero damage.
Point i’m trying to make here though. Play styles should be fluid based on the era. You shouldn’t rely on a single tactic or strategy. If the enemy spreads every member out to cover more ground, then you should place SMACK DAB in the middle of them and hit them HARD. If the enemy is podded up, you should choose 1 or 2 to hit that give you a good advantage for territory. If your enemy is grouped up together on 1 side of the map, then you should probably spread out and take more territory on another part of the map to gain more resources. If your enemy is prepping to fight you early, you should probably start building the best anti chassis build secretly to surprise them. If your enemy is stacking armies up in 1 spot, spread out. It most likely means they’re not as active.