So, it's safe to say most people do not agree with ZOE in it's current form. However, it's also safe to say most "fixes" that the devs will come up with for it will make the ability useless. I'm of the opinion that we scrap ZOE altogether and instead give the VS MAX jump-jets like their PS1 counterparts. Now, the argument that the devs gave us was that giving the VS MAX jump-jets "was way to OP", something I find really hard to believe. The other argument against it was that VS MAX units would then replace VS Light Assault troops. A silly argument. At 350 resources a pop with CQC weapons and very slow speed, I think we'll continue to see VS LAs up there as well. A further argument along the same lines states that LAs for other empires will become outclassed on roofs when fighting VS. I'm not sure I completely agree with this, a MAX on a roof is just as easy to take down with small arms fire and explosives as a MAX on the ground. Just hide and C-4 his butt. Problem solved. Or just get another LA friend and shoot the MAX to death, problem solved. Now, if the jump-jets were to be implemented what would a sufficient balancing factor be? I propose that a small armor reduction be in effect with the jump jets equipped. Why? We could justify it by saying that the MAX's armor is lighter to allow flight. The armor reduction would not be as great as ZOE's reduction, perhaps about half of what it is. Secondly, if the armor is lighter we could assume that the MAX is able to move a BIT quicker than their other bulkier counterparts, giving them a slight speed boost. (Again, perhaps half the speed boost of ZOE?) Finally, the jump-jets themselves would function much like a LA's, only with a reduced fuel pool? I've read the idea of drifter jets being thrown around, but I'm not so sure how useful drifter jets would be on a MAX. LA's can use them to C-4 bomb things and quickly outflank an enemy, but a MAX without the benefit of C-4 and with a lower speed and fuel reserve would just be awkward with drifters. That's really what I came up with as I pontificated the idea, I look forward to a CONSTRUCTIVE conversation and perhaps together we can all come up with something we agree upon. -Q TL;DR: Give Jump-Jets to VS MAX units, slightly reduce their armor and give them a slight speed boost as well. Not drifters.