|Move to Overlapped Front Contact||Move to Double Overlapped Front Contact||Move to Supported Front Edge Contact|
The first move is the Move to Overlapped Front Contact. Essentially this put the attacker at a -1 disadvantage. Compare this to Move to Double Overlapped Front Contact. Although this move results in a -2 disadvantage, does it warrant being treated separately? The last is the Move to Supported Front Edge Contact, resulting in a +1 advantage to the defender.
Consider the following:
|Move to Front Edge Contact||+3||+3||+0|
|Move to Overlapped Front Edge Contact||+4||+3||+0|
|Move to Double Overlapped Front Edge Contact||+5||+3||+0|
|Move to Supported Front Edge Contact||+4||+4||+0|
Given that the difference in each combat is the same, should the moves still be ranked separately or do they have equivalent weight, as they all result in a single element coming into front contact with a group of elements and resulting in a combat at +0? Put another way, which is more important: the move itself, or the resulting combat?
One factor in weighing the Move to Supported Front Edge Contact more heavily is that, unless the supporting element is a Pike, there is the potential for destroying two elements in this single combat. That alone warrants weighting, and thus differentiating this move from the others.
In my mind I have only found one case where the movement of a single element into combat is materially significant; all others seem to indicate that the resulting combat factors are the differentiator. I would like to hear your thoughts on this, either here or preferably on the Solo DBA Yahoo forum.