I have always been on the "Kings are just a tad overpowered, and just a tad too easy to use" train. I do agree with what Ron changed, however only slightly.
The old state allowed anyone with half a brain to hire a hypno, promote it, rinse and repeat a few times to victory unless one of three things happened.
1) A majority of the lobby caught this early, and swiftly executed the king stacker
2) A veteren player stacked admirals or generals (I'd argue he isnt broken, but not to hijack this thread)
3) Somebody else went kings
Enough on the old King, a coup d'etat just overthrew the ruling monarchy.
As of now, the King's upside just barely beats his downside. No shields is a big issue. You need 30 drills for 10 shielders, and 60 drills at a 20 shielder to negate his downside on the defensive end. On the O' however, just throw as many drills as you can on board.
In conclusion, i agree that change was needed, yet the implimation should have been at least told to the community a few days before it went live, to judge feedback. I still love and respect you to death Ron.
Simply put, my job here is to keep the forums afloat through any means necessary