This is like a good dream after the 5th anniversary nightmare...
I do not agree that they need to nerf the SMTT. It is a powerful unit, yes of course it is, but it is not the salvation of PvP, nor guarantee that you will 3 star every top base with a loadout of 11 Level 10 SMTTs - because you will not. I see Replays of Rebels attacking my Imperial Prestige with 10 SMTTs and they get only 2 stars. And if I get two stars against bases that would eventually kick my ass, that's fine with me.
I have SMTT at Level 5, and ITT at Level 2 for my Imperial Prestige, but SMTT and AA5 still locked for my Rebel Prestige. Now is the chance to get them!
I am not concerned about the deploy 412 vehicles. I have 2-3 bases that can build low level probe/atrt to donate to my Imperial and Rebel Prestige and fill the SC. I just need to buy all perks to reduce the SC request time/max troops received. I have hundreds of samples in HQ for both bases. I also love this massive vehicle deployment to clear my HQs of all the junk... And who cares about medals, as Boog said, you get all medals back just by attacking after this mission.
And since EP requirement has dropped, it's time to upgrade my HQ 6 Rebel to HQ 7 as well, since for HQ 6 EP requirement is 360 EP - same as for HQ 9 - while for HQ 7-8 is only 240 EP. And I will also earn MTT frags in the Elite Crates. My Imperial 2nd account is already on HQ 7, and I will use these two weeks off to upgrade as much as I can for attack.
I plan to play with 5 bases, since it's only a 2 week Event, and all the effort and a few hours less sleep will probably be worth it in the end.