Hey guys, I've noticed a lot of people are under the impression that the game is intended to be played with fixed starting locations only. This is actually not true, the game is designed and balanced to be played with RANDOM start locations. There is actually a bug with the automatch settings that have it set as fixed starting locations. The intent is to allow players to use different strategies and to prevent games from becoming stagnant and repetitive.
All tournament organizers ideally should be using RANDOM starting locations when they run tournaments. However, because ranked matches do not currently support random start locations, it is not easy for players to practice them. From our experience it is easy to adapt to random starting positions, but it is totally understandable if tourney organizers wish to use fixed locations.
The important thing to know is that there is no such thing as AXIS/ALLIED sides. WHen giving us balance feedback, please keep this in mind!
Thanks for your time and I hope this clears things up.