Double the deploy limit for level 5 resonators from 2 to 4
With the upcoming Myriad rewards period where each agent will be able to deploy twice the usual limit of resonators, this got me thinking again about the current limits.
Currently the best an agent can build by themselves is a level 5 portal. Two agents can build a level 6. Three can build a level 7, and it takes eight for a level 8. All of these are fine. But when you're the only agent working in an area, you're really concerned with what you can do yourself, which is build a level 5 portal.
To build a level 5 portal by yourself (and I'm purposely only considering level 4-8 resonators), you need one of the following combinations:
Something these have in common is that they require more 4s on average than 5s, unless you have plenty of 7s and 8s to waste. But when you hack the resulting portals, you're mostly getting 5s with a couple 6s and 4s thrown in. This results in a problem I'm sure many agents are very familiar with - a huge excess of level 5 resonators and a lack of 4s. It seems backwards that a level 4 resonator is much more valuable to a high-level agent than a level 5 resonator, and much harder to obtain if you're fully deploying and you want your resulting portals to be as good as you can make by yourself.
So my proposed solution is simple. Double the deploy limit for level 5 resonators to 4 per agent. A single agent will still be only able to build a level 5 portal. Two agents will still only be able to build a level 6 portal. Nothing really changes except solo-agents not needing to constantly recycle hundreds of level 5 resonators and not needing to resort to weird things like deploying only 7 resonators (to get to level 4), hacking, then deploying the last resonator.
Single-agent deploy patterns for a level 5 would look something like this:
Much less reliance on 4s, much more reliance on 5s - the most commonly obtained resonator. The 4s you obtain normally from hacking level 5 resonators will be much more likely to sustain your building without needing to resort to unintuitive tricks.