Note: this Ingress article is part one of a series about taking the most AP from your portals each time you link, and adding the most MU count when you make fields. Here are the links to Part 2 and Part 3.
Overlapping Ingress control fields can multiply your MU stats, but also diminish how much AP you get.
Ingress Report #11 brought to our eye how Chinese Resistance agents tipped the global MU scale into achieving a total of 200 million Mind Units for the Blue team. This was done by making fields within fields, like onion layers, adding over and over a massive amount of Mind Units, multiplied by the number of fields in the same area. The paradox is that there will be less AP gain, there will be less fields/links involved, but the MU count will multiply by the number of overlapped fields.
Here is a brief real-life example on how to make these onion-type fields:
Portals from upper right and lower left hold a link running from A to C while portals from center and upper left (B1, B2, B3 and B4) are used to close the fields. Overlapping each field on top of the other multiplies the MU amout of the lowest field (A-C-B1) by 4, next (A-C-B2) by 3, and so on. This strategy can make some difference when it comes to MU control stats. Now, on the other hand, if portals B1, B2, B3 and B4 had a link running across them, there would be seven fields instead of four, but MU count would be 552, because there would be just one field over each triangular area, not 4, or 3. They would be split by links running along the “B” portals.
Whether your game is: AP gain or MU control, each Ingress strategy has its own pros and cons, as it’s been forementioned. Optimal AP fields only overlap in very rare cases. Specifically overlapped “Onion Fields” can boost MU count several times, but AP cost is pretty important. Which one would you choose? AP, MU, or a balance between the two? How to balance will be discussed in the next post. Happy hacking!