Abbasid is best played with 2 town center openers at the current meta. (Fresh Foodstuffs, allows you to make 2 vills for the price of 1, making your economy grow without delaying army as much as other CIVs) This is a strength of Abbasid, however because of Fresh Foodstuffs the devs thought it was better to reduce that amount of food elsewhere, their castle age food production is one of the bigger economies buff you could have. Don’t get me wrong, with the buffs I am giving them they should become your next CIV to choose from if you want to feudal invade your enemies as well, I am not blind from the fact that they don’t need any research time for making rams. Which is something Abbasid should be great at as well. Don’t forget, their ability to make Mangonels on the fly is already strong for your enemy not making any springwalds. The fact that Mangonels don’t have to move a long distance but are immediately on the battlefield can really make an edge in your victories.
These are some buffs if I would solely think about 3 words “Research, Anti-Cavalry, Golden Age”
Phalanx should get speed bonus towards all cavalry units. When activated on one of the spearmen.
(+0.5 tiles/s for 5 second, just like the Khan Buff – Maneuver Arrow, gives them edge vs knight invades.)
While Abbasid’s Camels could use some love (They are unique, but they definitely not on par with other unique units, that are either cheaper or get more worth out of a unique unit), my balance change for camel archer/rider would be…
Composite bow should be unlocked at Castle Age, and also work for camel archers.
General for Camels:
Reduce their need for food by 80 (instead of 180 to 100)
Make the melee/pierce armor scale like: Camel Archer: 1/1, 2/2, 3/3. Camel Rider: 2/2 3/3
This way they are more on par vs other units. But not as good as knight scaling.
Camel Rider: Increase their Attack bonus from 18 to 30 vs cavalry (regular) 20 to 40 (elite)
They require a bit more punch in order to be more on par to counter knights, This way they will become the best Anti-Cavalry CIV.
Camel Archers, will be your best pick vs spears, while also been able to deal a bit better vs MASS archer, even though most archers overkill anyway.
Make all research in their dynasty building 60 seconds that are currently 90 seconds. This will give them an edge “Research Based”.
Make the Golden Age bonus for structures less…
T1 = 8 Buildings. (From 10) (Gives them an edge to quicker get their resource gather rates up)
T2 = 22 Buildings. (From 30) (Makes sure they stay viable earlier in the game)
T3 = 45 Buildings. (From 60) (makes sure that Abbasid’s don’t fall behind too much in the later stages of the game, by getting this earlier as well.)