After playing byzantines twice in a row, i am a few dissapointed with them.
I usually tend to like defensive civs (koreans, inca, teutons), and get used quickly to play verstaile ones (sarracens, spanish). However, I feel byzantines are not defensive enpugh or lack the adaptability of other civs. When they reach imperial, they miss some of key techs for they wide tech tree. They have worse paladins without bloodlines, worse HCA without parthian tactics, worse champions, even worse siege without siege engineers…
Some of the last upgrades (champions, paladins, siege ram, their UU) are very expensive to try without a true eco bonus.
Because of this, i thought the following bonus for them. However, since the common agreement says that they are balbced and their UU need a cost reduction, maybe this following bonus could be applied to other civ.
Bonus: technologies that upgrades units/buildings, such as the palladin/arbalester/etc upgrade, cost a bit % less.
This bonus would help them to FU their units, because usually it is more expensive to pay for an unit upgrade instead of common tech like those in the university or smith. So they would become more adaptable, without increasing their late game power. This fits with their discounted imperial age and even with their discounted trash because it would help to make tech transitions during castle or early imperial age. Also, it would make their paladins a better option despite lacking 2 upgrades.
I know chinese have some discount for all their techs so the ammount of the discount should bit different (maybe only reducing one resource?)
I didnt stated the ammount of the discount because i think ot is better to dicuss the bonus concept in the first place and then fix the numbers.
I only want to propose this bonus for the byzantines, or other civ if it can heps it better