On several forums, threads, streams and games, everyone can see how broken khmer are now, faster farming, no building requirements for castle up, has ended with khmer hitting consistently in good level FC at 12 or 13 minutes and start booming with 2 more town centers immediately, they have more vills at min 19 than cuman 2 town centers feudal boom, their land boom is as strong as viking boom, that is huge, having in consideration the strong army composition they can create in late game and early imperial, no other civ can keep up with them.
Any paladin civ can’t compete with them, maybe only imperial camel, but it takes time to gather enough numbers, current team games are always a khmer pkt with early elite elephants+plums or any other ranged unit, that doesn’t need to be on imperial, since the eles can clean up a player in no time.
Their economy is so strong, even in 1x1, not even trushing or fwd is an option vs a civ that can hit fc in min 12 and build a siege workshop right away or making one stable and get few eles and clean all ur feudal stuff, countering a civ like that ain’t easy, since they can switch to HC, halb, cannons, or just boom with few scorps+monks or eles.
Khmer were a heavy civ, giving economic bonus to a civ like that with fast units was a huge mistake, you just killed paladin line and added a new meta for the game.
Slow down their farming like the old mayan farming nerf, for those who ignored it mayans had the slower farmers in the game. -Seems like the best nerf to an unintentional buff on their food gathering.
Remove their elephant speed bonus, change tusk swords UT so they add that +15% speed after they research it, decrease attack bonus to +2 and increase price to 300 wood 450 gold. - instead of going full eles from the start they will need to make a castle giving more time to other civs to react.
Remove bombard cannon from their tec tree.- having this unit makes them stronger on a field they are already strong. (scorps+halbs)