Move tree cutting to the elite version of this unit.
No other civ can cut trees in castle age.
Ballista elephants are already an extremely powerful unit. Cutting trees may be a niche use, but Khmer doesn’t need this extra bonus over other civs. Should we just give Frank knights the ability to cut trees too? It’s just silly and unfair on maps like hideout. Trying to kill Ballista elephants in a choke is practically impossible. Especially given that this unit has no true counter. The best you can do is make onagers and mangonels are not powerful enough to counter this in castle age.
Ofc anytime you ask for a balance change you’ll get a torrent of “git gud” and personal attacks, but It’s not like I’m some chump who got wrecked by a goth player and decided to make the “NeRf HuSkArLs” post we all know about.
This is pretty niche, but it provides an unfair advantage in some circumstances as no other civ has access to a unit that can cut forests at this stage in the game. Moving this ability to the elite version of the unit would not ruin Khmer. I just think the idea of cutting forests has always been an imperial strategy and should stay that way.