Best designed multiplayer civ? (poll)

NOT the most OP civ, or strongest civ. What is the best designed civ? It depends I guess how you define this. I define it as a civ that most accurately reflects any given player’s skill level. If you are skilled at the game, you will win often with the civ; if you are bad at the game, you will lose often. There are other ways to define this term as well which I would be interested to hear. I think most people probably agree that the worst designed civs are ones that are either “lame”, or civs that are just overly complex and therefore difficult to use.

To me, a civ like Ports is poorly designed, because it always seems to be either the S tier best civ in the game, or a C-D tier civ that is very weak, depending on what the current patch is. It is hard to buff certain areas of the civ without making other areas way too strong.

Poll below-- what civ is the best designed?

  • Germans
  • French
  • Brits
  • Spain
  • Portuguese
  • Russia
  • Ottoman
  • Dutch
  • Aztec
  • Haudenosaunee
  • Lakota
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Sweden
  • Inca
  • USA
  • Mexico
  • Ethiopia
  • Hausa
  • Italy
  • Malta

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Here is a quote from h2o to say how well designed Japan is to win easy: “Japan is so easy”.

For me the answer is Japan. They are easy to learn, have very distinct unique units and buildings and cool mechanics without getting overwhelming or super gimmicky. In fact, I would say that they are so well designed that makes everybody else look bad by comparison.

Disagree about Japan, it’s clearly a civ that is lopsided in its design in that for many civs, the only way to beat it is to rush. You just have to rush every game or it’s an auto-lose against a player who knows what they are doing. That’s poor civ design.


I like the design of the US the most with the federal states, adds a lot more to the civ than just the standard euro politicians.

france is deff not the best designed faction, it is too open, it gets too powerful the later the game is and it has 1 of the strongest combos in the game and upgrades for pretty much every single units.