So im a firm believer in diversifying the meta away from the dominant knights and xbows. So naturally im expecting the conservatives to contest this…
As part of the idea of improving the usefulness of camels (and thus buffing civs that heavily rely on their existence) i thought of a possible minor tweak.
Pikes bonus damage vs camels reduced from 18 to 16. With balanced tech pikes will still kill camels at the same rate.
Currently pikes do only 2 less effective damage compared to knights ( due to MA). Which results in large swings with tech deficits.
Results in a number of issues (with attack = arm upgrades) camels vs a knight pike mix die to exactly 5 hits from a pike + 1 from a knight. The minor change will up this by 1.
A pike with a cumulative +2 extra attack (over MA) kills a camel as fast as a knight (eg Burmese pikes)
The biggest issue with camels is how quickly they become useless the moment the opponent mixes in anything except cav with their knights. Of course i believe there should be larger changes implemented like +1 damage to camels base attack or further reductions in bonus dmg vs camels. But at least this is a minor tweak in the interim and might satisfy conservatives.