First of all, English siege had the network 50%fire rate buff ever since. They weren’t good at the siege meta at all. Back in the prime of mangonel spam and even now they are bottom tier at siege war in team games. This reflects on their winrate 48%. English now isn’t even that strong. They have a 50.5% WR in ranked ladder and sub 50% WR in team games.
Abbasid, Mongols are by far the best at castle age siege with traction trebs easily destroying outposts. If you try to come up to the enemy trebs as English, you’d just die when they bring up springalds. Delhi just doesn’t give a ■■■■ because of elephants.
Fire rate is not that important compared to range and who fires first in a siege fight anyways. You’d be in a disadvantage as English since you’re pushing up to kill enemy siege. All he has to do is kill your outpost from treb range which is extremely easy.
Of course, it also wasn’t an issue in Castle age if the enemy just dives with horsemen, mangonel. Your xbows/spears just die to mango shots while horsemen just raid your backline. Now, with mangonel being useless, you’ll just get shredded by xbows under network buff while your mangos kill like 6 guys.
The logic for devs is that 33% reload reduction for Rus was too strong. I agree. Chinese bombard reload drills remain unchanged and still have 33% reload reduction.
Why is that so? Rus already have Streltsy, 25% discount to their siege units, increased wood income on top of instant pack/unpack mangonels, long range springalds and faster shooting bombards. Rus Imperial even after their nerfs still beat English imperial by far. Good luck siege spamming vs Rus as English.
Lets not even get into Chinese, Mongols, Abbasid and HRE.
Objectively false. English pick rate low? They are consistently 19-21% pick rate. Throughout all patches they are consistently the most popular civ to play. The meta has literally just developed from siege wars to what it is now. And during the peak of the springald meta and mangonels, English were mediocre at best and one of the worst in Imperial.
If you remain unconvinced, this is the English WR curve for the season. Extremely dominant early game and quickly falls off.
French WR curve. Again, dominant early but falls off. Still better than English in the Castle age and early Imperial.
I can go on, but its clear that the problem isn’t English siege.