I really like the Malian light cavalry with farimba (primarily because the hussar is ugly,
I am confused by the fact that the Malian light cavalry kills villagers worse than the hussars because they both need 4 hits for the villager but the hussar has more attack speed and 15 more HP, why not increase the farimba bonus from 5 to 6,(then there will be 15 attacks i.e. 3 strikes) and the Manipur cavalry bonus (so stupid looking against the background of the farimba) along with the Burmese recently suffered due to the elephant nerf how about increasing it to 9 or 12?
Farimba affects more then just light cav, it also buffs the Knight and Camel line.
because their Light Cavalry literally have 14 attack and that is a big deal in trash wars.
let’s put it in perspective…
a Malian Light Cavalry will kill a fully upgraded Hussar in 9 hits, while a Hussar will kill a Malian light Cavalry in 10 hits.
Obviously Mongols and Tatars that interaction will be different, but they straight up win against other civs Hussars, and other civs Light Cavalry.
once your pikes are in melee range those skirms aren’t doing anything.
as for 3 damage vs 6 damage,
skirms do 3+4 damage base and 3 bonus damage to spears.
malian pikes have 7 pierce armor thus they take 7 damage - 7 armor + 3 bonus damage.
so they take 3 damage each.
so forgive me if i question your 14 shots to kill.