Jan PUP unveiled new Landmark ideas among many other changes. Specifically the Delhi’s House of Learning went thru several changes.
Reinforced Foundations went from +5 pop increase on houses; keeps; and TCs to 50% HP on all houses, 5 garrison space with garrison arrows. So basically a cheaper faster building outpost without the LOS and emplacement upgrades (not bad). If nothing else this tech is a functional option against Raid since it’s very common to have your houses near your gathering points and it doesn’t require making an additional (plus long building time) building that MAY not be used (a tower). Also the benefit to this house option as oppose to a tower is after the resource in that location is depleted a tower in that location may completely lose its value, were as a house is still providing function thru population space. Overall I think the original potential to save a max of 300w on houses vs this budget outpost is a GOOD change.
Tranquil Venue will heal for +2 OUT OF COMBAT instead of +1. Personally this ability being an OUT OF COMBAT function is weak because this civ is ALREADY the mass healer civ but at the same time it makes sense that it shouldn’t have the same level of aoe healing as a Landmark!. Hmm, while it has its niche function it isn’t something pivotal to your stratagem. We could completely lose this ability and it would not be missed.
Lookout Towers gain + 1 attack range to towers. This tech is actually really good for vision purposes alone which is twice the vision bonus of HRE’s relic towers. The +1 attack range is neat; nothing crazy. The only negative side to this tech is that it’s the standard 5min research time. Overall a good tech!
Hearty Rations +5 carrying capacity moved from Imperial to Castle. A “okay” eco buff which would marry well with villager booming affording you about +2% gathering efficiency; nothing crazy, but cool lil tech.
OVERALL The PUP House of Learning IS better than the current season 2 House of Learning… but… that’s not the issue here. THE PROBLEM IS THE PUP COMPOUND OF THE DEFENDER FREAKING BLOWS THE NEW HOUSE OF LEARNING OUT OF THE WATER!!!
PUP Compound of the Defender: Retains the 25% stone discount; PLUS the ability to research Village Fortress at the landmark at a faster research rate; PLUS taking 2 Imp upgrades and bringing them to Castle: Slow Burning Defenses +10 fire resistance to towers/keep (hugee impact in Castle) and Court Architects +30% HP for all buildings (if only this DIDN’T take 18min…but still a good tech). Everything about the PUP Compound displaces everything about PUP House of Learning except Honed Blades. So you’d only EVER go House of Learning over Compound IFFF you had a specific Honed Blades strat???
So I said ALL OF THAT TO SAY THIS:
The new PUP House of Learning SHOULD reduce the research times of Lookout Towers from 5min to 2min; Next return the +5 Pop aspect of Reinforced Foundations while also keeping the budge tower idea. Also keep the Hearty Rations in Castle And last DELETE Tranquil Venue… and add THIS new tech:
Built-in Efficient Production:
60s research time
Grants all military buildings the benefits of Efficient Production WITHOUT the need of housing a scholar!
This tech + Honed Blades WOULD give Delhi an extremely attractive alternative to Everything Compound of the Defender. Why? Because of MOMENTUM; You’d get your veterancy upgrades and Grease Axles extremely fast (this tech + 1 scholar in the building offering 4+ times current influence research rates). Commonly in Castle you’ll have 6-9 scholars in mosques and 1 scholar in each type of military production which offers you 4 times the research rates on veterancies. But with this tech you’d get the same effect with just this tech and 1 scholar in each military production. AND each of your military production effectively become half the cost of everyone else!
Imagine: Hitting Castle, getting this tech, getting veterancies faster, grabbing relics, creating knights/maa + support super fast, then getting Hone Blades and putting ultra ultra pressure on your Opp; then getting the other House of Learning techs on the backdrop which will help secure and steadily grow your eco?!
Lastly THIS version of House of Learning gives Delhi TWO distinct playstyles into Castle Age: ultra aggressive timing!! or Defensive/Keep-drop booming!
What do we think?