How do you use GC?
I see only 3 options:
- go straight GC
- mix GC in with archers right from the start
- make whatever (probably archers), then make GC in reaction when you see your opponent has made cav
Maybe I’m missing an options?
The first of these dies to skirms or magonels (or just plain crossbowmen), because GC just aren’t better than crossbows. -1 range hurts worse than the bit of hp you get, and that’s before factoring in the numbers disadvantage. Even when my opponent went mostly cav, he could just use a couple of magonels to keep my GC away. Ideally you’d want to get to GC+Hussar or GC+Bombard Cannon to take care of those weaknesses, but it’s really tough to get there.
With the second option when you get to Imp it’s awkward getting the EGC upgrade. 900 food 750 gold is a lot, especially when compared with the Arbalest upgrade (350 food 300 gold), and you have to get them both. Or am I supposed to delay getting the EGC upgrade?
Also the composition will be weaker against anything which isn’t cav, but I’d consider that only a minor point.
Mixing in GC in reaction to cav seems impossible, because of the long TT.