Hello, I come here to ask how you will beat this strategy.
I played on Nagari last day, 2v2, Abbasid (me) and English in our side, vs french+HRE on the other.
Since HRE gets the prelate at the start, their age up to feudal is the fastest of all, and we tried to fight for the lake but you know, it’s impossible to fight a french in feudal in water, so we lost the lake.
I’ve tried to wall up with palisades the relics to delay HRE to collect them, and tried to raid his base with archers and pikes, but you know, with them getting food from the water I got outplayed fast from a bunch of MaA so I tried to boom to castle.
BUT, something I’ve noticed, is, despite force him to do some units to defend, and kill some villagers, he got to castle so so so fast.
First thing I thought was “ok, he had so many fish boats so he got the food from there”, but after finishing the game, I’ve checked and he had only 3 fish boats, he didn’t spend on it, he just boosted his villagers and got that amount of food in little time, and got to castle like 3 minutes before me.
At this point, despite we lost sea and in competitive pro games this is GG (im in platinum rank, so not all lost), I find that as HRE is possible to finish age up to feudal and 1-2 minute after start to get into castle, so the window to attack him in feudal is so so narrow, and in maps where close is that easy, is near impossible.
Then, I ask, isn’t HRE dark age to castle age too fast? Right now no other civ can reach castle age that fast.
And, what would you try in that situation, 2v2, abbasid+english vs HRE+french? Maybe forget the sea and just 3TC boom?
Not asking if they are OP or something like that, just asking about age up.