So the meta right now in 1v1s is go slingers or die. Basically it’s a skirmisher that beats melee units and unlike axeman, needs no upgrades to build. It makes tool age fights so dull.
Even in team games it’s pretty strong, since you can just knock out one opponent early. Now that they have a bonus against chariot archers, they’re not that bad against some civs in when transitioning into bronze either.
A good start would be removing the +1 damage from stone mining or requiring smth like a 50 food 50 stone upgrade to be able to build them