There are several reasons why Inca is currently weak.
- Inca doesn’t have real units to counter against artillery
- Inca has the worst early game economy in this game, they basicly age up with 11 vills and it’s a pain for inca to have strong military strategies
- Food delivering houses are 135wood now, but it slows the civ down even more.
- Jungle bows are not that good in combat, lacking range and can’t compete effectively.
As sweden is currently looking to be too good, we can’t say the same for Inca balance and they are currently underperforming against other civs, It is kind of unfortunate for Inca to be weak since a lot of people will want to test them in competitive games and might feel disappointed. Current Inca civilization is just feeling a weaker version of aztecs, hopefully they will be made competitive.
What could be done?
This one is quite essential, Inca doesn’t have effective anti artillery troop, best option here would be to add INFINITE 10 arrow knights for 500coin in age III, this is the only way I can imagine Inca will stay in the competitive era.
Fixing age1 economy, there are two options for it. One is adding 3villager shipments for in age1 or Nerfing the inca house cost to 125 wood from 135 to make the civ a little bit faster.
Buffing Jungle bows range, adding more upgrades to the unit later on.