I believe the Indian loss of the last cav. armor is a really, really bad idea.
This change would mean the imperial camel isn’t the strongest camel in the game anymore. It would instead become the Saracen heavy camel. In a head-to-head fight, the Saracen camel will consistently win, on top of being tankier against archer-fire.
Considering the Saracens have besides insane camels an absolutely awesome tech tree (except the knight line in imperial age), the Indians do not. For 1v1s, what have the Indians to offer others can’t do better? And in TGs the Saracen team bonus is much more often useful for teammates than the Indian one.
On top of the serious balance issue, I’m afraid it would also be very bad design within the game and even the whole franchise. “Imperial” has thus far always meant “best” and it should therefore stay that way. At least on equal numbers (considering the Berbers have the best camels on equal resources, even if the extra camels join the fight later, as SotL found out).
What I suggest is that either this planned change gets axed, or Zealotry has to change as well. The cost of that upgrade has been reduced not long ago, so now could be the time to reduce its effect as well, preferrably by 10 HP. To offset that for the mameluke, he could profit from a 5g cost reduction buff. The Saracen and Indian camels would be tied as most-archer resistant and the Slav and Saracen UU would be tied as most expensive non-siege, cannon galleon or monk units.
Aztec Skirms can also complete with Imperial Skirmishers.
Imo is good to make Indian camels comparetitively worse, especially because Indians have a great booming economy.
I hope they get elephants, but I doubt it would matter for gameplay. Elephants are mostly strong when FU, in imp.
If Indians can’t put Paladin spammers in their place anymore, hopefully camels will be buffed (though not in castle age).
For compensation for 1v1s… Idk… It’ll need to be pretty big. They could try giving them key techs, but that feels like a boring option.
They could give them a UU that’s actually useful, or some help teching into FU HCA.
Just giving them Knights is the simplest way to help their 1v1. Shows how broken the knight is
Losing one MA armor in this guy words means >20 HP and +2attack is now useless without even taking in consideration training time and HUGE economic difference btw those 2 civs and that indians camel demolish buildings faster than tarkans.
Indians became cancer in Team games because of the imp camel, saracens have never been close to that point in 19 years of existing zealotry camels and 4 years since they removed the ship armor class.
While the nerf is bad for the hussar line the imp camel will be the very same cavalry slayer, slightly weaker vs arrows like it should be on first place.
Yeah Indians went down from a top to at best mediocre civ when they lost arb and extra melee armor on camels. Now that they got a nerf which is huge, getting arb back to me sounds kind of mandatory if nothing else is done. Besides that this would make a significant difference for 1v1 while not really affecting them in tg.