That’s a bummer… I liked the albanian company but now basically it’s a shipment of 4 lancers and 3 hussars that cost 1500 resources… yes it still have its use, but I prefer to spam papal lancers at this point and get another card in the deck.
That’s not that big of a deal, the unit needed a nerf, and as Italy you ship the german company more for the jagers than the grenadiers.
Well ok, this is aimed at trety games, ad it should have done months ago, still its not that big of a deal…
This was affecting the whole team? I didn’t know that… but I also discovered that the card affect just muskets, bersaglieri, schiavoni and zouaves, just this 4 units and not all Italian units that have the tag musket or rifle infantry, so something like the revolutionary (which you can get a lot of them through the basilica) or natives like the royal musketeers aren’t affected, which makes me a little bit sad even if those are niche situations…
Still overall it’s not a lot… I get that Italy is in a decent spot but I hoped for some small change on some of its areas…
Also, I’m thinking that the Italians could get a third royal guard upgrade, as the mortars ones is bit too niche…
Those are the new balance changes for Italy, I believe that the cards are nice, although they don’t really solve their problems, and they still have some weird age up politician rewards.
The new lombards cards are nice overall, it gives you flexibility in the resources, and I can actually replace all of the crates cards with lombard cards, although the new age 2 cards doesn’t convince me.
I was thinking that I could change my BO from:
capitalism → Uffizi → monte di pietà → 700 gold
capitalism → Uffizi → monte di pietà → sienese finances
But while I can live with 200 less gold, by that time I don’t really need 500 wood (even if I send it as the first age 2 card, by that time I already need that wood) but I need food to get to age 3, so it’ll be a situational card for some pavisier builds.
Sienese financies should either be a wood investment, or they could add an age 1 card that gives a food investment.
The luccan financies is nice, it’s a nice boost to age up to age 4.
The buff to the albanian company are nice too (direct and indirect) and the bersaglieri buff is meh… but welcomed.
I don’t get the pavisier nerf… the nerf to steel bolts was needed, but it’s not like the unit was in a great spot even before…
The pavisier nerf wasn’t targeted at italy because they’re barely used by them they nerfed steel bolts because of the maltese xbow which needed that card due to the lack of 2 falcs. These cards are nice but it seems a lazy buff rather than just making the lombards better so they give more ROI.
I think that this patch is obviously intended to make the Italians be like the British, having a good production of units through shipments.
Although that doesn’t take away the fact that the Italian units are still a bit deficient because of their lack of military upgrades and cards, not being able to make it profitable as the British. I would like an improvement in this aspect.
I would also have loved an improvement to the basilica shipment issue. I would propose that by aging the units increase as well as their cost, eg:
Schiavone and Papal Guard :
+2 units - 3 years
+4 units - 4 years
+6 units - 5 years
+1 - 4 years
+3 - 5 years
+4 - 5 years
Italy: 45%hp + 0.15 -(pavisier has an extra 20%hp, and no Roman tactics data is taken).
France: 25%hp + 15%damage + 0.1
Spain: 30%hp + 35% damage + unction(¿?)
England: not comparable
Portugal: 25%hp + 25%damage +promotion
Malta: 30%hp + 30%damage + (50hp%cards)
I admire DoctBaghi determination in trying to wrap his head around the papal state civ (italians), and his willingness of using it even with all the design shortcomings… BTW, it seems that in the PUP the Bersagliere got buffed since its negative multi for cav went from 0.5 to 0.6