Is it me or their units are bad? Like coyote get mown down by LB, you need to have like 1/1 ratio to win the fight while 1:2 hussar just destroy LB… Slingers does wonders vs HI but sucks against everything else, pumas are just so squishy that they dont really perform well as counter cav in fight despite their high dps… Jaguar are unusable and Arrow knight are not even decent to counter artillery and takes 2 pops… Skull knight does heavy DPS but cannot reach fight… Only the ERK is their saving grace it seems. It just feels like their units are sub par because of war dance potential. Yet it should not be the case. You should fear an aztec on 10 wp war dance just like a dutch on 5 banks and not straight up win most 1:1 fight because the aztec didnt had his wp battery up. As of now you have to outmass as aztec but with no eco its impossible unless early game but with the recent nerfs its super hard to be effective only because at low level the all in is super effective…
I could see replacing the healing dance they get (which is shiiiitt now…) with a flat walking speed one in age 3 so jaguar and skull knights can get into the fight at least… Could open guerria tactics too. But might be too oppressive… The reasoning with this is alot of their “elite units” are slow and hard hitting and needs a surrounds of the enemy army to be effective. Yet most civs army (skirms + dragoon) have superior mobility and range so it is basically impossible to engage their army without loosing 10% of your army right off the bat. Having a flat movement increase dance could help for the surround.
Their chief/politician are also garbage compared to incas, lakotas, and haude and are in need of a rework.
And not to forget how hard their macro is compared to normal civ since their pike cost are gold and the rest cost wood in the beginning… Switching coyote to gold and pumas to wood could open semi-ff viably. Atm you can’t defend with pikes nor harass haha
Plaza is super important for them to get running yet it takes lots of time to get running sacrificing eco which you already don’t have in order to get more shipment to improve your eco which is just going par with a normal civ and even subpar because of opportunity cost.
Also walls counters them hard be it age 2 or later…
Its so tilting to play this civ knowing full well you can hop on any sub par euro civ and stomp with low effort. You know that the balance issue is very bad when your main civ is loosing you elo and hoping on any other civ makes you win elo instantly lol. Also, no pro plays aztec in the competitive scene and they all agree its a subpar civ.
The civ needs a massive rework or major buffs.