With the PUP, Dutch players were treated to new cards which finally acknowledge their natural gameplay benefit towards coin units like mercenaries and outlaws (buckriders and Dutch States Army). Given how well dutch already perform in Supremacy, but how poor they perform in Treaty (currently ranked bottom 3 in treaty), it appears these cards were intended more for treaty play, though being Age 2 and Age 3 cards, they could be used in supremacy (more on that later).
Dutch States Army in particular is a very interesting card that makes mercenaries train faster and also enables Highlanders and Royal Horsemen from the barracks and stables. However, the regular dutch units are more expensive. The cost increase is actually very bad for the dutch who already struggle in late game eco. What makes matters worse is that none of the infantry cards besides the team HP card affect the mercenaries of the dutch. This leaves the highlander as rather underwhelming as a musk per pop. Royal Horsemen already benefit from Dutch Cavalry combat, so to match The Dutch Infantry Combat card should be changed to affect all infantry.
This will give the Highlander another 60 HP and 10 damage in the Imperial age, which raises their HP per pop from 350 to 380 and their damage per pop from 51.5 to 56. This places them more inline with other musketeers. This will also benefit the dutch natives gameplay and give them more options in general, this will make the card more viable for dutch treaty play.
As I do not think this card should be used in Supremacy play I suggest moving Dutch States Army and the buckriders card both to Age 4 as I feel mercenaries are very strong in pre age 4 play.
That would be nonsensical. A Merc combat card would further buff their royal horsemen and other mercs. They really only need the highlanders to be stronger. Also there’s no point in adding another card for the dutch. Too much card investment. Also the aforementioned Cavalry Combat already affects all cavalry including mercs. Changing Infantry Combat to be the same but for infantry should have been done back in DE first launched.
Also it’s worth noting that before the rework, Haudenosaunee infantry cards worked this way and buffed all infantry which was intended to give them strong Native units.
Making their infantry combat a general all infantry card fixes highlanders.
Adding a mercenary combat card would not be needed. They don’t need one. Adding another card is not needed. Card bloat is a thing. Too many cards is a problem. Changing the infantry combat card is simpler, affects a wider array of issues that the dutch have and prevents overbuffing mercenary cavalry.
I do understand, but why should Highlanders get special treatment.
Yeah making infantry combat would make things simpler but it’s not like cavalry combat is especially good since a lot of civs have generic cavalry combat.
Ruyters despite being RG units aren’t affected by many cards just cavalry combat.
That’s okay, though Germany doesn’t get many cards for needle gunners either, but they’ve got many for doppelsoldners instead. Since dutch get a lot of coin wouldn’t it make sense for them to instead focus on mercenaries and get mercenary combat.
Besides No civ has universal cav combat and universal infantry combat.
You mean absolutely correct
Italy doesn’t have universal infantry combat, just HP.
British don’t have any universal infantry cards just musketeer/grenadier hp
Spanish don’t have universal cards for their gunpowder infantry or ranged cavalry.
Okay, your argument is pointless though. Adding a merc combat card would be stupid because it would buff royal horsemen too and then royal horsemen would have a 30% HP/atk boost that would be like TAD gendarmes all over again. For the Dutch there is no reason to not make their infantry combat universal.
I agree with that, Dutch need a slightly better army late game. Almost all their combat cards are specific to their units. Il you want to play a mercenary build, you only have 1 cards (Dutch States Army).
Just need to make Infantry combat for all dutch units and not just specific one