All the deniers out there that thought longswords don’t need buffs “because eagle counter”, got proven wrong.
Time to spam infantry civs for free elo! Who do you think is gonna be the top dog of castle age? Japanese? Burmese BIG HITS? Malians no counter? vikings eco spam? Goths baiting enemy into archers then swapping to huskarls? And will bulgarians dominate early imperial with their 2-handed going from 8 melee armor to 9 after bagains? We are looking for ultimate cheese strat!
I guess I was thinking about the feudal-castle transition as a large group of maa forces them to go archers which they can’t upgrade and then they are against a mass of LS in early CA before they can get a castle down or a mass of knights out (as LS now trade evenly cost wise against knights). Maybe I’m reading into it too much but my gut is saying that they will struggle in 1v1s vs big feudal pushes.
This won’t change much for LS as they are still food-hefty unit for its raw power. I think spamming swordsman in Castle age is still challenging. But LS become more handy to counter eagles and goths rush.
which is fine, but at 1400 elo im already seeing a spike in their usage, it might not be the meta, but its sure a lot more fun than it used to be. and im mainly talking about the civs that get infantry bonuses (vikings, burmese, malians etc)
You see people using them because it’s new, not because they now think it’s good. Further, if it catches on in some limited sense, it’ll be because people are experimenting with it now, not because one extra melee armor has unlocked some absurd potential.
Just finished watching a game of Daut (Malians) vs. Hearttt (Slavs), where Daut won with the Militia line. Though Hearttt had an archer opening for some reason against Malians as Slavs , putting Daut far ahead in the early game. Nevertheless Daut basically says, so far, that the changes make getting to Long Swordsman a lot smoother. A lot more testing on these changes will have to happen over the weeks, and maybe months. But if there’s one pro player to watch when it comes to huge Militia line buffs, then it’s Daut, because I know one of Daut’s biggest wishes for the game is the Militia line to be viable as a standard army composition.