Need a castle for the tech, but light Cavalry isn’t seen in Castle Age anyways.
Scout Cavalry +20 HP
Light Cavalry, Steppe Lancer +2 HP
Hussar -3 HP
Elite Steppe Lancer -4 HP.
The Steppe Lancer armor change is necessary in my opinion. A raiding unit with absymal pierce armor (3 post imperial) is ridiculous. This is a Castle Age compensation for the Steppe Lancer HP nerf in early Castle Age.
So let me get this straight: you’re proposing to take the Mongols civ, a civ whose design already heavily encourages the use of Mangudai, and encourage them even more? Swapping out a free buff for non Mangudai with some thematic buff and making castles relatively more plentiful.
Also you’re taking a civ which is notorious for being able to snipe seige, and giving them more stone?
Yeah you’re gonna need to write a lot more regarding why this change is even remotely necessary and then a lot more on how such a change improves the game balance or dynamics.
Oh, I can’t wait to just tower spam or castle spam my way to victory playing Mongols with such stone. And you nerf their raiding by putting their scout hp behind a tech? (the whole point of the mongols is rush to end the game early) Scouts do not cost gold, they are seen pretty much every age due to that.
The Mayans don’t have cavalry, poor siege, and poor swordsmen infantry. Just good foot archers overall. So, that balances them out.
The Mongols are fine. They are one of the strongest civs in the entire game. They work great in 1v1 and team games. Their hunting bonus gives them a massive leg up in eco. They need no changes at all. What you suggest makes them cartoonishly OP. Nomads was made since the Mongols need literally nothing to buff them.
Okay, they may struggle against late game Goths (and so many archer civs in general). But those are a real outliner. Mongols do well against most civs in general. Because massed, faster firing horse archers are killer units.
1st, because Mongols without Mangudai are dead. They are one the civs which are dependent on their UU in both Castle and Imperial Age. I cannot find another civ which is dependent on Castles anywhere near close to Mongols.
Maybe Mayans, but they also have this covered.
Moreover, Mongols lack a mid-to-late game economy bonus and options.
That reiterates a point I already made without addressing the concerns I listed. Everyone knows the Mongols are designed such that mangudai are basically necessary in reasonably large numbers.
My point is you have not stated why doubling down on mangudai is preferable over alternatives, why the massive stone availability won’t be a problem, why the change is even necessary or how the change improves things.
Maybe an extra effect for ther Nomadtech. If he destroy his own building he get 20% of the wood back. So if you are at your poplimit you can destroy your houses and get wood back. If you destroy your old Lumberjack for a new one you get wood back. A enemy Mangonel will kill your TC, you can destroy it and get a little bit wood back.
Or it is 10% of the ressources back. So if you delete your TC, you get wood and stone back. If you cant protect a castle, you can delete it with 200HP and get 65 stone back.