First, a disclaimer:
I’m not directly asking for nerfs nor buffs. Balance-wise the spanish are imo kind of fine. Same for conquistadors, balance-wise they’re fine. I’ve never felt oppresed by them in a game I wasn’t already losing. Balance is not the point of this thread.
Greetings, you all. So, this has been in my head for a while now. I’m going straight to the point. Spanish relay way too much on conquistadors to be decent. The civ has one of the widest tech tree in the game and generalistic bonuses that allow for a diverse army composition and smooth transitions. Yet almost every game the way to go is play defensive until you have a castle up and start spamming conquistadors and that’s gonna be your go-to unit no matter how the game develops. If the enemy add skirms mix some light cav. Sometimes some siege for archers, but that’s it.
As I see it, the problem lies in the unit itself. Conquistadors are too good at everything. They hit hard, kite really well, raid, have decent range, are mobile. It got even worse with the recent gunpowder buff.
Now, I’m not saying they’re overpowered. Not at all. Just that they’re better than everyting else spanish have to offer. In 90% of the game massing conquistador is the way to go, no matter how the game develops. And that’s imo bad design. It’s boring. It leads to predictable games with one of the most versatile civs in the game.
I would really like to see small changes to make them rely less on conquistadors. They’re in need of a little bit of help anyway. A small nerf to conquistadors (less pierce armor?) and a buff somwhere else could make it so the other aspects of the civ can shine.
What are your thoughts?