Currently I see a big problem with the Portuguese balance.
On the one hand they have finally become a top tier water civ seemingly competing with Italians and vikings,as they should.
On the other hand they are still the worst Arabia civ besides burgundian accros all elo proven by statistics.
Portuguese can’t be buffed further in ana way affecting water, since then they become oppressive and broken on water.We have seen this with Italians, whose water tech discount has had to be nerfed in order to buff them on land.
So here is my proposal A to go forward:
A1. Remove the 10% ship hp bonus
A2. Increase caravels hp by 10% to keep them unchanged
A3. Buff the caste age UT carrack to give additionaly to +1/+1 armor also +1 anti ship bonus damage armor.
With A1. We nerf them on feudal age, they Stil got cheaper Gold cost.
With A2. We keep the caravel same as it doesn’t need nerfs.
With A3. We partially give them back the hp, and also increase the value of the tech.
Alternative idea B:
B1. change the castle age UT (+1/+1) to my Carracks Black Sword proposition below (milltia line +1 damage +1 meele armor)
B2. And change the ship hp bonus to +5/+10/+15% in feudal/castle/imp
Maybe some further fine tuning, but the idea is to slightly nerf Portuguese so that there is room to buff them again.
Some buff ideas for land:
Can train 2 free militia in feudal age, 3 in castle and 5 in imp, Somiliar to how cuman merc work.
The bonus is inspired by crusader who showed up in history and helped Portugal in the reconquista. (Don’t confuse this with sizilians first crusade UT, the mechanic is compeltely different and no uints instant spawn! Best compared to ethopians)
Let organ guns extra bullets true damage of 2 be not halved, similar to what tge arambai got changed to, also remove the minimum range from elie organ guns.
Turn aquebus into a civ bonus: ballistics affects gunpoweder units
under the hood this just makes it so portuguese unlock aqeuebus automatically by researching balllistics (requirres chemistry, to not unbalance castle aghe organs) Add a new imperial age UT that helps portugal only on land.
Example UT idea: Carracks black sword, grant millitia line +1 meele armor and +1 damage.
The buff ideas 1-4 are meant to be read not as a group but each by itself. i dont no ask for overbuffing portugese and adding all of these.
Maybe relevant, the HC discussion but even buffing HC wont sunddely make portuguese anygood.
Those people saying, ports are fine, I would kindly ask to look at the 52% winrate again, only burgundians are slightly worse.