What is your opinion on the archer line dealing 3 bonus damage against spearmen? Should it be the case?
Currently an unupgraded feudal archer deals +3 (7 total) damage to spearmen. This feels like too much, considering FU arbalesters also deal+3 damage to spearmen (13 total).
If we removed this bonus, we would potentially see some diversity in feudal age teamgame compositions (scout+skirm too, instead of just scout+archer), and we would nerf double gold compositions in the castle age (knight+crossbow is impossible to deal with even with siege or monks because of how well they cover eachother’s weaknesses).
Obviously nobody has asked for this nerf to the crossbow line, but we have been seeing archer civs dominate the top level mostly because of how well archers synergize with other units, especially knights. This also is an indirect buff to skirmishers in certain situations, and they become the primary way of dealing with spearmen. Currently a feudal skirmisher deals (2+1+3)/3=2 damage to spears per second, while an archer deals (4+1+3)/2=4 damage to spears per second, it’s not even close. For an arbalest it’s (6+4+3)/1.7=8 damage per second, for an elite skirm its (3+4+3)/3=3 damage per second.
It just feels weird for gold units to trade that well against trash units, especially covering their weaknesses so well. Keep in mind in AoK it was the opposite- archers dealt bonus damage against spearmen, but skirmishers didn’t.