HI! i bought the Sicilians DLC a while ago and i still havent’ figured out if Serjeants are worth investing into or not.
They are indeed a tankyer militia-line, but also much more expensive, costing about 50% more after supplies, and their elitè upgrade cost a ton, the same as the whole upgrade from militia to champion
in Feudal, they are stronger than MAA for sure, but they appear much later since you need a Donjon to get them, so you lose the momentum to get raw defensive stats, and a bigger cost. Donjon is also not an incredibly strong building to begin with to justify rush into them and sacrify economy or military, especially when you could simply go scouts for sicilians
In Castle they get a power spike and that’s clear, but their “free” upgrade is more than covered by the elitè upgrade in terms of cost. They also do not fare astonishingly good for their cost from the tests i did, being much less cost effective than longswords in melee with 1 less attack. they do tank arrows much better of course, but they also cost 15F and 15G more. And it’s not like malians militia with same PA is seen all the time, while having more attack up to Imp and same attack in post imp, and much cheaper cost
they save the upgrade cost from militia to longswords, but remember that you’ll pay a premium later with the elitè upgrade so in the end the cost will be even. For example, 20 longsword accounting to all upgrades (MAA, Longsword, Supplies) are equally expensive as 19 serjeants, which will beat those longswords not by much, and from that moment on the longsword will be more efficient, because 25 LS are equally costly as 22 Serjeants, which will lose that fight and also trade more efficiently against building, eagles, knights and pretty much all except arrows of course. This is not taking into account you need donjons and not barracks, which is a disadvantage as well.
The ability to build and repair donjon is nice of course, but in general seems to overpay a bit for those advantages, at least in my opinion thus far, especially since you could simply go KTS here for Sicilians.
In Imp they seem solid on paper, but keep the same drawbacks of low damage and speed and high cost making any melee trade not great. They can act as a damage sponge, but why would i use a 95 resources unit with 35 gold and 1900 upgrade cost as meatshield?
overall, they are the second most expensive infantry UU second only to TK, while still having same speed as militia, and the most expensive elitè upgrade of all the infantry pack.
So it’s not clear to me wether they are good to use or weak, and i’m conflicted cause i love the unit design but the speed and the cost does not help at all and i would want to hear some opinions on their balance state and, if they are bad, how to improve them or, if they are good, how to use them effectively, and in what army composition?