They have Healthy Eagles, and those easily beat Huskarls.
The Huskarl’s Melee is overrated, it actually loses 1v1 against anything that is not a Spearman line unit, and the Huskarl itself is more like a fast-moving melee Skirmisher, than a proper Melee unit to win engagements against other frontliners.
Mayan El Dorado Eagles should do fine against Goths. Plumes also kill all Goths Infantry quickly, due to bonus damage.
Seriously, when Supplies came out, no one looked at the tech thinking “Wow, Mayans can counter Goths now”. It don’t think the presence of the tech change the matchup at all. I guess it would make mayan longswords somewhat competitive in this matchup for castle age, but if there are no huskarls yet just use archers.
I actually support this because it would help them with more than just goths. Helps them counter Aztec eagles. It’s not like giving them siege onager or anything, if you’re in a situation where you think you actually need mayan 2h swordsmen, I don’t see the harm in mayans having it. It’d be a very small change and while ideally mayans dont make swordsmen at all, they’re far more cost effective than eagles in post imp in certain matchups (such as against goths, aztecs, malians)
The trade between eagles and huskarls still isn’t ideal since husks have a bonus against eagles, and it boils down to Plumes and Eagles vs Huskarls and Champions. Champions are slower, but if the huskarls bullet for the plumes and force the eagles to engage, the champions sandwich in too - and goth player has more behind this so bye bye eagles.
oh no, arguably the best civ in the game has a few bad matchups, we need to fix this so they can be even stronger.
should we buff goths so they don’t get hard countered by vikings, aztecs, teutons, etc?
should we buff all the various archer civs so they don’t get hard countered by goths?
see where i am going with this?
That’s too far.
Mayans Eagles win against Huskarls.
Aztec Eagles in somewhat even.
Incan Eagles lose against Huskarls.
We should also consider that while the cost in those fights is the same, Eagles are more gold intensive.
I also think Mayans should not get supplies. The arguments have already been mentioned.
They are not as bad against Goths as people think they are.
They don’t need every matchup to be good (it is already dangerously close to that).