As the second biggest spain lamer behind piro, i think spain was overbuffed in DE. On of their weakness was the lack of RI/RC in early age 3 (no goon/skirm shipement). So HI timing / harassing was a way to play against, now with the 9 xbow age up you can denie every colonial play from your opponenet (most of the time spain train mous/rod in transi which are perfect with the 9 xbow age up).
So your opponenet is forced to play age 3, and if your oponenet goes for age 3 (because he can’t anymore stay age2), he can’t realy punish your fast age 4. And now there are a problem. One of their politician allows to unlock for free guard xbow and royal pik. The value of those tech are 2000 gold / 2000 wood, that’s mean your politician is super worth it just by himself (an age 4 cost 2000f/1200g) and allows you to send super age 4 shipement (24 guarded xbow/ 24 royal pik + classic age 4 stuff). It’s super broken.
My suggestion :
- remove the 9 xbow and back on 4xbow/4pik. Spain don’t need 5 good age 3 politician
- The age 4 politican don’t tech for free guard xbow.
In ep9 spain was fine, i think tc wagon age up + xbow upg are good but the currend itteration of spain is too strong and super easy to play. This version of spain is better than Vanilla one, which was considered too strong.
From a spain lamer