Let’s discuss what should be addressed in the next patch, I’m just gonna go off of what I’ve been seeing on these forums and in my games:
Ports: Feitorias is a VERY strong card, but I think it can be balanced and a good addition if the numbers just get dialed back a bit. I believe there’s a reason the original devs didn’t give ports vil cards, and now we’re seeing what happens when they have an equivalent powerful 1st shipment to send. On the other hand though, they are slightly mediocre without it.
Sweden: Hakkapelit is currently right click to win. It’s like rifle rider that doesn’t lose to skirm or goon, with area damage. I’m not sure how to fix this unit, I guess a good place to start is trying to figure out what kind of role the devs want the unit to fill. It almost seems like they want them to become gendarmes for Swedes where it’s just a superior huss in every way. If this is the case then they should be MUCH more expensive, +10f +10c more than a dragoon for a unit that beats EVERYTHING is so strong. At the same time, this unit wasn’t getting much use before so I don’t know what direction they could go with it.
China: Hm this civ for the longest time was mediocre tier, I think tea export has made them very very strong but at the same time I’ve also gotten steamrolled by chinas that don’t even run this card so it’s hard to say. It could just be people haven’t figured out how to play against them yet but losing to the chinese snowball of death never feels good, likely has to do with their extremely strong age3 military cards, but these were never much of a problem until recently so I suppose the meta has just shifted in their favor.
Otto: New abus is REALLY strong, Grens are strong altho it’s nice to see that unit get some use so I think it’s okay for now. I think the most noticeable thing here is the Deli, idk if you guys have been struggling to deal with age2 deli mass but a group of more than 15~ of them just seem to destroy everything, including even musk and pike. Until you get goon they just feel like a pain to deal with. It’s gotta be that attack speed, my boys just can’t seem to get enough hits off with their bayonet to match the dps.
USA: Much of this civ’s power budget seems to be in Rolling Artillery(III), in teamgames coffee mill+gatt is pretty oppressive, not sure how you would nerf it tho. Maybe give them a stronger damage penalty vs cav/shock inf? The civs that don’t have culvs really struggle vs it. As for Rolling Artillery, If we wanted to nerf it I think it could give:
1st shipment- 2 Gatlings, 4 Regulars
2nd shipment - 1 Gatling, 5 Regulars
Or just attach a cost to it like ports Organ guns. The above suggestion could be too weak, US seems to really rely alot on Rolling Arty to close out matches in the midgame.
Inca: This civ got alot of their tricks taken away. They did have to rely alot on the huaraca before but they seem slightly weak now. I think Huaraca should be strictly a support unit like culv/arrowknight, instead of this abus gun/culv that the devs had them as for a while. I think it’s okay that it’s risky to dive arty as Inca, I like their identity as the native civ that sort of just throws a large number of weak archaic units at you, sort of like russia in a sense, I just think they need a slight boost in an area other than the huaraca. Also this change:
Native Treaties (II): No longer synergizes with the American Allies card
is bizzare. If the native rush is really that oppressive, just move their Native treaties or American Allies to age 3 instead of these strange un-intuitive changes.
Germany: Prince-electors is a fun idea, feels a bit weak tho. I almost feel like the units should cost no pop but that might be broken? idk sending a card in age2 that gives you nothing else other than the ability to build natives feels slightly weak. It’s like you’re using an age 2 shipment(700 res value) to get a native trading post (200 res value) but maybe I’m looking at it wrong idk.
Feel free to bring up anything else I missed, there’s a few more civs that are in interesting states right now(France, Malta, Japan, India) but I haven’t played with/against those enough to have an opinion yet.