I’m still very new, so obviously take whatever I say with a shovel of salt.
That said, Turks 1v1 feel predictable, completely reliant on gold and extremely susceptible to raiding in the feudal/early castle age.
I understand part of what makes the Turks unique is their lack of trash, but frankly it doesn’t feel justified considering how linear their playstyle already is. Free light cav upgrades are great, however Turks are forced to over rely on light cav as meat shields even when it makes no sense to. For example, facing an Indian player who can field elephants in the mid game, before you even have the hussar upgrade.
I appreciate wanting to make each faction feel more unique, and Turks are certainly one of the most unique factions imo. That said, short of a second unique unit, I cannot see the Turks as a successful 1v1 faction without access to at least pikemen.
Perhaps they could lose one or two of their infantry blacksmith upgrades but gain pikes? This seems like the best solution to me, but of course I defer to the wisdom of players better than me, which is pretty much everyone.
So what are your guys opinions on Turks 1v1? Am I exaggerating or are they truly as linear (light cav > jans/hc > bbc > camels maybe), and thus as easy to counter as I claim? Finally I’ll say that some factions should be better 1v1 or in team games, I do not expect the Turks winrate 1v1 to be that of the Franks, but right now the disparity is a little too large for my liking.