I’ve played a game (2v2v2v2) where I faced a 1v1 with a guy the whole game (my friend was also facing a 1v1 the whole game so couldn’t help me).
I was using abbasid, I boomed as hell, got trade, got 100 villagers, so eco was not a problem, but I kept losing near all the battles against a rus.
The battle scenary was a choke point.
He was going at first knights+horsemen+streltsi+rams+springalds, and I was going pikes+handcannon+mangonel+cannon.
At first I more or less won the battles, and I even destroyed a castle, but then he changed to maa+streltsi+rams+springs and it was impossible to do anything.
My mangonels were not effective since he was destroying them with springalds, I tried countering the springalds with cannons but they simply weren’t enough.
He was massing near 10 rams and just dropping them (OP strategy since the ram buff since they only cost 2 pop and they are tanky as hell).
My pikes and then my maa were getting melted by streltsi, and my handcannons obviously weren’t enough since he was killing my front line faster than my HCs, and mangos weren’t effective…
I faced this tactic more times, and I have a friend who is main rus who states that is simply unstoppable.
In the case you win the battle rams just destroys your base, and if you try to focus the rams then you lose the whole army.
Also I didn’t know which unit composition to throw against this rus comp.
What would you do?
I was full upgrades, plus military wing with +15% health.
But man, 10 rams has near 5K health and units doesn’t kill them fast enough.