Right I’ve got to say, If your problem in this game is stone walls then you are clearly a low elo player, if someone puts a stone wall up infront of me then i put a blacksmith down (if ones not already built) i research seige engineering and i build 2 rams, there we go, that walls about to get broken, he can pull vills to the wall, great hes now spending stone that he needs eventually he will either run out of stone to repair or have to mine more outside his base.
getting though walls is not a problem, if i know someones invested into stone walls then A. hes spent his vills time gathering stone and not resources to make an army or eco and B. hes spent the time for all these vills to build the walls which is also in my benefit.
if you see a wall make 2 rams and hit it, 8 vills cant out repair 2 rams worth of damage its also 8 vills more or less idle, stop complaining about walls and break them, very simple.
The nerf to stone wall doesn’t change much, to destroy them you need siege, so it will just decrease the time you need for destroy it, but not more than 5 secnds using a few rams or a few bombards.
I actually think that pallisades are in a good spot, they provide a good defense vs raids, mostl from horses, so nerfing them would probably buff some aggressive civs like french or english while nerfing some others like abbasid or chinese. We will see how this affect the meta.
Last, the change to rus pallisade seems more like a buff to me. You lose 500 hp from 3000 (the 16.6% of hp) but decrease building time to 3 seconds.
also just wanted to point out, age 2 took this solution from its sequel, age 3, in age 3 you had only 1 type of wall, initially a palisade, but then you could upgrade it to stone, giving it more hp and armor (becomes available as cannons start rolling), so in a way, that dynamic is the most logical one to implement
the issue imo is, they balanced walls to fit well with the early game, but now the walls are like paper in super late game, which means they replaced 1 problem with another
and yes, i’d like smt like this to at least be considered by relic
I think a wall and castle should stay a wall and castle no matter what age you’re in. This is Age of Empires they haven’t invented aircraft yet. Or do you just want a game where armies attack each other like in modern times? I think people want to slowly make this game more like StarCraft, and I love StarCraft too, but this isn’t StarCraft and not everything should be catered around multiplayer sports. I’m obviously just talking from my own personal perspective, so what I say is not correct, but that’s my opinion on Age of Empires, you get to have castles and sieges, if you don’t want it, play another game, it’s why we get to have different games in different eras that plays differently.