I watched Spirit of the Law’s video where he listed the top 5 Hussar civs in AoE2 and he listed the Mongols as only #5 on the list as, according to Spirit, the Mongol civilization bonus +30% HP to Scout Cavalry, Light Cavalry, and Hussar is not much of a benefit as the Mongols lack the final cavalry armor upgrade Plate Barding Armor. And it got me thinking…
What is a better stat: hit points (HP) or armor?
I helping me answer the question above, here are some follow-up questions that I would like to discuss in helping to answer the topic question:
(1) Are Mongol (better HP) Hussars really not that good compared to a Generic Hussar civ (like say Turkic Hussars or Persian Hussars) that have access to Plate Barding Armor, as Spirit claims?
(2) The Vietnamese Castle Age tech gives their Battle Elephants (BEs) +50 HP (Chatras), the Burmese Castle Age tech gives their Battle Elephants +1 Melee Armor/+1 Pierce Armor (Howdah). Are Vietnamese BEs better than Burmese BEs? Or is it the other way around?
[SIDE QUESTION: What about the Khmer BEs having the benefit of +3 Attack (Tusk Swords) from their Castle Age tech?)]
(3) The Turks’ Castle Age tech (Sipahi) gives their Cavalry Archers +20 hit points. Does this make Turkic cavalry archers better or worse than the Tartars’ cavalry archers who get all the archer armor upgrades plus +1 Pierce Armor from their unique Castle Age tech (Silk Armor)?
(4) Bloodlines is considered by many players to be a must-have tech to have better cavalry units (Feudal Age tech that gives +20 hit points to all cavalry units and cavalry archer units). So a civ like the Celts that do not get Bloodlines despite having access to Hussar and Paladin upgrades…does lacking Bloodlines (and therefore less HP) mean that Celtic cavalry are not that good?
Link to Top 5 Hussar Civs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qZ2xS3lRw0&t=166s