Hi all! I’m a regular player in the AoE4, I came here from StarCraft, and I fell in love with this game right after the first match. Biggest question I met on the very beginning of the game was Civ picking. Of course, I chose English due to their infinite farms and straight-forward landmarks. On start English dominated especially well, because many of new players was teaching how to play and game was about strategic genius of two.
After several months, some PUPs and tournaments some kind of meta was established and playing in ranked gave me reasonable question – why English have this strange design in Third age? When French have Arbalatretilaers, Rus their horse archers, HRE their strong infantry, English have… Keeps, which produce units.
You can oppose: this civs do not have gimmick in Feudal. It is right in some cases, but in some not. For French Feudal is biggest power spike, for Rus second age often giving an interesting play around boars and early knights, HRE having fun time defending themselves against all world, and Delhi clicking all their upgrades.
Again, English design provides possibilities of killing your enemy in Feudal, but in time they come with some type of army many Castle-oriented civs are teching and some (Like French or Chinese) can outplay English by they native (like placing BBQ in juice spots, for example, or destroy vills by knights run-by).
Biggest problem of English is map control. If you lose in map controlling, Abbasid will boom faster, Delhi captures sacred sites, HRE and Rus will get relics and logical outmacro with free gold.
It’s not a nagging, and I think English is a good civ in general. It’s simple, powerful – like hammer – and have very few options in game, again, like a hammer. I guess giving English some unique upgrades in Castle, for example, for knights, will make English much more competitive and give a variety of strategies. It also may be a great adjustment for Wynguard, in which every slot will be related to some of the English peculiarity. And, of course, it will be fun if English receive some kind of Dark age feature and will have an option to kill opponent in First age. Some kind of possibility for outposts to heal vills… I guess it may be spice!
So, to conclude, AoE4 is a great game. It provides us so many strategies and doings, countless! What do you think about topic? What do you think about versatility of your favorite civs?