I think that drill samurai with one promotion towards shock could be pretty good against macemen. The shock will give them a strong bonus, and the first strikes can help leverage that bonus. But what about samurai with all their promotions towards the Drill line? On the one hand, they can have a ton of first strikes, but if their strength is about the same as an ordinary maceman, the first strikes don't mean as much. Promoting down the combat line squanders some of the potential the samurai gets by starting with Drill I, but the increased strength from combat promotions helps get more out of the 2-3 first strikes the samurai already has. Any thoughts?