I mostly play on emperor and my games almost look the same every time ending with a dom/conquest with cavs 1400-1600 AD. The thing is I guess I could do it earlier if I just went with cuirs instead but cavs just feels safer. By the time you would get cuirs the AI often has about the same techs as with cavs, pikes and longbows. And just cuirs vs pikes defending a city can hurt alot but with cavs there is no problem. And siege will take forever and defeats the purpose. So is it just a question of building even more cuirs to compensate and still get an earlier finish date?