If were just talking about SP then Alex is definitely tier 1. A.I's are just so easy to roll. Unfortunatly in MP I don't think he will be that great, swordsman and horseman are at awkward points in the tree for MP. edit:Cyrus as well. The ability is a joke. It reads :All your units have bonus movement all game. T98 continents(standard size and continents are how the game is "meant" to be played IMO) and ive already rolled 6 of the other civs. The random bonus trade route is dumb good to.