I'm just getting into Diety so I have to pay more attention to mechanics because I'm getting owned when out-teched. I play for the domination win. I got far with Germany but am now trying out Aztecs for the first time because it looks like easy-mode with the free builders and then using them for districts. Early in the game I was taking Chinese cities with Aztec archers. I could have swore I took the capital down when it's city defense was 36. But then i went to other cities with defenses of 33 and they started one-shotting my archers. Is there a general thing I can look at to realize when a city will one-shot my archers or other units? Right now i'm looking at a city Handan which I know can one-shot my archers. Here are some stats when I hover the mouse over it for an attack by my archer: Handan: 26 Base Strength (Sword icon), 37 Combined Strength (sword icon) (with all bonuses), Garrison Health 200/200, Fortification health 50/50. It shows a sword next to this combined strength so does that mean it is doing melee damage on me? Archer: 25 Base Strength (Sword), 10 Combined Strength (Ranged Icon) (with all negatives vs city), 15 Melee Strength (Sword icon) So how can I look at these numbers to realize I'll be one-shotted? Is it because Handan's Combined Strength is 3x the Archers Combined Strength? Also, how do I look at it when avoiding one-shots by enemy units as well? ------ Science On a different note, I'm finding it really difficult to avoid being outteched by civs especially those far away from me (Large map, Marathon time) that I can't poke at to stifle their progress. I find I have to find maps with mountain ranges and get adjacency bonuses with +3 to +5 to even stand a chance. Is this normal? Then obviously I hit the right civics to boost this, etc. Most of the time lately there are no alive science city states even on the map to help. I haven't messed with religion but realized if you have a religious district you can buy a university with faith and there are other religious perks for science.. but I can't discover one on deity most likely so won't even try. I've also found lots of useful things here. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2...ned-how-to-earn-science-and-how-it-works-4879 Any other tips?