So, preceding latest patch my game plan on immortal used to be: build 4 archers + ~2-3 warriors --> take out 1-2 nearest rivals --> win from there. However, since latest patch I have noticed that AI's ability to withstand this rush has increased significantly, to the point that it seems to no longer be a reliable way to obtain a winning position. Moreover, I (still) find that expanding peacefully leads to a game where it is difficult to keep up with the AI. So it seems to me that taking out at least 1-2 rivals in the early game is essentially the best strategy. I wonder if any of you experienced the same issues, and I wonder how you guys approach the early game and whether your approach changed since the latest patch.