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Favorite specialist ?

Discussion in 'Civ4 - General Discussions' started by Underdog Ally, Aug 25, 2019.

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Favorite specialist

  1. Spy

    5.9%
  2. Engineer

    11.8%
  3. Scientist

    70.6%
  4. Merchant

    5.9%
  5. Artist

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Priest

    5.9%
  1. Underdog Ally

    Underdog Ally Chieftain

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    I don’t mean great people or for the intention of generating great people, but what is your favorite overall specialist to have. I understand everything is very circumstantial and etc but I mean on a cost basis, what base specialist do you think provides the most output per cost?
     
  2. ArchGhost

    ArchGhost Prince

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    Even without the intent of GP generation, it's still scientists for me. 3.25 raw beakers (assuming running through a Library) is really decent early on - that's more than a non-river or non-FIN Hamlet, and it's always there so long as the scientist is hired, meaning it has more impact in economic stress situations where 3c on a tile isn't always equivalent to 3 science, since you have to use it for gold on other turns. I have used Library scientists to churn ahead to Aes or Alpha many times while crashing the economy with REX.

    You can also get this equivalent of a 3.25c/0f/0h at 100% slider tile with only a food surplus (or not, it is possible to run them while shrinking) and don't actually need a tile to develop for it unlike a cottage, and of course you don't need to invest the time to grow it -- I often shut off scientists in cities once the task of either getting to Alpha/Currency or generating that city's one GS is done.

    Early Rep through Mids only makes it better, and it's part of the reason CRE is a nice trait too (start those Libraries a little earlier).

    I have run Engineers and Priests before too, when needing just a little more productive oomph. Priest especially are nifty as they give raw gold too, and are easy specialists to spam in a Rep gambit since temples can be stacked and are accessed early. Those situations tend to be less regular though, like when playing Egypt or if I got Angkor Wat.
     
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  3. lymond

    lymond Rise Up! (Phoenix Style!) Hall of Fame Staff

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    "favorite" is kind of a loaded term. For me, it is still going to come down to what is best for playing this game, and that is scientists early and merchants late.
     
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  4. Rusten

    Rusten Deity

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    Angkor Wat priests.
     
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  5. elmurcis

    elmurcis Emperor

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    Spy. AI loves them. (Specially when just met many AI and my espionage spending is dropping vs them - boom, in one turn 10+ assigned Spy through empire, must be very good!!!)
     
  6. Underdog Ally

    Underdog Ally Chieftain

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    I had always figured scientists were the best overall but it is nice to get other people’s input and perspective as well.
     

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