My main point is they're one of the few civs that can still do an Oligarchic "swordsmen" rush where you mass a dozen of them and go. Like you can spam out 50 of these units, pay no upkeep, no problem. No resource issue. Each one is str 39 with Oligarchy. +10 vs melee once they get the promotion. It's not like anyone can mass swords to counter them, and the AI is too dumb to mass archers. With the nerf to city defense strength, they massacre everything in a tide of hoplites.