This is a dilemma that often happens in my games, especially if I go liberty and Im looking for advice. You are scouting and find that an enemy capital is quite close to you. You forward settle towards them. You have a decision to make. Do you go for the NC and let the capitals strength increase, or do you divert your tech and kill them with a late ancient/early classical army. Perhaps I'm not good enough (Emperor), but this is around the time where my opening build order is wrapped up and I'm ready for Libraries *or* soldiers. And since I'm in a war footing, I may as well tech to iron working and catapults. Point is - This forum likes to recommend the NC, for good reason. But sometimes bagging that capital and getting hegemony on a neighbors land is the best move. What do you do?