I've gone down a difficult on this patch playing Epic speed. I spend a lot of time playing on Emperor and I did win a few but only those with exceptional starts. As mentioned above, founding a religion is the most difficult part - if I'm able to do that everything else is fine. Now I'm on King and honestly it's still challenging enough for me to be interesting . Playing on a lower difficulty means I can also try things I wouldn't normally do and still have a chance at winning. I think overall I don't mind the changes in this patch. I do think founding seems harder than on standard speed though, and that should be addressed somehow if possible. It makes the focus of early-game the same every time at the moment, which is a bit tedious. I think it also kinda pushes the player to go for domination or at least early agression because currently it's easier to conquer an enemy holy city than it is to found your own (at least for me).