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Should I build Horse Archers?

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Multiplayer & PBEM' started by ImmortaI Reborn, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. ImmortaI Reborn

    ImmortaI Reborn Chieftain

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    Ive had this game for about 3 weeks and started playing online about a week ago. Learned real quick that its all about war. With that being said, I usually use Catherine, and tech AH and then Bronze. The question is if I have horses in my fat cross, should I try and rush horse archers, which is very slow, cause I gotta tech horses and archers. Or should I just rush chariots? Then if I find bronze in my fat cross should I switch over?
     
  2. ImmortaI Reborn

    ImmortaI Reborn Chieftain

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    Anybody gonna respond?
     
  3. 2metraninja

    2metraninja Defender of Nabaxica

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    These days the games in the lobby are all about chariots rushes, which is a bit lame.

    It all depends - if you have copper in the BFC, use it to make spears and prevent being overrun by those pesky chariots.
     
  4. plasmacannon

    plasmacannon Emperor

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    If, you don't have copper, then, build your Holkans, because, you thought ahead and chose Maya.
    :)
    Chariots rule on epic and marathon games.
    HAs do well when faces with opponents like Alexander of Greece.
     
  5. TeraHammer

    TeraHammer Prince

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    no, build tanks, they are better.
     
  6. reddishrecue

    reddishrecue Deity

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    You can use both, get like 4 chariots and rest HAs in a nice stack.
     
  7. Si_Lurker

    Si_Lurker Warlord

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    There are few reasons for building fast units:
    1) It's hard to counter them and you force opponent to build spears which are useless for other roles
    2) Scouting/sentinel - it's good to know if some opponent sends 10 axemen towards you
    3) Pillaging/stealing workers - if you manage to steal a worker and pillage oponent a bit very early, you will cripple him for the rest of the game
    4) Dagger - especially with city elimination if you strike with a stack of 20 chariots/horsearchers/knights where unexpected you will be able to raze a city

    The best defence to this is having your own fast stack, since if opponent moves a stack into your territory, you will be able to bring your fast stack into threatened city, whip a few archers/longbows and hit hit stack before he hits you.

    Still if you build a stack of fast units, you should have some slow units (axes/swords/spears) around.
     
  8. plasmacannon

    plasmacannon Emperor

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    Si_Lurker, Woods2 warriors and axemen do better at worker stealing. The AI knows a mounted unit can move 2 tiles. It considers the meleee unit a 1 tile movement max, so, we can sneak up on workers and catch them.
     
  9. Luigiii2

    Luigiii2 Chieftain

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    In my opinion, horse archers are a bit under-powered. Axe armies with a couple chariots for support should do fine in most cases.
     
  10. Sueff

    Sueff Warlord

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    Since we are in the MP forum noone cares what the AI does and does not know. :)
     
  11. Carwyn

    Carwyn Prince

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    We play MP with plenty of AI, go to a high level and we end up just trying to survive massive AI attacks - although we've modded the game to make it HARD to survive. Lots of plumbing language and losing games keeps it from being boring!
     

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