Thought I would try a different approach on a balance question, since there are so many pantheons. I wanted to see what people generally though were there top 5 pantheons, and bottom 5 ones. If we see any ones commonly at the bottom or top it might indicate a balance concern. My list: Top 5 1) Commerce: Maybe my enjoyment of trade focused civs, but I generally find this very easy to found with on Progress starts, its a good solid pantheon that works in a lot of terrain and circumstances. Often a good secondary pantheon if my first pick gets taken. 2) Sea: Completely transforms the power of coastal civs, very easy to found with once you understand how to prebuild work boats for your upcoming cities, and I find the AI doesn't snipe it too early most of the time. 3) Beauty: Great Tradition belief that naturally follows a Stonehenge opener, always solid, usually easy to found. 4) Spirit of the Desert: Can really turn a floodplain/desert start into a gem. 5) Nature: Though nature requires a more focused terrain, its a beautiful pantheon in those conditions, netting you lots of bonus resources and practically guaranteed religion. Bottom 5 1) Ancestor Worship: While decent for the AI, faith is garbage for the human, with weak secondary bonuses. 2) God King: I just never know how to make this pantheon work for me. Its got such a weak early game that I never feel I can leverage the bonuses before my pantheon is overwritten. 3) Springtime: Its a really tough one to found with, as it takes a lot of time and effort to get the bonuses online. Secondary bonuses aren't the greatest either. 4) Home: Very weak early faith and generally I am so capped by happiness that growth bonuses do nothing for me until much later in the game. 5) Tutelary Gods: I feel like the only time I can take this is going Tradition 2 on the engineer side, and often I have to commit that decision before I even know if I will get this pantheon. Its a great prod bonus early but weak faith and no scaling make it a really tough one to muster.