I'm a long time civ 4 player, I've played Civ 5 on Prince and King difficulty now, I don't abuse the horrible war AI so I go for peaceful victories. Anyways, with early peaceful starts, it seems any strategy is mediocre compared to bee-lining a wonder. With land typically being so barren and unproductive, building up an economy or production base is futile. I guess if you have a lot of luxuries and great land about you can focus on expansion, but you would likely not end up ahead of the wonder strats. I don't see any point to use the vast majority most of the leaders for peaceful strats, as most don't help with wonders. This patch doesn't seem to help this imbalance issue. I guess that's just how the game is?