So Phoenicia has just been previewed (One of the civs I've been looking forward to most) and it definitely looks interesting. But one of their "Bonuses" is actually a complete malus. Phoenicia starts the game with the writing eureka unlocked. This is completely useless. 99% of the time you will meet another civilization before even thinking about researching writing. Unless they've changed the eureka requirement this will be a complete dud and have basically no positive impact. Especially for a water themed civ that can easily explore the shores and find new people. The reason this can actually be a malus is that sometimes City-States (If you meet them early enough) will give you an envoy quest for unlocking the eureka for writing. Seeing as this is the simplest eureka possible it's always an extra envoy for me. Those early envoys can be a huuuuge boon too. Phoenicia will never have this opportunity. Granted, this is a rather small malus as it's not like every game you will see this envoy quest. Still though, it makes me question the design decisions. Unless the civ designer has never played Civ VI I don't see how he/she could possibly think this helps at all. And for higher level players it can actually hinder your advancement slightly. Hopefully they've changed the eureka for writing, but if not this was a complete miss by the dev team.