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[GS] Won religious multiplayer game yesterday, AMA and thoughts

Discussion in 'Civ6 - Strategy & Tips' started by kotpeter, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. kotpeter

    kotpeter Chieftain

    Sep 28, 2017
    First of all, I don't know why others didn't declare war on me and didn't condemn all my apostles to the ground. But it really helped :)

    Second, I was playing as Khmer. Despite the fact that only 2 players remained in the game after quite some time had passed, I was able able to get only 1 (!) relic, and it wasn't from my missionary, but an apostle. The AI just doesn't seem to care to attack missionaries, it only attacked my weakest apostles. So, my further tips won't be about religious gameplay with relics, instead I'll focus more on active religious spread (tbh passive spread is a joke in this game, even with Moksha, scripture and Jerusalem).

    Third, if you're inclined to try such gameplay out, you NEED to get golden age for medieval and renessaince eras. Even better if you can get heroic age for medieval. The reason is that there's "Exodus of evangelists" dedication that turns your apostles into unstoppable religious fanatics with lots of movement and charges. I suggest dark age for classical era to be able to feed cities with domestic trade routes, increase science with dark age policy card (because you build holy cites anyway) and have that +5 policy in case somebody attacks you.

    Fourth, pick mosque for 1 extra charge and build Hagia Sophia if you have time. And buy a guru or two because these guys really help against rival apostles.

    Fifth, get a belief that removes terrain costs for apostles or another one that reduces their purchase costs. These two are the most powerful beliefs for spreading your religion with units.

    Sixth, do not forget about other gameplay aspects. Hoard gold like crazy, research for better defensive military units, mine and stock those strategic resources, upgrade your units if your neighbor is building up troops. Just all basic stuff not to get timing-pushed, snowballed, etc.

    And seventh, DO NOT TRY this in multiplayer if you want to win :) I was incredibly lucky, because no one declared war on me; as you may know, by declaring war you gain the possibility to purge enemy religious units with military units. It costs you nothing and it counters all religious units.

    In all honesty, I'd be glad if they changed this "condemn heretic" mechanic somehow. Would be cool if it at least provided a relic in compensation or if it only was available in certain dark ages, so that burning heretics down is a weighted decision, not a no-brainer.

    EDIT: fixed ages' names and a few typos
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2019
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