My recent attempt at a Deity game ended in disaster. I tried my usual rush technique that works consistently on Immortal ( tech to iron and build a swords / axe / spear army around 1000 bc and crush the nearest neighbor ). The nearest neighbor was Jao II. His first 2 cities fell fairly quick, although I was surprised at how fast he got reinforcements. Seemed to just pop them out of nowhere. Then I declared peace because he was starting to overwhelm me with cats, at around 500 bc. Then I go for the second round at around 150 bc. Jao despite being dropped way down in rank had macemen, war elephants and longbowmen, WTF? It's like my beatdown earlier had no effect. And man could he pump out units. Like every 2 turns his garrisons got a new recruit. Well needless to say I had no chance with my iron age army at that point. So is the early rush just impossible on Deity at normal speed? I'm pretty good at it, I doubt if it could be done earlier then I did in that game.