In the forum there is a discussion about pikeman being very weak in attack, especially against ram. A woman does more damage to rams than pikes. What the patch does is to double the hack damage of the piquemans and decrease armor by 2.
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While I understand the reasoning behind it, I'm unsure about it, since it changes the pikeman's effectiveness against about everything, not just rams, so I would recommend postponing this to A25.
If the sole purpose of this patch is enhancing their effectiveness against rams, we could give them a special multiplier against them.
bonus vs rams does not make sense. Pikes are very tank and little attack, which doesn't make much historical sense, the goal of the patch is also to harmonize these values.
Hm, Pikemen are actually much better javalineer-cavalry counter than spearmen because of their range of 8, which makes microing around them harder, particularly if supported by archers (e.g Ptolemy have a really good combo).
I wonder if this diff wouldn't make Ptolemy OP against javalineer-cavalry civs (most civs).
Yeah after some more thinking I'm changing my mind on this, it's probably a change that will make Ptolemy too strong.
Pikemen are extremely useless against rams, but to be honest spearmen are also pretty bad. Rams are quite resilient, though champ swordsmen wreck them.
I think the only civ that actually kinda lacks a decent counter (assuming spearmen are "decent") is Ptolemians, and they do have a swordsman at the military colony.
The fact that women have a DPS that's actually really good compared to CS in general should probably be fixed by buffing melee damage somehow / nerfing women a bit.