Advisor Suggestions

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  1. Aryzel

    Aryzel Immortal

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    Ah, I see.
    I'm not sure you are correct about Nannus, he is great but for a niche set of quests where you start with lots for resources and don't need too much early defense, so you can boom those caravans immediately, Sais is great example. Nannus is basically a niche advisor, its not an uncommon niche but is certainly less than half of legendary quests are suitable and even less of the more quests are made in that style. He is also more suitable to pretty good to excellent players, who can make the most out of him.

    Dumnorix used to the the dominate age 2 advisor, used on 95% of quests and he got nerfed significantly so that other age 2 advisors were viable, the nerf was good for the game and didn't stop players from completing quests. If I'm wrong and Nannus is that dominate then it should be nerfed.

    For the other caravan advisors:
    Dumnorix 8% more gold/sec and cost reduction, probably better than Servilia in practical use.
    Servilia 15%
    Nannus 0% but if you start with lots of resources is excellent
    Zeno 14% setup 150 gold route in age 2
    Tahmineh (Persia) 14% more gold/sec
    All excellent, but maybe they should be pared down a bit, by a third say, if it still such a default choice for people.

    Ideally what we want is having a range of players of different skills doing the same quests multiple times with different advisor selections and being able to analysis the videos of them. Or if devs collected data on records of quests completed/failed (and duration, units built,killed, etc) and advisor loadouts of the players, could maybe do some large scale data analysis on that.
     
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  2. Zupan22

    Zupan22 Villager

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    I personally think adding a (2.5% train/research speed boost for town centers)(# of town centers) would make Chieftian Britomartus a valid age 2 advisor. Doing so would further synergies with Shepard Shahriyar. While also ramping up villagers, engineers, and oxcarts, gather elephants, and TC technology.

    I also think to make Village Elder more of a spicy option would be to reduce the villager and caravan train time reduction down to 5%. Then add 5% to the Town Center Trade Factor.
     
  3. frogs.poison

    frogs.poison Immortal

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    For Britomartus, you mean giving him a Royal Garden-type effect? That would make him quite solid, yes.

    As for Village Elder, that change is basically just making him a much weaker version of Zeno. Effects that increase the Trade Factor is really only good for you if solo - It affects only your buildings, whether its the Dock or the TC. If co-op, you are trading with your allies TC/Dock, at which point your own Trade Factor is irrelevant.

    Again, I feel that Village Elder should be completely seperated from Caravans and instead focus entirely on Villagers - Enough that he's worth considering on maps where you can make Caravans.
     
  4. Slyrevick

    Slyrevick Hippikon

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    Would be nice to add repair capability through Harjar advisor :)
     
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  5. frogs.poison

    frogs.poison Immortal

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    That would be interesting.
     
  6. apolippo

    apolippo Long Swordsman

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    I loved your suggestions about Cartimandua (Celts) and General Heron. I would actually use general heron A LOT more if they worked the way you suggested, especially while playing Egyptians, Norse and maybe Persia. Imagine rushing to enemy production buildings with your Elephants/Asabaras/Norse Horsemen/ without getting snared. I would justify using such an advisor in place of economy advisors.

    About celts, just like you said, if Druids could get a high speed boost by an advisor, I would mix them among even woads. Even mixing them with high-speed build champion champions are nice.
     
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  7. frogs.poison

    frogs.poison Immortal

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    Makru the Mad Median suggestion - Very large health boost to Shieldbearers (Double health), very large damage boost to Bowman (Double Damage). Other stats can remain the same. This would allow for a Shieldbearer Frontline/Bowman Backline build that uses 0 gold.
     
  8. coolblade23

    coolblade23 Champion

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    Battlemaster Theokoles

    It is only used as for age4, for any units not targeted by legendary advisors or a civ specific one, there is basically no alternative if you wish to go full infantry. This does not make him a good advisor , it simply means that any alternatives are better than him.

    Suggestions:

    15% increase hp and 10% increase movement speed for infantry units (so those quests where you go spearman only, you can do them a little bit faster and is a general alternative for some of the more unit specific advisors or legendary infantry advisors which also tend to increase movement speed)

    King Agamemnon

    He is basically the same category as the one above. If you do not have a specific advisor for your need he is basically the last fallback. He is probably one of the worst advisors in terms of stats and his only redeeming quality is that you kinda use this guy as you level up your civs as there are no alternatives unless you got lucky and actually got a good advisor. He is by all means quite bad and any competition to him wins without question (where he does have competition depending on your advisor card stash).

    Suggestion:

    4% damage increase, hp increase, crit change increase, cost reduction and train time reduction (still stays in the theme of good at everything , but at least the bonus is now overall, and he is still replaceable once you get a more specialised advisor)
     
  9. Atlas008

    Atlas008 Villager

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    I see some age 4 have already been mentioned but i would like to also add that vercingetorix and theode currently sit in peoples advisor card holders gathering rust cause there are leg advisors which offer more to the specific units they buff, a change for them would be amazing as well
     
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  10. destroyerarcher

    destroyerarcher Woad Raider

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    Vercingetorix: 15% damage, 10% movespeed for all infantry? Would suit the theme of Celt infantry being predominantly fast, hard hitting units, and let you run multiple infantry types.

    Farzana: I don't think I've seen anyone use her. Her benefits currently are pitiful compared with the alternate playstyle of using Titus and ignoring incoming units. So that the slow moving deathball variant of Siege Towers could be viable, maybe she could be changed where she grants siege towers +2 additional splash radius, 75% arrow damage, and 75% attack rate or so?
     
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  11. Slyrevick

    Slyrevick Hippikon

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    A global legendary advisor that provides splash damage or area of effect to range units because of "magic" projectile.
     
    #51 Slyrevick, Aug 17, 2022 at 5:12 AM
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  12. frogs.poison

    frogs.poison Immortal

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    So, a thought - Outside of the unit granting Advisors, no other advisors should be for "new players only until they get a Leg", mainly referring to A4.

    First, we have King Agamemnon. Currently, King Agamemnon provides a 4% health and damage boost to all military units. He is also easily obtainable through Skirmish for all players both old and new.

    Then we have a large number of 10%-ers - King Theode, Tusk Sharpener, Theokoles, that are very, very close to Agamemnon in overall unit power - Just off by 2%- But affecting only a single unit or a single category. Furthermore, several of these advisors are made redundant by existing Legenary Advisors - Of which, most are currently affordable after several rounds of the Babylon Ambrosia chain.

    Additionally, not a single Epic advisor can compare with Legendaries, which has been steadily increased in power throughout all 7 Civs.

    Thus, here are my suggestions to bring a number of Advisors into usefulness.

    All Civs;

    King Agamemnon - +4% all standard stats (Stats all units have baseline without modifications) for all military units. Give all players a quest to acquire Agamemnon upon hitting lvl 15.
    Boudicca - Beorix was bad at 30 trickle. Crassus is solid at 35 gold trickle with significant population boos. Boudicca can be boosted up to 8, or even 10 all-trickle before she starts to even shake the viability of any legendary advisor.
    Theokoles - Theokoles is currently used on any infantry that doesn't have a better A4 advisor - Mainly most spearman for Spearman-only quests, and potentially Hoplites, Hypas, Shieldbearers, Sparabaras, and Harjar's. I would suggest upping Theokoles to 15% health along with a small regen bonus, perhaps 3 health/second.
    Timo -Timo got slightly nerfed in the range, but buffed for Throwers. Personally, outside of a small handful of maps where you can rush a Timo Palin to snipe an AI base before they can even start producing, Timo is rarely used. I would suggest the following changes to Timo.
    1: Remove the Range bonus entirely. Palintonin Champion upgrade now gives 35/35% increase range/LoS. Throwers are changed to have their Champion Mode upgrade as well as stats.
    2: Timo now applies the increased attack speed to Palins as well. Timo increases the tracking speed of Thrower and Palin projectiles. Finally, Timo adds additional splash to Palins and Throwers - +1-2 splash.
    Xanthe - Xanthe is a very, very niche advisor. By gearing up a Fortress to have full LoS gear, along with Xanthe, you can reveal most maps quickly. Thus, you start up a game with Xanthe, rush A4 along with a Fort, andthen you can pause the game and view the AI.
    However, in terms of using Forts as defensive placements - Forts tend to be sub-par compared to Guard Towers, as you can mass more Guard Towers in a single area, Guard Towers are cheaper and build faster, and Guard Towers do no miss moving targets, whereas Forts have terrible, terrible aim.
    I would suggest bumping Xanthe's LoS up to 400%, to absolutely ensure that every map in the game can be revealed when using it for revealing, as well as adding a 50% cost and build time reduction to Xanthe, so that you can really slap down forts for defensive purposes especially combined with the A3 advisor.
    Architect Tycho - Let's be honest, even on maps where you need to build a wonder very quickly, you don't use Tycho. Let's buff Tycho to 95/95% cost and build time reduction - That wonder should be coming down as soon as a Villager gets to the area to build it! Alternatively, Tycho could grant the PvP champion bonus to each Civ, which would instantly catapult him into the Meta. Maybe a bit too much, idk there.
    Darius - Every civ, EXCEPT BABYLON has such amazing looking max upgrade towers. However, nobody can access those towers. There's been quite a bit of talk about making an Advisor to give access to these towers - Why not put in in Darius? When Darius is picked, gives access to ALL Tower upgrades straight up to the normally unobtainable Keep Towers in addition to his current range and LoS boost. I think 1k gold/600 wood is a good price for the upgrade. For Persia, Celts, and eventually India, Darius also gives access to Stronghold Tower upgrades as well - It'll have to be researched before Keep Tower ofc.
     
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  13. frogs.poison

    frogs.poison Immortal

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    Civ-specific A4 Advisors
    Norse;
    Theode - With Beorix's latest iteration, Theode has been powercrept out of viability - Beorix offers 10% health as well as 10% movement speed, 10% reduced cost, and to top it all off the miniscule impact-high number 100% increased damage on the Chief. Personally, rather then trying to buff Theode, or nerfing Beorix, I would competely change Theode to instead affect Harjar - Whether it's giving them a large crit damage boost as mentioned on the forums, or giving them even more armor and tankiness, Theode would perfectly suit Harjar's as an A4 advisor.
    Ingrid - On their own, compared to every unit in the roster, Raiders are solidly average - Having up to 1.2k health with a health oriented build, or up to 55 DPS with a damage oriented build, while they don't excelt they are decent. However, Ingrid and Raiders also exist at the same time as Finnulfr - With Finnulfr, damage oriented Horsemen can have up to 80 DPS along with 1.5k HP per pop, or up to 1.8k health with 60 dps - This leave Raider's as the subpar cavalry. Ingrid needs some significant buffs;
    1: Increase the critical strike chance to 45%.
    2: Increase the health regen to 8
    3: Add in a 1-1.5 range increase -This will resolves Raider's main issue of being unable to bring their massive numbers to bear.
    These 3 changes combined should make Raiders on par with Horsemen, without giving Raiders the same bonuses that Horsemen currently have.
    Babylon;
    Babylon is overall much more balanced with their epic A4 advisors compared to their Legendary advisor power, giving Babylon perhaps the most varied number of builds. While some of their units are lacking (War Chariots, Slingers), they have 2 viable mass from Barracks and 2 optimal mass from Stables, in addition to a viable if somewhat clunky mass from Siege.
    Thus, I only have 2 suggestions to Babylon A4 Advisors.
    General Zu - Royal Guards could use a 15% movement speed boost to better allow them to close with their enemies. Around 8 MS RG's cease to be clunky and bulky and instead become very smooth, and this should allow them to hit close to that without having to acquire Bahram's or IKG.
    Makru the Mad Median - Overlaps with many other advisors due to his high general purpose. Useless for Siege Towers due to Amytis. Useless for Sappers due to Zopyrus. Bad for RG due to Zu. Bad for Chariots due to Sargon. Subpar for Lancers and MA due to Nebu. Subpar for both Ram Ships and Biremes due to Tryphon. Subpar for Palins due to Timo.
    This leaves Makru only being viable for Spearman, Shieldbearers, Bowman, and Slingers - Of which, only Spearman are a viable mass, and only in Spearman-only quests.
    My suggestion for Makru has already been stated in this thread, but I'll stat it again - +100% health to Shieldbearers, +100% damage to Babylon Bowman, giving Babylon a strong Backline/Frontline setup that uses only Wood and Food.

    Rome;
    Rome is a bit different from most other civs - All 3 Legendary advisors are quite firmly out of reach of the average new player, with Pompey being the most reachable. This means that Epic Roman A4 advisors do get plenty of use. With that said, I would still like to suggest a change to Mark Antony.
    Mark Antony buffs Gallic Horsemen's damage by 20%. Pompey and Crassus are both considered superior to Mark Antony for Gallic builds. I would suggest changing Mark Antony to instead allow 25-50% of all Auxilla Camp units highest bonus damage to be applied to all unit types - Making Mark Antony also a pretty good advisor for Slingers and Bowman, and changing how one approaches gearing these 3 units.

    Persia;
    Unlike all other civs, Persia's A4 advisors all have a viable build that uses them, with no alternative legendary advisor for those builds. With that said, if Tycho is buffed to provide the Champion Mode wonder buff to civs, then Bahram will need to be changed.

    Celts;
    Celt's have Amboriax for Bowmen builds (Slinger builds are non-viable), and Acichorios for Swordsman builds. Vercingtorix has direct competition with Brennos, who is currently both affordable and superior.
    I would suggest making Vercingtorix to buff spearman - Like a previous suggestion, have Vercingtorix to give Celtic Spearman 30% of their highest bonus damage to all unit types.

    Egypt;
    Of the 3 Egyptian advisors, Seth is the only underutilized one. Tusk Sharpener has also caused balance problems when compared against Khepri. I hereby suggest the following changes
    Seth: Seth also gives Chariot Archers 40% increased attack speed, allowing players to better kite with them if they prefer that playstyle.
    Tusk Sharperner/Khepri - Boost Khepri's health to 20%, and give Tusk Sharpener 15% damage and movement speed. While Elephants are quite strong on easier quests, on harder quests Sobek is far more prevelant. This will help to both boost War Elephants on harder quests, and also cause Khepri and Tusk Sharpener to have more distinction when it comes to War Elephant builds.

    Greeks;

    Greeks all have the worst epic advisor balance out of all 7 civs. Every single A4 advisor has overlap with Legendary advisors.
    Ptolemy has overlap with Toxotes. I suggest moving Ptolemy to be a Gastra-only advisor, and significantly boosting their utility the following ways
    1- Ptomelias grants Gastra full Splash Damage Immunity, thus removing the threat of splash damage to a Gastra deathball.
    2 - Ptomelias also gives Gastra 30-40% movement speed bonus, allowing them to better take advantage of their unique attack animiation.
    Seleucus - I see 2 different ways of approcing Seleucus. First way is to give Ballista 4 pop baseline, like in Champion mode, and remove the pop benefit from Theimstokeles. With this, Seleucus will be good for players who want to use Ballista purely as a building breaking siege instead of Palins.
    Alternatively, Seleucus can be made to buff Ballistra Triemes akin to how Atilius boosts Enneris - Perhaps with giving Ballista Triemes a further range and LoS boost?
    Solon - Hippokons benefit more from Aristocrat then they do from solon, and Aristocrat is currently affordable. On the other hands, Prodromos are also viable with Aristocrat. Sarris, however, are not - And the buffs from Aristocrat don't really fully benefit Sarris like they do the other two.
    So we can turn Solon from a weak Hippokon advisor, to a very, very powerful Sarri advisor.
    My suggestions are as follows:
    1 - Solon gives Sarris a gargantuan Crush armor boost.
    2 - Solon gives Sarris a large amount of Ignore Armor.
    3 - Solon gives Sarris 1 pop.
    I feel that these 3 changes will make Sarris into a strong, viable PvE build.
     
  14. frogs.poison

    frogs.poison Immortal

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    On the topic of Marduk - After doing some number crunching with another player, at +100% extra damage on Bowman, Marduk would have to spend long periods of time on buildings, and as the army distribution is mixed between Bowman and low-damage Shieldbearers, wouldn't actually be that impactful.

    Thus I instead suggest changing Marduk to +100% health on Shieldbearers, and making Bowman's bonus damage vs infantry apply to all damage types at 100% of the rate.

    This would give Marduk ok damage output to buildings, strengthen it's damage output vs other unit types to make up for Shieldbearer's low damage output, and also affect how players would want to gear Babylon Bowmen, making Theseus an incredibly strong damage pick.
     
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