it's killing my usual sword core. i win many fights, but when I'm up against a high ranked player with naginata/spear spam and he has matchlocks sniping through his naginata attendants, its going to be extremely tough to win since my swords no longer have an emphatic advantage over spear units like they're supposed to have.
this isn't about bringing bows, or getting my own matchlocks to counter his, or maneuvering cav for hammer and anvils (which is becoming increasingly hard against rising spear spam armies)
this is about having my expensive swords getting nerfed to the point where the slight attack advantage (if they still have it after the nerf) losing to slightly weaker but well defensed spears that can tank all day long. and its just brutal if they pop a hold firm. its almost not worth to bring the good ol' sword core anymore since most experienced players will drop these killing retainers - untrained fugu and world weary
and i've been playing this game since launch and still don't have blade master >_>