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Ok has anyone else just been completely blown away by how good these units are? To the point where I have to say they are completely unbalanced. I quick matched with a friend to do a 2v2. We ran into 2 guys who literally spawned with 9-10 foot companions each and just charged. No Phalanx no tactics. Nothing. Just a straight up charge in a giant ball. I had a Parthia army I responded by spreading out. Using horse archers. Kiting with foot archers and charging NON-Phalanx foot companions in the BACK with Cataphracts. They never broke they held and beat the Cataphracts just by spaming their steady ability even without spears their heavy armor makes cavalry just stop instantly upon hitting them. We had to kill like 70% of them before they routed by kiting them with horse archers, peltasts, and archers.
They did not even need their phalanxes to obliterate my friend's hoplites. Foot companions need their swords to be nerfed into oblivion (pikes are fine I totally support them destroying people with pikes), have their armor dropped like a rock, or just have their cost skyrocket. I understand these are the elite of the elite of pikemen but when they can just say screw phalanxes lets just barbarian charge and be incredibly hard to kill its ridiculous. When I saw them just charge I thought to myself this would be the easiest win ever but I ended up fighting for my life against the genetically engineered super soldiers called foot companions.
*edit* for clarification I am not saying that MACEDON is unbeatable I am simply stating that if the enemy could mindlessly zerg with just foot companions and put up an incredibly difficult fight vs a combined arms intelligently put together army then something is WRONG. I love the game I do think its relatively balanced I'm just saying that in my experience every time I've run into foot companions no matter how much flanking and missile damage I do they perform amazingly against anything. They have so much armor Javelins are basically the only counter that's the other infuriating thing. So again to clarify I'm pointing out issues with the foot companions not Macedon as a whole being invincible.