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It feels weird chasing crossbowmen with Reiksguard. Empire could use something with 80 speed, easier building requirements and a cost lower than 900g(I'm looking at you Empire Knights) for tactical flexibility.
Edit: Pistoliers and Outriders fulfill a different role and have very low MA, MD and Charge stats.
Also another funny example from my Empire campaigns: I used Zintler's Reiksguard soley to rush down AI Hellcannons because ZR's were the only unit with Vanguard Deployment.