I have noticed that when I bring any sort of matchlock compliment that even when they have a decent hill advantage (at least one man above) they do not shoot unless I let the enemy go behind my line. Some people have suggested that I use Naginata Attendants because they are forced loose formation and matchlocks would shoot through them. This is not the case as well they sit there. Some other people just tell me to use heavy gunners and force them to charge and only get one if two volleys off and have them sit for the rest of the fight. It just seems like I am forced to do a Katana Core or a Naginata Samurai Core (not monks, good game CA for ruining my monks) with just bows and no matchlocks. I am getting tired of the cookie cutter sword/spear spams and the very annoying bow monk standoff. First the monks got ruined and now matchlocks it seems.
My question is; Is there any way to use matchlocks anymore without fighting to get fully around them to get full volleys off? Is it worth it to get a side volley off because only 1/8 of my matchlock line will get a volley off (especially if I use Ashigaru or Attendants to guard them)?
Thank you for any input!
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