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Topic Subject:Priest Strategy
Th_Cardinal
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posted 01-15-99 00:45 AM ET (US)         
I have been looking for a good priest strategy and I was wondering if any of yall could help me out?


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Thrawn
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posted 01-15-99 12:46 PM ET (US)     1 / 6       
If you've got a relatively weak priest civ, go for martyrdom (I was also wondering if any of you know, does the Mace conversion resistance affect martyrdon in any way? or chariots?). Or play Egyptian (you can ask Angel Omnivac about this). If you've got a lot of priests, convert a unit with 2 or 3.


apocalypse77
Clubman
posted 01-15-99 03:17 PM ET (US)     2 / 6       
Just want you to know, if you try to convert a unit (and, I think, a tower) with more than one preist, it will keep switching between which one to attack and not attack either. I don't know if that works in multiplayer or not, but I think it would unless the guy controlling the other unit tells it to attack just one preist.


PrinceBolkonsky
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posted 01-15-99 09:12 PM ET (US)     3 / 6       
Hi Cardinal.

When I first started playing I hated priests! The damn things were always converting my units...I never played them because they were too tricky.

As I have played more I have learned the value of priests, especially in healing (Medicine is a steal at 150 gold!) and later in the game when resources become more scarce. The following example serves the purpose of demonstrating how a priest can quickly change the course of a battle.

Assume opponent's 6 elephants are attacking your 2 elephants. With 2 priests you can convert two of the elephants and then it's an even battle.

(I know, who doesn't attack with mixed Units, but it's just an example!)

Now you won't have much luck with priests against a Civ like Assy, which is going to play with lots of CAs and HAs, two units very tough on priests. Similarly, against the seemingly ubiquitous Scythes, Priests are worthless (Except if behind walls, of course). But if you see any of the following Units priests are simply the perfect foil:

Elephants (well, duh.)
Elephant Archers
Academy Units
Catapults
All towers but Ballistics towers
Triremes (stand out of their range)

Priests not only convert troops, they can have a defintite psychological effect on your opponent, who will be quite disconcerted when you "steal" their units. It will, often times, put them on the defensive in a fairly even game.

Speed 1.0 is best for priests, because they do require scads of micromanagement. But if you put in the time (and practice) they are very rewarding. And useful, as long as you use them when appropriate (see above). Incidentally, for both Phoenecian and Egyptian, the Priest/Scythe combo is a very nice one indeed. There are some counters, but not many. Scythes, en masse, can tear up most everything thing but Academy and Elephant units, which are both easily convertable. (Excepting walls).

So, I would suggest playing a Civ that gets all of the priest upgrades and also can get the Scythe upgrade and working at this combo to begin your practicing with priests.

-- Prince Bolkonsky


PrinceBolkonsky
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posted 01-15-99 09:16 PM ET (US)     4 / 6       
Hi Cardinal.

When I first started playing I hated priests! The damn things were always converting my units...I never played them because they were too tricky.

As I have played more I have learned the value of priests, especially in healing (Medicine is a steal at 150 gold!) and later in the game when resources become more scarce. The following example serves the purpose of demonstrating how a priest can quickly change the course of a battle.

Assume opponent's 6 elephants are attacking your 2 elephants. With 2 priests you can convert two of the elephants and then it's an even battle.

(I know, who doesn't attack with mixed Units, but it's just an example!)

Now you won't have much luck with priests against a Civ like Assy, which is going to play with lots of CAs and HAs, two units very tough on priests. Similarly, against the seemingly ubiquitous Scythes, Priests are worthless (Except if behind walls, of course). But if you see any of the following Units priests are simply the perfect foil:

Elephants (well, duh.)
Elephant Archers
Academy Units
Catapults
All towers but Ballistics towers
Triremes (stand out of their range)

Priests not only convert troops, they can have a defintite psychological effect on your opponent, who will be quite disconcerted when you "steal" their units. It will, often times, put them on the defensive in a fairly even game.

Speed 1.0 is best for priests, because they do require scads of micromanagement. But if you put in the time (and practice) they are very rewarding. And useful, as long as you use them when appropriate (see above). Incidentally, for both Phoenecian and Egyptian, the Priest/Scythe combo is a very nice one indeed. There are some counters, but not many. Scythes, en masse, can tear up most everything thing but Academy and Elephant units, which are both easily convertable. (Excepting walls).

So, I would suggest playing a Civ that gets all of the priest upgrades and also can get the Scythe upgrade and working at this combo to begin your practicing with priests.

-- Prince Bolkonsky


Th_Cardinal
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posted 01-16-99 00:41 AM ET (US)     5 / 6       
Thanks alot Prince Bolkonsky


Thorfinn
Clubman
posted 01-16-99 09:36 AM ET (US)     6 / 6       
I want to extend on a couple of things in the thread. Apocalypse77 pointed out about multiple priests and enemy unit targeting. That underscores the importance of having 2 or preferably 3 priests on each hotkey. My best luck w/ priests is "1" is CA, "2" is SC, "3" is your rag-tag group of converts, and 4-0 are priests. This lets you hit critical mass with priests. I have known people who assign a key to seige, but I need my keys...

Thrawn, Mace are just as convertable as anyone else through martyrdom. Incidentally, if you have a whole group of priests selected, only one martyrs. All survivors have to regenerate tho.

Thats all I have for now...


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