Analysis of Wedsaz’s Minoan Fast Boom Strat


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Analysis of Wedsaz’s Minoan Fast Boom Strat

by Blitz

Let me try to constructively evaluate this “Minoan Fastboom” once again. First of all, its focus is to rush to Bronze with a large sea econ and defeat opponents with Compies. Targeted time of attack would be 14:00-15:00 with 4-6 Compies from 2-3 Archery Ranges (wedsaz feel free to correct these numbers). This strategy is targeted at land base civilizations?(wedsaz please help) The Minoan Fastboom would best be utilized on a Conti map. Typically fighting on Conti happens on land first, then on sea. Fighting usually starts on land on Conti between 12:30-14:00 and on sea after 18:00. The Minoan Fastboom requires an overwhelming early Bronze attack to be successful. By todays standards, the Minoan Fastboom econ will be small. Most Zone experts “can’t” lose if they go untouched the first 12-15 minutes of the game. This means you must have forwards building ranges on opponents land to hurt economy quickly before losing window of opportunity. The best variation of this strat may be to Tool quickly and have an Axer/Slinger rush before 10:00. This requires early exploration to find opponent and set up Barracks before you Tool. This will be difficult however because your one forward builder is quite busy building docks and houses up to hitting Tool button. The execution of this strategy on a Medit map is near impossible. This strategy relies on food gathered in Tool and Bronze to feed Compies to win. By todays standard, there is no way you can have a fishing fleet after 13:00 with no navy protection. Having -15 Villagers after 13:00 against an economy of 38-50 Villagers won’t bring many wins, even if 5-6 Compies kill some enemy Villagers. Their land retaliation against your small economy will be the fatal blow and you will be defeated 99% of the time by 18:00. you will have a stockpile of food, but that is all you will have going for you. You will go into Bronze wars with only a small land econ and your opponent will have land and sea. 5 Villagers on berries and 5 on gold in the Bronze Age aren’t going to bring you very many wins — regardless of your times. How many times have you been Minoan on the run with 2000 food, but no wood or gold? This is usually what happens to a weak Minoan player in a team game — getting hurt on land in Tool but your team bails you out on the sea and you are left with lots of food and nothing else. It has happened to me several times. The strat solely relies on having free fishing. Your Bronze attack will be hard to focus on as you are watching all of your fishing boats get killed. That Compie upgrade will take forever to get there. A very simple 3-4 Bowmen or Axer or Slinger attack will finish you off. You’ve already conceded the sea.