We talked about this a little bit on Discord but I'd like to request a small buff for Sarranids. Of course, this would be limited to just TG_Captain_Battle, just like how Khergit Shooting Javelins aren't in Arena.
The Sarranids are the weakest faction right now and I don't think I've ever seen a team with Sarranids win yet (besides the cavalry-dominated maps). It's not fun getting dominated every time simply because your faction is trash compared to others. The cavalry is good, the infantry is okay, but the archers are utter dogshit. TrollGame NeoGK has done wonders with Khergits (they're actually really fun to play now), why not give Sarranids the same treatment? Nord Archers, Rhodok Crossbowmen, and Khergit Horse Archers also got buffed (better armor) as well, I don't see why this would reaching too far. It just boggles me that, out of all the factions, the NORDS have better archers. It takes 7-8 shots as a Sarranid Archer to kill a Nord in a byrnie, which is ridiculous. Sarranids are a desert faction for goodness sake, their skirmishers and archers should be viable.
I've had multiple games where my Sarranid archers were shooting into a clump of enemies for a minute straight, and not a single kill popped up. Their archers simply don't do any damage, and I believe it is because their bows are so bad. Sure, they have high firing rates, but what good is that in an bot battle where the AI can't aim for shit? That's why every shot landed needs to do as much damage as possible, and yet Sarranids can only buy a bow with 18p damage (seriously, why do Sarranid Archers only get 2 options for buyable bows)? It's preposterous how Sarranid Archers are so shit, they need to be buffed so they can stand a chance against other factions.
Some suggestions were:
- Better melee weapons (2H?) and shields
- Replacing archers with a skirmisher unit (with lots of power throw, athletics, and throwing proficiency I guess?)
- Add horses to give them an HA option (like how Vaegir Cav can buy a bow and arrows, as well as it fits into the whole desert nomad theme)
- My suggestion—just give them better bows (the Javelin Bow that Khergits also get maybe? Without the Shooting Javelins, of course).