- Jun 16, 2009
Having naval dominace with enough transports to move your armies around is far superior to just neglecting the navy entirely. My concern with these balance changes is that they feel they need to add another burden on the early game economy which the AI just can't handle right now. The AI will take thousands of gold out in loans to hire mercs to try and beat a player tag as long as they have even one province unoccupied, and they still feel the need to fill their buiding slots with regiment camps and shipyards to increase that financial strain on their poor tuning.
If you have the option for both sure. But it is undeniably true that land dominance is more important than naval dominance in almost every region on the map. The only time a dominant navy is useful is for colonies and Island hopping. If, as Mali, I invest ducats to establish naval dominance to prevent European invasion, it will prove entirely wasteful as French or Spanish doomstacks descend onto Timbuktu. It is objectively better to invest those ducats into land because the AI WILL find a land route.