More for fun talk: what are your favorite Civ and unit combinations?
Japanese Horse Archers with Halbs. Basically when I play Japanese I seem to “carry” my team and if we don’t win we hold out 3v4 for a long time before the inevitable end. Halbs are even decent against lower tier barracks units and not fully upgraded melee infantry. And I can always add Samurai if the situation deems it necessary. Japan does lack the late game Cav options and are only just ok with their Light Cav in big fights, and I’ll still build them to have a place to dump food, but they are suboptimal.
Aztecs w/Vietnamese ally. Kind of super skirms, good enough to shoot down all but the heaviest units. (I hate meso civs in general though).