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Subject: About Mercenary Heavy Infantry rss

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Segeun Yu
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What is the advantage of Mercenary Heavy Infantry (MHI)?
Compare with Regular HI, same cost, same BP and also included in ManMax limits(6.42) and then removed in removal phase…
If I played Carthage, I will never rise the MHI, I think.. blush

 
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Jake Baker
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Mercenaries have the following benefits:

1 - It is not an operation to raise them. You can raise Merc units with card play and then use them the very same activation.

2 - Mercenaries can be raised anywhere, not just in provinces you control.

3 - Raising Mercenaries can let you raise HI or Cav in provinces where they are otherwise not allowed to be raised. So, for example, you can raise a Cav unit if you need one for Cavalry superiority or supremecy in a battle upcoming that activation, for a quick "surprise" one or two shifts in your favor.

4 - And don't forget, when taking casualties you can kill off the merc units first. So, if you have to lose 3 BP during a combat anyway, there's no practical difference between losing an HI you bought during Manpower that turn and losing a merc you raised during the current activation. And if that extra 3 BP, or 1 or 2 Cav shifts, is the difference between winning or losing a battle, then yeah, it can be worth it.

In other words, used judiciously hiring mercs can keep 2T of your treasury flexible during the turn, to be used where you need it when you need it.
 
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