This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, Season 8 Episode 3.
Game of Thrones‘ huge battle for Winterfell last week left viewers with mixed opinions (the Night King’s untimely end was a little anticlimactic…) but none have had more to say on the war than Total War players on Reddit.
A Reddit user by the name of AkimboGogurts kicked off the thread by saying: “There was a battle on Game of Thrones tonight, which means its obviously time for us, as professional armchair generals, to autofellate ourselves about how we would have played that battle better.”
Naturally, it didn’t take long for fellow GoT fans to get in on the action.
“What the f*ck was that [Dothraki] cavalry charge? you’re facing a fragile enemy with no missiles, no spears and no cavalry of their own so you just decide to leeroy jenkins your only mounted guys. Alexander the Great is rolling in his grave,” criticised one viewer/Total War player.
Another said the battle played out even worse than Total War‘s AI, adding: “Jon, bro, you gotta play your key battles and stay away from that auto resolve.”
One Redditor, who clearly belongs in the days of epic horseback wars, wrote a very lengthy critique of the battle.
“My first [point] is their overall defensive strategy was inherently flawed and depended too greatly on a deus ex machina for success which is suicidal to say the least,” they wrote. “Without any reconnaissance to speak of they took light calvary and charged them en masse.
“This would have only been a realistic option if they chose to use the calvary as skirmishers and harrassed the flanks. Of course that tactic would depend on the Dothraki to be Hun/Turkic/Mongol calvary that had a strong missile element.
“Strangely, the Dothraki are melee oriented light calvary without a strong missile element yet still lacking in anything beyond light armor. Those swords they use are pure garbage too. A sword that big with that exaggerated of a curve would only be good for slashing and, due to it’s size and curve, would be heavy with a very awkward balance…
“As far as using a massed calvary charge, I could actually see trying this strategy on one of the wings to funnel them towards a chokepoint but not with light calvary. Heavy calvary, preferably with armored horses, would be the only viable option and, again, it would be very situational.
“As for the overall strategy they employed, there wasnt any real defense in depth beyond the rather narrow and shallow ditch with stakes in it and the castle.
“Multiple lines of trenches, that were deeper and wider, would have done wonders even for their silly plan. It would have definitely bought them more time which seemed to an important part of their strategy.”
Maybe Reddit should be sitting on the Iron Throne..?
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