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Unlike most Banner Armies, the Ming Army is specifically designed to counter one unit type instead of 2. Both Keshik and Qiang Pikemen are designed to counter heavy cavalry such as Hussars, and when combined with the Standard Army or Imperial Army, it offers the classic "triple pronged" counter, being able to counter light Infantry, heavy Infantry, and heavy Cavalry. The Ming Army is available from the Colonial Age and can be trained out of War Academies. Put Keshik with at the front of Qiang Pikemen, Keshik will attack at staggered mode to reduce all enemy heavy cavalry hit points, then if the heavy cavalry is getting too close, it's the time for Qiang Pikemen to annihilate them by flanking them outside of Keshik line up.