"... like gray wolves, they lope in the field, seeking for themselves honor, and for their prince, glory."
— Lay of Igor's Campaign (c1185)
While it is true that they consequently have no ramp costs in food (for infantry) or wealth (for heavy cavalry), the fact is that the sheer metal cost blocks Russia's ability to upgrade its defensive strength, yet alone produce additional instances of these units for the battlefield. As such, these units may perhaps provide savings that can be pumped into Russian armoured militia or light cavalry, but are limited if not useless by the fact that one cannot amass sufficient numbers of these troops to fight. A good method, however, around this would be to trade resources with others. The most valuable trade partner would be Byzantium, whose infantry do not consume that much metal as Russian heavy units do.
- Heavy polearms infantry. slower than normal Spear Sergeants with an exorbitant ramp cost in metal, but with a diminished food cost and the ability to deal serious splash damage.
- First Strike — As the Berdishy Dvor can be obtained in the pre-Centralisation late game, they are a great boost for those capable of recruiting them, although they will soon be outranged by the costlier but more efficient Pikemen.
- Battleship Bulk — Berdishy Dvor are slow but extremely hard-hitting due to the reach of their weapons which is very useful for taking out packed formations of melee units.
- A Question of Mettle — Berdish Dvor have a very high metal cost, but a very low food cost to compensate. If Russian metal production is stymied, trade might be the only way to obtain sufficient metal to create them.
Although modelled after the Russians, the Lithuanian sub-faction trains both Russian and Polish infantry, but doesn't train any unique cavalry units, apart having both Javelin Cavalry and Horse Archers.