The problem for me on the wargame table is with Hoplites getting phalanx rule, nothing else, this makes them a superior troop type than the guys who made them redundant. I would quite happily swap a fourth rank for a 3 up save. As for extra armour I am not convinced phalangites stuck with armour for very long but that is another story. My only option is to become Alexander or steer clear of Hoplite armies, the former is not going to happen but the latter can.
That would be a simple solution but Greek players will not agree I think. I could have fought the battle better on reflection and the lack of players here means I do not encounter Hoplites armies very often, however I feel the match up is just wrong.
That is almost true, pikes only get two ranks in first round, it is the phalanx rule that screws things up, It gives them protection for combat and shooting, it also allows two ranks irrespective of type of spear standing or charging. In other words they get all the advantages of the weapon which made them obsolete, and allied to the large shield this means they will normally beat pikes most of the time in a straight fight.