FIRST LOOK: MALI Mansa Musa leads Mali in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. He may have been the richest man who ever lived, and used his wealth as a tool to enrich his empire. Mali’s unique ability is “Songs of the Jeli.” City Centers receive additional Food and Faith for adjacent Desert and Desert Hills tiles. Mines will provide less Production, but a significant Gold increase, and Commercial Hub buildings can be purchased with Faith. Mali’s unique district is the Suguba, which replaces the standard Commercial District. This district grants a discount to every Faith and Gold purchase in the city in which it’s placed, and receives a major adjacency bonus for Rivers and Holy Sites. The Mandekalu Cavalry is Mali’s unique unit. This Medieval unit receives Gold from kills, and provides protection to nearby Trader units. Mansa Musa’s unique ability is “Sahel Merchants.” Golden Ages increase Trader capacity, and Trade routes receive extra Gold for each Desert tile in the origin city. Though Desert empires typically struggle to grow, Mali’s focus on Gold and purchase power will give you what you need to keep up with – or surpass – civs settled elsewhere on the map. Money may not buy happiness, but you may be able to buy victory as Mali. With this much Gold – and Faith – in his pocket, Mansa Musa can go for any type of victory. Will you store up the treasures of this world and the next? How will you lead Mali in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm?