Slavs have almost all Monastery technologies, lacking only Heresy and Faith, so Slavic Monks are above average. With Orthodoxy, the Slavs have one of the best and most durable Monks in the game as Orthodoxy makes them to have armor so they can support the front lines and resist enemy attacks for a while. That is important because three of the core units of the Slavic army are melee units (Champion, Boyar, and Halberdier) and in many cases they require the support of Monks to become more durable in battle. Ironically, the Slavs have the weakest resistance against enemy Monks, but despite this, Orthodoxy and the Monk support is highly valuable in an offensive situation.
One major benefit of Orthodoxy is the better performance when engaged with Hussars; normal Monks, even with Sanctity, will die in two hits from a fully-upgraded Hussar, while Slavic Monks require three hits if they have Orthodoxy. That gives Slavic Monks an important edge against the common Monk-counter.
Since Orthodoxy is already available in the Castle Age, the Slavs can also quite effectively perform a Monk rush.
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Orthodox is the form of Christianity maintained by the Greek Orthodox Church and the countries evangelized from it. Christianity was first introduced to East Slavic State of Kievan Rus by Greek missionaries in the 9th century. Eventually, Christianity became the official state religion of Kievan Rus after its prince, Vladimir, was baptized in 988.
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