Alright! I am stoked for this weeks episode of Deadliest Warrior; The 14th Century Ming Warrior, the warriors who were unstoppable for 300 years, versus the 17th Century Musketeer, the French Militia Man who served in the French Military branch, Maison du Roi.
So lets put it into place: The Ming Dynasty was one of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history. Unfortunetly the Ming Capital of Beijing fell in 1644, the dynasty survived until 1662.
The Ming focused on building up a powerful standing army that could drive off attacks by foreign barbarians. Beginning in the 14th century, the Ming armies drove out the Mongols and expanded China's territories to include Yunnan, Mongolia, Tibet, much of Xinjiang and Vietnam. Ming armies incorporated gunpowder weapons into their military force, speeding up a development that had been prevalent since the Song. It is speculated that had the Manchu conquest of China not happened, the Ming army could have become completely equipped with gunpowder weapons, similar to 18th century Europe (Century after Musketeer).
Throughout most of the Ming's history, the Ming armies were successful in defeating foreign powers such as the Mongols and Japanese and expanding China's influence.
The Musketeer in the episode I am assuming to be is from Maison du Roi. They were created in 1622 as light cavalry men who carried muskets, but they both fought on land and on horseback. They also formed the royal guard for the king.
So now that that's overwith, I'm going to give my edge to the Ming Warrior. Sure, I would LOVE to see the Musketeer win, but the Ming seems to have a better sword and special weapon (that cannon thing).