I’d still love to see a change that causes Cumans to prefer ESL over Paladin, so:
Question: if Cuman’s Steppe Lancers cost half pop space, would Cumans prefer to use Steppe Lancers over Paladins in boomed-out team games?
Another Question: how much would this buff Cumans?
If it’d barely make ESL viable, I’d love to see it as a civ bonus. If it’d make Cumans stronger than Franks if implemented as a civ bonus, perhaps it could instead be balanced as a rework of the imp UT (Cuman Mercenaries).