My boy go to the report a bug forums right next to this one, you will find almost the same number of post, despite that here we have like 50 balance suggestion per week.
The game is not even in a good condition to add more stuff without even fixing critical issues, the source code of the game is really old any slight modification will cause several bugs, the new aoe3 functions will introduce more bugs, the also daily free civ rotation will cause issues for MP, just look at the complains for the simply UI latest changes and that was only visual, can’t imagine how much it will break the game now.
This is not negativity just for fun it is in fact a real and well documented complain, none of their patches have been free of bugs.
That is about performance, if we talk about balance, let me tell you we just had 11 months of INDIANS and KHMER domination in all team games, releasing broken civs that will get fixed eventually sounds not that bad right? well the khmer farming bonus wasn’t really changed until last month, so that was 11 months, imperial camel has been broken since 4-5 years ago probably more if we count the hd, so with that evidence giving 5 broken bonuses and nerfing 3 will keep 2 OP bonuses for those civs that will change the balance civ.
On HD or voobly you were not able to pick civs without your enemy knowing it for ranked matches, but guess what here on DE you can pick your civ and your enemy can’t do nothing about it, if you don’t own the dlc you are not going to be able to mirror it, so this will have a negative impact in ranked games.
Campaigns are somewhat entertaining for one maybe two times and that’s it, the players affected by those changes are effectively those who play the most the game.
Look at the 2 new civs, they are a french town and a barbaric small town that was in italy, the work behind those 2 civs by just changing the krepost and the castles a bit, is not worth the name of an expansion.
And to finish this explanation, they said the first official expansion, meaning there will be more!!!