I know a lot of us has felt disappointed for the absence of balance changes this month.
This may indicate that we should not expect a lot of changes in the following.
I would like to discuss what we really need to, say, conclude the balance.
"Conclude " means that every following change can be considered just an improvement of the game variety, instead of a need. For example buffing the underused samurais is NOT a need. It would just add variety to the game, which is good, but it is not a priority since Japanese are one of the most balanced civs in the game in every map.
Priority 0: buff the weak civs
With DE and the following patches, several weak civs, originally belonging to the low tier have beef buffed (Teutons, Vietnamese, Khmer, Koreans, Saracens, Goths, Tatars, Lithuanians, Persians…).
This has created a small group of civs resulting pretty underwhelming since they competitors have been put ahead: Italians (whose land buffed seems to be the most asked by the community), Turks (imo the weakest civ), and Portuguese.
Also Koreans do not shine, but at least we agree that they have a superior late game and a solid tower rush.
Imo, this is what is really mandatory to consider the game balance perfect, or even “concluded”.
Priority 1: fix usless non-unique units
(Priority 1 is less important that priority 0)
Currently all the non-unique units have a decent role (even militia line) except hand cannons and steppe lancers. Giving a role to these units would be appreciated despite non-mandatory.
Priority 2: buff some of the unused UUs/update the current bonuses just to improve game variety
This is not necessary, but the majority of us likes to see more UUs, that is why we have a lot of topics on that.
Also some cool ideas to change, for instance, inca team bonus, tatar hill bonus, and hun UT have been proposed. Again, these are not needs but would be appreciated
Priority 3: nerf top civs
There are very few civs considered as “top civs” looking at pro picks, like Aztecs/Mayans/Chinese. Imo, none of theme is really OP, (unless compared to the 3 weak civs), but someone asks for nerfing them (I am not that favorable tbh).
Just curious to see what people feel as balance priorities…