Reason 1 - reused models
This is a fake reason, because Ensemble Studios also reused models and noone complained about it. Here you are:
Reused isn’t mean bad. They can be definitely good.
Reason 2 - they aren’t unique.
This is also a fake reason:
Monks, Immortals, Generals, Fire Lances, War Chariots, Cataphract, Mounted Archer are unique.
Chu Ko Nu and Halberdier were unique until Patch 2.7
Scout Cavalry is unique in a very bad way.
Sitting Tiger is an egyptian catapult.
Myth units are also unique, expect of the Azure Dragon, which is basicly a Chimera with far worse pathfinding and ability to move above seas.
God Powers are also unique.
Gardens are unique.
Reason 3 - Chinese should be completely rebalanced.
It already happened. Patch 2.7&8 completely rebalanced them. They changed the stats of 90% of units significantly.
Are you not entertained?
Reason 4 - You are not entertained.
Chinese are not a civ which has been designed to play. It’s a civ which has been designed to play against.
Reason 5 - Balancing is like politics.
Popular win, the hated lose. Who read One Punch Man manga know it. This happened. Atlanteans have been buffed to heavon, Chinese nerfed to the ground.
Reason 6 - It’s hard (or impossible) to use Chinese.
How would you use Landlord Spirit? How would you pass a Gate with a War Salamander? See below:
These are difficult questions. How is it possible that the bug above is still in the game? It’s not an early release. Tale of the Dragon is 5 years old and noone reported this bug in a useful form. Because noone used Chinese.
Reason 7 - Separatist community: Voobly
Chinese aren’t even exist in Voobly. We can not expect useful feedback from Voobly players, because it’s a different game version. The evolution of the game looks like this:
main line: Titans 1.03 —> EE —> TOTD —> DE with +1 civ —> Upcoming expansions for DE (?)
alternative line: 1.03 —> Voobly balance patches —> More voobly balance patches —> Even more voobly balance patches
Reason 8 - Nostalgia factor
Tale of the Dragon and EE is basicly the same. Maybe every content which have been created after 2014 is in TOTD level, but you haven’t realised that and rated EE up.
Reason 9 - Visual bugs.
There are really annoying visual bugs for the Chinese content. Half of them can be fixed by a 10 years old kid with notepad. But, It seems like this issue has the lowest priority.