Please, do not get me wrong. The Wood Elves needed an overhaul, probably more so than any other faction. And while I'm not angry that the next TW:WH2 DLC will feature the Wood Elves, I am disappointed that it seems the Dwarfs are left out in the Chaos Wastes once again.
In a game that features the Skaven, a race so bitterly hated by the Dwarfs, why are the Dawi denied their turn to face off against the Ratmen in Total War: Warhammer 2's the Eye of the Vortex campaign? It really is a shame. I say this under the assumption that the next DLC will likely feature Wood Elves and Skaven. That pairing seems far more interesting than WE v. Dark Elves or WE v. Lizardmen. I'm not even including High Elves in the equation because they just had DLC. If there is another content pack after this Wood Elf-featured one, it will likely focus on Beastmen or Norsca. Both factions are unlikely to face off against the Dwarfs and, even if they did, I don't find the match-up appealing in the same way as Dwarfs v. Skaven.
TW:WH2 simply screamed for a Dawi v. Ratmen lord pack, and it seems very likely that this won't happen in the game's life cycle. It's unlikely to happen in the next game either since neither race is considered a "core" race for that game.
I keep wondering why CA chose to feature the WE in this next pack. I don't think it had to do with the faction needing an overhaul. They could have just uplifted them as part of the free content update, but not included them in the Eye of the Vortex campaign; much like how they did the Dwarfs and their update in May 2018. For people owning both Warhammer games and the Realm of the Wood Elves DLC, CA could have just awarded those loyal customers with a free legendary Wood Elf lord. That likely would have appeased what few WE players there are while motivating more to purchase the Realm of the Wood Elves DLC to get the free lord along with Orion and Durthu.
Another reason to scratch your head about Wood Elves getting the DLC love is their army roster is pretty much set. Other than a War Dancer hero and the Spellweaver general, there isn't anything else. Not unless you are really scraping the bottom of the barrel (Zoats) or simply making up new stuff just for the heck of it. Meanwhile, Dwarfs have units like Doomseekers, Rune Guardians, Daemon Slayers, the Gronti-Duraz, Shard Dragons, and several other units and features (runemaking) that haven't seen the game yet.
Since Clan Moulder is the Skaven faction most likely to get featured in the next DLC, led by Throt the Unclean, I'm even more disappointed. Throt is such an excellent nemesis for currently absent Dwarf lords like Thorek Ironbrow, Grimm Burloksson, or Malakai Makaisson.
Throt v. Ariel? Throt v. Drycha? It just doesn't appeal to me.
All this plus the Dwarfs have not received a new legendary lord since February 2017! That's when Grombrindal was made available to everyone as a FLC. And before you think it, no, Gotrek does not count. Between Feb. 2017 and today, we've seen game one factions like Empire, Greenskins, Bretonnia, and soon Wood Elves receive new lords. And unlike Empire, Bretonnia, Greenskins, and Wood Elves, when the Dwarfs received their much-needed update in 2018, they didn't get a new lord to accompany that fix!*
Yes, this slight against the Dawi is most certainly recorded in the Great Book of Grudges.
It seems like a massive lost opportunity on CA's part. When last I checked, Dwarfs had the second most Steam achievements in game one behind only the Empire. How could such a popular faction get shutout of Total War: Warhammer 2? A game that features their bitter enemy (Skaven) as a core race. I think it likely we will see a Dwarfs DLC in the third game, likely pairing them against the Chaos Dwarfs. But something like that is probably at least two years away. That is an awful long time to neglect such a popular faction.
It is certainly possible I'm wrong on all this, but I don't think I am when it comes to Dawi v. Skaven getting a lord pack in TW:WH2. That Thunderbarge has sailed, and it is a shame.
*Vampire Counts received a game two facelift without a new lord for the The Eye of the Vortex campaign. However, that faction already had five legendary lords.