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I've seen this tossed around for a bit since WH3, so figured I'd put a post up here to further signal boost the idea. It's simple, really:
Bretonnia is falling behind.
Literally, in some aspects like their cavalry speed, but also in others like their supply lines bonus now being almost useless due to the global reduction for all factions. Their economy is still fairly strong, but their province sizes are so small compared to so many others. Their tech tree is still fairly weak, with the confederation techs still limited to only one chance to confederate when really they should simply UNLOCK the ability to confederate, not just give you a single chance to do so.
They lack lord and hero variety and to some degree unit variety as well, but the biggest issue that I have as a Bretonnia fan is that the core aspect of their identity, their superior cav, is no longer truly apt. Even early on their cavalry had at least some competition from Blood Knights and the like, but overall they were still the most cost efficient options. With all the new factions and balance changes, though, this is simply not the case. Bretonnia, as they should be the premiere cavalry faction, should have the best or at least tied for the best cavalry at every tier. Even Mounted Yeomen should be damn good light cav, and Grail Knights should be almost unbeatable except by the most elite anti-large units.
I don't care how CA goes about it, but something has to be done. Even if Bretonnia never gets another DLC, I hope they get a significant balance pass to at least bring them up to speed with modern factions.