Okay so I was going through the patch notes and couldnt help but fell dissappointed. One of the more interesting and more immediate balances that needed to happen was that of Boris Todbringer. This Lord is grossly underpowered and I cant help but struggle to understand why CA would put him in this state.
To be quite blunt, for a follower of Ulric he's a bit of a bitch, even by Stirlander Standards. This mans battle prowess ingame is a joke. I put him up against various other lords to test his ability in 1v1 combat and was left dissappointed.
Boris vs Chaos Lord.
I stripped Boris and the Chaos Lors of their abilities and it was a straight up 1v1 slugfest. In every engagement, each were tied for about 80% of the duel with neither at a clear disadvantage or advantage during the duel, yet each time Boris lost, as he routs before either combatant lands the killing blow. This is despite Boris costing +50 more than a Chaos Lord. How does this happen you ask. Simple, the Chaos Lord grossly outperforms him in every way but 2.
Compared to Boris a Chaos Lord has +132 health, +15 armour, -1 speed, +5 melee attack, +5 melee defence, +20 weapon strength, -10 charge bonus. All this whilst costing 50 less.
From this 2 conclusions can be drawn, either Boris needs a buff or Chaos lords need a debuff. As I can see no evidence of the latter happening, that only leaves the option for Boris to recieve a Buff. There is no justification for Boris to be at a loss vs a non Legendary Lord whilst costing more.
It ia only when testing a fully decked Boris with all his abilities and items against a fully decked Chaos Lord, do things turn in Boris' favour. This however comes at a price of Boris costing +416 more than the Chaos Lord a difference which is enough to afford a unit of Chaos Marauders at bronze chevron 2, who when accompanying the Choas Lord into battle, will result in Boris getting his grizzled veteran ass kicked unceremouniously kicked repeatedly.
This is perhaps one of the greatest insults that a Legendary Lord can at max strength can face, being defeated by a Generic Lord at max strength paired with the weakest infantry unit that faction has to accommodate the cost difference.
Boris vs Sigvald
When tested against other Chaos Lords such as Sigvald the result is even more shocking. Despite only costing 100 more than Boris, Sigvald has a significant advantage over him. +684, + 15 armour (-20% missile shield parry), +15 leadership, +6 speed, +5 melee attack, +10 melee defence, +30 weapon strength, same charge bonus.
All this, for less than the cost of equiping Boris with his Signature ability Crush the Weak, which coincidently costs 241 (+141 the cost of a base sigvald) which even if you did send Boris with into combat against Sigvald, still wouldnt be enough to help him win the duel. Sigvalds innate skill simply makes him too difficult for Boris to defeat even when Boris costs more. Even sending Boris into Combat with The White Cloak of Ulric isnt enough to help him defeat Sigvald, despite taking his total cost to over +372 that of a base Sigvald the Magnificent bastard.
To add insult to injury, a fully decked Boris with all of his abilities and items equipped costing 1966 pairing off against a fully decked sigvald with all his abilities and items costing 1655 and both Lords given enough time for then to activate them before engaging results in Boris gettting the positive **** kicked out of him repeatedly time and again. Maybe if he had his other eye he might be able to land more of his blows?
Anyone who isnt a complete masochist can see that our one eyed battle scarred bastard with his magnificent muttonchops needs a buff to make him less of a bretonnian man-at-arms and more of the Grizzled War Loving Veteran Melee expert that he is supossed to be.
Now this is where things get interesting, how to balance boris? This is ultimately up to CA, but with the information i have gathered and evidence presented, I would love to hear the suggestions that the community has to offer. Should all of the Chaos Lord units get nerfed to balance them vs Boris, or should Boris be revisited and actually be made into a competent melee expert as his Unit Info screen implies.
I will post my own recommendations for Boris once other people have been given the chance.