You know that saying “no offense” doesn’t preclude you from being offensive, right? You’ve been insulting everyone who disagrees with you (which at this point is everyone). That does not reflect well. You want my reasoning? Plain observation. The game has been going for YEARS with the “soft-balancing” paradigm, and it’s remarkably healthy and robust with no sign of dying out. Every civ is relevant and unique, and even if there are imbalances, no civ is degenerate or irrelevant. Out of 43 civs. That is success, plain and simple.