I think it's a good idea, but still hard to perfectly balance. For me humans are water map/early game race. You can rush harder because almost no lumber needed for upgrades. Bb It yeah making paladins cheaper could help a little bit. We must test it in games.
Honestly I suck and with bars and without bars. But there was too much drama around it. So let them be removed and considered hack. And there is a point in what tk said. We love this game for 23 years like it is.
P.s. I really love the new colors in new war 2 version. Thanks IL