So I was glancing at the new race format in MPMOTM and if you leave out the stat boost they seem fine to bolt on Culture and Background (but not heritage) from the Level Up books (although there are no paragon powers).
Am I missing something obvious?
It’s not so much that they are stronger than their CR might indicate more than their CR is more dependable as a measure of danger and they have a few more interesting options than MM mobs. But any third party monster book will do that for you. I try to avoid MM mobs for that reason.
Too much effort for so little return. The last encounter my party had with a troll under a bridge they aced the group stealth check and walked right past it.
Boom. Full xp.
Can’t see the value attached to the added granularity and an inventive party would heal the mob to get more xp.