I'm thinking 5e wanted to tone down the power levels, which makes sense given how cray cray many elders were in previous editions. Though note that generation and blood potency still matters a great deal in this edition, and elders with 6+ BP and a bunch of rank 5 disciples could still mangle a coterie of neonates. Though with less of an obvious power difference, it finally highlights something that really should have been apparent in earlier editions: elders survive by being smart, not strong. Lots of advance planning, safeguards, and blood bound bodyguards. A 200 scheming Ventrue is going to...