One more good vote. I would have voted very good if it was there, since I gave a good last time, and this is definitely a step better. I can't quite give it excellent, since I could see a fair number of bugs and had a crash or two, and to me excellent should only be given if it really rivals all the big 4x games out there. E:FE feels like it should be excellent by the time that the polish is in place, and every new beta is a big leap forward, so it should get there.
Tactical battles seemed like they're the least fun bit at the moment, but autoresolve is much better in taking out trash without wasting mana or getting my units damaged/ killed, so its a lot better. Some parts of the battles (like fortify - that is great) seem a lot better, but things like the jumpy tactical camera (which prevents me from enjoying close visuals) and the tactics in battles feeling a bit same-y as the game goes on drags it down.
But I did quite enjoy my first game overall; it felt like I had a story to tell about my game when it was done, which to me is a sign of a exciting game and having some good RPG added in. So, not perfect. But I would recommend it to friends looking for a 4x game, which is a good sign.