The point of the beta was to see how many people thought they’d gone too far. Turns out it was a lot and the tidalwaves of feedback saying that it was unfun drowned out those who felt the changes were closer in spirit to VT1 and led to engaging gameplay.
Personally, both sides have valid points, but it’s not like this is the last patch ever. Things can continue to be tweaked, but really, a flat ~30-40% damage adjustment on top of the ~halved stagger would have caused a major uproar amongst the less hardcore players and as such, there’s a business case to answer to considering they’ve got DLC coming out soon’ish.
Afterall, what would be the point of having a beta if you were going to ignore all the feedback and just issue it to live regardless?