“The main difference in gameplay with the current bug is; All classes become proficient vs hordes as everything has higher than intended cleave. Everyone can also stagger enemies with much greater ease as we should be scaling stagger output the most. Tank classes thus becomes slightly redundant. Higher damage output puts a lot of weapons over thresholds of oneshotting, often without intended crits or headshot requirements. Killing stuff faster means lack of enemies and puts a greater emphasis on ranged combat over melee combat.”
So i was reading this and it well… is kind of insanely backwards. With the hero power fix coming soon, we’re all going to have significantly less damage, knockback and cleave. As a result the developers believe this is going to fix ranged builds being better than melee? What? This is going to have the completely opposite reaction. If you’re weaker in every aspect of melee but do less ranged damage, people are just going to be endlessly spamming infinite ammo builds and nothing else. How does nerfing the fundamental basics of melee combat help combat fix this? You’re just going to see a LOT more Bounty Hunters with volley crossbows in response.
How about we make Handmaiden/Battle Wizard/ Zealot and the other terrible classes more viable? How about we stop with patrols spawning inside groups and instantly being triggered? How about we stop spawning multiple hordes during boss fights? How about we look at the huge amount of just awful awful melee weapons first? How about we look at the gigantic amount of genuinely useless talents?
This update is just going to make the bad classes even more unappealing as you’re pushing more and more into “meta gaming” to be able to win.
I get that balancing takes time but when nothing has been done but endlessly nerf and nerf and nerf it really seems like the main focus is over “hardcore gameplay” instead of having fun. Yes i’m aware that most of the responses will be just telling me to “get good” in some way. I’m more concerned that the game just genuinely is hitting a point of not fun now when your options to play other classes are whittled down more and more with every update. I think a beta should seriously be considered if they’re going to make such changes. A hero nerf overall will need to come with buffs somewhere else to many of the less than viable classes. I don’t see them coming anytime soon though…