Hello. Happy Holidays, Happy New Year’s to all. Thanks for releasing DeathWing on December 3, 2019. He is super mighty, super awesome, albeit, with some revision needed like most new hero releases.
You have previously said that you tend / prefer to incline the balance to slightly overtuned when releasing new heroes. Part of the reasoning is that you want players to actually USE and play with the hero so that you can gather more data.
You also, have previously mentioned that the game is not really balanced around Quick Match. That the better game modes to gather data from are SL and Unranked Draft.
The hero in question now is DeathWing, but I think the question applied to original release Li Ming, Garrosh, Kael,tha’s, Tracer, Genji (heroes with HIGH ban rate on release)
In the current state, it is a reasonable assumption, that DW is seeing very little Storm League and Unranked Draft play. Mostly he is seeing, because of lack of bans, Quick Match play.
So here is the question:
If the game mode preferred to measure balance with is not in the reach of DeathWing because of bans, then is it fair to say that he is being balanced with mostly Quick Match data? Are you okey with this?
In other words:
If the developers, by omission (for whichever reason, not looking to blame anyone: holidays, want to gather more data, financial considerations, etc), exclude the new hero from the better game modes to measure balance with; how do you guys know that the balance changes will work for SL and UD?
It feels like DW is being balanced in phases: release phase, QM phase, (we are here now), and eventually when he is made playable on SL and UD, then will truly see final balance changes. Is this why it takes that long to properly balance a hero?
My concern is that I think your player base actually WANTS to play with (and against) DeathWing outside of Quick Match and simply can’t at the moment because of bans. And you know, it’s been a while since release. He is pretty much out of UD and SL for over a month now.
I am writing this, very aware that another balance patch is coming very soon and that there is a high chance to see DW balance changes. From what I have read most of the community agrees that some talents and abilities need tweaking based on the numbers available (top popularity, top bans, very high win rate) which suggest revision is needed.
Please, tweak him, as fast as humanly possible so we can see him in SL and UD!!