So we all know that balance changes occur every single patch, where some characters are buffed, nerfed or even reworked. But there seems to be confusion between Balance and Fun. First of all Buffs: No denying that they feel amazing, they restore the fun in a character and make them more viable in a game. Nerfs however… do the exact opposite. They make a character feel worse, less fun and reduces the fluency that they once had. So far, characters are being nerfed so much that the game feels less fun than it should be.
So, if people want to play a game that’s balanced, Team 4 needs to make it fun first. They need to focus more on making fun content such as expanding seasonal events (the brawls/gamemodes themselves), creating new permanent content for Arcade and releasing new things thay completely change how the game plays (like a new core gamemode).
It might sound like I’m going off-track but I needed to get that out of the way, so I can state what is fun in terms of non-balancing. But now, we get onto balancing. Remeber when I said that buffs make a character feel better? Well, that’s what should happen. There should always be more buffing than nerfing because it would help bring back the fun in the game.
Let’s set up a scenario. Pharah is OP and people complain. Well before going into detsail you’ll need to find out why she is OP. Is it because a part of her kit is too strong? Or, is is that the counters aren’t effective enough. If so, the best thing to do is try buffing the counters before thinking about nerfing the character. “But soldier will then become too OP against Mei” (as another example) well try buffing Mei and make her more viable against him. Because you’re buffing these heroes, it starts a chain reaction where more buffs come in thus restoring the fun in playing that specific character and when people find out they’re favourite character has been buffed, they’re more likely to come back to the game.
So therefore Balance and fun can only be mixed in the form of buffs, not nerfs. As well as making more permanent and fun game-changing content.