My thoughts on how to properly implement 3-2-1
First of all, I would like to thank Jeff and the dev team for continuing to keep us updated despite the harsh feedback last time. The 3-2-1 concept is something I had never thought about before, but I think if it is implemented right, it can be great for the game.
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3-2-1 Fixes a lot of issues, such as que times and double shield, but also brings a major problem. The problem is that it makes off-tanks (Dva, Zarya, Hog*) practically useless.
*I know sigma is commonly classified as an off-tank, but I believe he could be used as a main-tank in a solo-tank scenario. Also it is important for him to be classified as a main-tank in order to remove double shield.
A common solution I’ve heard for this is to add a “flex” role that can play both tank and DPS. This wouldn’t work for multiple reasons. The first being that it wouldn’t change the meta. Orisa sigma would still be meta and most flex players won’t want to play tank. This would create conflict in ranked because any team with double shield would automatically have an advantage, and any flex player not playing tank would get flamed.
My solution is to implement 3-2-1, but give the DPS access to off-tanks. Any DPS can choose an off-tank, but only one is allowed per team. This would allow a 3-2-1 scenario to work without having to rework the off-tanks.
Some people might argue that the issue of needing a second tank will still exist under this method, but I would have to disagree. By forcing the potential second tank to be an off-tank, it will balance the game much better. A second tank will be viable, but not a must pick. Plus, you would have three people who will potentially pick it instead of one.
I really hope this will be seen because I believe this will make the game more enjoyable for everyone. Thank you for reading and please give feedback.