Disclaimer: This pattern has been visibly repeated before with Mercy, and I doubt it will stop with Symmetra only, Thus, I’m making the title generic for the future.
After Geoff give us a tasty and meaty update on Blizzard’s plans to Symmetra 3.0, a lot of Symmetra players are expressing their criticism on those plans, and a few forumites are getting tired of all the Symmetra talk, and usually resort to the phrase in the title.
“Just wait and give it a try before saying she is ruined”
While I agree with the spirit behind it, there is three major issues with this argument.
First one is that we are giving feedback by talking about those changes. Sure, we don’t have the full picture like the devs, and we might end up making faulty assumptions because of a lack of more precise data (eg, we don’t know how long the new teleporter will last, or its cooldown). But even when we don’t have the full numbers, the devs can still read the feedback, and see what we like and don’t like about the idea.
Remember last year, when Moira was revealed in Blizzcon, and the devs then said they found funny when we asked for a new healer, and they already had one in development? Maybe we might be complaining about a problem they already solved internally, and the feedback is helping by pointing that they are in the right track. Or maybe we might provide a new point of view they had not considered before and will fix before throwing the rework in the PTR.
Tl;dr: Feedback is good, and there is never “too much” feedback.
Second, is that if Roadhog, D.va, Mercy and Hanzo reworks are any indication, once things are on PTR they are just slightly adjusted in the future, not reverted back. #RevertMercy has been going since the first iteration of Valkyrie in the PTR, and is still going strong. So if we have a problem with the future design, but only express it when they already wasted hours on new art assets and coding, the chance of us being heard and have things reverted to the previous, more loved (even if underpowered) versions is minimal. So, we have to express our dissatisfaction as early as possible.
Third, that its a bad thing to try to shut down discussion on topics that visibly matters to other people. That is not OW-specific, but if you have people discussing, eg, if blue shirts are easier to wash than red shirts, you jumping into that discussion saying “who cares” is rude, regardless if you think this is a good discussion, or if it matters in the Grand Scheme of the Universe©. If people are discussing it, it clearly matter to them. If you don’t like the discussion, move along, and go read another thread. We have hundreds of them every day in the forums, leave the discussions you don’t like for the people who care about them.
I hope this helps everyone in the long term, and that this can make the forums a better place for everyone, and lead to healthier discussions.