Valid points can be made for or against a nerf. Like so many other things done by TS, the rage of players on either side of the issue exists because each of us has an idea about how things should be and those ideas may be out of line with TS’s ultimate goal/s.
We used to have 1v1. It was awesome. It forced you to create a balanced mech. If you wanted (and had the time and money), you could build a second or third mech to shake things up a bit.
1v1 was destroyed to make way for 2v2. Reasons aside, the impact of that was that it required building of a second mech. At that time, you still mostly had to build 2 balanced mechs.
Arena points were introduced. It suddenly became VERY helpful if both mechs were of the same kind… more rebuilding. It also drove everyone to the arena every day for at least 5 fights and if you wanted to at least keep up with everyone else, you had to go premium for those fights (either watch vids or spend tokens).
With pvp’s feature of picking 2 out of 3, those who chose to build balanced mechs found themselves slipping down the ranks. If forced us to build a third mech so we could way overcompensate with counter builds.
The introduction of new items have now made it (seemingly) impossible for the 3 mechs we’ve built to all be of the same class. So triple phys, heat and energy are forced to do what… build another mech and maybe 2 other mechs.
In nearly every instance, anger has been because what we’ve worked very hard on is suddenly no longer good enough. This isn’t entirely different than the transition from the old game into the new. You’re work (time and often money) is depreciated in value, made almost without value.
The biggest problem here isn’t EMP, Seraph, engines, drop rates, unobtanium or any of that. The biggest problem here is the same one that has always existed in the shadows. TS has yet to provide any indication as to where the game is going or what their vision is, supposing they have one that looks beyond revenues.
Feel free to ask them. They will go silent. In the mean time, we get angry. Without an answer from them, we rely on what we think is going to happen or should happen. Every time it doesn’t happen the way we imagined, we get angry.
Maybe griping loudly enough will get something nerfed or something buffed. Something new will show up. Something else will get buffed, nerfed or both. The scenario will repeat.
*Edit - and by the way, better start building more mechs.