Edit: I have started forming a committee. If you are a many season S ranker/Top 50 player/Tournament Organizer please let me know if you want to join.
I have largely lost hope that we will be getting a balance patch in any near future. While we lack the ability as players to patch the game we could theoretically fix things up with a community recognized ban list.
Goal number one is getting a Standardized Tournament ban list. This is the most important aspect. It will already have a small effect on the ladder meta as people will want to test for it.
Goal number two is if we can actually put together the tournament ban list then we can talk about trying to do an opt in Top 50 project.
Goal three is that it simply takes off and grows on its own.
Considering both top fifty and all tournaments are community run, such a ban list would be pretty easy to enforce. Tournaments are super easy to enforce and the ladder is not to hard either with an honor system and or checking the match history of top fifty folks that have opted in to participate to ensure they are following the ban list, and we would only need to check if someone who opted in reported an issue. It would not affect folks that did not want to participate, and we could still publish a normal top fifty list as well. But hopefully we at least can get tournaments standardized, and then it may catch on with the ladder on its own.
Duelyst is in a big slump right now, but if we had a dynamic, well recognized, community driven ban list we could not only balance the game but also shake up the meta. Now given its going to be pretty hard to come up with a ban list everyone agrees on, but letting the community have input, and having a committee of folks to vote/make changes on a monthly basis, just like the power rankings, could do the trick. If we gathered the Duelyst Central crowd @rhacker93 @niklaren and others we could make this happen with the same process we used to make the power rankings.
Here is my proposed/dream ban list that would theoretically balance and remove the most toxic aspects from the game, targeting the least fun meta decks and the most un-interactive or swingy cards:
(Keep in mind this is just my two cents, right after it I will be posting the community generated list. The goal is not to get ALL of this banned, and many things would be an OR rather then AND. The goal is just to gather a list to be voted on, and hopefully we can narrow it down to only the things that folks agree on being the most problematic. We also really want to only be targeting the big meta shapers and not just stuff we dislike.)
Khanuum-Kha. (If a full ban is to much, we could only ban it from being used with Fault.)
Less is more here. We do not want to go over board as small changes can have pretty drastic ripple effects
Other Cards a committee could Vote on suggested by others: (Again many of these would be INSTEAD of my suggestions or others on this list.)
Owlbeast Sage for Shidai only.
Bangle of Blinding Strike
In the case of Wanderer escaping a ban, Darkfire Sacrifice, and Flash Reincarnation could be voted to be banned for Wanderer only.