I’ve been playing this game ever since you would draw two cards per turn and cats with blast/rush would destroy your games. I’ve sunk a good chunk of money into it over the years.
I always defended it as a more skill-focused Hearthstone. I used to love this game. Not anymore.
The fact that we’re playing on a patch that’s been designed around many cards not being in the rotation for months now should insult anyone able to rub two brain cells together. More so than power corresponding to card rarity. More so than the ever increasing inclusion of RNG effects with every expansion.
Rather than keeping the game (or meta) fresh with regular balance patches we get nothing but re-runs of PvE boss battles. While people have been rating the PvE challenges favourably ever since the beta, no new (permanent) content is to be seen ever since.
Many good suggestions for game modes (most notably “unranked”, which lasted for a grand total of a handful of weeks before the new format threatened to legitimately kill the game) came and went. None were implemented.
Face-is-the-place or out-heal-the-pace decks are as dominant as they were years ago. Strategic board-focused gameplay, huh? These days we just don’t buff that tiger, but rather just type “deal” or “heal” into the search bar while deck building.
At this point you have to wonder if CPG, or their cash-hungry overlords at Namco have lost interest in the game or their vision just diverges from what this game used to go for.
From my perspective this game has one more shot of redeeming the wrong turns it took over the years with the next expansion, otherwise it will forever disappear into the niche it forced itself into. We’re legitimately not very far from dropping the playerbase numbers low enough for it to happen. And every “cheap” victory is taking it closer to the edge.
I understand this thread will attract many negative responses. I won’t be back to read them, so go haywire. Just take this away: The next time you end a match, ask yourself: did I or my opponent have fun? If the answer to both is “probably not” or “I would play a deck that I enjoy if it didn’t suck”, your opinion and mine aren’t far from one another.
This is intended as feedback in the off chance Namco is still paying anyone to regularly check the forums. Maybe my voice is not the most educated, or most in-the-know one out there. But I used to be a fan of this game, and I would like to be one again in the future.