What a ridiculous comparison.
First of all, in chess, each person has the exact same pieces in the same places at the start of the game, I don’t just randomly draw a makantor and then poof, there goes your queen. A highly skilled chess player can beat a beginner even if he threw out his queen at the start of the match.
Secondly, you’re only proving my point further, in chess every piece has equal power, my queen is just as valuable as your queen, my rook is just as valuable as your rook, there are no strictly overpowered pieces. I’m not saying that every card should have the same value, I’m saying that every card of equal cost should have the same value, and the player who comes out on top is the one who uses his equally balanced cards better. No shit a rook is stronger than a pawn, if I sacrifice a rook to take your rook than we each lost the same value, but if I positioned better than you did, I got more out of it. Apply that to duelyst, if I used any other 4 mana card, I should get the same value you got out of holy immolation, but if I planned it out my 4 mana card better than you planned your holy immolation, then I should win.
Thirdly, the idea that op cards are balanced because everyone has them is a terrible argument. If we have a match and you draw 3 holy immolations, but I don’t any any makantors, lantern foxes, or whatever my factions op card is, then I just flat out lose, you got to use your unbalanced cards and I didn’t.