I know the developers use a wide range of data that help influence their decisions when nerfing and buffing heroes, but it seems like they have gone too far on several occasions and nerfed heroes into oblivion.
Some older examples of this include Savage, Razorback, Mauler, and Fortress who, at one time, were quite good, but now are utter garbage. More recently we have seen Ifrit, Panzer, and Nightingale get nerfed into the ground. These heroes use to be amazing, then after a few rounds of nerfs went to “balanced” (imo), and now after receiving even more nerfs have become C string heroes rarely used. Outside a featured event I haven’t seen Panzer in months in PVP.
What I don’t understand is why these heroes get nerfed after they are seemingly balanced. A lot of times it feels like a knee jerk reaction to data from months ago, or the devs are being too influenced by low levels which, imo, don’t really matter since you out grow them quickly. That and most people at lower levels don’t really grasp all the game mechanics yet. I play a 60k team on my alt account with Kuno that wins 90% of the time, this team would never fly in the 90k+ league. Does that mean Kuno should be nerfed because I am playing inexperienced players and she is stronger at that level?
To make these matters worse, other heroes that are obviously OP and used on almost every team go unchecked for several months. Phalanx was nerfed a few months ago, but I still see her on 9 out of 10 teams I face. Meanwhile I see Heimlock in maybe half the matches (usually even less, probably closer to 1/3), yet Heimlock has received substantial nerfs the last two months while Phalanx has not. The same goes for a number of other heroes. 4-Cep, Kurtz, Phalanx, Flatline, Keel, Mandrake, etc. are staples and go unchecked, while heroes like Caine, Heimlock, and Pariah recieve nerfs seemingly out of nowhere when they are used a fraction as much as the aforementioned.
I know my own experience is only a very small sample, but it seems to align with my Alliance and most forum users as well. It’s really frustrating because a lot of these heroes would still be usable and in the meta if they had not been over nerfed.