Before starting I’d like to plug OrigamiRobot’s opinion piece on the matter. It’s well done and deserves a read. I’ll reference it once or twice as well.
This has been a much talked about topic, and because of that I’d ask the mods not to lock this thread and perhaps allow it to be the home of the discussion.
After reading the 2.1 release notes I noticed a lot of great changes. Quality of life improvements to raids, the new apex creature, and more organization tools are all exciting. However, after reading some of the changes to some key creatures, there was an essential item that was missing in the notes, and that’s a boost reset.
You can assume correctly I’m referring to Maxima. Due to poor play testing and Ludia’s own doing, Maxima was undoubtably broken in 2.0, as was Tryko. In order to keep the game fair and balanced, these creatures needed to be adjusted. Unfortunately, one creature was made an example, while the other was treated fairly.
Tryko’s decel counter was taken away, and on paper this seems to be enough to make him more balanced. He’s still a formidable creature, but now must rely on his resilient impact to slow anyone down.
Max on the other hand was beaten within an inch of its life, and while begging for mercy Ludia lit it on fire. Its distraction resilience going from 75% to 0% and losing its armor may have been enough. Kicking a creature while its down, or dousing it in gasoline, Ludia lowered its HP and ATK and then lit the match by making taunt shattering rampage a 2 turn cooldown. Maxima needed a nerf but got an execution.
In light of this massacre we just witnessed, some form of boost reset is a must. Designing a creature to be objectively oppressive so players are forced to invest their boosts into it to be competitive, then turning around and nerfing it into the ground without a boost reset is unethical, and borderline theft. A fully boosted creature has $400 worth of boosts tied into it. Expecting players to throw away $200 of that investment to “refund” half of them back is disgusting and beyond greedy. At the end of the day, I can shrug off Max being nerfed into oblivion. What I can’t shrug off is having my $400 worth of boosts go down with it.
Not allowing us to reset our boosts on Max is the equivalent of buying a fully loaded Audi, and Audi then coming to us saying “We made a mistake designing your car, we need to take out some key features to make it more safe”, them then stripping it down while not offering any sort of refund/compensation. We’d never let Audi get away with it, but yet we allow Ludia to get away with it almost every update.
I’ve seen the argument thrown around “Max was so powerful; you should’ve known it would have been nerfed.” Going along with what OrigamiRobot said in his opinion piece, that argument is correct. It’s also unrealistic and defeats the point of the game. Paraphrasing OR, losing a lot now to maybe have it pay off later is horrible gameplay. If that’s the game Ludia wants us to play we should all reconsider our role in it. I can concede a game wide boost reset may be overkill, but allowing us to reset the affected creatures at zero or very little cost to ourselves is a perfectly reasonable request/expectation.
A boost reset is needed but is just a band aid at this point. Looking at the 2.1 release notes, our “Max” problem is going to happen all over again with Geminititan. Players will demand a nerf on gemititan (again) and if it gets the same treatment Max did, we’ll need another boost reset. It really makes you wonder if Ludia wants their game to be fun, fair, and balanced, or they just want to play the bait and switch game with OP creatures.
At the end of the day, boosts aren’t the problem, their implementation is. Plugging OrigamiRobot one last time, his idea of fixing the boost system sounds pretty great, so go give that a read. It would allow slightly more boost experimentation, give Ludia a source of revenue, and updates would be far more forgiving.
As for right now, 2.1 needs a boost reset on Max and we as a community need to hold Ludia accountable and expect nothing less.