One of the quality of life changes implemented in the Balance and Bravery patch was increasing the delay for AI characters in PvP from 0 seconds to 5 seconds.
Please revert this change.
First, I think that developer created bots are fine. They provide content for the beginners at arena level 1, and level 7 people in over 3k trophies. They also provide content for Arena levels 2 through 6 when matchmaking is taking too long. This fine for a game with lower population base or dearth of players during off peak hours.
Second, I appreciate that you want the player to feel as if they are playing against another player, however this illusion is disbelieved fairly quickly. All it does is to increase the time it takes to play a match against AI. Please value our time by reverting this change.
Anyone who plays a lot of PvP can tell if they’re playing a bot. The [Adjective][Noun] name, exactly 5 seconds to make a move, team composition of all the same level with one or two characters at one lower level, random targeting, lack of emoting or emote response, the ability to skip turns after 5 seconds (0 seconds previously) when actions are unavailable. For anyone who plays arena frequently, it is readily apparent when the player is matched against an AI opponent. Please respect the intelligence of the players to not disguise that the Arena is populated with bots. As I said earlier, AI opponents are acceptable.
Given that the players recognize when they are up against developer supplied AI opponents, and that the time to play against them have been artificially inflated to help support the easily disbelieve illusion of playing against real players, this change makes me feels like the developers either don’t respect the player’s intelligence and or value our time.
So please, revert the change so that we don’t have to wait 5 seconds for an obvious bot to make a move they they could have instantly.