Current swapping and pouncing meta is the reason why I haven’t played in the last couple weeks. This game is not a game of skill or outplaying, it’s a battle simulator of who has the better raptor. People always come and say “use counters”. But they don’t understand the poor game design here or why this meta is stupid.
Here’s how a battle goes:
You start with raptor counter (i.e steg), they start with raptor. They pounce, you thagomizer, they swap. Their dino kills yours, and then you bring out another and they sacrifice their dino and bring the raptor back out. Well guess what, you no longer have your raptor counter (it’s unlikely that you have 2 or 3 raptor counters in your random selection). And now their raptor tears you up with either pounce then strike to kill your next dino, or (if you have another raptor counter) repeating pounce swap sacrifice. The only way to beat it is to get lucky in random selection or have the better raptor.
Anyone who doesn’t see this issue, is either in denial or just literally doesn’t understand good game design and balancing. The only people not complaining are the ones who exploit it and pay to win players with level 20+ raptors. It’s silly to think that this meta is even reasonable from any standpoint.
I’m sitting at 3.3k in arena, and I refuse to play until theirs and update. I even have a good team against raptors (multiple tanks, lvl 17 irex, lvl 16 rajakalosaurus, high lvl stegocero…). It’s just seriously not fun doing battles. It is the same exact thing every time. The battles are so predictable. You know if you won or lost almost immediately. Battles are meant to require skill and actual tactics. This meta requires neither.
Either give raptors more health and make pounce a 2 move cooldown, reduce the pounce damage reduction, or change the swapping mechanic so that once a skill is used it should have to go through it’s cooldown regardless of a swap.
Poor game design. It’s simple as that. Anyone who thinks otherwise just simply doesn’t understand game design and game balancing. I’ve been a game developer and this is just inexcusable for a company with so much money and resources.