In fact, 1.8 (not 1.5 or 1.6) had the most balanced meta. However, for me it wasn’t the best update because unfortunately it also had boosts 1.0
1.2-1.6 were the best times. Pretty balanced meta, no exclusives (except Diplo, but it wasn’t op because of exclusivity) and, what’s most important, no boosts. Good old times. Playerbase was growing instead of shrinking
1.10 was a nice update. Boosts 2.0 were invented and for a while (for around a week) there were no boosted dinos in the arena. Unfortunately, ultimately people decided to still boost their dinos…
Current times (1.11-1.14) are bad, but not the worst. They’re just boring. Apart from new creatures, nothing changes. Maybe in 1.15…
1.9 was horrible. After nice and balanced 1.8 (apart from boosts), Ludia decided to buff immunes (idk why, they were fine) and implement partials, what started immune meta. Nothing wrong in partials, but they are far too common and sometimes broken, making debuff dinos worse and worse
And 1.9 introduced Indo G2
But 1.9 wasn’t nearly as bad as the worst update ever, 1.7. Surprising how close the best update (1.6) was to the worst one (1.7). Surprising how quick can you ruin such a great game.
But why was 1.7 the worst? Because we wanted to make our Rexes faster than Velociraptors…
But seriously, it seemed to be a great update to me when I was reading Release Notes. Until I saw the words " Ever wanted your Tyrannosaurus Rex to be faster than a Velociraptor? Would you like to increase the health of that creature with a Swap in Ability? Well now you can, thanks to Stat Boosts! "
I didn’t like this idea right away, however, I decided to give it a chance.
1.7 maintenance break started. Even on this issue, this update turned out to be the worst of all. On Android, maintenance lasted around 16 hours. No, 1.14 wasn’t even close to it.
When it finally ended, we could finally open new JWA. And it turned out to be horrible, way worse than 1.6. Boosts, tons of bugs (it was probably the most bugged update), broken darting and stupid new matchmaking system, to name some of 1.7 issues. Without doubt worst update ever.
Nothing weird that playerbase started to decline since 1.7