I didn’t say it would. It would mostly make Trader not an exclusive character, like they have done in the past with 5*/6* promos.
5* era was plagued by RNG weapon and 5* Priya. Her kit allowed her to pretty much use her AR every other turn, confusing 3 enemies as well as holding a stun weapon. Scopely knew her value, hence she was never available for free or even in events until the 6* era.
6* era was plagued by a similar issue of overly strong promo characters that were almost never available via events. For those that were available in events, they were available at a very low chance. (Eg: Alert Beta from FA, Doc/Zach weren’t even available in events)
It’s important to note that the overly strong, as well as paid, characters from those eras gave free players little opportunity to improve. You either had to save up league coins to get lucky on the promo wheel, or wait for an event and hope you get lucky there too. Also, legacy 6*s were pumped out very slow compared to the promo toons, and they often did not help teams or were rare to obtain to begin with.
With the S-class era, there is 100% certain way for players to obtain the S-class of their choice overtime. Granted, it takes a while for newer S-class to be available via events/daily roadmap, and it also takes a while to grind up enough S-class shards, but there is a viable end-goal for all players.
As Scopely has shown with Tiffany being a possible counter to Mercer, Jacki being a counter to stun/confuse/Mercer meta, Trader being a counter to crowd control, they know that they can rake in money by creating a new character to help P2P players win better against others. So once more people start to obtain and use more Traders overtime, there is the need from P2P players to say, “I’ll pay for a counter to Trader.”
If they release a 7* character, then we’ll start to see the end of this era. The last or strongest S-class doesn’t make it the character “that ends this era”.