So with Harper out something I’ve been noticing for a while now has properly come to forefront. She’s meant to be a shield killer primarily, that’s obvious. She’s got focus, disarm and stun.
There’s a problem though; She’s a PTP toon used to counter a PTP strategy. Most FTP players still don’t have a shield, let alone enough backing to properly keep it propped up for more than 2 turns.
This isn’t anything new though.
Alert Sandy and Wayland are a counter to revive chain teams (again: unlikely to see from a FTP player)
Lacerators and Naya are a counter to the tanky and bonus HP teams (this is the most likely to see from FTP players, but not to the extent to overcome the previously mentioned skills.)
Collateral Damage II and Harper are counters to shield teams (been over Harper/shields and Bryan looks like he sucks, so I’m ignoring him.)
And disarms are a counter to the weapon meta that’s basically universal (FTP have access to weapons end of this, but no proper access to any disarming toons.)
This has lead to what I call The Meta-Meta, or Meta^2 for you mathy types. It’s when a PTP character or strategy emerges to counter a PTP strategy rather than focusing on something else and letting the FTP or light PTP base catch up.
Was this in the 5 star era? Oh yes, most certainly. But it was different then. OP defense strategy? Release a new varied specialist or leader skill that can counter it, but already has a counter built in! OP offense strategy? Same thing. Nowadays in the 6 star era it’s just; OP defense strategy? Let’s release a more powerful offensive character! Offensive character too powerful? Let’s release a more powerful defensive character!
The 5 star era varied, so FTP players could find a niche and specialize and the swings were less blatant. It was more “Use this and you may be able to counter Shieldonne” rather than “Use this and you’ll be able to tear off Magna’s ass and beat her to death with it in 2 turns flat, guaranteed”. The 6 star era just escalates and counter escalates the same old shit and expects FTP players to keep up with a 1-track meta that’s horribly outpacing them. This is why so many people are worried about the power creep. This is why so many people are losing faith.