If the voices of the correct outweigh the incorrect, then yes. Majority loses. That’s how it should be.
I used to be a pro player in the Star Wars: Squadrons scene - and a fairly well respected and regarded one at that. We knew the game intimately, what it did and didn’t need, what would make it better. The developers had their ear to the ground with us and made sure we got what we needed - but they didn’t abandon casuals either. Honestly, that hurt our scene that they tried to make specific balancing work for, well, two different scenes, so badly.
343i has clearly identified that this needed to change, but the thing is…
They are absolutely sticking to their guns.
They haven’t touched the AR past the flight change and are changing radar only for social modes. They’re clearly sticking to their vision for balancing, but making micro-adjustments that the casuals will not notice. So we all have to land two shots before meleeing. Good. Here’s what it does and doesn’t change.
1: Mangler no longer superior to Bulldog and Heatwave. Those are the bang and slap guns now, since the Mangler can’t do that.
2: Still matches the BR, which will both need 2-shot-and-slap for a shoot and melee kill.
3: Still fills its role as a powerful weapon in ranked. What we do is 2-shot with the mangler, and either drop it or switch to the BR to finish people off. The melee is now no longer an instant win, which makes it that much LESS of a steamrolling weapon for 3/8 people on the map to have. That is GREAT.
Here’s the thing. Spawning in 3-4 spots in the map, in its current state…? The team with most manglers outright has dominance because it’s the best gun in the game currently, for arena 4v4. Just, outright, it is the best. This change reduces its role at close range so that Bulldogs and Heatwaves can actually breathe, but it still threatens BRs and other mid range weapons.
This is nothing but a good balance and it won’t require 3 melees to kill people. It will still be 2.
The change for blanket melee damage reduction outright makes no difference in casual play and nobody will even remotely notice.