Preventing video games are all about participant expression in a one-on-one state of affairs, for essentially the most half, and few titles have as a lot persona and free-flowing motion to allow that on the highest stage as Dragon Ball FighterZ.
However even with a hype event to call the 2022-23 World Champion, there may be one key flaw that very brazenly leaves the aggressive scene trekking via mud.
It’s not a secret that Android 21 (Lab Coat) is one in all, if not the perfect, characters in relation to aggressive play as a result of she was given the distinctive means to use a 21-percent harm debuff impact to each different character within the recreation with one in all her strikes. This basically made it so anybody not enjoying Lab Coat 21 could be going through a one-sided drawback no different character within the recreation might inflict.
It bought so unhealthy that Lab Coat 21 was getting used on a majority, if not all, prime workforce compositions for gamers ending extremely at massive occasions following her launch on Feb. 24. This led to elongated conversations about banning her use in tournaments, and it even efficiently occurred at CEO 2022.
Following a steadiness patch final June, which nerfed Lab Coat 21 (to an extent) alongside plenty of different adjustments that had been a part of what was then purported to be the final replace for the sport, the conversations pale barely. In different preventing video games, you see conversations like this introduced up and deserted continuously.
Nevertheless, for Lab Coat 21, there’s a yr of excessive meta utilization information, prime outcomes, and continued domination even after being nerfed and the issue has solely worsened.
The Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals for the 2022-23 season simply wrapped up, with perennial prime contender Fenritti lastly taking the highest spot after ending in second twice earlier than. And, whereas the occasion was nonetheless hype and had loads of unimaginable matchups, all you could do is take a look at the character utilization to see a disappointing pattern.
Out of the highest 20 gamers and their groups, 15 of them featured Lab Coat 21. Moreover, 9 had Vegito SSGSS, one other seven had Gogeta SSGSS, and 5 extra included Gogeta SS4. The one character to rival that utilization is GT Goku, who appeared on 10 completely different groups on the 2020-21 finals.
There was not a single workforce out of that group that didn’t embrace no less than a type of characters, and most lineups featured two. In whole, solely 20 characters had been used between the highest 20 rivals out of the 60 out there on the DBFZ roster.
Fenritti’s lineup, together with Seyhan, INZEM, Hayat, and Jake Ryan’s all used Lab Coat 21, Vegito SSGSS, and Gogeta SSGSS collectively—making it essentially the most dominantly featured composition at any World Tour Finals.
In comparison with the 2021-22 finals final July, utilization for Lab Coat 2021 greater than doubled and the meta shortly shifted to groups pairing her with one or a number of of the Goku and Vegeta fusions. It isn’t game-breaking by any means, however utilization charges like this are the place reputable causes for concern concerning the well being of a aggressive scene have a tendency to choose up steam.
Fortunately, Bandai Namco and DBFZ producer Tomoko Hiroki have reversed their earlier stance that the final steadiness replace could be the ultimate one.
Alongside information that a brand new Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi recreation is in improvement after greater than 15 years away, amongst different recreation bulletins, followers additionally bought affirmation that DBFZ’s rollback netcode replace would start checks on Steam this Spring. A contemporary steadiness replace can also be within the works and will likely be launched sooner or later.
Extra info on the rollback check and the longer term patch will likely be shared sooner or later, however no less than this provides gamers hope that changes will likely be made to Lab Coat 21 and high-usage characters to even the enjoying discipline as a lot as potential, the place relevant.