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If this nerf plays out as expected Buddy becomes a massive casualty and innocent bystander. He is not the problem, the problem is purely a combination of all the 5’s together. Any nerf should impact only the 5’s and, IMO, only the family bonus and synergy. The heroes individually on other teams are far from broken.
Buddy is still a green D dropper, which is rare, but suffers from short turn duration compared to say ramming pulverizers. The meat shield gave him a nice enough bonus to compensate, especially with his high HP for a 4*. It can also save a team spot from a second healer, which is a prime use for me.
This 30% reduction hits Buddy disproportionately hard compared to a 30% reduction off of a 5* hero.
If this buff goes into effect and you have a base Buddy +20 say, you would need to use aethers just to get him to where he was pre-nerf to get his minion HP back up. That is a pretty lousy use of aethers IMO. If you have just base Buddy or post nerf Buddy +20 I really question how worthwhile his minions are. Even my current one +19 and LB’d has relatively “weak” minions by game standards. They’ll be rendered are par with the Glenda, Zulag, Reuben era minions. Those heroes aren’t supposed to be minion summoners though, Buddy is.
Buddy will get benched hard by a lot of people, which is a shame and completely unnecessary.
There is no reason this nerf should hit Buddy, Carol, Rudolph, and Frosty aside from a potential family bonus reduction. Their cards and stats are fine.
I know this is the Buddy thread, but it gets lost in the balance thread because everyone is so mad about costume Krampus.
I can’t be the only one who feels cheated out of a great 4* for absolutely no reason, right?
Nope. Came here to complain about the nerf myself.
I used Buddy as a tank for a while and got his hp over 1500, pre troops. A 10% minion is a 150
Hp minion. Now his 7% minion is a third as tough at about 100 hp.
Is this because they want Pengui owners/summoners to continue feeling good and have $omething to $ummon for? Because I don’t see Buddy causing any trouble anywhere. Not top 100 wars. Not high diamond raiding. Not events. Nowhere.
The nerf to Buddy makes so little sense I’m actually shocked Carol didn’t also receive a nerf to her minions.
My impression is that they did not even think of the 4*. They have regularly stated that players “are more interested in 5* heroes” (translation “this is what we can get more money out of”) , so they just looked at the 5*.
Meanwhile, the Circus family got a kick-a$$ family buff, having a 50% of passive cleanse while only one is on the battlefield, and 100% when there are three. Not even Proteus works against them anymore (just experimented it myself today)
As much as it hurt me to say it, they seem to be right
Just look, people complain everywhere about krampus. It’s krampus here, krampus there, useless, nerfed to death, bad game, greedy, destroyed blablabla.
Dozen new threads and even in completely unrelated topics all you here is they destroyed krampus and nearly nobody talks about the 4*…
I think it’s a shame what they did with buddy. He has emblems and was really high on my limit break list. Now I’m not sure anymore.
His super sturdy minions were nice for no heal tournaments especially in combination with Carol and the family bonus, but now even with limit break he would be worse than a week ago. And those new heroes get stronger and stronger so I’m not sure how well he will do in the future.
At the moment I will definitely not limit break him, and the only reason why he can keep the emblems is I have no better alternative…
I did limit break mine previously and, in rough numbers, he now matches what he was at +20 not limit broken pre nerf. The aethers somewhat compensate the nerf as it comes to minion strength.
I’m not sure on most rosters that makes it worth it. In my case I would say no. If I had done other 4’s first and was saving Buddy to this round I would not do him probably.
The D drop was nice but his main, or at least equal, purpose was meat shield. I don’t like using two hero slots on healers. My best green healer being Melendor’s costume, which is HoT, the minions compensated.
Even pre nerf his minions were weaker than say Seshat’s and people were saying her minions are weak compared to the latest heroes. The whole thing is just kind of ridiculous.
I think their comment about 5* is true to the extent of high paying players and the forums. Remember, most players never come to the forum. For the vocal minority (in terms of player percentage representation) the statement is true. There are keys 4’s to get/are “worth it” and the rest is 5* or bust. That minority also represents a disproportionate amount of revenue though.
I will say the bulk of the players rely much more on 4’s. For example, I thought what they did for HA8 was one of the best ideas they’ve had in a while. The 4’s in those events were my primary targets.
Anyways, I can’t get the aethers back so I am still deciding if I:
Leave him and make do with his reduced stats
Strip emblems because ranger is a very crowded class for me and deal with wasted aethers on a lesser used hero
Something else I haven’t thought of
I did only play with him a little post nerf, but the weaker minions were noticeable and it was much harder to stack them as slashes did so much damage.
the only non-5* hero i can think of that the forum blew up over was Treevil. and that’s specifically in a Rush Attack context, not a whole-game context.
it is sad what’s happening to Buddy. i don’t use him because Almur is actually more than enough for me on my green stacks to be able to use effectively, but Buddy pre-nerf was definitely a fun hero to have in the game.
I still don’t like their “reason”. “Delayed quite a bit”? What? Address the problematic heroes and leave the rest alone. You don’t nerf Gravemaker because The Circus folks are at large. (Or wait, they buffed them , but you get my point).