Playtester is still a paid position. Often they are used to find / duplicate showstopping bugs that cause crashes and lockups. Even when doing other bug testing, the time they spend, even at 60 hours a week or more is nothing compared to the data GB gets from the first few hours of content release. They literally could not hire enough playtesters to make up the difference.
For gear discrepancies, maybe everyone should not have a heart attack before the next patch rolls out in a week. I get the dissatisfaction, but the company is going to stick to their already scheduled patch for any tweaks to this or any other gear. Just hope the other VHs get some love for the sake of their fans and balance across the board.
When OP calls for nerf after nerf after nerf and threatens to walk out, only then to say they do not want Amara nerfed into the ground, it sends a mixed message. Amaras and others were solo’ing Takedown before her COM made the rounds.
I saw a lot of streamers who play everyday unable to reach the level of skill and synergy understanding along with timing to allow a solo run, and were running in groups as a result… as GB expected the mass audience to do.
If you do follow some of the larger streamers, people still ask for advice on trying to solo it, when they don’t have the time to farm, or the pure muscle memory / skill to pull it off. I would wager most everyone is expected a substantial reduction in that COM’s numbers, but skilled players were soloing it across VHs before. Not as fast, not as brutally impressive time-wise but still soloing nonetheless.