That is balance, some go up, some go down. Only going one way doesn’t work.
There are also several minor nerf and major buffs
I just counted, not really math but I can re count if needed.
This is a matter of opinion. I like smart OP and let me explain that. A plug in play gun that is OP in every set up is boring to some, like me. It takes no though, no strategy, no anything. You just put that in your hand and everything dies. Like the harold in bl2. That to me makes us as a community weaker. It doesn’t challenge player skill, or smart build choices or anything. Its just an easy win button. And without challenge there is no reason to keep playing it.
One of the great things of early gaming was games were hard, not everyone beat everything. The easy games were put away but the hard games you kept going to try and beat it.
In modern gaming that is a rare thing. In borderlands 2 the player base died hard, then UVHM came out and there was a challenge and the game rose from the ashes.
I like to find OP ways to play by finding gear and finding a synergy with other gear and skills to create and interesting and OP build. Not just grab this and nothing else matters.
Now that is me, not everyone. But UVHM drove a lot of experimentation in bl2 and we learned so many new cool and interesting interactions no one figured out before UVHM because there was no challenge and less of a reason to challenge ourselves.
So if everything is just buffed up, then we have bl2 before uvhm and that was a dead game.
Balance is up and down and that is important IMO.