I also wonder why they bothered with a level cap increase if they’re worried about balancing skills or being too OP with more than 3 points. That’s a valid concern but the answer is to stick at level 50, not this lil speed bump. I am pro-level cap increases but if GBX said “we’re concerned about balance so we don’t want to give out too many skill points so we’re not considering a level cap increase until the March update” (or even later than that!) that’s understandable. It gives a good reason for delaying something players request as well as a timetable for when it may be added.
What we got today was “we’re concerned about balance but we also want to look responsive so here’s a level increase that doesn’t actually change anything and also plays into min-maxer’s worst fears for no reason.” I mentioned in the Community Love Letter thread, but this is a well-meaning compromise that, in trying to please everyone, pleases no one (well, not no one, but a whole lot of people).
I wonder if the level cap increase was something 2K wanted rather than GBX. Because, listening to the Borderlands show, it sure sounds like GBX did not want to increase it.
I think the opposite might happen. BiS gear outpeforms off-meta gear by lot, so it is the gear that will last the longest when it comes to scaling. But niche or specialized builds tend to make sacrifices that the most powerful builds don’t. They’re more likely to require replacements and harder to find b/c fewer people are on the lookout for “suboptimal” equipment.
Unless you mean meme builds like using whatever you find at level kind of stuff, which yeah, should be fun