I still find this quite risky for a final patch. Not forcing someone like El Dragon to waste a gear slot for health gear (which isn’t online right from the beginning and forces him to be careful at least in the first few minutes of a match) could lead to power creep. He already hits hard, giving him the option to stack more offensive gear on top of that doesn’t really sound that fun to me.
I’m not a high class player myself. I was in a lobby yesterday again where everyone else had spent 2x up to almost 8x as much time in this game as me and even the most tryhard Deande I can play (maybe I tried too hard and made mistakes or was to passive because of that - have to analyse my footage first what really went wrong there) wasn’t really enough to not be the only reason for unbalancing teams by playing instead of just spectating. I still often enough have no other choice than playing games that are more competitive as I’d really like.
While playing with this group in the past, I’ve seen El Dragons who were almost as resilient as pre nerf Boldur and soloed a whole team right next to the enemy sentry. If those luchadores could’ve played with a more offensive loadout, I’m sure they would’ve gone out of some matches with multiple pentas on top. The only viable strategy against him I’ve seen until now was to starve him of XP as much as possible at early game, when he doesn’t have his gear up and hasn’t hit the clap which is something like his emergency strategy to leech XP from minion waves out of safety. When I see a competent player on El Dragon hit level 5, my usual reaction is that I want to scream something that would only be shown as squares here - and this is not just me, even much more experienced players have huge respect of him then. Giving him a health boost would make his early game easier and give him the opportunity to go for a more agressive late game loadout.
Health gear might have been too strong, but nerfing it hard now and compensating the losses by buffing the characters who relied on it might snowball into another balancing nightmare. I don’t really know if I want that risk when it’s a “well, that’s it” kinda deal …