I disagree completely. I say if there isn't a hard-counter to a card, it needs to be nerfed. But a hard-counter to an entire strategy?
How about this: consider the four colors. Now consider the best possible deck that each color can assemble (EN/EM or SK/Leviathan or WizKingdom/Mercs or BigGowen if I'm not mistaken on all four). Having one hard counter another means that 1 in 4 cases, there will be an automatic loss regardless of experience.
That means that no matter how good, even the best players will lose one fourth of their games.
In other words, there is no reflection of experience or skill in the deck-building so much as trying to recognize who exactly is in the arena, what decks their running, and turning Alteil into a glorified game of rock, paper, scissors.
And you're telling me that that's how you're supposed to retain a player base? Telling them "sorry but no matter how good you are, you're supposed to lose at least X% of the time"?
Imagine if in warcraft 3, probably the second most popular RTS of all time (second only to another game by the same company, Starcraft), had a rock paper scissors. Know how badly that'd affect the game? Right now, in Free For All, such a kind of situation exists. Right now, it exists so badly that when I FFA as Random, when someone asks me "do you lossbot?" (you need to lose in order to find games), I say "sure I do. It's called drawing Undead!" Why? Well the reason is that Orcs utterly crush Undead at basically all stages of the game, and for the Undead player to win, he needs to have vastly more skill than the orc. At the highest level, a talented Orc player simply will not lose to an Undead player.
The results follow quite quickly from there.
Lucky: show some courtesy for what? For spending a ton and then feeling entitled to free wins? No thank you. I'd rather that someone who shelled out realize that there's at least one someone out there who doesn't like that, and has the guts to express it quite blatantly. If you're going to shell out for broken combos, then at least take the downside of that and realize that someone (and quite possibly a lot of someones) can't stand your guts for it.
And as for having it handed to me, I never said that I want everything handed to me. Find me a place where I said "I want to be handed every single card in Alteil now". What I want is a fighting chance. In fact, let me tell you something. I ran into another EN deck, except this time without Eskatia, but with Succubi. Sure it hurt to get my grimoires eaten, but then the game was quite fun from then on, with lots of ups and downs, including me having next to no answer to Dalos when he finally did hit (thank you, Faytis SS!), and thus, was able to win the game by locking down Dalos one last time as we were down to our last LPs and creatures.
That, lucky, is fun. Feeling utterly helpless because someone decided to become king of the sandbox doesn't make for a good sandbox.
Look, if you honestly want to find a way to expand the free player base, three words:
Words are cheap.
So far, I'm seeing single cards that hard-counter entire files, I'm seeing "money talks, experience walks", and "you have our sympathies. Tough luck. Those are your worst matchups."
Worst matchups, lucky, should be 4:6 at worst. That means that for two players of equal skill, that Gowen Rush will beat Guardian/Star Dragon at least 40% of the time. That it will beat EN at least 40% of the time. Not that you're supposed to press the give-up button after you see a pair of cards because from then on, you delay the inevitable.
A game in which there are matchups that are 1:9 or 2:8 is one that needs drastic balancing.
But all in all, while I see words, I see no action. Yes, I haven't been here a long time, and I'm not going anywhere anytime soon and will continue to stick around, but honestly, haven't you ever asked yourself "do we really expect freebies to have patience as the vets stomp on them"?
Nerf Elite Fencer. Change start skill to "target unit of agi 4 or higher gets AGI = 3. Then, this unit gets AGI = 4 for this turn and ATK +10"
For the great justice of the diverse meta.