The game is in a terrible state
Yesterday I tried to play some games but I could only stomach four of them before shutting it down and here's why :
Game 1) I was VD, we were playing on Kiev. Everything was going ok until the boss. At around 50%hp Leshei used his burrowing ability and appeared outside of the map. The heroes couldn't attack him, I couldn't possess him so we had to wait for the timer to run out. A win is a win I guess but shame for the heroes as they were actually winning the boss fight.
Game 2) Kiev again, this time I was on heroes side. VD was rather new, lvl 20-something and we had a very smooth run up until the boss. The VD either ragequitted or was disconnected and it immediately desynced the server. Everyone was floating around unable to do anything. So we decided to wait for the timer to run out so at least we would get some gold and exp but after few minutes we got an error message about not being able to connect to the server and we ended up with nothing.
Game 3) Heroes side, we were going against the cancer cage/veil shift build. He must've dumped everything into cooldown reduction because once he got to lvl 2 he was spamming the cages one after another. In not kidding, literally one after another, again and again and again and again. We had 2 high impact classes and even though we were destroying the cages rather quickly he was spawning so many of them we failed all objectives because we weren't even able to get to the next room in time. All of the heroes players were lvl 100+ so it's not like we didn't know what to do. Stuff like this will kill this game because this is the most infuriating thing ever and I bet newer players will be like "fuck this game, it's s not worth my time".
Game 4) In lobby we noticed we were going against the same VD from game 3, with the same build and everything so yeah, great. But when I loaded into the match there were only bots, no sight of VD and there was no countdown for the match to start. After about 5 minutes I quit the game. At least I didn't have to play against that cage spammer so... yay?
And I know what some people will say "oH bUt tEh gAeM iS iN eRLy acCeSs". It sure is pal but the thing is early access can't be an excuse for such poor quality, this game should have stayed in alpha for quite some time and as far as I know that is the general consensus amongst players who were playing the alpha tests. I don't know why the developers decided to release into early access but I'm afraid it might be the death of the game. Sure, we are getting updates and they are trying to fix stuff but it honestly feels like with each game maintenance we are getting more and more bugs. Just to list a few:
°if you get disconnected from a game and you get back in you won't get any items, gold, exp or quest progress
°talking about quest progress sometimes you won't get it, just because
°if you're playing the VD with the push signature skill (Worldshaper?) and you get the "invisible to heroes" passive your push stops working
°a plethora of visual and animation bugs and glitches, getting stuck in the air, abilities not playing full animations and so on
°don't even get me started on balance or rather lack there of. Both heroes and VD have access to a ton of really obnoxious builds and it doesn't make the game hard or challenging, it just makes it not fun to play and let's be honest, the player count isn't exactly very high and stuff like this really drives people away, I bet even more than the stuff mentioned above.
I try really hard to like this game, have about 40 hours into it, and when it works it's really fun even if very repetitive. But sadly it doesn't 't work very often.