BHVR said to be careful (i.e. don't misinterpret things).
Not being able to draw any conclusions means that the data set is worthless and should never have been published, so using data from the graph to back up an argument should not be frowned upon.
I mean, I look at the Doctor's kill rate and go, "yeah, that's because (among other things revolving around how his power interacts with the game mechanics) I kill myself on hook immediately when playing against Doctor, so that fits in with what I already know". That doesn't mean he should be purely nerfed.
What about pig getting that second spot? I play mobile so I don't know what people put up with in freddy. But can you tell me what to expect if he comes to mobile?
I quoted Peanits straight-up saying "don't draw conclusions." Granted, it was from a different chart from a while back, but same thing.
Freddy is not OP. There are better killers, the thing with Freddy is he is WAY too easy to play with no downside to snare spamming. Bubba, Myers and Pig are pretty [BAD WORD] killers yet have high killrates - so what's common between this set of killers, and pretty blatant from the statistics in general? How easy a killer is to play is more important than how good the killer is, most people who play DBD play casually and are not very good - all this data does it show the obvious that Freddy is extremely easy to play with a bloated kit, slap Pop on him, spam snares, ez rank 1 even if you are dogshit (seen this in practice too, had a friend who was stuck in green rank and wanted the rank 1 achievement, told him to play Freddy and slap on pop, rank 1 in 3 days, Freddy + Pop is enough to carry nearly anyone vs average players) - Sadly it seems the devs also misuse this data (it's actually utterly useless because of the fact the strength of the killer isn't the most important factor in killrate) - but it'll be interesting to see what they do. Pretty blatant to any experienced player Freddy is strong, but he is not OP. He is just really braindead easy to play and has synergy with Pop which is probably the most braindead strong killer perk in the game too. If there's any changes to be made to him, it's just to make snare spam not a thing and make him a bit more difficult.
These stats are not for balancing purposes
Seems untrue in dev practice though, such as how Almo made the absurd claim Pig is A tier, while she happens to have a high killrate due to being simple to use, they were also used in reference to Myers who is clearly a killer that needs a few adjustments to make him decent in 2020, again, simple to play killer. Unfortunately, these stats which are pretty much useless appear to be being used for balance by Almo at the very least, but like you say about Freddy, your problem with him (which I agree) with is that he is so easy to play as. He's strong too ofc, but this is what mainly gives him a high killrate, and virtually the entire chart backs up the fact that ease of use is more important than strength.
Edit: Also, irrespective of what you think of Object as a perk whether it's OP as [BAD WORD] or fine, it was also again clear from Almo's look into the perk he used stats to influence his opinion that it's fine, but pickrate/escaperate stats are not useful metrics whatsoever to determine how strong object is.
I’m also an old Freddy main, did very well at red ranks, and I agree with almost everything you said.
I loved old Freddy, and I genuinely wish they’d never changed him. (Only true dedicated old Freddy mains would understand why).
Thematically, the rework was excellent. Gameplay wise, he’s a bloated unfocused mess.
I’m gonna take a big stab in the dark here that a strong factor in doing the rework was that purchases of The Nightmare on Elm Street DLC weren’t great, not enough to justify the licensing costs anyway. And I’d also guess that a significant influence on far from optimal DLC purchase was word of mouth. I.e. the far reaching perception that Freddy was a weak killer (which was far from the truth).
Anyway, nothing reinvigorates interest and purchases of old DLC like a killer that significantly increases the players chances of winning a match.
You are right. Current Freddy has WAY too much. Particularly Swing Chains, Outdoor Rope, and Jump Rope. These are outdated add ons. Freddy already has built in stall and lots of reasons to motivate survivors to regularly wake up to help stall the match. Add ons with built in gen slow down are unnecessary, and are a relic simply to appease old Freddy mains.
His Snares are definitely far too strong. I.e. not enough restrictions and drawbacks.
Here’s what i’d change:
The point of a quote is that it's directly from the source, so although quoting him there does bring some credit it doesn't entirely give just to say that the same could be same about this chart, as the other chart/graph that the quote is from could be something entirely different.
It was also in reference to a chart detailing kill rates (among other things). Every time the devs release a chart detailing kill rates, it always has to eventually be said not to take the charts seriously because people read way too much into them.
I agree that the charts shouldn't be read so on the nose, as the problem with stats in a game like these is it doesn't consider all of the variables, however not taking anything from the chart would be a waste and it probably wouldn't have been posted then like with what Kind_Lemon stated.
@Maperson Except the devs themselves said she doesn't need a buff, she just has a high skill cap and some people who play her aren't as good with her to that drops her stats. You have to take that into consideration and the op made a lot of valid points that tbh you can't argue against.
Freddy rn takes barely any skill to play and get good results. Unlike the nurse where if you take time to learn how to play her you can become unstoppable. At least that way you earned it. I'm a survivor main and play killer here and there and tbh I play Freddy because he's a breeze to play as, ESPECIALLY with the right perks.
It was only meant to be a little fun fact thing, not something to use as evidence of game balance or lack thereof. It was posted as-is because the devs weren't trying to prove anything with it. It's fine for what it's trying to be; it's simply not trying to be meaningful data.
@TAG it’s also worth noting that @thesuicidefox proposals and conclusions are borne of comparison from being both a seasoned old Freddy main and a seasoned current Freddy main.
Like thesuicidefox i mained both versions of Freddy, and the devs went too far and bloated Freddy’s kit. It’s been echoed on these forums before by other old Freddy mains that the rework is too much.
I'm not arguing for or against Freddy being too strong. I am arguing that one should not use the chart as evidence. That's it.
I used to be an old Freddy main as well, and he really was truly weak.
Sure, he had some underrated aspects, like his slowdown, aura reading and invisibility but he just sucked.
He had nothing to chase with, and it was far too easy to get out of the dream world.
He really did need a rework, because he literally negated stealth and took it out of the game, and was extremely unfun to play against whilst being the worst killer in the game.
Not to mention, the fact that he couldn't hit survivors without them being in the dream world is such a god awful feature.
”and it was far too easy to get out of the dream world.”
This was kinda the point though. The aura reading, although extraordinarily useful, and the direct action penalty, were “red herrings”. Old Freddy is meant to be intentionally playing around this knowing that the true stall is survivors wasting time waking up (or ruining their own repair progress). Hence why it was so simple and easy to put survivors to sleep again, so that survivors have just wasted their own time and now need to do it all over again. Repeatedly.
I agree that the chart shouldn't have been used as evidence, but judging how the op was asking for a discussion about Freddy maybe not the best place to say it without any context as it comes of as you trying to denounce the whole argument. Sorry for making mountains out of mole-hills though much love.
I'm literally still roasting :(
Your point? I play him and play against him. I beat him probably around 50/50, and for a person with over 4000 hours consistently at rank 1 that is pretty damn balanced to me. All the while in the games I am against him he normally only takes out 1-2 people (that one could be me). That's how the game is supposed to be balanced.
He is going to normally wreck on mid to lower tier players, because they are mid to lower tier in regards to skill.
Low pick rate and high kill rate mean he’s a specialty pick, the few that use him mastered him. But for the wider audience he is not OP
With all respect,but there's absolutely nothing on freddy that you could master
Just here with popcorn please continue gang.
if anything i just think this shows that freddy has an extremely low skill cap. his power is extremely easy to master and he has a ton of stuff in his basekit... he his pretty much a noob friendly killer.
Most of the people that play dead by daylight don't have 1000 hours let alone 4000, and he also stomps pretty good players as well obviously he doesn't stomp the best, people with thousands of hours, or swfs. The problem with Freddy is he is a low skill floor, low skill ceiling killer, and if you win against him 50% of the time great but the general public doesn't hence the op and him stating his opinion both as a killer and a survivor.
They defended Nurse for how long? And Spirit? (Who I mained and confirmed for myself was utterly brokely eaasy.) Killers will always make an excuse. I see far more survs willing to have a fair conversation about balance than I ever do from killers. And anyone that dares to say a killer needs a nerf is completely shut down.
I honestly think killer mains are just lonely bc they can only voice an opinion to an audience online. Us survivors get to vent to eachother all the time and don't need reddit to feel validated for crutching on bad mechanics like Spirit. Anyone that defends spirit or old nurse is 100 percent rotting in bias.
Why does every argument on both sides have to be "hurr durr killer bad" or "hurr durr survivor bad"?
Both sides are equally [BAD WORD].
Yep, both killers and survivors are unreasonable, not just killers.
That's kind of the problem which we're trying to address. If no one says anything nothing is gonna get change which is why this whole discussion thread exists, to discuss things in the game including problems. It's useless comments like these that add nothing to the discussion, don't address anything, and waste people's time that's the real issue and why at the end of the day nothing changes.
Preach brother 🙌
So what i'm gathering from all this, Nurse and Blight need buffs
While I agree that the statistics need to be taken with a grain of salt, I also agree that Freddy should not stay how he is.
I am sure many would agree that his kit is overloaded and could use some toning down. If he really needs all these powers, they could be weakened a bit so he doesn't have a good solution for everything. Deathslinger is specialized for chases, so he has low mobility to compensate. Freddy however, has both chase and mobility tools, that are very good.
The term "Jack of all trades, master of none" is a thing for a reason. If you have a wide variety of skills, you should of course be out performed in one category by someone who only focuses on that category. If Freddy is going to be able to do everything, he should not be able to do certain things as good as specialized killers.
Examples of changes:
I ain't a Freddy main or anything, so I don't know if these are good. Just throwing ideas.
This is not how you draw conclusion about stats. what you need to look for in stats is patterns. Do you see a pattern with stats? I certainly do. All the killers that have high killrate have powers that are all about slowing the game down or speeding them up(from instant downs). Freddy & Pig are both killers specifically designed to slow the game down with dream world and bear traps. Leatherface has instant down so his chases are half as long. Doctor has snap out and two killers after are ghostface & myers who also have instant downs.
Spirit is actually statistical outlier. She's a chase killer and yet if you look at where all other chase killers are at, they're at lower end of the graph where nurse,huntress are. My guess is that Spirit's power has something to do with how its perceived from survivor point of view.
Billy,Oni and legion statistically under perform. Billy and Oni are instant down killers and if you look at where all instant down are, they generally seem to have high killrate and Legion is killer all about injuring multiple survivor quickly and slowing the game down with heals, so he's suppose to be where pig/Freddy are but for some reason falls way behind.
In any case, these statistics are not really important unless your game balancer or something. The reason why killers that have instant downs or game-slow mechanics have high killrates is because these killers generally stomp bad survivors/newbie friendly killers(On average). The killers on right have a high mechanical skill-ceiling and therefore very low margin error, so on average, they lose more often from player error. I'm curious what average total hook count is for each killer. It might show a different story.