The West Team
Fort Balancing Strategist
well, I don't know many of the details, but the proposed stats were announced internally, feedback was given, including concern that it risked turning the meta into "defense must hold all towers at all costs" (because once a tower was lost the attackers could hold it forever until they got another tower and could then fill two towers and be all but assured a win) there was internal testing and public beta testing and based on the observations the powers at be decided that reducing the hp and ld a bit would mitigate that risk.The way you express yourself makes it sound like the people who made the bonuses actually did some kind of deep and detailed analysis. It is very clear that the bonus was literally copy-paste from Cortina's. Which is 2 years old. So what balance does it ruin? They could bring a duelist set to Octoberfest or DotD similar to the Captain's, but with setting traps instead of hiding and balance the fort fights again. It's not a big deal.