Definitely gotta disagree there. If that was their thinking then the game will truly never be balanced. I don't see this affecting devotion one way or another. SK and NR will continue to play how they've been playing...and almost everyone else has gone back to Scenarios not devotion focused. What's more since Heatwave is the only answer to Scenarios then devotion will certainly not be anyone's priority.I don't think that they removed artifact removal variety to make decks and how they play less binary.
Since it's introduction *Devotion* as a concept has been really weak and patch 7.3 made things a little bit more fair.
Imo they removed artifact removal to boost the whole *Devotion* concept.
Before that patch, (again imo) the best decks were neutrals (obvsl besides SK and NR) cause people could play neutral and have both scenario and Korathi.
This can still happen ofc but now scenarios are a bit safer to play since people might need to save that Korathi for another target depending on the strategy they have in mind.
People were and still are complaining about "too much" removal plaguing the game and they are right...this makes things a little bit more balanced I believe.
Now...in saying all that, I wouldn't mind if scenarios where removed from the game but... (a huge BUT) if they do that, some factions must be rebalanced from scratch cause a lot of cards have been balanced around how scenarios play out.
All this change accomplished was make the game more binary which they claimed was what they wanted to prevent. Why leave heatwave? Because scenarios are too powerful, there has to be an answer...these cards shouldn't exist and they know that, they just haven't figured out how to deal with it hence the increase in provision and other changes that they added. They need to just remove them.
The devs are unfortunately slow to acknowledge when they've made a mistake.