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Balance update for Dragon Ball FighterZ confirmed to be in the works, Lab Coat Android 21 specifically mentioned

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 2, 2022 at 11:13 a.m. PDT • Comments: 15

A new balance update has been announced for Dragon Ball FighterZ by Bandai Namco Esports over on Twitter.

Not surprisingly, Bandai Namco specifically mentioned that the balance update is for a version of the game that includes Lab Coat Android 21, the last character to join Dragon Ball FighterZ's roster. Based on the overall consensus regarding the character, we're very likely going to see nerfs for Lab Coat Android 21 rather than buffs.

When Lab Coat Android 21 was released back in late February of 2022, no balance adjustments were made to the rest of the roster. At the time, it was believed that SS4 Gogeta was a massive problem, but it now seems like Lab Coat Android 21 is an even stronger character overall.

The last fighter to join Dragon Ball FighterZ has been such a problem that many top competitors have been calling for her to be banned from major events. Needless to say, many were feeling as though the game was in a really bad place thanks to Lab Coat Android 21's inclusion.

It might seem like a meme at first glance, but the top 8 at events are currently being dominated by Lab Coat Android 21 players. As such, she's being included in virtually every team at tournaments.

One of the big issues regarding this character is her ability to effectively "nerf" the opponent's damage by 21% by using one of her supers. As an added benefit, this even increases Lab Coat Android 21's damage by 21%.

The big problem with this command grab super is that its effects are permanent. Even if the opponent switched out, their characters would remain worse for the remainder of the match.

As of right now, it's currently not known what changes are planned for Dragon Ball FighterZ, but the patch is likely a direct result of all the feedback players have been giving regarding Lab Coat Android 21. Nerfs for her are looking extremely likely.

It's also possible that nerfs could happen for other characters that are overcentralized at tournaments like SS4 Gogeta. Of course, buffs for the low tiers would also be welcomed by the community.

Bandai Namco has also stated that the release time of this upcoming balance patch will be announced at a later date. We'll likely receive patch notes shortly before the patch is slated to go live.

We'll be sure to keep everyone up to date on information regarding this future patch.

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