I’m more of a lurker on these forums who just randomly starts posting for an entire day about once a month, so I probably don’t have the same weight as someone like Gou, but I want to make my statement anyway, because why not.
Personally I think that the tier lists’ biggest problem is a lack of target audience. The Skadi buffs moved all DSS servants up, but unless you read the explanations, that’s not clear. From the amount of moderation I do on other sites, I’ve found that if you don’t put something directly in a person’s face, they probably won’t read it.
That means that the tier lists are highly unfriendly for newcomers, who will think that servants like Zerkerlot, Valk, Dantes etc. are really good, but once getting them will feel massively underwhelmed because they can’t use a DSS. On the other hand, veterans probably don’t need the tier lists much, because we all have a good grasp of what styles of play we like, and what we need to get to improve.
Personally, I think that the tier lists should target newcomers, and should be a way to help them understand this game, because god damn does it not do a good job on it’s own.
I personally think that all of these should be updated with two other stipulations:
It is assumed that you have all 1-3* servants, but no other 4* or 5* servants.
It is assumed that you can get any servant in the game from your friends list.
This would mean no DSS, but you could do stuff with single Skadi and Paracelsus.
The only exception to these stipulations is the actual support servants. Obviously these are the best servants in the game, but without any servants to support, they’re worthless. For this reason I would actually suggest a completely separate support tierlist, irrespective of rarity. Have everything from Mozart to Waver on there, including hybrid supports like CasGil and BB. Make it clear to people that yes, Hans and Paracelsus really do outclass many 4* and even some 5* servants when the situation is right.
For this, I think the assumptions should be:
It is assumed that 1-3* servants and welfare 4* servants are NP5 10/10/10.
It is assumed that non-welfare 4* servants and 5* servants are NP5 10/10/10.
It is assumed that you have all DPS servants in the game.
Additionally, this support tier list should heavily account for versatility. If a support is completely broken in one specific team composition, but fairly crap in most others, that should not give it a high rating. It should have a low rating, but a note in its explanation to mention this one team composition.
In general, I think that the tier lists should rate the servant alone, but the explanations should mention broken and outlier combinations, rather than the ratings accounting for those outliers, and the explanations saying that they’re normally not that good.