9th has kinda descended into hot mess territory. They have the tools but fail to use them. FAQ and Chapter Approved sit idle as balance fades. Hype engine roars along tossing up yet more creepy codecs, primaris marines we didnt know we wanted, and reprints of stale suppliments. Game development is not easy but GW makes it look darn near impossible until you glance around and notice the variety of lean hungry companies making accessible games, with modern mechanics, free rules and regular balance updates. The IP is still tops but we are only one Jar Jar away from an uncorrectable corporate cash out doom spiral. #makegrimdarkgreatagain
Amen to that.
7th was probably worse in terms of game balance (formations and bonkers rules), but there was no expectaction to have a balanced game back then.
There was no rebalancing and no FAQs/Erratas, so the game was what it was and you either liked it enough to play or not.
Now they have stated that they wanted to do better, to balance the game regularly and to listen to the players in the community. For a while in 8th the pace of updates was decent and the resulting balance was good, but now it's just a mess.
I feel that now it's the worst the game has ever been just because of the expectations that they have generated for a better game.
Let's hope that once covid/brexit/shipping issues get resolved the situation improves a bit.
The next CA would be a great starting point to address the balance problem.