mikemearls197 points19 days ago
Power creep is definitely a concern. We don’t want people to feel they need to buy the newest thing to make characters (really hurts bringing in new players).
That said, we try to balance against where things should be rather than where they ended up. Player perception is also very important. Since D&D is coop, the perception of imbalance takes priority over mathematically proven imbalance.Commentfrom discussion AMA: Mike Mearls, D&D Creative Director.