Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
My point is that, since fighters are so popular, just about anything WotC makes and slaps the fighter label on will get played a lot, regardless of satisfaction level. WotC really doesn't have much motivation to make a better fighter. That's why I'll always suggest people go elsewhere.I think that's more a problem with the fanbase. WotC seem to want to make it viable, but they have to contend with what the surveyors feels right. They could have just gone "this is what you're going get, lump it" - but they want a version people will actually want to use.
Personally, I suspect no small percentage of those responding to the surveys are doing so via white room hot takes rather than actually taking the class out for a spin and coming back to comment on how it actually plays. No proof, just a feeling.