I get this justification for it but on offense I hate it too.
GoW is about attrition as much as strategy. Part of why Divines works is it has somewhat beefy stats that get bolstered by a hero with Dawnbringer and Barrier talents. Divines wins because it’s likely by the time two of your troops die, the opponent is only one ability cast away from losing.
Other teams are way worse at an attrition game. Their strategy is “you will be dead by the time one of my troops die”. These days a lot of my not-Divines teams usually lose one troop towards the end of the game, but by that phase I can afford it. On the other hand, if Megavore or something else gets a troop early, they tend to be unable to recover.
“Summon on death” makes that worse. Bandit isn’t exactly the most powerful troop, but it’s a new meat shield you have to deal with before you get to that smug hero who is summoning them. And when that hero’s hiding underneath a death-over-time threat like Famine, and also barriering itself with Dawnbringer, you’ve got a really major problem.
It’s not “broken”, so I can’t strongly support a nerf. But it does slow down PvP, and I like quick + explosive PvP instead. While an occasional tough match that takes some thinking to win is nice to break the pattern, this isn’t “tough” in the way that teases my brain. It’s “tough” in the way that if the dice fall the wrong way everything I kill will be replaced with a new, full-HP version of itself.
And after a year of play I’ve seen the most ridiculous implementations of that. One time I lost a match with 18 event gems. I mean, yay event gems, but losing doesn’t feel good and it was a grueling match. I’ve seen IK resurrect 4 or 5 times in a row. Heck, one time my Ubastet hit an IK, killed it, hit the resurrected IK, killed it, then did the “kill a troop since a troop died” kill on it and it resurrected. Then I killed it with Infernus and it resurrected. It’s a funny story, but I’d have been really salty if it happened in an event with a sigil on the line. And nothing stops it from happening there.