I feel like a major problem here is people on both sides are speculating as if Zuul’goth is a common troop to encounter.
That means we are speculating what it might be like if it is more widespread. We are very often wrong when we speculate. GoW is a very complicated game and it is very hard to predict how something will actually interact with the rest of it.
I especially don’t feel like worrying about “What happens when a newbie faces Zuul’goth?”
First, the matchmaking algorithm is supposed to present this. If you are facing ZG, you’re probably fielding a mythic or two yourself, which means the game no longer thinks you’re a newbie. This is why old players advise new players to be very careful about immediately adopting new, powerful troops.
Second, I know exactly what will happen when newbies routinely face Zuul’goth: there will be 7 active threads like this one, 3 new per week, and dozens of ideas for how the problem can be solved. The pressure will be hard and continuous. If the developers notice an uptick in attrition among new-to-midgamers, they’ll probably address it.
That’s the faith I have to have.
As-is, I’m tired of arguing about, “what if?”. I think as-is, I face so few ZG teams I don’t have a strong feeling for if it stinks, or what impact a buff might have. Until I face more ZG teams it’s really hard to have a strong opinion. That day will come, and I do know the stronger it is the harder the players in general will push to weaken it. It is the way of the community.