This is another example of what was “wrong” with Kraken before it was nerfed.
In PvP, Dawnbringer isn’t too powerful. You’ve got lots of tools for screwing it over, from Buttknight to The Silent One to Psion to “hit it really hard with stuff”.
Forest Troll + Nyx + Dawnbringer + Mab together is a problem. I still don’t think it’s “too powerful”. I’ve been beating it for 300 levels with my “Gorgotha and the Dergs” team. Glitterfang LOVES the troll and Nyx. I’ve probably got 4 teams that can consistently beat it. At least. I haven’t tried them all.
I face this team over and over and over again. Sometimes it’s both the 1 trophy and 2 trophy fight. It gets really tiring.
So it’s the same old problem: that’s a very good PvP defense team, so people use it because “winning” is the only thing that matters to them for PvP defense. The only thing that might make them change it is to show off some other team they can assemble that’s more effective, then they’ll all switch to that.
Nerf any one of these troops, and it’ll just get tweaked to some other variant. Nerf 2 or more of these troops, and you’ve taken some of the best troops in the game out of rotation. Nerf’s not the solution. Getting people to quit netdecking the same team over and over is.
To that end, I’m finding the Divine Ishbaala teams are a LOT more trouble than this one. Those games go sour very frequently and I don’t pick those matchups so often anymore. If I faced them more, I’m sure I’d figure out the counter, but they’re super rare. Which is dumb because I win about 5 of the Troll/Nyx/Dawnbringer/Mab fights for every shot at Ishbaala.