I have full renown, sans Hell Gate (Pure Faction there isn’t easy potionless), with most of the Pure Faction runs done without potions while earning it. A few that I had completed with potions I pure factioned without them after, for fun.
So — yeah — I know what I’m talking about.
I don’t personally use Rope Dart in delves because I am an endgamer with better (re: faster, or less “thinky”) tools.
But RD does scale (strips ALL armor regardless of how much; i.e more the higher the enemy level is), guarantees an extra turn (and can therefore allow a good player willing to meticulously manage the board devastating loops because it is, as you say, easy to fill at a low mana cost), and entangles to protect from skulls — the main thing to worry about in high-level content.
My “for example” of delves (among a list that literally said “etc…” to clue you in that maybe there were other pertinent uses for the weapon in question ) is just to point out how that can be a godsend for anyone lacking High King Irongut, Shahbanu Vespera, etc… in situations where Tesla/Rowanne or the actually good, “cheap” options (which is not Zuul — he is liable to backfire on you with his own skulls, and not a troop everyone just has anyway, so citing that as the go-to for blue basically tells me all I need to know, especially when Irongut is also blue ) aren’t otherwise available or viable. It wasn’t to say, “ZoMG nooOoo, NoT da RoPE dArT deLvE mvP” like you want to imply.
The long and short of my position is: anyone who blames RNG for picking winners and losers of Rope Dart battles just isn’t very skilled at managing the board state.
Because I faced Rope Dart 6 times in Bracket 1 against accounts with the craziest high stats you’ll see on Xbox this past War and won every time.
When I used Rope Dart on offense for even more battles than that I also won — I know how to loop the weapon, the AI doesn’t know how to loop me, is what that says — so me saying “don’t nerf this” is me saying “don’t make blue and yellow day Wars less of a cakewalk, please.”
Because in almost every single case nerfs hurt players more than helps them.
Stop asking for them.