Every time for the last three years that there has been an op exotic they get nerfed come the next season and whichever exotic was 2nd best just takes the top spot. Has Bungie ever thought about actually buffing the truly unloved exotics as a means to counteract the meta? Like instead of nerfing sleeper back in the day (which lead to Queenbreaker, which then the next season got nerfed) — why don’t they buff both to the same so it doesn’t matter which. This would actually eventually end up with a playing field of exotics that can be chosen based on player preference, not just stats. Being able to use a deathbringer or truth alongside a wardcliff in matches instead of 6v6 with all the same loadouts.
You know how difficult it would be to buff every gun in every category just to keep up with the outliers. You address the concern, not just bend everything else around it. Power creep is a real thing that while us gamers don’t have to worry about it because it isn’t an immediate issue, it is something devs have to look at for the lifetime of a game. The real fix is to balance ahead of time to stay on top of these things but that is hard to do since all it takes is a day and a random asshole to bruteforce something and at that point you have things that are far from balanced.