Of course, all those things are very valid criticisms of Deca’s ability in the past to respond to community feedback. I agree that in the past they haven’t been very good at listening to the community for the better or worse, especially simple things like communicating the ice tomb mess in a timely fashion. One of my main criticisms of their recent changes is that lack of stated reason for many of their changes - I think that having some kind of text accompanying any balance change explaining what they think it will achieve will really help on the communication front, and allow for more informed discussion.
I just wanted to point out that even though in all the cases that you mentioned, the game would have benefited greatly from community feedback being listened to, this does not mean that the community is always right in every case, even when there seems to be a majority voice on an opinion. It’s a fair point that closed tester feedback is a bit of an echo chamber, but then you have to acknowledge that the subset of people responding to Deca’s balance changes (i.e. the active ‘community’, or you and me in this case) is actually a small subset of the total playerbase. If anything, the largest group of people who Deca needs to listen to are people who don’t play the game or stopped playing, because these are the people who’s opinions matter the most for the game’s future. These are the people you won’t hear from in community feedback, yet are the most important voice.
Point is, what we might want in the short term may not actually be the best for the game even though it feels better, and at the end of the day, Deca should do what’s best for the game in the long run. Pet nerfs feel bad to divine owners but I think we can all agree that they’re good for long term health. Priest nerfs feel bad, but maybe we’ll see that in context of future changes they’ll make sense (like rebalancing status effects, boss dmg, etc.). If Deca just does what ‘feels good’ for the community (which is how games like Gwent died), then the game is never going to go anywhere.
If anything, a little stubborn vision pushing is exactly what we need.