I feel like there are a few much needed changes for Last Hero Standing:
1 - Remove Pixie
In a format where rounds are time limited, constantly stalling with Pixie is stupid. A lot of people are doing it and it’s not fun. In my opinion, Pixie should be blocked, just like it is blocked in the defense event.
2 - Reduce obtainable stars in Bonus Round to 1
I have seen the following many times: 3 players are remaining. The 2 strongest players battle it out, the winner comes out with low base life and 4 stars. Meanwhile, the 3rd player got a bonus round, lost no life there and goes from 3 to 5 stars, leading to an easy tournament win.
This is stupid and frustrating for the player who won the battle against the other strong player, only to lose to a bonus round guy. You state that bonus rounds are there to ensure fairness. Right now, they do the opposite. They give the bonus rounds player an advantage he did not deserve, thus making it unfair.
I’d be fine with bonus rounds being removed entirely, but since that’s probably not going to happen, my suggestion is to reduce the maximum obtainable stars in there to 1, so that people can no longer jump from 3 to 5.
3 - Remove trophy based matchmaking
Right now, the only way to get far in the event rankings is to intentionally lose matches in battle arena in order to drop your trophies. This is because matchmaking in Last Hero Standing is clearly trophy based, which means if you stay at your regular max level of trophies, where every opponent is difficult, you don’t stand a chance in the event. This is stupid. Exploiting the matchmaking system should not be a requirement for a high placement in the ranking list.
My suggestion is to make matchmaking based entirely on power score. This would guarantee that there’s still some appropriate matching going on, without having such an easy (and thus mandatory) exploit available to get easier matches. I’m aware that power score based matchmaking would give skilled players an advantage (since a very good player with 8000 power will most often beat a bad player with 8000) but to me that seems perfectly fine for an event. Let good players get a little more rewards.