The Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals of the 2022/23 season ended with Fenritti, a long-time favorite, securing first place. The player was placed in the second position twice and finally made it. Even while the event was highly anticipated and included many thrilling gameplays, there was disappointment among the player base and fans regarding the character usage trend. Though the winner of the 2022/23 season was named, the flaw still remained with the game character. Fenritti’s character lineup with Lab Coat 21, Vegito SSGSS, and Gogeto SSGSS were the ones that mainly featured character picks at the World Tour Finals. Fenritti from Japan destroyed Wade from France and got the title of The Dragon Ball FighterZ.
Since her release back on 24th February, Android 21, often termed Lab Coat 21, has been the pick by most players. In many significant events, top team compositions included character use. This led to many controversies regarding banning the character from the tournaments, and eventually, in CEO 2022, it was initiated. Later in June, a balance patch arrived for the Lab Coat 21 character. A nerf was made to the character to resolve the issue.
The nerf didn’t come out to be what the developers expected. Lab Coat 21 accumulated high meta usage data, top results, and still had the domination before the nerf.
Lab Coat 21 is made up of their character picks which included 15 of the top 20 players of the teams. Nine additionally had Vegito SSGSS, 7 had Gogeta SSGSS, and 5 players also had Gogeta SS4 as the additional characters. Only GT Goku, that appeared on 10 different teams at the 2020–21 World Finals acts as a rival in that utilisation of a character.
Every squad in the group had at least one of such characters, and most lineups had two. Out of the 60 characters available on the Dragon Ball FighterZ roster, only 20 were used overall between the top 20 players in the tournament. Lab Coat had more than doubled since the 2021-22 finals in July last year. Teams mainly paired her with Goku and Vegeta fusions.
The usage rate of Lab Coat 21 has caused some serious concerns regarding the health of the competitive scenario, where the graph shows the pick rate of the character. However, Bandai Namco and Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki looked into the matter and stated that the last update for the character would be the final one.