I figured I would put this here instead of the Discord since it seems the dev's have gone silent in there for reasons.
Reasons this game is broken right now:
No updates from dev's in over a week about an explosive topic. This is a really bad look for any gaming company.
Barrel Bombs are OP as fuck. There is no way to defend from them right now without spamming pillars completely everywhere. They are the new land/sea meta in a game that was by the developers own admission needing better ship pvp. Barrels fired from a boat will instantly deplank anything below a galleon from a single barrel. If you salvo barrels, its bye bye ship. Not to mention they clear a deck completely if fired from height. There's almost no ship battles happening any more due to this.
Barrels on land make honeycombing completely useless. With the amount of splash damage that barrels have walls don't even really matter anymore. I'm not quite sure what the theory is behind an explosive surrounded by wood being shot safely out of a cannon by an explosive is. Either the cost per barrel needs to be increased exponentially, the weight, or the reload time needs to be increased 10 fold. They shouldn't be able to be carried at all. If they are, they should have a placement timer. IE, 5 seconds to set it down and set the fuse. This will hopefully stop/slow suicide runners. Barrels that are "thrown" on land should be destroyable the same way as a "placed" barrel. Either by melee or defusing. Right now if a barrel is thrown by hand or from a catapult and it hits land/water it is not defuseable/destroyable.
Warehouses are pretty much useless. You can only place 1 effectively on an island. Doesn't matter what company. So the first person to put one down wins. They don't collect wood at all. Their gather rates are incredibly slow. They have very little gather range even though their placement range is HUGE.
SOTD's are broken. They spawn frozen in place, with bright red flags and don't move and take little damage. You can sail right through them. They don't drop loot/give XP and block spawns for real SOTD's.
Cannon mounts are able to get into a submarine and shoot from inside a submarine.
You can also throw grenades from inside a submarine as well.
The reason the community is upset is because this was an unneeded change. Barrels were introduced in Season 1 and everyone thought they were terrible then too. Barrels just need to be removed from the game until they find a proper place. What they are now is not it.
Test Server... what happened to this? There have been test servers for previous seasons. This needs to be a thing that is done for any kind of major game-play mechanic change such as barrels. This completely changed the way the game was played, and it would have been more useful to find this out in a test environment before putting it on the live servers. You would have saved your community a lot of grief, and a lot of players would likely still be playing right now.
The BIGGEST issue right now is the clear lack of communication from the developers. This happened the last 3 seasons. It's why people left this game in droves. And it's already happening again less than 2 months into the season.