The polls represent opinions of people who partake in polls. It's the general problem of gathering statistical data and our case is no exception.THE POLLS ARE 100% REPRESENTATIVE.
That group and the general population of the game can vary in size to the point where the poll may become unrepresentative of the opinion of the general population.
An in-game obligatory voting dialogue box would be better, if we could ever get one. xD
People didn't always take the same equipment. Not everyone is a tryhard. Just hop in a server of deathmatch in warband and see how much people you see with the "optimal" equipment.
I'm not talking tryhards, though. We don't even have to talk Warband at all since it's a general gaming tendency, not a game-specific one. You usually have the same order of progression of tools in Minecraft and the same preferred weapon in Apex even when you have the ability to pick other options. Not because you're lazy, or limited by the game, or tryharding, it's simply the way that's most optimal for you to have a good time and an enjoyable game.
I'll trust your judgement, though, I didn't play long enough to know which equipment is "optimal" in Warband.
It's the sense of progress I miss. I get 5 kills without dying? I am now stronger next round for my efforts when it comes to Warband. I go 12 kills in 2 rounds without dying in Bannerlord and I haven't achieved anything.
Fair enough. Is dismantling the class system in all its entirety the only way around it, though?