After extensively discussing the matter internally, personally talking to a few players, and looking through the feedback here, we have decided to revert the proposal to include factionless cards in the Faction Penta Packs (the increased epic/legendary drop rates will remain implemented and Faction Penta Packs will still be able to drop dual/hybrid cards
). This revision is now active on the PBE and we encourage everyone to check it out again and share your thoughts!
One of the original reasons for including factionless cards in Faction Packs in the first place was to allow a number of highly useful cards more accessible. While we considered creating a factionless Penta Pack, we believed that the card pool for such a pack was too small and would result in many unwanted duplicate card drops. Additionally, we were noticing a relatively high proportion of duplicates being drawn in the pure Faction Penta Packs - the inclusion of factionless cards was meant to alleviate this issue while providing players the chance to draw some highly desired factionless cards.
In the end, we've decided to excluded factionless cards from Faction Penta Packs for a number of reasons, many of which were pointed out. The justification for assigning a higher price (and making it exclusively purchasable through LP) is that players will be able to target a specific pool of desired cards. Players would occasionally receive a highly desirable/rare factionless card (such as Calamity, Martyr Golem, etc.); however, after deliberating over it, we've come to the conclusion that it does not outweigh the positive experience of players being able to draw cards from the faction they want and getting what they more or less expect from a pack.
As Crestmoor mentioned, a pure factionless pack is most likely not something we will pursue in the immediate future. We will definitely look into better solutions again down the road, but for now we've decided to simply restrict factionless cards to the Collection and Oppression Penta Packs. This matter notwithstanding, we think the Penta Packs are in a very good state now!
Let us know what you think and what other suggestions you'd like us to consider!