To be honest aside from some issues with design choices, I'm massively unhappy that Mike Mearls has been such a douche about dealing with legitimate complaints from minority gamers about some of their 'consultants'. Zak S and 'The RPG Pundit' are two horribly toxic people who have harassed, outed, and generally stalked and insulted LGBT and female voices in gaming who dared to not like their misogynistic, racist, and in Pundit's case crazy, views. Pundit is a dude who calls anyone who likes 'story games' 'swine' and constantly rants about how if you're not doing 100% simulationist middle ages fantasy you're ruining things, and thus of course because he's so dedicated to 100% immersion in this magic elf game, naturally women and minorities and such have no place in those games, IT'S JUST REALISM GUYS.
Zak is even worse, he's a straight up psycho who has stalked multiple people on a forum I go to, spews bigoted stuff constantly, and does the cringetastic 'D&D with porn stars' stuff because lol lesbians are hot but get gays out of my face!
When confronted about this problem Mearls behaved like any real professional would and...sent emails to Zak saying it was no big deal and dismissing the fact that the multiple people who got harassed happened to post on the same site as if it's some kind of conspiracy to slander poor innocent Zak and D&D and everyone's so mean to him.
Worse, he's doing a great job at pretending to be 'neutral' on things on twitter and all, but for issues like this there's not really some middle ground of 'well ok so this guy outed a trans game designer because they said his opinion piece was silly, but you know, we gotta look at both sides here'.
To quote someone else on this, and why it bothers me so much:
Also a reminder: regardless of what Mearls has or hasn't done with this investigation, this remains provably true:
Mike Mearls has read the blogs of Pundit and Zak, and has decided that these are the kinds of people he wants front and centre of the new D&D:
A man who thinks that playing the wrong kind of elfgame makes you subhuman.
A man who - in his own words - thinks that all failures of communication are the fault of the listener and that if people stop talking to him he's won the argument.
These are the people Mearls wants to be exemplars and ambassadors for his game. Not Avery McDaldno. Not Jason Morningstar. Not Cam Banks or Fred Hicks or Rob Donoghue or any one of the upstanding and skilled game designers he could have picked.
He chose a frothing lunatic and an alien robot programmed only to infuriate.
Pretty much even if this game was perfect I'd have serious issues recommending anyone give money to these people after seeing how they've actively caused harm to already marginalized groups in this small community.