Remind me to stop perusing RPG Twitter. Remind me especially to stop following discussions of 5e on Twitter. Each time I say it will be the last, with all the conviction of when I say I'll never eat popcorn again after I spend two days trying to get one of those little pieces to unwedge from between my gums.
Today, some of the same people who constantly dunk on/trash 5e for being handholdy, too easy, and soft are now crying that the first encounter in the new Icewind book is too hard.
One common complaint I was seeing in the discussions is that there is "too much swing" at low levels in 5e.
Anybody reading this ever rolled up a 1st level thief with 2 hp in the old days? DMs, did you ever roll up a dragon on the wilderness encounter tables when a 1st level party was just trying to get to whatever fetid goblin den they were trying to raid? This game has always been swingly at low level, except maybe during the 4e days when encounters were overdesigned and lasted an hour almost like clockwork. Anyway, I'm not saying I have an unshakable love for low level swing, just the the criticism is often wildly inconsistent.
...I'll chalk up a win to D&D Twitter for the "orcs are racist" debate, though. I thought the idea was ridiculous at fist, but then I downloaded Orcs of Thar to come up with some ideas for OSE humanoid classes and whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
The moral of this story is that Twitter is garbage and you should find better things to do with your limited time on this planet.