I agree with the guy who said namco should have brought back Zas instead of wasting their time with Damp.
Simple reason: Popularity. Just look around, there are tons of people, top players or not, who want Zas back.
Who plays Damp? A few people? How many people would miss him if he didn't return in a later game? I sure as hell wouldn't.
Make this happen namco. They should make a huge poll for the next game, and statistically see which characters are in high demand. I guarantee you more people would vote for Zas, or Talim, than Damp.
Relax friend it's ok....
Other than the competitive side of things, Damp is the only comedian and witty character and brings the element of laughter and humour which no other character possesses to that extent.
You think they wasted time on Damp? Nope, they invested very well in this guy (and dare I say made some income ala DLC), the characters that need replacing imo are the mimics, we only need one mimic and that's edgemaster (not that kilik wasteman and elysium. ).
Or here's another alternative, just increase the roster so everyone's happy with each unique style of fighters, no clones.
Even with the thought of removing Dampierre, here's a scenario I had in my head whilst typing:
Project Soul: Dampierre will not be in the next series...
Project Soul: .....so instead we brought in Gisele to fill his role *troll face*
Well I'll leave it at that, it was a nice read from the discussions...so take it easy guys (not just D.I.S)