It's not that it's "easier or hard", it's that the meta was disturbed by the addition of cards that had actions were based on random numbers rather than skill, and were very unbalanced. I actually belonged to a group of friends who would actually play against each other (we lived in differing geographic locations) on a regular basis. So we knew each others capabilities enough to feel when they screwed the Meta. You might not even even feel it if you just grind against random players, but they fucked the game big time. We no longer play as a group because it's no longer fun, but I still occasionally play a random set of games in "Wild Ranked" so I don't know about standard or other modes. Probably don't play more than 25 or so games a month.
But a legend rank player (#1,000 in the country) with about 100 million total players, friended me then asked me for my shitty deck list. It's way out dated, was never even a top deck in it's own meta, but it's fun to play and really aggressive.
If people could "trade" cards I'd give ya my entire book madness. I gotta have over a thousand cards in it by now (and never paid a penny for any of then ). I had the most fun when I was building up the book, I think