I think practically taking his meter away was the wrong direction balance-wise. He already had a hard time with having meter to shadow counter. Every change they’ve made hurt his meter gain, in fact, in instinct even though you can pip cancel for free, it still does the regular amount of damage to your spin speed, so actually using his instinct sets you up for absolutely no meter once its over.
I’d have much, much preferred IG kept his meter gain the same from s2, but increase the cost of pip cancels, maybe 1 pip for extra fireballs, 2 pips for everything else. Just my two cents.