We're playing nWoD 2e and I've got a mixed group with a demon and a vampire in it. They are using the vampire power Dominate and the demon power Devil's Advocate quite extensively, and have even managed to regularly win battles against enemies stronger than them by using just those powers.
- The vampire regularly dominates the enemy with "Don't move" while the demon hits him with an aggravated attack.
- The demon uses Devil's Advocate to get a group of enemies to attack one another
- A few times, when the vampire would have left another vampire alive but the demon deemed them a risk for the group, he just used Devil's Advocate to force the Vampire PC to diablerize the enemy vampire. (The players are both OK with this though — they use powers on each other regularly — so no problem there.)
The problem is, now both players are saying that the powers are just too strong, as they seem to be dominating the whole game.
For Dominate, one thing we haven't been using is the idea that enemies don't necessarily meet your eyes during combat (as they look more at where your arms and body are moving than at how beautiful your eyes look). I'm contemplating adding a roll against NPCs' wits to see if they meet or avoid the vampire's eyes each round of combat.
But that aside, I'm not sure how these powers could be balanced or what I as a ST could do so that they won't dominate the whole game any longer. What can I as the ST do to avoid these powers dominating play, without going so far as to remove or completely nerf them?