As you said, this isn’t LoL. It’s not pay to win (hate me, LoL players >:) ). Turtle Rock cares very deeply about balance, and there also aren’t going to be 150 hunters as far as I can tell.
I don’t think that Esports is the problem, I think it’s that so many gaming companies have ripped us all off that no one can trust them anymore. But I honestly believe that Turtle Rock (not so much 2k) is going to come through on this. I don’t like paid DLC, but the devs have already stated that it would just be too expensive for them to release it all for free. They have paychecks to write.
If the Esports scene really kicks off, and TRS sponsors it and is able to make a lot of money annually off of it, maybe we’d start seeing cheaper or free DLC. But for now, just rejoice knowing that the maps and updates are free, and that these guys care about balance. League of Legends is free to play, so the best way for them to make money has been to release broken champions so that people can pay $10 for a few free wins. Evolve is a paid game, so I’m not so worried about that.