I never participated in EA, so I never had a bad taste in my mouth (the growing pains).
I imagine that they went through their share of negative feedback on their road to completion.
I did, although I was pretty late to the party - I discovered and bought the game maybe 2-3 months before the release. The "taste" wasn't bad at all; of course there were some issues, but devs were pretty quick to address them. Also, their presence on their own forum was considerably larger than that of Larian's - despite the fact that their own preference was (and I believe, still is) Discord.