So, Uther hasn’t been the most popular mercenary in the game, perhaps… Still, for me he used to have at least some jobs in the ‘Team H’ (Holy-Human)* in PvE, namely against bosses such as (Heroic) Ravak, where he seemed as a more expensive, but thematically fitting alternative to someone like Bru’kan if you relied on speed manipulation for that boss fight, or even Lokholar as a back-up. Nowadays, as a red merc, he’s even worse against that heroic Ravak (since C’Thun has incentivised us the to revisit that bounty anyway, I’ve decided to go for Heroic and give the new incarnation of Uther a try), taking way too much damage from that blue freezing enemy, whereas his new role as a protector… I don’t know, Cornelius is still probably a much better tank in that team, while Varian can do so much more damage against most enemy fighters. Sure, there is this somewhat unique feature of dealing damage with spells… But has anyone actually found a good practical use for it?
*The core of this team (mostly in the days of Alterac Valley and Onyxia’s Lair, where I’d found it to be a very effective, reliable and flexible party for most of those bounties) in my interpretation used to be as follows: Velen, Cornelius, Anduin, Varian (I used to play him with the War Banner, but after its rework Shalamayne seems just a better offensive option, especially now that Retaliation give extra health anyway, even though it used to be effective even without it), most often Xyrella (especially needed since you couldn’t play any red mercs against those dwarven sharpshooters) and also someone else — either a merc needed for a particular bounty (boss fight or unlocking equipment) or someone generally useful in the field, e.g. in the later revisions I’d been using Balinda, since she was one of the few green mercs with AoE for more effective clearing of some encounters, had the water elemental ho help and even benefitted somewhat from that ‘Human’ tag. Depending on the enemies, you could put various combinations on the battlefield, for example: Velen-Cornelius-Anduin, Xyrella-Velen-Anduin (yeah, that one even against the greens when that dwarven sniper was a threat), Anduin-Cornelius-Varian (yep, Cornelius seemed to be the missing link to make the team with both Wrynns work together well) or even Balinda-Velen-Anduin.
As for more recent additions, we’ve also got Yrel, who looks somewhat promising, and Tyrael, although the team in general simply doesn’t look that effective for the latest bounties. However, I simply don’t see a place for red Uther in a team like that where he’d be more effective than any other protectors (hey, even Cariel looks more interesting as another tank, for instance), such as listed above. Has anyone got any constructive suggestions?
PS I’m not discussing PvP and it’s ‘meta’ here, which can be a diffrent thing (although Uther hasn’t exactly shined there in his new role yet)…