Guardian Angel should be nerfed, not LPM
1. Why she is not in healthy spot right now - to the raging Mercy mains
Mercy is a #1 pick and a go to main/solo healer. This is not good, trust me. There have been SOO MANY TIMES where I was pretty much forced to swap out of Moira/Ana and it just gets me mad. I can actually do as much with them but people want the cheesy comp. Speaking of which,
2. Pharmercy - I need medicine for cancer please
This is my first season. I’m in gold right now. Pretty much every single time I see that dreaded duo pooping rockets around blindly at some point of the game. When in doubt and loosing, cast your dignity aside and make it rain.
3. How does she actually compare - perspective of someone actually playing all the healers
She already does not have the most burst heal, both Moira and Ana can provide way better clutch heals.
Her utility is decent - res is great substitute for lack of burst heal(and actually most unique part of her kit, taking that away would kill her completely imho, since some argue that this is the skill to be reworked) and DMG boost is great way to spent your free time.
Mobility is where she excels, and why she is part of the infamous duo instead of lets say Zen - as she actually can follow every insane dmg ange DildoBlaster wants to go for. And you can see easily that this is the imbalanced part of her kit when you compare her to other supports - the only one with similar mobility is Lucio, where speed and mobility is core part of his kit… you know, the reason why his healing isn’t as good as a tradeoff?
I know, Mercy needs good positioning which already requires game sense and comm skills, but look at this this way - Moira has fade, which has higher CD, provides less mobility(much needed because of the LPM range) and is main defense tool(once again - small range, scloser to the fray, bigger danger) and Ana has NOTHING but her map knowlege.
I mean by that Mercy is way more forgiving than other supports. And by that, she makes everyting more forgiving, to the point of stupidity.
5. 1.27 - Mercy still #1 support, forums filled with salt that there is no healing
Let’s see - The changes go thru. Mercy not played anymore? You wish, damage pocket and res are too insane. Pharmercy is still there, so is Bastion pocketing, all the low SR plagues remain. She can still be played recklessly because the part that allows it remains unchanged. But now the actual healing is bit more in the hands of other supports, narrowing the choices for both slots. Not very balanced if you ask me.
Mercy is a healer by the very definition and design concept, the beam should hence be last part of her kit to be nerfed.
The main focus should be to make the kit less forgiving - this way players with high game sense won’t be hit, only the ones who want to cheese the game with “Get out of Jail” card on 1,5s CD.
And I know, she is to be beginner friendly. But given that players learing the game are to play her, in my opinion they still should not be encouraged to play stupid.
And if someone says that you can buff other healers, let me tell you a story:
There once was a game called Warframe. And in that game there was a frame with unhealthy kit called Loki. He was straight up impossible to balance. So DE who had created the game decided to release more unhealthy frames, because if everyone is OP, nobody is. And the Power Creep led balance to hell and many veteran players abandoned their Tenno which they sank thousands of hours in as the game had no challenge to them anymore.